Doing Business in the US




Companies come to the US for all sorts of reasons, whether seeking customers, financing, partnerships or otherwise. This month, NY Tech Alliance kicks off a series of events focused on helping tech companies outside the US prepare for entry into the US market. In this first event, a panel of accomplished lawyers led by Paul Ellis will outline some of the most important legal considerations in the areas of corporate law, tax, employment and immigration. Topics to be addressed include the following:

  • Determining the type of entity and jurisdiction in which to establish it, and considerations in structuring the relationship with the “home-country” entity
  • Understanding and managing the tax implications for businesses and founders of having US-based operations
  • General principles of employment law in the US, and recognizing the ramifications of having US-based employees and contractors
  • Alternatives under current immigration law for founders who wish to move to the US and factors in establishing the corporate structure of the business

Whether you are in the process of entering the US market or are planning to do so in the future, this session will be a valuable opportunity to hear from this expert panel on these and other important issues.

This event will allow ample time for questions, so be prepared with questions for the panelists. Feel free to send any questions in advance to [email protected]


11:30 - 12:00 - Virtual Networking
12:00 - 1:00 - Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 - 1:30 - Virtual Networking


Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 10-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors.


Alix Rubin, Of Counsel, Paul Ellis Law Group

Alix Rubin helps employers and employees resolve disputes efficiently, while minimizing disruption to their businesses and personal lives. A proactive lawyer, Alix is deeply knowledgeable about the most recent employment practices available to companies. She counsels clients on policies and contracts that help prevent lawsuits whenever possible. Should employee misconduct be suspected, she performs internal workplace investigations. And should litigation be necessary, Alix is experienced in representing both employers and employees. Alix worked in public relations and journalism before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1996.  She is admitted to the bar in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Michael Serotte, Founder and Senior Partner, Serotte Law

 Michael Serotte, Founder and Senior Partner of Serotte Law, focuses on helping immigrant entrepreneurs, founders and start ups.  Michael serves as Immigration Counsel for Stanford’s StartX and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Duke’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, and numerous private accelerators including Unshackled, Alchemist, and Founder Institute.  Michael’s background in business, finance, and entrepreneurship offers his clients a valuable perspective on business and investment immigration strategies for both established companies and start ups.

Jack Wilk, Co-founder, Wilk Auslander

 Jack Wilk co-founded the firm in Wilk Auslander in 1987 and is currently the firm’s Managing Partner. Jack began his career as a tax lawyer in 1983 and continues to practice extensively in all aspects of federal, international, estate and New York taxation. He has developed a particular expertise in advising on the tax consequences of investments in partnerships and limited liability companies involved in real estate and other types of business. Jack has also represented many clients in structuring the acquisition or sale of a business, as well as advising many corporations on tax issues that arise from the continued operation of their businesses.


  • September 22, 2022 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Virtual via Airmeet
  • 61 people are going
  • Kallie Aultman

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