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Building a Successful US Business from Investment to Exit (Hybrid Event)

3 March 2022

Doing business in the USA comes with great potential, but also lots of legal implications. Norasnabc Rothrock joins MBM Commercial to explain how foreign companies can conduct business in the world’s biggest economy, from investment to exit, and hear from businesses that have done it successfully.

MBM Commercial has an unrivalled team of US qualified lawyers on the ground in Scotland. They regularly advise businesses about setting up US operations, getting investment, buying a US-based business or selling to a US buyer.

We’ll be joined by founders, investors and experts who have real-world experience of the US market and know both the benefits and complications that come with doing business there.


  • US M&A
  • Getting There
  • Flip Without the Flop
  • Matters of State
  • US IP and Data Privacy

This event is being run as a hybrid event and guests are invited to JOIN US IN PERSON or ONLINE, whichever suits. For those of you joining in-person the event will be followed by a networking reception where you can chat and connect with our speakers and other attendees.

In-Person Venue:
MBM Commercial LLP
Orchard Brae House
30 Queensferry Road

Thursday 3rd March
14:00 – 17:00 – Presentations
17:00 – 18:30 – Networking, Nibbles & Drinks

Paul Farley, CEO, Firestoke Games

Paul Farley has successfully founded, built and exited (to a US corporate buyer) a SaaS business, all over a 2-year period. Paul is the founder and currently the CEO of Firestoke, a new full-service PC and Console publisher with a shared vision of developer-friendly publishing. Prior to that, he co-founded ChilliConnect, a SaaS live game management platform, which was acquired in 2019 by Unity Technologies. Paul is also co-founder and Chair of Tag Games and grew the studio from a three-person start-up to its current position as one of Europe’s most successful independent mobile game development studios. He started his career in the videogames industry as a key member of the design team behind what has become the largest videogame franchise in the world, Grand Theft Auto.

Paul McNabb, Partner, Episode 1 Ventures
Paul has had a highly successful career in high tech as both a senior executive and an entrepreneur. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Services, a $12bn division of Cisco, where he led the global strategy and acquisitions team. Previously he had run a series of global businesses for Cisco. As an entrepreneur, he founded and exited two businesses in the US, one an innovative consulting firm sold to Cambridge Technology Partners, and the second a B2B Social Network for CIOs sold to Earthweb. His early background was in consulting, working for Accenture and other major international consulting firms, including his own. He has worked in venture capital in the US and has broad experience in many B2B technologies. Paul enjoys nothing better than working with entrepreneurs to tease out the goals and priorities they need to operationalize their vision.

Nora Rothrock, Group Managing Director, US Tax & Financial Services
Nora Rothrock is based in Edinburgh and London and is originally from Los Angeles. She is Group Managing Director of US Tax & Financial Services, headquartered in London.  USTAXFS is a specialist boutique of cross border tax advisors who specialise in US tax planning and compliance services for the US tax system. Nora advises emerging and scale-up companies on growth and commercial strategies, including US Expansion and business transformation. USTAXFS actively supports the start-up community in Scotland and throughout the UK and Europe.

Tracey Ginn, Partner, MBM Commercial
Tracey has over 25 years of experience as a corporate and business lawyer in both the UK and the US. Tracey heads up MBM Commercial’s USA practice and in addition to UK corporate investment and M+A work, Tracey’s practice area includes advising on US corporate and commercial transactions, advising on transactions between UK/European businesses and US entities including investment rounds, joint ventures and the establishment, capital structure and shareholding arrangements of US entities.

Alexander Lamley, Director, MBM Commercial
Alexander is a corporate lawyer with experience advising on spin-outs, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt finance including SEIS, EIS, debt instruments such as convertible loan notes and IPOs. Alexander is dual-qualified in the UK and US and is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in New York.

Danielle Prado, Associate, MBM Commercial
After practising law in Texas for a number of years, Danielle became qualified in England and Wales in 2018 upon moving to the UK for personal reasons. As a member of both the IPDC and US teams, Danielle aims to get a full understanding of the client’s entrepreneurial goals. Danielle has advised on a wide variety of commercial contracts in the tech space and has provided guidance on protecting and exploiting intellectual property. She has also frequently offered advice on data protection both in the UK  and the United States. In an increasingly global society, she is well-suited to advise clients with international interests and aspirations.

Olivia McLaren, Consultant US Attorney – Immigration
Olivia is a US qualified attorney admitted to the bar of New York whose practice is dedicated to strategic immigration assistance for businesses wishing to establish or strengthen a US presence and individuals interested in visiting, working in or immigrating to the United States of America. After working in US immigration and nationality law in New York City for a decade, in 2014 Olivia moved to Edinburgh, where she has been guiding businesses of all sizes in accessing the US market.

Did you Know?

  • Fact Seven

    Thanks to FATCA banks must disclose their American account holders to the IRS or local tax authority.
  • Fact Six

    The IRS is actively looking for non compliant US persons.
  • Fact Five

    It takes an average of 16 hours to do IRS Form 1040.
  • Fact Four

    There are over 500 IRS tax forms.
  • Fact Three

    Since 1916, illegal income has been taxable.
  • Fact Two

    US persons must file tax
    returns no matter where they live and work.
  • Text One

    7 million Americans abroad
    only 500,000 compliant

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