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  • 1510 Page Mill Road Suite 110
  • Palo Alto, CA, 94304
  • United States


Our panel of experts will share their insights on how to start a business in the United States from a corporate law, immigration, and banking perspective.  Nordic founders who have recently started a business in the US will share their experiences regarding the process and lessons learned. 



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 ofthe 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.  


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. 


Armann Kojic is an Icelandic entrepreneur.  He is the Founder and CEO of Apon/Intelligent apps made easy, a platform to create apps without design skills or programming knowledge.

Armann participated in StartX Mentor Labs at Stanford. His background is in marketing and graphic design and he started doing design/UX at the tender age of 12.  He was VP of Marketing at DeCODE Genetics where he headed the marketing of the world's first online genetic test.  (Nasdaq:DCGN, later acquired by Amgen for $415M) While at McCann Erickson Armann helmed national campaigns for CocaCola, Icelandair & Microsoft.  In 2002 Armann co-founded ToTalk, a VOIP business venture which won the Iceland New Venture Award and was a Semi-finalist at the Euroawards in 2003.