How to deal with data protection and network security issues in M&A operations in the Asia-Pacific region

Hogan Lovells

In recent years, the Asia-Pacific region has been the central hub of M&A activities. Even in 2020, when investment activities are hit by the new crown epidemic, the Asia-Pacific region is still relatively independent. Despite the global economic headwinds and the growing geopolitical uncertainty, ambitious investors in the Asia-Pacific region are still eager to try new opportunities while seeking stability in unprecedented difficulties. This shows that the trading situation in the Asia-Pacific region has begun to recover. sign. As we enter the digital age at an alarming rate, the importance of data in M&A transactions has become increasingly prominent, whether in the technical field (where data may become the most valuable asset of the acquisition target) or outside the technical field ——Enterprises in various industries rely on technological innovation activities to promote development, while using technology to drive competitive advantages. The rising value of data has also brought major challenges. The data protection and cyber security laws and regulations of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are fragmented and complicated. Our guide entitled "How to Deal with Data Protection and Cybersecurity Issues in M&A Business in the Asia-Pacific Region" introduces the important aspects of data protection and cybersecurity regulations that can affect transactions during each phase of M&A transactions. The guide focuses on the following topics: (1) Before signing: due diligence risk, remediation of non-compliance, and appropriate transaction structure. (2) Signature: Contract protection when drafting the agreement. (3) Signature to delivery: data integration process. (4) After delivery: the transaction service arrangement and the compliance plan are merged.

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