Tuesday, March 08, 2011

U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium to take place in the West of Ireland

The inaugural U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium will take place in Westport, Co Mayo from 11-13 May 2011. This international Symposium will be hosted by the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia and is supported by the Western Development Commission (WDC), Mayo County Council and Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Topics relevant to international business exchange are high on the agenda and this event qualifies for CPD hours. Attendees will include Irish and American lawyers, business consultants and businesses operating in Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom. Delegates will also include representatives from the banking and financial services sector, accountants and tax professionals, venture capitalists, state bodies, government departments and local authorities.

The Symposium will be chaired by Deirdre Somers, Chief Executive of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) and Vice President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE). Guest speaker at the Gala Dinner will be Enda Kenny TD, Leader of Fine Gael.

Speaking at the launch of the Symposium at Knockranny House Hotel, Joseph T Kelley, President of the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia said, “The theme of this year’s Symposium is ‘Doing Business in the U.S. / Ireland / Europe – Critical Legal Issues for U.S. and Irish Companies’. The programme will address topics which are essential for international business exchange between both countries and will include import/export regulations, legal trends in the U.S. and Ireland and how to navigate cross border legal risks in intellectual property”.

The WDC is the key instigator in bringing this Symposium to the West of Ireland. It is supported by Mayo County Council in this initiative which dovetails with Government plans for trade, tourism and investment.

U.S. legal groups are no strangers to Ireland as part of their quest for continuing legal education. However, most trips have typically focused on Dublin. The U.S./Ireland Symposium is the first event of its kind to draw lawyers from across the United States and throughout Ireland to an event in the Ireland’s Western Region.


Deirdre Somers: Chairperson for the Brehon Law Syposium; CEO, Irish Stock Exchange

Enda Kenny: Offical address at the Gala Conference dinner; Leader of Fine Gael

Kelly G. Huller: Vice President - Legal, Globus Medical, Inc.

John J. Egan: J Egan & Associates, LLC and J Egan Consulting LLC

The Honorable Joseph Rocks: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NHS Human Services

Nevan Elam: Chief Executive Officer, Aero Surgical Limited

Frank Ryan: Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Ireland

Gerry Kilcommins: President, American Chamber of Commerce

Regina Brehony: Director General, Irish Venture Capital Association

Gillian Buckley: Chief Executive Officer, Western Development Commission

Brendan Cahill: Partner, William Fry

Kieran Cowhey: Partner, Dillon Eustace

Jeanne Kelly: Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

John Malady: Principal, Malady and Wooten Public Affairs

Kevin Dooley Kent: Shareholder, Conrad O'Brien PC

Joseph T. Kelley Jr.: Founder/Managing Partner, Kelley & Murphy


The following topics will be addressed by Irish, European and U.S. speakers and panelists at the Symposium:*

Accessing Capital and Starting Up a Business

Attracting venture capital, capital finance, banking (bulleted list)
State funding and grant assistance
Legal structure and formations, redomiciliation, mergers and acquisitions and other areas of corporate law
Public private partnerships
Current tax and accounting issues

Conducting Business/Comparative Analysis

Employment and Benefits
Public Law, Regulatory Law
Intellectual Property Law
Legal issues relevant to Hi-Tech Industries
Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance
Investigations and Fraud
Contracts and Commercial Transactions

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Commercial/Regulatory Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ireland as a Forum for Alternative Dispute Resolution

* Topics are subject to change. A final program will be circulated to all delegates and interested parties as speakers and panels are confirmed

The website for bookings etc is www.brehonsymposium.com.

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