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Understanding the Requirements for Successfully Expanding Your Business Abroad

Event Start Date: 10/31/2017

Event End Date: 10/31/2017

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Understanding the Requirements for

Successfully Expanding Your Business Abroad


On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) will host an Outreach Program for Northeast Ohio manufacturing firms seeking paths to expand their businesses.

This program will explore various ways to expand your operations into other countries. 

You will hear about:

·    Structuring the ownership of foreign operations,

·    Taking organization and tax planning into consideration,

·    Basics of using licensing agreements,

·    Forming a joint venture or acquiring a foreign company or its assets

·    foreign companies partnering with and investing with US companies


Steve Petras, a partner at Baker Hostetler, who practices in the area of international transactions will discuss these topics and give a perspective on conducting international business. 



Deb Wilcox, a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP, who practices in the area of international intellectual property protection will discuss protecting your trademarks, trade secrets, know-how and copyrights when doing international business.


 Allen J. Littman, Principal at the Firm of Allen J. Li􀀂man who practices in the area of international taxation, will discuss the tax  aspects of structuring international business and will cover the points mentioned above from an international tax perspective.
Christy Woskobojnik, an accountant with Dyke Yaxley who has more than 20 years of experience with privately‐held companies in the professional services, transportation, and manufacturing industries, will discuss common misunderstandings and pitfalls for those who begin to do business in the U.S.


Check-in and late registration: 8 a.m. Program: 8:30– 11:30 a.m. Holden University Center, Lakeland Community College, 4242 State Route 306, Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Cost $30 if preregistered, $35 at the event

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Contact: Kim Holizna kholizna@kent.edu for additional information.


The College of Aeronautics and Engineering is one of the 11 colleges of Kent State University. The College has more than 800 students and has experienced continuous growth in recent years. Its graduates pursue careers in aeronautics, aerospace, manufacturing, computer services, and related fields. As one of its fastest growing colleges, the University has committed strong support to expand its programs as demonstrated by the January 2015 construction of a 55,000-square-foot building Aeronautics and Technology Building (ATB) located at 1400 Lefton Esplanade. The CAE is committed to expansion of its research agenda and developing international connections to prepare its graduates to compete in the global environment.


BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, BakerHostetler more than 940 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.


BakerHostetler has five core practice groups:

·    Litigation,

·    Business,

·    Employment,

·    Intellectual Property,

·    Tax

Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Attorneys at BakerHostetler have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality. BakerHostetler has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.



CLE Credits will be offered and a full breakfast will be provided

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