Top Legal Issues Around Global Expansion: A Practical Approach

With robust growth occurring in so many overseas markets, the opportunities abroad have never been better.  At the same time, with the enhanced opportunities come a host of new issues to navigate.  Please join us as our presenters Steve Wilson and Tim Rezendes from Osborne Clarke and Megan Baier and Catherine Riley-Tzipori from Wilson Sonsini take us through the wide range of legal and business issues you encounter at home and abroad when expanding overseas. Topics covered will include:
·       Structuring your overseas company, tax considerations and managing the overseas team
·       Localizing for the market and dealing with IP, privacy and regulatory issues
·       Practical considerations for planning and operating in an overseas market
·       Cultural aspects of doing business abroad and integrating the business
·       Managing the US side of your business and avoiding pitfalls domestically when expanding abroad 

The program will include ample time for networking and Q&A.

Panelists include:

Steve Wilson (Moderator)
Partner
Osborne Clarke, New York

Steve heads up Osborne Clarke's East Coast operation - supporting US growth businesses as they enter overseas markets: initially focusing on market entry, but soon developing to international growth and multi-market penetration.  Although a UK lawyer, Steve has been in the US for 10 years (9 in Silicon Valley and the last year in NYC).  His pragmatic style and knowledge of navigating the legal hurdles of international growth helps to ensure a smooth transition to an overseas market.  Whilst Osborne Clarke's US team don't advise clients on US legal matters, we support European and Asian clients enter the US market by leveraging our contacts and networks on the East and West Coasts to provide introductions to the right people for the job.

Tim Rezendes

Tim Rezendes
International Expansion Manager
Osborne Clarke, New York

Tim has deep expertise in supporting US companies entering Europe, Asia and other international markets. From the firm's New York office, he provides support and guidance for Osborne Clarke’s US clients as they extend their reach overseas working with the firm's in-country experts across the globe to ensure a seamless service.  He has specific expertise in advising clients on market entry abroad and leads many of the firm's international expansion initiatives. Tim has been working with US companies expanding globally for over nine years working on the UK's Tech City project and leading Osborne Clarke's business development efforts in Silicon Valley for five years. He holds a BA in Global Business from USC and a JD from Santa Clara University.

Megan Baier
Partner, Corporate
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, New York

Megan Baier is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions within the life sciences, healthcare, and technology sectors. Megan has assisted with matters ranging from formation and early-stage venture financing to listings of publicly traded securities on U.S. exchanges. She also has extensive experience representing leading investment banks and corporate issuers in connection with public offerings. She also has considerable experience counseling publicly held companies on general corporate representation, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance, disclosure matters, and complex securities law issues.

Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Megan practiced law at Ropes & Gray and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York and Chicago.

Catherine Riley Tzipori
Associate, Corporate
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, New York

Catherine Riley Tzipori is an associate in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she specializes in corporate and securities transactions with a focus on the technology, life sciences, and healthcare sectors. Catherine has experience representing public and private companies in financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities and debt offerings, complex business formations, and other strategic transactions. She also has experience representing leading investment banks and corporate issuers in connection with public offerings. In addition, Catherine has counseled privately and publicly held companies on general corporate governance and disclosure matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine practiced law at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and Ropes & Gray in New York.

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