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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
International Law Quarterly: Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on International Cross-Border Transactions is now available! Click on the image below to download.

International Law Section - Call for Committee Members

The International Law Section call for all Members to join their Committees for the 2019-2020 bar year. Join Today! 

For additional information, please email the ILS Chair Clarissa Rodriguez,, or ILS Chair-Elect Robert Becerra,

Save the Date - ILS Audio Webcasts 2019-2020

Save the date for the following ILS webcasts:

September 11, 2019: (3564) The Venezuela Sanctions: Staying Clear of Uncharted Mines (audio webcast) 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. by Aleksandar Dukic, Richard Montes De Oca, and Jacqueline Arango.

September 18, 2019: (3565) The RFE Dilemma: How to Strategize Your Response to RFEs for L and H Visas (audio webcast) 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM by Larry Rifkin, Elaine Weiss, Juan Carlos Freyre.

Available CLEs

During the Spring, the Florida Bar International Law Section proudly offered CLE webinars on a wide variety of topics, including H-1B Processing, Key Changes in EU General Data Protection Regulations, and FIFA Transfer Rules and the Court of Arbitration for Sports. All past programs have a link to register for on demand and downloadable podcasts for the next 18 months.

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.

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.

Call for Info for the ILS Gazette "Member Spotlight"

The International Law Section Gazette calls for all Members to share their biographies and professional achievements to support its newly introduced "Member Spotlight" section. Featuring different members every week, the Member Spotlight aims to connect all members across the state of Florida and beyond, develop the ILS network, and encourage member participation to ILS events and initiatives. 

To be featured on "Member Spotlight" and share your information and professional successes with the ILS Network, please email  Davide Macelloni, Editor of the ILS Gazette.

Call for Arbitrators - 2019 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot

The University of Miami School of Law will be hosting the  2019 Global Rounds of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot  competition on its campus from  November 7-10, 2019 . The FDI Moot is an annual competition that helps future lawyers attain a practical understanding of the issues that arise out of obligations between host States and foreign investors. This year's hypothetical, which is set under the ICSID Rules, addresses interesting issues relating to provisional measures, denunciation of the ICSID Convention, multi-party claims, damage calculation and whether blocking of a social media platform/website amounts to a treaty breach.  This event - held for the first time in Florida - will bring to Miami about 350 students, coaches and arbitrators from around the globe interested in international dispute resolution.  It will provide a great opportunity to highlight Miami's growing importance as an arbitration hub as well as Florida's growing community of experienced international arbitration practitioners.  The FDI Moot schedule will include several social and networking events. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer arbitrator, please register here  (once you sign up, make sure to indicate your availability for the Global Rounds in Miami).  More details on the FDI Moot Miami 2019 are available here:

Call for Articles - Fall 2019 ILQ: Focus on the Caribbean

The editors of the  International Law Quarterly  are soliciting articles for the Fall 2019 edition, which will focus on Caribbean topics and issues. Possible topics include travel to Cuba, the effects of sea level rise, demographic changes in the islands, or any other issue that inspires you to write. Timely articles not dealing with the Caribbean will also be accepted for inclusion in this edition. The deadline for submission of draft articles is August 14, 2019. 

Please submit a statement of interest in writing an article on a specific topic to Ana Barton,, and Laura Reich,, as soon as possible.

Member Spotlight
ILS Immediate Past-Chair - Carlos F. Osorio

The Immediate Past-Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar (2018-2019), Carlos F. Osorio, is founding partner of the law firm Osorio Internacional, P.A, ( ), focusing his practice on international disputes, ranging from commercial disputes, trust disputes, shareholder battles, marital disputes, and intellectual property disputes to frauds, currency frauds, and criminal investigations. His clients are quite often high net-worth individuals, families, and entrepreneurs from Mexico to Chile, the Caribbean, and Europe.  He is a tri-lingual attorney, speaking English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently. Osorio litigates in State and Federal Courts and has been admitted in Federal District Courts throughout the United States.

Osorio graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy ('95), Dartmouth College ('99) and earned a JD from the University of Miami in 2002, Cum Laude.  He is Florida Bar Certified in International Law and has often lectured on the subject, and has been appointed as Special Counsel on International Law issues by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.   
Osorio has been very active in the ILS, serving as ILAT Chair (now iLaw) (2012), fundraiser, Legislative Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Cuba Committee Member, and travelled to Cuba on behalf of the ILS in 2019, meeting with local dissidents.  Osorio also spear headed the first Human Rights Conference for the ILS, held at the University of Miami in 2019, and an offshore comparative law conference in Panama, also held in 2019. 

Born in Nicaragua, Osorio immigrated to the United States at a young age as a result of the Nicaraguan Civil War. Nevertheless, Osorio maintains very strong ties to Nicaragua and the Nicaraguan community and serves on the Board of Directors of The American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) and on the Advisory Board of The Fabretto Foundation, both charities focused on assisting the poor in Nicaragua.

2017-2018 ILS Chair - Arnoldo B. Lacayo

A partner at Sequor Law, Arnoldo Lacayo focuses his international litigation practice on financial fraud and asset recovery. 
Lacayo has extensive experience litigating complex disputes in state and federal courts and has represented multi-national corporations, sovereign governments, receivers, trustees and other foreign officeholders in matters pending in U.S. Courts. Lacayo has also worked at length with the versatile 28 U.S.C. § 1782 discovery statute, including in one of the leading cases out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
A sought-after thought leader on anti-corruption matters and kleptocracy-related asset recovery, Lacayo's recent speaking engagements include an AIJA 2017 Insolvency Seminar in the Bahamas, the AIJA 2016 Half Year Conference in Chicago, the 2015 IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris and the ABA Section of International Law's 2014 North America Forum in Vancouver. Lacayo is an active member of distinguished organizations including The Florida Bar's International Law Section, where he served as Chair of the Section during the 2017-2018 bar year.
Lacayo is admitted to all Florida state courts, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

For additional information, please visit

2016-2017 ILS Chair - Alvin F. Lindsay

The former Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar for the 2016-2017 bar year, Alvin F. Lindsay is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Miami. Lindsay focuses his practice on the litigation and arbitration of U.S. and international disputes, particularly in the construction, energy, infrastructure, and real estate industries. An experienced litigator in both Federal and State Courts, in most recent years Lindsay focused on trying cases before arbitral tribunals and dispute boards worldwide.
Lindsay is nationally recognized as a thought leader in e-discovery and for his use of cutting-edge technology in preparation and during trials. Complementing this use of technology, Lindsay's consummate writing and presentation skills, alongside his witness examination techniques, translate to the successful representation of clients. 
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Lindsay earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, magna cum laude, and is the Chairman of the Hogan Lovells' Miami Office Pro Bono program. For additional information, please visit 

2015-2016 ILS Chair - Eduardo Palmer

Eduardo Palmer is a sole practitioner with vast experience in the area of litigation over the past 30 years. He is a bilingual lawyer who practices commercial litigation, including international litigation and arbitration, and white collar criminal defense.  He is a former partner and Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Steel Hector & Davis LLP. 
Palmer also served as Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and as the International Affairs Coordinator for that office.   
Palmer led the effort on behalf of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar to enact the Florida International Commercial Arbitration Act in 2010, the Glitch Fix Bill, which amended several international law statutes in Florida, in 2013, and helped draft Florida's Application of Foreign Law statute in 2014. 
Palmer also served on the Board of the Miami International Arbitration Society and ICCA Miami 2014, Inc. Palmer teaches international commercial arbitration as an adjunct professor at Florida International University College of Law and civil procedure as an adjunct professor at IE University in Madrid, Spain.  Mr. Palmer was also appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Business and Contract Cases and served as Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar for the 2015-2016 bar year. During Palmer's chairmanship, the ILS actively maintained a standing Amicus Committee to quickly address and respond to cases involving the application and interpretation of international law in Florida and provide guidance on the same to state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida.
Palmer graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors in 1985 and subsequently clerked for United States District Court Judge, Kenneth L. Ryskamp, in the Southern District of Florida.

2014-2015 ILS Chair - Peter A. Quinter

The former Chair of The Florida Bar International Law Section for the 2014-2015 bar year, Peter A. Quinter is a shareholder in the Miami and Boca Raton offices of GrayRobinson, where he is Chair of the Customs and International Trade Group. 
Quinter represents companies and individuals involved in international trade and transportation, including litigation in Federal Courts and the U.S. Court of International Trade, and advices clients on compliance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations, FDA regulations, and Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") sanctions.
Quinter is Board-Certified in international law by the Florida Bar, and was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee. Additionally, Quinter serves as Co-Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the American Bar Association International Law Section. An experienced and proven leader in international trade and customs, Quinter was appointed to the Florida District Export Council by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  Peter has been selected, for the past several years, to be listed in the prestigious Chambers USA legal directory in the section "International Trade: Customs Lawyers" because of his many accomplishments.  
A graduate of Cornell University, Quinter received his Juris Doctorate from The American University College of Law.

For additional information, please visit

Member News
MDO Partners Featured at Managing Compliance Across Borders

MDO Partners' Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca and Compliance Advisor and Chief Information Officer Mike Capote spoke at Managing Compliance Across Borders, an advanced executive program that took place June 26-28, 2019 at the Donna E. Shalala Student Centerin Coral Gables, Florida.
The firm collaborated with the University of Miami School of Law on the program, which was presented in association with Switzerland's University of St. Gallen Executive School of Management, Technology and Law. The three-day event served as an intensive and interactive executive-level program aimed at compliance, risk and audit management counsel and executives from firms and corporations around the world. The various panels provided an opportunity to discuss timely, critical, and practical global compliance insights on anti-corruption, including FCPA and anti-money laundering.
Richard Montes De Oca led a panel of General Counsels from Mastercard, Ryder and Integra Connect on the General Counsel Perspective on the Future of Global Compliance. The panelists shared their perspectives on the importance of establishing a strong ethical culture. They emphasized the focus should not just be at the top of the organization, but also with middle managers and locally in various regions around the world.
In addition, the panel discussed how there has been an increase in budgets and resources for compliance as a result of the increasing expectations and significant scrutiny by regulators. Finally, the panel discussed the importance of striking the right balance between risk, compliance and business. And while compliance results in increasing costs in the short term, it pays dividends in the long run.  
Mike Capote joined the panel on Data Protection and Privacy Compliance: Cross-Border Comparisons, which had specialists from Hilton Grand Vacations, Kaufman Rossin, Security and Third-Party Risk Practitioner, and Salazar Law LLP. The panel compared and contrasted data privacy legislation/regulation by examining the way the rights of individuals, consent, data transfers/sharing, and enforcement activities are addressed across the globe.
During the discussion, Mike focused on the operational security requirements, best practices, and challenges in implementing the directives established by the current patchwork of data privacy laws in the US and abroad; i.e. GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation), LGPD (Brazilian General Data Protection Act), CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act).
For more Information on Managing Compliance Across Boarders, visit: .

Upcoming Events
September 3-7, 2019
The 57th International Young Lawyers' Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats - International Association of Young Lawyers will take place in Rome, Italy. 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 the  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 .

October 30 - November 2, 2019

Please join the International Association of Young Lawyers ("AIJA") for its 2019 Half-Year Conference in Miami. Kicking-off with a welcome dinner at Nikki Beach on the evening of October 29th, the conference will continue on October 30th featuring a top-notch academic program, focusing on three different tracks: business in Latin America, the hottest topics in international litigation, and energy in the age of renewables. In addition, the Miami Half-Year Conference will feature a diversity and leadership-focused SCILL program. For more information, please email the AIJA National Representative, Arnoldo B. Lacayo at For the full program of the Conference, CLICK HERE.


Spring 2019 ILQ
International Law Quarterly: Spring 2019

The new issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on International Cross-Border Transactions  is now available. Click on the image below to download For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please click here .

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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 2018-2019, 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, Rafael R. Ribeiro at  for more details.

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The ILS Gazette

Chair: Clarissa A. Rodriguez
Immediate Past Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Chair-Elect: Robert J. Becerra
Secretary: James M. Meyer
Treasurer: Rafael R. Ribeiro