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Welcome to BAB's Policy Update for September 2019. With the summer break over, we wasted no time in getting back into the swing of things with some excellent engagements on both sides of the Atlantic. Check out the 'Upcoming' section at the bottom of this email for a peek at what we've got coming up in the next few weeks, or check out our Events page online.

September started with our London team welcoming the new Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy London, Rosemary Gallant, to our Kensington office, followed by a fantastic roundtable with Andrei Iancu, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Director, USPTO for a roundtable discussion on the future of Intellectual Property protections.

Our New York team capped off this month at the offices of members Standard Chartered Bank, where they welcomed the Secretary of State for International Trade and Director of the Board of Trade, and Minister of State for Women and Equalities, Elizabeth Truss MP for an exclusive evening reception. BAB was also present in a special breakfast roundtable with the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as part of the UK Governments engagements around the UNGA in New York.

BAB ended September with a team delegation visit to Washington, D.C., with a programme that included a dinner with the Cato Institute, a Transatlantic Reception and a roundtable on US and UK perspectives on moving the bar on digital trade. 

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BAB New York Welcomes UK Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities, Elizabeth Truss MP to Exclusive Evening Reception
On 24 September, BAB New York welcomed the Secretary of State for International Trade and Director of the Board of Trade, & Minister of State for Women and Equalities, Elizabeth Truss MP to the offices of members Standard Chartered Bank for an exclusive evening reception.

We had the privilege of hearing from the Secretary of State about the work of her department to grow UK exports to the US - up 33% across the past four years - and the opportunities a UK-US Free Trade Agreement presents to both countries.

We'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Secretary of State, to our hosts Standard Chartered Bank , and to our partners The Department for International Trade , Diageo , and Walkers Shortbread.
Roundtable Discussion on Intellectual Property with Andrei Iancu, Undersecretary of Commerce, and Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
On 13 September, BAB London welcomed the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Director, USPTO, Andrei Iancu to the offices of members Irwin Mitchell for a roundtable discussion on the future of Intellectual Property protection. We were also delighted to be joined by Rosemary Gallant, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, US Embassy London.

We enjoyed a fascinating discussion on the current state of play for intellectual IP issues and the priorities of both the USPTO and our members for future IP protection legislation. Attendees included leading firms in the Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Legal sectors from BAB's network.

We'd like to thank the Undersecretary and his team for taking the time during his UK visit to meet with us and our members, and to our friends at Irwin Mitchell for being such excellent hosts . Photos from the event can be found here .
BAB London Welcomes a New Member of the Policy Team
In September, the London team welcomed a new member of its Policy Team - Andrei Cazacu, Policy Manager.

Previously an Associate at Leidar in Brussels, Andrei will be bringing his political and research expertise to play an active role in BAB's growing policy portfolio, working alongside Director of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam, and Policy & External Affairs Manager, Theo Bachrach.

Welcome Andrei!

Andrei Cazacu
Policy Manager
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Policy Engagements, Meetings & Events
BAB London Holds Roundtable Discussion on What Transatlantic Businesses Can Expect From a No-Deal Brexit
On 20 September, BAB London convened a roundtable discussion at the offices of members Linklaters to walk through the preparations the US and UK governments have made for a 'no-deal' Brexit.

Welcoming friends and members from across BAB's broad network, from a range of sectors, we sat down with leading experts from the trade & investment world, Charlotte Morgan, Co-Head of Trade, Linklaters , and Lorand Bartels , Senior Counsel, Linklaters & International Law Academic, University of Cambridge, and leading officials from the UK and US governments - Gregory Burton, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy London and Jonathan Darby , Head of Business & International Engagement Team, Department for Exiting the European Union . Discussion was moderated by BAB Director of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam.

We'd like to thank all of our attendees for their contributions, to our expert speakers for their insight, and our excellent hosts Linklaters . Photos from the event can be found here .
BAB Welcomes N ew Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, Rosemary Gallant to London Offices
On 11 September, the BAB London team welcomed the new Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy London, Rosemary Gallant.

On 26 September, we welcomed her again at the Deputy Chief of Mission's residence in Kensington, London for a formal reception alongside our transatlantic friends and colleagues.

Ms. Gallant previously served as the Senior Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Jakarta from 2014 to 2019.

We're excited to be working closely with Rosemary and her team at the Embassy in the coming months and look forward to helping make her feel welcome in London!
BAB Participates in Roundtable Meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

On 24 September, BAB CEO Duncan Edwards, and NY Executive Director Tamra Eker participated in a roundtable meeting alongside global transatlantic CEOs and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss priorities for the transatlantic business community in regards to Brexit and a potential US-UK Free Trade Agreement.
BAB Holds Transatlantic Reception at Diageo Townhouse, Washington D.C.
Welcoming friends and colleagues from across our network in the US, and organised in partnership with our friends from BAB, the event was kicked off by remarks from our CEO, Duncan Edwards, Director for Europe at USTR, Silvia Savich, and Head of Trade Policy, Freya Jackson.

The evening provided an opportunity to network and highlight the strength of the transatlantic community - and of course, take advantage of the fantastic bar courtesy of our friends at Diageo
BAB Convenes Digital Trade Roundtable in Washington D.C.
On 26 September, BAB convened a roundtable discussion in Washington D.C., to meet with experts and colleagues from the world of digital trade, to discuss US and UK perspectives on the future of digital trade.
Following the meeting, BAB released a joint statement with leading digital trade and tech organisations calling on leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to advance digital trade. You can find more details on the statement below. The discussion will also feed into a White Paper that was basis for the discussion and is scheduled to be released in October. 

BAB Director of Policy & Trade Emanuel Adam Moderates International Conference on MAC Protocol

On 12 September, BAB Director of Policy & Trade Emanuel Adam spoke at, and moderated a discussion at an international conference held by The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, in partnership with the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation concerning The MAC Protocol - a treaty currently under negotiation that will provide an international legal framework for the financing of MAC (Mining, Agricultural, Construction) equipment.

For more info on the MAC Protocol, click here.
BAB Welcomes AmCham EU Colleague to London Office

On 27 September, BAB welcomed Emilie from our friends at AmCham EU to our London offices to meet our UK team and exchange best practices.

We always enjoy learning from our friends and colleagues across our network - thanks Emilie for stopping by!
Statements, Press Releases & Media
BAB CEO Duncan Edwards Discusses the Latest Developments in the Brexit Negotiations
4 September 2019
BAB CEO Duncan Edwards joined Bloomberg's Amanda Lang on 'Bloomberg Markets' to discuss the state of play for the Brexit negotiations. Speaking on what he believes will happen next, Duncan said:

"Well I think now without a working majority of any form the only solution is a general election... The timing of that will depend on the result of the next couple of days of Parliamentary activity, both in the Lower House and in the Upper House."

You can watch Duncan's interview in full here.
Duncan Edwards Speaks to BBC Radio 4 on Vice President Mike Pence's UK Visit
6 September 2019
BAB CEO Duncan Edwards spoke on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme following the visit of US Vice-President Mike Pence on 5 September. The Vice-President spoke at an exclusive transatlantic business dinner, attended by Duncan, held by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at the Guildhall.

Duncan said: "Well if you want an optimistic, upbeat speech about Britain's prospects, ask a member of the American administration"

Click here to listen in full (1:27:00).
US, UK Tech and Business Associations Call on Leaders to Advance Digital Trade
26 September 2019
BAB published a joint statement alongside a coalition of tech groups and experts from business, government, and academia in the United States and United Kingdom which called on government leaders to advance a high-standard model of digital trade.

Click here to read.
BAB Annual Gala Dinner
8 October 2019, London

BAB’s Annual Gala Dinner is a highlight in the London events programme, bringing together senior members of the US and UK Government and representatives from the largest companies on earth operating in the transatlantic space to honour, celebrate and rally behind the special relationship.

Date & Time:  8 October 2019 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Location:  One Great George Street | Westminster, SW1P 3AA
Dress Code: Business Attire
Attendance Fees: Click here for more information

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Exclusive Roundtable on Geopolitics
16 October, New York
8:30 – 10:00 AM
By invitation only
Join us for an exclusive, off-the-record discussion on the current geopolitical forces at play with three excellent guest speakers:

Yael Selfin , Chief Economist, KPMG UK

Tim Crouch, HM Consul / Regional Director (West & Central USA) and Head of Foreign Direct Investment, UK Department for International Trade

Brian Buckley , Partner, Brunswick Group
Business Briefing: 2020 Election
Who is Best for Business?
5 November, London
8:00 – 10:00 AM
EY | 1 More London Place | London SE1 2AF
BritishAmerican Business invites you to a lively and interactive panel discussion to analyse who is the strongest candidate for transatlantic business from the top 2020 contenders. 

The panellists will review footage from recent debates, provide reaction and comment on the candidates’ policies that will impact business. Our focus is on tax, trade and the economy and the panel will include tax expert, Kate Barton, Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY; a US journalist, an academic and a former US campaign strategist.
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