U.S.-China Tensions, Trade Compliance, and Emerging Successor Liability Risks in M&A Deals

Successor liability around regulatory compliance can derail otherwise great deals and create major post-acquisition headaches that can undermine the value of a business. Heightened geopolitical, technological, and trade tensions with China, combined with a tighter U.S. regulatory environment around export controls and trade sanctions, have dramatically increased successor liability risks. The potential impact on a deal cuts right to a company’s core business, posing far greater risks than before, and the trends on the horizon only exacerbate the issues. Avoiding these new emerging potential landmines will be critical to a deal’s success.

This panel of experts will discuss these issues and what companies, venture capital and private equity sponsors, and dealmakers can do to address them.

Panel includes:

  • James Bucknam, Managing Director, AlixPartners
  • Brent Carlson, Director, AlixPartners
  • Nicholas Turner, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Wendy Wysong, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson