Daniel Visoiu has worked in various European Union (EU) jurisdictions since 1997, focusing on cross-border/M&A transactions, inward and outward investments and international commercial transactions. He has assisted numerous U.S. and EU-based multinationals, investment funds, founders/entrepreneurs, high-net worth individuals and business angel investors. His transactional experience has also been enriched having served as general counsel and partner of a leading EU-based regional investment banking boutique. Daniel also has substantial arbitration experience, including International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) disputes, is an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. He serves as the current Secretary General of the newly-established Bucharest International Arbitration Court (BIAC) and in early 2020 became a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). A Double Gator, Daniel has been an active member of the Florida (USA) Bar since 1997, a member of the International Law Section since 1999, and is a Board Certified Specialist in International Law. He has been registered as a foreign lawyer in EU jurisdictions since 2000.
Why did you become Board Certified in International Law?
Although the major part of my legal career has been spent practicing outside of the United States, I remained an active member of the Florida Bar and the International Law Section. After about 15 years of working in various European Union (EU) jurisdictions, I realized that official recognition of my international professional experience would be a tremendous plus in terms of my legal practice and marketing activities. At the same time, since “international law” is such a broad field, I also felt that the certification process would allow me to become much more knowledgeable with respect to international law practice areas with which I was not so familiar, such as immigration and customs law.
What are some benefits you received from being Board Certified?
In an increasingly competitive legal market which has put an emphasis on specialization, my board certification has allowed me to stand out from the crowd, so to speak, in that I am now viewed as a true international law practitioner. Also, I am able to provide a much more “holistic” professional point-of-view as well as comprehensive and robust advice to my clients who are involved in cross-border transactions and acquisitions, foreign investments and international arbitration. An unexpected benefit has been that I have been able to work and collaborate with larger law firms and practitioners from across the world who did not have internal international law know-how. As such, although based in Bucharest, Romania, my certification has allowed me to have a truly international practice.
Any best tips or advice to ILS Members preparing for the Certification Exam?
First and foremost, there is now a fantastic international law resource published by the International Law Section, the International Law Deskbook, which should be read cover-to-cover by those commencing the certification process. Second, the Nutshell series also has a number of international law-related publications, such as International Business Transactions, Immigration Law and Procedure, International Trade and Economic Relations and International Taxation. Third, another extremely helpful resource which I used was the International Lawyer’s Deskbook, which allowed me to put together a detailed outline, which I supplemented with a considerable amount of online research. Finally, I suggest starting to prepare about four months prior to the test, spending about five to ten hours per week reading the above-mentioned materials and reviewing your detailed outline.
To learn more about being Board Certified in International Law, visit https://www.floridabar.org/about/cert/cert-applications-and-requirements/ or email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.