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Julien Christiaens is Vice President, Area Manager at Bank of the West.  His department focuses on assisting international clients with their banking needs.


His clients include international entrepreneurs and families, high net-worth individuals and multi-national businesses.


Prior to joining Bank of the West, Julien worked for its parent company, BNP Paribas in Belgium.  Julien is fluent in French and English.





Rick joined Reed Smith in 2013 as counsel in the Corporate & Securities Group and Venture Technology Group in the Silicon Valley office.

Rick has been representing technology companies in Silicon Valley, and globally, since 1970. He works with a wide spectrum of clients, from the classic "garage-based" start-up to Fortune 500 multi-nationals. He specializes in counseling high technology companies in all stages of development on domestic and international issues, including securing, protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, international growth and development, venture capital financing, venture fund formation, supply and distribution relationships including antitrust and unfair competition considerations, and dispute resolution affecting technology driven industries. De Facto, a Finnish publication covering the Nordic legal community, labeled him "Mr. Consigliere" in recognition of his work as a close adviser to venture backed start-ups.

He has been a guest lecturer at Universities of Lausanne, Modena, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of San Francisco Graduate School of Management, Fuqua Graduate School of Business at Duke University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Chalmers University Center for Intellectual Property (Goteborg), Webster University (Geneva), Swedish Institute of Management Executive Program (Stanford), Uppsala Executive MBA Program (Stanford), Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires), International Institute for Innovation Journalism (Stanford), Center for American Legal Studies (Seoul) and the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzberg). He has also spoken at and chaired programs at a wide variety of industry conferences, such as the RSA Data Security Conference, SD Forum, SVASE, Tech Coast Angels Forum, Central Coast Angel Network, IP Society, Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development, Swedish Venture Capital Association, Danish Venture Capital Society, Silicon Valley Association Switzerland, Chalmers University Innovation Centre, Danish Innovation Centre, Uppsala University Innovation Centre, Innovationsbron, Finnpro, Wireless Alliance, Seoul National University Technology Innovation Network, Instituto de Tecnologia de Software (Sao Paolo), Handong Law School International Conference, California State Bar Association, Computers Freedom and Privacy Forum, ABDI, IFCLA, AIPLA, AEA, WIPO, ICC, IBA, ABA and the International Technology Law Association.  



Charlotte is the founder of Infiniti Law and has been practicing business and immigration law since 1998.  She has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and has a Bachelor’s in Political Science & Economics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with Honors in the Major and Distinction in General Scholarship from the University.  Charlotte is an active member of the Swedish American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Charlotte currently serves as Executive Director of Silicon Vikings and has previously served as Chairwoman of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and as Assistant Secretary of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce USA.  



Charlotte Wall is a shareholder of the firm Spott, Lucey, & Wall, Inc.  The firm works with foreigncorporations investing in or owning U.S. businesses, U.S. businesses investing in or owning foreign businesses, foreign citizens working in the U.S. as well as U.S. citizens and residents working abroad.  Currently over 85% of the firm's clients have international issues.  She is in charge of all of the Firm's real estate clients (landlords, developers, brokers, etc).  In addition, Charlotte handles all of the Firm's multi-state consulting and technology companies.  Her foreign clients are from about 25 different countries -predominately Germany, England, Australia, Sweden, and Canada.


She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants as President.  She is a member of the Financial Women's of San Francisco (FWSF), Swedish, and German American Chamber of Commerce.


She graduated from California State University - Hayward with a Business administration degree with an option in accounting in 1990.  She completed her Master's Degree in Taxation (2000) and Certificate in International Taxation (2003) from Golden Gate University.  



At his position as Business Development Officer, Adrian Millén assists Scandinavians and Scandinavian companies with their US Banking needs. Adrian comments that "we speak the language and are used to American culture, but there are big structural differences that exist within some parts of society. It is important for me to take the time to educate our clients about the differences that exist between the European and US Banking system".


The International Clientele Department is a team of Bank of the West specialists dedicated to helping expatriates in the U.S. Our multiple backgrounds and language skills help us build international client-specific solutions that address the unique challenges and opportunities facing international clients whether they are individuals or small businesses.