Korean Entrepreneurs at KOTRA

Portrait of Attorney Edwin (Todd) Rumberger of Foley & Lardner LLP in Palo Alto, CAOn Thursday, September 4, 2014 Hendrik Pretorius presented to a fantastic group of Korean Entrepreneurs at KOTRA along with  Attorney Edwin (Todd) Rumberger of Foley & Lardner LLP in Palo Alto, CA.

KOTRA, a Korean startup incubator program located in San Jose is an amazing venue that hosts promising startup teams from Korea and exposes them to the U.S. market and U.S. professionals, such as Hendrik and Todd, who assist these teams along the path in bringing their entrepreneurial visions into reality.Black and white portrait of Hendrik Pretorius - Attorney at Law

With so many technicalities and hurdles in today’s business world, especially those facing foreign-born entrepreneurs and startups, this talk was aimed at educating the KOTRA participants on some inevitable immigration law and corporate law hurdles that must keep in mind when planning business operations, growth, and overall success in the U.S.

Hendrik Pretorius spoke to the group and provided an overview of immigration fundamentals and non-immigrant visa options that apply specifically to entrepreneurs and startups throughout various phases of their lifecycle. As there are many hurdles for startups in the current immigration environment, due primarily to outdated visa requirements as applied to technology startups, Hendrik emphasized the pros and cons of certain visa options including the E-2, L-1, H-1B, and O-1 visas, while also providing insight into creative ways to plan for and navigate certain notoriously challenging visa requirements.

Todd Rumberger of Foley & Lardner LLP then presented on corporate law considerations for startups, including a very useful focus on entity structures specially concerning businesses that may have ties to international operations or may be using or planning to use foreign Intellectual Property within the U.S.

To schedule a similar talk at your organization or to meet with Hendrik individually please do not hesitate to email him directly at [email address email=”hendrik@lipsonpretorius.com”].