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            Industrials

            Manufacturing and engineering are critical to our economic success but generating investment and growth within the UK market raises legal and commercial challenges at every stage.
            Industrial

             

            Spanning the advanced manufacturing, engineering, aerospace, chemicals, ceramics and rapidly developing additive manufacturing sectors, our multidisciplinary team of legal experts work with everyone from start-ups and multi-nationals with complex import and export supply chains through to developers, funders and investors.

            We draw on the wider knowledge and resources of our global business to advise on best practise in all commercial areas, regulatory compliance, international trade / market access issues, industry 4.0 and technology applications, including Blockchain, as well as from within the core Advanced Manufacturing team.

            Recognised by key legal directories as leaders in the industry, we are renowned for our technical skills, innovative legal services and focus on results. We have a proven track record for providing decisive and clear solutions.

            We work with you to reduce risk and production costs, improving market access and helping you to make smarter decisions, both proactively in terms of planning and reactively in the context of investigations. We have particular expertise in:

            • managing the design and manufacturing cycle;
            • leading on mergers and acquisitions;
            • providing defence for health and safety issues;
            • advising on regulatory and compliance issues, advertising and trading standards, importing or exporting raw materials and components;
            • advising on cost savings through customs audits and import duty suspensions/refunds;
            • tackling market access issues through a multidisciplinary angle;
            • exploiting intellectual property assets, resolving disputes, tackling fraud;
            • navigating EU, competition law and state aid;
            • managing your workforce;
            • and providing real estate advice and advising on funding for expansion.

             

            We also support our clients in the industrials sector with our Connected Services, DWF's range of independent businesses that work alongside organisations to help them better manage risk, reputation, cost, time and resources.

            Our understanding of commercial needs, objectives and working environments is recognised internationally. Operating both within the UK and cross jurisdictionally our clients include Aga Rangemaster plc, Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover, BASF, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Baosteel Group, Osram, Essar Steel, Cerame-Unie and Doosan Power Systems.

             

            Legal Insight

            State aid law: European Commission amends COVID-19 Temporary Framework to faciltate recapitalisation aid and subsordinated debt awards

            15 May 2020

            In a move which is likely to facilitate multiple European government bail outs of airlines, sports, leisure and hospitality companies and possibly even carmakers and others under the most acute pressure from the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has further amended its State aid Temporary Framework to allow for recapitalisation aid and subordinated debt instruments.  The new rules contain limitations on dividends and acquisitions by businesses who benefit from recapitalisation aid and include a requirement for conditions relating to climate change and the digital agenda to be reported to the European Commission.  While the UK remains in the Brexit transition period (currently due to expire on 31 December 2020), these rules apply to it as well.

            Legal Insight

            The role of "Spot Checks" in ensuring workplace safety

            12 May 2020

            A key part of the Government's plan to get the UK's workforce safely back to work is the newly published COVID-19 Secure guidance. Following comments that the safety of the nation's workforce will be enforced through "spot checks" of workplaces we look at what this might entail and how businesses can prepare for them.

            Partner-led expertise with an innovative approach

            Our Industrials team's understanding of commercial needs, objectives and working environments is recognised internationally.

            Ali Boroumand

            • Partner // Head of Mining & Minerals

            Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton

            • Partner // Head of Oil & Gas

            Jean Francois Mercadier

            • Partner // Managing Partner (France)

            Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

            • Partner // Managing Partner (Germany) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes

            Klaus Brisch, LL.M. (USA)

            • Partner // Certified Information Technology Attorney // Global Head of Technology

            Marco Müller-ter Jung, LL.M. (Informationsrecht)

            • Partner // Certified Information Technology Attorney

            Andreas Panzer

            • Partner // Head of Tax (Germany)

            Dr. Mathias Reif

            • Partner // Executive Partner (Cologne) // Head of Corporate & M&A (Germany) // Global Head of DWF Israel Desk

            Florian Daniel LLM (Media Law)

            • Senior Associate // Certified Attorney for Intellectual Property Rights

            Thorsten Kuehnel

            • Senior Associate

            Marcus Kissel

            • Partner // Certified Attorney for Employment Law // Head of Employment (Germany)
            Connected Services offers a range of stand-alone consultative services that complement our legal offering in each of our core sectors.
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