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When: 02 - 03 March 2017
Where: Dallas, Texas
The WSG 2017 Meeting of the Americas, hosted by Haynes and Boone, LLP, Estudio Beccar Varela, Moss Adams LLP and SMS - San Martin, Suarez y Asociados, took place in Dallas, Texas, USA on 02 - 03 March 2017. The program featured guest speakers, case studies and representative panel perspectives, and allowed for several opportunities to network among the Latin and North American WSG members.

Guest Speakers, Moderators and Panelists
in order of appearance
Thursday, 02 March

 

1. Cuba - An Economy in Transition



Guest Speaker
David Seleski
President and CEO
Stonegate Bank

David Seleski, guest speaker and the founder, current President, and CEO of Stonegate Bank addressed delegates on his presentation, “Cuba – An Economy in Transition”. Mr. Seleski shared an overview of Stonegate Banks history at work with Cuba, and shared facts about Cuba’s economic stance. His presentation provided tremendous insight on US Companies Opportunities for doing business in Cuba, undeterred by its current economic transitions, challenges, and Embargo in place.

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2. Hemispheric Perspectives on the Energy Market – Oil and Gas Trends and Highlights



Moderator
Ricardo Garcia-Moreno
Partner
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Ricardo Garcia-Moreno, partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP led a panel of industry experts as they highlighted the hemispheric perspective and trends on the energy market. The panel addressed a well-rounded view of Asia’s largely growing market in energy, the energy industries focus on improving its performance, and provided fact based energy education. Each panelist provided their take on the most pressing concerns they perceive to be playing an effect on the energy market.

Panelists    

3. General Counsels Discussion of Issues Being Faced By Major US Multinationals



Moderator
Timothy Powers
Managing Partner
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Timothy Powers, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP led a highly interactive panel of issues being faced by major US multinationals’ general counsels. The conversation focused on the evolving role of outside legal counsel and multinational corporation’s relationships. Common themes across the panel discussion included, importance of client-firm relationships, necessities for growth within technology, and the value of specialized expertise and knowledge from counsel.

Panelists    

4. Dinner at Dallas Petroleum Club



Guest Speaker
Rafael Anchia
Of Counsel
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Guest Speaker, Rafael Anchia is involved in community affairs and public service. Representing District 7 on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees from 2001-2004, he oversaw a $1 billion budget, 19,000 employees and almost 220 schools in the nation's 12th largest school district.

After retiring from the Dallas School Board, Rafael has been elected six times as Texas State Representative for District 103, which includes parts of Dallas, Irving and Farmers Branch. Texas Monthly named him "Rookie of the Year" during the 79th Legislative Session and one of the "10 Best Legislators" during the 80th Legislative Session. Rafael serves as Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and as a member of the Energy Resources Committee.

Rafael also represents financial institutions and public and private funds in a variety of transactions involving, among other things, senior and subordinated debt and equity, domestic and international syndications and distressed debt acquisitions and sales. He also maintains an active public finance practice.

Friday, 03 March

 

5. The Northern American Market in 2017 - Comparing the US, Canadian, and Mexican Perspectives



Moderator
J. Michael Bernard
Member
Dykema

Moderator, Mike Bernard, Member, Dykema, led a panel of industry experts from the US, Canada, and Mexico as they discussed a well-versed outlook of potential trade issues among the Americas and how the North American market may be influenced. The common value point among the panel was the significance in maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how increased cooperation between Mexico and US may help increased economic benefits.

Panelists    

6. South American Investment Enviroment



Moderator
Larry Pascal
Partner
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Larry Pascal, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP, led a panel of representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru about the current investment environment. Using a case study, each panelist discussed the merits of multinational foreign investment within their country.

Panelists    

7. Autonomous and Connected Vehicles - Where Manufacturing and Technology Collide



Moderator
Brendan Cahill
Member
Dykema

Brendan Cahill, Director, Automotive Industry Group, Dykema led a vastly unique panel discussion on the foreseeable economic evolution of legislation in the automotive industry, along with discussions about the virtually untapped market for technology companies as the development of automated vehicles increases. Furthermore, panelists discussed the growth of automotive mobility services, the potential negative effects of automation, consumer expectations, and the mitigated costs of automated vehicles.

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Panelists    

8. The Evolving Expectations of the Buyers of Professional Services and Their Impact on Firm Visibility and Growth



Guest Speaker
Lee Frederiksen
Managing Partner
Hinge

Guest Speaker, Lee Frederiksen, Ph.D, is an award-winning marketer, Visible Expert®, and business strategist who has spent almost 10 years researching how buyers of professional services find, vet, and choose firms. Mr. Frederiksen shared his engaging presentation of “The Evolving Expectations of the Buyers of Professional Services and Their Impact on Firm Visibility and Growth”. His presentation provided insight on the quantitative importance of marketing tactics and strategies in targeting the growing percentage of “digital natives”. Additional highlights discussed were how to increase referral probability with visibility during stages of a buyer’s journey, positioning and marketing key individuals’ visible expertise within a firm, and by, building on social, professional, and reciprocity relationships.

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Hosts: WSG 2017 Meeting of the Americas

               

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