As part of the report, researchers spoke with top executives from Columbus McKinnon, Constellation Brands, Ecology and Environment, Inc., and Moog, who shared their stories of expanding and operating overseas. The executives offered advice for companies considering global development, universally urging a prudent, measured approach to entering a new market. Gaining a deep understanding of the culture, conducting thorough research and enlisting a range of local experts were also common recommendations for companies thinking of expanding overseas.For further information or to download the full report, visit: us.hsbc.com/spotlightuny Media inquiries to Neil Brazil at 847-208-4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to editors: HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $196bn as of 30 September 2012 (US GAAP), serves 3 million customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 250 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 165 in New York State as well as branches in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Oregon; Virginia; and Washington State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC. HSBC Holdings plc HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HBC), the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 6,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,721bn at 30 September 2012, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara is an international business development organization that offers worldwide membership affiliation and helps companies expand internationally, find new markets, and increase competitiveness. WTCBN is part of a network of 300 World Trade Centers in over 100 countries and uses its distinct consulting capabilities to strengthen the competitive international position of companies in Western New York, the Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes, and southern Ontario. Information online at www.wtcbn.com.