Indiana. French services’ team promotes France as a destination for business
On February 27-28, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix, Business France-Chicago representatives Nadeschda Musshafen, Head of the Investment Division, Central USA and Caitlin Champion, Director of Business Investment, as well as Yaninne Vega, Head of Pays de Loire region in North America, went to Indiana to promote France as a destination for business and investments, develop new partnerships and reach out to key U.S. investors. They were welcomed to Indiana by Honorary Consul Martin Baier.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S, hosted a seminar in Indianapolis on doing business in France featuring Consul General Guillaume Lacroix, Nadeschda Musshafen, Head of the Investment division at Business France – Chicago, and Timo Rehbock, Chair of Barnes & Thornburg’s European Practice Group. The speakers covered a variety of topics and recent changes in France to help U.S. companies do business in France or to reinforce their presence in the country. Discussions included France’s new labor reform law, the recently launched new French Tech Visa program and France’s pro-EU engagement. Other themes were related to opportunities available to mature as well as early-stage companies in the fields of R&D and innovation. The audience was reminded that France is home to many high-tech incubators and accelerators that are already attracting talents from all over the world.
The visit to Indiana also included a meeting with Deputy Mayor of Economic development, Angela Smith Jones, to discuss new partnership opportunities between the City of Indianapolis and France, especially Pays de la Loire, in the context of the future opening of the non-stop flight between Indy Airport and France. The French services team also visited two global companies, Zimmer Biomet and Allison Transmission.
Headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, known as the “orthopedic capital of the world”, Zimmer Biomet, develops innovative solutions is the field of orthopedic and musculoskeletal technologies. The company has operations in more than 25 countries around the world including in France (Valence, Montpellier, Troyes…) and sells products in more than 100 countries.
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacture of fully automatic commercial-duty transmissions, and a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems. Consul General Lacroix and Business France team discussed issues such as energy efficiency, green economy, and investment.
Finally, to promote broader exchanges, the group also met with board members of the dynamic Alliance Française d’Indianapolis, which has recently relocated its headquarters in Carmel, IN.