The ILS Gazette

Monday, June 22, 2015

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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, Receptions, 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

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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.


Following the joint reception on Thursday, June 25 at the Annual Conference, ILS Chair Peter Quinter will have a reception for ILS members and their guests in his large suite with food and drink from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Contact Peter on his mobile phone at (954) 270-1864 with questions. 



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.


UPDATE: Prominent Cuban dissident René de Jesús Gómez Manzano has accepted an invitation to attend the annual meeting, and he will address the ILS on Friday, June 26, during the Executive Council meeting. See the press release here.  



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.



October 30 - November 1, 2015 - ILS members interested in enhancing their knowledge and credentials in the field of International Commercial Arbitration are invited to participate in a training and assessment opportunity with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in Miami, Florida in conjunction with JAMS and the American College of Construction Lawyers. 


We have an all-star team of faculty (comprising a number of Section members) for this event, which is targeted at senior-level practitioners seeking to obtain CIArb's globally recognized "Fellow" standard in the field of International Commercial Arbitration. Please note that the assessment finishes prior to the opening of the 13th Annual ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration, so out-of-town advocates and arbitrators can accomplish a lot in one trip with no overlap in their schedule. For more information, contact Section member Philip W. "Whit' Engle at (770) 653-1441. Click here for more details.


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
James Meyer Speaks at Annual RPPTL Section Meeting

Michael Dribin, outgoing President of the RPPTL Section, with James Meyer. Dribin and Meyer are partners at Harper Meyer. 

The Real Propery, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Bar's largest section, invited James Meyer to speak at its annual meeting. As a member of the ILS Executive Council and the Cuba Task Force, Meyer provided the RPPTL insight on the ILS's recent exploratory trip to Cuba. Given the recent interaction between ILS and the Business Law Section, as well as this speaking engagement, the ILS has become increasingly prominent among the other sections of the Bar, which has been one of the key objectives during Peter Quinter's tenure as Section Chair.

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