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The Future of Business Immigration


The Future of Business Immigration 

with Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director
Green and Spiegel LLC, Immigration Law Firm
and Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq., Of Counsel to
Green and Spiegel LLC and German Honorary Consul

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With the new administration’s policy changes to visa qualifications, there is also the potential for significant changes to business immigration.

This program led by Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director for Green and Spiegel LLCand Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, will cover in detail the potential changes and how they will affect businesses that employ foreign nationals. Honorary Consul of Germany Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq. will also emphasize U.S. immigration considerations particular to German companies and German nationals, including applicants for dual citizenship.

Hosted by:
The German American Chamber of Commerce & Green and Spiegel

Location:
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:
Friday, October 27th, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 Target Audience:
Employers of International Workers
Human Resources Professionals
International Business Owners, CEO’s, COO’s
Foreign Nationals Employed in the U.S. or Seeking Employment in the U.S.

Focus on German Companies in the U.S.
Focus on German Employees in the U.S.

 Registration Fee:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $65

 Lunch is included with admission

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Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order – Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the UK, EU and the US

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the BABCPHL hosted a Brexit update seminar. Attendees included members of the British, German, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce, the World Trade Center of Delaware, and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by BABCPHL Club Level member, McConnell Johnson Real Estate. Networking and the panel discussion took place in the Atrium at the iconic Wilmington landmark building – Hercules Plaza.

Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business, who is based in the London office, joined the BABCPHL in Wilmington to moderate the Brexit discussion. Emanuel develops and executes the BritishAmerican Business’ policy advocacy and trade and investment portfolio for British American Business Council (BABC) chapters throughout the world, representing 2000 member companies in the US and the UK. His current key engagements include Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU and, in this context, the future trade and investment relationship between the UK and the US. He regularly publishes articles, and represents the network and its members in the media. Emanuel was the perfect moderator to lead the more than 50 global professionals who participated in the BABCPHL Brexit seminar through this timely discussion. He commented about the historic relationship between the UK and the US. The countries are each other’s strongest allies, and both the UK and the US are champions of free trade. Emanuel mentioned the UK is committed to addressing global challenges and its willingness to build on the foundations established within a successful EU. He spoke on behalf of the BABC network, and said we will continue to advocate for an outcome that best serves the UK, US, and the EU economies, its citizens, and our businesses, many which operate daily across borders. As companies continue to assess the impact of Brexit to the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for business and investment, it is crucial that parties continue to engage in a constructive and on-going dialogue with the business community, and deliver the best possible Brexit outcome available.

After providing a brief summary of the topic, Emanuel introduced the first speaker – Freya Jackson, Counsellor and Head of the Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy. Freya joined the Embassy team in July 2016. She leads the Embassy’s teams covering a wide range of issues including trade, investment and economic policy, environment and energy, transport and science, research and innovation. Prior to this role, Freya led the Foreign Policy Team in the National Security Secretariat of the UK’s Cabinet Office (NSC equivalent). Before that, she was the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser during the UK’s Presidency of the G8 in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Freya led the Climate Change and Global Economy negotiating team in the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York. Prior to that, Freya worked as the Head of Nuclear & Missile Defense Team for the Security Policy Department, and at various assignments with the FCO across the globe including Buenos Aires, Casablanca, and Mumbai.

Freya spoke about how Brexit came to be, and what potential scenarios lay ahead with respect to negotiated trade deals and the “new world order” the Brexit will create. She commented on Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence, delivered on September 22, 2017, and explained the UK will seek to establish a transition period of implementation after Brexit. This period will minimize disruption to business during an agreed upon time frame, therefore avoiding a “cliff-edge” scenario. This arrangement will be crucial to our community, and includes major American investors and leading British firms. Freya talked about how we ended up where we are now; touched upon Article 50 being triggered; and mentioned that four rounds of negotiations with the EU have already been completed. Currently the UK is determining how they are going carry out the Brexit. “A few things are clear – the UK plans to: (1) take care of their citizens; (2) protect the Belfast Agreement; (3) protect the rights of EU citizens; and (4) budget – the UK is expected to pay their way.” Freya carefully explained there are two sides of the equation – the economic side and the societal side. Regulatory standards are high, and custom built dispute regulations will need to be established. From a security standpoint, the UK doesn’t want anything to change; the UK would like to continue to support freedom of movement, and access to global markets.

Andrea Montanino, the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Growth and Finance, and the Director of Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council focused on the transition from multilateral to bilateral trade agreements; geopolitical issues; and what all of this will mean for labor and trade. Andrea leads the Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. As director general at the Treasury Department, he worked extensively to alleviate the impact of the great recession on the business sector, drafting and implementing a number of laws. He also spent four years (2001-2005) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. During those years, he worked on the reform of the EU budgetary rules and was responsible for the long-term sustainability analysis of European countries.

Andrea’s expertise perfectly positioned him to explain how looking at what happened with Greece and the “Grexit” is an important example of how to proceed. The world should take away four lessons learned from the Greece experience: (1) Brexit is a very complicated matter and leaders need to be creative and imaginative to solve the problem; (2) due to the complex nature of the situation, sufficient time is required for a positive outcome; (3) both sides need trust and confidence in the other party; and (4) strong political leadership is key.

After Andrea’s comments about the best case scenario of how to proceed with Brexit, Howard Kass, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for American Airlines, who oversees American’s regulatory compliance, policy development, corporate security and international affairs and works closely with regulatory authorities in Washington, D.C., and around the world, spoke about how Brexit will impact business, specifically the aviation sector. Howard joined US Airways in 2003 as a director and associate general counsel and most recently was vice president, legal and government affairs for the Airline. Before joining US Airways, Howard worked for the Transportation Security Administration, where he held deputy director and director positions. Prior to the TSA, he was a senior associate with the management consulting firm Booz, Allen, Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. He was also a consultant with GKMG Consulting Services where he advised airport and transportation industry clients on Department of Transportation and FAA regulations. During Howard’s presentation he explained how the aviation industry will be affected by Brexit.

Howard focused his discussion on what needs to happen for a smooth transition to ensure minimal disruption to supply chains, transport of people and goods, and global regulations. He explained the interesting challenges Brexit poses, especially for the airline industry, in which travel plans are made at least one year in advance. Aviation is extremely engaged in Brexit discussions. Separate agreements between the UK and US and the UK and the EU will need to be negotiated to ensure people and goods can continue to fly across borders. Brexit poses both political and philosophical challenges.

Currently there is still a great deal of uncertainty. Brexit is unchartered territory, and the UK exit from the EU is forcing the world to rethink future global relationships. Europe will be redefined, and leaders will need to focus on the important relationships between trade groups and companies of all sizes, including a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises. Despite the current ambiguity of the situation, attendees were actively engaged in the seminar, and asked a series of questions after the panelists’ presentations. As Brexit continues to evolve, it is clear that creativity, time, trust, and strong leadership are the way forward.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to event sponsors without whom this program would not have been possible: 1313 Innovation, American Airlines, Atlantic Council, and McConnell Johnson Real Estate.

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September 13- Premiership Rugby Happy Hour

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour to celebrate the upcoming Premiership Rugby American Series match coming to Philadelphia!

When: September 13, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm- 8:15 PM
Where: Pyramid Club – inside BNY Mellon Center
1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


September 5-16, 2017: Friends of the British Council – Premiership Rugby

BABCPHL member Friends of the British Council is supporting a new initiative in partnership with Premiership Rugby, AEG, and NBC Sports in the Greater Philadelphia region to bring innovative community outreach and youth development programing to the United States. This is an extension of a global partnership co-created and launched internationally by the British Council and Premiership Rugby in 2011, and is already achieving tremendous impact, supporting the growth of the game and its associated social values around the world. The initiative includes capacity-building programs for coaches, clubs, players and their local communities designed to bring them together, develop practical skills, and to inspire them to build sustainable pathways to introduce the sport and the power of its values to change lives.

A series of rugby player and coach clinics will be held in New Jersey (September 5 & 6), Philadelphia (September 7 & 11) and Washington DC (September 10). The players’ clinics are open to male and female participants aged 15-24. From these clinics, 20 players and 10 coaches will be selected to attend an amazing overseas rugby experience with Premiership Rugby in England next year.

Rugby players and coaches are invited to attend these clinics in Philadelphia!

September 7th Player Clinic at Penn Park located at 3000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 from

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September 11th Coach Clinic at 1101 First Avenue, Media, PA 19063 from 6:30-9:00 PM.

During the week of September 11-15, several outreach events will be planned for schools and colleges, together with networking opportunities for the community in Philadelphia.

To get involved in these activities or find out more information, updates will be posted on the website:

http://www.premiershiprugby.com/usa.

To cap off the week of rugby activities in the Greater Philadelphia region, Premiership Rugby is hosting a match, Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens on September 16, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium, home of BABCPHL member company, Philadelphia Union.

Also on September 16th a Flag Rugby tournament for boys & girls in grades 2-8 will take place on the outside fields of Talen Energy Stadium from 1:00-3:00pm, alongside a Premiership VIP Clinic for selected players. Bring your kids to this wonderful event by contacting Angela Johnson at ajohnson.aeg@gmail.com to sign-up!

The curtain-raiser match inside Talen Energy Stadium at 2:30PM is between the famous Oxford University Rugby Club from England and the USA Collegiate All-Americans. This is followed by the Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens at 5:00PM.

All BABCPHL members will receive 20% discount on match day tickets using the promo code: FOBCRUGBY17. Click here to buy tickets! Type the promo code on the right-hand side of the website where it says “Enter Promo Code” then click “GO”.

ABOUT

Friends of the British Council’s mission is to collaborate with global corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, identifying synergies, sharing knowledge, leveraging resources and contributing financially to British Council programs. Their goal is to customize and add value to these partnerships and projects, resulting in meaningful relationships between the British Council and its key stakeholders.  The British Council works in 110 countries touching 600 million lives each year through programs in education, the arts, English, sports, skills, and community development. They engage all levels of society, including civil and community leaders, influencers, educators, scientists, artists, business leaders, and the media, working extensively with marginalized and vulnerable populations. The British Council is also involved with secondary and higher education sectors and with young people beginning their careers.

 


Cybersecurity – Protecting the Crown Jewels of Your Business

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This program will explore sharing information, data security, and other matters. What are global cybersecurity issues businesses need to be aware of in the near and long term?  What do you need to know and do to safeguard your company?  Government regulations and plans will also be discussed, such as The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and The European Commission on Cybersecurity.

Speaker Biographies (Confirmed Speakers To Date) 

DATE: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION: The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
200 South Broad Street
7th Floor
 Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order– Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the EU and the UK

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This seminar will explore the future economic relationship between the EU and the UK, including strategic direction; steps toward Brexit; legal implications; and employment and data protection/privacy laws.

Freya Jackson, the Counsellor and Head of the Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington, DC will be the keynote speaker. Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy and Trade at BritishAmerican Business will moderate the discussion.

Speaker Biographies (Confirmed Speakers)

DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2017

TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  The Hercules Plaza

1313 Market Street

Wilmington, Delaware 19801

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A Royal Evening – UK Business, Culture, History & Networking

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Join us for networking along with a traditional British-themed menu of delicious food and beverage. Featured speakers will discuss the business, cultural, and historical ties between our region and the UK.                                                                  

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  The Pyramid Club

1735 Market Street

52nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Member ticket: $30

Non-member ticket: $35

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2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

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The Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia will be our special guest and will introduce our keynote speaker, the new UK Consul General. Join us for cocktail hour and a formal sit-down lunch, including a very special Bushmills whiskey tasting provided by Almac Group. Traditional British “Christmas Crackers” will be popped, crowns will be donned, and valuable holiday raffle gifts will be given away, including two United Airlines Roundtrip Polaris Business Class Tickets to/from US48, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and Europe. Come one come all to celebrate international business and ring in the holiday season!

 DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2017

 TIME: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 •11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Business Networking Reception

 •12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Luncheon Program

  LOCATION: The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, PA

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Exclusive Airline Sponsor:

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Corporate Table Supporters (To Date)

  • American Airlines
  • Duane Morris
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate

Uber & Out – What Happens After Start Up?

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the sixth annual panel discussion and networking event: Uber and Out – What Happens After Start Up? Young professional entrepreneurs are the driving force behind current economic development in our region and around the world.  The creative and information technology sectors are two of the fastest growing industries.  This discussion focused on our region’s entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and how Philadelphia compares to other Smart Cities.  Panelists addressed the Internet of Things and how this topic is shaping not only regional development, but the trajectory of the global economy.  Creative and information technology sectors, innovation, Smart Cities, young professional entrepreneurs, Brexit, and cybersecurity were all part of the discussion.  Jason Gosselin, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, moderated the session and led the panelists through their talk.  It was a free-flowing, dynamic discussion with questions from the audience peppered throughout.

Dimitris Horiatis, Vice-Consul, ICT & Creative Media, Department for International Trade, set the stage. He discussed the creative sector, the largest sector in the UK after financial services.  The UK is setting trends in music, art, and advertising.  The largest global brands are concentrated in London.  The UK spends a higher proportion of its GDP on advertising than other major markets, and leads Europe in digital advertising. Its £8.6bn digital advertising market is bigger than the French and German markets combined and only second to China’s in terms of its share in proportion to the overall advertising market.  Technology is creating new developments in the creative sector.  The crossover generated by VR / AR technology and creative approaches to traditional industries and enterprise is a key UK opportunity.  UK software and tools businesses are creating new platforms for content development.  While hardware manufacture is unlikely to form a key part of the UK VR industry, UK companies are able to deliver software tools and peripherals to support VR content production and experience.  US companies looking to expand internationally choose to look toward the UK first for automotive, consumer goods, multiculturalism, and a large talent pool.  The UK is interested in negotiating a favorable trade deal with the EU – this will create and grow the international talent pool.  Philadelphia is a key market for the UK due to geography/accessibility.  The Greater Philadelphia region boasts a burgeoning tech sector and artistic community, making it a great partner for UK businesses.

Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia and Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia explained the “Smart City” initiative and how the region compares to other areas. They discussed the important economic development impact of start-ups, and the entrepreneurial community, and civic tech organizations in Philadelphia.  Archna highlighted the StartupPHL program – a platform supporting entrepreneurs in the City – and what commerce is doing to enhance this initiative.  Philadelphia is at the forefront and can provide leadership outside of the City.

Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP spoke about emerging companies and venture capital markets. He provided data and other findings from 2016 and talked about the economic outlook for 2017.  Jay’s discussion touched upon market performance, trends and expectations, and the “hot” sectors.  Where and what are the trends for entrepreneurs to seek capital and grow their business?  What does “working smarter” mean and how are emerging companies embracing these trends?  For example, Jay highlighted shared workspace, networking and meet-up groups, online resources and tools.  Jay discussed what’s unique about Philly and the local start-up environment.

Sophie Ding, Senior, Advisory Services – Cybersecurity, Ernst and Young LLP highlighted the key trends in the global cybersecurity market. She talked about Brexit and cybersecurity and what BABC members need to know.  Disruptive technology, like that of Uber for example, creates new risks for businesses and individuals.  Sophie also touched upon her Firm’s entrepreneurial environment, innovation and thought leadership in emerging technologies.

Shari Shapiro, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Pennsylvania and Delaware at Uber, talked about the City’s adoption of Uber, drivers and riders. She provided interesting international visitor stats for the Greater Philadelphia region.  Uber had riders from 76 different countries last month, and many more during the DNC and other major events.  Shari explained how Uber has met with success and grown through partnerships with local institutions.  She explained how there have been challenges and hurdles in the regulatory environment both at the State and City levels.  Uber and companies like Uber are imploring the City to translate “Philadelphia is open for business” into practice.

While each presenter covered a different topic, a consistency across the board was the importance of education – developing a pipeline of STEM students and ensuring diversity and minority participation. Mentoring future professionals and grooming the up and coming working pool of potential employees will provide a competitive advantage for businesses and our region.

Conversation and questions from the audience could have gone on well into the evening. Jason thanked partnering organizations: Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) and Select Greater Philadelphia.  PSL began in September of 2007 as a handful of entrepreneurs meeting in the back of a neighborhood bar to trade war stories – fast forward and PSL years later has thousands of members.  PSL is a volunteer, grassroots organization of startup entrepreneurs dedicated to helping each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.  PSL provides emotional and practical support to mentor and coach new entrepreneurs.  The group collaborates and connects with other people and organizations who are not themselves entrepreneurial.  Select Greater Philadelphia is the region’s business attraction organization for the 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  Select provides comprehensive regional data to help companies, site selectors, economic development teams, real estate professionals and others make informed decisions when relocating to and expanding across the Greater Philadelphia marketplace.  Jason asked Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director to pull the winning business card for four tickets to a Philadelphia Union home game this season.  Lastly, he thanked BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and long-time board member Ian Cross, proprietor of the Trestle Inn for hosting us.  Jason encouraged attendees to join us for our next program – International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium to watch Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9:30 pm.

Attendees networked long after the formal part of the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties. http://www.thetrestleinn.com/

Special thanks to Philly Startup Leaders and Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Article


Charting the Future Now: European Economic Growth and its Importance to American Prosperity

European Economic Growth & Its Importance to American Prosperity

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the German, French, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce for a presentation about European economic growth and its importance to American prosperity. More than 40 individuals from the various international groups attended the informative session held at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.  Dr. Andrea Montanino, Director, Global Business & Economics and C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth for the Atlantic Council spoke in great detail about the European economy and its relationship to the United States.

Dr. Montanino leads the Atlantic Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. He also previously spent four years (2001-05) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

Dr. Montanino’s discussion with the European Chambers of Commerce in Philadelphia focused on the importance of restoring European economic growth, safeguarding the European project, and reinvigorating the transatlantic alliance. Dr. Montanino presented European and American expert analysis of the challenges facing Europe and how to address them in the short, medium, and long term.  The Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program Charting the Future Now publication examines his speaking points in great detail.  Click here to access the complete report.

In a nutshell, Europe and the United States need each another. The geopolitical changes occurring throughout the world must engage both regions to focus not only on short term trade agreements and the economic implications of such negotiations, but must plan for the longer term.  Issues such as Brexit, immigration, energy, etc. are impacting the economic changes we are feeling throughout the globe.  London is the economic hub of European finance, and the UK, EU, and US have been and will continue to be strong partners if we focus on the future, and long term planning is the ultimate goal.

The British American Business Council thanks the German Chamber for inviting us to participate in this timely lunch discussion. We look forward to hosting Dr. Montanino back to the region in the early Autumn of 2017 to provide an update on Brexit and the economic relationship between Europe and the United States.  We hope you will join us for this program.  More information to follow shortly.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic