Updated: Jan 7
Lawyers, Dealmakers and Experts See Increased M&A Disputes Brewing in 2021
The full surge of COVID-19-related claims is still to hit
The new annual BRG M&A Disputes Report – Asia-Pacific shows economic and political pressures, exacerbated by COVID-19, could put buyers and sellers at odds in 2021.
The arrival—and unwelcome stay—of the pandemic has done nothing to slow the existing increase of M&A disputes in the APAC region, and it is highly likely that 2021 will see an even steeper rise, as disagreements fermented during the ‘Year of Lockdowns’ turn into full-blown disputes. That is a core message that comes from the report.
In interviews and survey responses, senior lawyers and dealmakers cited a steady, gradual uptick in deal-related disputes that began several years ago. They increasingly expect that market conditions in 2021 will put buyers and sellers at odds over a variety of deal terms, accelerating that upwards trend.
John Choong, Partner, Freshfields, Hong Kong
Lars Markert, Foreign Law Partner, Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
Kathryn Sanger, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
Niels Schiersing, Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
Matthew Skinner, Partner, Jones Day, Singapore and London
Thomas Walsh, Partner, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
Mustafa Hadi, Managing Director, BRG, Hong Kong and Singapore
Kevin Hagon, Director, BRG, London and Hong Kong
Peter Bird, Managing Director, BRG, London and Singapore
Andrew Webb, Managing Director, BRG, London and Singapore
Erick Gunawan, Director, BRG, Singapore
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For further information, please contact:
Mustafa Hadi, Managing Director (Hong Kong and Singapore), Berkeley Research Group