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 with respect to their operation in Greece, 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:
  • Daimler AG on a variety of issues ranging from the acquisition of taxibeat by mytaxi, data protection issues relating to corporate restructuring to criminal litigation issues
  • Goldcar SA with respect to legal, employment and tax aspects of their operations in Greece such as drafting of leasing, services and franchising agreements, employment contracts and tax compliance services .
  • Honda Motor Europe Limited on legal issues arising from the set up of their website
  • Leaseplan Hellas on legal and tax issues relating to their operation, namely insurance law issues, contracts with service providers,  recovery of vehicles, issues relating to administrative fines of vehicles etc
  • Lamborghini Automobili Spa on drafting instruction manual and warranty for vehicles
  • Rheinmetall Group on legal aspects of public procurement contracts
  • Rolls-Royce on day-to-day employment issues 
  • Toyota on VAT compliance and excise duties issues 
  • Volvo on litigation regarding product liability and consumer protection regulations.
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