Originally Published in Real Business | August 26, 2014 | By Paul Mandell and Gavan O’Farrell

As all but the luckiest or most deluded entrepreneurs will tell you, launching a new business is an extraordinary challenge.

There are risks and obstacles at every turn, and the odds are generally against you. Among the more daunting challenges for those businesses that make it out of the gate is the prospect of expanding operations into a new country.

However, foreign expansion is easier today than most entrepreneurs expect. And for many startups, the pursuit of a global presence early in the growth process can create a smoother path than other forms of growth.

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BETHESDA, Md- (Aug. 26, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the Global General Counsel Forum to be held 28-30 September at Sopwell House in St. Albans, England.

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | August 20, 2014 | By Paul Mandell

The key to an effective internal investigation lies in the preparation that happens before the investigation begins

Performing an internal investigation is among the most challenging and complex exercises faced by the general counsel and his or her team. While each investigation is different, there are several best practices that can both facilitate an easier process and deliver optimal results. In the event that you are planning to launch a new investigation in the near future, set forth below are a few general suggestions to get you off on the right foot.

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BETHESDA, Md- Aug. 19, 2014 – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Startup Acceleration Forum to be held September 14-16 at Hilton Lake Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV.

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Reprinted with permission from CFO and Controller Alert 800-220-5000

Originally Published in CFO & Controller Alert | August 15, 2014

75% missing the boat when it comes to saving

Hide all the scissors in the supply closet! There’s some dangerous cutting going on in many companies:

  • 75% don’t cut costs based on priorities that are set for the whole organization
  • 48% cut costs due to external events or outside pressure, rather than for continuous improvement, and
  • 25% “peanut-butter” cut (every department gives up a fixed percentage of spending), vs. reducing more strategically. Those findings come from the Fit for Growth Index Profiler, a new survey by Strategy&.

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BETHESDA, Md- (Aug. 12, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Chief HR Officer Forum to be held September 7-9 at Château Élan in Atlanta, GA.

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Origianlly Published in LexisNexis Business of Law Blog | August 8, 2014 | By Frank Strong

Fortune 1000 GCs and Cautious Optimism

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | August 6, 2014 | By Paul Mandell

As the regulatory landscape continues to evolve throughout the world, large international companies are faced with an increasingly complicated mix of differing and occasionally inconsistent rules governing their work. Many businesses have invested heavily in compliance on their own volition or in response to one or more regulatory breaches; however, a large number of global businesses have compliance functions that are still in their infancy. Fortunately, for those businesses that have not yet turned their attention squarely on building a comprehensive compliance program, or which have merged teams with different levels of compliance sensitivity, it is never too late to start. Set forth below are a few tips to help companies with early-stage compliance programs to develop a suitably ethical, compliance-focused team.

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Forty-Three Percent Also Say Economic Uncertainty Remains Biggest Area of Risk in the Year Ahead

BETHESDA, Md- (August 5, 2014) – Eighty-four percent of Chief Financial Officers said they are focused on long-term growth versus short-term cost reduction in the year ahead, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the 2014 Chief Financial Offer Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Risk & Insurance | July 25, 2014 | By John Otrompke

Companies prioritize operational risk management, but many do not believe their vendors are doing the same.

Vendor risk management is often too overlooked by Fortune 1000 companies.

Three-quarters of supply chain executives said operational risk management is important for dealing with unpredictable events such as disasters, geopolitical risk, and demand volatility, according to “Don’t Play it Safe When it Comes to Supply Chain Risk Management,” a survey of more than 1,000 companies conducted by Accenture.

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