Business News From France Seminar

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10/23/2017 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Introduction to Consul General Lacroix, an overview of the new labor law and other investment news

Exciting things are happening in France, the world’s 5th largest economy:

  • On September 22, 2017, President Macron signed a new labor reform law, intended to increase the country’s competitiveness for foreign investors.
  • In spring 2017, the French government also launched the French Tech Visa program, a fast-track procedure for international technology talent to obtain a work authorization and residency.
  • On June 29, 2017, the world’s largest start-up incubator, Station F, opened in Paris which also houses accelerators for bigger companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services.

Be among the first to meet the newly-appointed Consul General, and learn about these recent developments and other investment news.


8:00 am        Registration opens, continental breakfast available

8:30 am        Welcome – Bryn Vaaler, Chief Marketing Officer, Dorsey & Whitney; Chairman, Alliance Française Board of Directors

Introduction – Gabrielle Gerbaud, Minnesota Trade Office

Consul General’s Remarks

Business France Overview

Question-and-Answer Session

10:00 am      End

Register HERE or call our office at 612 332 0436.

Map & Directions

Validated parking will be available for the following two ramps:

  • Dorsey Ramp/50 South Sixth Street: Please park in levels 4-8 only in the 50 South Sixth Street parking ramp. Enter on Sixth Street between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall. Please do not park in the Dorsey Client Parking section on Level 3. BE ADVISED: This ramp fills quickly.
  • Gaviidae Common Ramp: Located on Sixth Street between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue, on the right side. Gaviidae is connected to the Wells Fargo Center.


Guillaume Lacroix became Consul General of France in Chicago on August 29, 2017. He holds diplomas from Institut d’études politiques de Paris and Université Panthéon-Assas. He speaks Swahili, a language he studied at Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris and in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
He started his diplomatic career in 1997. He was assigned to the Department of African and Indian Ocean Affairs in Paris, then to the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and to the French Embassy in Washington. He was also posted in two other diplomatic institutions: at the U.S. State Department as part of the Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow program and at the European External Action Service in Brussels. From 2013 until 2017, he served in the cabinets of French Foreign Affairs Ministers Laurent Fabius and Jean-Marc Ayrault as Counsellor for African Affairs. Guillaume Lacroix was born in 1971 in Auxerre (Burgundy). He is married and has two children.


Nadeschda Musshafen is the Head of the Investment division at the Business France, Chicago office. In this role she supervises her Business Development team that supports US-based companies with their investment projects in France.
Prior to this role, Nadeschda spent seven years as a Senior Director for Foreign Direct Investments at Business France’s office in the Netherlands. During this time she connected with 700+ Dutch and international business leaders and facilitated over 150 investment projects in France.
Nadeschda began her career as a research analyst at the Business Intelligence Unit of Business France in Paris. In 2008, she was appointed Head of the Business Intelligence Team.
Nadeschda holds a Master’s degree in International Business Relations from the University of Toulouse II.







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