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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

COMING SOON: the all new ILS Website

Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation

On June 22, the ILS will hold a CLE program at the Annual Convention of the Florida Bar in Boca Raton.  The topic of the program will be  Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation.  Ricardo Cata, chair of the ILS' Mediation Committee will  moderate the panel. 

Learn from your corporate clients about what they want and why. For those engaged  in cross border practice whether from the standpoint of a transaction attorney or a  litigator, whether in-house or outside counsel, join us for this important discussion of  evolving trends in managing disputes more economically and efficiently. Learn new  developments that may inform your drafting of dispute resolution clauses for cross  border deals as well as your approach to resolving cross border disputes. For more information, please refer to the event  brochure .

Florida Bar New Member Portal

The Florida Bar has recently begun its transition to the new MyFloridaBar Members Portal, and is urging members to log in to and follow the instructions provided in the message bar at the top, or go directly to the new portal at . We have also included below the email sent to members who have not logged in, which provides links and detailed instructions.
The new MyFloridaBar will help members more easily conduct e-commerce activities with the Bar, with expanded options for purchasing CLEs, registering for events and paying fees once the portal is fully launched May 1.
Please make sure that you have accessed the new system before May 1, as the old system will be retired as of that date, and the Bar Number/password log in will not work in the new system.

Minutes from Joint Meeting between the National Visa Center and the ILS'  USCIS, ICE, CBP, EOIR, Labor Department, and State Department Liaison Committee

On March 30, a meeting was held between the National Visa Center, a branch of the Department Of State and the ILS' USCIS, ICE, CBP, EOIR, Labor Department, and State Department Liaison Committee, represented by Larry Rifkin and Elaine Weiss. The National Visa Center, located in Portsmouth, NH, coordinates immigrant visa processing for U.S. Consulates worldwide. State Department Representatives in attendance were Stacy MacTaggert and Lisa Overman. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce Stakeholders to the manner in which immigrant visa files are prepared for processing at the National Visa Center and the manner in which attorneys can facilitate processing their cases. For additional information, please refer to the Committee's Notes.

Members News
Reed Smith Opens in Miami

Global law firm Reed Smith today announced the opening of an office in Miami with the addition of the seven-lawyer International Arbitration and Litigation Practice from Astigarraga Davis. These new additions join Reed Smith's leading International Arbitration Practice, as well as its growing Latin America Business team. With this new location, Reed Smith now has 27 offices worldwide.

Reed Smith's team will include:  
"Our growth strategy is to establish a strong presence in regions important to our clients and to the industries in which they compete," said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith's Global Managing Partner. "This move is ideal for us in two ways: Miami is the gateway to Latin America, where many of our clients have operations, and our global clients rely on international arbitration. The Astigarraga Davis lawyers are top-ranked in the field and are an exceptional addition to our existing leading arbitration practice." 

Having handled matters in the region for years, the Astigarraga Davis name is well-known and highly regarded in Latin America, adding further strength to Reed Smith's 50-strong Latin America Business team. With lawyers in offices around the world, the team provides legal services in Spanish and Portuguese to clients throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. The Miami office and the addition of the Astigarraga group will elevate the firm's profile, positioning it well to attract top talent in the competitive legal market serving companies doing business in Latin America. The group is highly ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America, Legal 500, U.S. News/Best Law Firms and Latin Lawyer. 

Asked about the move to Reed Smith after years in independent practice, José Astigarraga, who will serve as the leader of the firm's International Arbitration Practice, said, "Over the years, we've been approached by many outstanding firms about joining, including firms where we have very good friends, and we always resisted the temptation. But in the case of Reed Smith, the platform was a perfect fit. Our firm's motto has been the 'Power of Focus' - Reed Smith's business model is built around exactly that concept: they focus on five key industry groups, all of which rely on arbitration and do extensive business in the Americas. We see tremendous possibilities and are looking forward to joining Reed Smith's outstanding group of arbitration lawyers."

Ed Mullins, who will serve as managing partner of the Miami office, added, "The combination of our group with Reed Smith is a natural. We've worked with Reed Smith many times in the past, have many ongoing cases together now, and a number of our clients are also clients of Reed Smith."

"One-third of our top 250 clients conduct business in Miami, as do half of our top 50 clients," said Michael Pollack, Reed Smith's Managing Partner for the Americas. "We look forward to expanding these important relationships and building new ones, especially around our five core industry sectors - financial services, health care/life sciences, entertainment and media, shipping, and energy and natural resources - all areas that are key industries in Miami, and in which we have well-established global capabilities. We look forward to growing the office on a targeted basis to serve our clients in these industries." 

The new group establishing Reed Smith's Miami office, located at the 1001 Brickell Bay Tower in downtown Miami, includes partners José I. Astigarraga, M. Cristina Cárdenas, and Ed Mullins; counsel Eduardo J. De la Peña; and associates Ana Maria Barton, Sujey S. Herrera and Marianne I. Maldonado. In addition to the seven attorneys, seven staff members from Astigarraga Davis will join the new Miami office. 

Almost all members of the group are multi-lingual, allowing them to provide enhanced service to clients throughout Latin America. Members of the team have held leadership roles in top arbitral organizations, including the ICC Commission on Arbitration, London Court of International Arbitration, the International Bar Association's worldwide Arbitration Committee, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the American Bar Association's International Law Section's International Litigation and Arbitration Committees.

Internationally Noted Attorneys Establish Sequor Law

Edward H. Davis, Jr., a founding shareholder of Astigarraga Davis, today announced the opening of Sequor Law to focus on representing clients internationally in asset recovery, financial fraud, cross-border insolvency and financial services litigation. Sequor Law's attorneys include all members of the Astigarraga Davis top-ranked asset recovery team.
Jose Astigarraga and the other attorneys in the firm's international arbitration practice have moved their practice to join a global law firm .
Davis and Gregory Grossman, another founding shareholder, consider this a natural next step in the development of their respective law practices.  
"We are energized about the evolution of our practices. The new platform of Sequor Law will better position us to meet a growing global demand for our high-quality legal counsel," said Davis, a certified fraud examiner who has been recognized as the Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year for the past four years by Who's Who Legal and who has an internationally recognized financial fraud, asset recovery and international litigation practice. "It will enable the attorneys at Sequor Law to continue building upon our unique strengths and pursue significant new opportunities in areas we excel, while also becoming more nimble in today's ever-changing legal environment."
Added Davis: "Sequor Law derives its name from the Latin word 'to pursue, to chase, to attain,' and signifies our core values: the agile, aggressive, and relentless pursuit of assets and success on behalf of our clients."
Sequor Law's international insolvency and financial services litigation practice is headed by Grossman . He will focus his practice on creditors' rights, bankruptcy, insolvency litigation, and operational bank litigation.  Grossman filed the first Chapter 15 Petition in the state of Florida and is recognized as a thought leader in the use of cross-border insolvency proceedings on behalf of creditors and fraud victims.
Sequor Law's multi-lingual team includes:
  • Annette Escobar, a shareholder and certified financial crime specialist who focuses her practice on representing insolvency practitioners in international insolvency cases
  • Arnoldo Lacayo, a shareholder, certified specialist in asset recovery, and incoming chair of The Florida Bar International Law Section who focuses his practice on international corruption investigations and asset recovery for governments and state-owned enterprises
  • Daniel  Coyle, an associate who represents creditors and insolvency practitioners in domestic and international insolvency matters
  • Nyana Abreu Miller, an associate who focuses her practice on asset recovery for women in cross-border divorce cases
  • Andrés Sandoval, an associate focusing his practice on international judgment and arbitral award collection
  • Cristina Vicens Beard, an associate focusing her practice on representing victims in the recovery of assets in cross border frauds
In addition, attorney John Silbermann, most recently with the Office of Collection in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, joins the firm as senior counsel and will focus his practice on international asset recovery.
At Sequor Law, the attorneys will continue their collaboration with ICC FraudNet, a world-class network of specialized attorneys, best-in-class investigators, and forensic accountants.


Upcoming Events

April 26, 2017
The Club  Español  del  Arbitraje  (Spanish Arbitration Club) will hold a presentation on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on "Corruption as a Defense in Investment Arbitration." The event will be accompanied by a luncheon in Jones Day's Miami office from noon to 1:30 p.m. The speakers will be John Rooney, Eloy  Anzola , and the panel will be moderated by Ricardo  Puente .

April 26, 2017
Please join Fiduciary Trust on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 11.30 a.m., at their Coral Gables offices for lunch with Jeffrey D. Fisher, nationally recognized divorce attorney and occasional international asset-recovery litigator. Jeff 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. The event is sure to be a fascinating discussion of the real-life challenges faced by today's international litigators venturing into the offshore asset-protection industry. To register, contact Adi Vallejo (

May 19, 2017
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution will hold a seminar titled "
Business Dispute Management: Challenges and Opportunities in Times of Crisis" in Curitiba, Brazil at Universidade Positive. For more information, visit the event website.

June 22, 2017
The ILS will hold a CLE program at the  Annual Convention of the Florida Bar.  The topic of the program will be Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation.  Ricardo Cata, chair of the ILS' Mediation Committee will  moderate the panel. For more information, please refer to the event brochure.
October 8-13, 2017
The 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia will feature around 200 conference sessions. These vary widely in style and, with the core substantive committee sessions at the heart of the conference programme covering most sectors and practice areas, the conference will provide the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest. Click here to download the event brochure.

October 22-23, 2017
Will the push or pull of nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes? Might the relationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals shift?  Will the backlash against globalism encompass or impact the world of international arbitration? These and more questions will be topics of debate at the ATLAS - Atlanta International Arbitration Society 6th annual conference titled  International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism. Additional details will follow soon.

Winter 2017 ILQ
ILQ Spring 2017 Issue - Message from the Editors
Dear Members of the International Law Section:
We are gearing up for our Spring 2017 International Law Quarterly ("ILQ"), and we wanted to reach out to see if any of you would like to submit an article for the publication. 
The ILQ, now in its 33rd year, is one of the premier journals covering international law topics and is distributed to the ILS's 1,000 or so members.  Links to our Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Editions may be found here ( and here (
The Spring 2017 ILQ will focus on international aspects of cybersecurity and data privacy law.  The deadline for submission of articles is 31 March.  Articles should be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, and should conform with the provisions of the ILQ Style Guide.
Currently, we already have authors discussing the following topics, so please choose another topic:
  • The EU's increasingly aggressive enforcement of data protection laws.
  • Cross-border cooperation in criminal cases and some unique considerations presented in the cybercrime context.
  • Homeland Security and Data Privacy.
Please let us know if you are interested in submitting an article, and, if so, your proposed topic. 
Rafael Ribeiro - ILQ Editor-in-Chief
Javier Peral - Editor
Loly Sosa - Editor
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Winter 2017 ILQ - Focus on International Internal Investigations is now available to view and download here.

If you are interested in submitting an article in the next ILQ or have questions, please contact Rafael Ribeiro:

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2016-2017 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Sequor Law 
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Akerman
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • White & Case
  • Bryan Cave
  • Coffey Burlington
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • MDO Partners
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Stokes McMillan Antunez
  • Tenzer PLLC
  • Wilberforce

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2016-2017, 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.  Contact Elizabeth Ortega at   for more details.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2017-2018 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Immediate Past Chair: Eduardo Palmer
Chair-Elect: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Secretary: Carlos F. Osorio
Treasurer: Clarissa Rodriguez