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Member Feature – Forensic Resolutions, Inc.

This week’s BABCPHL Corporate Member feature is Forensic Resolutions, Inc., a Firm dedicated to the field of forensic and investigative accounting matters relating to economic damages, fraud, insurance claims and myriad financial disputes.  Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL prior President, current Membership Chairman and decades-long Board Member, is one of the founding partners of Forensic Resolutions.  While there is always an opportunity for criminals to take advantage of innocent people and businesses, Coronavirus is providing fertile ground for fraudsters to exploit fear and confusion.  Howard and his team are dedicated to identifying and preventing all kinds of scams.  Forensic Resolutions is particularly attuned to coronavirus-related fraud.  Coronavirus does not only threaten health, supply chains and the global economy, it is also threatening those who fall prey to fraudulent activity.  Howard is frequently interviewed and quoted by news outlets about the various ways people ae being tricked and taken advantage of by criminals.  Today, well-meaning people are increasingly falling victim to fraud in new ways, such as being cheated out of their Federal Government stimulus checks; trying to “do good” by creating their own charitable organizations; or donating to charities believed to be legitimate.  Hypervigilance is key, not just steering clear of Covid-19 and staying healthy, but avoiding swindlers, who are taking advantage of this tenuous global situation, is a must during this time.  Special thanks and recognition to Howard and his colleagues for their expertise in recognizing illegal activity and helping protect people and businesses from this duplicitous threat.

Member Feature – Penn Medicine

Founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school, Penn Medicine, consisting of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, together form a $8.6 billion enterprise. The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to US News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $494 million awarded in the 2019 fiscal year. Penn Medicine has been actively involved with our Chapter since entering the UK market. We are lucky to have one of the world’s leading academic medical centers in our region. Penn Medicine is dedicated to medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. More than ever before, universities, research institutes, pharma, biotechs and start-ups are collaborating to develop a vaccine and treatments for Covid-19. Penn Medicine has developed active clinical trials for patients with COVID 19, a plasma donation protocol for those that have recovered from COVID-19, and a vaccine trial for health volunteers. They are also working together throughout different University-wide disciplines to assemble teams to address emergent unmet needs. Penn is leading the US component for the pathbreaking intubateCOVID Global Registry, which tracks global patterns in airway management activity and personal protective equipment (PPE) use to help inform COVID-19 care and health policies in the United States and beyond. intubateCOVID will use previously identified global patterns to quantify the personal risk of COVID-19 disease development in US providers. The Group was first established in the United Kingdom to track exposures and outcomes among providers who perform intubations in confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The registry is entirely voluntary. In consultation with leadership of the Perelman School of Medicine, the Microbiology Department founded the Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens. The goals of the Center are to:
• Expand and accelerate SARS-CoV-2 research at Penn, CHOP and Wistar.
• Provide centralized information on SARS-CoV-2 research developments in our community and globally.
• Compile information and catalyze opportunities for new funding for research on SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens.

The BABCPHL is proud to feature member Penn Medicine in this weekly news update, and to highlight some of the many examples of the worldwide collaborative effort to respond to the global health crisis. We’d like to express our gratitude to all of the healthcare workers, scientists, and researchers throughout the world for the steadfast care and groundbreaking work to ensure health and safety.

Member Feature: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Are you missing some of your favorite Philadelphia museums, theatres, restaurants and experiences? To help keep partners, members and Philadelphia fans worldwide entertained and informed while at home, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has curated an extensive list of ways to experience the city remotely, including virtual tours from museums & attractions, a recipe to cook Philly’s iconic cheesesteak in your own kitchen and a list of movies filmed in the City of Brotherly Love. If you are looking for a new soundtrack for your workout or WFH routine, the PHLCVB has you covered with a Philly-focused Spotify playlist, including songs from Questlove, Patti Labelle, John Legend and Hall & Oates. For a complete list of Philadelphia from Home experiences, visit the PHLCVB’s blog. The blog post highlights ways future visitors and customers can still experience our dynamic destination from afar. The Philadelphia from Home guide is just one aspect of the organization’s Road to Recovery toolkit, which also includes iconic Philadelphia backgrounds for virtual meeting apps, the open-source PHL (Perseverance, Hope, Love) mark that the organization has established and is encouraging partners and members in the city to use, and a ton of other resources to make staying (and working) at home a little bit easier.

PHLCVB is a longtime partner and corporate member of the BABCPHL. The Organization plays a crucial role in attracting global business and leisure travelers to the Greater Philadelphia region. The United Kingdom is Philadelphia’s largest source of international visitors and the PHLCVB seeks to partner with BABCPHL members to leverage the assets of the local community, organizations, and businesses linked with the UK market to benefit all involved. The BABCPHL is proud to collaborate with PHLCVB. Special thanks for enabling people from near and far to virtually enjoy the City!

Almac Group

We’d like to offer heartfelt thanks and special recognition of Almac Group, a Club Level Member of the BABCPHL.  The global organization has commenced work on supporting eleven separate crucial research projects into COVID-19 treatment options for a variety of global pharmaceutical, biotech and research institutions. Almac is supporting this urgent research need through a range of services across the organization’s business units, including analytical services, peptide development, expedited Interactive Response Technology (IRT) support and clinical trial manufacturing, packaging and distribution. These vital projects cover a range of different areas including vaccines and various potential treatments for symptoms and the effects of this disease.

In addition to this immediate research support, Almac continues to directly contribute to key operations in the supply chain of hundreds of life-saving drugs in a wide variety of therapeutic areas including oncology, neurology, pain management and cardiovascular. The BABCPHL is truly honored to work with Almac Group, a leading life sciences company dedicated to advancing human health and wellbeing.  Thank you for helping us fight this global pandemic.

Message from the President

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

We find ourselves living in challenging and uncertain times.  While our focus is inward, as we adapt to the evolving situation, we are temporarily isolated and removed from our business networking groups and social circles.  The BABCPHL remains a constant for you and your company as you navigate the transatlantic landscape.  Ongoing communication with the commercial community, and connecting with colleagues across industry sectors to exchange ideas and share useful information is more important than ever.  The BABCPHL is your UK-US bilateral partner.  We are committed to working with our private and public sector members to deliver answers to questions and to facilitate value-add information sharing, learning and virtual networking.

We are closely collaborating with our 22-Chapter British American Business Council global network as well as our colleagues from the regional bi-national chambers of commerce.  For the foreseeable future we are providing a series of virtual meetings you may be interested in joining.  Content is updated daily.  Be sure to check our website and refresh frequently to ensure you are able to view and register.  If you are a member of the Greater Philadelphia British American Business Council Chapter, and you wish to provide a webinar to our Group about a pertinent topic, we would welcome the opportunity to showcase your business and knowledge.  Contact us if you would like to collaborate.

Well-being and safety are always of utmost importance, but are even more so during this unprecedented time in our history.  We are all in this together and we look forward to continuing to serve you and your UK-US business needs as we navigate this crisis. With great appreciation to each and every one of you – thank you for your support.  Please stay healthy, and be safe.


Nick Lotz

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Ninth Annual New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted the ninth annual New Jersey Networking Event and Dinner at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Approximately 50 BABCPHL members and friends occupied the restaurant for a fun-filled pub night. The Chip Shop offered attendees an outstanding selection of specialty beers and delicious appetizers, a traditional British pub style main course, and tea, biscuits and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. They also gave each attendee a “Round Tuit” chip, which will allow them to receive a free dessert the next time they go to the British Chip Shop. Adding to the enjoyment of the evening, the Philadelphia Union presented each attendee with two complimentary tickets to their home-opener on March 14, 2020.

Nick Lotz, BABCPHL President, welcomed attendees, provided opening remarks and then invited each event sponsor to say a few words.  Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner, Citrin Cooperman; Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton; and Howard Silverstone, Director, Forensic Resolutions, each spoke briefly about their relationship with the BABCPHL and their companies.  Following sponsor remarks, winning business cards were drawn for a Philadelphia Union scarf and a British Chip Shop gift card. Attendees were then invited to sit and enjoy dinner.  Guests remained long into the evening, continuing to mingle.

We extend special thanks to our sponsors, Citrin Cooperman, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Forensic Resolutions; and door prize donor, Philadelphia Union.

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A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the BABCPHL partnered with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a magnificent concert held at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Nearly 30 BABCPHL members and friends gathered for a special behind the scenes tour; meet and greet with musicians; and reserved seats for a concert, featuring special guest, British conductor, Edward Gardner.

Rebecca Simpson, Associate Director of Group Sales and Audience Development, and Danielle Quigley, Director of Marketing, welcomed our group, and led BABCPHL guests on a special behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center. At one point during the tour, the group had the opportunity to stand on the stage of Verizon Hall to experience the same perspective as the artists who perform. We even had a sneak peak of organist, Paul Jacobs, rehearsing for the show. Additionally, we were also able to see the library, where music from every concert is stored.

After the tour we returned to the Green Room, where BABCPHL Secretary and immediate past President, Michael Pedrick made opening remarks and introduced us to Orchestra President and CEO, Matías Tarnopolsky. Matías then introduced us to Edward Gardner, the special guest Conductor. Edward energetically talked to the group about the music we would hear that evening. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed three pieces: Britten’s “Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20”; Daugherty’s “Once Upon a Castle, symphonie concertante for organ and orchestra”; and Elgar’s “Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (“Enigma”).” Paul Jacobs, the only organist to win a Grammy, was featured in the Organ Concerto.

Before the concert, BABCPHL guests had the unique opportunity to meet Amy Oshiro, Second Violin; Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet; Don Liuzzi, Principal Clarinet; Juliette Kang, First Associate Concertmaster; David Fay, Double Bass; and Chris Deviney, Principal Percussion. After networking with the musicians, Michael thanked them, Matías, Rebecca and Danielle, for hosting and taking the time to speak with us. BABCPHL attendees then had some time to purchase food and drinks before the concert began.

British conductor, Edward Gardner, made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut with these eloquent performances. Edward is the Chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, and was recently appointed Principal Conductor Designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The BABCPHL was honored to partner with the Philadelphia Orchestra for an outstanding night of incredible music. Special thanks to EisnerAmper LLP for sponsoring the evening and to the Orchestra for working with us to provide this wonderful opportunity to our members and friends.

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2019 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the BABCPHL hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Lunch, which included a Penderyn whisky tasting during cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.  We are living in a time of transformative change throughout the world.  Nearly 200 guests gathered for this special annual event to celebrate the strong ties between our region and the UK.  The US’ historic connection with the UK and our many shared cultural, economic and political values bind our two nations together and enable us to support one another throughout transition.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced special guest, Mayor Jim Kenney who commented on the auspicious date.  December 12th was the day of the General Election in the UK.  Mayor Kenney stated, “As the birthplace of the American democracy, Philadelphia values and encourages everyone to use their right to vote. I wish the UK a smooth process.”

Mayor Kenney talked about how the relationship between the US and UK extends way beyond the polling stations.  The UK is the largest foreign direct investor and ranks first for the number of jobs from foreign investments, in our region and state. Many representatives of those UK companies participated in the BABCPHL Holiday program.  There are also 15,000 UK passport holders in our region – one of the most sizeable foreign-born communities.  Additionally, the UK is our top overseas visitation market.  Mayor stated, “Despite our history nearly 250 years ago, we remain great allies.  We are such good friends and partners that my first trip overseas was to the UK – also supporting the Birds against the Jaguars in Wembley Stadium at the time!”

The City of Philadelphia receives numerous visitors from the UK – from investors to high ranking diplomats.  Mayor Kenney recognized and thanked Oliver Franklin, our local diplomatic representative for the UK.  For more than 20 years Oliver has worked tirelessly to create ties between Philadelphia and the UK including business programs, high school exchanges, and more. He’s been distinguished by the Queen for his services.  Mayor emphasized Philadelphia as a global city, welcoming people from all over the world – and most certainly, from our oldest partner, the UK.

Michael thanked Mayor Kenney and the hard work he and his team deliver on a daily basis, enabling all of us and our businesses to thrive.  Michael formally introduced BABCPHL 2019 Honoree – Oliver St. Clair Franklin – someone who is very important to maintaining UK/US diplomatic relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.  Oliver has been a BABCPHL Board Member for more than two decades.  He was appointed by the UK Government in 1998 to represent British interest in the Philadelphia region.  Oliver is the 3rd British Honorary Consul in 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’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.  Most recently, Oliver received ‘The Distinguished Friend of Oxford’ Award in September 2019, and last month 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.

Following a delicious lunch, event sponsors: Simon Hawkins, Director, US/UK Sales Alliance & Market Development from Virgin Atlantic Airways; Nick Lotz, Head of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking for HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Mark Carrow, Regional Managing Partner for Citrin Cooperman; and John Hodge, Managing Partner, Americas, Miramar Global each spoke for a few minutes about their companies and their commitment to the BABCPHL.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer.  Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Membership Chairman and Raffle Draw Master of Ceremonies Extraordinaire oversaw our coveted gift giving tradition.  Our program concluded with more than 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including roundtrip Virgin Atlantic Upper Class tickets to the UK.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2019 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: Citrin Cooperman; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Miramar Global; Virgin Atlantic Airways; The Welsh Government, and Penderyn Distillery.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.  We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


A Welsh Feast – An Unforgettable Evening of Whiskey Tasting & Welsh Hospitality

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the BABCPHL hosted A Welsh Feast: An Unforgettable Evening of Whisky Tasting & Welsh Hospitality at The Pyramid Club.  The room with magnificent views overlooking the City was crowded with nearly 100 guests who were eager to sample the delicious assortment of Penderyn Whisky as well as the Welsh delicacies thoughtfully prepared by the Club’s talented Chef.  The evening began with the whiskey tasting, generously provided by the Welsh Government.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and thanked sponsors: Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner & Practice Leader for International Taxation from Citrin Cooperman and Efe Izilein Sokol, Senior Representative in the US from the Welsh Government.  Citrin Cooperman is a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm, and the Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  Both Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government are active Club Level members of the BABCPHL.

Efe spoke for a few minutes on behalf of the Welsh Government.  She has been in her role for nearly a decade, and is based in NYC with the British Consulate.  Efe raises the business, political, trade, investment, art, sports and culture profile of Wales in the Northeast US, and she is an active BABCPHL Board Member.  The Welsh Government and the BABCPHL work closely throughout the program year.  We are fortunate to collaborate with Efe and her team to welcome Welsh Ministers and Government Officials to the region.  In the spring of 2019, the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language came to Philadelphia for an exclusive roundtable meeting with BABCPHL members.  In prior years we liaised with the Welsh Government to host the First Minister of Wales and on another recent occasion, the Secretary of State.  Pennsylvania has a very long history with Wales.  It is an honor to welcome Ministers and Government Officials to Philadelphia to strengthen our relationship with Wales, enhance trade, and promote transatlantic ties.

BABCPHL guests mingled with Pyramid Club members long into the night, creating valuable business to business connections.  We offer special thanks to event sponsors Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government, and to the Pyramid Club for their hospitality.  The evening was complete with a business card raffle draw for a bottle of Penderyn Whisky generously donated by the Welsh Government.

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Sky’s the Limit!

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia presented Sky’s the Limit!  Newcomers and veteran residents gathered for a “welcome to Philly” or “welcome back after summer” roof top tour of Philadelphia’s newest and most iconic spaces. Seven bi-national groups: the Chilean, Eurasian, French, German, Irish, Israeli, and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce partnered with us for this special, completely sold-out event.  The evening was absolutely beautiful.  The weather was crisp, clear and sunny, and guests were wowed by the 365 degree sweeping views of the City skyline.  The program took place across three separate spaces, where attendees networked and enjoyed happy hour with the international business community.

Brandywine Realty Trust kicked-off the night with food and drinks on Cira Green, before moving attendees to a discussion in Brandywine Corporate Headquarters.   Steve Rush, Vice President, Leasing, Brandywine Realty Trust led a presentation about the design, development, and master plan expansion of University City.  The quickly changing area, referred to as “Schuylkill Yards,” is slated for extensive redevelopment on the west bank of the Schuylkill River.

After Steve’s presentation, each British Chamber member who sponsored the event was invited to say a few words about their business and their connection to the BACPHL.  Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner and Practice Leader, International Tax, Citrin Cooperman; Bruce White, Vice President Insurance Services, Johnson Kendall Johnson; and Mick Merritt, Chief Operating Officer of Signature Services, Penn Medicine, spoke on behalf of their businesses.

The evening culminated 400 feet above street level at Level 28 – AKA University City’s spectacular lifestyle club. AKA University City graciously invited us to end the evening in their thoughtfully created space.  Eilon Gigi, Director of Level 28 spoke briefly about AKA University City, which specializes in long term stays.  He explained Level 28 was focused on member wellness, relaxation, and enjoyment, providing top notch amenities including a spectacular pool, Technogym Fitness Center, business and meeting space, and outdoor terrace overlooking Philadelphia.  AKA offered event attendees a signature cocktail, beer and wine from their sleek bar overlooking the serene patio roof top seating area and the setting sun over the Philadelphia skyline. Guests were also invited to tour two of AKA’s well-appointed suites.

Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the night, both inside AKA’s comfortable lounge and outside on the terrace garden floating above the City.  International business professionals networked long into the evening in one of Philadelphia’s most burgeoning neighborhoods where executives, students, professors, and residents mix.

Special thanks to sponsors: Citrin Cooperman, Johnson Kendall Johnson, and Penn Medicine, and to AKA University City and Brandywine Realty Trust, for hosting our program.


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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
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government