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Business Lunch Invitation: Subsidiaries in the USA – From Incorporation to „Piercing of the Corporate Veil“

The United States is the largest purchaser of German products outside the EU. Likewise, Germany is the U.S.’s most important trading partner within Europe. Due to the comparatively good economic situation in the United States, many German companies have invested between New York and San Francisco in the past few years. More than 4,000 German companies have subsidiaries in the United States. The incorporation of a Corporation or an LLC is fairly easy. However, their management contains many pitfalls which we would like to discuss with you:

  • Corporate form: Corporation (Inc.) or LLC?
  • Registered office: Why Delaware?
  • Management: How can the U.S. subsidiary, from a compliance point of view and the aspect of adequate risk management, be managed most effectively - and how can I ensure this from a legal standpoint? Does it make sense for the German management to be represented on the board of the U.S. subsidiary? What belongs in the articles of association?
  • „Piercing of the corporate veil“: When is the German parent company liable for the U.S. subsidiary and where can it be sued?

These are the issues we would like to discuss during our Business Lunch in our Freiburg office on

23 June 2015, 12 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Kaiser-Joseph-Straße 284, 79098 Freiburg i. Br.

Speakers (in English):

Martijn Steger, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, Ohio, USA. Martijn is a partner and leader of the Global Business Practice of the law firm. His main practice areas are international business law, intellectual property law, as well as litigation and arbitration.

Katja Garvey, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, Ohio, USA. After studying law in Passau, Katja left Germany and went to Ohio, where she has been admitted to practice law since 2013. Currently, she is on a three month secondment at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in Freiburg.

Host: Gerhard Manz, partner at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner, chairman of the Carl-Schurz-Hauses / Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Freiburg e.V.; board member of Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V.

We are looking forward to your registration with

Gerhard Manz

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