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Baker McKenzie and the Financial Times co-created a podcast series, the FT Big Deal, to examine the trends behind complex cross-border transactions. In this four-part podcast series, Baker McKenzie lawyers are joined by industry thought leaders to discuss the key developments and issues shaping the future of global transactions.

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Episode 4: ESG and the Rise of Sustainable Dealmaking

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations have become an increasingly integral part of decision making for investors and companies. Baker McKenzie partners Alyssa Auberger and Robert Wright are joined by Avinash Mehrotra, global head of Activism and Shareholder Advisory & Takeover Defense Practices at Goldman Sachs, to reveal how the rise of ESG considerations are affecting global dealmaking and influencing the way acquirers view and select targets.

 

Episode 3: Can Cross-Border Transactions Fuel Growth in a Post-COVID World?

Cross-border transactions have picked up pace in the wake of COVID-19, driving focus on strategy for growth. Baker McKenzie partners Brian Chia and Jannan Crozier, together with Laurent Bouvier, managing director at UBS Investment Bank, share how companies are using cross-border transactions as a valuable tool for accessing new markets and adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19-related disruptions.

 

Episode 2: M&A as a Driver of Digital Transformation: The Legal Dimension

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation, with tech M&A gathering particular momentum. Baker McKenzie partners Lisa Fontenot and Michelle Blunt are joined by Reshma Sohoni, co-founder and partner of Seedcamp, to discuss the unique legal considerations arise when dealing with tech transactions.

 

Episode 1: M&A in the Wake of COVID-19: Strategies for a Healthy Business

Amid current economic landscape, companies are regularly conducting financial health checks. Baker McKenzie partners Ai Ai Wong and Nick Bryans, alongside Christophe Francoise, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, discuss the importance of evaluating business strategies in light of the pandemic and the transformational potential of M&A.

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Michelle is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and head of the IP team in London. Michelle specialises in transactional IP. She has significant depth of experience handling IP aspects of M&A transactions. She also regularly assists clients in a wide range of industries with IP advisory work, licensing, R&D and cost-sharing arrangements and regulatory and IP compliance advice. Michelle has a strong interest in tax aspects of intangibles and is a core member of Baker McKenzie’s global taxation of intangibles practice group.

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Nick is a partner in Baker McKenzie's London office and a member of the M&A and Corporate Finance teams. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Nick was a partner in another international law firm for over 14 years and was the head of Middle East and based in Dubai from 2007 to 2010. Nick spent one year on secondment to a San Francisco law firm between 1999 and 2000.

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Lisa A. Fontenot has advised clients as to mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions, securities transactions, regulation and corporate governance matters for 25 years. Ms. Fontenot is ranked as a leading attorney in the Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law categories of the current and prior editions of The Best Lawyers in America©. She was previously named a Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder – San Francisco, a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and shortlisted for the 'Best in Media and Entertainment' Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Award.

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Brian Chia heads the Corporate, Commercial & Securities Practice Group of Wong & Partners. He has been ranked as a Tier 1 practitioner in the area of Corporate/M&A in Chambers Asia Pacific since 2011 and in Chambers Global since 2013. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Corporate and M&A practice by Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000 since 2011, and by Asialaw Profiles since 2008. Mr. Chia has also been nominated for the "Asian Legal Business Client Choice Hot 75 Survey – Asia’s Best 75 lawyers" by leading in-house counsels across the Asian region, and most recently won the Client Choice – International 2014 for M&A in Malaysia. Mr. Chia played a pivotal role in building and leading the practice, which was recognised as the Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business in 2012, 2013 and 2015, among other accolades.

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Jannan Crozier is a Corporate / M&A Partner in Baker McKenzie's London office. Jannan has also practised in the Firm's Moscow and Sydney office. She is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Industrials Manufacturing & Transportation Steering Committee.