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Stoic lawyers who keep the wheels of business turning in conflict zones
With the headlines dominated by news of bombs in Gaza, continuing violence in Ukraine and multiple crises in other parts of the world, it can sometimes be forgotten that, for those who are living in these regions and often facing terrible conditions, normal life must go on as far as possible.
Lawyers in these countries seem to possess a rare ability to put on a brave face and get on with business. Take this week’s special report on Israel, starting on page 30. It includes an account of corporate lawyers retreating to an air-raid shelter in the middle of negotiating a deal.
It was a similar story when we covered Ukraine back in April. Many interviewees said their clients were nervous, but for the most part prepared to pursue projects that were already under way.
Equally, it is clear that the threat of terrorist activity in Kenya is not deterring investors – the country’s inaugural eurobond offering got away with great success in June.
In fact, in the past couple of years there has been a higher level of negativity emanating from the countries most impacted by the financial crisis than those experiencing serious political turmoil.
Clearly, for many investors risk appetite is returning with economic stability, and there is a will to balance political issues against the prospects of good financial return. But law firms are also proving their ability to sell and work in their jurisdictions, even in times of deep crisis.