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Every week, we take a bite-sized look at legal and economic developments in locales around the world as we try to decipher global trends in law and business with the help of our international guests. No topic is too big, too small, too simple, or too complicated. We plan to cover continents, countries, regimes, governance, finances, legal developments, and whatever is trending on Twitter. Connect with us: - https://twitter.com/globallawbiz - https://www.linkedin.com/company/harris-bricken - ...
 
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In Episode #74, we are joined by Luis Martínez, the director of the Southeast energy, climate and clean energy program at Natural Resources Defense Council. We discuss: How Luis' desire to be the next Jacques Costeau led to a career in environmental law Luis' time at the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board and his advocacy in support of Vieques…
 
In Episode #73, we are joined by Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Niels Von Deuten. We discuss: The role of State Department lawyers How the Department's legal office, aka "L", is organized The difference between L and the legal attaches posted at U.S. missions abroad Niels' diverse assignments, from representing the Department on …
 
In Episode #72, we are joined by Kelly Sullivan, the current head track and field coach at Seattle University and former Team USA coach. We discuss: Kelly's experiences mentoring 23 Division III All-American athletes Coaching at the World Track and Field Championships and the Olympic Festival Preparing athletes for competition beyond colleges and u…
 
In Episode #71, we are joined by Taiwanese cannabis lawyer Zoe Lee, of Better Call Zoe fame. We discuss: Zoe's path to becoming Taiwan's best-known cannabis lawyer, and what her docket looks like. The legal status of cannabis and CBD in Taiwan. Zoe's inspirations for her podcast, In the Weeds. Legalization efforts in Taiwan and Zoe's prediction on …
 
In Episode #70, we are joined by Robert Fatton Jr., the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and one of the foremost experts on Haiti. We discuss: Prof. Fatton's path from Port-au-Prince to Charlottesville Our guest's experience as a sportscaster during Haiti's 1974 …
 
In Episode #69, we are joined by Andrew Peaple, editor at The Wire China, and co-founder and presenter of the Asia Matters podcast. We discuss: Andrew's journalism career, including a 16-year stint at The Wall Street Journal. The JET Program and why it represents a soft power triumph for Japan. How journalism has been impacted by the growth of the …
 
In Episode #68, we are joined by Sam White, serial entrepreneur and CEO at Freedom Services Group, a UK-based insurance agency. We discuss: How Sam's first job at a car insurance brokerage led to starting her own international insurance group focused on women. Data bias against women in insurance and medical science, including male drug testing, se…
 
In Episode #67, we are joined by Enrique Martinez, CEO and founder of WebCapitalists Corp., a cryptocurrency and blockchain consulting company. We discuss: Why an aerospace engineer became an early adopter of Bitcoin. The Byzantine Generals Problem and what it tells us about blockchain. How Hurricane Maria and the devastation it brought about in hi…
 
In Episode #66, we are joined by Chris Campbell, in-house attorney for Baker Hughes and Tales of The Tribunal podcast host. We discuss: The evolution of Chris's podcast, Tales of The Tribunal Risotto, wine, and sunshine - or how Chris ended up in Italy A lawyer's perspective on the oil and gas industry The pros and cons of working as in-house couns…
 
In Episode #65, we are joined by Natalie O’Regan, a cannabis activist in Ireland. We discuss: The state of cannabis legislation in Ireland. Natalie's research on drug policy. The "hamster wheel" of stigma in the context of drugs. Society's need for labeling and its connection to cannabis laws. Ireland's road ahead toward cannabis legalization. List…
 
In Episode #64, we are joined by Simon Igelman, an international business associate at Garfinkle Biderman LLP, a Canadian-based law firm. We discuss: Simon's background in technology and how he created his website Trade Law Report that pulls the most up to date online chatter about international trade from around the web, including Twitter. Balanci…
 
In Episode #63, we are joined by Alberto Villarreal, Managing Director at Nepanoa Transformation Advisory. We discuss: An inside look at international consulting firms. Latin America (LatAm) as a marketplace and for back office or company operations. LatAm's talented labor force and affinity for Western-style work culture. Concerns for a company lo…
 
In Episode #62, we are joined by Azhelle Wade, The Toy Coach. We discuss: How a passion for working with children led to a career in toy design and development. The importance of market research for aspiring toymakers. Legal concerns for toymakers, including intellectual property and testing. Toys as a case study in the importance of protecting mol…
 
In Episode #61, we are joined by Andrew House, partner and co-leader of the national security team at Fasken. We discuss: Andrew's career trajectory, from criminal defense work in Halifax to Canada's national security establishment in Ottawa. The challenges of working in post-conflict Kosovo. Foreign investment reviews in Canada, and the outsized r…
 
In Episode #60, we are joined by Hector Correa, of Smart Strikes Consulting. We discuss: Hector's jump from computer science to consulting. How a focus on tech solutions might distract from deeper inefficiencies. The advantages Mexico presents to foreign companies. Misconceptions concerning safety issues in Mexico. Mexico's creative industries. Lis…
 
In Episode #59, we are joined by Joe McCall, managing partner at Byrne & McCall, an Irish accountancy firm. We discuss: Brexit's impact on Ireland, including efforts by companies to diversify from the large UK market. What makes Ireland attractive to companies setting up HQ or R&D facilities. Which US industries are heading to Ireland. An Irish cou…
 
In Episode #58, we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, chairman of the University of Mary Washington's Political Science and International Affairs Department and author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China. We discuss: China relations at a time when we know the country "won't morph into a more liberal polity." The pragmatic origins o…
 
In Episode #57, we are joined by Moses Wanki Park, a barrister and international arbitration attorney at Hong Kong's Liberty Chambers. We discuss: How Moses' service as an officer in the Korean Navy helped instill discipline and the ability to work under pressure. South Korean views of North Korea. Why Moses chose to study and work in Hong Kong. Wi…
 
In Episode #56, we are joined by Katarzyna Kuźma, a partner at Polish law firm DZP. We discuss: Katarzyna's multinational career path, which includes studies in Germany and several years working in Barcelona. Who are Katarzyna's client, and in which kind of matters does she represent them? Overseas expansion by Polish firms. The all-encompassing im…
 
In Episode #55, we are joined by Eduardo Diaz Rivera, Founder of Alta Real Estate Fund. We discuss: Eduardo's background in finance and investment banking with UBS and Credit Suisse. The investment banking community in Latin America compared to the U.S. and E.U. Opportunities for Mexico and greater Central America and South America. Political trend…
 
In Episode #54, we are joined by Nadège Rolland, Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research. We discuss: How the June 1989 Tiananmen Square protests helped spark Nadège's interest in China. Working in the French national security establishment, and how it differs from its U.S. counterpart. The March 20…
 
In Episode #53, we are joined by Ryan Hurley, general counsel at Copperstate Farms. We discuss: What's happening in Arizona following the approval of Proposition 207, which legalizes adult-use cannabis. The sea change in Arizonans' views on cannabis in recent years. Copperstate Farms, the largest medical cannabis grower in the Southwest. The inters…
 
In Episode #44, we are joined by Isaac Stone Fish, CEO and founder of Strategy Risks, as well as a renowned journalist. We discuss: What initially drew Isaac to China, where he lived for seven years, and his experiences visiting all of China's provinces, autonomous regions, and direct-administered municipalities. The importance of interesting conve…
 
In Episode #43, we are joined by Nadja Vietz, a partner at Monereo Meyer Abogados dual-hatted as a Harris Bricken attorney, to discuss foreign direct investment (FDI) in Spain. We discuss: Why Spain is an attractive destination for investment. What constitutes foreign investment under Spanish law, including the treatment of EU, EFTA, and now Britis…
 
In Episode #42, we are joined by David Knapp, co-founder of Ornavera and Director at Togram. We discuss: David’s move from Wausau, Wisconsin to Asia, where he has lived and worked for over three decades, starting in computer programming, then on to sales and executive positions. David’s experience as the president of Motorola Vietnam at the onset o…
 
In Episode #41, we turn our attention to developing events in Myanmar with Robert Walsh, a project manager with deep expertise in the country. We discuss: Robert's trajectory from Burmese studies in the U.S. military to private sector work in Myanmar as the country's economy opened up. The drop in U.S. engagement with Myanmar under the Trump admini…
 
In Episode #40, we are joined by Matt Plavan, CEO of Arcadia Biosciences. We discuss: Notable domestic and international developments in bioscience affecting plant genetics and the health of people in developing and developed nations. Arcadia’s work in increasing the nutritional value of traditional commodity products like soy and wheat that are wi…
 
In Episode #39, we are joined by Nadia Lazareva, a senior manager at HSBC in Hong Kong. We discuss: Nadia's path from her native Russia to Hong Kong Why learning Mandarin is a great investment What working at a large international bank like HSBC is like Nadia's advice to women and girls thinking of a career in banking Why there is nothing wrong wit…
 
In Episode #38, we are joined by Wen Lii (李問), director of the Matsu Islands chapter of Taiwan's governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). We discuss: Taiwan's status and its relationship with China, in plain English Matsu and its sister Kinmen islands unique position as Taiwanese islands on China's shores How China and Taiwan agreed on an info…
 
In Episode #37, Jonathan and Fred look back at the podcast's first year and look ahead at 2021. Some of the highlights: How 2020 and COVID-19 will change the way lawyers approach their work, especially in the transactional space The China lessons of 2020 and how they will be applied going forward Why cannabis lawyers are excited about the next coup…
 
In Episode #36, we are joined by Lingling Zhang, a Presidential Diamond Wellness Advocate with doTERRA International LLC. We discuss: Lingling’s experience moving from China to the U.S., including how she was received in the U.S. and how her decision was viewed by her Chinese colleagues. The IT (information technology) industry in China vs. the U.S…
 
In Episode #35, we are joined by Dominique Tolbert, owner of TLBRT Hospitality, Mesean Spices, and Global MBA student at George Washington University. We discuss: How Dominique's lifelong passion for food led her down the path of entrepreneurship Dominique's Liberian heritage's role in sparking her interest in hospitality The diverse culinary influ…
 
In Episode #34, we are joined by Uday Garg, Managing Partner at Mandala Capital, a private equity firm focused on long term and sustainable investments across the food value chain in India and Southeast Asia. We discuss: The basics of food and agriculture ("agri") investing and why it is helpful to analogize to the oil and gas business. Why food an…
 
In Episode #33, we are joined by Adam Bathgate and Korin Knights, lawyers at the Bermuda office of Walkers, an international law firm. We discuss: Bermuda's status as a British Overseas Territory (it is the oldest such territory) International finance centers (IFC) and the myths surrounding them Bermuda's specialties as an IFC: insurance and reinsu…
 
In Episode #32, we are joined by Joel Gallo, CEO of Columbia China League Business Advisory Co., a cross-border transactions and management consulting firm. We discuss: The deferential treatment to Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges and why that matters to the markets and investors. The roles the Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai stoc…
 
In Episode #31, we are joined by Doug Brush, a cybersecurity expert at Splunk. We discuss: Current legal frameworks used to address cybersecurity. Data privacy concerns, including the EU's GDPR and California's CCPA, and whether a business or government can ever be 100% cyber secure. How companies should think about their cybersecurity, including w…
 
In Episode #30, we are joined by Sonia Gumpert, managing partner at Monereo Meyer Abogados, Harris Bricken's partner law firm in Spain. We discuss: How Sonia's firm accompanies foreign businesses on their "Spanish adventure." The experience of growing a leading business law firm from the ground up. Issues affecting women in the legal profession in …
 
In Episode #29, we are joined by Alberto Predieri, an Italian attorney and partner at de Bedin & Lee studio legale associato. We discuss: Alberto's fascinating career track, from Olympic sailor to international business attorney. The impact of COVID-19 on Italy and especially Lombardy, with Alberto's first-hand perspective. What a typical day looks…
 
In Episode #28, we are joined by Sonu Ratra, Co-founder of Akraya and Founder of Women Back to Work. We discuss: Sonu's career path from India to the U.S. and working in a male-dominated technology environment. How a difficult business meeting after the birth of her daughter led to her founding Akraya and its Women Back to Work initiative that work…
 
In Episode #27, we are joined by Andrea Holtan, an international trade specialist and adjunct professor at Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. We discuss: Andrea's career trajectory, including being the only female working for a Japanese company early in her career The role of licensed customs brokers The experience of wor…
 
In Episode #26, we are joined by Mark McLawhorn. We discuss: Mark's law firm, McLawhorn Legal South Carolina's consolidation as a foreign investment hub The importance of judicial clerkships in the American legal system Mark's LLM studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong The experience of being a Black man in Hong Kong Thoughts on our current…
 
In Episode #25, we are joined by Adam Bigelow. We discuss: Adam's background in patent translation and gemstone mining with an eye toward tying together the Japan and US markets. The current Japanese business environment, compared to its Asian neighbors. How Shinzo Abe's departure and Yoshihide Suga taking the prime minister role will affect the wa…
 
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