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Automakers have recently steered through a remarkable recovery defined by record high new car sales, all the while operating in an industry experiencing an unprecedented pace of change. McCarthy Tétrault can help automotive industry participants succeed in the new norm.

We provide advice and experience across all segments of the automotive industry, from working with OEMs and parts manufacturers to suppliers, automotive dealers as well as regulators.

Automotive industry participants engage us for strategic legal advice because:

  • We offer integrated, comprehensive legal solutions: We draw upon a wealth of legal knowledge in areas such as corporate commercial transactions, regulatory, franchising and distribution, international trade and customs, intellectual property, product liability and recalls, litigation, environmental, intellectual property, competition, marketing, advertising, labour and employment and privacy matters. We provide complete legal solutions to mitigate risks and seize opportunities in this changing sector.
  • We bring unique industry insight and perspective: Our team is comprised of seasoned private practice lawyers and former OEM in-house general counsel with specific automotive industry experience in proactively identifying and managing both the legal and practical business issues that impact the industry on a daily basis. We understand your industry and work collaboratively as part of your team to support and help you realize your business, legal and regulatory needs in an innovative, practical and cost-effective manner.
  • We are one of few firms to offer specialized franchise expertise: Our automotive specialists are also strongly aligned with our Franchise & Distribution Group. A national and full-service team, the Group provides legal and regulatory advice in all areas of law that touch on and affect the automotive industry. They help clients both on day-to-day issues as well as strategic and tactical initiatives, including system changes, corporate governance, dealer terminations/renewals, supply chain agreements and rebate structures, clearance of marketing materials including contest rules, promotions and advertisements, litigation and all types of regulatory and consumer protection issues such as MVSA and French language law compliance, among many other issues.