11:30 am                                          

    12:00 pm

    12:30 pm
    Keynote Presentation 
    Ivo H. Daalder | President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 
    Former US Former US Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

    1:15 pm 
    General Counsel Panel Discussion 

    Moderated by:
    Dieter A. Schmitz
    , Partner, Baker McKenzie - Chicago



    Karen Park Gallivan, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Graco Inc.

    Matthew Revord, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, Potbelly Sandwich Shop

    Jim Seifart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Ecolab


    2:00 pm 
    Track Sessions
    Each track session will include three consecutive panels. Attendees can customize their day and move between the tracks to take full advantage of the topical presentations.

    Track I - Emerging Markets
    As multinationals continue to invest across borders, they are faced with balancing profitable opportunities against an increasing amount of risk. Our Emerging Markets track will provide first-hand analysis of the business opportunities and common challenges faced by companies in several established and emerging markets around the world. Topics will include:

    • Economic and political outlook, potential opportunities
    • Recent regulatory developments affecting foreign investors
    • Key issues for market entry and exit, as well as ongoing operations
    • Dealing with local government agencies
    • Compliance and risk management strategies
    • Lessons learned: do's and dont's

    Panel 1 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
    China and India: Steering Clear of Legal Pitfalls in the World's Two Largest Emerging Markets

    Panel 2 - 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
    Middle East: Seizing Opportunities and Navigating Risks in the Gulf

    Panel 3 - 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
    Latin America: Key Insights on Investing in Emerging Latin America


    Track II - Cross-Border Deals
    Track II takes a holistic approach to the discussion of cross-border transactions and multinational collaborations. Business leaders will share their top tips for starting cross-border deals and maximizing growth opportunities while minimizing risk. In addition, we will outline the essentials for successful closings, and discuss best practices for building strong alliances abroad. Topics will include:

    Panel 1 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
    Starting Off Strong: 5 Tips to Set Up your Cross-Border Deal for Success
    • Manage regulatory risk
    • LOIs and key differences in deal terms around the world

    Panel 2 - 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
    Closing the Deal: Toolkit for Swift and Successful Closings

    • Make the borders disappear in a seamless multi-jurisdictional closing 
    • Explore deferred closings to increase certainty of the global closing
    • Get your business ready for Day 1

    Panel 3 - 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
    Dos and Don’ts for Building Strong Alliances and Collaborating Abroad

    • Spectrum of expansion abroad from greenfield to JVs
    • Franchising
    • Supply Chain and third parties

    Track III – Global Workforce
    As companies consider expanding their global footprint in today’s competitive marketplace, they must analyze how to engage and manage people in new jurisdictions where the legal risks and opportunities are challenging. Our Global Workforce track provides an overview of the key considerations integral to managing a multinational workforce amidst the increasingly complex and ever-evolving maze of local and country-specific labor and employment laws. Topics will include:

    Panel 1 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
    Overseas Expansion: Understanding and Managing the HR Risks

    • Key considerations when engaging boots on the ground
    • Accounting for culture in a global expansion plan

    Panel 2 - 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
    Navigating Critical Employment Issues in Cross-Border Transactions

    • How to avoid HR nightmares in cross-border transactions
    • Top 10 HR issues to consider before you acquire, divest or spin

    Panel 3 - 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
    How to Manage the Increasing Challenges to Protecting Employee Data in a Globalized World

    • How data privacy laws impact global employment issues
    • Recent developments affecting your HR data management
    • Tips to avoid, and respond to, data breaches

    Track IV - International Tax, Treasury and Finance
    Sweeping changes in tax law over the last few months have dramatically changed the roles of tax, treasury and finance executives.  How can multinational companies prepare for new debt-equity rules that set aside decades of precedents and require tax, treasury and finance executives to work together to manage the group’s cash?  How can multinational companies define and defend their multinational tax profiles and message the international tax landscape to their stakeholders?  How can multinational corporations leverage the learnings from recent tax cases?  Our International Tax, Treasury and Finance track will focus on answering these and more questions for the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Chief Tax Officer.  Topics will include:

    Panel 1 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
    The Shifting Landscape of Intercompany Financing

    • Up to the minute discussion regarding the proposed section 385 regulations and what the regulations mean
    • Practical strategies for dealing with the proposed regulations
    • Discussion regarding the best practices to ensure compliance with the regulations if finalized

    Panel 2 - 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
    The intersection of Tax and Corporate Governance

    • Assessing tax and reputational risks in a transparent country by country reporting ("CbCR") world
    • Defining and defending a multinational business' tax profile in the era of BEPS, EU State Aid Investigations, Diverted Profits Tax and CbCR
    • Messaging the new international tax landscape to relevant stakeholders

    Panel 3 - 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
    Today's World of Major Tax Disputes: From Altera to Medtronic and beyond

    • Successfully defending companies in the current world of tax disputes
    • Rulings and updates from the major cases in the US and what they mean for corporate executives
    • Debating the question: is it more difficult today to reach resolution with the taxing authorities and, if so, why?
    • Searching for certainty in an uncertain but highly contentious environment 

    5:00 pm
    Networking Cocktail Reception

    6:30 pm
    BANK Restaurant
    88 S 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402





    Keynote Speaker

    Ivo H. Daalder

    President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Former US Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)


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    For more information, please contact:

    Dieter Schmitz, Partner
    +1 312 861 8848

    Sara Anstoetter, Event Support

    +1 312 861 7980