Chicago, USA, June 4, 2013 – On Thursday, June 6, 2013 a distinguished group of leaders from the global business, civic and cultural communities will participate in a panel at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office focused on “Global Commerce and Culture: A Powerful Combination.” Jointly hosted by Baker & McKenzie, Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago, the discussion will explore the intersection of international business, arts and culture—in Chicago and around the world.
Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago will provide opening remarks and Rita R. Athas, past President of World Business Chicago will moderate the panel. Panelists will include Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods North America, PepsiCo; Deborah F. Rutter, President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Samuel C. Scott III, Chairman of Chicago Sisters Cities International and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Corn Products International (now Ingredion Incorporated); and Alejandro Silva, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Evans Food Group.
Miguel Noyola, Chair of Baker & McKenzie’s North America International Commercial Group, led efforts to organize the program, which will kick off the annual regional meeting of the Firm’s North America International Commercial Group.
“Baker & McKenzie has embraced a global mindset since our foundation as an international law firm in Chicago more than 60 years ago,” said Noyola. “Our international commercial attorneys – many of whom are multilingual and dually-licensed – bring a sophisticated multicultural perspective to international commercial transactions. We look forward to bringing together leaders from Chicago’s business, civic and arts communities who share our passion for diverse ideas and global connections.”
The panel will take place from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Baker & McKenzie LLP, 300 East Randolph, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
About Baker & McKenzie’s International Commercial Group
Baker & McKenzie’s North America International Commercial Group advises multinational enterprises on legal issues impacting global business strategy. As an interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual team, we help clients structure international investments, commercial transactions and global operations to optimize key opportunities and emerging trends in the international business landscape.
About Baker & McKenzie
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 4,000 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 73 offices in 46 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. Global revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, were US$2.313 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Executive Committee. www.bakermckenzie.com
About Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses. CSCI is a division of World Business Chicago.
Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).
About World Business Chicago
World Business Chicago (WBC) leads Chicago’s business retention, attraction and expansion efforts and raises the city’s position as a premier global business destination. Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, WBC fosters private sector growth through the advancement of a business-friendly environment that attracts world class talent.