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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.

Member Feature – Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales, consisting of the First Minister, Welsh Ministers, and the Counsel General, supported by civil servants who operate across devolved areas that include key spheres of public life such as health, education and the environment.  Wales has its own government, policies and laws.  Welsh Government objectives are to improve the lives of people in Wales and make their nation a better place in which to live and work.  Wales has a thriving knowledge economy linked to key UK business hubs with a first class transport infrastructure and some of the least costly and most sought after property.  Wales is known for their skilled and loyal workforce, and Welsh Universities are recognized for their industry-focused research and development.  The Welsh Government’s mission is to create the right environment for business – to equip the private sector in Wales with the tools to compete as a high value player in the global economy.  When business goes to Wales, they don’t just get a workforce, they get a nation on their side.  For nearly a decade, The Welsh Government has been actively involved with the BABCPHL.  They are a Club Level member, maintain a seat on our Board of Directors, and support our programs and events throughout the calendar year.  The Greater Philadelphia region and Wales have a strong historic connection – some of the first Welsh settlers in the US came to Pennsylvania in the mid-1600s.  For centuries, the Welsh Government has been closely tied and focused on growing the trade and commercial relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region.  Special thanks to the Welsh Government for their partnership and commitment to enhancing the transatlantic relationship.

Member Feature – Troutman Pepper

On July 1, 2020, Philadelphia-based law firm, Pepper Hamilton LLP and Atlanta-based law firm Troutman Sanders LLP completed a merger and became Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (Troutman Pepper). Troutman Pepper will have 1,100 lawyers in 23 cities.  CEO Stephen Lewis will lead the merged firm.  “Our expanded capabilities and bigger footprint will allow us to deliver a new level of service to our clients. The combining of the two storied firms presented an opportunity to seamlessly merge different but complementary strengths of each,” Lewis said in a statement, adding that Troutman Sanders specialized in serving the energy, banking, finance, and insurance industries, while Pepper Hamilton specialized in the health care, life sciences, and private equity practices.  Congratulations to our long-time member legacy firm Pepper Hamilton LLP.  We look forward to building our relationship, and to continuing our partnership with the new Firm.

Member Feature – Citrin Cooperman

BABCPHL Club Level member company, Citrin Cooperman is a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm with locations conveniently located throughout the United States, in addition to locations in the United Kingdom, India, and the Cayman Islands. Citrin Cooperman was founded in 1979 by Joel Cooperman and Niles Citrin in a two bedroom apartment in New York City. Since then, the firm has grown exponentially, serving clients throughout the world, helping them achieve short and long term goals. Citrin Cooperman is affiliated with Moore Global, one of the world’s major accounting and consulting associations. Through this relationship, Citrin Cooperman provides clients with the comfort of working with a firm that has a deep understanding of the local markets in which they do business, while helping develop sophisticated, international tax strategies, providing comprehensive audit solutions, and utilizing world-class advisory services. This relationship offers clients the best of both worlds – a single point of contact to coordinate and facilitate global needs and direct partner involvement at home to ensure a hands-on, customized approach to all services. This global association has grown to be one of the largest international accounting and consulting groups worldwide. Today the network comprises 614 offices in 112 countries throughout the world, incorporating 30,168 people. One call from Citrin Cooperman will put you in touch with knowledgeable professionals in the local market in which you operate. Citrin Cooperman clients benefit from collective intellectual capital that reaches beyond national borders into the global market. Thank you Citrin Cooperman for providing a coordinated worldwide approach to business.

Member Feature – I-SITE

BABCPHL Corporate Member company I-SITE is owned and managed by expat Brit, Ian Cross, BABCPHL’s Marketing & Communications Chairman. Housed in an old toy factory in Old City Philadelphia, the I-SITE team specializes in creating innovative websites and web applications for industry leaders and civic-minded organizations looking to build and serve their customer base and communities. The team has deep experience developing responsive websites and applications on open source Content Management Systems that include Drupal and WordPress, and integrating data from online databases such as Salesforce. Their approach is strategic, thorough and collaborative with an eye to long term benefits for clients that include Times Square Alliance, Brandywine Realty Trust and William Penn Foundation. I-SITE has voluntarily dedicated nearly three decades to advising the BABCPHL in all of our creative endeavors. We are truly grateful to Ian and his team for ensuring BABCPHL’s Marketing & Communications strike the right cord and enable us to effectively reach our desired audience. Thank you I-SITE for your dedication to the BABCPHL, and for your innovative ideas.

Member Feature – Duane Morris LLP

BABCPHL Club level Member, Duane Morris LLP, is a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in 29 offices throughout the world, including Philadelphia and London. The Firm, founded in Philadelphia more than a century ago, specializes in providing innovative solutions for a broad range of clients’ legal and business challenges. In addition to the Firm’s customary scope of services, the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team was formed to advise clients on all aspects of the legal matters and implications of the pandemic, including contractual, employment, insurance and healthcare issues. Duane Morris attorneys are fielding inquiries and providing advice related to travel and transportation, immigration and border entry, hospital and healthcare operations, medical and pharmaceutical supply, in addition to many other subjects. To help provide clients with current information, Duane Morris established a blog dedicated to COVID-19 issues. In addition to helping clients navigate this challenging time, the Firm established a “Meals for Healthcare Heroes” initiative. This program, created and funded by Duane Morris attorneys and staff, provides meals to healthcare workers and supports local restaurants. Thank you Duane Morris for recognizing healthcare workers, buoying local economies, and seamlessly serving clients.

Vote for The Philadelphia Orchestra for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2020!

The time has come for you to decide who should be named Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2020!

BABCPHL Member, The Philadelphia Orchestra has been named one of this year’s nominees! Go vote for them now! To hear music samples and submit your vote, please click here.

Other nominees include:

BBC Symphony Orchestra • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Freiburger Barockorchester • musicAeterna • NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo • Los Angeles Philharmonic • Orchestre National de Lille

Member Feature – JPF Ventures

BABCPHL Corporate Member, JPF Ventures, is an experienced investor and business advisory firm that helps small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses with their international and domestic expansion. The UK decision to leave the EU creates a new opportunity to expand and deepen the US and the UK’s trade relationship. Ongoing US-UK trade discussions will develop new approaches to emerging trade areas of common interest. JPF Ventures is applying its considerable international and domestic business expertise to help companies take full advantage of the impending UK-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Firm develops and manages all phases for businesses who wish to set up distribution and/or manufacturing operations in either country, taking advantage of the US-UK trade agreement discussions and highly anticipated FTA between the two countries. Take advantage of JPF Ventures decades of verifiable international and domestic corporate and organizational experience with starting, managing, financing and/or expanding businesses of all sizes. Access JPF Ventures high level commercial, investment, legal and government contacts and relationships in both countries. JPF Ventures will make it considerably easier and much less expensive for an SME to start or expand business in the US or the UK. Thank you Jeremy Feakins, CEO, and your team for enhancing the trade and commercial relationship between the US and the UK.

Member Feature – American Airlines

American Airlines is a Club Level member of the BABCPHL. The airline is also actively engaged with the London Chapter and is an avid supporter of the global British-American Business Council network. Emanuel Adam, Executive Director and Director of Policy & Trade at BritishAmerican Business London, recently collaborated with BABCPHL Past President Rhett Workman, Managing Director of London-Heathrow for American Airlines, on Building the Case for a UK-US Free Trade Agreement. Every flight across the Atlantic contributes to the interconnectedness and the important relationship between the two nations. Prior to the pandemic, American Airlines widebody aircraft carried more than 331 kilotons of goods each year and more than 125,000 passengers per month between the US and the UK Despite the interruptions caused by Covid-19, American Airlines continues to operate cargo-only flights transporting more than 3 million kilograms or 6.6 million pounds of freight across the Atlantic—equating to nearly 50,000 kilograms or 110,000 pounds each day. A significant portion of the cargo shipped is pharmaceuticals to serve patients in need. In both good times and bad, trade and investment supports economic prosperity. Currently, the trade and investment relationship between the US and the UK is helping save lives. Special thanks and recognition to American Airlines for their important work to keep our economy moving throughout this global health crisis. Stay tuned for more information about American’s efforts to ensure the well-being of the traveling public and their plans to scale operations at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as demand returns.

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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
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government