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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie


Dear ILS Members and Friends:


This past week I had the privilege of attending and participating on a panel at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference in Seattle, Washington. It was a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with friends and colleagues, many of whom are also members and supporters of the ILS and participated in iLaw 2024.


There was also an impressive representation of so many technology companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and T-Mobile, all of which demonstrated their commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and the advancement of Hispanic/Latino lawyers, especially Latinas. It was impressive to see the significant number of Latinas in leadership at the HNBA and at the law firms and in-house counsel roles represented at the conference. I look forward to expanding our Section’s collaboration with the HNBA in the years to come.


I’m excited to share that we have received positive feedback and interest from various law students who have responded to our Law Students Membership Challenge. Following our recent successful Association Fair at the University of Miami School of Law, we issued a call to action and announced that the ILS would pay for a one-year ILS membership for the first 50 law students who emailed me expressing their interest to become an ILS student member. This is a great opportunity for law students interested in international law to learn more about international law, network with other lawyers in our Section and volunteer with our committees. Please share our Law Student Membership Challenge with law students who you think may be interested in joining us!


We have some exciting events coming up, so please be sure to mark your calendars and attend. On Tuesday, March 26, we and our friends at Osborne Clarke are co-hosting an interesting presentation and networking event on EU Regulation in the Digital Space at Aficionado in Miami.  


Also, on April 3, we have an exciting Lunch & Learn featuring renowned international lawyer and ILS Past Chair, Ed Davis at Fiduciary Trust International. 


On May 17, the ILS Tax Committee is partnering with TTN to bring together a Joint Conference on the Intersection of Art and Tax at the Rubell Museum.


Finally, please SAVE THE DATE, for the ILS Chair’s Reception and Annual Meeting, which will be on June 20-21 during the Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. Please mark your calendars and reserve your hotel rooms. More info here:


You won’t want to miss these wonderful events for members! Please be sure to see more details on each of these events below and rsvp. 



Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

Florida Bar ILS Chair

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Join the ILS and Osborne Clark on March 26 for a Discussion by Javier Fernandez-Samaniego and Felix Hilgert on European Alphabet Soup: DSA, DMA and AI Act - How the EU is Regulating the Digital Space, and What That Means for US Businesses

Join the ILS for a Lunch & Learn with ILS Past Chair, Edward H. Davis Jr. and Hosted at Fiduciary Trust International on April 3!

Register Now for the TTN & ILS Tax Committee's Joint Conference on the Intersection of Art and Tax at the Rubell Museum on May 17, 2024!

Conference Schedule

1. Art Tax Tactics, Colleen Boyle, The Fine Art Group, Managing Director, Philadelphia, USA. Colleen Boyle brings over 20 years of diverse experience in the art and financial world to The Fine Art Group. Colleen has provided legal analysis for court cases involving art valuation and identification.


2. Charitable Giving Tax Strategies, Alyssa Razook Wan, Fowler White Burnett, Miami, USAAlyssa Razook Wan is a Tax, Trust and Estates attorney who handles a variety of domestic and international matters for high-net-worth individuals and families. Alyssa works closely with clients to form and provide ongoing counsel to not for profits, private foundations, and public charities. She has developed a special expertise in helping clients carry out their charitable goals.

3. Mexico and the U.S.: Transfer and Taxation of Art, Mauricio Cano, Brook & Cano, Founding Partner, Mexico. Mauricio Cano has extensive experience working on international taxation and estate planning matters for private clients (HNWI and UHNWI). His professional background includes employment with Deloitte (Mexico) and an international Trustee service provider when he left to start Brook & Cano as a Founding Partner.

4. A Swiss Perspective: The Art of Taxing the Arts, Thierry Boitelle, Boitelle Tax Sarl, Geneva, Switzerland. With 25 years of experience in international taxation, Thierry founded his boutique firm Boitelle Tax in 2022. He renders Swiss and international tax advice with a focus on inbound investment by multinational companies, group finance centers, holdings, captive insurance and intellectual property companies. He further advises high net worth individuals and company executives on the tax and legal aspects of immigration to Switzerland. Thierry regularly speaks and writes about Swiss and international taxation.

[Complimentary Lunch and Tour of Museum]

5. Repatriation of Nazi Looted Art, the Woman in Gold, and Tax Effects, Clarissa Rodriguez & Jeff Hagen, Harper Meyer, Miami, USA. Clarissa Rodriguez is a Board-Certified Expert in International Law. She has an overwhelming amount of dispute resolution experience that paved the way for a cross disciplinary practice between disputes and the arts. Jeffrey S. Hagen focuses his practice on international tax and estate planning, primarily for high-net-worth individuals, multi-jurisdictional families, entities, and trust structures. He is the Chair of the ILS Tax Committee and a member of the TTN Executive Committee.

6. Argentina: Update on International Tax Topics Under Milei, Walter Keiniger, Marvall, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Walter advises clients on cross-border taxation, M&A, business restructuring, tax-free reorganizations, real estate projects, etc. He is a frequent speaker in tax conferences. Walter obtained a degree from the Graduate Tax Program of the University of Florida (USA). He teaches at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE) and has been recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in Argentina.

7. Family Offices in Singapore, Derren Hayden Joseph, HTJ Tax, Singapore. Derren has successfully completed the Comparative Tax Program at Harvard University and is an EA (Enrolled Agent). He is Chair of the Tax Working Group for Moores Rowland in the Asia Pacific and a member of the Briefing Group advising The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of London. Derren enjoys writing and has published 3 books on taxation, one of which was an Amazon Best Seller in 2020.

The ILS Celebrates Women's History Month!

Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Winter 2024 on "Hot Topics"

The Winter 2024 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - "Hot Topics" is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.

ILQ Call for Articles for its Spring 2024 Edition on "This or That!"

Board Certified ILS Member Spotlight

ILS Member, Alvaro "Al" Acevedo Jr. Discusses How Board Certification in International Law has Impacted His Practice

Alvaro Augusto Acevedo, Jr., "Al" is an international tax attorney practicing in Miami, Florida with full-time offices in Miami, Florida and in Bogota, Colombia. Al is also licensed in Florida, Massachusetts, and Delaware as a Certified Public Accountant and is federally certified as an Enrolled Agent by the United States Department of the Treasury.


In addition to being triple-licensed (attorney-CPA-EA), Al is double board certified by the Florida bar in both tax law and in international law. Al currently serves in the international tax certification committee where he focuses in assisting the committee in international tax matters including drafting and reviewing certification exam questions.


Al practices from the planning stages to controversy representation, from administrative to federal appeals court cases.  


Al is part of the faculty at Latin American Business Institute where he lectures before not only attorneys, but also accountants and other international tax practitioners particularly on international tax planning and controversy matters. Al has spoken all over the United States including New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Houston, Los Angeles, and internationally in Colombia, England, and Mexico, to name a few.


Al is the founder of Acevedo Associates Group, which consists of Brickell Law Group PA, an international tax law firm where he has presided for 9 years & International CPA of Miami, a Florida licensed CPA of which he has been chairman for 17 years.


Al has full time offices in both Miami (Brickell Ave.), Bogota (Carrera 7ma), Tampa Bay (Largo, FL), and Panama City, Panama (Costa del Este) with a labor force of about 30 full time individuals ranging from attorneys, tax preparers, accountants, assistants, business consultants, paralegals and support staff.


For the past five years, Al has devoted in excess of 500 hours of pro-bono services per year, to the point he was presented with the Pro Bono Partners for Equal Justice award by Legal Services of Greater Miami in 2021. In addition to being licensed by the Florida Bar, Al is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Al has been recognized by Best Lawyers Ones to Watch since 2021 and as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers since 2019, with an Avvo rating of 10/10.

On the Move!

ILS Member, Executive Council Member, and Chair of Multiple ILS Committees, Kristin Drecktrah Paz, Joins the Partnership of Pierson Ferdinand LLP!

To learn more about Kristin and her practice, please click here!

Job Postings for International Law Careers

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is Hiring!

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is hiring! As part of Lynn Carillo's new role as Director of Commercial Legal at FIFA, Lynn is building a team and hiring for several exciting in-house counsel positions that will be key to supporting FIFA's Partnership & Media Division, including:

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please click the individual positions above!

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. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.

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Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins

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Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

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Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort

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CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

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Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni

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Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez

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ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Robert Kossick Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez

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ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

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International Law Board Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick

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International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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International Litigation and Arbitration Board Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz | Gilbert Squires | Gregory Grossman

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International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich

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Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio

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Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

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North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo

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Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira

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White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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Visit Our Sponsors

The 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 2022-2023, 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 contact our Treasurer, Laura Reich at [email protected] or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at [email protected] for more details.

ILS Board Members and Officers

Chair: Richard Montes de Oca

Chair-Elect: Ana Barton

Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard

Treasurer: Laura Reich

Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

ILS Executive Council

Terms Expiring in 2024

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!

About the ILS Gazette

The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.

If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at [email protected].

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