Doing Business in Times of Shifting Global Alliances

Event Description

In-Person Only Event. 

Join us for the 2024 Internationl Business Law Institute, hosted by the International Business Law Section and co-sponsored by Global Minnesota

Managing geopolitical risk has never been as essential as it is today.  Global alliances are quickly shifting, with broad implications for companies conducting business across borders and the lawyers who advise them, including as they relate to labor and supply chains, sanctions and trade restrictions, and reputational and regulatory risks.   At the 2024 International Business Law Institute, you will have an opportunity to hear from and network with Minnesota’s foremost experts on the legal dimension of international business.  Throughout a full day of programming, you will learn about current trends, important new regulations, and emerging challenges in conducting business internationally.


8:30-9:00 | Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:10 | Welcome & Introduction
Berglind Halldorsdottir Birkland, Vice Chair of the MSBA International Business Law Section, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP  
Phil Hansen, President, Global Minnesota
Steve Riedel, Corporate Relations Officer, Global Minnesota

9:10-9:55 | Keynote Address: Shifting Global Alliances
Thomas R. Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, The University of MN, Duluth

9:55-10:05 | Break (10 min)

10:05-10:50 | Export Controls Update – New Tools in the U.S. Government’s Toolbox
Once an obscure area of regulation, export control rules are increasingly being used by the U.S. government as a major tool of foreign policy.  Enforcement of export control law has become so much tougher in recent years that key government officials have called export controls “the new FCPA.”  Against this background, the U.S. government is continuing to expand the jurisdictional reach of export controls through innovative legal approaches.  This panel will review how the latest regulatory changes have provided U.S. officials with authority to regulate the transfers of a much wider universe of items and the broader scope of activities of both U.S. and non-U.S. businesses.
David Townsend, Dorsey & Whitney
Valentin Povarchuk, Seagate Technology

10:50-11:20 | Navigating International Data Transfer Rules
With the recent Executive Order restricting cross border transfers from US to certain countries of concern, and as more countries also restrict international data transfers, there is much to be done to implement suitable contractual controls and transfer risk assessments. This presentation will compare and contrast the cross border transfer regimes and rules. 
Robert Bond, Notary Public & Solicitor, Senior Counsel, Privacy Partnership Law

11:20-11:30 | Break (10 min)

11:30-12:30 | Friendshoring – Winners and Losers in a Changing World
Friendshoring refers to the rerouting of supply chains to countries perceived as politically and economically safe or low-risk, to avoid disruption to the flow of business.  The Biden Administration has focused on friendshoring as a solution to secure and stabilize global supply chains in an era of increased geo-political tension and economic competition. Join us for a discussion of the evolving implications of this policy, its winners and losers, and the various legal issues it has raised and continues to raise. 
Pat Kelly, Fredrikson & Byron
Aaron Nyquist, Fredrikson & Byron

12:30-1:15 | Networking Lunch (45 min)

1:15-2:00 | U.S. Immigration - What's New and Relevant
Immigration is often in the news but not well understood.  The panel will cover relevant new changes that relate to non-immigrant work authorized statuses and other work authorized individuals for employers and their employees.  In light of Donald Trump's candidacy, the panel will also address the changes that can be expected if he wins a second term, and steps employers can take to protect their non-immigrant employees in the event of his reelection.      
Scott Borene, Borene Law Firm
George C. Maxwell, Borene Law Firm

2:00-2:30 | International Fund Investments in an Era of Geopolitical Change  
Michael J. Macaluso, Macaluso LLP

2:30-2:40 | Break (10 min)

2:40-3:40 | When Disputes Arise: International Arbitration as an Effective Tool
At the outset of any international business venture or overseas investment it is essential to consider the potential for future disputes and ensure access to a fair and effective forum.  In cross-border transactions, international arbitration is often the best option: It is efficient and confidential and will produce an award that is easier to enforce in U.S. courts than a foreign court judgement.  This panel of international arbitration practitioners will provide an overview of the international arbitration system and highlight best practices for drafting effective arbitration clauses.
Philip L. Bruner, Arbitrator and Mediator
Steven C. Nelson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Berglind Halldorsdottir Birkland, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

3:40-3:45 | Break (5 min)

3:45-4:30 | Updates from Key Jurisdictions 
Hear updates from lawyers working closely with clients operating in three key markets: Mexico, China and the European Union.     
Todd Vollmers, Macaluso LLP
Luis Resendiz, Fredrikson & Byron
Richard Weiner, Fredrikson & Byron

4:30-5:00 | The Human Rights Dimension of International Business
Companies conducting business internationally cannot ignore the human rights dimensions of their operations, investments, and supply chains, nor can the lawyers who advise them.  Respect for human rights is no longer simply a moral or ethical imperative—or solely a question of reputational risk—but the subject of government regulation and legal accountability.  Ms. Amanda Lyons, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School will describe the pivotal role the Minnesota legal community has played in the development of the rapidly expanding field of “Business and Human Rights” and review recent developments in that field, including the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and the negotiations for a binding legal instrument at the UN Human Rights Council.    
Amanda Lyons, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School

CLE Credits: 6.50 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 503846

IBLS Member: $75
Global Minnesota Member: $75 (use promo code GLOBALMN at check out)
MSBA Member: $100
Non-MSBA Member: $135
New Admittee: $40
Law Student: FREE

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2024. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation:  This is an in-person only event. Remote participation is not available.

Program Manager: Tram Nguyen | | 612-278-6316

Payments/Cancellations: Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.


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Thursday, April 25, 2024

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Fredrikson & Byron
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402