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Introducing BABCPHL Emerging Leaders Co-Chairs

In 2013, we launched a division to gather like-minded professionals who recently embarked on their careers with a connection to UK-US business. This group is thriving with strong leaders, Ben Hooson-Jones from The Mike McCann Team, and Melissa McClure from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Ben the Brit,” is a passionate and highly motivated realtor specializing in Philadelphia’s residential and luxury real estate. Before venturing into real estate, Ben was a professional speaker, educating and mentoring thousands of people on emotional intelligence, communication skills, and negotiation techniques. He leverages his experience and skill set to help his clients get the best deals and prospects in the market. Ben prides himself on fostering meaningful relationships and effectively solving problems. For Ben, it’s all about the client – going above and beyond what’s expected, conducting all activities with the utmost integrity, and always keeping his client’s best interests in mind. He is committed to staying ahead of the curve through constant research and learning, and strives to streamline the process, giving his clients a pleasant, stress-free interactive experience. Ben shares, “being from the United Kingdom myself, BABC has been integral to my success over here in the US. I have been able to foster relationships with experts across many industries, which has not only helped catapult my career in real estate, but I’ve also built long-lasting friendships along the way.”

Melissa oversees the European Markets as Global Tourism Sales Manager for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. With a background in international tourism, Melissa accepted this position and moved to Philadelphia in October 2021. Previously, Melissa worked for an international representation company, The DMC Group, in NYC and as Destination Sales Manager, Leisure Group Tour for Visit Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia. Travel is more than just Melissa’s profession, but also a passion. After traveling throughout the globe, and living on three different continents, Melissa is proud to now call Philadelphia home, and to share our unique destination with travelers from around the world. Melissa has a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Communications. She utilizes her background and continues to develop her skills, knowledge, and love for the industry everyday through her current position promoting Philadelphia. Melissa states, “I look forward to being a part of a collaborative and engaging group with the Emerging Leaders, giving a space for all involved in events to share goals, ideas, challenges, and successes within each of our own careers and how we can uplift and support each other within the BABC community.”

The BABCPHL welcomes and congratulates Ben and Melissa on their new roles with our organization. We are lucky to have two such enthusiastic, dedicated, and creative professionals at the helm of this important group. Join us for upcoming events to meet Ben and Melissa as well as other BABPHL members who will help you expand your network.


2022 Signature Annual Holiday Lunch: Cheers to a Bright Future!

2022 Signature Annual Holiday Lunch: Celebrating the Future of Immune Health – Cheers to a Bright Future!

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, we hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Lunch. This year’s theme focused on the future of immune health. Headline speakers: Dr. Jonathan Epstein, the William Wikoff Smith Professor and Chief Scientific Officer for Penn Medicine, and Mark Rohlfing, Vice President of Operations, Almac Clinical Services, discussed their organizations’ groundbreaking research, technology, clinical trials, and how their work is enabling humans to live healthier and longer lives. James Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, along with Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for North America and Consul General New York highlighted how the life sciences industry operating in Philadelphia and the UK are investing in this key business sector and collaborating to make the future bright. Our holiday program featured UK holiday traditions and sponsors: Almac Group, American Airlines, Citrin Cooperman, Santander Commercial Banking, and Forensic Resolutions.

Approximately 150 guests gathered to celebrate the pioneering life sciences work taking place at Penn Medicine and Almac Group, and transatlantic trade. The program featured informative presentations by keynote speakers as well as remarks from Stephen Neuman, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, American Airlines; Kevin Ryan, Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors; and Nick Lotz, President, BABCPHL and Managing Director, Head of Mid-Corporate Banking at Santander Commercial Banking. The event included a formal midday meal, traditional “Christmas Crackers,” and exciting raffle prizes, called by Howard Silverstone, incoming BABCPHL President and raffle draw leader of ceremonies extraordinaire. Guests were crying with laughter listening to Howard’s witty jokes. Special thanks to local retailers, restaurants, hotels, musical and performing arts groups, sports teams, and our hometown, hub airline, American Airlines for their generous donations.

Every year the BABCPHL chooses a regional charity to support during the holiday season. A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Philadelphia Region in celebration of the life of an extraordinary woman who changed the world, Dr. Audrey E. Evans. Dr. Evans was a trailblazing oncologist who created the Evans Staging System for neuroblastoma treatment. Born in York, England in 1925, she was the visionary and co-founder of the first Ronald McDonald House in the world in Philadelphia. There are now 380 Houses in forty-five countries, including the United Kingdom. Dr. Evans was a woman who cared deeply, and we are honored to do our small part in ensuring her legacy.

This year’s Signature Annual Holiday Lunch was particularly meaningful. This event marked the return of our holiday party after a hiatus brought on by the pandemic, and it recognized the life and contributions of her Majesty the Queen. Professionals from both the public and private sectors were thrilled to be back together again for this annual holiday gathering honoring the strength of transatlantic trade. Attendees joyously celebrated the innovative life sciences developments, making it possible to gather again in person for the first time since 2019. The event concluded with everyone standing to view the live recording of Philadelphia’s cultural ambassador, The Philadelphia Orchestra perform God Save the Queen at Royal Albert Hall just hours after the Queen passed away. We are proud to support the relationship between our region and Great Britain, and to applaud life sciences leaders and BABCPHL Club Level members who are making the future bright.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2022 Holiday Lunch sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: Almac Group, American Airlines, Citrin Cooperman, Forensic Resolutions, and Santander Commercial Banking.

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

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10th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception: PHL & The World – Ready, Set, Network!

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia welcomed more than 100 guests for the 10th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception: PHL & The World – Ready, Set, Network! For the first time in three years, public and private sector regional international business leaders gathered in the lobby of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’s Philadelphia Office for the return of this beloved annual event. The Asian, Chilean, French, German, Irish, Japan and Mid-Atlantic Eurasian American Chambers of Commerce, and the World Trade Centers of Delaware and Philadelphia collaborated to celebrate the City’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and trade.

Michael Pedrick, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius graciously welcomed guests by opening the formal remarks portion of the program. Michael is the immediate past President and current Secretary of the British American Business Council. He has been an active board member for more than two decades and the Firm is a founding member of the Organization. Lauran Swartz, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council delivered an upbeat introduction to our two keynote speakers – Anne Nadol, Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia and Angela Val, President & CEO, Visit Philadelphia. Both Anne and Angela presented informative data and favorable current statistics highlighting Philadelphia as a hospitable place for business and an attractive region for foreign direct investment. They addressed the important role public-private partnerships play in effective economic recovery, stability, and growth, and how the influx of visitors and the return of travel and tourism will boost all businesses and organizations serving regional and international markets.

Guests listened attentively to the valuable, current information about economic development and growth presented by our distinguished speakers. The energy in the room was electric, and the positive vibes about collaborating for a stronger and better future were palpable. Our speakers had to pause on several occasions for audience applause. The many participating groups that collaborated in this annual event exemplify how working together advances our mission and underscores our region’s prominent role in the global economic community.

Attendees networked, exchanging business cards, shaking hands, and mingling long into the evening. Everyone eagerly dropped their business card into the basket to try their hand at winning prizes generously donated by some of the participating groups for a raffle drawing. Special thanks to our host, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and our sponsors: The Department for International Trade, EisnerAmper and the Port of Philadelphia. This event would not have been possible without their investment and support.

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Kicking It with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia – Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Major League Soccer Match

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022 we welcomed more than 50 guests for Kicking It with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia – Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami Major League Soccer Match. The event included networking with international business and sports executives and government officials. It was a gorgeous evening out on the deck overlooking the bridge, behind center field. Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal and drinks before the game.

Nick Lotz, President of the BABCPHL and Managing Director, Head of Business Development at Santander Commercial Banking welcomed guests, and invited Efe Sokol, Head of Northeast for the Welsh Government, our event sponsor, to say a few words. Efe spoke about the Welsh Government remit across the US and Wales’ commitment to sport, in particular soccer. Chris Branscome, CEO of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer talked about Philadelphia 2026 – the City’s bid to host FIFA World Cup matches. Tim McDermott, President of the Philadelphia Union and Union Sports & Entertainment discussed how soccer is taking the world by storm. After remarks, Nick pulled several business cards for exciting raffle gifts generously donated by Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia 2026.

When the reception concluded, guests were invited to make their way to their VIP reserved seats to watch the Major League Soccer match between Philadelphia Union and Inter Miami. The nail-biting game ended in a tie!

Special thanks to BABCPHL program sponsor, the Welsh Government, and to our host, The Philadelphia Union. Event partners included: Philadelphia 2026, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, PHL Sports, the World Affairs Council Philadelphia and the Chilean and French-American Chambers of Commerce.

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Almac to hire hundreds of new employees at 3 Philadelphia-area sites

By  –  Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal

Almac Group, a global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organization that has its U.S. headquarters in Montgomery County, said Tuesday it is planning to add 300 people across its U.S. operations over the next three years.

The majority of the new jobs will be in the Philadelphia region, where the 53-year-old company has operations in Souderton, its U.S headquarters; Lansdale and Audubon. The company has more than 1,500 employees at those three locations.

Almac, which has its global headquarters in Nothern Ireland, also has U.S. offices in Durham, North Carolina, and San Francisco.

The new jobs include operational, supervisory and managerial roles, and positions for recent graduates and experienced workers.

With the new positions being created across the country, and another 1,500 new jobs being created globally, Almac expects its total headcount to rise to 8,000 employees across its 19 facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States.

“As demand for our services steadily increases, our aim is to continue to grow our global team,” said Alan Armstrong, Almac Group’s CEO.

Almac posted revenue of $915 million in fiscal 2020, a 6% increase over the previous year. The company provides product development, manufacturing, testing and distribution of medicines and new drug candidates. During the past 18 months, Almac has been involved in supporting more than 140 separate Covid-19 vaccine and treatment research projects.


BABCPHL Welcomes Emma Wade-Smith OBE

We are pleased to introduce and welcome Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America and HM Consul General New York.

Emma is a distinguished British Diplomat with more than two decades of overseas assignments across Africa, Washington, D.C., Mexico, New York (United Nations), Chile, and a secondment to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the European Commission in Brussels. She has foreign policy experience spanning the globe and extensive crisis leadership experience, including being honored with an OBE for leading the FCO’s Crisis Department. In June 2018 Emma became HMTC for Africa, where she lived and worked since February 2016. Emma speaks Spanish, and is honing her French speaking skills. She is a Seahawks fan!

The British Consulate General in New York maintains and develops relations between the UK and the USA, providing services to British nationals living in and visiting New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Services involve handling a wide range of political, commercial, cultural, security and economic interests to the UK and our region. The UK government’s Trade Commissioner for North America drives trade and investment between the US, Canada and the UK. Emma officially moved into her new role on Monday, November 8.

We look forward to hosting a reception in Emma’s honor when she visits Philadelphia early in the new calendar year. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this special event, and in the meantime, please join us in congratulating and welcoming Emma.


Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP Client Alert: Biden Replaces Country Travel Bans for Vaccine-Based Policy for US-Bound Nonimmigrant Travelers

OCT 26 2021 BY GRACE W. WAWERU

The long-awaited new White House policy governing the U.S. entry of nonimmigrant travelers is finally here.

Effective November 8th at 12:01 a.m. ET, the country-by-country travel bans will be replaced with a new policy that will allow U.S. entry for fully vaccinated nonimmigrant travelers. The new policy will restrict the entry of unvaccinated nonimmigrant travelers.

There will be exceptions for unvaccinated nonimmigrants, like travelers whose stay is sufficiently brief (as determined by the CDC), and for those who cannot be vaccinated, like children and adults with certain medical conditions.  Other exceptions will include diplomats and foreign government public officials, their family members, and certain nonimmigrants traveling from foreign countries where COVID-19 vaccination is limited. Unvaccinated travelers who meet these exceptions will be required to agree to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon entry, as determined appropriate by the CDC, and will continue to face CDC-designated pre-departure and post-arrival testing, mask-wearing, and quarantine requirements. Importantly, all unvaccinated travelers, including U.S. citizens and green card holders, will now be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within one day of travel.

The White House has delegated the CDC to determine which specific vaccines will be accepted; the specific medical exceptions to vaccines; the acceptable methods of proof of vaccination; how unvaccinated nonimmigrants will provide proof of compliance with entry health standards (like proof of pre- and post-arrival testing and self-isolation, and proof of post-arrival vaccination); the list of countries with limited vaccine availability; and other public health matters for effective implementation.

Please contact your  Andrew Zeltner, Senior Counsel, with any questions on this new development.  

Andrew Zeltner
azeltner@klaskolaw.com
215-825-8679

This content originally appeared on klaskolaw.com: https://www.klaskolaw.com/news/client-alert-biden-replaces-country-travel-bans-for-vaccine-based-policy-for-us-bound-nonimmigrant-travelers/. Reprinted with permission from ©2021 Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP.  All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.


Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

On Monday, October 18, 2021 nearly 100 guests from both the public and private sectors across various industry groups gathered for the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s (BABCPHL) second of a series of three 30th anniversary programs. We were honored to partner with the renowned World Affairs Council of Philadelphia (WAC) to present Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach. This joint global climate change webinar was planned just a few weeks before world leaders unite for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The BABCPHL and WAC webinar highlighted the two influential nations’ multilateral global approach race to net zero. The distinguished panel of speakers from the US and UK included leading government officials and private sector executives. Presenters highlighted the collaborative effort and a few of the many programs and services involved in the race to net zero in Philadelphia, throughout the US, the UK, and the world.

Christine Knapp, Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability moderated the discussion. The first half of the meeting featured Kate Robinson, Head of Energy and Environment, British Embassy, Washington DC, and Elliot Diringer, Advisor on Climate, Office of the Special Climate Envoy to the President of the United States. Kate presented the UK’s priorities for COP26, and discussed how the UK and US are working together to lead the race to net zero. Elliot covered the US government priorities and initiatives, and catalysts for concrete action. Both government representatives emphatically stated the need to act is now, and the bilateral goal is to raise the level of ambition for concrete action, in lead-up to, during and after COP26.

Jonathan Tench, Networks and Partnerships Change Maker, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales opened the second half of the webinar with a presentation about how Wales is taking specific action to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants with initiatives such as the “Well-being of Future Generations Act” in tandem with collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors. Ron Becker, SVP, Operations and Sustainability, Brandywine Realty Trust addressed environment social governance strategies, and the importance of staying ahead of the curve; health and wellness certifications, and the drive throughout the real estate development industry on leveraging health and wellness initiatives as part of the “return to office” plan. Mark Hillhouse, SVP, Head of Sustainable Finance, US Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank USA talked about the role of banks in helping reduce global emissions, and working with green companies to develop and commercialize technologies and maintain a reliable supply chain. Michael Hughes, Manager, Sustainability & Responsible Business, Accenture presented some of the findings from an extensive research effort with the United Nations ahead of COP26 on CEO perspectives on climate action and sustainability. Michael reported that part of tackling the climate crisis is finding ways in which technology can be used to accelerate efforts at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Global environmental health and safety is influenced and dictated by myriad factors. One hour was not nearly enough to cover the multifaceted dimensions of this vital and complicated topic. The BABCPHL is honored and grateful to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for partnering with us on this timely and important program, and to the distinguished panel of speakers for sharing their knowledge. Many thanks to BABCPHL Crown Sponsor, the Welsh Government, and Premier Sponsor, Duane Morris LLP for supporting our 30th anniversary program series. Click here for the program guide where you will find speaker biographies; click here to view photos from the event; and click here or see below for the on demand playback.

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On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World

On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 the BABCPHL hosted a global travel update. Keynote speakers, Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and John Holland-Kaye, CEO London Heathrow (LHR) headlined the meeting, featuring a panel of experts from the travel, airline, and legal sectors, including: Emanuel Adam, Chief Policy & Trade Officer, BritishAmerican Business; Lakshman Amaranayaka, Vice President PHL, American Airlines; Neil Chernoff, Senior Vice President of Networks & Alliances, British Airways; Eric Evjen, Director, Data Analytics & Insights, Tourism Economics; Stephanie Wear, Director, Air Service Development & Cargo Services, Philadelphia International Airport; Rhett Workman, Managing Director Europe & Asia-Pacific Airport Operations, American Airlines; and Andrew Zeltner, Senior Counsel, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP.

This timely webinar focused on the recent White House announcement to end the US travel ban in early November. The halt to the ban on travel from 33 countries, will help rejuvenate the business and leisure travel industry. The ability to travel is the result of a complex interplay of airports, airlines, governments, businesses, and most importantly the people behind it. When travel throughout the transatlantic corridor – one of the busiest and most significant passages in the world – was stopped, no one could have imagined the situation.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people within the travel industry on both sides of the Atlantic and all over the world, worked tirelessly to protect their employees’ health and jobs, to keep things running, and to deliver to their customers. They never ceased working toward finding a solution to re-open the corridor. Partnership and collaboration throughout the pandemic have been a silver lining. Industry leaders and their teams worked tirelessly with colleagues all over the globe in ways they never imagined. Speakers discussed their reaction to the news about the US lifting the travel ban; how we arrived to this point; and what we may be able to expect through the end of this year as economies navigate the recovery process.

This webinar brought together a group of travel industry leaders, including two airports that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May 2021. The objective of this relationship is to increase collaboration and permit greater engagement on a range of topics and issues, geared towards reinforcing recovery from COVID-19. The MoU exemplifies an initiative that contributed to this week’s announcement that the US would follow the UK, and lift restrictions for vaccinated travelers wishing to enter the US.

The themes presenters focused on were: Monday’s announcement – what it means, and what we can expect in terms of timing, the continued challenges, etc. and what changes may be in store; how airports and airlines have and will be embracing the new travel environment, i.e. what will be needed to travel, and how people will need to provide proof; what the direct impact will be on airports, travel service providers, and on the global movement of people and cargo; and the special collaboration between PHL and LHR, and how this facilitates a comprehensive and collaborative travel roadmap between the two nations.

PHL and LHR are the backbone for international business and leisure travel, moving passengers and cargo across the Atlantic Ocean and serving as a springboard for connecting flights throughout the world. The global economy and society depend upon this invaluable route. More than 20 million people travel between the US and the UK every year, delivering valuable trade, travel and tourism opportunities. Overall trade between the UK and US is more than £200 billion per year, and the US is the UK’s top investor, representing 27% of all inward foreign direct investment.

Special thanks to our speakers, event sponsor: Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, and partners from the: Chilean, Eurasian, French, German, Irish, and Japan American Chambers of Commerce, in addition to the Consular Corps and the World Trade Centers of Delaware and Philadelphia.

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BABCPHL Board Member Feature – Neil Boyden Tanner

Neil Boyden Tanner serves as General Counsel for International Markets at Cigna, the global health services company. He manages all legal and compliance matters for the international businesses and manages lawyers and compliance professionals in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Previously, Neil was SVP and Chief Counsel for the U.S. businesses, responsible for all US business legal matters, and served as Secretary of the Board, responsible for all Board matters, securities law, governance matters, global subsidiary maintenance and treasury law matters.

Neil has been a member of the BABCPHL for more than two decades and remains involved for a variety of reasons – from amazing events on the latest issues to transatlantic networking, it provides valuable contacts and information that pays dividends for Cigna’s business. As a past President of the BABCPHL, Neil has said that his greatest memories include attending briefings by government leaders from both sides of the Atlantic (including former Presidents and Prime Ministers), giving presentations in the U.S. and the U.K., advising the U.K. government on various initiatives, and even dining with members of the royal family. However, his most fond memories about the BABCPHL are connected to the many relationships he has made over the years with other members, many of whom have become some of his closest professional contacts and friends.

During the pandemic, Neil has missed in-person interactions the most. Neil states, “while the BABCPHL has done an amazing job of continuing to provide important content and opportunities to network, nothing can replace in person meetings.” There have been some silver linings for Neil, though. The pandemic has given him the opportunity to spend a year at home. As an international lawyer, he travels constantly, but this year he has spent more time than ever before with his family. While this has been a wonderful experience for him, when restrictions are lifted, Neil does hope to return to the U.K. to see work colleagues, relatives, and friends and to restock his British supplies!

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • Forensic Resolutions
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • https://www.santanderus.com/
  • Welsh Government