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Navigating the Waters of Doing Business in Europe – a Forum of International Experts



Presented by the Capital Region Chamber  in conjunction with Carter Conboy and ALFA International, this half-day forum will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Forum will include nine attorneys from the International Law Practice Group of ALFA International who will speak on a wide-range of topics including bridging cultural differences with European partners; labor and employment issues; mergers and acquisitions; and E-commerce and data protection issues and risks. The Forum is open to all Chamber and Non-Chamber members - all are welcome! Register at:


Bridging Cultural Differences: Key Factors to Consider in US/EU Negotiations
Negotiation techniques effective in typical US-only negotiations may be counter-productive in negotiations with potential European partners. The interactive session of all the days’ speakers will include a discussion of cultural differences to consider including the value of developing personal relationships, pace of negotiations, whether (or not) to insist on detailed technical terms, and other key factors.

Avoiding Hidden Icebergs: Pitfalls of M&A in Europe
A company expanding in Europe may find it advantageous to do so through merger and acquisition rather than joint venture or other options. This expert panel will discuss general M&A trends in the EU, the due diligence process, and the use of earn-outs to allocate risk.  Panelists:

Riding the Wave of Technology to Advance Business in the EU: Key Factors to Consider Regarding E-Commerce and Data Protection
Advancements in technology, and in particular the expansion of e-commerce as a regular means of conducting business, has influenced commercial relationships and obliged the legal field to adapt, especially as business is conducted across multiple countries. This new business environment is fraught with issues and risk—particularly in the areas of data protection and compliance—for which companies must be prepared. This panel shall address key legal aspects regarding such topics important for all companies to keep in mind.  Panelists:

Mapping a Route Around Potential Storms: What to Consider from an Employment Perspective
During this session, the panel will give a general outline on the European legislation on labour and employment law and the different ways this is implemented in Germany, Italy and France. The panel will have a lively discussion on issues relating to types of hire (employee, independent contractor, staffing agency, expatriates), payroll/benefits, employment agreements and employer policies, and exit strategy/terminations.  Panelists:

Thank you to the Forum sponsor, The Port of Coeymans. Carter Conboy, the Albany, NY ALFA International member law firm, is the proud Reception sponsor.

ABOUT ALFA INTERNATIONAL: ALFA International is one of the world’s largest and strongest legal networks with 150 global member firms - 80 member firms in the United States and 70 member firms internationally.  ALFA International’s mission is to provide high quality, cost-efficient legal services globally. The ALFA model enables member firms to use their local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions, often drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms.  ALFA clients benefit from a geographically comprehensive network of exceptional law firms and accomplished trial and business counsel. Member firms meet high standards to be part of the ALFA network and are well respected by their peers in the legal and business community. To learn more about ALFA International, visit

ABOUT CARTER CONBOY: Carter Conboy is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ peer rated full-service law firm committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients. Founded in 1920, Carter Conboy has offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York, serving clients throughout New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire. For additional information about the firm, visit or contact the firm’s Director of Marketing, Stacy A. Smith, at 518-810-0516 or