IPS Event: “New Spring for Foreign Investments in Washington State” – Thursday, April 30, 2015

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The INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE SECTION of the Washington State Bar Association cordially invites you to attend its event,New Spring for Foreign Investments in Washington Stateon Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in the International District of Seattle.

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim of the City of Seattle will attend the reception and give a few remarks.

The theme for the event will be foreign investments in Washington State, and will include the following:

• 4:00 – 6:00 PM: A two-hour CLE session (including ½ hour of Ethics credit).  Please see below a current description of the CLE.

• 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Reception with heavy hors d oeuvres.  The exhibits at the Wing Luke Museum will be open for viewing by attendees during the reception, including the Bruce Lee exhibit.

2-hour CLE: Inbound Investment: Key Legal Issues that should be on Your Radar

Are you prepared to represent or negotiate with foreign investors coming into Washington State?  Companies from many countries, and in particular China, have been ramping up investments in the Evergreen State.  In January of this year, Governor Inslee along with numerous other regional and local leaders announced the Greater Seattle Region Global Trade & Investment Plan. Government leaders at the city, county and state level have recognized the importance of inbound investment and are putting in place policies to encourage inbound investment.  Supported by private sector organizations, we are seeing rising inbound investment in real estate, energy, IT, aerospace, and agriculture, among others.  This increase in inbound activity creates opportunities and issues for in-house counsel and private practitioners.  In-house counsel need to be aware of issues unique to working with foreign counterparts that don’t arise in solely domestic transactions.  Private practitioners should be thinking of the range of legal services that foreign investors will require, from business formation and M&A, immigration and employment, intellectual property, federal and state tax issues, and navigating federal and state regulatory matters.

This CLE is intended to highlight key legal issues important to both in-house counsel and private practitioners that arise when a foreign investor decides to be doing business here.  This CLE is structured as a scenario-based Q&A session with a panel of highly experienced attorneys.  Our moderator will present a scenario and then have the panel experts walk through the implications and issues in different areas of law.

Format: 90 min Panel discussion with moderator and Q&A, followed by 30 min ethics section

Moderator: Fraser Mendel, FM Legal Group, private practice transactional lawyer

• Ron Cai – Davis Wright Tremaine (Shanghai Office)
• Michael Carr – UniEnergy – in-house counsel
• Chris Cunningham – K&L Gates – corporate and transactional law
• Brian Todd – Davis Wright Tremaine – taxation

Ethics Segment: Tom Kelly – K&L Gates – Ethics issues arising from representing foreign investors investing in the US.

Further information and procedures to register to follow via the IPS listserv, the IPS LinkedIn page, and the “Upcoming Events” page of our website.