Program | Brexit and the U.S. Economy | Aug 16, 2016

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council

in Association with the International Business Council and the Center for International Business at Belmont University

invites you to a

Breakfast Business Panel Organized by the IBC

Brexit and the U.S. Economy: What to Expect?

Brexit Puzzle


Moderator: Thad McBride, Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC

Amr El-Husseini, CEO, Lodestone Advisory Group

John Scannapieco, Shareholder, Baker Donelson

Dr. Marieta V. Velikova, Associate Professor of Economics, Belmont University

August 16, 2016

When voters in the United Kingdom shocked themselves and other Europeans this summer with the choice to exit their decades old political and economic union, it caused a wave in currency and stock exchanges around the world as well as toppling the British prime minister. The markets have largely settled out after the surprising prospect of a looming tectonic shift in EU dynamics but the implications are yet to be fully understood.

U.S. Fed Chief Yellen responded to Brexit noting it “would negatively affect financial conditions and the U.S. economy.” How so? What does the exit of the United Kingdom mean for the United States’ economy? How will the $280B annual U.S. trade with the bloc be affected? What lies ahead in a new trade relationship with the UK?

A distinguished panel of specialists will take up the questions of Brexit and the U.S. economy at a special presentation on August 16th at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce in an event presented by the International Business Council, the Tennessee World Affairs Council, and the Center for International Business at Belmont.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
211 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37201

8:00 am – Registration & Networking
8:30-9:30 am – Program

$10 – Nashville Area Chamber members, Tennessee World Affairs Council members and Belmont students and faculty
$15 – Future members

Register via the International Business Council

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Thad McBride, Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC

Thaddeus McBride2Thad McBride advises public and private companies on the legal considerations essential to successful business operations in a global marketplace. He focuses his practice on counseling clients on compliance with U.S. export regulations (ITAR and EAR), economic sanctions and embargoes, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also handles matters in the increasingly regulated area of importation (CBP), advises clients on anti-boycott controls, and assists companies with matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Thad supports international companies across a range of industries, including aviation, automotive, defense, energy, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices, oilfield services, professional services, research and development, and technology. Beyond advising on day-to-day compliance matters, Thad regularly assists clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Securities & Exchange Commission, and Customs and Border Protection.  [More]

[The full article, “6 Ways Brexit Could Impact Washington Business,” was published by the Washington Business Journal on June 24, 2016, and is available online.]

Amr El-Husseini
Chief Executive Officer, Lodestone Advisory Group; Member, President’s Advisory Board, Tennessee World Affairs Council

amr-husseiniAmr El-Husseini founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lodestone Advisory Group. Based in the US, he directly oversees the global operations of the company and execution of client mandates. Amr advises clients located across the world in the areas of international expansion and market entry strategy, investment advisory, and corporate restructuring. Amr is also a board member of an international banking subsidiary in the QIB Group, and a Senior Advisor to GSIS, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in security and data analytics.  [More]

John Scannapieco, Shareholder, Baker Donelson; Board Member, Tennessee World Affairs Council

John-ScannapiecoJohn M. Scannapieco is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson and is a co-leader of the Firm’s Global Business Team. Business is increasingly global in scope with improved technology, transportation and communication, as well as increased migration and the movement of people, all of which has increased globalization, making cross-border business and trade more practical. John provides strategic guidance and counsel to businesses and individuals regarding their existing global operations or to those contemplating global expansion.  [More]

Dr. Marieta V. Velikova, Associate Professor of Economics, Belmont University; Member, President’s Advisory Board, Tennessee World Affairs Council

marieta-velikovaDr. Velikova received her undergraduate degree from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Her M.A. in Financial Economics and Ph.D. in Applied Economics were both earned at Mississippi State University, where she worked as a research assistant, academic tutor, and instructor of economics. She teaches economics and international business courses in Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business, where she also advises members of SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, and has been involved in the creation of the IB Society, an organization for students interested in international studies.  [More]

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