Latham & Watkins' automotive lawyers counsel clients such as Honda, Nissan and Ford across a range of practice areas, including finance, antitrust, litigation, environmental and M&A.

Why Latham

Meeting the Automotive Sector's Global Needs

Latham’s global Automotive Industry Group provides outstanding service and innovative legal solutions for its clients. As the economy continues to rebound from the global financial crisis, the automotive industry has regained its footing and is focusing on new strategies to meet changing global demand. 

Whether assisting in the development and acquisition of new technologies, or helping clients to expand into new markets or capitalize on emerging trends, members of the Latham’s automotive team work closely with clients to strengthen and expand their businesses.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Latham’s global automotive lawyers work in the automotive and motor vehicle sectors across a broad range of matters. The team represents major automotive manufacturers, parts suppliers and distributors, as well as companies operating in the research and development of new, cleaner and more efficient technologies. The group also represents financial institutions working with the industry.

Key Practice Areas

Latham’s team understands the industry and offers clients distinctive service in corporate and finance matters. The firm has been active in representing automotive industry clients in the following practice areas:

Our Experience

Latham & Watkins serves as valued business advisors to each of the companies it represents. The firm's experience and breadth of practice allows it to provide top-quality advice in virtually every area that affects the automotive industry.

Latham has been providing premier legal services to automotive companies for almost 20 years, including: 

  • AutoZone
  • Keystone Automotive Industries
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. 
  • China Yuchai International Limited
  • Mark IV Industries
  • Toyota Deutschland, GmbH 
  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation
  • Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales 
  • Deutz AG
  • Mitsubishi Motors of North America
  • Vectrix Corporation 
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • Volvo 
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Piaggio & C., S.p.A.
  • Volvo Construction Equipment Corporation
  • Honda North America
  • Pininfarina, S.p.A.
  • Webasto, AG 
  • Isuzu Motors, Ltd.
  • Proma Group
  • Zipcar 

Awards & Rankings

  • Firm Advises on China Business Law Journal Deal of the Year - February 18, 2019
  • Six Partners Honored as 2018 Rising Stars - July 30, 2018
  • Latham's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Earns Two Prestigious Honors - May 29, 2018
  • Antitrust Litigation Earns Top Verdicts Honor - February 23, 2018
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top League Tables - February 08, 2016

Latham's Automotive Industry Group has a global focus and counsels clients worldwide regarding emerging trends, such as vehicle electrification and emissions reduction.

Media Coverage

US$31M Verdict Reversed In Navistar Engine Defect SuitHonda, Toyota Imports Cleared in ITC Infringement ReviewRising Star: Latham's Christopher Drewry


Firm Advises Hyundai Motor Group on Autonomous Driving Joint VentureLatham Represents Lead Arrangers in Financing of Brookfield Business Partners L.P.’s acquisition of Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions BusinessLatham Advises ZF Friedrichshafen AG on Acquisition of WABCO

Thought Leadership

Transportation & Climate Initiative Proposes to Reduce Carbon Emissions in the NortheastTCI Proposes to Reduce Carbon Emissions in NortheastPrivate Equity Takes the Driver’s Seat in Italian Automotive Deals