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COVID-19 outbreak – legal and commercial risks for your global business to consider

Squire Patton Boggs


The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as ‘coronavirus’, is now being felt across the globe. 

This webinar will highlight the key legal and commercial risks for global businesses to consider, together with the practical steps they should be taking to mitigate the impact of the virus on their business, staff and supply chains. 

Our global experts will focus on: 

  • Lessons from China: Daniel Roules will put the coronavirus in context, sharing the latest position in China and how companies are responding there to the outbreak.  
  • Commercial and supply chain risks: Paul Jinks will discuss the range of supply chain risk management measures that companies should consider.  
  • Labour and employment: Matthew Lewis will highlight the key labour and employment issues to consider, both in the United Kingdom and more widely.
  • Health and safety: Rob Biddlecombe will flag the practical steps that businesses should be taking to manage their health and safety obligations.
  • View from the United States: Sarah Rathke will touch on how the virus is affecting the United States.

This webinar is intended to help you manage your organisation’s global response to the COVID-19 outbreak and will be of interest to in-house counsel, HR professionals and all those involved in risk and compliance.



Daniel Roules

Dan Roules has 30 years’ experience in international transactions in Asia, Europe and the United States and has been living and working in China for nearly 25 years. Dan has served as lead counsel on numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings in China (including Taiwan) and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He counsels on corporate finance, corporate governance, US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and PRC anti-bribery issues, as well as the full range of operational issues for manufacturing companies in China.


Paul Jinks

Paul Jinks has 20 years’ experience of supporting major commercial transactions in both the public and private sector, with a particular focus on large-scale IT and outsourcing projects (both first generation and, the re-tendering/re-negotiation of existing arrangements). Paul has supported major transactions across a wide range of industries and sectors, including the outsourcing of critical business functions by FCA-regulated businesses subject to SYSC 8 compliance requirements; and projects involving significant programmes of service transformation and business change.


Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis is the head of our employment practice based in our Leeds office.

Matthew trained and qualified as a trade union lawyer and has the unusual experience of both claimant and respondent work. Matthew previously worked in our London office, moving to Leeds in 2004.


Rob Biddlecombe
Senior Associate

Rob Biddlecombe specialises in all aspects of environmental, safety and health law, with an emphasis on contaminated land, water pollution, waste management, the control of asbestos, fire safety and chemicals regulation. Rob has a specific interest in environmental, safety and health issues associated with property management.


Sarah Rathke

Sarah Rathke is a trial lawyer specializing in manufacturing litigation, particularly complex supply chain disputes. She has argued and tried cases on behalf of manufacturers in forums throughout the United States. Her clients include foreign, domestic, and multinational manufacturing entities. Her skills include a deep understanding of the process of bringing highly engineered products to market and conveying that understanding to judges and juries. Sarah has litigated supply chain disputes involving automotive, aerospace, food, medical, construction, and office products. She has also litigated trade secret disputes involving manufactured products and cases involving the purchase and sale of manufacturing entities.


Daniel F. Roules
Matthew Lewis
Robert Biddlecombe
Sarah Rathke
Paul Jinks


24 March 2020
13:00 - 13:55 UTC
55 min