2019 Symposium

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The University of Miami Law Review is pleased to announce its 2019 Symposium, Sin Límites: Law and Business at the Gateway to the AmericasThe event will examine the ways that local attorneys guide their clients through cross-border investments and disputes, as well as the growth in international career opportunities that will accompany Miami’s transition from a regional hub to a “hemispheric innovation center.”

Themes that will be discussed in a carefully selected set of panels include (i) Miami as a Center for Hemispheric Innovation; (ii) Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment; (iii) International Governmental Relations; and (iv) International Disputes.

The 2019 Symposium will take place on the following dates:

Friday, February 8, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
University of Miami, Donna E. Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive, Miami, FL 33146

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9.5 General
2.0 Ethics
2.0 Technology

Download the Schedule of Events for the 2019 Symposium here


Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2005–2009)

February 8

Carlos Gutierrez is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.

Previously, Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company’s hundred year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.

Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.

He currently serves as the Chair of the National Foreign Trade Council and of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council, and is on the boards of the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council and the Boao Forum for Asia.

He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Meridian International Center, and serves on the boards of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Viridis Learning, the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married to Edilia, and has three grown children.

He is based in Washington, DC.

Larissa ZagustinSenior Vice President & General Counsel, Viacom International Media Networks Americas

February 9

Attorney Larissa Zagustin is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Viacom International Media Networks Americas, where her responsibilities include structuring commercial transactions to achieve business goals while minimizing company exposure, helping manage Government Affairs matters primarily for Latin America, and overseeing legal operations for Latin America, Canada and the U.S. Hispanic market.

Previously, Ms. Zagustin worked at the top tier Latin American firm Hoet, Pelaez, Castillo & Duque (formerly Bentata ,Hoet & Asociados) for three years, where she worked on large acquisitions and privatizations, mostly related to the steel industry. After obtaining a U.S. law degree in South Florida in 2002, graduating magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University, she interviewed for an internship in the legal department of what was then MTV Networks. Within five years she was a vice president.

Ms. Zagustin recently oversaw Viacom’s $345 million acquisition of Argentinian global broadcast channel and content producer Telefe, and currently manages a team of 22 individuals throughout Latin America, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and government affairs matters.

She also has a a law degree from the Universidad Central de Caracas, and is currently admitted to practice law in Venezuela, Florida and the UK as a solicitor.



FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Opening Remarks: Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami
Keynote Speaker: Secretary Carlos Gutierrez

Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities. This panel will articulate Miami’s increasing importance in hemispheric (North and South American) affairs, and the legal opportunities that follow. Panelists will discuss the city’s potential for international growth, the relationship between Miami, the Americas, and Europe, and opportunities for young law professionals and entrepreneurs as the city becomes a global center for innovation. The panel will analyze the contrasting socioeconomic environments in Latin America and the United States from various perspectives, and introduce the importance of the rule of law on international affairs and investment.

Moderator: Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig (Miami Office)


Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & InvestmentThis panel will focus on the importance of political stability and a strong rule of law when making financing and investment decisions in Latin America. Panelists will discuss the advantages and difficulties arising from the accession of new political regimes in several key jurisdictions, and best practices to both optimize and protect client returns.

Moderator: Hernán Pantaleón, Founder, Hernán Pantaleón Abogados; Adjunct Faculty, University of Miami School of Law


  • Fradyn Suárez, Partner, Banking, Finance & Securities, Jones Day (Miami Office)
  • Ainhoa Corrales, Head of Project Finance Americas, Banco Sabadell (Miami Office)
  • Eduardo Pupo, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (New York Office)
  • Paulo Leme, Finance Executive in Residence, Miami Business School


FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Larissa Zagustin

Panel III: Governmental Relations and ImplicationsThis panel will explore local and international regulatory frameworks that affect the flow of capital, goods, and services between the United States and the Americas. Panelists will discuss a variety of issues— including corruption, bilateral tax and investment treaties, employment laws, and intellectual property protections—as well as the effects of new policies that aid and limit the interaction between United States and Latin American investors.

Moderator: Patricia Abril, Professor of Business Law and Vice Dean of Graduate Programs, Miami Business School


  • Sergio Alvarez-Mena, Partner, Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation, Jones Day (Miami Office)
  • Jose Acosta, President, Public Affairs & Operations, UPS Latin America
  • Patricia Brown, Director, Graduate Program in Tax, University of Miami School of Law
  • Juan Carlos Hartasánchez, Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group (Washington, D.C. Office)

Panel IV: International DisputesThis panel will discuss specific issues that arise while navigating through international disputes in the Americas. Panelists will explore the benefits and limitations of international arbitration vis-à-vis international litigation, the challenges associated with enforcing arbitral awards, and Miami’s recent rise to prominence as a premier venue for Latin American dispute settlement.

Moderator: Marike Paulsson, Professor, University of Miami School of Law, Senior Consultant, Albright Stonebridge Group


  • Jonathan Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration, White & Case LLP (Washington, D.C. Office)
  • Rick Puente, Partner, Global Disputes, Jones Day (Miami Office)
  • Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group (Washington, D.C. Office)
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, Of Counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP (Washington, D.C. Office)




For sponsorship opportunities, or any other additional information, please contact Lance Maynard, Symposium Editor.