12 Jun 2019

WBD hosted a reception in Boston for a Bristol Transatlantic Trade Delegation aiming to help companies in both the UK and US grow transatlantic trade. 

The Bristol delegation was in the US to promote trade and attract investment to Bristol and West of England region. The group spent several days in Boston as part of their week-long visit to the US and included a meeting with Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh and a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

The delegation included both West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and Bristol City Mayor Marvin Rees, as well as representatives from various economic development, business and academic organisations in the Bristol area. These included the Department for International Trade (DIT), Bristol City Council, West of England Combined Authority, Invest Bristol and Bath, Business West, the University of Bristol, Bristol Airport, Destination Bristol and the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

WBD US lawyers hosted the delegation at a reception in Boston on 4 June at The Palm Restaurant. WBD attendees included Sarah Keefe, Managing Partner of the Boston office, and lawyers Jeff Hay, Gordon Penman, Edgardo Mantilla and Heath Misley

WBD's UK Partner Jonathan Bower, who practices in the firm’s Bristol office, helped spearhead the firm’s support for the Bristol and West of England trade delegation.

He commented:

“Bristol and Boston have a great deal in common. Both cities are hubs for technology and the life sciences, and both have a rich cultural and historic significance. We at WBD appreciate the opportunity to help bring leaders from these two great communities together.”  

WBD's Sarah Keefe added:

“Boston’s ties to the UK go back nearly 400 years and today, commerce between our two nations remains a vital part of Boston’s economy. We were honored to host the Bristol delegation, and we are proud to guide companies doing business on both sides of the Atlantic.”