Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Samar Ali provided answers to questions about foreign direct investment, international business, economic development, cybersecurity, trade, national security, and other topics for an article in the Nashville Post. Drawing on her legal industry knowledge as well as her experience as assistant commissioner for international affairs at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in Governor Bill Haslam's administration and her time as a White House fellow and advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Samar answered the following questions:
- Is there uncertainty over the new presidential administration's immigration policies? How does uncertainty about immigration policies affect multi-national companies or companies that employ immigrants?
- Would new tariffs hurt or help big manufacturers in Tennessee?
- When you were working for the state, who was Tennessee's main competition in attracting business? How has that changed?
- If you were still at the ECD department, how would you sell the state in light of some of the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump? Could he make it more difficult to attract business to the U.S.?
- Are there any benefits — either for security or the economy — of building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border?
- Have recent high-profile breaches, including at Anthem and the Democratic National Committee, caused companies and individuals to pay more attention to cybersecurity? In what ways are businesses still unprepared?
The full article, "The State's Main Competition is ... Primarily Regional," was published by the Nashville Post on April 17, 2017, and is available online.