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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

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Lunch & Learn Series - International Asset Recovery

On  Wednesday, April 26, 2017, an interesting Lunch & Learn event was held at the Coral Gables office of Fiduciary Trust, featuring nationally recognized divorce attorney Jeffrey Fisher. The event was a fascinating discussion of the real-life challenges faced by today's international litigators venturing into the offshore asset-protection industry. Congratulations to Section Secretary, Carlos Osorio, and Lunchtime Speaker Committee members Adriana Riviera-Badell and Juan Antunez.

From left to right Juan Antunez_ Adriana Riviera-Badell_ Jeffrey Fisher_ Carlos Osorio
From left to right Juan Antunez, Adriana Riviera-Badell, Jeffrey Fisher, Carlos Osorio

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 .

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.

Upcoming Events


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:

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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.

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The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Immediate Past Chair: Eduardo Palmer
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