Jose M. Ferrer

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What Cuba Wants From Investors

American investors have made their way into Cuba. Just this week, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the first significant U.S. business investment in Cuba since 1959: the Oggun tractor factory. This plant represents a $5 million to $10 million investment by an American company in Cuba. Both countries seem serious about moving their recently-resurrected commercial … Continue Reading

Cuba’s telecommunications industry and Miami’s expanding Silicon Beach

The social and familial ties Miami has to Latin America are well known. What may be less obvious are its network connections. Miami is ranked as one of the top-five most connected cities in the world. Miami’s growing telecommunications industry, including the eMerge Americas movement, has earned it the name “Silicon Beach.” About 90% of … Continue Reading

Why Miami’s global impact should grow — not wane — as foreign currencies decline

During the height of the Great Recession, naysayers predicted that it would take about 20 years to absorb the glut of new construction in South Florida. For at least that long, they predicted, South Florida would wallow in economic misery, its nascent popularity as a premier global destination fading into oblivion. But South Florida proved … Continue Reading

International Arbitration in the Americas: An Agent of Change?

It’s practically common knowledge that litigating in Latin American jurisdictions can be a tedious, never-ending process that would render the ‘juice’ not worth the squeeze. Doing business in Latin America, therefore, has always come with a  catch – the necessity for an arbitration clause that specifically delineates the procedure for how a dispute should be … Continue Reading

ICCA Congress Cements Miami as Arbitration Hub

Every two years the top international arbitration professionals and legal scholars from around the globe gather at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s Congress, or “ICCA Congress,” as it is commonly known, to discuss the latest topics and trends in the field. For the first time since the 1980s, the ICCA Congress returned to the … Continue Reading

Miami Now Go-to Destination for International Arbitration: Part 1 of 2

Miami: crossroads of the Americas and, increasingly, Europe and Asia, host city for the 2014 International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress, site of the Latin American headquarters for countless multinationals and the worldwide base of at least five Fortune 500 companies. And now, home to only the second international arbitration court in the United States … Continue Reading

AAA’s Optional Appellate Review: Good or Bad for Arbitrations?

In the past, resolving contract disputes between sophisticated parties meant spending years litigating in the court system, including having to go through extensive discovery, motion practice, and trial, and then an appeal.  But with the advent of arbitration, now, more than ever, parties are including arbitration provisions in their contracts as a way of resolving … Continue Reading

Florida Supreme Court Says Statute of Limitations Applies in Arbitration

In a recent article in the Daily Business Review, we discuss the Florida Supreme Court decision that puts to rest the question of whether Florida’s Statute of Limitations applies to arbitrations. Reversing previous opinions of the Second District Court of Appeal and the Circuit Court, Raymond James Financial Services v. Phillips impacts parties to Florida … Continue Reading

South Florida, Prime Destination for Litigants Seeking Evidence in Foreign Proceedings

Foreign civil lawsuits, private arbitrations using § 1782 to facilitate discovery Let’s say you have a client who is a party to an arbitration proceeding pending in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In your investigation of the matter, you discover that an individual living in Miami, Florida, may have critical information relating to your client’s claims. You want … Continue Reading

International Arbitration Involving Latin America in South Florida: Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed some of the advantages to conducting international arbitrations in South Florida, including its convenient location and the rules that allow parties to choose their arbitrators regardless of nationality. There are several more advantages: A Similar Culture Not only do many South Florida attorneys speak Spanish and Portuguese, … Continue Reading

Useless Attorneys’ Fees – The Importance of Understanding Florida’s Rules of Civil Procedure

On September 19, 2012, the Third District Court of Appeals decided that a first party plaintiff could not prosecute a claim against a third party defendant in Brady v. P3 Group (LLC) and Hypower, Inc. The Facts In Brady, a non-lawyer Charles Brady used his step-father’s law clients to perpetuate a fraud by making misrepresentations … Continue Reading

International Arbitration Involving Latin America in South Florida: Part 1 of 2

Already a well-established center for commerce and finance involving Latin America, South Florida’s profile as an international arbitration center for commercial disputes involving Latin America has been on a spectacular uptrend. While the range and extent of advantages to conducting international arbitrations in South Florida involving companies from around the globe are vast, the following … Continue Reading

Florida Court: Lawyers And Judges Should Not Be Facebook Friends

Just friends? Think twice before “friending” the bench Can’t lawyers and judges just be “friends?” Apparently not, so ruled Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal last week in Domville v. State, No. 4D12-556 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012). The Fourth District’s decision is seemingly the first of its kind since the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee … Continue Reading
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