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When: 20 - 21 February 2014
Where: Miami, Florida, United States of America
This year WSG held the very 1st Annual Meeting of the Americas and was hosted by the North American, Latin American and Caribbean regions in Miami, Florida. There were several influential speakers and presentations planned as well as opportunities to network among professionals among all regions.

If you participated in the WSG 2014 Meeting of the Americas and would like to fill out a survey, please complete the form online at www.worldservicesgroup.com/meetingsurvey.aspx?pid=44&id=926


 
1. Americas Anti-Corruption Roundtable
2. Welcome
3. Guest Speaker: Cyber Security – International Technology Intelligence and Info Management
4. Panel Discussion: Professional Firm Risk Management - Professional Liability and Crisis Management
5. Panel Discussion: International Professional Collaborations - Making the Most of World Services Group
6. Panel Discussion: Designation of Miami as an International Centre for Arbitration
7. Panel Discussion: Dealing With and Planning for Retirement

 

1. Americas Anti-Corruption Roundtable

 

An Expert Discussion on Risk Exposure, Trends, Policies, Avoidance Strategies and Planning and Compliance

 

Presentation
Contributing Guest Speakers:  
Geert Aalbers
General Manager Brazil & Director Corporate Investigations Latin America
Control Risks

Victor A. Lago
Vice President
Legal Affairs, Columbus Networks USA, Inc.

Jose Martinez
Citigroup Managing Director - LATAM Senior Regional Counsel (South America), Litigation Director
Citibank South America



Expert Attorneys:  
Jacqueline M. Arango
Partner
Akerman LLP

Jonathan S. Feld
Member
Dykema

Bradley J. Richards
Partner
Haynes and Boone, LLP

 


 

2. Welcome

 

WSG Regional Council Chairs welcomed all members to the first annual WSG 2014 Americas Meeting in Miami, Florida and introduced the host firms. Representatives from Cifuentes, Lemus & Asociados (Venezuela), Graham Thompson (Bahamas) and Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque (Venezuela) further welcomed guests to Miami and Judy Whitehead introduced the guest speaker.

 

 

Regional Council Chairs:  
Judith A. Whitehead
Chair, Caribbean Regional Council
World Services Group

José E. Quiñones
Chair, Latin American Regional Council
World Services Group

David A. Allard
Chair, North American Regional Council
World Services Group


Host Firms:  
Cifuentes, Lemus & Asociados

Graham Thompson

Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque

 


 

3. Guest Speaker: Cyber Security – International Technology Intelligence and Info Management

 

Presentation

Timothy Ryan     

Keynote Speaker:
Timothy P. Ryan
Managing Director
Kroll

 


 

4. Panel Discussion: Professional Firm Risk Management - Professional Liability and Crisis Management

 

Presentation

José E. Quiñones     

Moderator:
José E. Quiñones
Partner
Quiñones, Ibargüen, Luján & Mata, S.C.

Panelists:   Eileen Garczynski
Senior Vice President & Partner
Ames & Gough

Sheila Sawyer
Partner
Waller

Paul M. Durham
Director and General Counsel
Durham Jones & Pinegar



 


 

5. Panel Discussion: International Professional Collaborations - Making the Most of World Services Group

 

Presentation

Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo     

Moderator:
Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo
Partner
Brigard & Urrutia

Panelists:   Michael Benson
Managing Director
Stout Risius Ross

Laura Peserico
Partner
Cifuentes, Lemus & Asociados

Michael Bernard
Member
Dykema



 


 

6. Panel Discussion: Designation of Miami as an International Centre for Arbitration

 

Presentation

Jennifer D. Bailey     

Panelists:
Judge Jennifer D. Bailey
Administrative Judge
Circuit Civil Division
Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

  Luis M. O'Naghten
Chair, International Litigation & Arbitration Practice
Akerman LLP

Zachary D. Rosenbaum
Partner
Lowenstein Sandler

 


 

7. Panel Discussion: Dealing With and Planning for Retirement

 

Panelists:   Lisa M. Walker Johnson
Founding Principal
Walker Clark, LLC

Jorge Velarde
Senior Partner
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

André Vautour
Partner
Lavery, de Billy

Dennis White
Partner
Verrill Dana, LLP



 


              

Hosts of WSG Meeting of the Americas 2014


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