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What should French investors know about successfully doing business in the U.S.? From cultural and legal differences, to business development and expansion, Sheppard Mullin’s French Insider podcast is dedicated to helping French investors and companies growing their companies in the U.S. Each episode will feature conversations with thought leaders and experts in various industries including technology, life sciences, fashion, energy, entertainment, and many others. Tune in to learn about the challenges faced by those investing in the US and practical advice to approach those challenges.

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What should French investors know about successfully doing business in the U.S.? From cultural and legal differences, to business development and expansion, Sheppard Mullin’s French Insider podcast is dedicated to helping French investors and companies growing their companies in the U.S. Each episode will feature conversations with thought leaders and experts in various industries including technology, life sciences, fashion, energy, entertainment, and many others. Tune in to learn about the challenges faced by those investing in the US and practical advice to approach those challenges.

    How French Companies Can Prepare to Do Business in the U.S. with Paula Clozel [FI 003]

    How French Companies Can Prepare to Do Business in the U.S. with Paula Clozel [FI 003]

    Understanding the nuances of American culture, society, economy, and legal system is imperative to the success of any French company looking to do business in the U.S.  From selecting the right location to vetting vendors, hiring and retaining employees to setting a budget, we’re exploring the logistics of what foreign companies need to do prior to coming to the U.S. Joining host Valerie Demont for this conversation is Paula Clozel.
    Paula Clozel is the plant manager at Creapharm CS USA. Creapharm Clinical Supplies is a worldwide logistics company providing support to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Paula is responsible for setting up the U.S. branch of the company, including building out operations and hiring employees. 
    Valérie Demont is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s New York Office and Co-Chair of Sheppard Mullin’s French Desk. Valérie focuses her practice  on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities offerings and corporate governance matters. She has been involved in numerous mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions for corporations and private equity funds in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In particular, she routinely advises foreign companies with the establishment and growth of their operations in the United States.
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    Why did Creapharm decide to do business in the U.S.? How was Atlanta, Georgia selected as the location for their U.S. logistics facility? What factors were considered in this choice? Why is it important for businesses to learn from the mistakes and accomplishments of other French companies establishing operations in the U.S.? What steps did Creapharm take to navigate the legal complexities in the U.S.? Which partners did Creapharm rely on to set up its business in the U.S.? How did Creapharm prepare for setting up in the U.S.? What was key to Creapharm’ s success in the U.S.? The budget process. The lessons learned. Resources Mentioned:
    French-American Chamber of Commerce - https://nationalfacc.org/ 
    Contact Information:
    Creapharm Clinical Supplies website - https://www.creapharm.com/clinical-supplies 
    Sheppard Mullin French Desk: www.sheppardfrenchdesk.com 
    Co-Chair - Valérie Demont –  https://www.sheppardmullin.com/vdemont
    Co-Chair: Christine Hoefliger Hourcade - CHoefliger@sheppardmullin.com
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    This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice specific to your circumstances. If you need help with any legal matter, be sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific needs.

    • 24 min
    Business Immigration Challenges Companies Should Know About in 2021 with Julie Myers Wood [FI 002]

    Business Immigration Challenges Companies Should Know About in 2021 with Julie Myers Wood [FI 002]

    For U.S. companies looking to hire foreign employees or international businesses looking to invest in the U.S., navigating the ever-changing U.S. immigration landscape can be tricky. This is especially true now that President Biden has taken office and is looking to reset and reshape immigration policies.  We’re exploring key immigration challenges facing international companies looking to do business in the U.S.
    Joining host Sarah Aberg is the CEO of Guidepost Solutions, Julie Myers Wood. Ms. Wood has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sector working on regulatory and enforcement issues from many perspectives, including as defense counsel, consultant, government investigator, federal prosecutor, and compliance consultant. Ms. Wood is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Guidepost Solutions, a leading investigations, compliance and security firm with offices throughout the United States, as well as England, Colombia and Singapore. At Guidepost, Ms. Wood focuses on regulatory compliance and investigative work. 
    Sarah Aberg is special counsel in the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Group in Sheppard Mullin’s New York office. Sarah's practice encompasses litigation, internal investigations and white collar defense, with a focus on financial services and securities. Sarah’s regulatory practice encompasses market regulation, foreign registration and disclosure requirements, supervisory procedures, and sales practices.  Sarah represents corporations, financial services companies, and associated individuals in connection with investigations and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and the New York Attorney General’s Office.
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    What impact has the Biden administration had on immigration thus far? What categories of visas are now open for applications again following the travel ban instituted by the Trump administration? Why is there a huge backlog at the Consulates? What is the greatest difference between the current and prior administrations when it comes to business immigration? Is a comprehensive immigration bill likely to pass any time soon? What type of immigration rules related to Covid restrictions should companies be aware of? If a company is bringing talent from overseas into the U.S., what measures should they be aware of? How can companies help prepare their traveling employees for their immigration interviews? Are immigration applications being scrutinized differently under the new administration? Will post-Covid immigration limitations look the same as the Covid immigration limitations? How will the new USCIS director impact French businesses? How will influx on the border impact international businesses? How can French businesses remain in compliance with their visas? Contact Information:
    Julie Myers Wood - https://guidepostsolutions.com/our-people/julie-myers-wood/ 
    Sarah Aberg – Sarah’s Sheppard Mullin attorney profile https://www.sheppardmullin.com/saberg
    Sheppard Mullin French Desk: www.sheppardfrenchdesk.com 
    Co-Chair - Valérie Demont –  https://www.sheppardmullin.com/vdemont 
    Co-Chair: Christine Hoefliger Hourcade - CHoefliger@sheppardmullin.com
    Thank you for listening!
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    • 26 min
    What Businesses Should Know About International Trade Policies Under the New Administration with Reid Whitten

    What Businesses Should Know About International Trade Policies Under the New Administration with Reid Whitten

    After four years of an “America First” trade approach, the new Biden administration is looking to rebalance U.S. trade policies and rebuild international relationships. Will there be a complete return to pre-Trump trade policies? Can businesses expect the new administration to more effectively promote U.S. economic interests while reestablishing the U.S. as a global trade leader? We explore these questions and more in this episode.
    Joining host Sarah Ben-Moussa is Reid Whitten. Reid is the Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin's London office, practicing in international trade regulations and investigations. He shares his time serving clients out of the Washington, D.C. office. He is also Leader of the Sheppard Mullin CFIUS Team. Reid is a thought leader on cross-border business regulations. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at the New College of the Humanities in London and at Wake Forest University in the U.S., where he teaches courses on the law of international business. He is the lead author and editor of The CFIUS Book and is the head of the firm's CFIUS Team.
    Sarah Ben-Moussa is an associate in the corporate practice group in Sheppard Mullin’s New York office and is a member of the Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance team. As a member of the Sheppard Mullin French Desk, Sarah focuses her practice on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, project-level debt and equity financings of wind and solar facilities, and general corporate matters involving French and American companies. Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Sarah spent a year and a half studying and working in Paris.
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    What does the new Biden leadership tell us about the future of U.S. trade policy? How are U.S. Consulates and Embassies around the world reacting to the stability of the new administration? Are there likely to be unintended consequences of returning to “normal” diplomatic channels? What are some practical implications of new international trade policies for companies looking to invest in the U.S.? What are the lessons learned from the impact of COVID-19 on businesses? How can the government balance an interest in increased globalization with demand for greater domestic economic investment? How will foreign companies maneuver the tension that exists between the U.S. and China as the two countries continue to pull apart from each other? Contact Information:
    Reid Whitten – Reid’s Sheppard Mullin attorney profile 
    Sarah Ben-Moussa – Sarah’s Sheppard Mullin attorney profile 
    Sheppard Mullin French Desk
    Co-Chair - Valérie Demont 
    Co-Chair: Christine Hoefliger Hourcade - CHoefliger@sheppardmullin.com
    Thank you for listening!
    Don’t forget to FOLLOW to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please help us get the word out about this podcast. You can listen in Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. 
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns:
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    This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice specific to your circumstances. If you need help with any legal matter, be sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific needs.

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