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COVID-19

With the rapid spread of coronavirus and increasing impact on our clients, their people and operations, we have mobilized a global team of cross-disciplinary lawyers to support you. Businesses are confronting risks to their employees and economic consequences. Our deep industry sector knowledge, combined with our legal and regulatory insights can help you to respond to both the immediate and longer term business risk stemming from the rapid, global spread of COVID-19.

Delayed or aborted corporate transactions, disrupted supply chains, sharp decreases in corporate earnings, concerns over commercial viability of contracts, major event cancellations and decreased consumer activity are all playing a part in the disruption of markets and businesses around the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor the legal implications of coronavirus and have used our regulatory capabilities and industry sector understanding to produce a range of practical guidance, delivered through client updates, articles and a series of webinars.

Some of the immediate implications we are seeing on businesses across industries include:

  • Understanding the potential use of force majeure clauses.
  • Challenges within contracts, supply chains and M&A or joint venture transactions, including frustration, MACs and breach of representation/warranty.
  • Interpreting federal, state and county “Critical Infrastructure,” “Life-Sustaining Business,” and “Essential Business” designations, exceptions, and waiver issues in the U.S. and similar designations of critical business and stay-in-place orders across the globe.
  • The impact on employment relationships across jurisdictions, from both health & safety and employee relationship management perspectives.
  • Increased risk of cybersecurity threats and corporations breaking data privacy rules.
  • Insurance coverage queries, including liability insurance, business interruption insurance and scenarios such as event cancellation.
  • Planning and deploying crisis response plans.

Hogan Lovells can help you respond to any challenges impacting you, across your business, anywhere in the world. Get in touch with us at COVID19@hoganlovells.com or speak to your usual Hogan Lovells contact.

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