Peter A. Quinter

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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Peter A. Quinter

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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Civil Law Notary Arbitration Association Signs Up 8 Notaries

David Charlip Civil Law Notary Arbitration Association

David Charlip Civil Law Notary Arbitration Association

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 A. Estlund, Successfully Represented Former CIA Agent in INTERPOL Matter

Michelle A. Estlund Estlund Law, P.A.

Michelle A. Estlund
Estlund Law, P.A.

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.

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Violeta Longino Wins Chambers Awards USA 2016

Violeta Longino AccorHotels North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Violeta Longino
AccorHotels North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Violeta Longino, Deputy General Counsel of AccorHotels North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has been named the winner of the ‘Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year’ award during the Chambers Diversity Awards USA 2016 ceremony held on June 16 at the Yale Club of New York City.

 Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding lawyers in over 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Winning a Chambers Diversity Award sets a remarkably high precedent and marks an internationally-recognized achievement of excellence.

Finalist were Diane Weiss, General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Carrie J. Hightman, Chief Legal Officer of NiSource, Inc. and former President of AT&T Illinois.

Thomas Oppenheimer Now Board Certified in International Law by the Florida Bar

Thomas Oppenheimer Fox Rothschild

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas Oppenheimer, an attorney in the firm’s Miami office, recently passed the Florida Bar’s Certification Exam in International Law. By passing the exam, Oppenheimer has become one of only 50 estimated Board Certified International Law attorneys in the state of Florida.

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Penelope Perez-Kelly Represents Section at Florida Bar Minority Picnic

ILS Executive Council member Penelope Perez-Kelly represented the ILS at its table at The Florida Bar Minority Picnic in 2016. The ILS table attracted interest from students and other Florida Bar members. Many thanks to Penelope for being a great ambassador for the ILS!

Chambers and Partners Ranked Scott Silverman in its 2016 Edition of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Scott J. Silverman, FCIArb JAMS

Chambers and Partners, the distinguished London based rating service, ranked Scott Silverman among the twenty mediators listed in its 2016 edition of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. It wrote,

“Well-known mediator and former judge Scott Silverman has a broad-ranging practice in alternative dispute resolution, offering particular experience in commercial, employment and construction matters. “He has a very good business sense,” say sources, “and as a result is able to come up with creative solutions that people normally don’t think about. He is very good at identifying intangibles that people can use in negotiations and mediation.” He is a member of JAMS and is based in Florida.”

Additionally, Chambers listed Scott Silverman among the thirty international arbitrators it rated in its 2016 edition. It designated him as a “noted” and “recognised practitioner.”

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Why Not Try Mediation to Resolve Three US Judgments Against Cuba?

Ricardo Cata of Upchurch Watson White & Max published the article “Why Not Try Mediation to Resolve Three US Judgments Against Cuba?” in the Daily Business Review.

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