NEW YORK—Five crisis communications firms from major markets around the world have launched a new network designed to provide firms with international crisis and litigation support. The Crisis & Litigation Communicators' Alliance includes specialist firms in the U.S. (Hellerman Baretz Communications), U.K. (Bell Yard), Germany (Results: S. Holzinger), Austria (PreventK) and Switzerland (Roland Binz Kommunikation & Image).
The firms point to the arrest of a German hedge fund founder for allegedly defrauding banks on two continents, or the accusations of a worldwide campaign by Intel to protect its microprocessor monopoly as recent examples of crises with international dimensions, and say clients can benefit from a network of consultancies in key jurisdictions, on call to provide expert guidance wherever events are anticipated, or actually unfolding.
"A corporate crisis doesn't need a passport," said Spencer Baretz of Hellerman Baretz, the Alliance's founding member in the United States. "As a member of the CLC-Alliance, when a client crisis or litigation occurs internationally, in partnership we can provide overseas expertise of the same caliber we each provide our clients domestically."
"Litigation communication has never been in greater demand," adds Stephan Holzinger of Munich-based Results: S. Holzinger!, inaugural chairman of the CLC-Alliance. "What was essentially a U.S.-born discipline is finding increasing application in Europe as the need to better manage communications around litigation grows and parties become more sophisticated, with financial sector litigation being at the forefront in many markets."
The CLC-Alliance has plans to expand its geographic footprint in the coming months and is accepting inquiries from crisis and litigation communications consultants in territories not already represented by its founding members.