ILS Podcasts

November 2017 – Raquel (Rocky) A. Rodriguez

Q&A with Rocky

Raquel (Rocky) is the managing member of McDonald Hopkins Miami office. She has counseled clients on a wide variety of government, business, and litigation matters for over 30 years, providing unique insights and solutions to the legal, business, political, and public relations challenges that private and public companies face. Whether representing Fortune 500 clients, closely held companies, foreign governments, family businesses, nonprofit entities, or entrepreneurs, Rocky focuses on developing creative approaches and innovative strategies to complex issues. From 2002 through 2006, she was general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In that capacity, Rocky worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state. This included conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic development project in state history, a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. She counseled Governor Bush with respect to over 200 judicial appointments at all levels of the Florida judiciary.

September 2017 – Joseph Kellogg

The Rise of the Family Office

Joseph Kellogg has more than 15 years’ experience working with wealthy families. As partner of WE Family Offices, Joseph works with clients to identify their unique objectives and challenges and to implement a comprehensive planning strategy in coordination with their estate and tax planning professionals.

Prior to working with WE Family Office, Joseph provided wealth-planning services for international private clients of UBS AG (Miami) and of HSBC Private Bank (Miami). In 2002, he opened and managed the Miami representative office for the Amicorp Group, providing corporate and fiduciary structures to both corporate and private clients. From 1997 to 2002, Joseph worked with the Citco Group and was based in Curaçao, and later in the British Virgin Islands. He is former president of STEP Miami Branch and currently serves on committees for STEP USA and STEP Worldwide.

Joseph is an attorney licensed in New York and Florida and received his JD from the American University in Washington DC and his LLM (Tax) from the University of Miami, as well as a one-year Master in Law program at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish.

July 2017 – Edward Davis

International Fraud and Asset Recovery

Ed Davis focuses his practice on the representation of individual, corporate and institutional victims of fraud throughout the world.  In the course of his practice, he conducts financial fraud investigations, prosecutes civil claims for fraud and pursues misappropriated assets.  Today’s nature of money flow allows for stolen funds to be instantaneously transferred; Davis has pursued such funds in jurisdictions across the globe including Japan, the Bahamas, Latin America, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, among others.

Davis often lectures on the subject of financial fraud and corruption to groups ranging from the global fraud investigation units for asset recovery of one of the world’s largest banks, to associations of certified public accountants, to investigative agencies.  Additionally, Davis often counsels clients in fraud response crises.   He has served as lead counsel in the Piarco Airport civil claims for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, lead civil counsel for the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in the civil case relating to the alleged fraud in the payment of debt resulting from the building of the Crabbs Desalination facility and he serves as co-General Counsel and primary US counsel to the Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank in what is the second largest Ponzi scheme in world history.  Davis also filed the first Chapter 15 bankruptcy petition in Florida on behalf of the custodian of Bancafe International Barbados.

May 2017 – Marike Paulsson

Cross-Border Recognition of Arbitral Awards and the Possibility of Arbitrating T&E Disputes

Marike Paulsson has more than 14 years’ experience in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, and she teaches courses on the New York Convention and treaty interpretation for the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program at Miami Law. She regularly speaks on international agreements and has taught at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Royal University for Women in Riffa, Bahrain; KITT School of Law in Bhubaneswar, India; American University in Washington DC; and the University of Versailles in Paris, France.

Marike has extensive knowledge of the 1958 UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. She authored the bestseller The 1958 New York Convention in Action, which examines the worldwide application of the treaty, and advises judges worldwide on the convention’s application in the national space. She has also written several publications on international arbitration, including the Netherlands report for the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, and co-authored the ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation on the 1958 New York Convention.

April 2017 – Jeffrey Fisher

International Matrimonial Law and Challenging Estate Planning Structures

Jeffrey D. Fisher is a nationally recognized divorce attorney and occasional international asset-recovery litigatorJeff Fisher became one of the “top ten” divorce lawyers in the country by bringing the skills that he learned as a federal prosecutor to his family law practice. Early in his career, at the height of the South Florida drug wars, he worked for the United States attorney’s office in Miami, prosecuting cocaine smugglers and money launderers. When he opened his own firm with a partner in West Palm Beach in the late 1980s, he began specializing in cases that were equal parts divorce and white-collar litigation, representing the discarded wives of rich men with complex business concerns.

Jeff’s foray into the world of international asset-recovery litigation was recently featured in How To Hide $400 Million, a New York Times investigative piece reporting on the divorce of Sarah Pursglove (Jeff’s client) from internet entrepreneur Robert Oesterlund, and the almost impenetrable array of offshore shell companies, bank accounts and trusts used by the very wealthy to hide their assets from creditors, ex-spouses and taxing authorities.

March 2017 – Arturo Aballí

Global Wealth Management and International Transactions

Arturo J. Aballí, Jr. has been at the center of these trends for over 40 years. He is a top multilingual, international tax, trust and estate planning specialist, and counselor to many of the world’s wealthiest families. With over 40 years of experience in global wealth management and international transactions, Mr. Aballí is among the tiny group of international practitioners who are Board-Certified in International Law by The Florida Bar. He trained in New York and Spain and practiced at the New York Bar for many years before moving to Florida, and subsequently founding Aballí Milne Kalil, P.A. in Miami in 1993.

Over his decades-long legal career Mr. Aballí has gained a vast depth of experience in all aspects of global wealth management. While clients seek his advice from all over the world, his particular focus has been on the representation of U.S.-based foreign clients in their international business and investment transactions. In terms of disciplines, this practice is concentrated in international tax, trusts, corporations, and estate planning for high-net-worth families and individuals; international financial transactions; cross-border corporate acquisitions; and international license agreements. In this last category, with the growth of the Latin entertainment industry in Miami, he has had increasing involvement in the legal representation of Latin American TV stations, independent TV producers, and authors.

Mr. Aballí has been a frequent speaker at international seminars on hot topics including tax planning, international contracts, exchange of information treaties, and asset protection structures. He has served as a director of the Colombian and Spanish Chambers of Commerce, and the Florida International Banking Advisory Council to the Florida State Banking Department. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Committee of U.S. Activities of Foreigners, Tax Section, and International Law Section); The Florida Bar (International Section, Tax Section, and Foreign Tax Committee); the Cuban American Bar Association; the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami; and the London-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), (Miami Chapter).