OC World Trade Week 2020 Features Trade Experts in Program’s Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Leading global trade and export specialists will share their expertise in international trade and foreign direct investment during the Greater Irvine Chamber’s sixth annual Orange County World Trade Week (OCWTW) Forum, delivered digitallyTuesday, May 12 – Thursday, May 14.

Barry Cosgrave of K&L Gates LLP, John Evans of Tractus Asia Ltd., and Ken Wengrod of FTC Commercial Corp. will lead the panel discussion, Navigating the New Trade Landscape - China, BREXIT, USMCA.

Barry Cosgrave is a partner in the Banking & Asset Finance practice group of K&L Gates LLP, dividing his time between the firm’s London and Dubai offices. Cosgrave concentrates his practice on distressed debt and restructuring, debt capital markets, structured finance, and Islamic finance. Cosgrave advises on Middle East regulatory matters and is an advisor to leading international banks, hedge funds, investment/asset managers, and insurance companies on banking, funds, securities, broker-dealer, and insurance regulation. He has worked on a number of Islamic finance structures that allow Shari’a-compliant investors to invest into conventional funds and asset classes in Europe and the United States.

John Evans is a founding partner and the managing director of Tractus Asia Ltd., an American-managed, Asia-based foreign direct investment consultancy providing public and private sector trade and investment assistance. Over the years, Evans and the firm have advised on more than $5 billion in trade and investment transactions across a wide variety of sectors. Evans sits on several corporate boards in Asia and has been an angel investor into several early-stage technology companies targeting the Asian growth markets. He currently serves on the advisory board for H.E. Chantol Sun, the Cambodian Minister of Commerce and is a former board member of Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Ken Wengrod is one of the country’s leading financial advisers, and co-founder of FTC Commercial Corp., a global commercial finance corporation with domestic and international clienteles, primarily serving the apparel industry and consumer products. Wengrod was appointed in 2019 to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on small and minority businesses by U.S. Secretary of CommerceWilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. He serves on the U.S. Department of CommerceTrade Finance Advisory Council, and the District Export Council of Southern California. In 2018, Wengrod was presented with the Presidents E-Award for Export Service.   

Information and advice delivered digitally by a global lineup of speakers and panelists is even more relevant now as the world deals with disruptions caused by the health and economic crises caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The program will feature a keynote from Mark O’Connell, CEO, OCO Global, who will discuss Globalization: Pandemic, Populism, and Power.

OCWTW forum will also include an Orange Countytrade and export overview from a representative of the U.S. Commercial Service.

Exporter of the Year, Partner of the Year, and Global Leadership awards will be presented digitally May 14 at the close of this year’s program.

Since its inaugural event in 2015, OCWTW has convened thousands of attendees from Orange County’s International-American chambers and business associations, public sector and private trade organizations, and members of the business community, growing awareness of the impact of international trade and export in Orange County.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Participants will be able to access live content on a first come first served basis. Some portions of the program will be recorded and made available following the conclusion of OCWTW 2020.

More information on OCWTW 2020 can be found here.

For sponsorship, partnership, or with questions about the new digital format, contact Jessica Yip.


Category: Chamber News, Events, International News, Economic Development, Foreign Direct Investment, COVID-19