Cornell Latin America Alumni Symposium 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Coral Gables, FL
Open To:
Law School Alumni Affairs


You are Invited to the Cornell Latin America Alumni Symposium 2012

Co-sponsored by: Law, Johnson and The Alumni Affairs Office of Diversity & International Programs.

April 19-21, 2012

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 
50 Alhambra Plaza
Coral Gables, Florida, USA 33134

You are cordially invited to the third gathering of Cornell Alumni in Latin American Business.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with some of the most prominent experts in the areas of free trade agreements, foreign investments, commercial real estate, competition and anti-trust laws in Latin America. Most importantly, don’t be the person who hears about how fantastic the symposium was - experience it yourself, register today!

Registration Fees
$150.00 per person per day
$100.00 per day for Young Alumni - Classes 2001-2011
Guests may join us for the lunches at a cost of $50.00 per day
CLE Programs are free, however you do need to register in advance
The Saturday Annual Winemaker's Dinner at the Raleigh Hotel is a separate charge.    Price: $135 in advance, $20 additional 7 days prior.  See dinner details below.  LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE.  You may register for this exciting and fun dinner here. 

To register for the symposium, visit our registration page or call the Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 by Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Because we must provide the hotel with attendance guarantees in advance of the symposium, we regret that we will be unable to refund any registration fees unless a written cancellation request is received via fax at 607.255.7031 or postmarked on or before April 11, 2012.

See Who's Coming

A special thanks to Jaime A. Bianchi, JD ’91 and White & Case for sponsoring the Continuing Legal Education Credit for the state of Florida.

Hotel Accomodations
Special rates apply at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
Telephone: 402.592.6464
Deadline for hotel special rate reservations: March 30, 2012
Reference group code: Cornell Latin America Symposium.

Additional Hotel Options:
Walking distance to the Hyatt:
The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables $185 on hold until April 5th
180 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 441-2600
Personalized Cornell reservations online here 

Ten minute drive to the Hyatt:
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center - $99 on hold until April 19th
3900 NW 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
(305) 871-3800
To make arrangements for the Cornell Rate please email directly to: Sgambe Joseph sjoseph@sheratonmiamiairport.com
Shuttle service will be offered to the Hyatt and back once per day (AM and PM)

Weekend Program:

Thursday, April 19th
6:30 – 8:30 PM          
Reception Welcoming Cornell Alumni & Guests
Host: Stewart A. Merkin, MBA ’71, JD ’72 and Corinne Merkin
4450 Lake Road, Bay Point
Miami, Florida 33137

Friday, April 20th
7:30 – 8:15 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Future of Free Trade Agreements in The Western Hemisphere After: NAFTA, CAFTA, and Colombia and Panama FTA’S.
Our panel of experts will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to the various agreements that are being developed throughout the Latin America countries.  Hear how these agreements are affecting business, imports, exports and the political landscape and the likelihood of future FTA’s.  (CLE Credit Pending)
Moderator: Pedro Urdaneta, LLM ’94, Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique (Venezuela)

  • Santiago Concha, LLM ’94, Partner, Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados (Colombia) 
  • Les Glick, BS ’67, JD ’70, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur (United States) 
  • Jose Evenor Taboada, JSD ’76, Chairman, Consortium Centro America (Nicaragua)

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Coffee Break sponsored by: Cornell Latino Alumni Association and Diversity Alumni Programs

10:30 – 12:00 PM
Foreign Investments in Latin America
Join our panelists as they offer insight to the new 'historic record' of current investments occurring in Latin America and with other countries including China. They will analyze the good performance of the economies of Latin America despite the scenario of economic turbulence.
Moderator: Eileen T. Higgins, MBA ’89, Desk Officer, South Africa Economic Office, Department of State, United States of America  

  • Andre Bhatia, AB ’92, Partner, Acon Investments (United States)
  • Miguel A. Ferrer, AB ’59, MBA ’61, Chairman, UBS Financial Services Incorporated (Puerto Rico) 
  • Peter L. Gianulis, MBA ’96, President, Carrelton Asset Management (United States)

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lunch Program: Business Outlook in Latin America 
Keynote Speaker: Carlos D. Garcia, MBA ’83, 
President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Latin America and Canada Region (United States)

1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Open Networking Time

6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Reception for Alumni & Guests
Hosts: Lee I. Weintraub, JD ’70 and Teresa V-F Weintraub
The Gables Club
60 Edgewater Dr Apt 5A
Coral Gables, FL 33133-6985

Saturday, April 21st
7:30 – 8:15 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM
The Outlook for Commercial Real Estate Markets in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean are emerging as an important destination for corporate occupiers who want to expand their global footprint and for real estate investors who want to diversify their portfolios. Panelists from various industries will identify key opportunities in the sector and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of real estate investments in these rapidly growing markets. 
Moderator: Jonathan Kracer, BS ’07, Managing Principal at Sion Capital LLC (United States)

  • Santiago Concha, LLM ’94, Partner, Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados (Colombia)
  • Edgar Garin, BS '76, Director, Franchise Development Latin America, La Quinta Inns & Suites (United States)
  • Enrique J. Vila-Biaggi, BS '94, MEN ’95, President, IEDIFIKO, Inc. (Puerto Rico)

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Coffee Break sponsored by: Cornell Latino Alumni Association and Diversity Alumni Programs

10:30 – 12:00 PM
Latin American Competition Law: Developments and Trends 
New developments in competition law, policy and antitrust enforcement throughout Latin America will be the focus of this program. Panelists will explore benefits and challenges of the emergence of multilateral cooperation as an aid to national competition enforcement efforts throughout the Americas.  (CLE Credit Pending) 
Moderator: Lee I. Weintraub, JD ’70, Of Counsel, Fowler Rodriguez (United States) 

  • George A. Hay, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, Professor of Economics, Cornell Law School (United States)
  • Alfonso Miranda Londoño, LLM ’87, Socio, Esguerra Barrera Arriaga (Colombia)
  • Marcus Vinicius de Freitas, LLM ’95, Of Counsel at Fraga, Bekierman & Pacheco Neto Advogados (Brazil)

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lunch Program: The Intersection of Healthcare and Economic Expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Keynote Speaker: James R. Murray, BS ’83, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Pan American Risk Management, LLC (United States)
Moderator: J. Jack Barcelo, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law; Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director, Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program (United States)

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Café con Leche with Cornell Latino Alumni Association
Sponsored by Cornell Diversity Alumni Programs & International Alumni Programs
Meet the new board members of the Cornell Latino Alumni Association and expand your network with an international group of Latino professionals and industry leaders.

4:00 - 6:30 PM
Open Networking Time
6:30 - 10:00 PM
Annual Winemaker’s Dinner
Sponsored by the Cornell Hotel Society ~ South Florida Chapter
In celebration of Earth Day, Chef Michael Schwartz, James Beard award-winner, will prepare a special farm-to-table menu paired with an international selection of sustainable vineyard wines chosen by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  At the Raleigh's Oasis, we will be dining al fresco with shared plates.
6:30 PM - Wine Reception,  7:30 PM - Dinner
Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL