Past Events

Past Events

The European American Chamber of Commerce® hosts a wide variety of educational programs. These seminars range from in-depth macro economic analysis to panel discussions focusing on legal, trade, investment and financial issues relevant to companies like yours doing business on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our panels  feature industry leaders who help us address issues like the US & EU financial services & markets, legal issues and taxation, Brexit, Real Estate, Technology & Innovation, Private Equity & Hedge Funds, M&A, Privacy, the General Economy, Energy & Environmental topics, Investment Promotion, as well as a number of news-makers and relevant EU & US government officials.

The below list offers an overview of recent EACC Events.

If you missed one of our recent webinars be sure to visit the EACC YouTube Channel. We record all of our webinars and post a link to the recording for later viewing.

The Unconscious Bias of Voice and Accent

When you think of leaders and speakers you admire what kind of voice comes to mind? Our communication styles and voice are such a big part of who we are and how we show up in the world. Yet not all voices are treated equally.  Now more than ever our voices are being analyzed, whether during a presentation, on video calls or even through computer algorithms.

Navigating the Recovery: How Europe is Coming out Stronger from the Pandemic

The road to recovery remains beset with challenges, but Europe will come out stronger from the pandemic recession. The long shutdown was a high, but necessary price to pay to slow down the progression of the pandemic. Despite recent signs of resurgence, Europe overall has been fairly successful in flattening the curve of contagions. The unprecedented output contraction has left many EU economies struggling with high fiscal needs and the perspective of sluggish growth.

Commercial Real Estate Update: Revisiting the Playbook for Retail, Office and Corporate Bonds Post-COVID-19

The economic shutdown resulting from the pandemic has recast key sectors in commercial real estate and has chilled the corporate bond markets.  What are the short term implications to participants within these sectors and which ones will survive?  What lessons have we learned? Future opportunities, business pivots for sustainability, and those that ditched rather than take on mounting losses will be explored. Our panelists will cover lodging and retail as well as the office markets across the US and Europe and explain what is going on in the leveraged loans and corporate bond market.

The ECJ Privacy Ruling Explained by Max Schrems and 3 Top EU & US Privacy Experts

Join us for a follow up of a roundtable we hosted when the Privacy Shield regulation was launched; we bring back together the panel to explain the decision by the European Court of Justice and what the ruling means for European and US companies and consumers and what you need to know now and do next based on the July 16, 2020 ruling.

Immigration Update - Visa Options for Europeans and Canadians in the Age of COVID-19 & in the Light of Recent Developments

As of April 22, a temporarily halt of all immigration known as the “COVID-19 proclamation” came into effect; suspending all routine visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates. This measure, in addition to the many changes to the U.S. immigration system ordered by the current U.S. administration in 2019, has had a significant impact on the lives of millions of immigrants living legally in the United States.

Will Return to Work take us Back or to the Future?

What to expect and how to prepare for Return to Work? Businesses are beginning to re-open, but there is no one-size-fits-all strategy plan on how to do this. How do you implement various guidelines and how do they anticipate on what comes next when so much remains unknown? We are bringing together experts from Europe and the U.S. to offer an in-depth comparison of guidelines and best practices for labor and employment law on both sides of the Atlantic.

Cyber Security Threat Management during a Global Disruption like the COVID-19 Pandemic

In today’s increasingly digitized world and with the economy, and the way we work being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic cyber threats are on the rise. Now that nearly all firms are working 100% remotely, hackers have gotten creative once again. Aside from the inability to adequately monitor VPN access points and usage of equipment, the fear and distraction due to the virus and the lock-down measures, create a perfect backdoor into computer systems.

Update from Europe: The EU Trade Policy & Transatlantic Leadership in the Post-COVID World

The European American Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the European Commission and the Consulate General of Ireland cordially invite you to be our guest for an exclusive discussion with Phil Hogan the EU Trade Commissioner who will share insights on EU Trade policy which will play a central role as the global economy recovers from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Travel Disruption Impact on foreign business travelers, executives and their employers

COVID-19 has left visitors, business travelers and executives stranded in their country of destination – be it in Europe or the United States - and potentially subjecting those individuals and their employers to that nation’s income tax. Likewise, employers confronted with stranded foreign employees on temporary missions must handle any consequences of over-staying a visa or a temporary work contract in compliance with immigration and employment laws. Some countries have relaxed some of these rules while others have yet to provide the necessary guidance.

The U.S. Wayfair Decision: Untangling the Web of U.S. Sales Tax and What European Businesses Need to Know

In this current pandemic, more and more businesses transactions are being taken online. When selling goods or services into the United States, you may have to collect sales tax for that transaction in each state your client resides. No longer do you need to have a physical presence - or “nexus” - in the U.S. to be sales tax obligatory. It all started with the U.S. Supreme Court decision South Dakota v. Wayfair on June 21, 2018. The so called Wayfair Decision allows states to mandate that businesses with more than 200 transactions or $100,000 in-state sales, collect and remit sales taxes on transactions in the state, whether the business has a physical presence in the state or not. The new law rather allows the state to tax businesses based on the customer’s location and the amount of sales, not the location of the business.

Members Only: Transatlantic Trade Update: Trade Post-Covid19 – A Look Ahead

We will bring together Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting - and EU Trade Expert, and Doug Lippoldt, Chief Trade Economist, HSBC for a fire-side chat moderated by John Foley of Reuters News to discuss: The impact on transatlantic trade both in the EU and US, Short term impact on multifaceted supply chains; Supply chain de-risking measures; globalization measures; the pandemics  impact on flow of services.

How to Navigate the After Effects of the U.S. Stimulus Packages

Your company received stimulus funding, what do you need to know now? Join us for an update on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other funding packages as well as an discussion on what you need to know to stay compliant and certified in order to qualify for loan forgiveness.

Webinar: Europe and the Great Lockdown: Economic Outlook & Policy Priorities to Reopen the EU Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest shock to the global economy since the financial crisis of 2008. All around the world, unprecedented steps were taken to combat the virus and to protect workers and businesses while economy activity froze. As the European economy progressively starts opening again, it is time to assess the economic consequences of the pandemic, the effectiveness of EU's policy response, but also authorities' plans to boost resilience and restart economic activity, preventing a new prolonged period of sluggish growth.

Members Only Webinar: Update on the State of the Transatlantic Economy

We invite all EACC members across our network to join our kick-off program to a special webinar series to keep you up to date on the economic developments on both sides of the Atlantic and how COVID-19 is affecting business in Europe & the U.S. We will bring together renowned chief economists from key U.S. and European banks in a fire-side chat to share their views with our audience.

Webinar: Risk Management in a Pandemic: What to do Now

COVID-19 has affected Commerce, Travel, and all Transatlantic Transactions for weeks. Without a clear picture on the end of this global pandemic and no guarantee that there won’t be a second or third wave, businesses must re-evaluate their management, their HR strategies and their supply chains and contracts. Join us for an open dialog on how to navigate these times of uncertainty and crisis, followed by a member’s Q&A. We hope to provide guidance and awareness on trends for a path to recovery.

Webinar: Breaking up is hard to do! BREXIT and its impact on Intellectual Property Rights

The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, 2020 and entered an 11-month “transition period” running until December 31st, 2020 during which the UK and EU will negotiate the exact terms of their future relationship. The consequences of Brexit will be far-reaching and will impact the United Kingdom and the EU in many and possibly unforeseen ways.

Webinar: Balancing Social Distancing and Global Collaboration

Join us for this information packed webinar on how to ensure that your employees know how to properly balance Social Distancing while collaborating across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all. Now is a time to ensure business relations and communications are done right. Getting it right, however, depends on many factors, among them how well your employees communicate in an unfamiliar environment and how they are perceived by their business partners and clients.

Webinar: Data Protection -- California's CCPA and the EU's GDPR: What U.S. and European Companies Need to Know, Especially as Companies And Their Staff Go "Virtual" for an Indefinite Amount of Time

Do you have data protection concerns? Does the CCPA apply to you? How does it differ from the GDPR, the EU’s data protection regime? Can you prepare for both at the same time? Do “exemptions” in the CCPA for healthcare, financial services, and non-profit corporations mean that the new law is of no consequence in these sectors? Are there other state laws which mirror or differ from the requirements of the CCPA or the GDPR?

Webinar: The World on Lock-down: Global Covid-19 related Travel Restrictions and the Impact on Transatlantic Business

Entry to the United States, and possibly also to and within the EU, is being restricted in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These moves are having an immediate and broad impact on transatlantic and global business. The European American Chamber of Commerce is organizing a network-wide webinar to analyze how this affects daily business activities how it is impacting key sectors like aviation, manufacturing, finance as well as explore potential impacts of boarder closings now taking place in Europe, and around the world.

How to do Business in the Age of Disinformation: Is Freedom of Speech on Social Media a Blessing or a Curse?

The Digital Revolution is bringing sweeping change to all aspects of life and politics, impacting our everyday lives at a much faster pace than other revolutionary innovations in the past. Governments are responding to these changes, but there remains a consistent gap between technologists and business on the one side and lawmakers, and the different divisions of governments on the other side. In this power vacuum, technology is increasingly being misused as a vehicle for criminal activities or to host harmful or illegal content, including large-scale online manipulation and disinformation with profoundly corrosive effects on trust, consensus and democracy itself.

Transatlantic Economic Outlook in the Post-Brexit world

Join us for a look ahead for 2020 on the transatlantic economy. Expect an engaging discussion about the relationship and inter-connectivity between the European Union and the US economies and their influence on the worldwide financial markets. The discussion will feature a forward looking conversation about the outlook on international growth, investment opportunities & risks, and the impact of government action.

European American Chamber of Commerce Florida Chapter Launch

Celebrate the launch of the European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) Florida Chapter by enjoying a “Taste of Europe” as EACC previews its exciting 2020 line-up of business-oriented programs and business-enhancing offerings.

Managing Discovery in Complex Construction Arbitration

Discovery can be one of the more painful parts of any alternative dispute-resolution process.  Perceived as both time consuming and expensive, parties routinely look for ways to limit discovery and manage the process as efficiently as possible. 

The Recent UK Elections: What Do the Results Mean for the UK, Brexit, and Transatlantic Business?

The decisive victory of Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party in the December 12 UK Elections seems to guarantee prompt passage of Johnson's renegotiated Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, but many other things remain uncertain: Can the UK and the EU negotiate a workable trade agreement in less than a year? Does the surge in support for the Scottish National Party mean another run at Scottish independence? When will the US and the UK start trade negotiations? And how are financial markets pricing all this?

Transatlantic M&A Trends and Private Company Financing Update

Join top-tier European and American M&A & venture capital experts for a discussion on recent trends in cross-border investment between U.S. and European investors and companies.  The panel will address trends in key terms, operational and strategic expectations of investors as well as a M&A market outlook.

GDPR: The State of Readiness 18 Months Later

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The regulation fundamentally reshapes the way in which data is handled across every sector, from healthcare to banking and beyond. Our panel of experts will discuss the state of implementation and how GDPR is stacking up to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) here in the US.

Rethinking Strategic Sovereignty: EU Member states, their economies & the capacity to act independently

Since the end of the cold war, Europeans based their idea of a world they wanted to live in on three crucial pillars:

  • A multilateral, rules-based order that insulates economic relations and global problems from geopolitical competition.
  • A security alliance based on shared interests and values, with the US as the foundation of global order.
  • Free and fair global trade that benefits everybody and that allows state policy to focus on consumer protection rather than the interests of producers.
In an era of resurgent global geopolitical and geo-economic competition, a collective action by sovereign European states would give European leaders the power to promote European values, to defend a multilateral system that helps protect European interests, and to allow Europeans to trade and invest with whomever they please without regard to external pressure.

Transatlantic Labor & Immigration Update 2019

Join us in a discussion on how international companies are addressing key U.S. employment and immigration challenges. Companies operating in the U.S. face challenges in hiring workers who need work visas, moving employees from international offices into the U.S., and staying abreast of constantly changing policies and practices in employment and business immigration law.

Webinar: EU Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast

Get the latest on the European economy with an in-depth look at the European Commission's newly released autumn 2019 Economic Forecast. This comprehensive forecast takes into account all the recent economic data and public policy developments through mid-October and weighs the prospects for European and global growth against a range of potential risks.

Culture Shock: How Millennials and Gen Z Are Transforming Business

Millennials (loosely defined as being born from 1981-1995) and Gen Z (loosely defined as being born between 1996-2010) are radically changing the way companies do business. As employees and consumers these young adults expect accountability and transparency. While many traditional employers complain about the expectations of these two generations, other companies embrace their new work ethic. This program will focus on the ways that these companies aim to integrate the next generation employees and the related changing consumer behaviors on either side of the Atlantic.

A Conversation about the State of the Transatlantic Union

Join us for a conversation with Pascal Lamy, James Knightley & Nouriel Roubini about the future of the EU with or without Britain, how Transatlantic relations may develop depending on the outcome of the US Elections and how these developments are going to affect trade and investment on either side of the Atlantic.

A New EU: Unfinished business and priorities for economic reform in Europe

The EU will soon have new leadership that among other challenges will have to tackle the economic consequences of trade tensions and heightened global uncertainty while continuing to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). We will be making an assessment of the achievements of the Juncker Commission, but also look forward to the still unfinished business. Specifically, the Euro Area needs to be strengthened, by completing the Banking Union and creating an efficient Capital Market Union. Safe assets and central fiscal capacity are also important tools to make the EMU more resilient and ensure it works for all Member States.

Why US Investors should Invest in Europe Now: Innovative Financing Models are Generating Profits & Impact

Join us for a presentation about the innovative investment models the EU Commission together with the European Investment Bank have established to attract private monies for public good AND to help investors generate profits and measurable impact. Investors increasingly seek investment opportunities with verifiable societal impact (e.g. green or social). In the years to come, we can expect the importance of the sector to grow further as globally, USD 24 trillion will be transferred from the generation of baby boomers to millennials, who are on average much more inclined to invest “with impact”. To provide investors with such investment opportunities, the public and private sectors can strategically cooperate.

Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Corruption Defense

Join us for a discussion about how in recent years, corruption allegations have arisen more frequently in international arbitration. In this context, states or state-owned entities have increasingly asserted corruption allegations as a defense to claims brought against them.

Cybersecurity risks in cross-border M&A transactions

Join us in a discussion on how are international companies responding to increasingly complex data privacy rules and costly cybersecurity risks during cross-border M&A transactions.

BEPS & ATAD: Where Do We Stand Now?

BEPS & ATAD: Where Do We Stand Now? As countries around the world undertake tax reform, today’s fast changing tax landscape requires tax and legal professionals to constantly update their knowledge and alertness on how these changes affect their clients’ businesses.

Anti-Trust in the Digital Era

Recent US & EU anti-trust trends in the Digital Economy Antitrust authorities are increasing their scrutiny of the role and use of data in various technology markets. In the report “Building a European data economy” the European Commission (EC) asked whether firms should be compelled to grant access to their data on Fair, Reasonable and Non Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

EACCNY Economic Update with the Vice President of the European Central Bank

Europe at a crossroads: ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos At the end of May, voters from the 28 EU nations will head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament with global trade ructions, a precarious economy, Brexit and other immediate risks on their minds. Join us for a fireside chat with one of the Eurozone’s leading central bankers to discuss the outlook for growth, investment and European integration.

Brexit Live: Follow along while Brexit unfolds

+++ PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WE DECIDED TO MOVE THE DATE ONE LAST TIME | WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING A NEW DATE AFTER WE HAVE CONFIRMED OUR PANEL +++ WE ARE LOOKING AT MID TO END OF MAY +++ If you wish to attend this discussion, please rsvp and we will notify you about the new date, we should know by the end of next week. Our ''Brexit Live'' program will cover the Brexit fall-out in Europe and what it means for US companies.

Storytelling like an American: Ten Things Europeans need to know to effectively connect & communicate with their US counterparts when doing business in the US

Join us for a program about the 10 Things European Business Executives need to know to effectively connect with their US counterparts. Participants will hear from US and European communication and coaching experts how to effectively communicate and connect with Americans when doing business in the US. This seminar is a collaboration between Belcham, EACCNY and Flanders Investment & Trade. .

Trust & Estate Update

Please join the European American Chamber of Commerce for our annual Trust & Estate Update: A panel discussion on trust & estate planning, and investment strategies for multi-nationals. For anyone with family or relationships that span more than one nationality (esp. US and EU citizens) or executives with work histories in different countries this is an event NOT TO BE MISSED. You will be surprised about the tax implications you face in the long and medium term and you want to be sure to address them now.

Fintech Update: What you need to know about Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain technology is best known as the record-keeping system behind cryptocurrencies seems poised to play a broader role in business.  It will change how we finance, run operations and alter how supply chains work.  Corporate spending on blockchain software is expected to more than double this year to over $2 billion, up from $945 million in 2017 (IDC.) 

US Regulatory Risks for European Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) continue to actively investigate and prosecute alleged misconduct by foreign-domiciled companies with business or financial ties to the United States.

Borders vs. Barriers: Navigating Uncertainty in the US Business Environment

The future of the US political and policy environment has the potential to create barriers to the flow of people, goods, capital, and ideas that companies have relied upon to generate growth. Increasing concerns about global shifts in power, economic volatility, and policy changes raise the question as to how companies approach the difficult ask of integrating this uncertainty into business planning and how they can prepare for a variety of future scenarios.

In Conversation with Pierre Moscovici: “Resilient Growth, Uncertain Politics: the Outlook for the EU as it Heads into Election Year”

The European American Chamber of Commerce will host European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici for a fireside chat as part of our Autumn Program line up. New York Times Economic Scene Columnist Eduardo Porter will moderate a discussion with Mr. Moscovici, where they will discus the state of transatlantic economic and financial affairs, the future of customs and transatlantic taxation, and answer questions about the European economy.