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Antonio Contarini

Tri-lingual Corporate Attorney with MBA

Miami, FL

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To secure a fast paced, global corporate position that effectively utilizes my legal, language, negotiation, and interpersonal skills to surpass both company and professional objectives.

Work Experience

General Counsel

The Conrad Group LLC
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Miami, FL
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January 2011 to May 2012

• Advised the firm’s global clients and partners on matters related to strategic planning and emerging market transactions in Asia, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, North America, and Central America/Latin America, performing research on legal and factual issues on an as-needed basis 
• Responsible for prioritizing and handling multiple tasks in high performing, dynamic, cross functional team settings with major investment banks, fund managers, and counsel, in the areas of private equity and capital markets while residing in Hong Kong 
• Provided legal support in the structuring of RMB-denominated investment vehicles for investment outside of China, developing strong working relationships with legal colleagues/business clients 
• Extensive company travel in North America, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore

Owner

Contarini Law Firm
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Aventura, FL
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March 2006 to May 2012

Of Counsel to various multinational companies, including media conglomerates and strategic advisory firms 
• Counseled clients in Commercial Litigation, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Immigration matters 
• Counseled clients in Contractual matters, including appearance in State and Federal courts

Corporate Counsel

The Cisneros Group
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Coral Gables, FL
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September 2010 to August 2011

• Acted as In-house Legal Counsel to the Cisneros Group of companies, including: Venevision, Venevision International Films, VeneMovies, VeneMobile, Latino Cellular, Siente Music, and Finser Corporation 
• Participated in the day-to-day management of the legal process in all aspects of the media business of the group, working independently and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision 
• Drafted/reviewed Media Contracts, including: Releases, Content Agreements, Distribution Agreements, License Agreements, Deal Memos, Service Agreements, Acquisition Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Intent, Works for Hire, Script Sales Agreements, Vendor Agreements, and Non-disclosure Agreements 
• Provided legal support in managing internal clients to General Counsel and SVP of Business & Legal Affairs  
• Drafted and advised on all new media and IT contracts/agreements and reviewed advertising/marketing materials 
• Advised heads of departments on the legal issues of various contract templates and assisted in negotiations of same 
• Participated in fully bilingual Board meetings and drafted meeting minutes with strict attention to detail

In-House Corporate Counsel/Corporate Secretary

Duos Technologies, Inc
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Jacksonville, FL
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September 2007 to May 2010

Duties as Corporate Counsel 
• Acted as chief legal counsel to the Duos group of companies, providing practical, business-oriented, legal advice and solutions, and monitoring regulatory developments utilizing strong interpersonal and communication skills 
• Prepared and reviewed all contracts for corporate acquisitions, partnerships, and software/equipment licensing 
• Consolidated all documents and produced standardized templates for the efficient production of legal documents 
• Minimized the need for outside counsel and significantly reduced outside legal fees in the areas of Litigation, Securities, Labor & Employment, Patent & Trademark, and Immigration by handling most matter in-house 
• Liaised with outside counsel in the drafting, negotiation, and interpretation of complex business documents 
• Integrated document and contract production processes and systems to produce and organize sensitive documents 
• Managed two private capital raises including production of all documentation, stock certificates, and warrants 
• Successfully defended the corporation in a Title VII Employment action in Federal Court  
• Maintained all legal records for engineering, operations, IT, and business development departments 
• Managed subsidiary creation in Abu Dhabi, UAE, acting as liaison between local counsel and senior management 
• Acted in conjunction with independent auditors (KPMG) to ensure a smooth and efficient auditing process 
• Supported sales, marketing, and distribution programs, integrated ethics, compliance, and preventive law efforts, and advised senior management on legal issues facing the corporation 
• Promoted effective intellectual property strategy, function, processes, and systems to protect and enhance the intellectual assets of the company while supporting superior execution of deals and transactions  
• Ensured compliance with export regulation/international policy, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 
Duties as Corporate Secretary 
• Acted as the focal point for communication with the board of directors, senior management, and shareholders 
• Provided the Board with legal support, advice, and research for discharging its fiduciary duty under state law 
• Drafted and distributed all minutes of board, shareholder, and executive committee meetings 
• Ensured the efficient filing, protection, indexing, and accessibility of corporate records, in accordance with applicable law and sound business practices  
• Maintained shareholder records, and provided for the transfer or replacement of stock certificates 
• Responded to shareholder inquiries, directed and assisted in preparing and distributing reports, materials, and shareholder communications, and maintained statistical information on the shareholder base 
• Prepared and filed registration statements and reports to the SEC and the Department of State 
• Prepared corporate communications on all matters of significance to the corporation and its principals

Associate Attorney

Behar, Gutt & Glazer, P.A
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Miami, FL
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April 2004 to February 2006

• Drafted complaints, pleadings, motions, and discovery in county and circuit civil litigation cases 
• Acted as Primary contact for clients, opposing counsel, and defendants in all ongoing cases 
• Coordinated and executed settlements, researched issues for trial, and prepared summary judgment motions 
• Coordinated secretaries, a collector, and an assistant to ensure efficient operation of the department 
• Proficient in the use of Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and the Internet for legal and factual research

Education

Master of Science in Business Administration

University of Florida -
Gainesville, FL

2007

Juris Doctor in Law

St. Thomas University -
Miami, FL

2002

Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

University of North Florida -
Jacksonville, FL

1998

Skills

Fluent in Spanish and Italian

Certifications

Licensed to Practice Law in Florida, New York, and D.C.

Additional Information

I carry two passports: U.S. and E.U.