To an ever-increasing degree, just-in-time procurement is associated with the strategy of reducing the vertical range of production. This opens up opportunities for suppliers, although the outsourcing of the production of parts, components or modules also poses clear risks to automotive manufacturers and suppliers alike. The legal structures governing collaboration along the entire supply chain are becoming ever more complex and thus are taking on ever greater commercial significance.
Not only is legal advice and guidance needed in order to structure contractual relations between the various players in a way that takes account of the type and the scope of their collaboration, there must also be legal mechanisms in place to safeguard all of the steps along the entire chain of production. In this context, warranty and liability risks are a prime focus. The aim is to eliminate the risks to the client, so far as possible. BMT understands the commercial and technological contexts in which such risks arise, and in our work we strive to create the optimum legal conditions for our clients’ business operations.
Our lawyers integrate the various legal disciplines needed for good contract drafting, which include commercial, patent and licensing law, IT law and compliance, as well as general contract law. But even in cases in which a warranty or product liability case arises subsequently, you may rely on our many years of practical experience. Our clients include subsidiaries of major international automotive groups, as well as supplier companies who provide complete modules and series parts or contribute specialised services to the automotive production process. BMT’s lawyers are automobile enthusiasts and are pleased to support and advise clients in this area.