When we received a request late last week from BTG GN member Zoltan Tenk at Noerr & Partner in Budapest for help in finding a lawyer to advise a Hungarian client about issues in Yemen, even my internationalist eyebrows were raised.
Over the years we have completed many Mission Impossible tasks, most recently finding a choice of two law firms with insolvency expertise in Togo in West Africa for Otto Lobo at Motta, Fernandes Rocha in Brazil.
On a previous occasion we managed to find an ex-patriate Australian lawyer to serve legal documents on a fleeing UK consumer bankrupt, who we had tracked down to the South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu. This was all done within twenty hours with a great deal of help from the Sydney and Brisbane offices of our good friends at PPB in Australia.
But sadly there are many issues currently in Yemen and this did look like something where we would struggle to succeed.
We hadn’t allowed for the extraordinary reach of the BTG GN family. I asked for help from my colleague, Simon Fordham of BTG Global Risk Partners here in London. He couldn’t think of a suitable lawyer in Yemen, but the conversation was overheard by one of his colleagues, who by chance had met a corporate intelligence specialist from Dubai that morning.
A quick email to this contact was passed on to his business partner in Dubai and within two hours we had the name of a well-respected law firm in Sana’a in Yemen. This has now been passed on to Zoltan in Budapest and we hope that his client can now get the advice he needs. Solving the actual problem may be much more difficult, of course, but at least he can make a start.
So the message is clear: the worldwide reach of the BTG Global Network has very few limits. If you need help anywhere, please ask us and we will see what we can do.
It makes me think of a quotation I remember from many years ago: “the impossible we do today, miracles can take a little longer”.
Simon Fordham is an internationally recognised Risk and Security Management expert with over 25 years of experience. His extensive consulting and practical skill base includes specialising in high profile operations protecting major assets in hostile environments. Recently, he ran a highly successful large scale operation against single issue activists, and has been responsible for driving forward an industry led solution - based on investing in prevention - for the current crisis of maritime piracy in the Horn of Africa region.
He is a renowned international expert in crisis negotiation and his client base includes major energy, financial and oil and gas corporates throughout the world – specifically Central America, West and East Africa, and the Far East.
Regularly contributing to the international media and trade publications, Simon is a published author on risk and security management with a reputation as a proactive, creative and practical thinker.