Assessing threats during a market withdrawal
A US-headquartered manufacturer
The client was planning to close its operations in Russia and sought Control Risks’ support in planning its withdrawal to ensure the security of its assets and personnel and to minimize any security or integrity risks to its business and reputation.
Control Risks provided the client with both preventive and reactive support to manage its planned market withdrawal successfully. Prior to the withdrawal we conducted an assessment to identify any potential risks that might arise in relation to third parties and the likely reactions of the local administration and the national government in Moscow. The threat assessment analysed the intent and capability of the local and national authorities to pose a threat to the client and to obstruct its withdrawal plans. It also considered the authorities’ likely attitude towards the client once the withdrawal was announced, including the possibility of retaliatory measures such as potential bureaucratic harassment and negative public campaigns. As part of this, it examined experiences of other companies in the sector in their interaction with the authorities in similar circumstances. Based on the threat assessment we subsequently provided specific advice and input on security management plans for the client’s scheduled meeting with its local staff and assessed the need for physical security during the meeting. We also undertook monitoring of employees’ social media profiles to gauge any negative reaction to the client’s exit.
Our assessment enabled the client to identify and mitigate threats and risks to its operations and personnel during its withdrawal from the Russian market.