Half-Year October Conference

Miami

30 October - 02 November 2019


Learn. Network. Share. Miami
On the eve of the year 2020, AIJA steps boldly into the third decade of the 21st century by gathering for its 2019 Half-Year October Conference in the beautiful and dynamic city of Miami. Nestled between world-renowned beaches and a delicate wetlands eco-system, lies the seventh largest metropolitan region in the United States. Miami is a legal, financial, trade and transportation powerhouse, the gateway to North and South America, and a cultural melting pot. 

Business in Latin America. International litigation. Energy in the age of renewables. Leadership and diversity
Join AIJA and Miami’s diverse and multi-lingual legal community for a top-notch academic programme focusing on 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 programme.

Embrace the AIJA spirit and see you in Miami!
Home hospitality and an unforgettable social programme will introduce you to Miami’s warmth and welcoming spirit as well as to its legendary entertainment venues and scene.

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship

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Academic programme overview


TRACK #1 | Doing business in LATAM 2020: Getting to a legal state of bliss
Latin America has experienced important changes and new challenges have been developing. This seminar will address hot topics and recent developments on international trade and investments. The presentations will be relevant to delegates who work in a global environment and to those who want to enhance their cross-border exposure, focusing on legal issues related to both cross-border transactions, e-commerce and international trade as well as on providing input with respect to LATAM’s latest challenges and best practices.


Topics to be discussed:

  • Do’s and Don’ts of agency, distribution and franchise agreements in Latin America
  • Legal framework for e-commerce in LATAM
  • Free trade or protectionism: Recent developments on international trade and investments
  • The new compliance landscape in Latin America and its practical impact
  • A review of the Latin American M&A market
  • Managing competition law and related regulatory risk in LATAM - tips, tricks and trends to watch out for

TRACK #2 | Cross-border disputes 2020: What to expect in the coming decade
As international disputes lawyers look forward to the third decade of the twenty-first century it is clear that they will be contending with a shifting legal landscape. The 2020s will see the filing and resolution of disputes in the post-Brexit and post-Trump era. Will favourite venues for the resolution of high-stakes cross-border disputes be displaced by emerging venues? Will we see continued convergence of legal practices and cultures in the coming decade or will inward-looking nationalistic attitudes lead to renewed divergence? How will a maturing litigation financing industry affect our practice? Will legal specialisation among international litigators and tribunals continue to define our evolving practice and, if so, how can you become a sought-after international litigation specialist? Join a forward-looking discussion on these and other practical issues that will shape the practice of international litigation in the coming decade.


Topics to be discussed:

  • Convergence or divergence – International litigation in the post-Trump and post-Brexit era
  • Shifting legal landscapes – Emerging venues for the resolution of high-stakes cross-border disputes
  • Litigation financing – Where to from here?
  • Will legal specialisation among international practitioners continue to be the name of the game?
  • Future evidence – Proving your case in the 2020s
  • Litigation tech - 2020 and beyond

TRACK #3 | Oil & gas 2020: Fossil fuels in a renewable world
The world is going through a major game changer. Economy will no longer be mainly driven by fossil fuels, but steadily by renewables. This brings along challenges for the industry and citizens, resulting in a different regulatory framework, environmental litigations and new investments opportunities. This transition is currently ongoing and as lawyers, we have to keep up the pace. Miami will be the place to get the latest updates and insider views from all over the world.


Topics to be discussed:

Energy companies and climate change

  • Renewable energies: A real call for an oil & gas phasing out?
  • The role of oil & gas companies and information to their shareholders regarding climate change commitments - effects of banning oil and gas shares in portfolios
  • Clean energy certificates and reduction certificate emissions - their role in the decreasing use of fossil fuels
    Import and export of oil & gas
  • Key concerns of oil and gas project development in Latin America in order to properly export
  • Key concerns of importing countries & Energy supply security

Environmental & safety barriers to overcome in oil & gas projects

  • Oil & gas companies and (environmental) safety issues (keynote)
  • Energy project finance and the Equator Principles
  • Environmental consenting and quasi-consenting

JOINT TRACK | Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world.

In today's world of increasing interdependency, diversity and complexity, it is vital to utilize either/or AND both/and thinking and acting to address your most strategic challenges and opportunities. The research is clear - leaders, teams and organizations that leverage Polarities (aka paradox, dilemma, intractable conflict) outperform those that don't.  Join Leslie DePol, CEO & Co-Founder of Polarity Partnerships, in re-examining some of the strategies we employ to reduce our vulnerability and negative exposure from a provocative and more aspirational point of view: Do we focus on what’s best for the Company or our Community? Do we innovate boldly or mitigate risk wisely? Should I lead with my role or soul?  Should we protect our uniqueness or drive more alignment?  Should I take a stand for my interests or compromise to accommodate your interests? There are right and wrong ways to approach these chronic dilemmas.  In this workshop you will learn a simple process and apply it to some of your most complex challenges to achieve better outcomes for yourself AND others.

Session proposed by the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission


ROUNDTABLE SESSION | M&A Transactions in the Americas and Europe - Similarities And Differences

 Same, same but different.  While agreements for corporate acquisitions may seem similar all over the world at first glance, differences are often quite material when you look in more detail. Differences can be found in e.g. purchase price mechanisms, impact of disclosure on the parties’ liability and representations and warranties.  A selected group of M&A practitioners from Europe, South America and the US will look at process, structure and agreements of M&A transactions and discuss differences and the reasons for such differences.  

Session proposed by the  Corporate and M&A Commission on Friday 1 November from 10.00 to 12.00

 

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

AIJA is striving to offer continuous professional development opportunities also during its main events. 2 coaching options will be offered to all attendees during the AIJA Half-Year conference from 29 October to 2 November in Miami. Check out here to register to the proposed coaching sessions. Number of places are limited. Allocation of slots will be made on a first come first served basis.


AIJA Commissions

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Litigation
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)

Event fees

+ VAT if applicable<= 2019-09-25> 2019-09-25

AIJA Member < 35910,00  $ 1080,00  $
AIJA Member >= 35970,00  $ 1140,00  $
Non AIJA Member < 351190,00  $ 1360,00  $
Non AIJA Member >= 351290,00  $ 1460,00  $
In-House Counsel700,00  $ 700,00  $
Speaker910,00  $ 910,00  $
Scientific Pass700,00  $ 700,00  $
Local LLM Student pass500,00  $500,00  $
Local Lawyer Friday pass285,00  $285,00  $

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Full programme

TRACK #1: Doing business in LATAM

Wednesday 30 October 2019

16:00 » 19:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
19:00 » 19:30
Transfer to Nikki Beach
19:30 » 23:30
Welcome Dinner @ Nikki Beach

Thursday 31 October 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Run for Human Rights
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:10
Welcome to the Half-Year October Conference
, FCO Legal Directorate & AIJA President, United Kingdom
09:10 » 09:15
Introduction to the Seminar
, J&A Garrigues, S.L.P., Spain
09:15 » 10:30
Session 1: Do’s and Don’ts of agency, distribution and franchise agreements in Latin America
Moderator:
Felipe Katz, Katz Advogados, Brazil
Speakers:
José Miguel Algorta, Estudio Algorta & Asociados, Uruguay 
Jose Luis Vega-Garrido, Goodrich Riquelme, Mexico
Paulo Nasser, M Nasser Dispute Resolution, Brazil
Alejandro Vargas Yong, Nassar Abogados, Costa Rica
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:15
Session 2: The new compliance landscape in Latin America and its practical impact
Moderator:
, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Speakers:
, France
Ignacio Sanchez Vaqueiro, Gonzalez & Ferraro Mila – Casir – Di Iorio – Melhem, Argentina
Mark Beardsworth, BrownRudnick, United Kingdom
Mr. Andres Alva, Berkeley Research Group LLC, United States
12:15 » 13:15
Lunch
12:15 » 13:15
AIJA Commission meetings
13:15 » 14:30
Session 3: A review of the Latin American M&A market 
Moderator:
Alexandra Maria Ologu, Monolit Legal & Tax, Romania
Speakers:
Diego Huertas del Pino, SHV abogados, Peru
Andres Sotomayor, Porzio, Rios & Garcia, Chile
Alex J Tolston, Hemisphere Media Group Inc., United States
14:30 » 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 » 16:15
Session 4: The legal framework for inbound and outbound e-commerce in/to LATAM
Moderator & Speaker:
, De Berti Jacchia, Italy
Speakers:

Juan Ignacio San Martin, Urrejola Abogados , Chile
, Brödermann Jahn, Germany
Marlyn Narkis, MDU Legal, Panama
16:30 » 17:30
AIJA Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer to Wynwood Walls
19:30 » 01:00
Halloween Dinner @ Wynwood Walls

Friday 01 November 2019

08:30 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
09:30 » 10:00
Coffee break
10:00 » 11:00
Session 5: Free trade or protectionism: Recent developments on international trade and investments
Moderator & Speaker:
Carlos Molino, Fabrega Molino, Panama
Speakers:

Juan M. Chaves Pernett, Holubova Advokati, United States
, Shook Hardy & Bacon, United States
Julio Gutierrez Morales, Ríos Ferrer, Guillén Llarena, Treviño y Rivera, S.C., Mexico
11:00 » 12:00
Session 6: Managing competition law and related regulatory risk in LATAM - tips, tricks and trends to watch out for
Moderator:
, Stevens & Bolton LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
, Grinberg Cordovil, Brazil
, Jose Lloreda Camacho & Co, Colombia
Fernando Carreno, Von Wobeser y Sierra SC, Mexico
, Beccar Varela, Argentina
12:00 » 13:00
Lunch
13:00 » 15:30
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part I)
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 » 18:00
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part II)
19:30
Home Hospitality Dinner

Saturday 02 November 2019

08:30 » 13:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
10:00 » 11:00
AIJA Meetings tbc
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee meeting

TRACK #2: Cross-border disputes 2020: What to expect in the coming decade

Wednesday 30 October 2019

16:00 » 19:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
19:00 » 19:30
Transfer to Nikki Beach
19:30 » 23:30
Welcome Dinner @ Nikki Beach

Thursday 31 October 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Run for Human Rights
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:10
Welcome to the Half-Year October Conference
, FCO Legal Directorate & AIJA President, United Kingdom
09:10 » 09:15
Introduction to the Seminar
Arnoldo B. Lacayo, Sequor Law, United States
09:15 » 10:30
Session 1: Convergence or divergence – International litigation in the post-Trump and post-Brexit era
Moderator
Hunter Carter, Arent Fox LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez, McDonald Hopkins, United States
Javier Robalino, Ferrere, Ecuador
Clarissa Rodriguez, Reich Rodriguez, United States
Vladimir Meerovich, Peters and Peters, United Kingdom
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:15
Session 2: Shifting legal landscapes – Emerging venues for the resolution of high-stakes cross-border disputes
Moderator:
, Holland & Knight, United States
Speakers:
Sujey Herrera , Reed Smith, United States
Guillermo Bayas, Ejarque Abogados, Spain
Jovana Crncevic, Withers, United States
Antonia Mottironi, Monfrini Bitton Klein, Switzerland
12:15 » 13:15
Lunch
12:15 » 13:15
AIJA Commission meetings
13:15 » 14:30
Session 3: Litigation financing – Where to from here?
Moderator:
, Trowers, United Kingdom
Speaker:
Narghis Torres, Lex Finance, Peru
, Legance Avvocati, Italy
Melissa Pallett-Vasquez, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, United States
Rodrigo Da Silva, Rodrigo S. Da Silva, P.A., United States
14:30 » 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 » 16:15
Session 4: Litigation tech - 2020 and beyond
Moderator:
Daniel Meyers, Transperfect, United States
Speakers:
Cabell Clay, Moore & Van Allen, United States
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young & Keidan, United Kingdom
, Shook Hardy & Bacon, United States
, Borenius, Finland
16:30 » 17:30
AIJA Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer to Wynwood Walls
19:30 » 01:00
Halloween Dinner @ Wynwood Walls

Friday 01 November 2019

08:30 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
09:30 » 10:00
Coffee break
10:00 » 11:00
Session 5: Future evidence – Proving your case in the 2020s
Moderator:
Marcelo Diaz-Cortes, Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider& Grossman, United States
Speakers:
Cristina Vicens, Sequor Law, United States
Eliseo M. Martinez, IUS+AEQUITAS Law Office, Spain
Gustavo De Marco, Compass Lexecon, Argentina
Emmanuel Kaspereit, Archipel, France
11:00 » 12:00
Session 6: Will legal specialisation among international practitioners continue to be the name of the game?
Moderator:
Colin Delaney, Smith Gambrell & Russell, United States
Speakers:
Sandra Friedrich, University of Miami School of Law, United States
Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou, Lennox Paton, Bahamas
Aimee Prieto, Prieto Cabrera & Asociados, Dominican Republic
12:00 » 13:00
Lunch
13:00 » 15:30
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part I)
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 » 18:00
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part II)
19:30
Home Hospitality Dinner

Saturday 02 November 2019

08:30 » 13:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
10:00 » 11:00
AIJA Meetings tbc
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee meeting

TRACK #3: Oil & gas 2020: Fossil fuels in a renewable world

Wednesday 30 October 2019

16:00 » 19:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
19:00 » 19:30
Transfer to Nikki Beach
19:30 » 23:30
Welcome Dinner @ Nikki Beach

Thursday 31 October 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Run for Human Rights
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:10
Welcome to the Half-Year October Conference
, FCO Legal Directorate & AIJA President, United Kingdom
09:10 » 09:15
Introduction to the Seminar 
Carlos Del Razo, Solcargo, Mexico
, MGM - Studio Legale, Italy 


09:15 » 10:30
Session 1: Renewable Energies: a real call for an oil and gas phasing out?
Moderator:
Jeroen De Coninck, Advocatenkantoor De Coninck, Belgium
Speakers:
, Solcargo, Mexico
, Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico
Willy A. Carvajal, LatamLex Abogados, Costa Rica
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:15
Session 2: Clean Energy Certificates and Reduction certificate emissions, their role in the decreasing use of fossils fuels
Moderator:
, Korte Rechtsanwaltskanzlei, Germany
Speakers:
Eoin Cassidy, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland
Ramona Wyss, Walder Wyss, Switzerland
, Allen & Overy, United States
12:15 » 13:15
Lunch 
12:15 » 13:15
AIJA Commission meetings
13:15 » 14:30
Session 3: Key elements of Oil and Gas Project Development in Latin America
Moderator:
Larry Pascal, Haynes and Boone, United States
Speakers:
Lucas Leite, Kincaid, Brazil
Anaid Lopez, RDA, Mexico
Renzo Roberti, Barrios & Fuentes Abogados, Peru
14:30 » 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 » 16:15
Session 4: The Equator and other sustainable/Environmental Principles and their influence on Energy Project Finance  
Moderator:
Daria Capotorto, MGM Studio Legale, Italy
Speakers:
Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal, Kenya
Hector Garza Cervera, Ritch Mueller, Mexico
, Hogan Lovells, United States
16:30 » 17:30
AIJA Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer to Wynwood Walls
19:30 » 01:00
Halloween Dinner @ Wynwood Walls

Friday 01 November 2019

08:30 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
09:30 » 10:00
Coffee break
10:00 » 11:00
Session 5: Oil & Gas Industry and New Challenges to Environmental & Safety Issues
Moderator:
, Lindahl, Sweden
Speakers:
Caterina Carreman, Foyen Advokatfirma, Sweden 
Andres Chaves, Akin Gump, United States
11:00 » 12:00
Session 6: The role of companies and information to their shareholders regarding climate change commitments – effects of banning oil and gas shares in portfolios
Moderator:
Carlos del Razo, Solcargo, Mexico
Speakers:
Miguel Angel Mateo, Hogan Lovells, Mexico
Stefan Müller, Wenger & Vieli AG, Switzerland
, Bast Amron LLP, United States
12:00 » 13:00
Lunch
13:00 » 15:30
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part I)
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 » 18:00
SCILL Plenary Session: Leading strategically in an interdependent, diverse and complex world (Part II)
19:30
Home Hospitality Dinner

Saturday 02 November 2019

08:30 » 13:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 10:00
AIJA Commission meetings
10:00 » 11:00
AIJA Meetings tbc
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee meeting

ROUNDTABLE SESSION: M&A Transactions in the Americas and Europe - Similarities And Differences

Friday 01 November 2019

10:00 » 12:00
ROUNDTABLE SESSION | M&A Transactions in the Americas and Europe - Similarities And Differences
Moderators:
, PHH, Austria
, Creel, Garcia-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico
Speakers:
, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Lars Raedschelders, Sherpa, Belgium
, Garrigues, Spain
Beatriz Cabal, Galindo, Arias & Lopez, Panama
, Akerman, United States
, Ferrere, Uruguay

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Practical information

Conference Venue

  


EAST, Miami
is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Centrally located within a 15 minute drive from the Miami International Airport, EAST, Miami is situated on top of Brickell City Centre, conveniently connected to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. With a vibrant restaurant scene, sleek and thoughtful guestrooms, and a variety of retail shops, the hotel offers a unique mix of customized guest services and cutting-edge technology.

EAST, Miami 
788 Brickell Plaza 
Miami FL 33131 - USA
T +1 305 712 7000
F +1 305 373 2282
www.east-miami.com 


Accommodation booking - !!! PREFERENTIAL RATES AVAILABLE UNTIL THU. 10 OCTOBER - 6.00PM CET !!!

Bedrooms have been pre-booked at the conference hotel at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:

Guest Room (single or double occupancy): 259.00 USD per night incl. free Wi-Fi + 13% state and local taxes
Continental breakfast for 1 (one) guest daily per room is included in the above rate. (Continental breakfast rate: 31$)
Rates available 3 days Pre and Post based on availability. 

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability. To make a reservation: 
- Click here for direct access to the on-line booking webpage
- Enter the group code “AIJA2019” in the hotel website www.east-miami.com to be directed to the group page
- Contact the East Hotel In House Reservations Line +1 786 805 4626 to make reservations by telephone with the code AIJA2019

Get to the Hotel 

BY UBER - LYFT
The Uber/Lyft Apps are usually used by locals and preferred to the yellow cabs. Please consider a $20 fare from the airport to the EAST Hotel.

BY METRO
Metrorail is the other option during the day or early evening.  The Brickell Metrorail station stop is 0.3 miles from the EAST Hotel (+/- a 7-minute walk). Metrorail would not be recommended for anyone arriving either very early or very late as the trains run less frequently.  More info can be found here:   https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/plan-your-trip/transportation/how-to-get-to-downtown-miami-from-the-airport 

Quick & Affordable Option: Metrorail Orange Line

By far the easiest and cheapest option, just hop on the MIA Mover, an automated train system, from the airport to the Miami Intermodal Center, which is located nearby. The MIA Mover train station at the airport is located on the third level between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages. Use the third level Skyride (moving walks) to access the MIA Mover station. Then it’s about a four-minute ride.

Once you get to the Miami Intermodal Center (which is just a fancy name for our airport transportation hub), you’ll take the Metrorail Orange Line ($2.25 per person, per trip) to the BRICKELL stop. Read more about taking public transportation in Miami.

Traveler Tip: There are two apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will help you navigate public transportation: the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App.

 

Organising Committee

Giovanni ANGLES
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP (UNITED STATES)

Rodrigo DA SILVA
Law Offices of Rodrigo S. Da Silva, P.A. (UNITED STATES)

Jeroen DE CONINCK
Advocatenkantoor De Coninck (BELGIUM)

Kimberly DE LA CRUZ
Law Offices of Rodrigo S. Da Silva, P.A. (UNITED STATES)

Eduardo DE LA PEÑA BERNAL
Reed Smith LLP (UNITED STATES)

Carlos DEL RAZO
Solórzano, Carvajal, González y Pérez Correa, S.C. (MEXICO)

Colin DELANEY
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (UNITED STATES)

Marcelo DIAZ-CORTES
Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP (UNITED STATES)

Joseph GULINO
DRRT (UNITED STATES)

Sujey HERRERA
Reed Smith LLP (UNITED STATES)

Perry MACLENNAN
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. (UNITED STATES)

Renzo ROBERTI VIDAL
Barrios Fuentes - Abogados (PERU)

Cristina VICENS BEARD
Sequor Law, P.A. (UNITED STATES)

Pablo VINAGERAS
J&A Garrigues, S.L.P. (SPAIN)

Benjamin WILSON
Holland & Knight LLP (UNITED STATES)

National Representatives

Arnoldo LACAYO
Sequor Law (UNITED STATES)