The ILS Gazette

Monday, June 15, 2015

In This Issue
International Law Quarterly  
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The ILS Gazette:


Kristin Drecktrah 



Peter A. Quinter

Immediate Past Chair:

C. Ryan Reetz


Eduardo Palmer


Alvin F. Lindsay, III


Arnoldo B. Lacayo

* ILS Annual Executive Council Meeting, ILS/BLS Joint Luncheon, and NAFTA Symposium at Florida Bar Annual Conference, June 25-26, 2015

* "How to Persuade a Tribunal: The Fundamentals and Advocacy in International Arbitration," at the University of Miami School of Law's International Arbitration Institute, September 14-18, 2015

* Legislative Update on SB 806, "Regulation of Financial Institutions," from the ILS Legislative Committee

* Recap of ILS Cuba Trip

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Upcoming Events

June Events


June 25, 2015 - ILS Joint Luncheon with Business Law Section at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, 12:00-1:30 PM. Annual Convention will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.  Visit The Florida Bar's website to register online for the Convention and the luncheon


The ILS and Business Law Section will also have a joint reception on Thursday, June 25 from 6:30-7:30 PM.



June 26, 2015 - ILS Executive Council Meeting at Florida Bar Annual Convention, Boca Raton Resort & Club, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. 2015-2016 Committee Meetings will take place prior to the Executive Council Meeting at 9:00 AM. 



June 26, 2015 -The Florida Bar and the International Law Section present NAFTA Symposium 2015, Boca Raton Resort & Club 2:00-6:30 PM. Participate in our Investment & Business Track and/or Administrative, Litigation & Arbitration Track. Good opportunity to network with international professionals and to attend an outstanding seminar. Click here to view the NAFTA Symposium program. Registration is available here



September Events


September 14-18, 2015 - The International Arbitration Institute of the University of Miami School of Law presents a practitioners' course, "How to Persuade a Tribunal: The Fundamentals and Advocacy in International Arbitration," in Coral Gables, Florida, led by Professor Jan Paulsson. Attend "The Fundamentals of Arbitration" September 14-16 and "Arbitration Advocacy Training" on September 17-18. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Miami School of Law and the International Arbitration Institute. The best participant in the mock session will receive the "Jan Paulsson Advocacy Award." For more information and to register, visit this page


October Events


October 20-24, 2015 - The ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting will take place in Montreal at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. The ILS is a cooperating entity and ILS members are entitled to a discounted rate at the ABA SIL member rate. Click here to see the conference flyer and registration form. For up-to-date information and online registration, visit the ABA SIL's page here


November Events

November 4 - 6, 2015 - The 26th IFFTA (International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates) Worldwide Conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The venue will be the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, at Figueroa Alcorta 2263. The Conference is sponsored by the Tourism Law Observatory of that law school, a member of the WTO.  


Details are available at this page (upper right corner of the page). 
For those wishing to extend their visit, and additional, optional trip to Punta del Este, Uruguay, is available with complimentary luxury accommodations and meetings with Uruguayan Supreme Court Justice, Ambassador, and Counsels. Limited space and details are available through ILS Member and former Chair, Laurence D. Gore (
In the News
Legislative Update

Senate Bill 806 "Regulation of Financial Institutions" was signed into law late May 2015 (click here for the version that passed). An amendment to this bill (formerly SB 828) was added as Section 7 to Senate Bill 806. This section addresses civil action subpoena enforcement for foreign bank entities located in Florida.

This amendment to Senate Bill 806 was pushed forward by the Florida International Bankers Association ("FIBA") and sponsored by Senator Diaz de la Portilla. The ILS Legislative Committee worked closely with FIBA over the legislative session to amend the original proposed language to ensure the preservation of the "possession, custody or control" standard for subpoenas. 

The ILS Legislative Committee is pleased with its efforts to persuade various amendments to the original bill. More importantly, the ILS Legislative Committee ensured the inclusion of the  "possession, custody or control" standard. As a result, ILS was instrumental in avoiding language that would create a different standard for subpoenas directed to foreign bank entities operating in Florida.

Special thanks go to Carlos Osorio, Arnie Lacayo and Andres Sandoval for their assistance with these legislative efforts.

With an eye to the future, the ILS Legislative Committee is looking for eager volunteers to joint the committee, as it expects a very active upcoming legislative year. If you are interested in joining, please email Katherine Sanoja (  or come to our ILS committee meeting on Friday, June 26 at 9 a.m. at this year's Florida Bar Annual Convention taking place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Warmest greetings to all,

Katherine Sanoja
Chair, ILS Legislative Committee


Michael Dribin, Partner at Harper Meyer with James Meyer, Partner at Harper Meyer and ILS Executive Council Member, at annual meeting of The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section, of which Dribin is the outgoing President. 

ILS Cuba Trip

Peter Quinter in front of 1950s car in Havana

Peter Quinter, Chair, ILS, led a large delegation of lawyers to Havana, Cuba, for 4 days to meet with lawyers in Cuba to better understand the Cuban legal system, and what legal changes may be required in both the laws of the United States and Cuba before large scale commercial business and investment begins.  A full presentation about the trip will be made at the Bar's annual meeting of the ILS Executive Council on June 26 in Boca Raton.

* Interview on WPLG South Florida TV Station Channel 10 on Sunday, May 31, 2015 upon returning from Cuba

Pictured (L to R): Peter Quinter, Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Michael Putney, and James Meyer

Peter Quinter, Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, and James Meyer at WPLG Local Ten Studio

Peter Quinter with ILS Executive Council Member Santiago Cueto

* The ILS Cuba delegation met with Rene Gomez Manzano in Havana. He is one of the original and most respected and well known dissidents in the country. He has been jailed as a political prisoner for extended periods on three different occasions. He now acts as an "independent" lawyer (not recognized by the Government) for this new generation of dissidents, including Yoani Sanchez and her group. For more information, visit this page

Pictured (L to R): Steven Harper, James Meyer, Rene Gomez Manzano, and George Harper

* The delegation also met with Dr. Eusebio Leal, one of the government's most senior officials. He holds a Cabinet position as Historian, he is a UNESCA Ambassador, and is in charge of the restoration on Old Havana, the largest and most important project in the country.  

Pictured (L to R): George Harper, Betty Delgado, Dr. Eusebio Leal, James Meyer, and Steven Harper

Paris Bar Seminar

On June 15, 2015, Glenn Cooper, a shareholder with GrayRobinson in the Miami office and Chair of the ILS Foreign Bar Association Committee, will attend the Paris Bar Seminar to further the Florida Bar-Paris Bar MOU. He will speak on business immigration in a seminar entitled "Synergies between the Bars of Paris and Florida, a Gateway to the Americas."