Since the collapse of the financial system in 2008, increased economic, social and corporate fragility has continued to influence the geopolitical environment. In the West, consensus expectations were shattered by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union followed by President Donald Trump’s victory in the United States, and by the Italian electorate’s rejection of the Prime Minister’s reforms, among other key events. In emerging markets, political shifts in Brazil, the Philippines, Turkey, and Mexico are all redefining political risk, government relations, as well as opportunities.

The ongoing shift towards more nationalistic priorities continue to challenge the linkages between political and corporate relationships and its associated risks. Indeed, whenever a company does business with a fragile ecosystem, it puts itself at at both economic and reputational risk. Additionally, the interconnectedness of technology, security, economic integration, and climate change means that the manifestation of one risk is increasingly likely to influence others, with unforeseeable impact.

In this volatile geopolitical environment, businesses and governments should build internal corporate foreign policy and crisis management capacity in order to progressively build more resilient growth economies.

With a deep knowledge of corporate foreign policy, political risk, and crisis management, Amsterdam & Partners LLP boasts more than 37 years of field experience in places such as Yemen, Russia, Venezuela, Lebanon, Nigeria and Brazil. The firm has significant experience advising clients on bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, crafting strategic approaches to the arbitration process. We believe that a company’s arbitration, and preventive risk management process represents just one aspect of its overall crisis law and business strategy, and must be coordinated in line with the overall client objectives.