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Jones Walker Consulting LLC and OCO Global Announce Alliance to Accelerate International Business Growth in US
June 20, 2017

NEW ORLEANS and BELFAST, June 20, 2017 Jones Walker Consulting LLC and OCO Global together announced today a strategic alliance that will allow international businesses to enter the US market more swiftly and with more support.

OCO and Jones Walker Consulting will work together to provide clients with seamless legal and regulatory guidance, site selection services, market intelligence, and business development and short-term incubation facilities. International expansion continues to be the main avenue of business growth for companies to expand and access new markets, skills, resources, and technology.

"We are pleased to formalize our partnership with OCO Global and expand the services we provide to our clients in the global economy," said Von Hatley, Managing Director of Jones Walker Consulting.  "With our shared commitment to economic development and client service and offices in the leading countries and U.S. states for foreign direct investment, our offerings nicely complement one another and help us better serve our clients in the United States and abroad."   

OCO recently identified that the US continues to be an attractive destination for expanding businesses, and that good advice on market entry is crucial at the outset to accelerate operational effectiveness and commercial success. In recent years, Jones Walker Consulting has also seen increased interest in businesses entering and expanding into the US, and the firm has extended its economic development services to support international businesses in this capacity. 

"We are delighted to announce this partnership with Jones Walker," said Mark O'Connell, CEO of OCO Global. "OCO Global and Jones Walker Consulting have already successfully worked together to support business expansion with small businesses as well as larger multi-national businesses growing their operations. We share the common goal of helping businesses expand quickly and enabling them to focus on their commercial agenda rather than being preoccupied with the operational distraction that comes with entering a new market."

About Jones Walker Consulting 
Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (http://www.joneswalker.com/practices-165.html) is an affiliate of Jones Walker LLP (www.joneswalker.com) and provides non-legal economic development services to both the public and private sectors, including corporations, partnerships, state, regional, and local economic development organizations and site developers.  Jones Walker Consulting enhances regional prosperity through support of public economic development organizations. The professional networks, product methodology, research capabilities, and utilization of technology are at the forefront of the economic development industry.

About OCO Global
OCO Global (www.ocoglobal.com) is the leading advisory firm in Europe for Trade and Investment Services and works with businesses to guide their expansion internationally through export and FDI. OCO offers a one stop, full service solution for companies working with a range of trusted business partners to make it fast and easy to set up new operations and expand quickly. The company is the appointed provider of the UK Government to support UK businesses entering the European market. OCO Global also works with many US companies supporting their expansion into Europe and Asia. OCO Global is a leading specialist provider of Trade and Investment services including Market Entry Support, business intelligence for Trade and Investment, trade mission support, business development, advisory, trends analysis and software solutions. Headquartered in Northern Ireland, OCO has offices in leading markets globally including UK, Germany, France, Japan, Dubai and the US. OCO's clients include leading national, state and regional economic development organizations as well as private companies seeking to enter new markets or grow their domestic base. 

Commentary about the alliance from economic development professionals:

"We have every confidence that we’ll work with OCO Global and Jones Walker Consulting to secure additional investment in the coming years.  OCO and Jones Walker have both the robust skillsets and experience needed to provide clients with expert site selection services and best-in-class business development guidance.  Louisiana Economic Development routinely partners with OCO Global and Jones Walker Consulting to be sure clients consider and take advantage of Louisiana's workforce development programs, financial incentives and logistical assets.  This way, they fully secure cost and productivity advantages.  Working together we allow companies to optimize their location decisions."   Don Pierson - Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development  

Alison Gowdy, Director of Trade in Invest NI commented: "Today's announcement will further strengthen OCO's ability to support Northern Irish companies to grow their business in the US by having even greater access to a wide range of support to facilitate market entry."