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Winter 2021 President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

This calendar year marks our 30th Anniversary.  I’d like to thank our Board of Directors, members and staff, for enabling us to reach this milestone.

BABCPHL Board Members are leaders in their fields that volunteer their time, ideas and money to ensure the viability and longevity of our Organization. Along with the support of our staff, Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director, and Brianna Adams, Coordinator, the Board is responsible for guiding the Organization to meet the needs of our Members.  By leveraging the company’s that they represent, our Board Members enhance transatlantic business throughout the region we serve, and are often the featured experts in our programs.

We are truly grateful to each and every one of our Members. Thank you for contributing to our success throughout the years and for your continued interest and support.

It is during trying times like these that a group will sink or swim.  As we near the one-year mark of the start of the pandemic in the US, we remain afloat. However, to maintain our stability we are keenly aware of the need to focus on strategic development plans for our future.

We understand it is going to take more than virtual events to maintain our momentum and remain true to our mission. This month we commenced our members only matchmaking meetings. Each group was carefully curated. The BABCPHL is a connector organization, and we are proud to fulfill our mission by facilitating individual introductions among members to enhance the trade and commercial relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK.

We have several exciting things planned from now through the end of our fiscal year in June. Visit our website often for the latest news and information about our upcoming events.

If you are not a member and you wish to learn more, please contact us. We look forward to continuing to serve you for many more years. Thank you for helping us strengthen the UK-Greater Philadelphia partnership for the past three decades and counting!

Sincerely,

Nick Lotz

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Member Feature – Bartlett Group

Bartlett Group is a boutique international insurance broker with more than 80 years of experience helping global businesses manage risk.  As a third-generation family owned business, Bartlett has grown organically from a one-man office in the North of England to a multinational broker with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.  Operating in more than 40 countries, serving regional manufacturing and technology firms to large publicly-listed multinational companies, as well as private clients, Bartlett’s international presence and experience uniquely position them to handle complex multinational insurance programs.  In 1995 Bartlett Group founded the Bartlett Foundation.  Every year they give 8% of their pre-tax profits to charities and organizations that support the education and welfare of young people, particularly in the developing world. Two times in the last five years Bartlett Group has won nationally acclaimed industry awards.  We are honored to call Bartlett Group one of our founding member companies, and to recognize them as members for the past 30 years.


BABCPHL New Year Greetings

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. This year marks the BABCPHL’s 30th anniversary. We have been operating in this region since 1991, and we look forward to partnering with you in 2021 and beyond. Please visit our website and contact us with questions about our upcoming activities and membership.

2020 was a whirlwind, culminating with British lawmakers voting to back the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, marking the end of the transition period. This historic vote happened in the midst of the surging pandemic which continues to evolve and envelop our world. Despite this tragedy, time marches on and with it the hope of vaccine distribution, and continued negotiations for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement. The UK and the US share a historic bond. We are allies through thick and thin. The BABCPHL is proud to be the premier British business organization in our region that you and your transatlantic enterprise can rely on for valuable networking opportunities and timely trade and commercial information.

We thank you for your partnership and look forward to continued collaboration to strengthen our relationship with Great Britain. Cheers to a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Nick Lotz
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Holiday Greeting Message from British Ambassador to the USA, Karen Pierce DCMG

Thank you for supporting the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and contributing to the strong relationship between our region and the UK throughout the past year. We are looking forward to a brighter future. Please click through for a very special Holiday greeting from British Ambassador to the USA.


Member Feature – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a Club Level Member of the BABCPHL. The Firm was founded in Philadelphia in 1873, and has been the law firm that local, regional, and global businesses turn to as they navigate the world’s rapidly changing economy. The Firm has offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For nearly 150 years, Morgan Lewis has served clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. The Firm has a team of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists who provide comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, and transportation. The Morgan Lewis London office features a broad English law practice offering a wide range of business and commercial services. The Firm has represented corporations doing business in the UK and around the globe from their London location since 1981. Morgan Lewis attorneys work seamlessly with their other offices throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Middle East to serve the needs of clients in the UK and around the globe. The Morgan Lewis London team has particular experience in the financial services, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors, where they have leading regulatory and commercial lawyers with real insight into these areas.


Member Feature – EisnerAmper

EisnerAmper LLP is one of the largest accounting firms in the US, with 1,900 employees and over 200 partners across the country. The Firm provides comprehensive audit, accounting, advisory, consulting, and tax services to a diverse group of sophisticated financial institutions and start-ups, global public firms and middle-market companies; as well as high net worth individuals, family offices, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of industries. EisnerAmper is also engaged by the attorneys, financial professionals, bankers and investors who serve these clients. Most EisnerAmper clients are based in the US, or comprised of US business interests of foreign entities. To serve domestically-based clients with interests in financial services opportunities overseas, the Firm offers the resources of EisnerAmper Global, with offices in the Cayman Islands, Ireland, and Singapore; as well as the services of Allinial Global. EisnerAmper is a Club Level member of the BABCPHL.


Member Feature – Cigna

BABCPHL Club Level Member, Cigna, is a global health services company dedicated to improving health, well-being, and peace of mind to their customers by making health care simple, affordable, and predictable. The Company has approximately 190 million customer relationships around the world and retains a workforce of more than 70,000 employees. Cigna has selling capabilities in more than 30 countries and jurisdictions. Part of our International Markets organization, Cigna Global Health Benefits leverages the strength, stability and resources of Cigna, with the autonomy and expertise of a separate, focused organization of more than 50 years of experience servicing globally mobile employees. Cigna Global Health Benefits serves approximately 8,000 multinational employers on assignment in more than 200 countries and jurisdictions all over the globe. The Company is committed to providing superior service to clients and customers 24/7/365 through their multilingual Global Service Center, online through CignaEnvoy.com, and through their mobile apps. When the pandemic began, Cigna partnered with New York Life to create the Brave of Heart Fund. The Fund is designed to provide financial support through charitable relief grants to the families of frontline US healthcare workers who give their lives in the fight against COVID-19. In addition to financial support, Cigna also offers emotional support and services.


Member Feature – Xe

Xe, “the world’s trusted currency authority”, are a part of the Euronet (NASDAQ:EEFT) family, a global provider in international payments and foreign exchange risk management for individuals, businesses and larger corporations. On a daily basis we help our clients reduce costs of sending money internationally by providing preferential rates of exchange and eliminating wire fees on their cross-border transactions. There are no charges to having an account with Xe, and we are here anytime you need to send money internationally. Whether you are sending money home, paying suppliers or funding multi-national offices, Xe can provide value in competitive exchange rates and market guidance. Last week, Xe released a North American Market perspective. Click here to read the report.


President’s Message – November 2020

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

I hope this message finds you well and safe. Testament to our global reach, we continue to offer robust programing in partnership with the 22-Chapter British American Business Council Network. I know many of you are participating in our multitude of activities, and are maximizing your membership benefits. Our second tier pandemic membership engagement strategy is currently in development and will be launched early on in the New Year with an emphasis on B2B connections. Before year end we invite you to join us on Thursday, December 10 from 12-1:00 pm EST for our Signature Annual Holiday Program – The Transatlantic Looking Glass: Lessons Learned – A Look Back & Ahead. Keynote speakers will deliver timely updates about the transatlantic business corridor – what transpired in 2020, lessons learned, and how we can prepare for, and what we can expect in 2021. The program will include business content as well as some fun and festive activities. Click here for more information and to register.

There is much change afoot on both sides of the Atlantic. The BABCPHL is your conduit to building and enhancing transatlantic business. The US and the UK recently completed the fifth round of the US-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. The UK government reports it was the most intensive round of negotiations held so far. Read the full statement on the www.gov.uk site.

Along with advances in the US-UK FTA, our members are involved in groundbreaking work and lifesaving developments. BABCPHL Club Level Member company, Almac Group, the Northern Ireland pharmaceutical firm with US operations right outside of Philadelphia, is playing a key role in the clinical trials of the first effective Covid-19 vaccine. Last week Pfizer and BioNTech announced preliminary results showing it can prevent more than 90% of people from getting the virus. Almac’s clinical services division provides clinical trials support to BioNTech, such as distribution, labelling and temperature management. The vaccine, which has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries, has to be kept in ultra-cold storage at below minus 80C. Almac’s hardware and software is used to maintain this temperature requirement. Almac is working with a variety of other pharmaceutical, biotech and research institutions to support over 80 separate research projects into Covid-19 treatment options. Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States recently visited Almac’s US Headquarters in Souderton, PA. BABCPHL congratulates and thanks Almac for their essential work in creating a vaccine for Covid-19.

Thank you for your continued interest in and commitment to the BABCPHL.

Sincerely,

Nick Lotz
President, BABCPHL


Member Feature – Faegre Drinker

Faegre Drinker is a top 50 law firm. They opened their doors on February 1, 2020, uniting Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath, two firms known for exceptional legal and consulting capabilities and a commitment to service excellence. The Firm has more than 1,300 attorneys, consultants and professionals in 22 locations across the United States, the United Kingdom and China, where they partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations. Faegre’s international reach extends far beyond their offices in the United Kingdom and China. As a founding member of Lex Mundi and its exclusive member firm in Indiana and Minnesota, and as the exclusive Illinois member firm of World Law Group, they have access to over 200 law firms and thousands of legal advisers in more than 100 countries. Legacy firm Drinker Biddle & Reath was a Club Level member of the BABCPHL for about ten years. Remy Nshimiyimana, Counsel, based in the Philadelphia office is an active Board Member. Remy’s practice focuses on corporate and regulatory work with local and global businesses who are considering mergers or acquisitions, or negotiating commercial contracts. For the past three years, Remy has also served on the Board of Directors of Justice at Work (formerly known as Friends of Farmworkers), a non-profit organization that provides free legal services and advocates on behalf of low-wage workers. In addition, Remy? also provides legal assistance through Philadelphia VIP, an organization that inspires and supports attorneys to offer free legal representation for Philadelphians who cannot afford to hire a lawyer and face legal challenges threatening their housing, family, or income.? “Being part of a community dedicated to supporting low-wage workers in the pursuit of economic and social justice is one way for me to pay forward the tremendous opportunities I have received in this country since I immigrated to the United States 17 years ago.” Thank you, Remy for your notable volunteer efforts, and for your time and commitment to enhancing transatlantic business. We are honored to work with you.

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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
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government