Corporate Risk Management, Crisis Management, Transactions
S. R. Labby provides innovative risk, security, liability and crisis management to public and private companies. Whether we are transactional counsel, leading investigations or audits or acting as risk and crisis management counsel, our quantitative and qualitative analyses of enterprise-wide business risks allow us to provide business clients with a superior assessment of risk, mitigation options, implementation and crisis planning.
The Firm’s transactional practice recognizes that corporate transactions are largely matters of direct and indirect risk allocation; successful transactions therefore depend on keen assessments of company-specific and industry-wide risk and reward matrices. Our transactional practice also takes a long view of risk management, including corporate structuring and governance from entrepreneurial inception to acquisition to exit strategies.
No material risk can be reduced to zero; risk management is not risk elimination. Consequently, our Firm is particularly attentive in all of its practices to the context of business risk and (we believe uniquely) to the effects of risk assessments themselves. For example, we avoid the common “list” approach to risk management because we believe it often increases rather than reduces company costs by providing potential litigants and deal counterparties with damaging information that has not been properly quantified or qualified and often creates unintentional problems with regard to privilege. Our Firm’s lawyers’ extensive experience with corporate transactions also makes us adept at spotting and navigating opportunities to appropriately shift risks to third parties, even outside a specific transactional context.
Our analyses include:
• Command and control of risk and crisis management (the frequent failure to address this area renders many other risk management components valueless)
• Media management
• Regulatory risks*
• Corporate governance
• Industry best practices
• Acquisition and joint venture risk
• Physical risks, including facility risk, executive protection, executive and employee security and special risks
• Vendor and advisor risk and vetting processes
• Business risks arising from personal matters
• Regional, national and global political risks
In addition to our risk assessments and management counsel, the Firm provides corporate training, particularly in command and control procedures, and monitors and assesses third party vendors’ implementation of risk management protocols.
Our representations include a spectrum of multinational hedge funds and multinational public companies with facilities in sensitive regions; Fortune 50 companies; private companies; and family-owned businesses.
* S. R. Labby does not generally act as primary advisor for environmental and financial industry regulation; as part of broader engagements, the Firm engages and monitors professionals in these areas.
Private Client; Family Office
S. R. Labby approaches its family office and private client practices with the same attention to financial and non-financial risk management as in our business practices. Our lawyers represent high net worth individuals and family offices, public officials, executives and entrepreneurs in matters ranging from crisis intervention and prevention to trusts and estates, family law matters, security, and financial structuring. Our lawyers’ understanding of both front and back office family office functions includes extensive experience working with clients with net worth ranging from ten million to several billion dollars.
As in our Firm’s corporate and risk management practices, we emphasize examining, quantifying and managing personal and family risks and liabilities as a whole; our advice addresses the “ripple effects” of specific vulnerabilities of our clients and opposing parties to obtain the most advantageous solutions for our clients. In contrast to many lawyers, including many elite lawyers, our Firm is particularly focused on medium- and long-term financial effects of each possible resolution (including effects on business, occupational, and personal interests), projecting the likelihood of various contingencies and their impacts beyond the immediate time frame, and adapting our strategies and tactics to maximize our clients’ long-term benefit.