Thompson Hine Partners Play Central Roles in NYSBA International Section Meeting

Group to Meet in Vietnam for First Time

Date: October 21, 2013

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

NEW YORK - October 21, 2013 - The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section will for the first time hold its seasonal meeting in Vietnam when it convenes October 23 to 26 at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel. The meeting's theme will be "Building Global Partnerships and Opportunities in the New Asia - Vietnam and the USA as a Model for Growth and Success," with the group focusing on new partnership opportunities as Vietnam and Asia adopt a greater global presence in commerce, banking and legal affairs.

Two lawyers from Thompson Hine LLP will play central roles in the meeting. William H. Schrag, a partner in the firm's Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy and International groups, will serve as program co-chair along with Eduardo Ramos-Gómez, managing partner of the Asian offices of Duane Morris. James P. Jalil, a member of Thompson Hines Executive Committee and a partner in the firm's Corporate Transactions & Securities and International practice groups, will participate in a panel discussion on "Investing in Asia."

"We are excited to be a part of this historic event - the first time a U.S. bar association has held a member meeting in Vietnam, a country we were at war with 40 years ago," said Schrag. "With the global market steadily growing and evolving, we look forward to sharing in the knowledge of the experts who will present panels at the conference."

Among those invited to address the meeting are David Shear, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam; James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association; David M. Schraver, president of the NYSBA; Hon. Ha Hung Cuong, minister of justice of Vietnam; Hon. Francis H. Jardeleza, solicitor general of the Republic of the Philippines; and an international array of experts representing government, the legal community, the international trade community and higher education.

NYSBA International Section chair Glenn G. Fox of Baker & McKenzie in New York City said the relationship between the United States and Vietnam represents a model for how law firms and corporations can interact in the global market.

"This meeting in Vietnam represents a remarkable opportunity for our two countries to benefit from an exchange of ideas on how to bridge our respective legal and regulatory cultures," he said. "The rule of law plays a vital role in all aspects of international relations, including employment issues, sale of goods, investments, courts, banking, debt collection, energy and project development."

For more information on the program, go to http://www.nysba.org/Sections/International/Seasonal_Meetings/Vietnam/Vietnam_program_brochure.html