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


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

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.



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. Panelists 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 various decisions related to financing, corporate entity selection, tax optimization, choice of law, and cash remittance issues that arise when doing business in Latin America. The panelists will also discuss practical matters to consider while advising Latin American clients—such as cultural differences in negotiation tactics and/or client development.

Moderator: Hernán Pantaleón, Founder, Hernán Pantaleón Abogados


  • Ainhoa Corrales, Senior Vice President of Structured Finance for the Americas, Banco Sabadell (Miami Office)
  • Eduardo Pupo, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (New York Office)
  • Fradyn Suárez, Partner, Banking, Finance & Securities, Jones Day (Miami Office)


FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Panel III: Governmental Relations and ImplicationsThis panel will focus on different laws and regulations that directly or indirectly affect investments, such as foreign investment treaties, tax treaties, local employment issues, and intellectual property protections for licensors. The panel can also discuss change of law, corruption, and issues stemming from changes to inter-American immigration, trade, or foreign relations policies. Some pivotal questions are: (1) What kind of international regulatory environment are we operating in? (2) What mechanisms are local governments using to enhance U.S. investment in the Americas? (3)  How is the U.S. aiding Latin American investors to deploy capital in the U.S.?

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


Panel IV: International DisputesThis panel will focus on Miami as a “base camp” for international litigation and arbitration practices, and as a potential forum for mediation. The key issue considered will be whether clients should litigate abroad, or take the case to an arbitration forum. The panel will also weigh the costs and benefits of litigation versus arbitration, and whether or parties will be able to enforce foreign judgments abroad despite success in trial or arbitration. Will Miami catch up with New York as a seat for Latin American arbitrations? Does it need to?

Moderator: Marike Paulsson, Director of the International Arbitration Institute & Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law


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


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