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Luciustrans Smejda trans(Principal)

Admitted to Bar : USA: New York, Florida and Illinois; Canada: Alberta; The Supreme Court of the United States; The United States Tax Court and numerous other courts.

International Notary : Florida (Equivalent to Civil Law Notary)

Languages : English, French, German, basic Spanish and basic Russian.

Education : Northwestern University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1968); Columbia University (J.D., 1972); New York University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1974); The Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands); The Sorbonne (Paris, France); University of Strasbourg (France).

Publications :"The Supplemental Researcher : Does It Fulfil Its Functions Internationally and Domestically?", Trademark Reporter 1972; "The New United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty", International Estate Planning - ABA 1981; "The Proposed Canadian Tax Treaty; Trends and Policies", International Tax Journal 1981; "U.S. Tax Considerations for Foreign Investments in U.S. Portfolio Asset (Stocks, Bonds, Deposits, Commodities)", "Taxation of Foreign Investors", Florida Bar 1981; "Aperçu général des principaux impôts en matière d’Investissement Canadien dans la propriété fonçière Américaine", Canadian Bar Association, (Montreal) 1983; "Notions élémentaires de planification commerciale et fiscale l’usage d’entreprises franaises désirant s’établir aux Etats-Unis", Chambre Nationale de la Restauration et de l’Hôtellerie 1982; "Major Restrictions on Foreign Investment in Canada", Current Legal Issues in U.S./Canada Trade & Investment, (Florida Bar CLE Manual 1985); "U.S. Taxation of Corporations, Fiscalité Canada - Etats-Unis", Laval University, Canada 1986; "Business Operations in Panama", 1987 BNA Tax Management Portfolio; "Establishing and Managing a Canadian Business in Florida", "Planning Considerations for Canadians Doing Business or Residing in Florida", Quebec Forum 2000; "Structuring Repatriation of Profits, Interest and Dividends", Florida Bar, 2001; "Acquisition & Financing of Real Estate Investments" French Notary Seminar 2002; "Planning Future Repatriations", France-Florida Forum (Paris, 2002); "International Tax Planning", Russian Symposium (St Petersburg, 2003); "Major US Laws & Practices re: International Business & Investments", Barcelona Symposium (Barcelona, 2004): "Estonia - New Europe Gateway?" International Symposium (Miami, 2005); "Investing & Living in Florida: Tax & Legal Solutions", Mondissimo convention (Paris, 2010); « Establishing and Managing a Canadian Business in Florida », Quebec-Florida Forum (Quebec, 2010); « U.S. Non-resident Taxation and Estate Planning », Quebec-Florida Forum (Quebec, 2010)"Acquiring and Managing Florida Real Estate", Forum Florida - Québec, ( Fort Lauderdale, 2011); "U.S. International Income and Estate Tax Planning for Canadians" Forum Florida - (Fort Lauderdale, 2011); "Vivre, investir et entreprendre en Floride" Forum Québec - Floride 2012 (Québec, 2012); "Tax Structuring of U.S. Business and Investment Structures for Canadians and Mexicans" -, "Acquiring and Managing Florida Real Estate for Canadians or Mexicans", Symposium NAFTA, "Investment and Business Track", (Boca Raton, 2015); "Living, Investing or Doing Business in Florida" Seminar NAFTA (Orlando, 2015)..

Member: International Bar Association; The New York Bar; The Florida Bar (Chair, International Law Section, 2004-2005); Canadian and American Bar Associations; Alberta Law Society; Canadian Tax Foundation; International Fiscal Association; Phi Beta Kappa; James Kent Circle; Harlan Fiske Stone; U.S. National Association of Civil Law Notaries.

JOSEPH transB. transMcFARLAND trans(Of Counsel)

elke puce Admitted to Bar : Florida, New York.

puce Languages : French, German and Spanish.

puce Education :University Of Florida (LL.M. in Taxation 1992); New York Law School (J.D. 1982) ; Law Review, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) (M.A. Int’l Economics and Latin American Studies 1976); Princeton University (B.A. History 1974)

puce Publications :"The Case Management Conference: Tune-Up Needed?" Florida Bar Journal (October 2001); "The Innocent Spouse Rule: Variation on a Theme," Florida Bar Journal (February 1999); "The Medicaid Disability Trust" Co-author with Roger Bernstein, Florida Bar Journal (December 1995); "The U.S. - Canada Income Tax Treaty: The Revised Protocol," Florida Bar Journal (August 1995); "The Qualified Domestic Trust," 7 Florida Journal of International Law 119 (Spring 1992); "Tax Reform Comes to the U.S. Virgin Islands," The International Business Lawyer, (July/August 1988); "Counseling the International Client on Alternative Countries of Residence: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico," International Law Quarterly, Florida Bar publication(October 1987).

puce Member :Chairman, Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee (Orlando-9B), Florida Bar (2006 - 2010); Vice-President, German-American Business Council of Tampa Bay (1997-2000); Board Member, French-American Business Council of West Florida (1999-2000); Adjunct Professor. of Law (International Taxation), Stetson University College of Law (1994); Chairman, European Union Subcom., Tampa Bay Int’l Business Council (1994-95); Executive Committee Member, Tampa Bay Int’l Business Council (1987-89), American Immigration Lawyers Association.

puce Practice areas : International business transactions; tax law; immigration law; pre-immigration corporate and tax structuring; general corporate and contract law.




Admitted to Bar : Florida, 1973.

Languages : English, Spanish.

Education : University of Florida (B.A., Political Science, 1965); Certificate of Latin America Studies, 1965); University of Miami M.A., 1996 (International Studies); University of Florida, J.D., 1973.

puce Publications :"Andean Pact: Regulation of Foreign Investments", Vol. 10, No. 1, International Lawyer, 1976; "Joint Real Estate Developments between Foreign Persons and U.S. Persons", Real Estate Digest, 1980; "Cuba’ s New Foreign Investment Law: Better, Worse or the Same as Before?", Focus Americas, February 1996; "Real Estate Investments in Cuba: Back to the Future", Florida Journal of International Law, Fall 1997 (Published in 1999); "Foreign Investment in Cuba: A U.S. Perspective", Probate & Property Magazine (ABA), November/December 2000; "Cuba’s Business Enterprises: How Business is Conducted on the Island", Florida Journal of International Law, Spring 2003; "The Political Evolution of the Cuban-American Community of South Florida: 1959-2005", The Wisconsin Symposium on Cuba, March 3-5, 2005; "How Cuba’s Legal System Will Adapt to a business Opening", Latin Lawyer, July 2006; Cuba’s Real Estate Under Succession", International Law Quarterly, The Florida Bar, Summer/Fall 2008; "Real Estate development in Cuba: Present and Future", publisehed by Nova Southeastern University, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Summer 2009; "What I Learned About Cuba by Going to Cuba" a Cuba Libre Publication, 2013.

Experience : Vice-Chairman, City of Miami International Trade Board, 1985-1993; President, Miami Friends of Caribbean/Latin American Action, 1985-1987; Director and Legal Counsel, Cuabn-American National Foundation, 1982-1992; Vice-President, Official Chamber of Commerce and Venezuelan-American Industries, 1988-1990; trustee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1984; President, Hispanic American Voters Education, Inc., 1983-1984; Secretary, Bay of Pig’s Veteran’s Association, 1983-1984; Founder and First Vice-President, Cuban American Bar Association, 1975; President, US/Cuba Legal Forum, Inc., 2000 to date; International Advisor, University of Florida College of Law, 2002 to date; President, Foundation of the Normalization of US/Cuba Relations, 2006-2008.

Practice Areas : International Law/Foreign Investments, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law.

MAXIM transI. transISTOMIN trans(Of Counsel)

istominpuce Admitted to Bar: Florida and Russian Federation - Moscow (Practices in Russia)

puce Languages : English, Russian and Basic German

puce Education : Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia (Civil Law Jurisdiction Law Degree, summa cum laude, 1998); Moscow State Academy of Law, Russia (Jurisprudence, 1999); Florida State University College of Law, Florida (J.D., cum laude, 2001).

puce Experience : Onyx Publishing, Moscow (1995-1997), Moscow State Court of Arbitration, Moscow (1996-1997), Investment Development and Legal Consulting Company (1997-1999), Florida State University School of Criminology (2000), College of Law (2001), Florida Department of State, Office of International Affairs (2001-2002), Bartolus, P.L. (200-2003), Florida State University - USAID (2003 - 2005).

puce Member : The Florida Bar; The International Law Section of the Florida Bar (Chair, Russia-Eurasian Committees of the International Law Section).

puce Practice Areas : International, Corporate, Commercial & Notarial Law, Governmental Relations.

puce Speaker : Florida Bar Seminars 2002-2004; Russian Investment Symposium, 2003; International Symposium, 2005.


EVGENY V. GOLOVANOV trans(Law Clerk)

istominpuce Admitted to Bar: Russian Federation - St Petersburg, Moscow (Practices in Russia)  

puce Languages : Russian, English, basic German and Latin.

puce Education : St. Petersburg State University Law School, Russia - International Law Jurisdiction Degree, (2005), Moscow State University of Foreign Relations (MGIMO) - International Law PhD program.  

puce Publications : Few aspects of totalitarian regimes in XXI century. Law School magazine (2002); Public science - Teaching guide (2007). The UN Security Council: the place and importance in the XXI century. POLITEKS political expertise. Vol.8. Number 2. St. Petersburg., 2011., Crisis in the approaches to reforming the UN Security Council. / / Political institutions in the world today. Materials of the Scientific Conference with International Participation 10 - December 11, 2010, St. Petersburg., 2010., Approaches to the UN Security Council reform: political and legal aspects. / / United Nations: Challenges and mechanisms. Collection of scientific papers. St. Petersburg., 2011, The problem of Kosovo in the context of the concept of universal security. / / Politics in texts - texts in politics: science is the history of ideas and doctrines. Materials of the International scientific conference, the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Social and Political History of the exercise of political science faculty of Moscow State University. MV University. 28-29 October 2011, Moscow, 2011., The crisis of universal security system: history, theory and practice. / / Politics in texts - texts in politics: science is the history of ideas and doctrines. Materials of the International scientific conference, the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Social and Political History of the exercise of political science faculty of Moscow State University. MV University. 28-29 October 2011, Moscow, 2011.  

puce Experience : Executive secretary, United Nations Association Russia (from 2003), Professor of International law and Public science (from 2005), Dean assistant School of Political science St. Petersburg State University (from 2010).  

puce Practice Areas : International law, Russian civil law.


SUSANNE LEONE trans(Associate)

istominpuce Admitted to Bar: Germany; Florida  

puce Languages : German, English, French (conversational)

puce Education : St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida (J.D.) Honors: St. Thomas University School of Law Merit Scholarship, 2016 - 2017, St. Thomas Legacy Award, Dean's List Spring and Fall 2016 University of Augsburg, Germany, Second State Exam (J.D.) May 2014  

puce Experience : Lex International Law Firm, P.A., Miami, Florida since 2015 - present Jurist + German Lawyer (International, contracts and corporate law) HammersenS, Munich, Germany 09/01/14 - 11/07/14 Lawyer (Business, corporate, employment law, bank and finance, compliance) Coane and Associates, PLLC, Miami Beach, Florida Summer 2014 Intern (Employment law and immigration) Baur & Klein, P.A., Miami, Florida 01/02/14 - 04/01/14 Referendar (Immigration, corporate, tax, estate and trust, investments, family law and real estate) Seitz-Weckbach-Fackler, Augsburg, Germany 07/02/13 - 12/31/13 Referendar (Tax, criminal, familiy, employment, inheritance, corporate, administrative law and litigation) Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, Munich, Germany 04/01/13 - 07/01/13 Referendar (Media, copyright, entertainment law and contracts)  

puce Member: The Florida Bar International Law Section, American Bar Association, Rechtsanwaltskammer Munich

puce Practice Areas : International Law, Business Law, Contractual and Corporate Law, Immigration Law, German Law.



JACQUES ETHIERtrans(Of Counsel)

Admitted to Bar : Québec, Canada 2004. (Practices in Canada)

puce Languages : French and English

puce Education : Université de Sherbrooke (LLB), 2004; Université de Sherbrooke, Master Degree in Taxation (D. Fisc.), 2007; Accounting Degree (HEC Montreal), 1987.  

puce Experience : Principal of Ethier Holdings; Senior Tax lawyer at Ethier Lawyers; current President at Ethier Lawyers, Inc.; Leader of Enterprises at Ethier Lawyers, Montreal (Law Practice).  

puce Member: Canadian Bar Association; Fiscal and Financial Planning Association.  

puce Practice Areas : Business Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Law, Taxation, Tax Litigation, Private and Public Financing, Trusts.  

Also Lucius Smejda and Eric Vigneron 



ERICtrans J.P. transCITREY trans(Of Counsel)

Admitted to Bar : Paris, France. (Practices in France)

Languages : French, English and Italian.

Education : University of Nice, France - Master of Public Law (1978); Diploma in Private International Law from l’Institut du Droit de la Paix et du Développement (1981), Memorandum: "L’Espace Judiciaire Européen" (The European Judicial Area); Doctor of Public and Private International Law (1983), Thesis: "Les Transferts de Capitaux entre la Communauté Economique Européenne et les Etats-Unis" (Capital Transfers Between the European Economic Community and the U.S.); University of Miami, LL.M (1983), Memorandum: "Exchange Contracts under I.M.F. Rules".  

Experience : Legal Counsel at Price Waterhouse, Paris (1987-1989), General Counsel at COFIREM Holding (1989-1990), In-house counsel at GEC ASLTHOM TRANSPORT S.A. (1990-1996).  

Honors : Sachs Foundation (1982), Fulbright Scholarship (1983), Stark Scholarship (1983), Rotary International Scholarship (1984), Member of the French Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.  

Practice Areas : European & French Law, Commercial & Business Law, International Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions.

Also Eric Vigneron 



OLIVIER HANCEtrans(Of Counsel)

Admitted to Bar : Belgium, Luxembourg (Practices in Belgium & Luxembourg)  

puce Languages : French, English and Italian.

puce Education : Olivier holds a Master in Laws (UCL, Belgium), a Ph.D. in Law (Aix-Marseille, France), a two-year Executive MBA from Louvain School of Management (Belgium), Antai (Shanghai, China), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Corvinius (Budapest, Hungary). Dr. Hance also graduated from numerous executive masters and programmes (INSEAD, Solvay, HEC Brussels, Tulane, etc.) in finance, real estate, wealth management, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.  

puce Publications : Olivier is the author of three books translated in many languages and the author of numerous papers. Olivier speaks French, English and Italian  

puce Experience : He has launched and managed various companies, sat in boards, been partner with Deloitte & Touche (with offices at Brussels, New York & Johannesburg) and served EU institutions. He has been teaching management and law in many universities over the past 20 years, notably the courses of "International Business Law" and an international seminar on "Private Equity as an Asset Class 

puce Member: Belgian Bar Association; Bar of Luxembourg (list IV).

puce Practice Areas : International Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law, Corporate Law.









Smirnovpuce Admitted to Bar: Russian Federation (Practices in Russia)  

puce Languages : Russian, English.

puce Education : St. Petersburg State University Law School, Russia (2002)

puce Experience : Richwise Consulting Group (1998); ФГУП «Радиевый институт им. В.Г.Хлопина» - Госкорпорация РосАтом / Federal State Unitary Enterprise "V. Khlopin Radium Institute" RosAtom Corporation (2005-2010).  

puce Member: Organizer of annual Business Association Seminar dealing with issues of mediation.

puce Practice Areas : Corporate law, international and Russian tax law, international commercial law, domestic and international arbitration, legal regulation of Russian state-owned enterprises.




troitskiypuce Admitted to Bar: Russian Federation (Practices in Russia)

puce Languages : Russian, English, Spanish and German.

puce Education : Saint-Petersburg State University Law School (2002); Saint-Petersburg State University, Business School, Economics Department (2002); Saint-Petersburg State University Law School, PhD (2005); Columbia University in the City of New York, Business school (MBA, 2014).  

puce Publications : Author of more than 40 publications, including: "The efficiency of International governmental organizations in transitional geopolitical conditions in the frameworks of international law progressive development tasks" published in Izvestia: Herzen University journal of humanities & sciences (N 104/2009, SPb); "Forms of economic integration of CIS states" (SPb. 2008); "International technical regulations in the states integration process" published in Izvestia: Herzen University journal of humanities & sciences (N 108/2010, SPb); "MERCOSUR experience of alternative arbitration procedure as a model for CIS. Actual problems of arbitration." (Minsk, 2010); "Unification and harmonization of technical regulations as chief factor of interstate integration process. Research, development and application of high technologies in industry (SPb., 2010); "Implementation of international technical norms to the legislation of modern Russia" published in Customs academy bulletin (N3/2010); "Legal aspects of EurAsEC integration" published in History in development (SPb. 2010); "Comparative view on assimetric integration regulation in Common economic zone of Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belorussia and EurAsEC" published in Problems of modern economy: Eurasian scientific review (N 2/2006).  

puce Experience : Legal adviser and chief of law department of production and trade companies, CFO of holding company. Lawyer for City Invest Bank JSC in Saint-Petersburg, Russia (1999-2000). Head of legal department of City Invest Bank JSC in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, specialized in banking and corporate law, finance, taxation and investment law (2000-2001). Head of legal department of Universal-Contact Nets JSC. Saint-Petersburg, Russia, specialized in Corporate law, Intellectual property law, Patent law, International private law (2001-2002). Vice president of legal department and international relations of Universal-Contact Nets JSC. Saint-Petersburg, Russia, specialized in international relations. (2002-2003). Chief Financial Officer for UNI Oy. Helsinki, Finland, specialized in furniture design promotion, investments, patents and taxation (2003-2004). Vice president of Autocenter Pulkovo Ltd., specialized in external control, finance and tax law (2004-2006). CEO of Pulkovo-Auto Ltd., responsible for general management duties, development and finance (2004-2006). Senior partner of RichWise consulting group (2006-present). Professor of international private and public law, and law of international organizations at Saint-Petersburg State University.  

puce Member: Member of expert council of Committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States Issues of The Council of Federation of Russia. Vice-president of Saint-Petersburg branch of UN association of Russia.  

puce Practice Areas : International law, international and Russian taxation, commercial law and arbitration
of Russia and CIS countries, technical regulations, banking regulations.

Also Dr.Evgeny Golovanov 




Admitted to Bar : Brazil. (Practices in Brazil)

puce Languages : Portuguese and English  

puce Education : University Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Doctorate in International Law.  

puce Experience : Current President at CAS Oil Visas. A leader in the area of immigration, CAS prepares a strategic and effective recruitment and transfer of skilled foreign labor in Brazil, regulating the foreign collaborators who are uncertain about the legislation and laws. CAS has 38 years of experience and knowledge to meet the needs of our clients. Dr. Carlos Aud Sobrinho, the C.E.O. of CAS and a professional with the most years of experience in the immigration area, shows that CAS does what it promises, with complete quality and guaranteed deadlines.

puce Practice Areas :International Law, Immigration Law.



ERIC VIGNERON trans(Of Counsel)

Admitted to Bar : French Lawyer, French Bar (1988-1995); Dominican Republic (Bar of Santo Domingo) Bar of Quebec (Canada)

puce Languages : French, English, Spanish  

puce Education : Master Law in France (University of Dijon); Master Law in Dominican Republic UASD; Equivalency Master Law LLM USA;

pucePublications: Divorce en 48h. www.village justice.com/ articles/ DIVORCE, 12396.html.; Une niche fiscale dont personne ne parle- www.village-justice.com/articles/niche-fiscale-personne-parle,8882.html; Une niche fiscale dont personne ne parle- www.village-justice.com/articles/niche-fiscale-personne-parle,8882.html; L'exonération fiscale totale en dehors des paradis fiscaux. www.village-justice.com/.../exoneration-fiscale-totale-dehors,4504.html; La fiscalité des énergies renouvelables, par Eric Vigneron www.village-justice.com/.../fiscalite-energies-renouvelables,7864.html; Impôts locaux motivation obligatoire du rehaussement. www.village-justice.com/.../Impots-locaux-motivation-obligatoire,11272...; Une reforme fiscale 2010 portant atteinte aux défenses www.village.justice.com/.../reforme-fiscale-portant-atteinte,7863.html; Nouveau : la « blue card » et non la « green card »- Village de . www.village.justice.com/.../Nouveau-green-travailler-france,12635.html; Succession : http://frenchdistrict.com/floride/articles/reforme-juridique-successions-internationales-maitre-eric-vigneron/; Book « paradis fiscaux mythe ou réalité » https://ww.amazon.fr/Paradis-Fiscaux-Andre-Gueugnon/dp/274831502; https://facebook.com/dominicana.visa;  

puce Experience : French Fiduciary tax adviser; Tax adviser for Public Accounting Firm F.W.I; Professor of Corporate Law in Bourgogne University (1994, France)

puce Member: UIA (Union International of Lawyers); ABA (American Bar Association);  

puce Practice Areas :Corporate Law; Tax Law; Public compliance; International Tax Law; FATCA; International Tax Treaties; International Trust and Estate Planning. International Business Transactions; General Corporate and Contract Law; International + Foreign Investments

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