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AUSTRIA CONNECT North America – a resounding success

September 28, 2015

The most important Austrian business event of 2015 for Executives of Austrian Subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada held in Chicago

For the eighth time, a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences between Austrian subsidiaries in the US and their partners was organized under the title AUSTRIA CONNECT NORTH AMERICA 2015. This was the second year in a row the event focused on North America instead of solely the United States and was organized by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA – the Austrian Trade Commissions in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. 

A group of renowned financial, legal, economic experts and consultants gave presentations to an audience of approximately 100 top-level Austrian executives and answered some of their most frequently asked questions during the conference on September 18, 2015. The event drew important decision makers from a variety of companies representing diverse industries. 

Some 650 Austrian firms have subsidiaries in the United States and employ roughly 35,000 people. The United States continue to reflect the greatest potential for growth for Austrian companies.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago generously hosted the conference and sponsors like Austrian Airlines, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Baker & McKenzie, Dale & Lessmann LLP, DB Schenker, Hoerbiger, Rödl & Partner, Bank Austria, Erste Group, Plansee Group, Raiffeisen Bank International, GTP, Bannockburn and Sequent supported the event. 

AUSTRIA CONNECT was co-financed with funds from GO INTERNATIONAL, a shared initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

The speakers represented the top of their respective fields: 

  • William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank Chicago
  • David Pistrui, Managing Director, Acumen Dynamics, LLC
  • Thomas Doyle, International Arbitration, Baker & McKenzie
  • Craig A. Roeder, Corporate & Securities, Baker & McKenzie
  • Stephen Hunter, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx, European Union Ambassador in Canada
  • Philip I. Levy, Senior Fellow on the Global Economy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Allen R. Sanderson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago


The Ninth Annual AUSTRIA CONNECT will take place September 22-23, 2016 in a location yet to be determined.

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