Panel discussion and networking at Goodman Derrick, expand your business into the US - the good, the bad and the ugly!


Goodman Derrick's panel discussion and networking event is for business owners and directors who are planning to expand into the US. You will:

  • Gain insight into the important business decisions you will have to make
  • Have an opportunity to talk to those who have “been there and done it” 
  • Hear from UKTI and the US Embassy

This event is supported by techUK -

Wednesday 1st October 2014

17:30 - Registration

18:00 - Nicola Bridgett, International Trade Adviser, UKTI

18:10 - Richard Stanbridge, US Commercial Service at US Embassy

18:20 - Panel discussion

19:15 - Q&A

19:30 - Drinks and canapés

21:00 - Close

Our panel

  • Simon McMurtrie, CEO, Direct Wines
  • Claire Hungate, Managing Director, Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
  • Paul Brennan, Chairman, Onapp
  • Patrick Seely, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners LLP
  • Daniel Rayner, Managing Partner, Rayner Rowe LLP
  • Paul Webb, Partner and Head of Technology, Goodman Derrick LLP, Panel Chair

Please see below for our panel members' profiles.

Why attend?

The US is the UK's largest and most sophisticated trade partner and opportunities exist across sectors for sales growth and business expansion. In fact UKTI publish over 1000 such opportunities every month on their website, and as you would expect consumer goods, technology, media finance, defence, science and engineering feature prominently.

Once you have decided that the US is the right market for expanding your business you will have to make some tough decisions:

  • Should you trade or should you set up a corporation?
  • Should you expand through acquisition?
  • Where will you find the best agents and employees?
  • How do you start to understand the financial and taxation landscape?
  • Will you have adequate protection for your precious intellectual property?


Goodman Derrick LLP, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD.

Please click here for map and directions.


If you wish to book a place at this event please fill out the form available at this link:

US Seminar registration form.

Alternatively please contact James Caulfield on +44 (0)20 7421 7968 or by email on


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Panel profiles

Simon McMurtrie, CEO, Direct Wines

Simon is group chief executive of the Direct Wines group, the direct to consumer wine company with businesses in the US, UK, Continental Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and India together with wine making facilities in France and Australia.

Claire Hungate, Managing Director, Warner Brothers Television Productions UK

Claire was appointed Co-Managing Director, Warner Bros Television Productions UK in June 2014, having previously been appointed COO of its predecessor Shed Media in November 2010. Prior to that, she was previously Managing Director of Shed subsidiary Wall to Wall, where she worked for almost seven years, starting as Commercial and Legal Director in 2004. In 2007 she was part of the team who orchestrated the sale of Wall to Wall to Shed and then in 2010 she worked on the management buy out supported by Warner Bros which de-listed Shed from AIM. Warner Bros took 100% ownership of Shed in June 2014.

Paul Brennan, Chairman, Onapp

Paul has more than 25 years of global business development experience in the IT sector. He has held numerous Executive Chairman and CEO roles at private and publicly owned companies, with a particular focus on growing early-stage businesses into global markets.

Patrick Seely, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Patrick is a Managing Director of Mooreland Partners and co-founder of Mooreland's European practice. He leads a team of technology investment banking professionals with a passion for technology and the people who build it, on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

Daniel Rayner, Managing Partner, Rayner Rowe LLP

Rayner Rowe LLP is located in New York City and was founded by Daniel in 1999. Daniel is admitted to the New York Bar and is also a Solicitor in England. His practice focuses on transactional work with an emphasis on the media, entertainment, technology and advertising sectors.

Paul Webb, Partner and Head of Technology, Goodman Derrick LLP

Paul has wide experience in representing UK and international clients in relation to commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and equity fund raising. He acts for clients from a wide range of business sectors, but with a focus on the technology and cleantech sectors.