ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,
As we come to the end of March, the end of the first quarter of 2021, we arrive on the last workday of the week, formally known as Friday, but to ILS members, now known as “Gazette”. This date, March 26, is of international interest, as it is the date in 1979 that Israel and Egypt made peace with each other, signing the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C., and beginning a new era of relations for those countries in the Middle East.
Turning to more important Section matters, next Wednesday on March 31 from 9-11 a.m., EDT, the ILS is collaborating with the Rome Bar Association on a webinar on Facebook Live called “Legal Framework of Inbound Real Estate Transactions, the first of a series of three webinars we will be conducting with the Rome Bar. Please join us for what will be an interesting presentation on international real estate transactions. Our Section’s Fabio Giallanza and Jacqueline Villalba, Treasurer of the ILS and partner at ILS Global Sponsor HarperMeyer, will be panelists. Attendance will get you 2.5 CLE and Certification hours. A registration link is below.
Coming back in April will be the entertaining Virtual ILS Lunch and Learn. Join us on April 20th, at 1pm, with our New Host ILS Past-Chair Clarissa Rodriguez, as she interviews ILS Past Chair Richard Lorenzo, Regional Managing Partner of ILS Hemispheric Sponsor Hogan Lovells regarding his fascinating journey to a prominent international law career. The ILS thanks Fiduciary Trust International for once again hosting the ILS Lunch and Learn through their platform. RSVP at
In April as well our India Subcommittee of the ILS Asia Committee will feature a virtual panel discussion on enforcing arbitral awards in India on April 8th. You can earn 1.5 CLE and international certification credits. On April 22nd the ILS will be presenting a 90 minute webinar on Personal Protective Equipment Transactions, focusing on compliance and identifying fraud. This webinar will get you 2 CLE hours, including international certification credit. Registration links for both webinars are in their brochures below. Thinking about board certification? All of the ILS’ webinars are great ways to pile up those necessary certification CLE credits.
Lastly, we feature a new edition of the blog, “Two Minutes in Trade” from ILS Regional Sponsor Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. Customs and Trade is an important component of international law and practice, that has real world implications. Right now a large container ship is stuck blocking the Suez Canal; hundreds of ships are in line to transit that will not be getting their goods to port on a timely fashion. These disruptions often result in empty store shelves, hospitals low on medical equipment, factories that must shut down due to lack of components, with related layoffs of workers, and breaches of contracts that have wide reaching implications. Who is legally liable for what may end up being a multi-billion dollar disruption downstream and how will those disputes be adjudicated? Let’s all hope that the Canal is cleared again for traffic very soon.
If you are reading this, and for some inexplicable reason are not an ILS member, I invite you to join us! Email me at for more information!
Sincerely yours,
Robert J. Becerra