09.10.2017 Press release

Financial Times award for Hyundai Motor Europe’s legal department

  • Hyundai Motor Europe´s legal department wins Financial Times award for “Innovation in legal expertise: dispute resolution”, being recognised as a “Standout”
  • Hyundai Motor Europe´s legal department now ranked in FT Innovative lawyers 2017: Top 25 in-house legal teams
  • The FT Innovative Lawyers Report is one of the top legal rankings in Europe and its awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market.

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Financial Times award for Hyundai Motor Europe’s legal department as most innovative in-house team.
Hyundai Motor Europe’s legal department has been named a standout in-house team by the Financial Times in the 2017 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, taking home the top prize for “Innovation in legal expertise: dispute resolution” at the annual awards ceremony held in London on 4 October 2017. It acknowledges the efforts of Hyundai Motor Europe’s in-house legal team to protect Hyundai’s selective distribution system, supporting the company’s long-term strategy.
Lawyers created a dual strategy to stop the unauthorised resale of Hyundai vehicles in Europe. It applied the European Court of Justice’s Metro-Cartier decision to limit manufacturers’ warranties to vehicles sold by an authorised dealer. Lawyers also pursued trademark infringement cases to stop the distribution of cars from outside the region.

The Financial Times

To be awarded one of the most prestigious awards in the legal industry is an exceptional honour. This prestigious award is hugely competitive, and I am very proud of the recognition for our innovative work. To create innovation you need to have motivation, trust and a lot of fun. Thanks to the whole team for its great passion.

Hyun-Soo Kim General Legal Counsel at Hyundai Motor Europe

We are proud to have this outstanding legal team that contributes significantly to our innovative business strategy at Hyundai Motor Europe.

Thomas A. Schmid Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe

FT Innovative Lawyers Awards celebrate innovation right across the legal industry and recognise innovative achievements and pioneering legal strategies of lawyers, law firms and in-house teams. The awards are based on thorough research done by the FT and its research partner RSG Consulting into more than 1,000 submissions to the Financial Times and on more than 650 telephone interviews with clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts to arrive at the final rankings.


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