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Asia Pacific business leaders are making necessary, strategic changes to meet the needs of a vastly changed business landscape — and deciding where legal expertise may be needed most to limit and manage disruption and soften risks.

This series of four reports features key considerations and action points for business leaders and decision-makers in the region as they make strategic decisions, pursue growth and secure lasting success. Based on a custom survey of 800 respondents, in partnership with Acuris, this series spans four main areas of business: Supply Chains, New M&A Landscape, Digital Transformation and ESG.

DOWNLOAD REPORTState of Play – Supply Chains and Trade Realignment

Understand how businesses view rising protectionism, regulatory scrutiny and shifting jurisdictional influence, and how this is directly impacting their supply chain strategies.

Key highlights include:top concerns for businesses including trade disputes, rising protectionism and regulatory scrutinyshifting investment trends and plans for supply chain diversification in the regionkey risk areas around strategic transformation for business renewalforward-looking perspectives on regional efforts, sustainability and more
               
DOWNLOAD REPORTCharting Growth — New M&A Landscape

Businesses are using M&A to realize transformative change to remain competitive and resilient in an increasingly complex world. Explore how low interest rates and a positive financing environment are providing access to capital for businesses to pursue deals.

Key highlights include:trends shaping the current deal environment, including strategic acquisitions and divestmentsfactors and challenges that will drive the next wave of deal makinghow and why companies are optimizing corporate portfolios opportunities for both buyers and sellers
               
DOWNLOAD REPORTRiding the Next Wave — Digital Transformation in Asia Pacific

As companies respond to shifting demand patterns and propel their digital transformation (DX) agenda, understand the conversation on managing emerging risks, creating value from new technologies and aligning DX efforts with business renewal.

Key highlights include:the uneven sectoral landscape for DX in the regiontop DX risks affecting the pace of on-boarding and monetizing technologykey areas that can accelerate DX effortshow propelling DX will help businesses stay competitive and seek growth
               
DOWNLOAD REPORTFrom Strategy to Action — Advancing ESG in Asia Pacific

As businesses integrate ESG action into business renewal, there is an imperative to mitigate risks and pre-empt regulatory and compliance complexities amid uneven recovery and progress across jurisdictional and sectoral landscapes in the region.

Key highlights include:the uneven jurisdictional and sectoral ESG landscapethe ESG risks that are top of mind for businesseskey forces propelling ESG action in the regionhow advancing ESG is now intertwined in business renewal strategies
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Anne has been with Baker McKenzie since 2001. Prior to that, she spent four years with the Australian Attorney-General's Department/Australian Government Solicitor mostly working on large IT projects. In her time at Baker McKenzie, Anne has spent 18 months working in London (2007-2008) and more recently three years working in Singapore (2017-2020).

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Tracy Wut is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Hong Kong office. She is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments in China. She regularly acts for clients in complex cross-border transactions, in particular in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector, and navigates clients through various issues relating to investments in China. She has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A and Life Sciences by Chambers Asia and M&A and private equity by IFLR1000. She is the co-head of the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Industry Group in China and Hong Kong.

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Adrian Lawrence is the head of the Firm's Asia Pacific Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group. He is a partner in the Sydney office of Baker McKenzie where he advises on media, intellectual property and information technology, providing advice in relation to major issues relating to the online and offline media interests. He is recognised as a leading Australian media and telecommunications lawyer.

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Ilona Millar is a partner in the Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie's Sydney office. Ilona is an environmental and projects lawyer with a diverse range of experience in domestic and international climate change, carbon markets, environmental law and policy, and a strong background in all aspects of water management, planning and projects. She joined the Firm in 2008 from the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, and International Institute for Environment and Development, in London. Ilona regularly writes, teaches and presents on environmental topics — she has lectured on environmental law, environmental markets and international climate change law at UNSW, Sydney University and University College London and for the past six years has co-coordinated the international climate change law course at ANU where she is a visiting fellow at the College of Law. Ilona's extensive pro bono work includes advising a number of developing country governments and non-government organizations on international climate change negotiations, and advising the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists on water and natural resource management law. She is listed among the best lawyers for Climate Change by Best Lawyers Australia 2016.

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