Vanessa L. MillerVanessa Miller is a partner in Foley & Lardner’s Detroit Office, where she is head of the firm’s national Auto Team. She specializes in automotive and manufacturing supply chain litigation and arbitrations, but also counsels clients on commercial transactional matters in the supply chain, such as the negotiation of long-term agreements, buy-side and sell-side terms and conditions, exit agreements and supply chain risk assessment audits. She has published extensively regarding the Uniform Commercial Code, contract law, warranty and supply chain disputes. She recently published a book entitled Law of the Automotive and Manufacturing Supply Chain: A Handbook for Success.
In addition to supply chain shortages, increased raw material and freight costs, ongoing labor issues, and inflation, manufacturers in the automotive industry face the electric vehicle (EV) frontier. Although the EV frontier brings many opportunities, it also carries with it unprecedented risks with respect to R&D, investments, emerging technology, new industry entrants, and volatile volume fluctuations for the foreseeable future. Expecting, planning for, and mitigating against risks will be critical focal points for successful manufacturers in the automotive supply chain. This presentation will discuss how to manage global contracts through smart commercial terms, contingency planning and practical business solutions.