Ava Borrasso authored “Privilege and International Implications against the Backdrop of the Panama Papers” in the July 2016 issue of Business Law Today published by the American Bar Association. The article addresses certain key issues involved in cross-border application of legal privilege. As principal of Ava J Borrasso, P.A. in Miami, Florida, Ava’s practice is focused on business and international arbitration and litigation. She was recently admitted to the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators. Additional information is available at www.ajborrassolaw.com
Neil Mooney has been chosen by a Committee of peers to join the inductees into the FCBF Hall of Fame. This honor is awarded to those individuals selected by the FCBF in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Committee. Honorees must meet the criteria set forth by the Association including but not limited to, the number of established years in the industry, commitment to the continued advancement of the trade and logistics industry, and an overall clean and clear reputation and operating record within the industry.
Steven M. Harper, a partner at the Miami law firm of Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP, has been elected to the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer, of the Inter-American Bar Association, an organization formed in 1940 as a cooperating entity of the OAS and composed of lawyers and law firms from throughout the Americas and Europe.
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).
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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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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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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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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As of April 1st of 2016 the Civil Law Notary Arbitration Association (CLNAA) has signed up a total of 8 Civil Law Notaries to our roster to resolve business disputes in a fast, inexpensive, confidential and satisfactory manner.
We are now looking for international notaries with similar certifications as a Florida Civil Law Notary.
Each of these 8 Civil Law Notaries have passed our application process and we are happy to announce that they are of top quality. Our next step as a business is to sign up new Notaries in Latin American countries. We have started to focus on Mexico and Chile as a starting point; afterwards we will search for other arbitrators in Brazil and Panama. Soon enough the Civil Law Notary Arbitration Association will have an extensive international roster of Notaries to solve a wide variety of business disputes worldwide.
Michelle Estlund is the founder and principal attorney of Estlund Law, P.A., located in Miami, Florida. Michelle’s practice focuses exclusively on criminal and INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) defense cases, with an emphasis on international criminal prosecutions, human rights violations, and politically motivated prosecutions. Michelle regularly advises individual and corporate clients, fellow attorneys, international journalists, and human rights organizations on issues related to INTERPOL. Michelle has successfully represented Red Notice subjects before INTERPOL by achieving the removal of Red Notices in their names, as well as having Red Notices modified or corrected. She writes extensively about INTERPOL matters on her blog, the Red Notice Law Journal. She is a recipient of the President’s Award of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter and has twice been awarded “Best in Blogs” for her legal blog, the Red Notice Law Journal.