WSG North American Regional Meeting 2013

    When: 28 - 01 March 2013
    Where: Washington, D.C., United States of America

The 2013 WSG North American Meeting was held in Washington, DC. The meeting welcomed 47 delegates from over 28 jurisdictions. The meeting consisted of five guest speaker, panel discussions, and case studies. In addition, there were several opportunities to connect and network among the WSG North American members.


Thursday, 28 February
Venue: Mayflower Hotel, Offsite
2:00 PM

2:15 PM
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Guest Speaker Presentation
Tax and Trade Issues - A View from Capitol Hill

Guest Speaker:
Rep. Sander "Sandy" Levin, Ranking Member, The United States House Ways and Means Committee

2:45 PM
Panel Discussion:
Panel Discussion
Transforming the North American Natural Gas Market – LNG Exports, Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing and Strategies for Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases - The Need for an Integrated Regional Strategy

Andrew D. Weissman, Senior Energy Advisor, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Mindy Walls, Senior Director - Corporate Development, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
James Walls, Managing Member, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

4:15 PM
Coffee Break:
Coffee Break

4:30 PM
Speaker Presentation:
Speaker Presentation
The Current Mexican Political and Economic Landscape – What to Expect from the New President Enrique Peña Nieto

Juan José López-de-Silanes, Partner, Basham Ringe & Correa, SC

Larry B. Pascal, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

5:00 PM
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Guest Speaker Presentation
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation – Perspective of the General Counsel

Guest Speaker:
Don S. De Amicis, Vice President and General Counsel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

7:30 PM
Cocktail Reception & Dinner:
Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Equinox Restaurant

Friday, 01 March
Venue: Mayflower Hotel, Offsite
9:00 AM
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Guest Speaker Presentation
Canada’s Global Trade Agenda in a U.S. Context

Guest Speaker:
Martin Moen, Minister-Counsellor (Trade and Economic Policy), Canadian Embassy

9:30 AM
Panel Discussion:
Panel Discussion
M&A: The Year in Review and a Look Ahead; Recent Noteworthy Valuation & Accounting Trends

Alan D. MacEwan, Partner, Verrill Dana, LLP

W.S. (Sandy) Miller, Jr., Partner, Tax Services, CF, Accountants and Consultants
Jeffrey S. Phillips, Managing Director, Stout Risius Ross
Justin A. Wolfort, Director, Western Reserve Partners

10:45 AM
Coffee Breaj:
Coffee Break

11:00 AM
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Guest Speaker Presentation
Legal Project Management: Why, What, and How

Guest Speaker: Ron Friedmann, Consultant, Fireman & Company

12:00 PM
WSG Updates:
WSG Updates
J. Michael Bernard, Chair, North American Regional Council, World Services Group
Stephen McGarry, President, World Services Group
Maricarmen Trujillo, Vice President, World Services Group

12:30 PM
Lunch (Optional):
Lunch (Optional)
EDGAR Bar + Kitchen

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