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The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to give rise to a wave of distressed companies looking for buyers or investors. With depressed valuations and significant pockets of cash available to investors, there are likely to be many M&A opportunities that might be classed as “distressed M&A”.

This publication, Opportunities in Distressed M&A, considers:

  • the opportunities for investors with a degree of appetite for risk
  • the issues investors in a COVID-19 recovery environment might face
  • how the sophisticated buyer might address some of them




Kathy Honeywood joined Baker McKenzie in May 2018 as a partner in the London Corporate Group. Kathy is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry Group. She focuses on M&A, corporate finance and joint ventures and has significant Asia Pacific experience, including secondments to China and Singapore and advising on a number of high-profile Asia outbound M&A matters.


Bevis Metcalfe is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Finance Group based in London. Bevis focuses his practice on advising credit funds, private equity sponsors and banks in connection with corporate restructurings and leveraged acquisition and asset-backed financings. Bevis' experience includes a partnership secondment to a leading investment bank.