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A bold vision of the future is redefining corporate strategy for businesses in Asia Pacific, with new opportunities arising from disruption. For many organizations, the fastest route to reinvention is through transactions — divesting to access liquidity, filling gaps in capability and organic growth, building digital revenue streams and adapting the scale and focus of operations to meet new market demand.

In this series of reports, we explore the defining characteristics of transactions, using the SCAPE framework to understand legal complexity and stress test plans in an evolving landscape.

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Each report outlines areas of the transactional DealSCAPE, highlighting key sub-sector trends, opportunities for strategic growth and specific areas of legal consideration to renew and reinvent.

The Automotive DealSCAPE Automotives face tough competition for attractive assets, especially in relation to emerging categories such as autonomous vehicles, e-mobility and connected cars.Find out how companies can transform responsibly and strategically, while seeking access to technology, skills and assets in non-traditional segments.

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The Aviation DealSCAPE Aviation was one of the hardest-hit industries of the global pandemic, resulting in exhausted credit lines and low asset valuations. These conditions present different opportunities in terms of M&A and consolidation through restructuring.Understand the short-term and longer-term trends shaping the transactional landscape and how emerging ESG incentives affect deal activity.

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The Luxury Fashion and Retail DealSCAPEDisruption is bringing new opportunities for reinvention and strategic change for the subsector. As companies in luxury retail and fashion adapt to new patterns of demand, transactions can help to create new customer bases rapidly, build digital direct-to-consumer channels and change the scale and focus of operations.Explore how the transaction landscape is shifting through divestitures to access liquidity, vertical integration, the rising role of private equity and more.

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Yaeko Hodaka has over 25 years of legal experience in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and reorganization, internal investigation, litigation and dispute resolution. She is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Practice Group, with a focus on the automotive sector and serves as the Regional Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Transportation Group in Asia Pacific.

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Loke-Khoon Tan is a partner and head of the IPTech Group in Hong Kong and China. He is currently on the Global Firm’s Steering Committee for the Consumer Goods & Retail (including Luxury and Fashion) Industry Practice. He is also on the Steering Committee for the regional IPTech Group. Mr. Tan is the author of various IP publications including the trilogy of "Pirates in the Middle Kingdom: the Art of Trademark War" books. Mr. Tan is an active member of the Firm's Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee focusing on LGBT. As an integral part of the Firm's Corporate Social Responsibility Program, the Committee has broad oversight for the strategic development and implementation of the Firm's diversity activities. Mr. Tan was also complimented in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020. It reads: "Head of department Tan Loke-Khoon is highly praised by clients, with one stating: 'He's extremely kind, intelligent and has a very strong network; he can basically co-ordinate and refer anything anywhere in the world. He puts a lot of potential into every client he takes care of.' He advises on various elements of brand protection strategy including registrations, enforcement of IP rights and infringement litigation. He is particularly experienced in representing clients from the retail and consumer goods sectors."

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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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Scott Silverman practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and environmental advisory. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.A. and earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Silverman is admitted to practice in California.

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Masahiro Inaba is a member of the Firm’s Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in Tokyo. Mr. Inaba regularly assists clients in general corporate law matters. He is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association.

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Permsak Krairiksh joined Baker McKenzie Bangkok’s Financial Services Practice Group in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. His practice focus includes project finance and development, banking and finance, and aircraft financing and leasing.

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Jean-Denis Marx practices in corporate law, and has 15 years of experience with Baker McKenzie. Prior to joining the Firm in 1994, Mr. Marx worked at Coudert Frères in Paris from 1990 to 1993 and Koyo Seiko in Japan from 1989 to 1990. He is a member of the Paris Bar Association, and is recognized as a foreign special member by the Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. He is fluent in French, English, Japanese and German.

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