Miami To Host Legal Summit On Cross-Border Business

, Daily Business Review


More than 120 general counsel, compliance officers and senior executives are poised to convene in Miami next week for a U.S.-Latin America legal summit on cross-border business.

The daylong event, co-sponsored by ALM, the parent of the Daily Business Review, the law firm Akerman Senterfitt and the University of Miami School of Law among others comes as nations such as Brazil and Mexico are deregulating their energy industries and inviting foreign participation in oil exploration. Legal disputes arising from nations such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela are fueling a spike in litigation and international arbitration cases.

The conference will take place on Oct. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami.

Legal experts from the private and public sectors will examine the volatility of the market, including the political and economic scenes, as well as legal strategies for confronting problems generated by complex transactions, trade agreements and compliance issues in foreign jurisdictions.

The keynote address is scheduled to be delivered by Keith M. Rosenn, chair of the UM law school's inter-American and U.S. transnational program. He will deliver an overview of the political and economic scenes, including deceleration in regional growth, according to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund.

Akerman is sponsoring a panel on Miami as a rising center for international dispute resolution. Luis O'Naghten, chair of the firm's international litigation and arbitration practice, will moderate the session.

"As cross-border deals continue to surge across the region, we have seen arbitration become an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution for both commercial and investor-state issues," he said.

Nardello & Co., the investigations firm, is the sponsor of the lunchtime discussion about conducting investigations in Latin America. Company founder Daniel Nardello is scheduled to speak.

A panel on doing business in the Brazilian energy sector is also scheduled. The session will be followed by a discussion on the latest trends in the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Rafael R. Ribeiro, a partner at panel sponsor Bilzin Sumberg, will lead the FCPA discussion which will also include Glenn Gordon, associate director for enforcement at the Miami office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.     

The Colombian law firm Martinez Neira is sponsoring a panel on legal strategies for conducting business in Latin America.

Littler Mendelson is sponsoring the day's final panel, which is a discussion about managing risks, liabilities and opportunities in labor and employment. Juan Carlos Varela, co-chair of the firm's Latin America practice and managing shareholder of the firm's Caracas office, will head the discussion.

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