Brexit in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 16


Jeff Falk

Brexit in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 16

HOUSTON – (Oct. 3, 2019) – Attorney James Tumbridge, an adviser to the United Kingdom’s prime minister and Cabinet Office, will visit Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 16 to discuss Brexit’s economic impact and opportunities, including its effect on U.S. firms deploying intellectual property and data platforms in the U.K. and the European Union.

Following his remarks, Tumbridge will join a panel of other experts to discuss the effects of Brexit on American business and trade.

The event, which is hosted by the Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at

Who: U.K. attorney and political adviser James Tumbridge and panelists Leah Mayo, executive director of the British-American Business Council Texas; Saroj Bhattarai, assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin; Kathryn Cassavell, vice president and market strategy analyst at Bank of America; and Michael Treyger, deputy director for business and community development in the Office of the Governor of Texas.

What: An event titled “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Brexit: Implications for U.S. Private Enterprise.”

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6-7 p.m. A reception will be held at 5:30.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

The U.K. is scheduled to withdraw from the EU on Oct. 31. Although news coverage has focused on the U.K.’s relationship with Europe, Brexit also has profound implications for private enterprise in the United States, including new opportunities for trade and investment between the U.S. and Great Britain, according to event organizers. In 2017, the U.S. exported $126 billion in goods and services to the U.K., and America’s capital stock in the U.K. totaled $748 billion. As the world economy adjusts to the post-Brexit landscape, U.S. startups and scale-ups face an array of new decisions, challenges and opportunities to make the most of markets and investments across the Atlantic, organizers said.

A live webcast will be available at the event page,

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.