Representative Matters


Advised client on the establishment of the world’s leading biomedical engineering company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of VERAPTUS® therapeutic aptamers in Changsha, China.

 

Developed the first decentralized network of small modular thorium molten salt nuclear reactors for the purpose of providing clean, safe, abundant, and cost-effective electricity, freshwater, energy for maritime propulsion, and energy for deep space exploration.

 

Advised client on designing, building, owning, and operating a fleet of floating thorium molten salt nuclear reactor (TMSNR) desalination plants. The TMSNRs will be coupled to multiple-effect distillation (MED) units.

 

Advised client on the establishment of an exclusive online men’s clothing store.

 

US$200 million Private Placement Memorandum for International Drilling and Exploration (INDEX) - INDEX was formed for the purpose of owning and operating mobile offshore drilling units. These vessels were to be engaged in offshore oil and gas contract drilling and “farm-outs.”

 

Unsolicited proposal to ANCAP for the purpose of conducting a geological survey of the territorial waters of Uruguay and, if commercially viable reserves were discovered, proceeding with the exploration and production activities necessary to bring the discovered oil and gas to market. The primary area of interest was offshore of the mouth of the Rio de la Plata.

 

Joint venture between INDEX, Inc., Querol, S.A., and Roch, S.A. for the acquisition of YPF oil and gas properties in the Austal Basin in Southern Argentina - The entire production was to be sold directly to ENAP, the state-owned oil company in Chile.

 

US$110 million Private Placement Memorandum for Index Marine Transport (“IMT”) - IMT was formed for the purpose of owning and operating an initial fleet of three 2,000 T.E.U. U.S.-flag containerships between the East Coast of the United States and the East Coast of South America. Vessel management was to be provided by Christian F. Ahrenkiel, GmbH & Co. of Hamburg, Germany. Sales/marketing was to be provided by Southern Steam, Inc. of Mobile, AL.

 

US$27 million Private Placement Memorandum for Index Resorts International (“IRI”) - IRI was formed for the initial purpose of owning and operating a casino vessel between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Colonia, Uruguay. Ultimately, a hotel/casino/convention center and country club is planned to be developed in Colonia, Uruguay.

 

Ships-for-goods countertrade program between the former Soviet Union and two U.S. multinational corporations

 

Invented/Patented/Marketed a unique Blowout Suppression System (BOSS) for use in the oil and gas exploration industry

 

Privatization acquisitions in Venezuela and Panama for a U.S. corporate client
Acquisitions in Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia

 

Establishment of a new area of operation for a U.S. marine services company in Panama

 

Startup of worldwide fleet areas of operation for a U.S. ship company

 

Startup of a U.S.-flag high-speed passenger ferry company. The vessels, to be constructed at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, are to operate between Tampa and Key West, Florida and between Florida and Cancun, Mexico. A third route, between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba, will be opened upon the re-establishment of commercial relations with Cuba. Vessel construction financing was to be guaranteed by Marad’s Title XI program.

 

Acquisition of a marine agency for a U.S. ship company

 

Negotiation and drafting of a two-year time charter/purchase of a Danish-flag cargo vessel for a U.S. ship company

 

U.S. DoD tanker construction program

 

Prototype bio-mass recovery fueled 17 megawatt power plant

 

Negotiation and drafting of an Alternative Power Program Development Agreement & Power Purchase Agreement to construct, own, operate and maintain a commercially viable 600 KW wind turbine electricity generating facility

 

Analysis of potential risk of patent infringement for utility patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign countries

 

Negotiation and drafting of a worldwide Dealer Agreement and Sales Agreement for an Internet service provider

 

Negotiation and drafting of applicable agreements in connection with the establishment of the first commercially viable large-scale sugarcane-to-ethanol production plant in the United States

 

Advised client on the economic feasibility of the five in-situ methods (CSS, SAGD, VAPEX, THAI, and CHOPS) of bitumen extraction currently used in the oil sands industry

 

Advised client, an investment bank, on the legal and political risks associated with oil & gas extraction activities in key world regions

 

Initiated study for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) port development project in the Maldives. The study included selection of a location for a new port in Male’ and the appropriate form of PPP for the port development project

 

Advised client, an investment bank, on DTI’s recently proposed amendments to the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations, 1999 in regard to subsea production facilities in the North Sea

 

Initiated design of a specific policy and legal, regulatory and institutional framework for a Public- Private Partnership (PPP) for the road sector in Tanzania

 

Advised client on U.S. gaming law and gaming license procedures in regard to the acquisition of a major U.S. casino owner/operator

 

Advised client, an investment management firm, on the regulatory and legal issues associated with the construction of an offshore CCGT power plant in the Barents Sea

 

Advised U.S. corporate client on the legal, political and financial issues associated with the startup of an Internet and VoIP service in Latin America

 

Advised client on the current status of medical device regulations in Colombia and the requirements for proper registration of medical devices with the Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (INVIMA)

 

Founded Renergie, Inc. on March 22, 2006 for the initial purpose of raising capital to research, develop, construct, own and operate a decentralized network of sweet sorghum-to-ethanol small advanced biofuel manufacturing facilities (SABMFs) in the parishes of the State of Louisiana which were devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

Drafted and submitted a $7 million grant application to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pursuant to the Farm-to-Fuel Grants Program, Section 570.957, Florida Statutes, on behalf of Renergie, Inc. for the purpose of partially funding the comprehensive development of a sweet sorghum-to-ethanol industry in Florida

 

Advised client on technology transfer issues between the U.S./Europe and China

 

Represented foreign judgment creditors in the domestication and execution of foreign judgments in Florida under the Uniform Foreign Money Judgment Recognition Act (UFMJRA)

 

On October 18, 2007, Renergie submitted a grant application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), pursuant to the Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program, for the purpose of funding the comprehensive development of a sweet sorghum-to-ethanol industry in Florida. On February 26, 2008, Renergie was one of 8 recipients, selected from 139 grant applicants, to share $12.5 million from the Florida DEP’s Renewable Energy Technologies Grants Program. Renergie received $1,500,483 in grant money to design and build Florida’s first ethanol plant capable of producing fuel-grade ethanol solely from sweet sorghum juice. On April 2, 2008, Enterprise Florida, Inc., the state’s economic development organization, selected Renergie as one of Florida’s most innovative technology companies in the alternative energy sector. On January 20, 2009, the Florida Energy & Climate Commission amended RET Grant Agreement S0386 to increase Renergie’s funding from $1,500,483 to $2,500,000.

 

Drafted the legislation (HB 1270) for the creation of an advanced biofuel industry development initiative in Louisiana. On June 21, 2008, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative (Act 382). Act 382, the most comprehensive and far-reaching state legislation in the U.S. enacted to develop a statewide advanced biofuel industry, is based upon the “Field-to-Pump” strategy. Louisiana is the first state to enact alternative transportation fuel legislation that moves fuel ethanol beyond being just a blending component in gasoline by including a mandatory variable blending pump pilot program and hydrous ethanol pilot program.

 

Drafted and submitted a testing exemption application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the purpose of testing hydrous E10, E20, E30 & E85 ethanol blends in non-flex-fuel vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles in Louisiana. On-site blending pumps, in lieu of splash blending, are used for this test. On February 4, 2009, the U.S. EPA granted our client, Renergie, a tampering waiver for the purpose of testing hydrous E10, E20, E30 & E85 ethanol blends in non-flex-fuel vehicles in Louisiana. On February 24, 2009, the U.S. EPA granted Renergie a first-of-its-kind RVP waiver for the purpose of testing hydrous E10, E20, E30 & E85 ethanol blends in non-flex-fuel vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles in Louisiana.

 

Negotiated to acquire the assets of a syrup mill and sugarcane-to-ethanol facility in Lacassine, Louisiana.

 

Designed system, drafted and submitted proposal to the U.S. Coast Guard, Departments of Environmental Quality of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. EPA for the purpose of:
(a) collecting the surface oil and undersea oil plumes from the BP oil spill of April 22, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico with three Panamax crude tankers; (b) separating the oil and water onboard the tankers; and (c) transporting the remaining crude oil to a shore side facility.

 

Drafted and submitted to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) an unsolicited proposal for the purpose of expanding the Renergie “Field-to-Pump” strategy to produce hydrous advanced biofuel from sweet sorghum juice and develop the infrastructure for hydrous E10, E20, E30 & E85 via variable blending pumps in Asia. This expansion could be achieved via a technology transfer agreement, JV or PPP.

 

Complex business litigation in Florida courts and The U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

 

Outside general counsel for domestic and foreign corporations in the State of Florida