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President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

As our fiscal year draws to a close I reflect upon our successes during the past twelve months, and look toward planning our future. At this time we conduct member outreach to receive updated information for our members’ only hard copy and new this year, online membership directories.  It is our job to help BABCPHL members promote their business services and products, make valuable connections, and learn timely information about transatlantic business issues.

We are also in the final stages of planning our last few events of the fiscal year while simultaneously strategizing about our line-up of programs that will occur from September 2018 through June 2019. We welcome your input!  Please contact us at babc@babcphl.com if you have a topic in mind, and share your ideas.

Lastly, we hope you will join us for our last three events of our “busy season” – The Future is Now, Where Are You?, a discussion about the workplace of the future, Britain Unites – Bridging Connections across the LGBT Community, and the Annual Transatlantic Business Conference.  Did you know we are one of 22 Chapters located throughout major business centers in the US, the UK and Canada?  Each year a different Chapter presents the Transatlantic Conference.  Chicago hosted last year, and Birmingham is hosting the 2018 session.  Please read through this newsletter for detailed information and links to our upcoming programs.  We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


New Members

Corporate Member:

1776 / Benjamin’s Desk
Anthony Maher
1701 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 609-374-4552
E: anthony@benjaminsdesk.com

Born in Philadelphia, Benjamin’s Desk is a next-generation business incubation engine. On October 16, 2017 Benjamin’s Desk merged with globally known Incubator, 1776. 1776 is the Northeast corridor’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators with 11 campuses in 4 states and the District of Columbia. We are a next-generation incubator serving a community of bold entrepreneurs and companies impacting their ecosystems. For more information, please visit: www.1776.vc or follow us on Twitter @1776.

https://benjaminsdesk.com/

Educational, Arts, & Charitable Institution Member:

Drexel University
James Rinier
Assistant Clinical Professor of Accounting
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 215-571-3640
E: jwr29@drexel.edu

Drexel University is a private institution that was founded in 1891, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been a pioneer in cooperative education since 1919 – operating one of the largest cooperative education programs in the nation. Over 1,650 business, industrial, governmental, and other institutions “cooperate” with Drexel in offering students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in employment related to college studies. Drexel students also have the opportunity to explore research, national and international co-op experiences.  Drexel University is ranked #94 in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s category, “Best Colleges in National Universities.”

Drexel brings an international dimension to University life through our academic programs, study and cooperative education abroad, major research projects, global classrooms, conferences, and cultural events. These initiatives instill an awareness of today’s global challenges and opportunities in science and technology, politics and economics, and society and culture.

http://drexel.edu/

Individual Member:

Tom Koenig
Fresh Tracks
32 South Cricket Terrace
Ardmore, PA 19003
P: 857-523-5168
E: tom@freshtracks.xyz


Human Interest Feature

CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS – BABCPHL Members Showcase UK Culture
By Caroline Willems, BABCPHL Coordinator and Junior at Temple University, Fox School of Business

This winter and spring, the BABCPHL will be especially involved with our creative and performing arts members. Throughout the next few months, we will partner with Inis Nua, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Tiny Dynamite to deliver events that are sure to enrich and entertain you. Each organization contributes to the Philadelphia region by hosting unique cultural events and opportunities for the community. These groups provide historic and current projects linking the US and the UK.

Inis Nua Theatre Company is a theatre company that connects the US and UK by performing British contemporary, provocative plays in Center City, Philadelphia. These plays demonstrate the modern culture of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England while being performed in the US. Inis Nua translates from Gaelic to mean new island. Inis Nua performed its first play in 2004 and has continued to grow each year since, showing 13 American premieres. Inis Nua distinguishes itself by taking new plays and combining the culture and traditions of Europe with modern and contemporary ideas. The company specializes in contemporary plays; reading series’; and “Pop Up Play in a Pub,” an exciting evening of Irish pie, beer, and a play in a pub. This year, the BABCPHL and Inis Nua are partnering for a special “Theatre Night” on February 22, 2018. Alan Harris’ production of Love, Lies & Taxidermy is a romantic comedy about growing up in small town Wales. The event will include a viewing of the play with food and drink. Afterward, the playwright will host a discussion. Click here to register.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is internationally known for their collection of sculptures, painting, and works on paper. PAFA is also an exclusive art school. PAFA aims to “promote the transformative power of art and art making.” This spring, artist and Philadelphia-native Benjamin West is being honored for forming connections between PAFA and the Royal Academy of Arts. West traveled to London at the age of 21 to study painting. While in England, he achieved many accomplishments including being a founding father and the second president of the Royal Academy of Arts as well as being the court painter to George III. PAFA was founded in 1805 during which time West was the first Honorary Academician of the museum. To honor West’s contribution to education and art, the museum is exploring his impact on PAFA and RA. This spring, PAFA will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (RA) with art influenced by West. The exhibit will feature more than 60 pieces and explore eighteenth and nineteenth century artwork. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the most renowned orchestras in the world. Yannick Nézet-Séguin who serves as the eighth music director was appointed in the 2012 season and continues to conduct this season. The Orchestra is “committed to excellence, innovation, and creativity, onstage and off, and serves its many communities at home and abroad by performing music, encouraging music-making, and improving the quality of life.” This season, the Orchestra is bringing British music to the United States for a very special British themed three week concert series. The concerts will feature several composures including Handel, Britten, Bruch and Mendelssohn. To celebrate the completion of the series, the Orchestra will conclude with a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. On January 18, 2018 we are partnering with the Philadelphia Orchestra to provide members and friends with the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a “British Isles” concert series featuring British composers and music. This special event will also include a behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center, a meet and greet with musicians, and VIP seating for the performance. Click here to register.

Tiny Dynamite is a Philadelphia-based theatre company specializing in British plays. The company was founded in 2008 and performed its first play in February 2009. The goal of the organization is to give artists, performers, and community members a new way to create, perform, and embrace British-themed plays. Tiny Dynamite is recognized for their “A Play, A Pie & A Pint” (PPP) signature evenings. PPP started in 2004 in Scotland to attract a broader audience to support writers and actors. Tickets are less expensive and the shows are usually performed in the off-hours. Located inside a Philadelphia pub, the evening begins with cabaret seating where guests are able to socialize, connect, and enjoy live music before the play begins. The play runs about an hour long, during which time pizza and beer (or nonalcoholic alternatives) are served while guests enjoy the play. After the production, there is active dialogue between the artists and guests. The event is a “brilliantly casual” evening where guests can relax and enjoy a play, a pie, and a pint. Coincidently, Inis Nua has performed several plays with Tiny Dynamite during the PPP evenings. The companies often join together to create a unique European evening for the community. Click here for more information.

The BABCPHL would like to thank Inis Nua, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tiny Dynamite for partnering with us to deliver outstanding UK cultural events for our members and friends. These organizations are dedicated to using art, plays, and music to connect us to the rest of the world. They provide education about the UK through exciting, sensory driven programs. They also examine and inform the Philadelphia community about UK traditions and culture while comparing it to modern and relevant ideas in the US. These organizations must be applauded for providing countless charitable hours to help Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley citizens become more involved in the arts.


Club Level Feature

TD Securities
Libor: An Inconvenient Truth

In recent months the future of Libor has been the subject of intense debate. While the topic has been intermittently discussed since the financial crisis, when it became clear that Libor fixings were not in line with bank funding conditions, the debate has sharply intensified in recent months. July remarks by Andrew Bailey of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) — the regulator of Libor — jolted the market and spurred many participants into taking the transition away from Libor more seriously.

Libor is a public good…until 2021
The FCA has regulated Libor since 2013 and has made significant improvements to the rate through its administrator, ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA). IBA and the twenty panel banks that submit contributions have introduced changes in the quality of governance around submissions, aiming to anchor submissions to transactions. However the underlying market that Libor seeks to measure — the market for unsecured wholesale term lending to banks — is no longer active. According to ICE, fewer than 30% of USD 3m Libor submissions are based on transactions.
Meanwhile, many banks reportedly wished to withdraw from being a Libor submitter. Such a move would severely weaken the representativeness and robustness of the rate, potentially creating a domino effect that leads more banks to leave the panel. UK and European legislation only gives regulators limited power to compel banks to continue submitting to Libor. In the case of the European Benchmark Regulation, the “compelling power” is only one to two years. However, FCA’s Bailey and Fed’s Powell have suggested that banks have volunteered to stay on as submitters until 2021, giving the industry time to transition to a new benchmark.

What happens after 2021?
Part of the reason that the 2021 deadline was set is that the FCA believes work on a transition is unlikely to begin in earnest if market participants assume that Libor will last indefinitely. The fate of Libor after the end of 2021 is up to the IBA and the panel banks. They could continue to produce the rate, but because the FCA cannot oblige panel banks to stay, the robustness of Libor could deteriorate.
Global regulators have meanwhile blessed a number of alternative benchmark rates. All of the rates chosen globally to replace Libor have the benefit of being anchored in much more active markets than term Libor, involving little expert judgement. Additionally, in order to resolve the issue of which members to put on a rate-setting panel, these alternative rates use data from all relevant market participants.

SOFR So Good
The NY Fed is expected to release the SOFR rate in Q2 2018 along with two other rates based upon trade-level data from various segments of the repo market. Fed Chair Nominee Powell blessed SOFR in a recent conference, noting that, “The alternative reference rate needs to be able to stand the weight of having trillions of dollars written on it, and the ARRC has definitely met this standard in choosing SOFR.” The transactions underlying SOFR total nearly $700bn/day — much larger than the volumes in overnight unsecured markets and even larger than Treasury bill trading volumes. Powell’s endorsement of SOFR is the first time that a US regulator has been so explicit about the move away from the current Libor benchmark. Note that an estimated $160tn of contracts are linked to Libor and 90% of the that is linked to USD Libor. In August the Fed Board invited public comment about the plan for producing these rates.

These rates will improve transparency into the repo market by increasing the amount and quality of information available about the market for overnight Treasury repo. The rates will be volatile by construction, but given how many transactions these rates incorporate, it will be difficult for any one market participant to influence the rate. The tri-party rate will effectively be the offer side of the market and will be less volatile.

How is SOFR calculated?
The NY Fed proposes using a volume-weighted median as the central tendency measure for SOFR, which would be consistent with the methodology used for the Effective Federal Funds Rate (EFFR) and Overnight Bank Funding Rate (OBFR). In the event of an even number of transactions in the data set, the median would be considered to be the higher of the two numbers (i.e., it would be rounded up). There is a case to be made for a volume-weighted average (geometric or arithmetic mean) rather than a median since SOFR might have a bimodal distribution. One peak would represent relatively low tri-party rates and a second peak would reflect GCF and DVP GC transactions. The median of a bimodal distribution could be more volatile from day-to-day than a traditional volume-weighted arithmetic average if the valley between the two peaks is flat and low. Depending on the shape of the distribution, small changes in the relative volumes of the two peaks can result in significant shifts in the median rate.

All repo transactions that are initiated by a collateral borrower that requires a specific issue tend to trade below the GC repo rate. However, some form of filtering needs to be applied to the SOFR rate to remove transactions that are “special”. Simply removing transactions based on recent issues keeps other issues that may be trading special in the calculation. It would also exclude those on-the-run issues that may not be trading special. It is difficult to know the exact level of filtering required.

How does SOFR compare with other rates?
There are a few key features that distinguish SOFR from other rates:
Overnight: SOFR and EFFR are overnight rates, while Libor has term rates.

Secured: SOFR is a secured rate and therefore incorporates the cost of balance sheet while EFFR and Libor are unsecured.

Risk free: SOFR and EFFR are measures of the risk free rate, while Libor has some credit component since it measures bank funding costs.

Arrears: SOFR and EFFR are rates where payment occurs in arrears versus Libor, where you can settle in advance.

The similarity between SOFR and EFFR makes it useful to compare the new rate to EFFR. The Fed has released SOFR data going back to August 2014 and since then, the 3-month geometric means of SOFR and EFFR have generally tracked closely. Over this period SOFR has averaged about 4bp below EFFR, which is sensible since SOFR is a secured rate and may incorporate some special transactions. The rate is more volatile during month- and quarter-ends, where balance sheet pressures tend to move SOFR above EFFR.

A brave new world with SOFR

Below we discuss the ARRC transition plan. However, we believe that ultimately it is the liquidity in SOFR-linked contracts that will drive the pace of transition. Since SOFR is an overnight rate, many market participants may need to build out the infrastructure of compounding a daily rate. SOFR-based swaps are also likely to be uncleared initially, while Libor-linked swaps are cleared. Regulators may need to incentivize investors to switch to SOFR for new swaps entered into before 2021.

Another key issue as the market transitions to SOFR is the inclusion of the new rate in the FASB hedge accounting standards. Current standards include the SIFMA Municipal Swap Rate, the US Treasury Rate, the Libor Swap Rate, and the Fed Funds Effective Swap Rate. Inclusion of the SOFR will help build liquidity in contracts referencing SOFR and ease the transition for many derivative counterparties.
The paced transition plan:

  •      H2 2018: Infrastructure for futures and/or OIS trading in the new rate is put in place.
  • By end 2018: Trading begins in futures and/or bilateral uncleared OIS that reference SOFR.
  • Q1 2019: Trading begins in cleared OIS that reference SOFR in the current (EFFR) PAI and discounting environment.
  • Q1 2020: CCPs begin allowing market participants a choice between clearing new or modified swap contracts (swaps paying floating legs benchmarked to EFFR, Libor, and SOFR) into the current PAI/discounting environment or one that uses SOFR for PAI and discounting.
  • Q2 2021: CCPs no longer accept new swap contracts for clearing with EFFR as PAI and discounting except for the purpose of closing out or reducing outstanding risk in legacy contracts that use EFFR as PAI and the discount rate. Existing contracts using EFFR as PAI and the discount rate continue to exist in the same pool, but would roll off over time as they mature or are closed out.
  • By end 2021: Creation of a term reference rate based on SOFR-derivatives markets once liquidity has developed sufficiently to produce a robust rate.

The legacy problem
The FSB’s Market Participants Group (MPG) estimates the notional volume of outstanding financial products referencing USD Libor at more than $160tn. USD-denominated interest rate swaps represent approximately 90% of this outstanding gross notional volume. In terms of other USD-denominated products, the MPG estimates that USD Libor is used as the reference rate in 97% of syndicated loans, 84% of floating/variable rate notes and 71% of collateralized loan obligations. A transition for all of these contracts and products will be a complicated task to say the least. The key question for the transition is whether the industry needs to:

  •  Amend contracts to reference an alternative rate, or
  •  Amend the definition of Libor through the fallback protocol to replace the current methodology with alternative reference rates. This could be done by developing a spread, which could be added to the base of the risk free rates.

By March 2018 the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) plans to draft a report that includes a survey for the users of Libor (derivatives, securities, loans, MBS), identifying issues with the transition in existing and new contracts, and recommendations.

ISDA Triggers: What determines that Libor doesn’t exist?
The first question is what determines that an investor has to find a replacement for Libor in an existing contract. If all panel banks stop submitting Libor, it would be an obvious trigger. But it becomes more difficult if a few banks drop from the panel. What determines that the panel may have “degraded” is a very subjective issue. Currently, the ISDA trigger is a public statement by the supervisor (in this case the FCA) about an insolvency of the relevant administrator (in this case ICE) or that Libor has been permanently or indefinitely discontinued or that it may no longer be used. Another ISDA trigger is a public statement by the administrator that it will cease publishing Libor.

ISDA fallback: What should replace Libor in a contract?
Current ISDA fallback protocol is meant for a temporary disruption for Libor. Many contracts allow the counterparty to call up 3 banks in London and obtain an average quote. However, in a situation when banks have stopped submitted Libor, this does not seem like a feasible alternative. Thus more work needs to be done on a permanent solution for a time when Libor may not exist. ISDA has already confirmed it is willing to develop a protocol that would allow market participants to update existing documents to insert a fallback rate should Libor cease to be published after 2021, or possibly sooner in the case of Euribor.
Under the ARRC transition plan, counterparties to Libor-linked swaps would amend their documentation to reference an alternative rate well before Libor might cease. Moving from Libor to SOFR would create a valuation change given that SOFR is lower than the Libor rate. The aim is to find the amount of compensation that each side will be willing to pay and receive to make the switch. That amount could be thought of as a spread which could be added to SOFR, which would replace Libor in an existing spread.

How do you compute and administer the spread?
There are two approaches are currently being discussed to compute the spread: a historical approach and an auction approach. A historical approach would freeze the Libor-SOFR basis on the day the benchmark is ceased while the latter would involve determining the Libor-SOFR basis each day via an auction process.

The cash problem
So far we have discussed the issues for the transition away from Libor for derivatives. However, there are many cash products that are linked to Libor, with a many of these products possessing terms past 2021. The ARRC has expanded its work to incorporate the cash transition plan, resulting in discussions about creating a term reference rate. That term reference rate would have to be built by first developing futures and OIS markets that reference SOFR. It will likely not be as robust as SOFR itself, and so derivatives transactions will almost certainly need to be based on the overnight rate. However, a term reference rate could conceivably be used in some loan or other contracts that currently reference Libor.
Below we discuss some of the current fallback issues across different products. We would expect new products that mature beyond 2021 to have a more robust fallback as a world without Libor looks much more likely now.

Current fallback language in Libor-linked cash products
 Mortgages and other consumer products: Typically the contract language in mortgages gives the noteholder the ultimate authority to name a successor rate if Libor was permanently discontinued. Other consumer loans may be more varied, but generally seem to have similar flexibility.

  • Floating rate notes: There are an estimated $1.5tn in outstanding Floating Rate Notes referencing USD Libor. However, 84% of these FRNs will mature by the end of 2021, and 92% by the end of 2023. Typical contract language would direct the calculation agent to first poll a sample of banks (similar to the ISDA fallback language) and then convert to fixed-rate at the last published value of Libor if quotes are not received. It would typically require unanimous consent of the noteholders to adjust these terms.
  • Securitizations: Approximately $1.8tn in outstanding securitizations reference USD Libor. Agency MBS allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to name a successor rate if Libor was permanently discontinued, but typical contract language in other securitizations would require a poll of banks and then convert to fixed-rate at the last published value of Libor if quotes are not received. CLOs are typically called after an initial 1-2yr period, at which point fallback language could be amended.
  • Corporate Loans: Flow of Funds data estimate the level of nonfinancial corporate loans at $2.7tn (does not include committed but undrawn lines). A large share — $2.1tn — are syndicated loans (according to SNC data). Roughly 85% percent are floating rate, and a large share of those appear to reference Libor. The typical contract language appears to name the Prime Rate or the Effective Fed Funds Rate plus a spread as the fallback if Libor was discontinued. Note that bilateral loans can be renegotiated by the borrower and lender to amend this, while syndicated loans currently tend to require unanimous lender consent to amend these terms. However, syndicated loans are amended fairly frequently, so it is very likely that most or all of the outstanding stock of loans would be amended before the end of 2021. We expect that lenders will make sure that new and existing loan documents make sense in a world without Libor. Where possible, lenders and borrowers may look to adjust their credit agreement voting provisions so that any change to the rate benchmark will not require a 100% vote. In syndicated loan documentation, borrowers may want the selection of a replacement rate to require the approval of a majority of lenders, rather than requiring unanimous approval.
    Priya Misra, Gennadiy Goldberg

President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a great start. I am pleased to report the BABCPHL closed the last quarter of the calendar year with educational forums featuring leading business executives who discussed timely topics such as cybersecurity and Brexit. In December we were joined by Mayor Kenney in welcoming the new Consul-General, Antony Phillipson to Philadelphia during our signature annual holiday luncheon.

During the coming weeks and months we are executing more than a half dozen programs related to pressing global business matters; young tech entrepreneurs; and UK cultural events throughout our region. While the majority of our programs are business oriented, we offer British culture and entertainment related activities as well. All BABCPHL events are valuable opportunities to meet members, network across sectors, and showcase your business or service offerings.

It is our job to promote the trade and investment relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region. Our Chapter’s jurisdiction includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware. Within this geography we are honored to work closely and to collaborate with regional and UK government officials, and other international institutions.

As you read through this newsletter you will find a recap of our recent past activities and upcoming events in which our members may participate, as well as feature articles published by or about our members. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you often this calendar year.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Club Level Feature: Ernst & Young

EY collaborates with Microsoft on a new analytics solution to help organizations enhance workforce productivity and well-being

London, 12 July 2017

EY announced this summer that it is collaborating with Microsoft to provide a new analytics solution called Workplace Insights, which can help organizations enhance their productivity and the well-being of their work forces by uncovering data patterns in digital communication and employee collaboration in today’s complex, digitally-driven business environment.

Workplace Insights combines the Microsoft Workplace Analytics platform with EY services consulting and data analytics experience to help organizations reach informed business decisions that can improve performance. The platform analyzes an organization’s existing communication and collaboration patterns – such as email and calendar metadata – and incorporates data from other enterprise systems to show how teams spend their time, collaborate and engage, both internally and externally, such as with suppliers or clients. EY interprets the outputs to help develop actionable insights and recommendations that organizations can use to support the execution of their strategic and operational priorities. The capability can be applied across business scenarios that include organizational transformation, mergers and acquisitions and real estate planning. Workplace Insights helps organizations use data to make informed decisions in these example areas:

  • Organizational transformations: Helps targeted and efficient change management and transformation efforts by measuring and monitoring the real-time effectiveness of change programs and engagement.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: Supports integration, benefits realization and retention of critical talent by identifying degree of group collaboration and communication patterns across formerly disparate teams or organizations. This analysis can be used as forward-looking indicators of success or flag potential risks.
  • Organization design: Helps to provide organizations with a quantitative look at collaboration and communication habits, new activity patterns and make more informed decisions around changes in roles and responsibilities based on these new data sets.
  • Workspace and real estate planning: Allows planners to improve productivity and enhance employee engagement and collaboration by understanding where, when and how groups work. Work location and commute time information can be loaded into the platform, which supports EY in providing insights around capacity, design transformations and broader real estate planning activities.

Mike Bertolino, EY Global People Advisory Services (PAS) leader, says:

“In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive environment, employers continue to face increasing operational pressures, especially as the global workforce evolves. This collaboration with Microsoft combines data science with a focus on the value that people bring to their work. Workplace Insights helps companies to better understand the effectiveness of their people, so they can identify opportunities for change and help support their people to be the most productive and collaborative as possible.”

Ryan Fuller, General Manager, Microsoft MyAnalytics & Workplace Analytics, Microsoft, says:

“Working with EY to leverage the organization’s in-depth experience in workforce transformation and change management across multiple industries, we anticipate that we will increase our engagement with organizations around the world. In today’s disruptive and highly competitive environment, it is more important than ever that companies take full advantage of the data they have at their disposal and understand what drives value, so they can make better-informed decisions.”

Together, EY member firms and Microsoft deployed Workplace Insights to help a global professional services firm’s IT organization in redesigning process and structure to increase customer centricity and decrease cost. The company leveraged the data to improve collaboration between groups and identify optimal reporting relationships and organizational structures, which helped measurably improve product development, margin and speed-to-market.

Greg Cudahy, EY Global Lead, Technology, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications, says:

“Particularly for large transformations that can drive hundreds of millions of dollars in value, organizations need to be sure they can pinpoint their most collaborative and productive teams and facilities. Workplace Insights provides near-real-time, quantifiable feedback on what’s working and what is not, so organizations can quickly identify and leverage workforce opportunities. In addition, EY and Microsoft are committed to protecting clients’ and employees’ data privacy and confidentiality by aggregating and anonymizing data, while complying with increasingly varied and stringent data privacy regulations.”

The Workplace Insights solution is supported by more than 10,000 EY People Advisory Services practitioners globally. The solution can be integrated with the EY Organization Talent Hub (OTH), a tool built on the Microsoft Azure platform. OTH pulls an organization’s data into a secure environment, providing access to crucial statistics before and after the restructuring occurs. It offers the granularity necessary for planning the new organization design and selecting and retaining talent, while tracking workforce movements needed for day-to-day operations.


President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

I am honored to officially communicate with you for the first time as President of the BABCPHL. While I have served in various Executive Committee roles and on the Board of Directors for more than a decade, I am pleased to assume this new leadership position.

BABCPHL closed the books on an excellent fiscal year at the end of June. Our second quarter century of operations and success in the region is well underway. But the key to that continuing success is making sure the BABCPHL is providing value to you, its members. We want to hear from you! Please tell us how we can best serve you and the interests of your company. Is there a pressing issue or topic related to UK-business you would like us to present? Are you a member and would like an opportunity to participate more fully? Are you are not currently a member and might like to join but don’t know the next steps? Contact us with questions or comments: www.babcphl.com

While the summer is often a quiet time, the BABCPHL was very productive. We launched our new logo, published our annual membership directory, hosted a few programs, and planned our new fiscal year activities. Upcoming BABCPHL events include seminars about pertinent subjects such as cybersecurity and Brexit, and of course, our signature holiday program. Read on to learn more.

I look forward to working with you to promote the trade and commercial relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK.
Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Human Interest Feature

BABCPHL Transatlantic Network
By Caroline Willems, BABCPHL Coordinator
Fox School of Business, Temple University

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.

– Jack Welsh

Have you ever heard the saying, “it takes a village?” Well it most certainly does. The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) is an exceptional platform to facilitate opportunities within and beyond Philadelphia. BABCPHL provides strategic connections to understand, de-risk, and execute business relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.  While the world is smaller than ever due to technology and other advancements used to more easily communicate, a myriad of entities are required to smoothly run a business or an organization, and the BABCPHL is no exception.  Did you know the BABCPHL is one of many British-American Business Council (BABC) Chapters throughout North America and the UK, governed by a cross-chapter board with a Secretariat provided by the Council’s London chapter, BritishAmerican Business (BAB)?  While the BABCPHL maintains its own Board of Directors and members based within its geography – Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware – the organization works closely with the overall BABC network.  BABCPHL also collaborates with the Department for International Trade (DIT), the economic development arm of the UK government.  We work closely with all of these groups to ensure seamless delivery of our mission.

BABC is the largest transatlantic business network with 22 Chapters, 18 BABC chapters in the US and four in the UK, located in major business centers. Canada is represented with an Ontario based chapter. These 22 groups include more than 2,000 businesses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  While all BABC chapters are successful organizations on their own, the groups benefit from the work and role of its New York and London chapters, who together form the BAB. With a team of more than two dozen people and its transatlantic brand, BAB acts as a driver for the overall network, offering content, advocacy contacts, and exposure.

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is another invaluable resource to the BABCPHL. DIT’s mission is to “help UK business export their products and services to grow in the global marketplace.” DIT also helps US based companies looking to invest or grow their business in the UK. DIT has offices throughout the US, with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC on the east coast. DIT is a specialized government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy. To find out more about the services DIT offers US businesses, visit www.great.gov.uk.

The highest UK office here in the US is the British Embassy which is responsible for citizens of England, Scotland, and the Cayman Islands. The Embassy is located in Washington, DC. Located within the Embassy grounds is the residence of Sir Kim Darroch, the current British Ambassador to the US. Sir Darroch is the British chief spokesperson for one of the largest embassies in Washington, DC, with more than 210 diplomats and 250 staff members. The job of the British Embassy is to protect and aid UK citizens while they are residing in the US, and communicate diplomatic matters back to their native country. The British Embassy is responsible for the communication between the host government (US) and their own country’s government (UK).

There are 11 Consulates and UK Government offices situated in major cities across the US. Consulates have some of the same responsibilities of the Embassy. However, certain situations are required to be handled at the Embassy level. An Embassy is required for more pressing diplomatic issues and hosts an Ambassador. Consulates control diplomatic issues on a smaller scale, and host a Consul. Visas, marriage licenses, and British passports are situations where a UK citizen residing in the US would need to take a trip to one of the 11 Consulates.

The US is connected to the UK in many different ways. In order for business to run smoothly, it’s essential that organizations and government entities assist people and companies. When business is being conducted overseas, these entities become even more vital. BAB, DIT, the British Embassy, and the Consulates support international business between the US and the UK. These essential organizations aid in communication and overseas activities. The BABCPHL is pleased to collaborate with these important groups and thanks them for their support and partnership.


Mind the Gap

Her Majesty, the Queen’s Guards vs. the US Secret Service

Today, more than ever before businesses and people need to be on extra high alert. Cybersecurity and protective services to safeguard your company and yourself are on the rise.  The e-newsletter instalment of “Mind the Gap” shares trivial information about the differences between the UK and the US.  This article explores the protective measures and services employed by the UK and US to ensure the safety of Her Majesty the Queen and the President of the USA, respectively.

Whether you see them on horse or on foot, the Queen’s Guard has had an active presence in England since the year 1660. Introduced during the reign of King Charles II, these soldiers were placed outside of the Sovereign’s Palaces. Despite swarming sightseers, the Queen’s Guard is not merely a tourist attraction. These men are fully operational military soldiers who attend military training for more than half a year. When Her Majesty, the Queen is at her home in Buckingham Palace, there are always 40 men and three commanding officers guarding the residence. Although the main duties of the soldiers are to protect the Sovereignty and the Palace, their jobs are more extensive.

Infantry soldiers are responsible for the Changing of the Guards. This is a ceremony where the new guards assume responsibility of protection from the hands of the old guards. This grand ceremony consists of meticulously dressed foot soldiers that partake in a uniform drill while a band is playing. The entire process takes approximately 45 minutes. Tourists gather around Buckingham Palace railings more than an hour before the ceremony begins to ensure unobstructed viewing. Altogether, this historic process is one that no one wants to miss when in the UK.

Across the Atlantic, The White House, located in Washington, DC has a different method of protection. The Secret Service is the renowned protection team responsible for the safety of the White House and the President of the US. Presidential and White House protection services go far beyond armed agents. The Intelligence and Technology Teams are essential in the operation. The Secret Service was initially formed in 1885 to prevent counterfeiting US currency. It wasn’t until the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 that Congress formally requested protection of the President from the Secret Service.

Although there are some similarities in protective services between Buckingham Palace and the White House- such as the large fence that guards both buildings, the latter goes to far more extremes. Technologically speaking, the White House is one of the most secure facilities in the US. The White House is protected in physical, technological and intelligence layers. Today, the Secret Service has more than 6,500 employees, all dedicated to the safety of the President and The White House. Food scanners, radar systems, and bulletproof windows surround the building as well as the most up-to-date technologies such as air filtration systems and infrared scanners. The Intelligence Division of Homeland Security is dedicated to thinking ahead and preventing attacks. They randomize the protection system and ensure the President is as protected as possible. Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard and the Secret Service combine history and current technologies to protect their leaders. Whether it’s Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard or the US Secret Service, it’s clear that countries will go to the highest extent possible to protect their leader.

Trivia: Who was the first man who died in the Secret Service and what was his connection to the UK?

The first person to submit the correct answer to babc@babcphl.com will receive one complimentary ticket to our Cybersecurity Seminar taking place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.


New Members

Corporate Level

Bender Electronics

Steve Mason
CEO
420 Eagleview Boulevard
Exton, PA 19341
P: 484-885-9553
E: Steve.mason@bender-us.com

For over 65 years, Bender has been a market leader in providing electrical safety equipment to industries worldwide. Our wide portfolio of cutting-edge products ensures that people, equipment, and facilities worldwide are protected with the latest in electrical safety technology. Our worldwide network of over 50 offices, representatives, and partners offer comprehensive product, application, and technical support.

Our portfolio of electrical safety solutions focus on a wide range of industries, from mainstay industries such as hospitals, mining, and manufacturing, to newly developed industries such as solar, wind, and electric vehicles. Our ongoing research and development in virtually all industries ensures that no matter the application, you can count on Bender to be your partner in electrical safety.

www.bender-us.com

Black Cipher Security

Larry Hershman
Partner
2 Coleman Avenue
Suite 202
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
P: 877-651-1835 ext. 701
M: 609-841-2031
E: l.hershman@blackcipher.com

Black Cipher is a full-spectrum cyber security consulting firm specializing in helping organizations of all sizes properly secure their networks and data from hackers, malware, and insider threats. From security products to services and regulatory compliance needs, we are your one-stop shop. Our security solutions and methodologies are always on the cutting edge so you get security you can truly rely on.

Black Cipher is dedicated to assisting business with the expertise needed to reduce the cyber security risk. Our holistic approach assesses all aspects of a company, including employee and leadership security awareness, policy and procedure definition, technology vulnerabilities, and organizational resilience. Our proactive hardening solutions delivered by us, and our cross functional partners, can include technology enhancements, procedure definition, security awareness training programs, insurance reviews, legal exposure review and policy creation. Black Cipher provides end-to-end cyber security, data breach response and incident analysis solutions. We offer expert guidance to help improve outcomes and help clients make decisions to guide them to recovery. Black Cipher’s overarching objective is to reduce an organizations risk and limit exposure should an incident occur.

https://www.blackcipher.com

cApStAn LCQ Inc.

Musab Hayatli
Managing director
121 South Broad Street
Suite 1710
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-772-1504
M: 267-469-2611
E: ayat.hayatli@capstaninc.us

cApStAn specializes in translation design and translation quality assurance and quality control, for tests, assessments, and survey items for high-stake multilingual, cross-national/cross-cultural instruments. We have been entrusted with the translation design and/or translation validation and verification for many international assessments and surveys: Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment (TAPAS), Work Force Assessment, OECD-PIAAC, World Bank-STEP, Pew Research Center – GAP and Religious Forum, among others.

We work with linguists living in the countries where the assessments and surveys take place, the majority of whom have been working with us for years. All our linguists are professional translators, or qualified linguists. They are trained and instructed for each project and have considerable experience in issues related to translation, adaptation, and verification of translated assessments, tests and survey instruments.

Our accumulated expertise marks us as a uniquely qualified partner to design and implement rigorous procedures for the translation, verification and validation of multilingual assessments, tests, surveys, polls, and such related instruments.

www.capstan.be

Dryden Group

Anne Cutler
Vice President
1425 Arch Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
P: 215-444-6282
E: acutler@drydengroup.com

Based in Philadelphia, Dryden is an indirect cost containment/spend management company delivering best-in-market procurement services with guaranteed savings powered by a comprehensive suite of indirect commodity tools and services.

Dryden’s indirect spend solutions combine commodity expertise, industry price indices and analytics down to the SKU to provide our clients with unmatched visibility in measuring, auditing, benchmarking and optimizing every aspect of an indirect spend program. Our solutions assist corporate procurement departments with commodity life cycle management from RFP/Bid Event to ongoing measurement until the end of the cycle.

http://drydengroup.com

Friends of the British Council

Erin Sullivan
Executive Director
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
P: 917-847-7264
E: fobced@gmail.com

This is an independent non-profit organization created to support British Council programs globally and work with the British Council’s partners. This organization shares the same values, mission and priorities as the British Council.

The mission of the Friends of the British Council is to support the work of the British Council, by creating international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and building trust between them worldwide.

We invest in and strengthen the transatlantic relationship for the future, building trust and creating international opportunities for the UK and the US to work together on shared agendas in the US, the UK and the rest of the world. With US partners, we support and facilitate the development of British Council programs in education, society, arts and English to create opportunities for people to learn, share and connect.

https://www.britishcouncil.us/partner-us/friends-british-council

Shout Digital

Adam Jones
Commercial Strategist
One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 267-207-2765
E: adam.jones@shoutdigital.com

Shout Digital works with organisations across the globe that utilise their digital expertise to solve problems, accelerate growth and achieve measurable, transformative results.

Shout Digital was formed in 2009 and they have built a proud team of 30 on the back of great client solutions and a lot of hard work. Shout believes in building long term, trusted partnerships with their clients. Their quality and care is in everything they deliver. Shout Digital’s expertise helps ambitious clients revolutionise their digital future.

The Shout team is passionate about what they do and they are pleased to say that they have some of the most experienced and talented in the industry.

http://www.shoutdigital.com/

Educational, Arts, Charitable & Institutions

Tiny Dynamite

Emma Gibson
Artistic Director
7 Scarlet Oak Drive
Haverford, PA 19014
P: 610-322-1985
E: emma@tinydynamite.org

The mission of Tiny Dynamite is to offer Philadelphia audiences new ways to experience theatre, and to give Philadelphia artists new ways to create theatre. We are specifically interested in presenting the plays of UK and local writers.

www.tinydynamite.org

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Geoffrey Cohen
Associate Director of Audience Development
One South Broad Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-875-7695
E: gcohen@philorch.org

The Philadelphia Orchestra creates and shares music of the highest caliber for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Orchestra is committed to excellence, innovation, and creativity, onstage and off, and serves its many communities at home and abroad by performing music, encouraging music-making, and improving the quality of life.

The Orchestra has maintained unity in artistic leadership with only seven music directors throughout its history: Fritz Scheel (1900-07), Carl Pohlig (1907-12), Leopold Stokowski (1912-41), Eugene Ormandy (1936-80), Riccardo Muti (1980-92), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993-2003), and Christoph Eschenbach (2003-08). Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined this small yet illustrious group in the 2012-13 season, serving as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

https://www.philorch.org

Individual

Jeremy Midwinter
Corporate Controller
Greene, Tweed & Co
2075 Detwiler Road
Kulpsville, PA 19438
P: 215-272-0209
E: jmidwinter@gtweed.com

Vaishali Gadhok
Global Category Manager – Legal Services
GSK
5 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112
P: 215-751-3179
Cell: 215- 983-7400
E: vaishali.x.gadhok@gsk.com

Rory Morrison-Smith
Vice President Tax
CDI Corporation
1735 Market Street
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-282-8220
E: rory.morrison-smith@cdicorp.com

Richard W. Hurst
Business Development Director – US
XL Precision Technologies, Inc.
19 Hagerty Boulevard, Suite C
West Chester, PA 19382
Cell: 610-350-6993
FAX: 610-696-6816
Skype: richard.hurst5
Email: r.hurst@xl-pt.com

 

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  • Almac
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  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
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