Automotive & Industrial Technology

Automotive & Industrial Technology

Our firm has extensive experience in advising automobile, tire, lubricant and spare parts manufacturers on commercial and tax issues related to marketing their products in Greece. We advise on various aspects of the automobile business, including agency, distribution and franchise, finance, product liability, warehousing and logistics.

We have advised major international companies, including a European car manufacturer on its distribution agreement with a Greek company, a major Japanese car manufacturer on the establishment and operation of a centralised stock warehousing facility, and a major tire manufacturer on a product recall. We have also advised a motorcycle manufacturer on product liability issues and a car battery manufacturer on the implementation of EU Directive 2006/66 regarding battery recycling.

Additionally, among other examples, our tax practice has advised two major Japanese car manufacturers on the complex customs and excise duty implications arising from the origin of their products, a major Italian car manufacturer on tax and accounting issues related to intra-group service provision arrangements, car sales credit schemes and VAT readjustments, and a major Greek bank on the operation of its car sales financing activities.

Our firm’s recent experience in the wider field of the automobile market in Greece includes, among others, advising the following:

  • a major Swedish car manufacturer on all aspects arising from a distribution agreement with the Greek distributor
  • a major Japanese car manufacturer with respect to the establishment and operation of a centralised stock warehousing facility
  • a major car tyre manufacturer with respect to legal issues arising from a product recall
  • two major Japanese car manufacturers with respect to national and EU customs and excise duty regulations in connection with the import of their products in Greece
  • a major Italian car manufacturer on tax and accounting issues in areas such as intra-group service provision arrangements, car sales credit schemes and VAT readjustments
  • a major car tyre manufacturer with respect to issues related to the establishment of a franchise network. We also provided advice on issues pertaining to debt collection and related litigation
  • a major automobile lubricants manufacturer on numerous legal issues connected with their marketing their products in Greece, competition law and consumer protection issues
  • a major German car spare part and car battery manufacturer on tax and accounting issues related to the establishment and operation of a centralized warehousing and distribution facility in Greece
  • a major Greek bank in all areas of taxation related to the operation of their car sales financing activities
  • In the more distant past our firm had established the Greek subsidiary of General Motors and had advised the latter over a number of years and until the establishment of an in-house legal department on all issues related to its operation in Greece, including the local production of automobiles.
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