Weathering the coronavirus outbreak

The sudden and widespread outbreak of the coronavirus - COVID-19 has caused great disruption to public health around the world and has significantly impacted businesses and personal investments. Governments have ramped up measures to minimise health risks by limiting the exposure of individuals in public spaces and providing health advisories to their citizens. Together with the authorities, businesses are working hard to contain the virus through mandatory quarantines, alternative work arrangements and limiting certain services.

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However, as a result of these measures, many companies, family offices and financial institutions are facing significant business and legal challenges, including disruption of business operations and supply chains, commercial disputes and contractual risks, a backlog of litigation cases as well as the risk of reorganisation and restructuring. With the growing number of confirmed cases globally, the problems for businesses will continue to mount, with no market or geography immune to the effects. Our team globally are helping to navigate these obstacles by developing practical business continuity plans and providing comprehensive legal solutions to protect you and your businesses.

Withers as a global firm is operating on an agile basis, employing business continuity practices to deliver effective client service around the world.

We are ready to deliver on-the-ground counsel and onsite support globally from our 17 offices across the Asia Pacific, Europe and Americas. Our approach is to work closely with you to identify how best to deal with the situation and arrive at a favourable or suitable solution early. If circumstances prevent it, we are ready to fight in your corner to defend your business interests. We are also technologically enabled to help you seamlessly and virtually manage your personal legal matters and execute your commercial transactions during this challenging time.

Do not hesitate to reach out to your usual contacts in Withers if you require advice, local knowledge or legal support.

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