BABC Past Events

BABA Member, Womble Bond Dickinson presents: Anticipating Policy and Regulatory Changes in the Biden-Harris Era

With the anticipated policy changes in a Biden administration, our panel of experts will explore how these could impact their businesses and the industries in which they work, on a federal and state level. These changes will likely include issues related to COVID-19, healthcare, banking regulations, labor, climate change, tax reform, and trade. Join us for a lively discussion as we look at what the future may hold.

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Global Economic Outlook for 2021 and Beyond: Headwinds and Tailwinds

Automation Alley’s virtual event will feature international business experts whom will discuss the shifting dynamics of the global economy and how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of doing business around the world in 2021. For example, will we finally see the coronavirus in our rearview mirror or will it boomerang its way back with a second or even a third wave? How will the seemingly intractable U.S.-China trade conflict continue to impact the international economy at large? Will nationalism, populism and the decoupling of trade and investment relations between nations lead to a new cold war between the superpowers? Equally, if not more importantly, how will the U.S. presidential election and our nation’s increasing political polarization impact the entire equation?
Other things to watch out for include geopolitical risks (i.e., China, Iran, North Korea and Russia) and black swans events or potential blind spots that may disrupt the future performance of U.S. business and industry. Closer to home, how will these factors affect Michigan’s business climate, especially our automotive, advanced manufacturing, defense and other high-tech industries?
Speakers will focus on industries and countries/regions around the world where growth opportunities are particularly strong. They will also examine projected trends in two-way trade and investment flows and identify industries and countries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short and medium terms. Learn from leaders of our World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hubs about innovative projects around the globe.

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Benefits of Hypnosis

HYPNOSIS: How it can help you?

HYPNOSIS is a secret weapon which can be used to effectively tackle work challenges.

Learn how to overcome all the stress and anxiety of 2020. 

Let’s start 2021 with a blank canvas and create what it is YOU desire….

When in the state of hypnosis you are in a super conscious state and are fully aware of your surroundings and what is happening.

Combat Fears and Phobias
Increase Confidence
Increase Memory Concentration
Improve business outcome
Increase Sales and Success

As a bonus the Transformation Wellness Team will take you on a journey to complete health.


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Britain & Biden’s Shared Goals

This is a timely discussion as it will take place a week before President-elect Biden is sworn into office. As world leaders expect a shift on US foreign policy, you will hear some first-hand insights on the topic from one of the most influential and experienced diplomats in the world.
Ambassador Pierce has an impressive resume; she is the first woman to serve as the British Ambassador to the US and has held several high-level posts with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Karen has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and UK’s Ambassador to Afghanistan. Prior to arriving in DC in 2020, she served as the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since March 2018.

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KPMG – The Rising Popularity of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

A Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) is a “blank check company” with no commercial operations that is formed strictly to raise capital to take companies public for the purpose of acquiring an existing operating company. Though SPACs have been around for decades, the financial maneuver has recently gained popularity as COVID-19 creates uncertainty in the IPO market and more and more private companies consider exit opportunities.

What are SPACs? How are they different from regular IPOs? And what advantages and disadvantages do SPACs offer?

The Rising Popularity of SPACs webcast will elaborate on some of the available options and requirements company executives and (potential) investors need to be aware of before getting involved in a SPAC transaction.

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Women in Leadership: Life Skills

We are thrilled to welcome author Erin Zammett Ruddy to kick off our 2021 Women in Leadership speaker series. Erin writes frequently for Glamour, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Redbook, Fit Pregnancy & Baby, Marie Claire, Self, InStyle, HGTV and others. While a contributing editor at Parenting, she launched the “Mom Without A Filter” blog and currently writes about parenting for YAHOO! Erin is a frequent guest speaker, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and has appeared on several television programs, including Nightline, The Today Show, Dateline and Good Morning America.

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BREXIT – The Future of UK-EU Trade Relations

On the 30 December 2020 at the end of the EU Transition Period, the UK and EU signed a crucial Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

This interactive and engaging webinar will explore what has been agreed, to what extent have the UK’s negotiating objectives been realised, and will discuss the implications for the economy, for businesses and for people going forward.

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Morgan Lewis – Issues For Foreign Private Issuers in Cross-Border Transactions

Join partners Brad Edmister, Sin Teck Lim, and Mathew Lewis as they discuss Issues for foreign private issuers in cross-border transactions in conjunction with the Morgan Lewis Global Public Company Academy.

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Faegre Drinker – Brexit, International Trade and Financial Services in 2021

On December 31, 2020 the U.K. will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union. After more than four years of campaigning and political and trade negotiations, the transition period will end, and businesses will need to adapt to a new environment. Join us and EU colleagues at Van Bael & Bellis for a summary of the latest international trade developments and practical guidance on how U.S. businesses trading in or with the U.K. and EU can prepare for 2021. Faegre Drinker’s financial services industry team will also provide an update on the position of financial services businesses operating on a pan-EU basis and the arrangements between the EU and the U.K. for the operation of the financial services industry after December 31, 2020.

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Trade Trends in the New Economy

An off-the-record, informal discussion of trade issues, current and future challenges, and mitigation strategies. Please join us to connect, network, and share your perspective as we struggle to move forward in an economy where the only thing for sure is that everything will remain uncertain. Discussions range from sectoral, financial, geographical, legal & logistical issues to market trends and global developments affecting the international commercial landscape.

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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