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#1 CORPORATE & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE BOOTCAMP 2020 - Summer/Fall EDITION: Procurement & Government Contracting Compliance

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The volume and complexity of transactions related to procurement are some of the reasons that transactions with the government are most vulnerable to corruption. State and federal regulatory compliance can be tough to navigate and the process can make even routine sales and marketing practices vulnerable to civil and criminal liability. This webinar analyzes the regulatory framework, including identification of some of the legal risks in solicitations, pre- and post-award bid protests, contract compliance, change orders, and contract claims and disputes.  The webinar also discusses defense strategies of a company that is accused of fraud or civil non-compliance.
This webinar is delivered in Plain English, understandable to you even if you are not a Business
Law Specialist. It brings you into an engaging, even sometimes humorous, conversation
designed to entertain as it teaches. And, it is specifically designed to be viewed as a stand-alone webinar, meaning that you do not have to view the other webinars in the series to get a lot out of it.
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Rafael Zahralddin-Aravena, Elliott Greenleaf,
Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena is a Shareholder, Director, and Chair of his firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice.  He founded the Elliott Greenleaf Delaware office in 2007, which specializes in business law, as its first Managing Shareholder.  He works as a litigator and advises businesses on issues of compliance, corporate formation, corporate governance, insolvency, distressed mergers and acquisition, commercial transactions, cyber law, and international and cross border issues.
He has been lead counsel in several significant matters including serving as special litigation counsel in Washington Mutual, the largest bank insolvency in U.S. history.  In the Nortel bankruptcies he successfully secured a settlement of more than $50 million for the permanently disabled former employees of the company.  The firm and Mr. Zahralddin were named among the firms that received multiple awards in 2014, culminating in the Large Company Transaction of the Year Award from the Turnaround Management Association for their work in the AgFeed USA, Inc. bankruptcy, which involved the sale of the U.S. and China assets of a publicly traded company.  Mr. Zahralddin is the co-editor of the American Bar Association’s book, Reorganizing Failing Businesses and has co-authored several chapters in the treatise.  He has recently been named one of the Top 50 Latino Lawyers in the United States by Latino Leaders Magazine, a 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer Influencer of Law, and a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2019) as a Top Rated Creditor Debtor Rights Attorney.  He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ben Kacher, Counsel, Verizon
I am primarily a government contracts attorney, but I also have experience with and handle many other legal matters, including litigation, investigations, international, intellectual property, environmental, corporate, labor, employment, and other matters.
Alfredo Gonzalez, Partner, Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.
Alfredo L. Gonzalez has more than 40 years of experience in real estate, international transactions, land use, governmental, healthcare, environmental and aviation law. Gonzalezhas represented clients in land use, procurement and environmental issues before governmental entities in South Florida and the State of Florida. Prior to joining the firm, Gonzalez was the chief executive officer of Yoss LLP and past head of the Real Estate and Governmental Practice Groups.
Gonzalez also has extensive experience representing governmental agencies including the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Florida Housing Finance Authority, and various local municipalities. He also has substantial experience representing Receivers in the disposition of assets.
Gonzalez has completed major commercial and residential transactions, represented banks, negotiated complex leases and prepared condominium documentation. He also represents numerous investors, developers, banks, healthcare providers, mortgage companies and large corporate clients. Gonzalez also has extensive experience in contract negotiations with governmental agencies, and has handled major public contracts in aviation, water and sewer, healthcare, waste disposal, environmental, transportation, construction, energy performance, Port of Miami, and other governmental entities.
Gonzalez has been recognized as a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.
Gonzalez is a licensed real estate broker. He is a pastboard member of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX). He is an active member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors, Realtor Association of Miami Dade and the Beaches. He is also a trustee to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and participated in a blue ribbon committee that drafted recommendations to improve the City of Miami Building and Zoning Code.
Gonzalez is a member of The Florida Bar. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He received his juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1978 and earned his bachelor of arts with a concentration in accounting from the University of Miami in 1975.

Ben Kacher 
Ben Kacher works as Legal Counsel for Verizon. He is primarily a government contracts attorney, but also has experience with and handles many other legal matters in the defense and technology industries. Kacher has particular expertise in matters dealing with major weapon systems, international affairs, and intellectual property. He also has experience with litigation, investigations, environmental, corporate, labor, and employment law. Kacher previously worked as legal counsel for BAE Systems, and before that for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. Kacher currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and four children. He loves family, books, the outdoors, travel, and donuts.  
Victor A. Vilaplana  
Victor A. Vilaplana is of counsel and a business reorganization attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Victor focuses his practice on the handling of insolvency matters, particularly complicated business bankruptcies and international transactions. His experience includes representing businesses in multiple fields, from medical device companies to agricultural producers in Chapter 11 cases. Victor is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, International and Latin America Practices as well as the Automotive Industry Team.
Prior to joining Foley, Victor was a shareholder of a nationally recognized firm and a managing partner of the San Diego office for a globally established firm.

Practice Areas: Administrative Law & Regulation, Corporate & Securities
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 08/12/2020
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 3 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena - Elliott Greenleaf; Wilmington, DE
Alfredo L. Gonzalez - Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A., Miami
Ben Kacher - Verizon, Atlanta
Victor A. Vilaplana - Foley & Lardner LLP; San Diego
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