June 15, 2004 Notices Notices Construction Law Certification Committee members needed On May 20, the Supreme Court approved standards for board certification in construction law.Members of The Florida Bar who have an interest in serving on the inaugural nine-member certification committee should send a letter of interest and a resume to: The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 to the attention of Vicki Brand, assistant to the executive director, by July 15.Pursuant to Rule 6-3.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: “Initial committee appointees shall be eminent attorneys in each field, shall be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, and shall have been admitted to The Florida Bar no less than 10 years.” Rule 6-24.2(c) also provides that the “construction law certification committee shall include a minimum of 3 members with experience in transactional construction law and 3 members with experience in construction law litigation.” Members appointed to the initial committee are certified by virtue of appointment.As stated by the court in Amendment to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, case no. SC03-705 [May 20, 2004], “Addition of construction law further expands the existing certification plan as a resource for the public to identify lawyers who have met established standards in particular practice areas and who are committed to excellence and professionalism in the practice of law. The opportunity is likewise broadened for lawyers to achieve board certification as a visible way to demonstrate their commitment to quality and professionalism in the delivery of legal services.”It is anticipated that applications for board certification in this area will be available in the fall, 2004, and the first exam scheduled in the spring, 2005. Individuals interested in applying for certification in construction law, or any of the other 19 practice fields, may contact The Florida Bar Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842 or visit www.flabar.org for more information. Fee statements are on the way Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2004-2005 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Members also have an option to make a voluntary $45 contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers’ Challenge for Children campaign to help bring the benefits of the law and lawyers to the lives of poor children. The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state. Elliott petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10(b), Nadege Elliott of Cape Coral has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Elliott was suspended from the practice of law for six months by a June 26, 2003 order of the Supreme Court for violating Rules 4-8.4(b), (c), and (d); 4-1.15(a); 4-8.4(a); 5-1.2(b)(2), (4), (5), (6); and 5-1.2(c)(1), (2), and (3).The suspension was served from July 26, 2003 through January 25, 2004.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Elliott’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Stephen C. Whalen, assistant staff counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce St., Suite C-49, Tampa 33607, telephone (800) 940-4759. U.S. Middle District increases its fees On March 16, the United States Judicial Conference approved an amendment to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, promulgated under 28 U.S.C. §1914. Copies of the amended schedule are available on the court’s Web site at www.flmd.uscourts.gov. Copies can also be obtained free of charge at the intake counters in each divisional office in the Middle District of Florida.Due to amendment to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, pursuant to Rule 2.01(d) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, effective June 1, notice is hereby given of an increase in the attorney admission fee for admission and membership in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Bar.All attorneys admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida pursuant to the conditions prescribed in Rule 2.01 on or after June 1, are required to pay to the clerk an admission fee of $165.All members of the Middle District Bar who are admitted before June 1shall not be required to pay the increased admission fee, but shall be required to pay annual renewals in accordance with local rules and administrative orders entered by the court. Comments sought on workers’ comp judges The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will hold a public hearing July 12 at 9 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport to conduct the interviews of the following applicants for reappointment as judges of compensation claims: Daniel A. Lewis, Jonathan D. Ohlman, W. James Condry, Richard S. Thompson, and Robert D. McAliley.Written commentary concerning any applicant by any person is welcome and must be submitted to the commission chair and a copy to each commission member. Names and addresses of commission members are also available from the commission chair.Any questions should be directed to Victor V. Marrero, commission chair, 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise 33323, telephone (954) 838-3451, fax (954) 838-3700. Three added to Bar’s Executive Committee The Board of Governors has elected three representatives to the Bar Executive Committee, completing the makeup of that panel for the 2004-05 Bar year.The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the board between its bi-monthly meetings, a particularly important role during Florida legislative sessions.At their recent meeting in Hollywood, governors elected board members Hank Coxe, Jesse Diner, and David Rothman as their representatives on the Executive Committee.They will join incoming Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, incoming President-elect Alan Bookman, incoming Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer, incoming Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer, incoming Communications Committee Chair Michael Glazer, incoming Young Lawyers Division President Michael Faehner, and board members Ervin Gonzalez and Mayanne Downs, who were appointed by Johnson. June 15, 2004 Notices
Legal & General – L&G’s bulk annuity and longevity insurance business has appointed John Towner in the new role of head of origination. He joins from Redington, where he advised both pension trustee boards and corporate sponsors on their investment, funding and risk-management strategies. Before then, he worked at Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank.Mercer – Uwe Buchem has been named business leader for retirement at the consultancy’s German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) business. He is replacing Mercer’s regional chief executive Achim Lüder, who stepped down from the role to focus on his other responsibilities. Buchem joined Mercer in 2002 and, in 2004, was promoted to market leader for Germany for health and benefits. He began his career at insurance group Debeka and internet insurance business Censio.Monument Group – The investment fund placement agent has appointed Karl Adam as director in the London office. He will have investor coverage responsibility for German-speaking Europe and some UK-based investors, focusing on building relationships with new institutional investors and general partners in the region. He joins from Citi Private Bank, where he was vice-president. Aviva Investors – Louise Kay has been appointed global head of sales. She will be responsible for leading global sales efforts across institutional and wholesale, including global consultants. Kay has held senior roles at Standard Life Investments and Aegon Asset Management UK.KNEIP – Keith Dingwall has been appointed to the new role of head of new business. Before joining KNEIP, he worked for 13 years at State Street Bank and International Financial Data Services in Luxembourg. Before then, he worked for a decade in JP Morgan Asset Management’s operations in the UK and Luxembourg.Pemberton – The independent asset management group, backed by Legal & General and focused on private debt and direct lending, has appointed Jürgen Breuer to head its operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Breuer previously established and led leverage and acquisition finance businesses for Dresdner Bank and West LB in Germany.Comgest – Arnaud Cosserat has been appointed CIO, succeeding Vincent Strauss, who will remain chief executive at the asset manager. Cosserat joined Comgest in 1996 as a portfolio manager covering European equities. He has spent the past two years in the position of deputy CIO.Kames Capital – Mark Benbow has been appointed to the fixed income team as an investment analyst. He joins from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he was an analyst on the global equities team.Invesco PowerShares – Michael Huber has been appointed to the newly created role of business development director for Germany and Austria. Previously, he covered institutional clients for Luxembourg-based asset manager Assenagon. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs Group. ING Investment Management, Cardano Risk Management, Schroders, KAS Bank, Aegon Asset Management, Legal & General, Redington, Mercer, Monument Group, Aviva Investors, KNEIP, Pemberton, Comgest, Kames Capital, Invesco PowerSharesING Investment Management – Bart Oldenkamp has been appointed to the Integrated Client Solutions team at ING IM, soon to become NN Investment Partners. The manager said Oldenkamp would focus on strategic business development, working with institutional clients as well as the investment management teams to “optimise” ING IM’s solutions offering. He joins from Cardano Risk Management, a specialist risk and investment management boutique based in the Netherlands and the UK, where he was a member of the management board. Before then, he held various positions at ABN Amro Asset Management in Amsterdam and Chicago.Schroders – Theo van der Meer has been appointed senior adviser in the Netherlands. He will focus on providing specific pension scheme guidance and governance to Schroders’ institutional clients in the region. Prior to joining Schroders, he held the position of managing director within global distribution at Barclays in London. He has also held senior roles at Fidelity, Vanguard, NIB Capital, Robeco and AMRO Bank.KAS Bank – The custodian has appointed Alexander van Ittersum as market manager for the pension fund markets in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. His responsibility is to increase activities in core markets by identifying market trends and customer needs, and translating them into new products. Before joining KAS, Van Ittersum worked at Aegon for six years, initially as product development manager with Aegon Global Pensions’ cross-border asset pooling, and later as proposition manager with Aegon Asset Management. Before joining Aegon, he was product manager for Robeco and relationship manager at Euronext.