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Remaining Operational: Re-Positioning Business During the Pandemic


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


The coronavirus has caused unprecedented disruptions in global commercial and financial markets. While specific economic impacts vary, no business is unaffected by the pandemic. Companies at all levels of the supply chain have been on both the sending and receiving ends of force majeure notices informing of delays or interruptions in the normal flow of business. If business is suspended for an extended period of time, how will companies respond? 

In addition to the pressing immediate concerns, what are some of the longer-term impacts of the current crisis on global businesses? How should boards be leading their companies to prepare for future interruptions that may become more frequent or further complicated by other concurrent interruptions, such as climate change? What is the legal community doing to identify and address business risks and supply chain vulnerabilities to prepare for future emergencies? 

Educational Objectives

  • Perspectives on taking a systematic approach to negotiating extensions of terms in such business relationships as loan commitments, leases, supplier and service provider obligations, and other day-to-day commercial contracts
  • When it’s useful to document or “paper” a change in contract terms (including force majeure provisions and dispute resolution provisions)
  • What to do now to minimize impacts to commercial arrangements and avoid contract litigation
  • How to minimize risks in M&A transactions (including understanding the evolving landscape for R&W insurance in light of pandemic risks to business continuity and operations)
  • Steps to monitor the fiscal health of your counterparties
  • Considerations for boards of directors (including both short-term triage and longer-term strategy considerations for both supply chain issues and customer demand)
  • Reviewing your domestic and international insurance coverages 
  • Sources of information for business assistance

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
This webinar is intended for lawyers who are dealing with the sudden impacts of a changed business climate, especially in-house counsel advising boards and commercial or business units, and law firms providing corporate and commercial advice.


Michael J. Blankenship
  • Partner
  • Winston & Strawn

Mike Blankenship focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, special purpose acquisition company’s offerings, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation. He regularly counsels public companies on strategic transactions, capital markets offerings, and general corporate and securities law matters. He also represents both issuers and underwriters in U.S. and international capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, and advises on corporate governance and securities market regulation. Mike was listed as a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2019 and 2020, and an “On the Rise Honoree” by Texas Lawyer Magazine in 2019.

Denis Demblowski
  • Legal Analyst
  • Bloomberg Law

Denis Demblowski is a legal analyst with Bloomberg Law, focusing on commercial transactions and corporate law. He practiced in-house for over 30 years at Alcoa Inc., a global industrial company, in such areas as compliance, corporate, corporate governance, general commercial, international, M&A and securities.

J. Eric Johnson
  • Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Winston & Strawn

Eric Johnson focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and corporate governance matters. He has extensive experience representing private and public energy companies, including master limited partnerships, in a broad range of corporate and securities matters. Eric has represented both publicly-traded and privately-held companies in numerous mergers, stock purchases, asset purchases, and acquisition and disposition transactions. He has represented issuers, underwriters, and selling stockholders in registered and private offerings of equity and debt securities, tender offers, and exchange offers. Eric assists his publicly-traded clients on corporate governance matters. He also assists clients in connection with general commercial and contractual matters.

Moderator: Diane Holt
  • Team Lead, Transactional Analysis
  • Bloomberg Law

Diane Holt is the Team Lead Bloomberg Law’s Transactional Analysis. Previously, she worked as transactional counsel for Enel, SpA, the Italian electric monopoly, in Rome, Italy; consultant to Central European regional operations in transition; manager of Central European Advisory Group, the regional legal and business consultancy; and associate at a large law firm in Washington D.C. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Diane earned her JD at the University of Michigan, and she speaks Spanish, Italian, Czech and French.

Continuing Education

1.0 General COA, 1.0 CLE
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