Date: 7 Sep 2017, 17:00 - 19:00
Host: Residence of Laura Lochman, Strandvejen 190, 2920 Charlottenlund
Thanks for helping us celebrate!
Nearly 60 members helped us celebrate our 20 year anniversary, with a reception at the lovely residence of Laura Lochman, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Denmark.
Laura welcomed us, talked about the history of the home, and complimented the great cooperation between the US Embassy and Danish-American Business Forum over the years. Next, our Chairman Peter Kürstein gave a brief history of the association, and emphasized the continued importance of networking for tackling US market growth issues.
We were then treated to a short, informal and very engaging speech by Kåre Schultz, President & CEO, Lundbeck, who shared his insights and lessons learned when tackling US market challenges and opportunities.
Some of his advice included
- ensure you are “on the ground” in the US – you can’t understand the marketplace without being there
- understand both New York (business climate) and Washington D.C. (legislation/regulatory environment)
- don’t be afraid to “think big” – it’s an enormous market with lots of potential
- engage great legal partners – the reality of the US is that you need them! Every company needs to learn to work within the US legal system, despite its complexity
DABF was established in 1997 by prominent Danish business leaders and the US Embassy. This joint effort was a response to the need for Danish companies to share knowledge in order to succeed ‘over there’. This need is more relevant than ever and still guides our activities.
Our association acts as a hub for US information and connections. In Denmark and in the US, DABF cooperates with government and private resources such as the Trade Council, DI, the US Embassy and with US federal, state and local public/private resources.
DABF’s strength lies in the diversity of its members in terms of company size, industry and stage of development in the US. This diversity creates value for our members through direct access to the vast experience of the network.