Escrow Services

Global risk management for critical transactions

Escrow Services

Risk reduction is top of mind in any global transaction. That’s why so many companies turn to J.P. Morgan for Escrow Services. Our global team of experts will help you develop an escrow transaction structure that will work for you.

We act as an independent party to the transaction, holding assets in escrow and disbursing them quickly and securely according to the terms of the agreement. As an escrow agent, J.P. Morgan offers:

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Escrow Experts

A dedicated team of experienced professionals around the world offer flexible solutions for a wide range of corporate transactions.

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Cross-Border
Capabilities

From locations on five contintents, our on-the-ground teams understand cross-border transactions in all major jurisdictions.

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Quick, reliable and
responsive service

Agreements, claims, and disbursements are reviewed promptly and comprehensively by the Escrow Services team.

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Integrated solutions

Beyond escrow services, J.P. Morgan offers a variety of investment, foreign exchange and payment services to support the transaction.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Introducing our online solution for faster M&A shareholder payments:

  • Streamline how shareholders enter, validate and submit information
  • Track the status of submissions and payments in real time


We offer a range of Escrow services to support M&A transactions around the globe, including Holdback Escrows, Good Faith Deposits and Paying Agent Services.

Holdback Escrows

To mitigate transaction risk, J.P. Morgan offers Holdback accounts, enabling clients to place a portion of the purchase price in escrow until the terms of an agreement are satisfied. Holdbacks offer a way for the buyer to seek claims for false representations or breaches of warranty. J.P. Morgan will manage all claims on the account in accordance with the agreement terms.

Good Faith Deposits

J.P. Morgan offers Good Faith Deposits, which hold a portion of the transaction purchase price in escrow to help buyers and sellers faciliate bidding and comply with regulations. J.P. Morgan can also distribute termination fees from the escrow funds if the transaction is cancelled.

Takeover codes for global M&A

Regulations in certain jurisdictions – such as the Takeover Codes of Hong Kong and the United Kingdom – require confirmation from the advisor in an M&A deal that resources are available to move the transaction forward. J.P. Morgan provides the financial advisor the assurance that funds will be available and segregated throughout the duration of the offer.

Closing Agent/Paying Agent

J.P. Morgan offers buyers escrow accounts for deposit of the full transaction purchase price to centralize funding sources and hold liquid funds before closing. We also provide a variety of services to facilitate the transaction:

Closing Agent escrows – These escrows faciliate the exchange of the company stock from the seller for cash payments from the buyer.

Paying Agent services – J.P. Morgan disburses funds to the selling shareholders directly from an escrow account. We can efficiently manage all aspects of the process, from inspecting presentations and share certificates, to resolving issues and promptly paying shareholders.

Debt Capital Markets

We offer escrow solutions for corporate and private equity entities issuing bonds or receiving loans.

Bond and Loan Issuance

J.P. Morgan provides corporate and private equity firms with escrows that segregate bond and loan proceeds and can be used for a variety of transactions, including construction projects or acquisitions. J.P. Morgan's services can also help mitigate the risk of proceeds being used for unintended purposes.

Other Lending Services

J.P. Morgan can hold assets in escrow as collateral for loans to help mitigate the risk of default for the lender.

Bond and Loans Example

Proceeds released from Escrow to:

  • Use for purchase, or
  • Return to investors/ Lenders (plus accrued/unpaid interest) if close does not go through

Funds place in Escrow to:

  • Hold coupon or interest payments per covenants/agreements
  • Make payments to lenders, or to bond trustee for distribution to bond investors

Proceeds placed in Escrow to:

  • Mitigate risk of M&A closing (or not closing) after the bond/loan issued
  • Make good faith deposits
  • Ring fence pending regulatory approval

Proceeds released from Escrow to:

  • Use for purchase, or
  • Return to investors/ Lenders (plus accrued/unpaid interest) if close do not go through

Funds place in Escrow to:

  • Hold coupon or interest payments per covenants/agreements
  • Make payments to lenders, or to bond trustee for distribution to bond investors

Litigation

J.P. Morgan offers class action lawsuit and settlement appeal escrow solutions for corporate clients.

Class-Action Lawsuit

J.P. Morgan can establish an escrow or "qualified settlement fund" at the conclusion of a class action lawsuit to hold the settlement amount on behalf of the defendants. We work closely with the claims administrator to initiate payments to the class members of the settlement.

Settlement Appeal

During the course of an appeals process, defendants may be asked by the courts to deposit some or all of the potential award into an escrow account. J.P. Morgan offers escrows to hold these funds, giving plaintiffs and defendants the assurance that funds will be available upon the court ruling.

Cross-Border Transactions

We offer a sophisticated level of in-country support along with foreign exchange services in 135 currencies.

A Global Network

When you execute global transactions with our Escrow Services team, you tap into an integrated network of escrow specialists in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America who have extensive experience in cross-border escrow solutions and can help you understand local nuances affecting your escrow transactions.

Responsive Service

To help reduce the complexity of cross-border escrow transactions, J.P. Morgan can provide dozens of standard contract templates – valid for a variety of jurisdictions and governing laws – that can be customized to specific structures.

A Dedicated Team

Our team of more than 90 professionals worldwide is solely dedicated to escrow and is ready to assist you with your transaction needs anywhere, anytime. We can help coordinate across time zones and jurisdictions, and help minimize cross-border transaction risk.

Contact Us

For information on corporate escrow services, please contact the representative in your region.

For more information regarding escrows for consumer mortgages, please call 1-800-873-6577.

J.P. Morgan does not offer escrow services for purchases of automobiles or equipment.

U.S. East

Jordana Chutter

212-552-2068

jordana.chutter@jpmorgan.com

John Mazzuca

212-552-2057

john.mazzuca@jpmorgan.com

Kevin Pruner

212-552-2739

kevin.p.pruner@jpmorgan.com


U.S. Midwest

Kevin Ryan

312-954-0078

kevin.m.ryan@jpmorgan.com


U.S. Southwest

Kalvin Dickson

713 216-2129

kalvin.dickson@jpmorgan.com


U.S. West

Marc Parilla

415 315-3920

marc.j.parilla@jpmorgan.com


Europe, Middle East & Africa

Richard Ayrton

+44 207 134 5023

richard.ayrton@jpmorgan.com


Asia Pacific

Ying Liu

+852 28006776

ying.yl.liu@jpmorgan.com


Latin America

Lisandra Gomes

+55 114 9502922

lisandra.g.gomes@jpmorgan.com


Canada

Kevin Ryan

312-954-0078

kevin.m.ryan@jpmorgan.com


Global Sales Executive

Nicholas Scarabino

212-552-1312

nicholas.a.scarabino@jpmorgan.com


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