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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
2019 Conference on International Law in Panama

Please join t he  Florida Bar International Law Section  for its  2019 Conference on International Law  that will be hosted by  Morgan & Morgan at the MMG Tower in Panama City, Republic of Panama.   

The Conference will kick-off  with a welcome dinner on May 30, 2019, and will continue on May 31, 2019 featuring panels on Comparative Tax Law, Comparative Maritime Law, Comparative Litigation and Arbitration, and Comparative Corporate Law. For more information, please contact Mrs. Gabriela Saavedra at
The Conference qualified for 7.0 CLE credits. For a full list of CLEs and the Conference's agenda,  click here.


Join the International Law Section 

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law , one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.

The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.

Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.

If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law.  Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students , all of whom may participate as associate members.

International Law Section - Call for Member News

The Executive Board of the International Law Section calls for all Members to share news about their professional achievements, endeavors, and successes to be published in the Gazette and on the International Law Section website. 

To share your professional achievements with the ILS Network, please submit all relevant information to Davide Macelloni, Editor of the ILS Gazette.

Upcoming CLE Events

The Florida Bar International Law Section is proud to offer the following CLE events, which will be held in webinar form. The CLE webinars will include a wide variety of topics, including FIFA Transfer Rules and the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the New Landscape of Data Protection and Privacy in Brazil. All past programs have a link to register for on demand and downloadable podcasts for the next 18 months. To get further information or to sign up click on the webinar links below:

Member News
MDO Partners Adds Associate Counsel, Priscila Bandeira

MDO PARTNERS announces the expansion of its global compliance and corporate law practices with the addition of Associate Counsel, Priscila Bandeira. 
Ms. Bandeira graduated with a L.L.M./J.D. joint degree from the University of Miami (UM) School of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar. She previously served as the firm's law clerk, and now joins the firm as an attorney. Ms. Bandeira will assist clients with corporate governance, corporate and international transactions, and compliance programs with emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
"I have learned immensely and have enjoyed doing a great amount of interesting work in my role as the firm's law clerk. I am thrilled to continue assisting clients with their corporate and compliance needs at MDO Partners and to expand my role at the firm."
"We are excited to have Priscila as an attorney on our team," said Managing Partner, Richard Montes de Oca.  Her legal, language and cultural experience, especially with Brazilian clients and interests is a tremendous value to MDO."
Bandeira is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she previously received a law degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She is currently registered with the Brazilian Bar and has experience in Brazilian Corporate Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and International Investments and Contracts. Bandeira is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and is fluent in Portuguese and French, and conversational in Spanish.
Priscila Bandeira can be contacted at

Davide Macelloni Appointed to The Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee

On April 30, 2019, Davide Macelloni was appointed by The Florida Bar President-Elect John Stewart to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the upcoming year.

The mission of the Committee is to increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar so that the Bar will reflect the demographics of the state, to develop opportunities for community involvement, and to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community and persons with disabilities.

Davide Macelloni can be contacted at

Diaz Trade Law speaks at "CBP Compliance and Enforcement"

Jennifer Diaz, President of Diaz Trade Law

Denise Calle, Associate at Diaz Trade Law
On April 17, 2019,  Jennifer Diaz , President of Diaz Trade Law, and  Denise Calle, Associate at Diaz Trade Law, were speakers at "CBP Compliance and Enforcement," a seminar for compliance professional in partnership with the Organization of Women in International Trade - South Florida (OWIT South Florida). 

Joined by Elena Asturias, President of 305 Cargo Services, Inc., Jennifer Diaz and Denise Calle discussed how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates importation of products, the role of the importer versus the broker, best practices and how to avoid or respond to CBP enforcement actions.

Additional information is available at

From our Members
Facebook to Pay Up to $5 Billion in Privacy Fines

By Richard Montes De Oca* and Priscila Bandeira**

On April 24, 2019, Facebook disclosed in its quarterly results that the company expects to pay between $3 and $5  Billion dollars in fines to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for data privacy violations. The amount is only an  estimate because investigations are still pending.

Facebook has been under investigation by the FTC for privacy violations in connection with the news that political  data firm, Cambridge Analytica, acquired data from up to 87 million Facebook users last year. In addition to the  issues surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook suffered a large data breach shortly after, which  exposed at least 50 million users.

In 2011, Facebook entered into a settlement agreement with the FTC requiring it to obtain user consent before  sharing their data and to improve its protection of consumer information. The recent Facebook privacy issues may  have violated such settlement agreement. In a press release on March 26, 2019, the FTC announced the  investigation, and the FTC Acting Director, Tom Pahl, stated that the FTC will seek enforcement action "against  companies that fail to honor their privacy promises." Pahl also said that "the FTC is firmly and fully committed to  using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers."

Facebook is also under investigation in Europe for alleged General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR")  violations and could be facing further legal challenges after the California Consumer Privacy Act becomes  effective on January 1, 2020.

With increasing privacy regulations, class actions and regulatory enforcement by the FTC and other regulators, it  is critical for companies to establish or enhance their Privacy and Data Protection Compliance Programs. MDO  Partners encourages companies to conduct cybersecurity risk assessments, adopt robust privacy policies,  enhance disclosure controls and adopt cyberattack investigation procedures to help mitigate the risks associated  with a cyberattacks and data breaches.

* Richard Montes De Oca is Managing Partner at MDO Partners, a boutique law firm that focuses on Corporate, International, and Real Estate Law, as well as Global Compliance and Business Ethics.

** Priscila Bandeira is a Global Compliance and Corporate Law Associate Counsel at MDO Partners, where she assists clients with 
corporate governance documentation, corporate formation, and international transactions. A graduate of the J.D./L.LM. Joint Program at the University of Miami, Ms. Bandeira is also registered with the Brazilian Bar.

Upcoming Events
June 6, 2019
Please joint the International Law Section on June 6, 2019 for its Lunch & Learn with the President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar, Dori Foster-Morales. Ms. Foster-Morales is a partner at Foster Morales, Sockel Stone and is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar. Fiduciary Trust Company International will host the event at its Coral Gables office located at 2 Alhambra Plaza, PH1A, Coral Gables, FL 33134. The event is complimentary but space is limited. To RSVP, please email Yenisley Pazos at

September 3-7, 2019
T he 57th International Young Lawyers' Congress of the  Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats - International Association of Young Lawyers  will take place in Rome. The event will be an opportunity to network and learn with a focus on "Sustainability and the Law. Planet. People. Future." For more information or to register, please  refer to th event's website .

September 22-27, 2019
The  International Bar Association invites all members to attend its 2019 annual conference, which will be held in  Seoul, South Korea , a thriving metropolis that mixes the traditional with the modern - from skyscrapers, high-tech subways, K-pop culture and K-beauty to Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets and a history going back 5,000 years. For more information or to register, please refer to the event's website .

Winter 2019 ILQ
International Law Quarterly: Winter 2019

The new issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on International Human Rights is now available. Click on the image below to download.

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ILS thanks its sponsors 

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2017-2018, various firms, companies and suppliers sponsored the Section. 

We look forward to another year of innovative programs where we can advance international law and further promote our sponsors. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also c ontact our Treasurer, James Meyer at  for more details.

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The ILS Gazette

Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Immediate Past Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Chair-Elect:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Secretary:  Robert J. Becerra
Treasurer: James Meyer