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International Arbitration
Representative Matters

  • Mr. Skola has represented various financial institutions, ranging from the Florida agencies of international banking corporations (e.g. Banco do Brasil S.A.) to state-chartered Florida banking institutions (e.g. Sofisa Bank of Florida). He has expertise in both regulatory matters, such as counseling local banks on their Privacy Policy and their Internet Banking Policy and Procedure Manuals, and all types of transactional matters, such as Loans and Credit Operations, Credit Card Programs, Collection Items, Trade Financing and Custodial Account Documentation. Mr. Skola has also counseled several investment groups, foreign and domestic, on how to structure and implement their entry into the United States financial community. Accordingly, he has participated as legal counsel to several foreign banking groups establishing presence in the United States.

  • Mr. Skola has assisted several foreign groups in their acquisition of a United States business and how to structure their resulting activities in both the United States and their countries of origin, including all relevant tax considerations, administrative restrictions and intellectual property matters. For example, Mr. Skola has been lead counsel to the Goldshield Group in its recent acquisitions of various entities marketing healthcare products. 

  • Mr. Skola has counseled several groups on joint ventures in Brazil, assisting them with structuring their direct foreign investment and registering their intellectual property rights. He has advised them with respect to their international and domestic tax exposure and served as a liaison with local counsel. For example, he advised a group from the Czech Republic in connection with its joint venture to manufacture automobile and truck tires in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and recently counseled a United States group on expanding its freight forwarding services to Brazil.

  • Mr. Skola has represented various clients in patent and trademark licensing matters, both as licensor and licensee and concerning intellectual property and technical services to and from the United States and abroad. This activity involved both drafting proper documentation in accordance with applicable law and conducting due diligence with respect to global intellectual property rights. For example, Mr. Skola recently represented an Argentine group wishing to license its patent in the transportation sector in the United States and assisted the Goldshield Group in licensing certain patent rights held by a California individual relating to new technology in skin care.

  • Mr. Skola has represented many groups in the entertainment area, particularly in matters relating to television productions and international gaming. For example, Mr. Skola has counseled clients such as Caesars Palace, Desert Inn and MGM Grand Hotel in the collection of their international gaming debts. He established a system of documenting gaming debts in five Latin American jurisdictions for both Caesars Palace and MGM Grand Hotel. He assisted Bally Gaming in documenting its sales and leasing transactions with jurisdictions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Skola also advised CapitalVision International Corp. and Crustel S.A., considered then to be the most successful producer and distributor of Spanish language soap operas, in all of their licensing activities in the United States and Europe. He was a legal adviser to Delia Fiallo, perhaps the best known writer of Spanish language soap operas, during many years. Mr. Skola is experienced in preparing all types of contracts used in the entertainment industry, such as Commercial Spokesperson Agreements, Endorsement Agreements, Merchandising Agreements, Agency Agreements, Pre-Production Agreements and Foreign Licensing Agreements in the recording industry.

  • Mr. Skola has assisted many clients in purchasing aircraft and vessels for use both in the United States and abroad and has counseled these clients, many of whom are foreign, on how best to structure these acquisitions and how best to obtain either United States registration or registration in a more favorable tax jurisdiction.

  • Mr. Skola has counseled many foreign clients on how to structure their off-shore activities for purposes of estate planning, asset protection and international trade transactions. This may involve establishing and organizing off-shore trusts and companies in various jurisdictions. He has considerable experience in this regard and long-standing associate counsel in all major off-shore jurisdictions.