ILS Annual Conference Name Contest

Attention section members!

The ILS’s annual international litigation, arbitration, and business transactions conference needs a NEW name and we need your help! In the past, the conference has been referred to as ILAC (Int’l Litigation and Arbitration Conference) and ILAT (Int’l Litigation, Arbitration and Business Transactions Conference), among other names.

We are looking for new ideas and short, memorable words that creatively identify our Section’s flagship event. As such, the ILS Annual Conference Name Contest has begun! Over the next few weeks we will be accepting naming ideas at the following email – rbecerra@rjbecerralaw.com Please include “ILS Conference Name Contest” in the subject line of your email. The winning idea and its author will be announced at our Section’s Retreat in September. If your idea is selected as the winning name, you will receive a prize at the retreat. Submissions will be accepted until August 12, 2016. So get to work, put on your thinking caps and send us your ideas!

Roy Gonas, Fulbright Specialist Grantee, Lectures in Central and Eastern Europe

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ILS member and Coral Gables attorney and arbitrator Roy Gonas has been lecturing at universities in Eastern and Central Europe on topics regarding international arbitration through a Fulbright grant. In April and May of this year, Mr. Gonas lectured for two weeks at the University of Szeged in southern Hungary on the topic of International Commercial Arbitration. He then led a discussion on arbitration at the Institute for Legal Studies in Budapest; gave a guest lecture at Central European University entitled “Ethics and Management of the Arbitration Case: an Insider’s Perspective”; and presented at an international conference entitled “Investment Arbitration and National Interest: Central and Eastern European experiences in the light of the upcoming EU-US Free Trade Agreement” on the topic of “The Settlement of Investment Disputes through the Lenses of an Arbitrator.”

The last of these conferences was held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University. Participants and other presenters were from the US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe.

In September, Mr. Gonas is scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Kyiv, and in addition, give a lecture series on International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Chernivtsi and the University of Lviv (Ukraine).

ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee Holding First Steering Committee Meeting – August 3, 2016

The ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee will hold its first steering committee meeting at Fowler White Burnett, 1395 Brickell Ave, 14th Floor, at 6:30 p.m. ILS members interested in participating in the planning of the section’s premier event scheduled for February 17, 2017, are welcome to attend. Please email your RSVP (indicating whether you will attend in person or by phone) to Reina Diaz at rdiaz@fowler-white.com by Monday, August 1.

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Holding Panel Discussion – August 30, 2016

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussion regarding Brexit. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which is located at 260 Aragon Avenue. Please keep an eye on the Gazette as more information will be forthcoming. To learn more about this event, please contact Arthur Freyre at afreyre@pobletetamargo.com

The Demise of Puerto Rico Is in Part Attributed to U.S. Congressional Action

Milton A. Vescovacci
Milton A. Vescovacci
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Milton Vescovacci is a GrayRobinson shareholder in the Corporate and International Practice Groups. He represents domestic companies in a variety of corporate, tax, distribution, marketing, import, intellectual property, employment, immigration, real estate, M&A and investment matters. He advises international clients who want to do business in the U.S. Milton is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Milton was born in Puerto Rico. He grew up in New York City, attended high school and first year of college in Puerto Rico, and later trained in New York City on Wall Street as an investment banker for Bank of America and Chase and as an attorney at the law firm Sidley Austin in New York City and at Akerman Senterfitt in Miami before leading the Corporate Practice at GrayRobinson in Miami. Milton has spoken on the topic of the Puerto Rican debt crisis in various Puerto Rican chamber events and is advocating through such chambers for relief for Puerto Rico.

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Glenn Cooper Presents at 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Glenn M. Cooper
Glenn M. Cooper
Gray-Robinson, P.A.

Business immigration attorney Glenn M. Cooper, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices, will present at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 19-21, 2016, in Washington D.C. His presentation titled, “U.S. Immigration and Business Visas,” will focus on how immigration and visa policies affect doing business in the United States for large, small and start-up organizations as well as touch on their influence on innovation and research. The Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors as well as allow high-profile business and government leaders to share their insights on the latest innovations and trends.

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Panama law firm turned a blind eye to U.S. embargo on Cuba

Peter A. Quinter
Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

The Panama law firm of Mossack Fonseca provided services to companies that may have broken the U.S. embargo on Cuba or were linked to companies specifically blocked by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to the Panama Papers.

Some of the secret Cuban companies the firm helped to incorporate had ties to names on the list of people and entities the U.S. government has banned from U.S. business deals because of economic sanctions or their ties to terrorism or drug trafficking.

Three companies created by the Cuban government in offshore tax havens — Miramar Investment Corporation Ltd., Mercaria Trading S.A. and Caribbean Sugar Traders — shared a director named Porfirio Medero Paiva, who had the same Madrid address as CRYMSA Import Export. The Spanish company is on the list of blocked persons and “specially designated nationals” kept by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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A new dawn for Cuba as it opens for business

Peter A. Quinter
Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

The 90-mile corridor between Key West and the north coast of Cuba is far wider, deeper and considerably more dangerous when you factor in everything that’s happened between the two countries during the last 57 years. Former ABA President Stephen Zack (with a flag from pre-revolutionary Cuba in his office) escaped from the island as a teenager two years after Fidel Castro seized power.

When Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries took control of Cuba in 1959, they established a Communist dictatorship antithetical to everything the U.S. represented—and aligned with America’s enemies. In 1961, a CIA-backed invasion by Cuban refugees to overthrow the Castro regime failed, almost from the moment it began, at the Bay of Pigs. The following year, the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly triggered World War III.

Former ABA President Stephen Zack had long expected the day would come when Cuba and the United States would finally break the Cold War-inspired status quo in place for more than half a century that has impoverished and isolated Cuba while creating a sworn enemy of America within 90 miles of its border. But like Godot saying he would be back any day now, Zack had expected a change for so long that he stopped expecting it.

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