Law firm partners attend symposium in Belgium

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss partners Jeff Heuer and Peter Sugar recently attended an international law conference that was hosted by TAGlaw in Brussels, Belgium, from October 22-24.

Vincent Van Dessel, the CEO of NYSE Euronext Brussels, delivered a presentation on the future of public markets as a vehicle of financing for small and mid-sized enterprises. Alex Holtum, the director of London-based International Law Firm Solutions, presented "10 Steps to Growing Your International Business." John Jennings, in-house counsel at U.S.-based Eastman Chemicals, spoke on "International Privileged and Confidential Communications: Pitfalls for the Unwary." And Itzik Amiel, founder and CEO of Amsterdam-based EG Group, presented "The Art of Networking: Strategies for Engaging New Clients and Creating Relationships."

"There were many great take-aways from the conference," said Heuer. "It is always inspiring hearing from, and experience sharing with, our peers from around the globe."

His comments were echoed by Sugar.

"We were also fortunate to have an opportunity to premier, in partnership with the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the documentary 'Something Ventured' for the international audience," said Sugar. "It was very well received. I had numerous follow-on conversations from representatives of TAGlaw firms from around the world, including India, China and South America with interest in Jaffe's burgeoning developing companies practice. Several wanted to know how the MVCA and the Michigan-based community of VC's and service providers like Jaffe were actively helping inventors at universities and entrepreneurs succeed in starting new technology-based companies. They are eager to emulate the successful model the community has developed in Michigan."

The American film "Something Ventured" documents the emergence of American venture capitalism in the mid-20th century and follows the stories of the venture capitalists who worked with entrepreneurs to start and build companies like Apple, Intel, Genentech, Cisco, Atari, Tandem, among others.

Published: Mon, Nov 26, 2012

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