Bates News - 03-18-20

What We Have Learned From Previous Market Downturns and Corrections

Dear Clients and Friends:

Over the course of the last 40 years we’ve seen plenty of ups and downs in the markets. Along the way, Bates Group has helped our clients sort through the complexities and fallout of each financial upheaval—and the inevitable litigation and regulatory investigations that follow—by providing clear and accurate analyses, reporting, and expertise.

This was true from the 1987 stock market crash through the limited partnership litigation in the early 1990s, the bond market crash in 1994, the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the Russian default in 1998, the bursting of the “technology bubble” at the turn of the century, the credit crisis that began in late 2007, and now the markets’ reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of these events caused investors to re-evaluate the way in which they think about the markets and investing. During the turmoil that followed, previously existing models and paradigms were challenged, and Bates Group helped to provide insight into these challenges by carefully separating fact from fiction and reducing critical issues to their core, while guiding our clients in support of their regulatory compliance.

We know that the current crisis is a challenging time for you, your families and your businesses. Our practice leaders, consultants and experts are available to answer your questions and be a source of knowledge to in-house and outside counsel, and our clients’ compliance, risk, supervision, audit and business teams to help them through this period. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any reason.

If there is one thing we have learned over the course of 40 years as experts and consultants, it is that market corrections happen, and rebounds will eventually follow. While we do not have a crystal ball to tell us when this will occur, based on our experience, we know that market participants will react and we will continue to be there to offer our consultation and industry expertise to help you through it. 

Wishing You All the Best,

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