Boyd & Jenerette attorney's were quoted in the Miami Herald's article "Decoding U.S.-Colombia FTA keeps Miami law firms busy" - Explaining the rules of the new trade pact is creating opportunities for South Florida law firms.
Since the agreement went into effect May 15, law firms have been holding roundtable discussions, offering seminars on how to take advantage of the new trading relationship and visiting Colombia to advise business executives on how the trade pact will affect them.
“For South Florida and Florida in general, this is a treaty of tremendous relevance,” said Carlos Aguilar, director of the international practice group at Boyd & Jenerette, which held a roundtable on the FTA in June. With it, he said, comes not only the promise of more trade but also job creation.
“Selling to or buying from Colombia is way different from selling to Columbia, S.C.,” said Ronald Neiwirth, an attorney at Boyd & Jenerette.
An exporter or importer must, for example, consider political risk as well as exchange and monetary risks, be aware of differing product liability and technical standards, and learn the rules for competing for government contracts, lawyers at the Boyd & Jenerette roundtable said.
Boyd & Jenerette Hosts Roundtable to Discuss the Free Trade Agreement Between Colombia and The United States
A roundtable event was held on June 8,2012 in our Miami office to discuss the political and economic impact that the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the United States will have on South Florida.
Invited guests included various attorneys from the law firm Boyd & Jenerette, including Jorge Gutiérrez, Managing Partner, Carlos Aguilar, Director of the International Practice, and Ronald Neiwirth, Partner at the firm. Other panelists included Rafael Castillo-Triana, International Law Expert and CEO of FTAA International, Iván Barrios, VP of Commercial Development forEnterpriseFloridaand Fernando Navia, Trade Commissioner ofEcuadorinMiami.
The panelists discussed the different benefits that will arise from the treaty, including a boom inSouth Florida’s economy through an increase in available jobs and exports. Iván Barrios, from Enterprise Florida, highlighted the areas two areas that he believes will have more growth; telecommunications and electronics. Iván also spoke about the importance of the treaty for South Florida, reason for which Enterprise Florida has organized a trip to Colombia with Governor Rick Scott, with the purpose of establishing commercial relationships with the country.
On April 26 & 27, 2012 Boyd & Jenerette Partners, Ronald Neiwirth (A Florida Civil-Law Notary and head of the Insolvency & Reorganization practice), and Carlos Aguilar (head of the International practice), participated in the North American Notarial Forum, held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Neiwirth is a director of the National Association of Civil Law Notaries (“NACLN”). He has been a Florida Civil-Law Notary since the specialty was first created by Statute in 1999. Mr. Neiwirth presented on Civil-Law Notarial Ethics, comparing ethical regulation of Florida lawyers serving as Civil-Law Notaries, with the ethical standards established by the Union Internationale du Notariat (“UIN”). He also participated on a panel discussion of Notarial ethics with eminent notaries from other countries.
Also in attendance were Florida’s Secretary of State, Ken Detzner; the President of the UIN, representing 81 countries which utilize civil-law notaries; as well as a number of other prominent notaries from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Argentina, France, and Quebec.
The Civil-Law Notary is, generally speaking, a highly-trained attorney who is able to authenticate and certify documents and facts, as well as prepare transactional documentation, which will be generally accepted in other countries which utilize the Civil-Law Notarial concept.