Having just wrapped up Season 2 of Stranger Things this week, I just couldn’t help draw the connection between the Mind Flayer and its army of Demogorgons wreaking havoc in Hawking, Indiana and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his finance ministers terrorizing global capital markets in Caracas, Venezuela. While the former makes for good entertainment, the latter makes … [Read more...]
The 5 Most Important Words in an International Contract.
As an international business attorney, a focal point of my practice involves advising clients on the terms and conditions that absolutely must be included in an international business agreement. Having drafted hundreds of commercial contracts over the years, I narrowed down what I perceive to be the five most important terms to include in a cross-border contract. While … [Read more...]
Enforcing a Contract in Latin America? Good Luck with That.
I got a call recently from a local manufacturer looking to sue a supplier in a Latin American country for breach of contract. Given Miami’s proximity to the region, I see these types of cases a lot. The first thing I’ll do is take a look at the case to confirm that jurisdiction would be proper in the U.S. And most of the time it is. However, when the jurisdictional … [Read more...]
International Litigation Costs: A Comparative Study.
As readers of this blog know, I’m a big advocate for the arbitration of international disputes. However, the fact remains that a great deal of cross-border disputes result in costly international litigation. I see that a lot here in Miami, where our firm’s international practice based. There are literally hundreds of lawsuits filed here that could have easily been resolved … [Read more...]
Can the Location of a Computer Server Be enough to Confer Jurisdiction over International Defendants? Yes. Maybe.
In any international dispute our firm takes on, the first level of analysis will almost always center on the location of the parties and where the dispute arose. If there is no jurisdictional basis for a lawsuit in the U.S., then-- if you’re on the plaintiff side-- the case is referred out to our network of international lawyers. If we’re defending you, then there’s a good … [Read more...]