Miller Canfield Opens Qatar Office

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Doha, Qatar, by way of the Qatar Financial Centre, which has issued a license to Miller Canfield International, PLLC – QFC Branch to conduct a range of advisory and legal services. The announcement was made by CEO Michael McGee.

The Qatar office will be seamlessly integrated with its offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Chicago to provide a platform for clients, including U.S. defense contractors and mid-market companies in the defense, cybersecurity and aerospace industries, to engage in business in both Qatar and the United States.

“Adding an office in Doha is key to helping our clients capitalize on the rapidly expanding defense technology business. Our diverse operational structure, which includes services provided by Miller Canfield Consulting, enables us to guide our defense sector clients through the legal, practical and political complexities involved in engaging with their governmental clients,” McGee said.

Miller Canfield’s Qatar team offers clients consultancy, legal and advisory services. The attorneys who will work on Qatar matters have years of experience living and working in Qatar and have advised on some of the largest transactions between Qatar and the United States in the defense sector. Miller Canfield will continue to offer assistance to clients engaged in business with the Qatar Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and the private sector in industries including aerospace, defense and cybersecurity.

Miller Canfield’s Qatar practice is led by Pawel Chudzicki, who spent more than five years in Doha building up the operations of a global law firm and was recognized by Chambers and Partners in 2019 as a leading Qatar expert based abroad; and Lana Yaghi, who spent three years in Qatar. They will share their time between the Doha and Washington, D.C., offices.

“Pawel and Lana have a solid track record of representing U.S. clients in the defense and cybersecurity sectors engaged in business in Qatar, a strong ally of the United States and an important market for the U.S. manufacturing and service sectors,” McGee said. “Their deep understanding of Qatar’s regulatory, commercial, financial and cultural landscape makes them uniquely qualified to advise private and public sector entities engaging in cross-border transactions between the U.S. and Qatar.”

Chudzicki and Yaghi have vast experience helping clients interact with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce State, the Qatar Financial Center, Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Ministry of Labor and other ministries and agencies. Miller Canfield’s lawyers have advised clients on the entire corporate lifecycle, including entity formation and dissolution, labor law issues, commercial transactions, corporate governance, procurement and tender requirements, privacy issues, anti-bribery laws.

Together with Miller Canfield’s international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and Warsaw, Gdynia and Wroclaw in Poland; and the newest office in Qatar, the firm provides cross-border business and legal advice to U.S. and international clients with business interests around the globe.

Tammy Carnrike Named to USGLC Michigan Advisory Committee

DETROIT, Sept. 10, 2018 – Detroit Regional Chamber Chief Operating Officer, Tammy Carnrike, CCE has been named to the Michigan Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Michigan Advisory Committee is comprised of more than 60 leaders from across the state, including veterans, business leaders, former Ambassadors and academics. This bipartisan committee believes that Michigan benefits when America leads the world through investments in development and diplomacy.

Last year, Michigan exported nearly $60 billion in goods and services to foreign markets, and trade supported over 1 million jobs in the state, making U.S. international engagement a strategic issue for the community.

“The USGLC’s Michigan Advisory Committees bring together top leaders to highlight the importance of American engagement overseas,” said Jason Gross, executive director of the USGLC. “The new and growing leadership of this group demonstrates a commitment to development and diplomacy and emphasizes the importance of investing in America’s International Affairs Budget.”

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and non-governmental organizations; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

In her role as chief operating officer for the Chamber, Carnrike is responsible for day-to-day oversight and corporate governance, major investor relations, signature events and high-profile convening including the Mackinac Policy Conference and working relationships with the defense industry.

Carnrike serves as the Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for Michigan (CASA), as a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Army Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM), member of the Governance Committee, Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Detroit.

French-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter to celebrate 70th anniversary of D-Day at annual Gala and Awards ceremony

French-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter to celebrate 70th anniversary of D-Day at annual Gala and Awards ceremony

May 23 black-tie event to commemorate Michigan D-Day heroes and celebrate defense ties between Michigan and France with Senator Carl Levin and other dignitaries

Detroit, Mich. — March 25, 2014 — The French American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, will host its annual gala and awards ceremony on Friday, May 23 at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) in Detroit. This year’s gala will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings and honor the special ties that bring France and the United States together through the defense industry, where France spends approximately $60 billion annually.
Leading an anticipated 250 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guests of honor and speakers Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; Mr. Frederic Lefebvre, member of the National Assembly of France, representing the First Constituency for French North American residents overseas; and Brigadier General Bruno Caitucoli, Defense Attaché at the Embassy of France. Several D-Day combat veterans from Michigan will also be in attendance at the event and restored WWII military vehicles will be parked at the DAC entrance. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the ’Michigan Remembers’ project, according to Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia.

“In addition to commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we will celebrate Michigan’s defense industry and its contribution to the economy – past and present,” said Ballarin. “And most importantly, in the spirit of engagement and support, we are proud to donate all proceeds from the gala to, ’Michigan Remembers’. We want to insure that the people of Michigan never forget the sacrifices made by the 419 soldiers from Michigan, 362 who are physically buried in Normandy and 57 of whom are missing in action or buried at sea.”

The ’Michigan Remembers’ project will send 180 American students from the Lakeshore (Berrien County) High School marching band to participate in the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6 in France. The students will honor the 419 Fallen by pouring sand from Michigan on their grave site, march in the parade in Ste-Mere-Eglise, perform on Omaha Beach by the Normandy American Cemetery for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and finally perform in Paris in the Jardin du Luxembourg for members of the French Senate. In addition, ‘Michigan Remembers’, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education, will distribute teaching packets to all Michigan high schools to ensure that students never forget the sacrifices made on D-Day.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce gala and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members and sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie gala, donate items for the silent auction or become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of the FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 19 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at www.faccmi.org.