COVID-19 Due Diligence Checklist

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Navigate, Negotiate and Close Your Transactions During COVID-19

In the best of times, business collaborations are exciting, complex and challenging. During the COVID-19 era, investments, alliances, acquisitions and other partnerships face a host of unique requirements—and offer high-potential opportunities.

To maximize the value of business collaborations, investors, corporations and other organizations need clarity, even when clarity seems impossible. That’s where McDermott comes in to partner with you. Our team has unmatched experience navigating the business and legal needs that arise during corporate restructuring, reorganization and integration projects. Our special brand of legal acumen, rooted in decades of experience and powered by bold original thinking, is calibrated to overcome challenges and propel your success.

To help your investments thrive during this time, we’ve created the COVID-19 due diligence checklist. The detailed questions will help you navigate, negotiate and close current and forthcoming deals. (If you are in the Health and Life Sciences Industry, please visit this page for checklists specific to these sectors.)

Our report includes specific, COVID-19-focused questions in the following areas:

  • Corporate Organization and Management
  • Securities and Ownership
  • Financial Matters
  • Taxation
  • Company Contracts and Agreements
  • Operations, Business Continuity and Data Strategy Matters
  • Employment and Employee Benefits
  • Real Property
  • Insurance
  • Information Technology, Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Regulatory – General
  • Lobbying and Foreign Agents Registration Act


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Dear valued clients, friends, and colleagues all over the world:

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. In response to the current pandemic, the McDermott Will & Emery Global Law Firm Network has assembled the attached COVID-19 Global Guide for Business. As of the time of this posting, there have been nearly 2.5 million people worldwide infected by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, resulting in almost 165,000 deaths. Hundreds of millions of people are living under various “shelter-in-place” orders, the details of which are constantly shifting in response to new information. Millions of jobs have been lost and the world economy has been severely shaken. At the same time, millions of people have been able to continue to work or carry on with their studies through the use of technology.

Although all nations are fighting a common enemy in COVID-19, governmental responses to the outbreak have differed significantly based on various factors, including local laws, culture and politics, and the degree of severity of the outbreak in each country.

This Global Guide is designed for multinational businesses, C-level and human resources executives, and anyone who is interested in learning about the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Guide includes succinct answers, provided by legal professionals located in more than 35 countries, to nearly two-dozen important business and employment questions related to those countries' response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

These legal professionals are members of the McDermott Global Network; without their contributions and continued commitment, this guide could not have been produced. In the next few weeks, we expect to expand the guide to include responses from legal professionals in additional countries. If you would like us to add a particular country or Q&A to the guide, please let us know.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic and the world's response to it is a constantly evolving story. As a result, the information contained in this Global Guide will need to be regularly updated. We will do our best to promptly refresh each country's answers as new developments unfold.

We hope that you find the information contained in this guide to be interesting and helpful. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions on how it can be improved. And please let us know if we can help you, your family or friends during these difficult times.

Brian Cousin, Partner, Leader of International Employment Practice | +1 212 547 5420 |
Manuel Rajunov, Partner | +1 214 295 8014 |


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