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M&A, Merger Control and COVID-19


Baker Botts hosted a webinar on M&A, Merger Control and COVID-19 on Wednesday 10 June at 3pm BST.

The global Covid-19 pandemic is testing legal institutions and the rule of law in ways never seen before.  In this webinar, Baker Botts lawyers will discuss the critical issues raised by the current crisis for those involved in transactions.

Part 1: Signed Deals

I. Is the merger control process slowing down transaction timetables?

  • A more “activist” CMA
  • COVID-19 and merger procedures

II. What could buyers and sellers do if they are unable to satisfy conditions to completion within the timeline specified?

  • Extending time limits, re-negotiation and termination
  • Complexities in a prolonged period between exchange and completion

Part 2: New Deals and Looking to the Future

I. New opportunities in a challenging environment

II. Distressed M&A

  • How to choose between an asset or share sale
  • Fast-tracked due diligence: Cost benefit versus risk analysis
  • Limited warranties and indemnities

III. Antitrust and merger clearance

  • Deal structure and potentially avoiding merger control obligations
  • The failing firm defence: a realistic strategy?
  • Key learnings from recent CMA decisions and judgments


To view a recording of the webinar please click here

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