The Legal Side Of International Operations


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Gain an understanding of the legal and cultural challenges when taking your association offshore. Discuss meetings and conference issues, how to work with with vendors and governments abroad, and trademark and intellectual property protection. Leave with a better appreciation of the legal and practical ramifications of doing business abroad.

Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., founding partner and president, Howe & Hutton, Ltd.

Kenneth Reid, CAE, executive VP, American Water Resources Association

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The Legal Side Of International Operations

  1. 1. The Legal Side of International Operations Monday, August 17, 2009
  2. 2. Jonathan T. Howe. Esq. President/Founding Partner Howe & Hutton, Ltd., Law Offices Mr. Kenneth D. Reid, CAE Executive Vice President American Water Resources Association
  3. 3. Copyright 2009©. Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., Howe & Hutton, Ltd., Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. and Kenneth D. Reid, CAE, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Water Resources Association, Middleburg, VA. All rights reserved under both Pan-American and international copyright conventions. No reproduction of any part may be made without the prior written consent of the copyright. This outline is provided with the understanding that the publishers are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or professional services through its distribution. If legal advice of other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should b e sought.
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Who Are You? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Are You Here? </li></ul><ul><li>What Do You Want? </li></ul><ul><li>It Is to be “Interactive” </li></ul>Who Why
  5. 5. International Aspects of Association’s Doing Business Abroad <ul><li>Know the Territory </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Laws </li></ul><ul><li>Uniqueness </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiating Aptitudes/Strategies </li></ul>
  6. 6. Areas of Challenge (a/k/a Problems) <ul><li>Meetings/Conventions/Trade Shows </li></ul><ul><li>Chapters </li></ul><ul><li>Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s a What </li></ul><ul><li>Taboos </li></ul>
  7. 7. Practical Issues <ul><li>Corrupt Practices Act </li></ul><ul><li>Customs, Immigration and the Like </li></ul><ul><li>Get Help/Relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PCOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government Offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Financial Issues <ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theirs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hedging </li></ul><ul><li>Moving/Collecting Moneys </li></ul><ul><li>VAT </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s On Your Mind?
  10. 10. Jonathan T. Howe, Esq. Howe & Hutton, Chicago, IL 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 312 263 3001; cell: 312 925 2322 [email_address] JONATHAN T. HOWE, ESQ. is the President/Senior Partner of Howe & Hutton, Ltd., a law firm with offices in Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. He has written hundreds of articles, papers and books, and has spoken to organizations all over the world on all manner of legal issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in diplomatic history and international political science with honors from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate with highest distinction from Duke University where he was first in his graduating class.   He serves as general counsel for Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society, among others. He also is general counsel for the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives and for the prestigious Association Committee of 100 sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a fellow and member of the International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates. He is a founder, immediate past President and board member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and was the inaugural recipient of the Academy Attorney of the Year. He is the legal editor for MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS and ONE – The official journal of MPI. His M&C column, Law and the Planner , was named the best monthly trade publication column by the Society of Business Publication Editors. He is the special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel and also served as the first chair of the Convention Industry Council APEX panel on industry contracts.   He is the recipient of the prestigious Meeting Professionals International Industry Award for his service to and advancement of the meetings industry. The Chicago Area Chapter of MPI awarded Jon its industry award for his dedicated and significant contribution to the meetings industry. On its 15th anniversary of publishing, he was named by MEETING NEWS as one of 15 leaders who have made the difference in the meetings industry. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. The Chicago Society of Association Executives selected Jon as its Associate Member of the Year. Since 1995 when MEETING NEWS began to list the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry, Jon has been named almost every year. He was recently named to the BizBash Media Hall of Fame. The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International honored Jon as the recipient of its HSMAI Foundation PaceSetters Award for vision and cutting edge accomplishments that have inspired countless others to think “outside the box.” He is one of the few lawyers in the United States to have argued before the United States Supreme Court. Email:; Website:
  11. 11. Kenneth D. Reid, CAE American Water Resources Association PO Box 1626, Middleburg, VA 20118 Ph: (540) 687-8390; Fax: (540) 687-8395 KENNETH D. REID, CAE, is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Water Resources Association, a scientific, educational association for men and women involved in water resources research, planning and management. He has served in this capacity since 1981. He was a member of the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) first class of Future Leaders and is a Fellow Member of ASAE. He has been active on numerous committees and is a former member of the ASAE Board of Directors. In 2000 Reid was selected as the recipient of the Key Award, the highest recognition given to an association executive by the American Society of Association Executives. He was a member of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) and served on the Board of Directors of the GWSAE Foundation. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Reid is Past Chair of the Northeast Board of Regents of the Institute for Organizational Management and is Past Chair of the National Institute for Organizational Management Board of Trustees. He is one of only elected 4 United States Members of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council, an organization, based in Marseilles, France representing nearly 300 water related groups worldwide. Reid is a member of the International Water Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies. He is also Past President of the George Mason University Alumni Association.