The President of Hungary has awarded HBS attorney John Parkerson the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit, which is the 2nd highest civilian award in Hungary. The Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, H.E. Dr. László Szabó, presented the award to Parkerson In a March 29 ceremony at HBS’ offices. Also presenting was the Hungarian Embassy’s Economic and Trade Attaché, Dorottya Mártonffi-Nagy. Parkerson serves both as Honorary Consul General of Hungary and Foreign Economic Counselor of Hungary, promoting bi-lateral business relations between the southeastern United States and the country of Hungary. Parkerson’s law practice at HBS focuses on international business and trade. In December 2017, HBS co-sponsored a trade mission to Hungary lead by Parkerson that targeted businesses primarily in the IT sectors.

Hall Booth Smith again is a proud sponsor of the 2nd annual World Trade Day in Georgia program, which will be May 4th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed that each May there should be a national observance of the benefits of global trade and investment. Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal, by Proclamation, is declaring May 4 as World Trade Day in the State of Georgia. The World Trade Center Atlanta recognizes the date by organizing the annual program for this event, which convenes CEOs, policy-makers, scholars, and other thought leaders to discuss our most pressing international trade and investment issues. HBS attorney John Parkerson is representing our law firm at the event. Global trade’s economic impact within Georgia is clear: according to the latest data, in 2017 total trade between Georgia and the world reached 225 countries and territories and exceeded a record-breaking…       Read More

By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Katja Demmel A January 24, 2018 federal court jury conviction in Madison, Wisconsin serves as a serious warning to companies about how they can be destroyed easily by the theft of intellectual property. Fortunately, federal prosecutors were successful in securing a criminal conviction – but unfortunately not before the company that was the theft victim was almost destroyed. After 11 days of trial, the jury convicted Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. (“Sinovel”), the largest wind turbine manufacturer in China, of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, theft of trade secrets, and wire fraud. Sentencing is set for June 4. The crimes’ victim was American Superconductor, Inc. (“AMSC”), a U.S. energy technologies company based in Massachusetts. The theft caused AMSC to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, more than $1 billion in shareholder equity, and almost 700 jobs representing over half its global workforce. With…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. international business attorney John Parkerson led a Georgia delegation to Hungary from December 3-8 that promoted HBS’s international business expertise and its presence in the Central and Eastern European (“CEE”) region, and sought to foster ties between Georgian and Hungarian companies. Parkerson also is Honorary Consul General and Economic Counselor of Hungary for Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. During the mission, Parkerson met approximately 25 Hungarian information communications technology (“ICT”) companies that want to explore partnerships and other opportunities in Georgia. As in Georgia, ICT is booming in Hungary. In addition, he met in Budapest with the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the AMCHAM-Hungary, and the Technology Association of Hungary. HBS sponsored a reception, attended by approximately 14 Hungarian ICT companies at which Parkerson welcomed guests and delivered a brief overview of HBS and how the firm can assist incoming foreign businesses. He gave a presentation…       Read More

HBS sponsored the World Affairs Council program, “The Intersection of Finance and Policy.” Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Chairman and CEO, Intercontinental Exchange and Chairman, New York Stock Exchange was the speaker. Dennis Lockhart, Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, served as moderator. HBS attorneys Carsten Alting, James Standard and John Parkerson attended the event with HBS international clients and the Consul General of Belgium.

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. hosted a half-day program at its offices on November 1 for a Chinese delegation from the Shanghai Administration Institute and UGA’s International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute.  HBS attorneys John Hall, John Parkerson, Carsten Alting, James Standard, and Ashik Jahan delivered remarks.  Among numerous subjects covered by HBS’ international practitioners were US-Chinese relationships from the local business perspective, global governance, the role of foreign trade offices and consulates, international transactions and business forms, immigration considerations for businesses, and assisting international clients with taxation and international investments.

International business attorney John Parkerson will deliver opening remarks on Friday at an invitation-only reception and lunch discussion on global affairs with U.S. Senator David Perdue and General Richard Hawley, USAF (retired).  Parkerson a representative on the Atlanta Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which works in our nation’s capital and across the country to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools — development and diplomacy — alongside defense. By advocating for a strong International Affairs Budget, the USGLC is working to make America’s international affairs programs a keystone of U.S. foreign policy.  Parkerson is a frequent speaker on international affairs topics.

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson on Friday, July 21 attended the “Doing Business in Africa Investment Forum,” where he moderated a panel discussion titled “Africa Is Not A Country – Health in Perspective.” Panelists included the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Cynthia Blandford; International Association of National Public Health Institutes, U.S. Secretariat, Dr. Sue Binder; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Advisor on the Zika response, Yarkasah Peter Paye. Panelists focused on public health challenges facing Africa, and the recent significant successful responses, following Ebola and other health crisis on that continent. The photos show Parkerson and dignitaries attending from Africa, including among others Hon. Alhaji Minkalailu Mansaray, the Minister of Mines & Mineral Resources of Sierra Leone; and representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Liberia.

Hall Booth Smith was a proud sponsor of the World Trade Day on May 2nd, along with Of Counsel John Parkerson attending the event. In 1935, FDR officially proclaimed that each May there should be a national observance of the benefits of global trade and investment.  Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal, in a Proclamation, declared May 2 as World Trade Day in the State of Georgia; and the World Trade Center Atlanta recognized that event by organizing the 1st Annual World Trade Day in Georgia, which yesterday convened CEOs, policy-makers, scholars, and other thought leaders to discuss our most pressing international trade and investment issues.    Global trade’s economic impact within Georgia is clear:  according to recent data, Georgia ranks as the 11th largest exporting and 7th largest importing state in the U.S.  In fact, in 2016, total trade between Georgia and the world exceeded $121.7 billion and exports surpassed $35.5…       Read More

By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Sandro Stojanovic, Esq. On October 5, 1961, a large number of countries signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (the “Convention”), a multinational treaty establishing the procedures through which a document issued in one of the countries that is party to the Convention can be certified for legal uses in other countries that are parties. The form of this certification is called an apostille. The U.S. is a party to the Convention, and each U.S. state has a procedure and authorized entity that is responsible for issuing apostilles. If you plan on using a certified or notarized document in another country for legal purposes, you first have to examine the Hague Convention to determine if the other country is a party. This list of member countries is found at:  https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41 . If the country is not on…       Read More