The Guide to Corporate Crisis Management - 3rd Edition

The Guide to Corporate Crisis Management - 3rd Edition

Pages: 258

ISBN: 978-1-83862-429-3

  • £175.00

Corruption investigations, expropriation, industrial accidents: corporate crises take many forms, but each can be equally dangerous for companies in Latin America. Published by Latin Lawyer, edited by Sergio J Galvis, Robert J Giuffra Jr and Werner F Ahlers of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, The Guide to Managing a Corporate Crisis is designed to assist key corporate decision-makers and their advisers in effectively planning for and managing corporate crises in the region. Fifty leading practitioners from a variety of disciplines have contributed their knowledge and insights from their experience. Covering the impact of political instability, the role of communications in crisis response, approaches to bribery investigations and game plans in response to financial stress, this book provides guidance that will benefit all practitioners when an unexpected crisis hits.


  • Introduction: Effective Crisis Management in Latin America
    Sergio J Galvis, Robert J Giuffra Jr and Werner F Ahlers
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Part I: Lessions from the Covid-19 Crisis

  • Managing the Covid-19 Pandemic in Brazil: Issues and Recommendations for Directors and Officers
    Cleber Venditti, Paula Indalecio and Thiago Jabor
    Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

  • Covid-19 and the Impact on Corporate Governance and Compliance in Colombia
    Jaime Herrera Rodriguez and Oscar Tutasaura Castellanos
    Posse Herrera Ruiz

Part II: Navigating Political and Country Risks

  • Argentina: A Legal Toolbox for an Unprecedented Crisis
    Mariela I Melhem, Esteban Valansi and Siro P Astolfi
    Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

  • Fire Marshals, Not Firefighters: A Different Approach to Crisis Management in Latin America
    Thomas F McLarty III
    McLarty Associates

  • Dealing with the Challenges of Political Violence and Crime in Latin America
    Jack Devine and Amanda Mattingly
    Arkin Group LLC

  • Navigating a Corporate Crisis: Managing the Risks of Downsizing in Venezuela
    Fulvio Italiani and Carlos Omaña

  • M&A in a Crisis-Prone Environment: Red Flags and Warning Signs in Peru
    José Antonio Payet and Carlos A Patrón
    Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Part III: Stakeholder Relations

  • Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: The Role of Culture, Perception and Common Sense in Crisis Management
    Pablo Jimenez-Zorrilla and Gregorio Lascano
    Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Singing from the Same Song Sheet: How Collaboration Between Legal and Communications Can Mitigate a Crisis
    Paul A Holmes and Eric M Wachter

  • Crisis Management as a Tool for Approaching Shareholder Activism

    Sergio J Galvis and Werner F Ahlers
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Crisis Avoidance and Management Strategies
    Jeremy FeigelsonAndrew M Levine, Christopher Ford, Anna R Gressel, Stephanie Cipolla and Hilary Davidson
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Mining Projects in Peru: Community Relations, Indigenous Rights and the Search for Sustainability
    Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado
    Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Part IV: Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Weathering a Crisis in Brazil: Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers of Brazilian Companies Approaching Insolvency
    Giuliano Colombo and João Guilherme Thiesi da Silva
    Pinheiro Neto Advogados
  • Financial Distress: An Action Plan for Corporate Restructurings in Mexico
    Eugenio Sepúlveda
    Galicia Abogados
  • United States Bankruptcy Proceedings for Latin American Corporates
    Andrew G Dietderich, James L Bromley and Fabio Weinberg Crocco
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Part V: Anti-Corruption and Government Investigations

  • Anti-Corruption in Latin America
    James M Koukios, Ruti Smithline, Gerardo Gomez Galvis and Julian N Radzinschi
    Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • When Good Companies Fight Against the Bad: A Practical Crisis Management Guide for Doing Business in Mexico
    Leonel Pereznieto and Narciso Campos
    Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez
  • Representing Individual Executives in Latin America
    Mauricio A España, Hector Gonzalez, Andrew J Levander, Mariel Bronen and Yando Peralta
    Dechert LLP
  • The Changing Landscape in Brazilian Investigations Since Lava Jato
    Breon S Peace, Jonathan Kolodner and Lisa Vicens
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Cross-Border Transfer Pricing Investigations and Proceedings
    José Luis Fernández Fernández and César De la Parra Bello
    Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa


Sergio J Galvis

Sergio Galvis is a leading corporate lawyer in the United States who is known for his cross-border work, especially in Latin America. He joined Sullivan & Cromwell after graduating from Harvard Law School and clerking for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce, Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and has been a partner of the Firm since 1991. He is a member of S&Cʼs Management Committee, oversees the Firm’s recruiting and administrative functions and leads its Latin America practice.

Sergio has worked with clients across more than 25 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas on hundreds of significant matters in a broad range of practices, including crisis management, criminal defense and investigations, workouts and restructurings, corporate governance, sovereign financing, capital markets, M&A and project financing. He also regularly works on OFAC compliance and sanctions issues, especially as they relate to in Latin America situations.

Robert J Giuffra, Jr

Robert J Giuffra, Jr is recognised as one of the leading litigators in the US. He is a member of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s management committee, responsible for the litigation practice.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr Giuffra has represented Fortune 500 companies in some of the highest-stakes litigations and investigations of the past two decades, including those arising from the financial crisis, Enron bankruptcy and HealthSouth accounting fraud. He is currently US national coordinating counsel for Volkswagen in diesel emissions litigations and investigations and helped secure landmark US regulatory and consumer settlements. He also represents Fiat Chrysler in US litigation and investigations over diesel emissions. He has represented leading Latin American companies, including Tenaris in securing the first SEC deferred prosecution agreement and Grupo Mexico in Delaware derivative litigation. He has won precedent-setting US court decisions, including limiting the extraterritorial application of US securities laws.

A graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, Mr Giuffra clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the US Supreme Court and for Judge Ralph Winter of the Second Circuit. As Chief Counsel of the US Senate Banking Committee, he was a principal drafter of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Werner Federico

Werner Federico Ahlers is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s General Practice Group whose practice focuses on a wide range of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions and corporate matters. Werner advises on a variety of corporate, project and restructuring financing matters, and in the areas of corporate governance and crisis management. He is a core member of the Firm’s Latin America practice, and regularly acts on equity and debt investments for strategic investors based in and outside the region, private equity, pension and sovereign wealth funds, and bank and multi-lateral agency lenders. His practice spans diverse sectors, including mining and metals, power and energy, real estate, infrastructure, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services.

Werner has been repeatedly recognized for his cross-border advisory work by leading legal publications, such as Chambers (Global and Latin America), Latin Lawyer, Law360, The M&A Advisor, The American Lawyer and The Legal 500 (Latin America and US). Werner serves on the Executive Sub-Committee and as chair of the Latin America Sub-Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a native speaker of Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese.

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