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    03-07-2018

    Advising long-standing client Autoliv on ambitious ‘spin-off’ company

    Eversheds Sutherland has advised long-standing client Autoliv Inc. (Autoliv), a leading global automotive parts supplier, on its ‘spin-off’ venture – Veoneer Inc. (Veoneer) – an exciting new brand in automotive safety electronics and systems.

    Veoneer has ambitions to be a leading system supplier for active safety systems, advanced driver-assistance systems and autonomous driving, including automotive radars, cameras with driver assist systems, night vision systems, and positioning systems. The spin-off will better position both Autoliv and Veoneer, enabling both to capitalise on growing markets with leading product offerings

    The multi-jurisdictional M&A team provided strategic advice on the overall structuring of the corporate entity and separation process, as well as establishing new entities in several jurisdictions, asset transfers, share transfers, licensing agreements and transition services agreements.

    Spanning over 20 jurisdictions, the Eversheds Sutherland cross-border M&A team was led from the Stockholm office by Partner Ulrika Sparrman, supported by Partners Jonas Bratt and Gabriel Albemark. The wider team included Senior Associate Jan Österman and Associates Anders Svensson and Dennis Lundquist. Multi-jurisdictional advice was also provided by Eversheds Sutherland offices in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Romania and China.

    In addition to this significant industry deal, the Eversheds Sutherland team has subsequently been appointed to provide ongoing legal support for the Veoneer venture, including its entity management.

    Ulrika Sparrman commented:

    “This transaction is a fantastic example of successful collaboration between Eversheds Sutherland colleagues across the globe and we look forward to providing legal expertise to both Autoliv and Veoneer in the future.

    “The project has built on our in-depth knowledge of global spin-offs which are currently trending among corporates. It further positions our multi-jurisdictional team as industry leaders in handling transactions of this nature and demonstrates our ability to provide first-rate, cross-border legal expertise for our clients.”

    Lars Sjobring, General Counsel, Autoliv commented:

    “The Eversheds Sutherland team was instrumental in the structuring and execution of this transaction. The team’s ability, skills and attitude made it possible for us to execute a complex deal in record time.

    “We now have people in the business asking for help from the same lawyers, which is a good indicator as to Eversheds Sutherland’s performance in this deal.”

    The Eversheds Sutherland M&A team has assisted Autoliv for more than 10 years in restructurings and M&A, including the formation of the joint venture with Zenuity AB and Swedish car maker Volvo Cars, forming a world leader in the development of software for autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems.

    For more information on Eversheds Sutherland, visit eversheds-sutherland.com

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