AGG Talks: Cross-Border Business

Our podcast series, “AGG Talks: Cross-Border Business,” is hosted by Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner, co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, and administrative partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mike is joined by fellow AGG attorneys and experts in cross-border business to discuss legal issues impacting both inbound and outbound foreign investment.

Episode 11: A Deep Dive Into Brand Ireland

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Lorna Conn, CEO of talent solutions organization Cpl, to discuss “Brand Ireland.” Mike and Lorna look at the ethos of the island of Ireland, the importance of education in the Irish economy, Ireland’s foreign direct investment into the U.S., and more.

Episode 10: How Foreign Companies Can Protect Their IP and Brand in the U.S.

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Anuj Desai, AGG Intellectual Property partner and head of Trademarks, to discuss the steps non-U.S. companies can take to protect their IP as they prepare to expand into the U.S. and provide guidance on how to handle trademark issues.

Episode 9: Navigating Business Etiquette and Intercultural Communications Around the Globe

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Terri Morrison, best-selling author of Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, for a discussion on intercultural communications and best practices for professionals doing business in foreign countries. They cover the nuances of business etiquette and entertainment from various countries around the globe.

Episode 8: Privacy & Cybersecurity Considerations for Non-U.S. Companies

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Jackie Cooney, AGG Privacy & Cybersecurity co-chair, to discuss privacy and cybersecurity issues impacting non-U.S. companies with regard to their operations in the U.S.

Episode 7: Trans-Pacific Business: Australia and the U.S.

In this two-part episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Gadens partner John Kettle to discuss trans-pacific business expansion and doing business in Australia.

Episode 6: Immigration Insights for Companies Expanding Into the U.S.

In this two-part episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Initiative, is joined by Teri Simmons, director of AGG’s International/Immigration practice, to discuss immigration matters relating to companies expanding into the U.S. They also address immigration issues companies should consider while preparing for such endeavors.

Episode 5: Enterprise Ireland and U.S. Market Entry

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and leader of the Island of Ireland practice, is joined by Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, to discuss Enterprise Ireland’s investment approach to high-performing Irish companies, as well as the challenges Irish companies are experiencing as they expand to the U.S.

Enterprise Ireland is the state agency that helps Irish companies to start, scale, and grow globally. As the agency’s CEO, Leo is responsible for more than 800 professionals who help Irish-owned businesses maximize their potential and contribution to the economy.

Episode 4: Economic Incentives for Foreign Companies Entering the U.S.

In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and leader of the Island of Ireland practice, is joined by AGG Economic Development & Public Finance attorneys Andrew Schutt and Ansly Moyer to discuss economic incentive programs available for foreign companies entering the U.S.

Andrew is a partner in AGG’s Corporate & Finance practice and chair of the Economic Development & Public Finance team. He counsels fast-growing companies through complex issues, including corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing agreements, licensing transactions, private offerings, and venture capital investments.

Ansly is a partner in AGG’s Corporate & Finance practice and member of the Economic Development & Public Finance team. She focuses her practice on representing corporate, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental clients in various roles on public finance transactions, including as bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel.

Episode 3: Navigating Inbound Franchising in the U.S.


In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and leader of the Island of Ireland practice, is joined by Erica Tokar and Leah Braukman, attorneys in AGG’s Corporate practice, to discuss inbound franchising of foreign franchisors in the U.S.

Erica is of counsel in the Corporate practice, with a focus on guiding franchisors through a variety of transactional franchise matters. She has negotiated international transactions in markets around the world across a variety of industries.

Leah is a partner in the Corporate practice. She represents private and public companies in a variety of transactional and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private and public offerings, SEC compliance issues, and corporate governance matters.

Episode 2: Corporate Considerations for Scaling Across Borders


In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and leader of the Island of Ireland practice, continues his conversation with Sean King, founder and president of Align Global Consulting Inc., on considerations for foreign companies when scaling to the U.S. Mike and Sean discuss corporate-related issues, including choice of entity, state of formation, and corporate governance.

Episode 1: U.S. Tax Considerations for Scaling Across Borders


In this episode, Mike Burke, AGG Corporate partner and leader of the Island of Ireland practice, explores U.S. tax considerations for foreign businesses scaling to the U.S., including issues such as the branch profits tax and the impact of U.S. tax treaties. Mike is joined by Sean King, founder and president of Align Global Consulting Inc. Sean has more than 23 years of experience advising U.S. and foreign companies on structuring cross-border ventures, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, cross-border financing, and transfer pricing matters, including the international licensing of intellectual property.