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Doing Business in Times of Shifting Global Alliances

April 25 @ 8:30 am CDT

/ $75

This event is being held in-person and is open to everyone. Global Minnesota corporate and individual members receive discounted admission. 

Managing geopolitical risk has never been as essential as it is today. Global alliances are quickly shifting, with broad implications for companies conducting business across borders and the lawyers who advise them, including as they relate to labor and supply chains, sanctions and trade restrictions, and reputational and regulatory risks. At the 2024 International Business Law Institute, you will have an opportunity to hear from and network with Minnesota’s foremost experts on the legal dimension of international business.

Lawyers from three Global Minnesota corporate members–Dorsey & Whitney, Fredrikson & Byron and Macaluso LLP–will share their expertise during the program.

Global Minnesota’s annual Foreign Policy Update speaker, Tom Hanson, will give the keynote at this event.

Join us for the 2024 International Business Law Institute, hosted by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s (“MSBA”) International Business Law Section and co-sponsored by Global Minnesota. Throughout a full day of programming, you will learn about current trends, important new regulations, and emerging challenges in international business.

Global Minnesota corporate and individual members receive discounted admission using the promo code GLOBALMN at checkout.



8:30-9:00 | Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:10 | Welcome & Introduction
Berglind Halldorsdottir Birkland, Vice Chair of the MSBA International Business Law Section, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Phil Hansen, President, Global Minnesota
Steve Riedel, Corporate Relations Officer, Global Minnesota

9:10-9:55 | Keynote Address: Shifting Global Alliances
Thomas R. Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, The University of MN, Duluth

9:55-10:05 | Break (10 min)

10:05-10:50 | Export Controls Update – New Tools in the U.S. Government’s Toolbox
David Townsend, Dorsey & Whitney
Valentin Povarchuk, Seagate Technology

10:50-11:20 | Navigating International Data Transfer Rules
Robert Bond, Notary Public & Solicitor, Deputy Vice President of Notaries Society

11:20-11:30 | Break (10 min)

11:30-12:30 | Friendshoring – Winners and Losers in a Changing World
Pat Kelly, Fredrikson & Byron
Aaron Nyquist, Fredrikson & Byron

12:30-1:15 | Networking Lunch (45 min)

1:15-2:00 | U.S. Immigration – What’s New and Relevant
George C. Maxwell, Borene Law Firm

2:00-2:30 | International Fund Investments in an Era of Geopolitical Change
Michael J. Macaluso, Macaluso LLP

2:30-2:40 | Break (10 min)

2:40-3:40 | When Disputes Arise: International Arbitration as an Effective Tool
Philip L. Bruner, Arbitrator and Mediator
Steven C. Nelson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Berglind Halldorsdottir Birkland, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

3:40-3:45 | Break (5 min)

3:45-4:30 | Updates from Key Jurisdictions
Todd Vollmers, Macaluso LLP
Luis Resendiz, Fredrikson & Byron
Richard Weiner, Fredrikson & Byron

4:30-5:00 | The Human Rights Dimension of International Business
Amanda Lyons, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School

Presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Bar Association.


April 25
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Fredrikson & Byron
U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 South 6th St. #4000
Minneapolis, 55402
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Check-in Time
8:30 AM
Reception Time
8:30 AM
Program Time
9:00 AM
Cost for Global Minnesota Members
Cost for Nonmembers