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Member Feature – Fisher Phillips

Fisher Phillips LLP provides services to employers in all areas of labor and employment law.  The Firm’s International Employment Practice Group provides legal advice to international employers on human resources and immigration matters (inbound and outbound) on a global basis, as well as on matters pertaining to employees working in the United States who are governed by international laws.  The Firm contributes to client success by helping them navigate complex global human resources issues. Fisher Phillips partners with clients on strategic planning, compliance, global movement of employees, and employee compensation and benefits. They are on the forefront of current and evolving strategic employment law issues affecting the workforce throughout the globe.  Fisher Phillips offers a full array of workplace legal representation with a particular focus on codes of business conduct and ethics, expatriate matters, mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions (including EU Transfer of Undertakings) and litigation and administrative actions.  The Firm has established strong relationships with local counsel on six continents.  Fisher Phillips is ready to involve local counsel around the world at a moment’s notice.  The Firm has been a committed Corporate member of the BABCPHL for several years, and most recently has become a Club Level Member.  Thank you, Fisher Phillips for your employment law leadership and service throughout the US, the UK, and the globe.


Feature Story – The Queen’s Honours

A few days ago, The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list and a special COVID-19 Honours list were announced. This year, Her Majesty the Queen is honoring hundreds of people for their contributions to fighting Covid-19. The Queen has the sole right of conferring titles of honor on deserving people from all walks of life, in public recognition of their merit, service or bravery. The most well-known honors are MBEs, OBEs and CBEs, but there are also a range of other honors in addition to these. Recipients are invited to collect their awards from The Queen or another Member of the Royal Family at an Investiture ceremony. Throughout history, monarchs have rewarded those who have shown service, loyalty or gallantry with gifts or titles. After medieval times, physical gifts such as land or money were replaced by the awarding of knighthoods and of membership within Orders of chivalry, accompanied by insignia such as gold or silver chains. As the UK Government evolved and Parliament’s legislative role grew in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Cabinet took over the role of selecting honors recipients. Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, only members of the aristocracy and high-ranking military figures could be appointed to an Order of chivalry. Since then, appointments were drawn from a wider variety of backgrounds. In 1917 the Queen’s grandfather, George V, developed a new order of chivalry, called the Order of the British Empire, as a way of rewarding both men and women who had made an outstanding contribution to the WWI war effort. Today, the Order of the British Empire rewards service in a wide range of areas, from acting to charity work, with honors that include the well-known MBE and OBE. Two BABCPHL Board Members, Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Honorary British Consul, is an OBE, and Howard Silverstone, Director, Forensic Resolutions and former BACPHL President and current Membership Chairman, is an MBE. Click here to view The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list and the special COVID-19 Honours list. The BABCPHL congratulates all those who have received an Honour for their outstanding work and dedication.


Member Feature – Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE

Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE is the third Honorary British Consul for Greater Philadelphia. In this role Oliver liaises with the Consul General in New York and the British Embassy on providing advice to businesses, solving consular issues in the region, and engaging in public diplomacy. Oliver has been a BABCPHL Board Member for more than two decades, and he was appointed by the UK Government in 1998 to represent British interest in the Philadelphia region. Oliver’s relationship with the UK started as a college student in 1966 after graduating from Lincoln University. In 2002 Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the OBE Honour in recognition of his services to British business. In his public diplomacy role, Oliver has hosted senior members of the British Royal Family as well as government ministers and members of Parliament. He created a program for Philadelphia public high school students to visit London and founded another initiative to provide opportunities for mid-career American minorities to work in UK investment banks. In September 2019, Oliver received ‘The Distinguished Friend of Oxford’ Award, and in November 2019, was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford where he studied as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Honorary Fellows are expected to enter the intellectual life of the college and university. Oliver, thank you for all that you do to promote the diplomatic, business and cultural ties between our region and the UK. We are honored to have you actively participate on our Board of Directors. Thank you for partnering with us on many important initiatives that drive economic development and promote a positive diplomatic relationship with the UK.


Fall 2020 President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

As our families, friends, colleagues, businesses, country, and world are faced with immense challenges, we are called upon to keep going.  It is the power of community and resolve that enable us to take one day at a time and move forward.  The BABCPHL is committed to serving you through good times and bad.  The UK-US transatlantic relationship has weathered world wars, depressions, and myriad set-backs throughout history.  The two nations actively band together and collaborate to enhance trade and commerce and to develop long-lasting valuable connections.

In support of this union, and to remain true to our mission, our goal is to maintain close contact with each of you to understand what you want and need from us during this tumultuous time. To help us understand your needs we are pleased to announce our partnership with Club Level member, KPMG LLP to conduct a pulse survey to gain a better understanding of how multinationals are managing.

The study takes less than five minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and will not be attributed to any individual or company. Your participation will provide a valuable roadmap to better assist you and your business in meeting objectives and developing strategies to survive and thrive in this environment. Click here to complete the survey. In mid-November we will be hosting a webinar to present the results and a transatlantic business outlook.

During the summer months we delivered a social series that included quizzo night, whiskey tasting, and a master cocktail class.  This month we also offered two very important programs focused on the transatlantic relationship – Philadelphia International Airport’s status as a funneling airport and our first UK-US quarterly update policy webinar featuring Government leaders who discussed the UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations, Brexit, and how the pandemic is influencing trade.

In October and November are hosting a series of events about global mobility, employment law, education, cybersecurity, and more related to how Covid-19 has impacted our daily operations and what this means for our future.

Our December 10, Signature Annual Holiday Lunch has been moved to a virtual format, and will take place over Zoom from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST.  Save the date so you can participate in this special event!

Partner with the BABCPHL to navigate this uncertain new reality; we are a constant for you and your business through thick and thin.  Read on for information about our recent past and upcoming activities.  If you are not a member, and wish to learn more, contact us and we will schedule a time to talk.

Sincerely,

Nick Lotz

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Member Feature: Department for International Trade

With professional advisors across 100 international markets, the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government agency that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies bring high quality investment to the UK. DIT provides trade and investment services and practical support through an extensive network of specialists in the UK, and staff in the British Embassy in Washington, and the British Consulates across the US. DIT is an active member and partner of the BABCPHL and is always involved in all BABCPHL pursuits related to economic development between the UK and Greater Philadelphia. We are grateful to partner with DIT and thank them for their support and guidance. BABCPHL members and non-members are invited to join us this week for our first quarterly UK-US Transatlantic Trade Policy Fireside headlining UK Government Officials with current information related to EU Transition, the UK-US Free Trade Agreement, and the pandemic. Click here for details.


Member Feature: Stan Tilton Consulting

Stan Tilton has been an active individual member of the BABCPHL for 12 years. Stan founded Stan Tilton Consulting in 1992 to provide proven cost-effective solutions to leadership and management developmental challenges by utilizing customized executive coaching and related services to assist key executives improve morale, confidence and performance that lead to increased enterprise productivity and profitability. The Firm brings a customized, highly flexible, and impartial outside business-oriented focus to executive performance, communication and leadership development that has consistently led to results that met or exceeded client expectations. As an independent of the organization, Stan brings focus, objectivity, pragmatism and directness few insiders can. The Firm specializes in High Potential Coaching, Behavioral/Interpersonal Issues, Newly Appointed Leader Integration, Foreign Expatriate Business Assimilation, Conflict Resolution and assisting corporate leaders deal with challenging strategic issues. The mission of Stan Tilton Consulting is to assist executives and organizations sharpen their leadership and strategic thinking skills, thereby enabling both the employees and enterprise to mutually prosper. Stan has more than 30 years of experience as an executive leadership development coach, career transition consultant and corporate strategist with significant leadership, operating and financial management expertise gained during a highly successful corporate career as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer of leading global management consulting and manufacturing organizations. A proven leader, Stan has been a mentor, partner and leadership coach to family owned businesses, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives, including bankers, engineers, accountants, attorneys and physicians at pharmaceutical companies. Beyond his executive coaching and leadership development practice, Stan has extensive expertise with restructurings, mergers, organizational expansion, management replication, succession planning, career mapping and the turnaround and repositioning of underperforming business teams/units. He has been featured in articles in Fortune and Inc. magazines and The Wall Street Journal, as well as appearing on National Public Radio.


Member Feature: Deloitte

With more than 100,000 professionals, Deloitte provides audit and assurance, tax, consulting, and risk and financial advisory services to a broad cross-section of the largest corporations and governmental agencies throughout the world.  The Firm helps reinforce public trust in capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and helps lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.  Clients count on Deloitte to help them transform uncertainty into possibility and rapid change into lasting progress. Deloitte’s dedication to leadership extends beyond their clients and the commercial marketplace to their own organization and the communities where they work and live. The Firm’s success depends on cultivating and celebrating diverse skill sets, backgrounds, and values. Deloitte enables leadership throughout their communities through pro-bono and volunteer work that leverages their skills and experience to help others achieve goals. In response to the spread of COVID-19, Deloitte has activated the power of its global footprint, and adopted a multi-pronged approach to address the significant and growing needs of impacted communities around the world. To date, Deloitte has committed more than US$12.5 million in investments in the form of direct monetary donations, medical equipment, and pro bono project work. These efforts are targeted to helping frontline healthcare workers, supporting the millions of students globally who are out of school, and providing communities in need with donations and volunteers.  Deloitte has been a Club Level member of the BABCPHL for many years.


Member Feature: Black Cipher

BABCPHL Corporate Member, Black Cipher, a cybersecurity and DFIR consulting and security services company, identifies and contains cybersecurity threats by monitoring security events tied to what attackers target when breaching a system or a network. The Black Cipher team includes industry certified professionals trained and experienced in the areas of cybersecurity, digital forensics, incident response, regulatory compliance, law, data governance, data privacy, risk management, and private/corporate investigations. The Company’s holistic, no blind spots approach helps business properly manage cyber risk and effectively combat cyberattacks and security incidents. From proactive security assessments to fully managed services, Black Cipher supports all cybersecurity, DFIR and regulatory compliance needs. Now, more than ever, as nearly all aspects of business operations have moved to remote platforms, companies are forced to remain hypervigilant to protect assets. Thank you Black Cipher for helping companies protect themselves in this increasingly digital environment.


Member Feature – HSBC

HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations is a Club Level member of the BABCPHL. The Bank serves more than 40 million customers through their global businesses: Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking and Markets. The HSBC network covers 64 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.  Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by around 197,000 shareholders in 130 countries and territories.  HSBC was born from one simple idea – a local bank serving international needs. In March 1865, HSBC opened its doors for business in Hong Kong, financing trade between Europe and Asia.  For more than 150 years HSBC has connected customers to opportunities. HSBC has weathered change in all forms – revolutions, economic crises, new technologies – and adapted to survive. The resulting corporate character enables HSBC to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Customers range from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s largest companies, governments and international organizations. HSBC dutifully serves clients and the environment; they are mindful of social responsibilities, and committed to high standards of governance.  HSBC won the global titles of ‘World’s Best Bank for SMEs’ and ‘World’s Best Bank for Public-Sector Clients’ in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2019. The Bank has provided approximately USD80 billion in support to its customers globally to help them cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes over USD27 billion in relief through 700,000 payment holidays on loans, credit cards and mortgages to help personal lending customers manage their finances. They have extended USD52 billion of lending facilities to more than 172,000 wholesale customers globally, both through government schemes and our own initiatives – helping businesses stay resilient through tough times and plan for the recovery. HSBC has led on more than USD1.15 trillion of capital raising for clients in equity and debt capital markets in the first six months of 2020, helping them meet their funding and liquidity needs.  Thank you HSBC for your steadfast commitment to your customers and the environment. We are honored to partner with you and recognize you as a BABCPHL member for more than a decade.


Member Feature – Bennett International Education Consultancy

Bennett International Education Consultancy, founded in 1991 is a BABCPHL Corporate Member. Bennett has offices in Philadelphia, New York and Hong Kong, including more than 70 consultants around the world. Since it’s inception, Bennett has served thousands of families and hundreds of corporate clients throughout the globe. Bennett is the recognized industry specialist in education advisement and in customized consulting services for both private clients and corporations with personnel who are relocating. With the onset of Covid-19 and the impact on students’ educational trajectory, Bennett’s services and advisory are in even higher demand. The BABCPHL looks forward to hosting a virtual round table featuring Bennett during the coming weeks. We look forward to learning more about their important work to help place the next generation of professionals in leading educational institutions.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government