Workshop Legal Framework 

Companies wishing to do business in the US face many obstacles. It can be challenging understanding the different legal structures, finding protection from liability risks and law suits, and fully grasping changing US visa requirements and restrictions. This workshop will guide you through these common challenges and ensure you are well prepared to face common legal, tax, and immigration hurdles that other German companies have experienced and overcome.  

           

In addition to the challenges listed above, topics such as company formation, product liability, workers rights, relocation of employees, contract design and taxes will also be discussed. In the context of market entry, it is important to know that the first step must already be the right step. It is essential to be well prepared!

 

The workshop “Legal Framework for US-Market Entry” is designed for companies planning to enter the US market. In this workshop, representatives from medium-sized companies who have successfully completed this first step will talk about their US market entry and how they have overcome various hurdles. Expert speakers will address these topics through a panel discussion and short Q&A with the workshop participants.

Our Speakers

Anthony Brosnon

Vice Consul, U.S Embassy, Berlin

Anthony Brosnan has  been with the State Department and working as  a Vice Consul for 5 years. His previous tour was in Guangzhou China.  Before working at the State Department he was bread-maker at a communal bakery, and before that he worked at a hedge fund. He's from Houston Texas and has two wonderful children and a beautiful, intelligent wife. 

Maximilian Conrad

CLO, Statista GmbH

Maximilian Conrad gained experience in the field of journalism inside the Berlin pages of the newspaper F.A.Z. and with the Spiegel Publishing House before he founded in 2005 the Anwaltskanzlei Conrad, a law firm focusing on fast-growing international companies. In 2006, he oversaw the expansion of Finanzen.de AG and, since 2008, the growth of Content Fleet GmbH as Managing Director. Since the incorporation of Statista in 2009, he has been advising the company on international expansion. The company has now offices in more than eight countries and over 600 employees.

Hilde Holland

Attorney at Law and Partner, Wuersch & Gering LLP

Hilde Holland is a renowned U.S. immigration attorney. For more than 25 years, Ms. Holland has represented foreign and domestic companies and individuals from a wide variety of industries in matters concerning U.S. work visas and permits, permanent residency (Green Card) applications, family-based immigration, and (dual) citizenship matters. As part of her practice, Ms. Holland provides strategic consultations on U.S. immigration matters and advises her clients on compliance with U.S. immigration laws. Ms. Holland earned her law degree from University of Cologne, Germany, and is a member of the New York Bar Association. Furthermore, she is an Officer and Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce New York.

Dr. Alexander Imberg 

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Alex is the chair of Squire Patton Boggs’s German Practice and leading a group of 100+ professionals globally, including in our three German offices in Berlin, Boeblingen and Frankfurt.  He licensed to practice in both the US (California) and Germany. As a native German, Alex has been practicing in the US since 1996. Prior to moving to the US, Alex practiced in Germany where he represented clients in general civil and commercial litigation matters.  Today, his successful litigation practice in the US and abroad is centered on the automotive, technology and energy industries. Alex handles complex, commercial, products liability and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of German and other European manufacturers in US courts.

Dr. Harald Mollberg

Commercial Director, Kassel stutter therapy

Dr. Harald Mollberg he has been CEO and CFO of the companies "Institute of Kassel Stuttering therapy", Parlo GmbH, Digithep GmbH and Speechagain Inc since 2012.

He received his doctorate in business administration with a focus on marketing. He then worked as a controller in the area of commercial management of a large German medical technology manufacturer. Since 1984, he has been an independent economic consultant in Kassel with a focus on financial planning and financing, especially in the area of planning and financing for residential projects.
In addition to his work, Dr. Mollberg can look back on a multitude of publications, teaching assignments and lectures.

Dr. Mathias Schulze Steinen 

Partner, DLA Piper LLP

Mathias Schulze Steinen advises companies, private equity funds and family offices in a range of industries. He brings a pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach to his wide-ranging corporate practice that includes M&A and restructurings.

Mathias has excellent negotiating and people skills. His clients appreciate in particular his collaborative style and inventive thinking that delivers creative solutions facilitating the successful completion of deals. In complex transactions, he provides effective leadership in close cooperation with his clients. Mathias enjoys working on deals with his overseas clients, particularly from the Americas. Another area of focus is Scandinavia, where he has developed an understanding of the different markets.

Moderation

Susanne Gellert, LL.M.

Vice President and Director Legal & Consulting Department, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Susanne Gellert has been working for the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for more than ten years. She is the Director of the Legal and Business Development Consulting Department. As of January 2018, she holds the position of Vice President. The Legal & Consulting Department advises, supports and represents German companies that wish to develop or expand their business activities in the United States by providing market entry services and legal advice and support. Susanne Gellert studied law at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and Fordham Law School (New York). She is admitted to the bar in Germany and New York.

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