Crisis Management

White & Case Crisis Management Overview

Global firm with the resources and expertise to handle multi-jurisdictional compliance programme design for household-name clients in a number of industries.

The firm is more dynamic and responsive than other firms we have previously used.

Chambers UK 2018

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In today's global environment, as the world finds itself grappling with the impact of an unprecedented outbreak of an infectious disease, we are reminded yet again that crisis can take many forms, calling into question reputation and leadership of businesses and governments alike.

A degree of normality is returning to Asia, and the US is moving with determination to help with the financial crunch with the largest economic stimulus package in its history—US$2 trillion, it is now Europe that is at the epicenter of the global pandemic. The ability to quickly put in place a realistic plan in response to unexpected and high-impact events sets apart organisations that will succeed from those who will struggle. As always, preparation is key. No one can know how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, and the ultimate response remains uncertain, but together with an experienced team of legal advisors who are skilled in navigating complexities and assessment of all potential material outcomes, businesses can be better prepared to mitigate that uncertainty. For our latest thinking on the legal implications of the pandemic, please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center.

Our team of multidisciplinary and experienced lawyers in more than 40 offices around the world covers a full range of crisis management issues from rapid response advice to long-term sustainability and contingency planning, to crisis leadership and strategy development. We work collaboratively with boards, crisis management teams, PR and other advisors to support an organisation's response to a crisis. In an interconnected world with increasing regulation, media exposure, stakeholder activism and social media pressures, a crisis can strike anytime, anywhere:

  • Accidents and natural disasters
  • Health, safety and physical security concerns
  • Environmental disasters
  • Technological failures
  • Cybersecurity data breaches and network attacks
  • Personal data breaches and exposure of confidential or proprietary information
  • Hostile bids
  • Consequences of economic and market forces
  • Defamation claims
  • Criminal allegations
  • Unexpected change in law or withdrawal of permits/licences
  • Military and paramilitary conflict or unexpected political regime change
  • Antitrust dawn raids
  • Civil unrest, protests, strikes or blockades
  • Adverse human rights impact 

Our lawyers know how to manage these issues. We bring the skills required to plan for and respond to a crisis, as well as deep industry and cross-border understanding that enables us to provide insightful advice and responsive, fit-for-purpose strategies. Our broad experience comes from advising corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals around the globe and across a wide spectrum of crises, often in extremely sensitive and time-pressured environments.

White & Case takes a three-fold approach to crisis management:

  1. Pre-empt: Crisis Prevention and Contingency Planning
  2. Act: Crisis Response
  3. Recover: Path to Resolution