"Freshfield Bruckhaus Derringer and Hogan and Harlson took the lead roles in Ford's sale of the Volvo brand to the Chinese automaker Zhejang Geely Holding for $1.8 billion, according to the UK publication Legal Week.

A Freshfield team led by partner Chris Brown in London advised Geely, which became the first private Chinese company to take over a foreign automaker, according to Reuters and Legal Week.  Geely is paying less than a third of the $6.5 billion Ford paid for the prestigious Volvo brand in 1999.

Hogan & Harlson advised Ford on the sale, the company's largest sale of a non-core asset.  Hogan also advised Ford on the June 2008 deal to sell the Jaguar and Land Rover brands to India's Tata Motors for $2.3 billion, according to our prior reporting.  William Curtis led the Hogan team on that deal and the Volvo deal announced today. "  (via Zach Lowe)
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