Further speaker info released for November 8 Doing Business in Europe event

The brand new Doing Business in Europe symposium is fast approaching, with a small number of audience places still available for manufacturers wanting expert perspectives and exclusive networking opportunities.

The November 8 event, proudly introduced by Manufacturers’ Monthly and tailored exclusively to an audience of manufacturing executives and senior managers, will answer your questions on where the opportunities are, what Brexit will mean, and much more.

We are pleased to announce details for the second expert speaker for the event, Michael McDonald (see below), founder at mdp Law, an advisor to some of Australia’s best-known firms, and a part-owner and director of several transnational businesses.

To register for the event, hosted at Cargo Hall, Melbourne, click here.


Mark Priest, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Specialist, Department for International Trade

Dr Mark Priest is a trade and inward investment advisor working with the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) to support corporate investors in the advanced manufacturing, engineering, energy, chemicals and oil and gas sectors.

Priest’s role is to guide and support technology-intensive corporations that are seeking to do business in the UK by making sure they get access to the wide range of mechanisms and resources that the British Government can provide.

Prior to DIT, Mark worked in corporate R&D and commercial business development in industry for over 25 years in the US and Europe with a range of blue-chip firms. He held positions at BP plc, Boeing Aerospace Inc, Nike Inc, and Dow Chemicals Ltd and later moved into management consulting in Boston and Cambridge (UK) specialising in R&D strategy, innovation management and business creation.

Mark sits on a number of industry boards in the UK including the Aerospace Growth Partnership, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd (the technology commercialisation function at Cambridge University), Camses Ltd, Dispersia Ltd, Harogate Partners Ltd, Chemicals Industry growth team and has advisory roles with the European Commission Technology Directorate in Brussels and Innovate UK.

Priest has a PhD in engineering science from UCLA and lives and works in Cambridge, UK

Michael McDonald, founder and Managing Partner, mdp Law  

Michael McDonald is a highly respected and pre-eminent lawyer, commercial advisor and businessman, with a career spanning more than 35 years across corporate, commercial and intellectual property law. He has specialist expertise in and passion for commercialising and growing Australian businesses both in Australia and internationally.

Michael is founder and Managing Partner at mdp Law, a contemporary and proactive commercial advisory, IP and patent law firm, assisting clients to identify, structure, protect, commercialise and grow their business and IP assets.

Michael is highly regarded for his judgement, integrity, commercial counsel, industry connections and straight- talking advice, and provides a sounding board for some of Australia’s leading executives.

In addition to his legal experience, Michael is also a Director and part-owner of several businesses that operate internationally.

He is also non-executive Chairman of the ICEE Group, which manufacture and market the world’s first collapsible polystyrene box, and Emergency Warning Systems, a warning and alert message dissemination technology slated to list on the ASX in 2017.

Michael is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), the Law Institute Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and Commercialisation Australia.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

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