Date, Venue & Program 


June 23, 2020 | Bielefeld


Stadthalle Bielefeld

Willy-Brandt-Platz 1

33602 Bielefeld

An overview of nearby hotels can be found here.


Speakers will be announced shortly.

8:30 am - Registration & breakfast


9:30 am - Welcome & introduction

9:50 am - Keynote

10:40 am - Opening panel “Transatlantic relations from the perspective of economic policy”


11:40 am - Coffee break & networking


12:00 pm - Business panel “German companies in the U.S. - Best Practice”

01:00 pm - Lunch break & networking


​02:00 pm - Workshops/panels, session 1 (three workshops in parallel, 60 min each)

I Human Resources and Personnel Management in the U.S.

Workshop I examines typical U.S. labor law fundamentals ranging from the employee handbook and fringe benefits to special company benefits to modern working methods.


II Customs Duties and Foreign Trade

Workshop II will highlight new developments in the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, as well as import regulations with regard to German goods, TTIP as a central project in transatlantic relations and the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement).

III Market Expansion and Local Investments

Workshop III examines issues relating to the market entry of German medium-sized companies into the U.S. and planned local investments. Special focus is placed on the identification of possible hurdles, opportunities and strategies for a successful market expansion as well as regulations for M&A.

03:00 pm - Workshops/panels, session 2 (three workshops in parallel, 60 min each)

IV Legal Framework

Workshop IV will highlight current developments in U.S. visa and immigration law, as well as organizational and corporate standards, and will answer questions regarding product liability and company foundation in the U.S.

V Education / Training Schemes

Workshop V will focus on the topic of dual education, especially German training programs for the manufacturing industries, as well as exchange programs between universities.

VI U.S. States Representatives

Workshop VI offers select U.S. states the opportunity to present themselves to an international audience and highlight their respective unique selling points with the help of short pitches.

04:00 pm - Final networking round

05:00 pm - End of event