As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its profound impact across regions and industries, companies are looking for ways to safeguard their people and the long-term future of their businesses. The current market environment also sets the scene for financial investors, sovereign wealth funds and stronger trade buyers to enter the market and acquire distressed businesses at potentially depressed prices.

In such extraordinary circumstances, distressed & opportunistic M&A can quickly become a zero-sum game – for one party to maximize value another must accept undue risk or unfavorable terms. We believe that engineering a positive-sum game is the most effective route to safeguard value and avoid conflict that might otherwise derail a transaction. With this approach, we quickly establish what matters to the parties and their stakeholders, the risks and showstoppers associated with the transaction, and legal restrictions in play. This puts us in the best position to find inventive legal strategies that support a successful outcome – uniting buyers and sellers to close time-sensitive deals.

We act for buyers and sellers of distressed businesses which are either already restructuring or in need of immediate liquidity to meet financial obligations and avoid insolvency. We connect buyers with potential bidders/capital provider sources, advising on:

  • Distressed & Opportunistic M&A (including Projects)
  • Take-private transactions
  • PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) transactions


Why Baker McKenzie?

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Global footprint, local expertise   Multi-faceted team   Deep industry knowledge
Our unmatched geographic coverage and unrivalled experience executing complex, cross-border transactions and financial restructuring on both sides of the deal mean we are not blindsided by conflict and complexity and can work across time zones, cultures and languages to get deals done.   Our seasoned transactional and specialist restructuring & insolvency experts work hand-in-hand to provide bespoke and integrated support across distressed & opportunistic M&A deals. They draw upon the knowledge of antitrust, tax, intellectual property, data privacy, real estate, compliance, dispute resolution and employment lawyers to provide complete solutions. 
  Distress often comes with the same problems, but wrapped in different packages. To every deal, we bring knowledge and experience gained from decades of dealing with thorny issues in a variety of industries and sectors, and help identify unique challenges a company in a particular industry may face.
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