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Offit Kurman Hosts Delegation of Japanese Family Business Owners in Baltimore


Baltimore, MD | July 9, 2019, Offit Kurman co-founder and principal Howard K. Kurman recently hosted a Japanese delegation of family business owners at the firm’s offices in Baltimore. The visit was coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute (WCTI), a nonprofit organization that serves as a liaison for international development programs in the Mid-Atlantic private sector.

The delegation was drawn to Offit Kurman via corporate attorney Mike Mercurio and the notoriety of the Family Business Roundtable (FBR), a peer support advisory group for leaders of multigenerational family-owned and operated businesses.  Mr. Mercurio and the Firm's business attorneys have advised and represented countless family-owned and closely-held businesses across a wide spectrum of industries and company sizes.

At the meeting, the delegation gained insight into the importance of a network of local advisors and community events in helping family business leaders, emerging entrepreneurs and existing small businesses solve problems and improve competency as they create and grow companies, jobs, and revenue in Maryland.

According to WCTI, hundreds of foreign professionals sponsored by the U.S. State Department come yearly to the United States to meet with their counterparts and learn about best practices in their field. Many of the visitors become or already are influential leaders in their field of expertise in their own country. Through well-tailored visits and great experiences, these visitors take back home not only best practices but also positive memories of American people.

To learn more about the World Trade Center Institute, visit To learn more about Offit Kurman’s legal services for business owners, click here. To register for the next Family Business Roundtable event, click here.


Click here to view more video interviews of some of Maryland's oldest family businesses and hear their incredible stories of multi-generational success.


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