US Legal and Economic Intervention. A Live Interactive Briefing for UK Businesses.


A FREE online interactive meeting on Wednesday 8th April 2020 at 16:00 BST – live from Chicago and London.

US authorities, like the UK, are making dramatic changes to their legal, employment and taxation systems to weather the COVID-19 crisis. In order for UK companies to assess the impact on their US operations or plans for US expansion, GTM Global – in association with Department for International Trade – has organised a special online interactive briefing, live from Chicago and London.

Your Hosts

The meeting will be hosted by Mark Stimpfig of GTM Global who will be joined by US attorney, Tom Thorelli; US accountant, Antoine Guillaud, and international trade consultant from DIT, Laurie Spicer.

Tom Thorelli Partner and Owner at Thorelli & Associates

Tom Thorelli

Thorelli & Associates

Thorelli & Associates is a Chicago based law firm with over 30 years experience in the legal representation of UK businesses and individuals with interests in the United States. In that time, they have assisted over 1,000 foreign companies in properly structuring their entry into the US.

Tom Thorelli is a long standing GTM partner and mentor. He is a French-speaking US lawyer, and Founding Partner at Thorelli & Associates, where he specialises in helping European companies minimize legal risk when doing business in the US.

Antoine Guillaud

Antoine Guillaud

International Management Solutions (IMS)

IMS is a US based accounting firm providing accounting, tax and consulting services dedicated to assisting European companies in establishing their businesses in the US.

Antoine Guillaud is President of IMS and an Expert Comptable with more than 20 years of experience assisting foreign companies establish themselves in the US market. Antoine and his team have been partnering with GTM Global since February 2019.

Who Should Attend

This interactive session will be of interest to:

  • UK companies thinking about expanding into the US, looking to understand the impact of interventions on their planning and trips to the US
  • UK companies already trading with US-based businesses
  • UK businesses with existing or planned US operations

The Format

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom and run for approximately 1 hour. After the meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask direct questions on how recent changes in legislation will affect their business planning and operations.


Topics for discussion will include:

  • Employee Management
    Lay-offs v Furlough, sick leave / FMLA, exempt vs non-exempt staff, self-isolation, working from home, unpaid leave, health and safety obligations, compensation and benefits and feasibility of operations.
  • The CARES Act – Congress’s $2BN Economic Stimulus Programme
    Families First Coronavirus Response Act – employer obligations and rights and the State Governor’s Stay at Home Orders.
  • Conserving Cash
    Compensation options, tax and payroll deferral payments, SBA loans and grants, paycheck protection programme, emergency lending and tax credits.
  • Force Majeure – the Law of Unexpected Circumstances
    Contract options – good and bad, how can this work in the company’s favour, no force majeure element in current contracts – options and legal positioning to help survive contract cancellations.

About GTM Global

This interactive online meeting is part of the GTM programme which supports mid-market tech, digital and eCommerce companies on their international expansion journeys in the following areas:

  • Advice and guidance from experts in international trade
  • Export readiness audits and market research reports
  • Access to a network of in-country specialists and trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development and market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory and risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales and business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs and government support
  • Funding via an international network of investors and VCs
  • Curated promotions and offers for businesses transacting overseas

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