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Reservations Required:   
January 23, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

​K&L Gates 
70 West Madison Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL
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K&L Gates and Global Midwest Alliance invite you to join us for a lunch program featuring Bart Edes, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) North American representative. Mr. Edes will discuss the ADB’s operations and programs.

The Asian Development Bank is an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in the Asia Pacific region through loans, grants, research, and technical assistance to its member countries, as well as investments in private companies. The United States is the second largest shareholder of ADB. Companies and consultants from the United States have been awarded $3.27 billion in procurement contracts on ADB-financed projects. In 2016, lending volume was $16.35 billion (126 projects), with technical assistance at $169.03 million (225 projects), and grant-financed projects.

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. We represent a broad array of leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants, and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. We also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. Our lawyers counsel clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of corporate and regulatory law as well as litigation.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest, helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 160 groups in 107 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development, and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing, and water industries. 

Welcoming Bart Edes, Asian Development Bank's North American Representative
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