The ILS Gazette

Monday, July 13, 2015

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The ILS Gazette:


Kristin Drecktrah 



Eduardo Palmer

Immediate Past Chair:

Peter A. Quinter


Alvin F. Lindsay, III


Arnoldo B. Lacayo


Carlos F. Osorio

* "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

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Upcoming Events

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
Fabian Pal Joins Holland & Knight 

Miami (June 25, 2015) - Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Fabian Pal has joined the firm's Miami office as a member of the firm's International & Cross-Border and Latin America Practice Groups. He previously practiced with Fowler White Burnett.


"Fabian has an impressive track record handling sophisticated deals in Latin America and elsewhere," said George Mencio, co-chair of Holland & Knight's International & Cross-Border Group. "His energy and talent will be great assets to our office."

Mr. Pal concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and international law. He counsels clients with respect to corporate transactions, capital raising, corporate governance and finance, specifically private equity financing. Mr. Pal represents start-up companies, established multinational corporations, family offices and entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries. He has significant experience executing complex and cross-border M&A transactions in Latin America and Europe.

Mr. Pal is very involved in the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and co-chaired the section's 2014 Fall meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently serves as vice chair of the International M&A Joint Venture committee and the Latin America and Caribbean committee. Mr. Pal is also involved in The Florida Bar, serving on the International Law Section's International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference steering committee.

"Holland & Knight, with its extensive national platform and broad portfolio of services, is the perfect place for me to continue my career," said Mr. Pal. "I'm very impressed with its strategy in Latin America and I believe that my practice will flourish and my clients will benefit as a result of my move."




ILS member Shahzad Ahmed, immigration attorney at NeJame Law in Orlando, published "Your L-1 Visa Petition: Preventing and Surviving the Request for Evidence (or Notice of Intent to Deny." The article is available at this link.

ILS Annual Meeting

The ILS had the honor of receiving Dr. Rene de Jesus Gomez Manzano to its annual meeting. Gomez Manzano, a Cuban lawyer and member of the Cuba's pro-democracy opposition, spoke of the human rights movement ongoing in Cuba. The ILS recognized him with an award for his efforts to defend human rights and bring about reform. TV Martí featured this moment, available here (in Spanish). 

Outgoing ILS Chair Peter Quinter receives gift of appreciation from incoming ILS Chair, Eduardo Palmer, and incoming ILS Chair-Elect, Alvin Lindsay.

Peter Quinter, outgoing ILS Chair, and Hélène Carrier, President of the Québec Bar, sign a cooperation agreement between the two bar associations.