Following the success of the #UUBOICEAcademy 2018, UUBO hosted a closed-door session on Crisis Management with selected C-Suite Executives and other industry leaders building on themes from the [hashtag]UUBOICEAcademy 2018 including the importance of having an effective crisis management strategy, the value of adopting a proactive rather than a reactionary approach and the role of lawyers in devising such strategies.
At the session, UUBO Managing Partner, Dan Agbor, commented that “One of our primary roles as a firm is to support our clients in their day-to-day work, as well as when they are going through the inevitable periods of crisis that every business faces. This is why we organised this knowledge-sharing forum, both so that we can be better equipped to support our clients, and also so they can be better informed about what steps to take even before they need to call us.”
Speaking at the session, Nigel Boardman said, “The thing about crisis management is that most people don’t face many crises, so they don’t have experience in how to deal with them, which leads to a lot of mistakes being made. Managing a crisis is complex and if you don’t have training and don’t have access to experts, that’s a really tough position to be in. It does pay to prepare properly and develop a crisis management manual, but ultimately, it is a worthwhile investment for workplaces to engage someone with experience in the field." Mr. Boardman, Chairman of the Africa Practice Group of Slaughter and May, a Magic Circle UK Law Firm is ranked by Chambers as a ’star performer’ for corporate and M&A work. His practice has included advising some of the largest global and multinational companies on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and debt and equity capital markets transactions. His experience extends to sports law and the art world and his contribution has been recognised by many awards, including a Financial Times’ Special Achievement Award and a Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Yinka Edu, a UUBO Investigations and Compliance team partner, commented that “At Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, it is important to us to support our clients’ needs in responsive, innovative and accessible ways. Considering the relative volatility of the local and regional business space in recent times, as well as the feedback we received about the need for a deeper dive into crisis management following our ICE Academy, we are certain that this session has been of immense value to our guests.”