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Global Words of Wisdom...On Life After Brexit (#LifeAfterBrexit)

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Name: Global Words of Wisdom...On Life After Brexit (#LifeAfterBrexit)
Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
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Following the EU referendum in the UK, businesses are assessing what impact the triggering of Article 50 could have on their operations and relationships in the UK. With the impact of the recent US Presidential election, Brexit negotiations and elections across the European Union (EU) still to come, it’s becoming clearer as the ‘fog’ of Brexit lifts that significant opportunities exist to reinforce the US-UK trading relationship and reset the UK’s position as a leader of free trade and responsible globalization.
While the UK economy weathered the initial shock of the Referendum, opinions are sharply divided over the long-term effects of leaving the EU.
Please join us alongside HM Consul General San Francisco, Andrew Whittaker, on Wednesday, April 19th to hear how the UK government intends to navigate Britain’s exit from the EU.

You’ll also hear a holistic view of the risks and opportunities associated with Brexit and how it might affect your business from Hogan Lovell’s Brexit expert, Peter Watts
Melissa Harkcom from International expansion experts, Fitzgerald & Law, will provide their view on the post-Brexit landscape for companies looking to enter the UK and Europe.

Alastair Paterson, CEO and Founder of Digital Shadows will look at data security and how that will be impacted by the post BREXIT World.

Some questions that will be answered:

  • What can we learn from the recent US election result and Brexit?
  • What does Britain's vote to leave the EU mean for US businesses already trading with the UK?
  • How might Brexit affect plans to expand into the UK and Europe?
  • Who are the players involved in the Brexit negotiation?

Who should attend?

  • Business professionals from all sectors including technology, finance, energy, healthcare, utilities and transportation
  • Economists and policy experts from think-tanks and academia specializing in European and foreign affairs
  • Directors from international trade organizations and regulatory agencies
  • Diplomats from EU member states and other nations 



Andrew Whittaker
H.M Consul General to San Francisco

Andrew Whittaker is the British Consul General in San Francisco, where he is responsible for delivering the UK government's objectives across the North-western United States (Northern CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY & AK). 

Prior to his role as Consul General, Andrew spent three years as Deputy Director at CERT-UK - the UK's national cyber security team - focusing on supporting and developing engagement on cyber security issues between government and industry, and with international partners.

Drawing on his previous cyber experience, Andrew works closely with colleagues in the UK Government to frame technology policy. As the senior most representative in this region, Andrew speaks regularly on issues of importance to the UK Government on a diverse range of subjects from economic policy to cultural connections between the US and UK. He is a resource to the business community as well as British Nationals who are visiting or have made their home in the Bay Area.

Since arriving in the Bay Area in 2016, Andrew also works to promote closer political, economic, trade and cultural ties between the UK and his consular region, in particular strengthening the business relationship across sectors from technology and venture capital to cyber security and aerospace. Andrew actively supports the innovation ties between the two regions, helping create the climate for UK and US researchers to cement important collaborations in key areas of future technological development.

Before this role Andrew was Deputy Head of the Crisis Management Department in the Foreign Office, handling the UK response to incidents ranging from conflict in the Middle East, the sinking of the Costa Concordia, and hostage taking in Algeria. Andrew's Foreign Office career, which began in 1998, also includes postings in Madrid, Jerusalem and Basra.

Andrew holds a MA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College). Though his playing days are now over, Andrew is a rugby enthusiast and plans to spend lots of time outdoors on family adventures across the US. Andrew is married to his wife Alex, and they have two boys.



Peter Watts
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Innovative, insightful and practical, honed by 25 years + diverse experience.
Whether helping clients broker multi-party deals, navigate the intersection of business and government or find the right business structure, Peter distils what really matters and uses creative solutions where necessary.
Peter has a particular interest in managing change and in setting legal issues or transactions in the wider context, understanding the perspectives of multiple parties and how they are relevant to delivering success.
He has delivered many projects in technology and media solving complex issues concerning soware, rights and data. He understands the particular sensitivities of the public sector whether expressed through regulation or direct state involvement in deals. He knows how important it is not to see a supply chain or distribution network as a series of separate transactions but as a series of interdependent relationships from the source to the ultimate
In addition to his work with clients Peter has also held a number of leadership roles at the Firm including heading the Commercial practice and Co-Leading the Firm's TMT Sector work as well taking a prominent role in the Firm current transformation programme and serving for many years as a member of the International Operations Committee of predecessor firm Lovells.
Peter has written, spoken and appeared on many platforms including Reuters TV, Sky News and PLC magazine on subjects as diverse as the trends in TMT M&A, the UK's Consumer Rights Act and preparing your business for a downturn. He is also one of the principal creators and contributors to the Hogan Lovells proprietary set of global contracting tools and insight (www.hlcomplexcontracting.com).



Melissa Harkcom
Director, North America at Fitzgerald & Law

Melissa Harkcom is an F&L Director with over 16 years’ commercial legal and global expansion experience advising both B2B and B2C companies of all sizes.

As well as working in-house on high value procurement projects with some of the world’s biggest Telecoms companies, Melissa spent many years (in both Silicon Valley and Europe) working with high-growth tech companies in the public sector and financial services industry.
After three years as Head of Legal Services in London at Opal Telecom, Melissa put down roots in San Francisco in 2010 to help American companies ensure international success when expanding overseas.

A supporter of the SF Giants, Rafael House and other local causes, she is a regular event speaker and active participator in the Bay Area community - providing straightforward, effective advice.



Alastair Paterson
CEO/Founder at Digital Shadows

Alastair is the CEO and co-founder of the cyber security company, Digital Shadows.  Alastair has worked for over a decade advising secure government and blue-chip clients on large-scale data analytics for risk and intelligence. Before founding Digital Shadows in 2011, Alastair was International Propositions Manager at BAE Systems Detica working with clients in the Gulf, Europe and Australasia. He holds a first class MEng in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.


    Sean Randolph,
President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley.

Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations.

His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981-85 he served in the U.S. State Department, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985-88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues.

Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.



Colin Brown

CEO, Venturexcel

Colin Brown started life as a Civil Engineer working for Bechtel Inc. in EMEA, where he helped deliver several ground-breaking Oil & Gas, Rail, Water, and Airport projects. After leaving Bechtel to join a Project and Program Management consultancy (Pcubed) in the year 2000 he went on to deliver (multi $bn) complex IT transformation projects and helped build a consulting organization to serve the needs of UK Government customers. After a brief time with Capgemini’s Justice and Home Affairs practice, Colin moved to the USA to rejoin Pcubed and established a team delivering technology transformation services to West Coast US private and public sector organizations. In 2014 Colin established Venturexcel to help UK firms access the US market, for the last two years he has been supporting a UK firm, World Programming, to exploit their Data Analytics software in the US Market. He has a passion for Engineering, Data and Business Development. Colin has served as President, and now as Chairman of the BABC Northern California since 2011.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP
3 Embarcadero Center
Suite 1500
San Francisco,
CA 94111

Parking available at 1, 2 and 3 Embarcadero Centers.
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

5.30 - 6.30pm - Networking
6.30 - 8.00pm - Panel Discussion
8.00 - 8.30pm - Networking

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$40 - BABC Members
$60 - Non-Members
$70 - On the  Door

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