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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.

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.

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.


Loke-Khoon Tan is a senior partner of the award-winning IP & Technology 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 and leads the Industry Practice in the AP region. He led the IP & Technology Group as Practice Group leader from 2005 to 2020. He is also the author of various IP publications including the trilogy of "Pirates in the Middle Kingdom: the Art of Trademark War" books. The 4th edition will be published in 2021. Loke-Khoon supports the Firm's Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, focusing on LGBT+ in Asia. 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 and inclusion activities. Loke-Khoon was complimented by the ranking and publications as: "The IP lawyer Loke-Khoon Tan at Baker McKenzie is incredibly responsive. With deep knowledge and legal expertise. He also has great communication and interactive skills." Loke-Khoon was named and awarded one of only four Stonewall Global Changemakers of the year for 2022, for his exceptional work on advancing global LGBTQ+ workplace equality.


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.


Masahiro Inaba is a partner with 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.


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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