Puerto Rico and The Caribbean


Javier Silva-Wiscovich

Lawyer, Caribbean and Puerto Rico Specialist

Javier Silva-Wiscovich graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1994. During his law program, Mr. Silva-Wiscovich worked as Law Clerk for several San Juan based law firms, including Sweeting, Gonzalez, Cestero & Bruno; McConnell Valdes and Melendez Perez, Moran & Santiago, where he gathered special knowledge in diverse areas such as labor law, litigation, corporate law, administrative law, commercial and banking law, among others.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Silva-Wiscovich initially specialized in collection of monies, torts, commercial litigation, real estate law and administrative law. Mr. Silva-Wiscovich served clients in these areas at several banking institutions such as FirstBank Puerto Rico and BBVA.

In 1998 Mr. Silva-Wiscovich was recruited as General Counsel and Human Resources Director for Bella International Corp., a local distributorship company classified amongst the Top 20 in total revenues in Puerto Rico. Mr. Silva-Wiscovich was in charge of all corporate legal business, including distribution contract draft and negotiations, dealer contract draft and negotiations, general contract litigation, HR matters for over 300 employees, real estate transactions and closings, product liability claims and litigation, collection of monies, Consumer Affairs Department claims, legislative appearances, torts, insurance claims, customer satisfaction liaison and any other task delegated by the Board of Directors.

In 2003, Mr. Silva-Wiscovich opened his private practice and has since been engaged in civil and insurance litigation, corporate counseling, labor law, commercial transactions, contract drafting and negotiations, government affairs and administrative work.

Mr. Silva-Wiscovich is admitted to practice law in Puerto Rico and the United States District Court in Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Notary Public Association of Puerto Rico, the Society of Human Resource Professionals and the St Jude Children’s Hospital – Puerto Rico board.

Puerto Rico – Specialization Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Labor Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Banking
  • Contract Law
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Insurance Litigation


  • Spanish: Native Speaker
  • English: Fluent

Fred E. A. Phillips

Lawyer, Caribbean Specialist

Fred E. A. Phillips is a Vincentian lawyer, living in Barbados. He has a Master of Laws degree in E-Business from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he specialized in the intellectual property rights of indigenous people.

Mr. Phillips’ expertise includes corporate and commercial law, focusing on international business companies. He has been the legal advisor on biosafety under the Cartagena Protocol for the U.N. Environmental Program where he has worked advising Caribbean governments on the obligations and benefits of being a party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Mr. Phillips is fully knowledgeable of investment projects and has specialized in the agricultural industry, particularly, biocides. (Please see the article written by Mr. Phillips on the subject.) Mr. Phillips has been the legal consultant on a multi-lateral project to boost Barbados’ cotton industry to establish it as a profitable and sustainable ongoing commercial enterprise. Mr. Phillips has been an advisor on intellectual property protection of the novel products of biotechnology (including the requirements under the Cartagena Protocol) and certification of trade names/certification marks, based on geographical indications as legal instruments in global trade.

Since May 2017, as a Senior Associate in the International Business Unit at Lex Caribbean in Barbados, Mr. Phillips, advises on various aspects of corporate and financial law relating to international business transactions, including corporate restructurings; acquisition and sale of high value Barbados international business companies (IBCs) and international societies with restricted liability (ISRLs). Mr. Phillips prepares transaction documents associated with, among other things, the entry into various transactions by Barbados IBCs and ISRLs relating to financing structures and international deals such as opinions, resolutions, minutes, security documents, and discharge of security documents.

Mr. Phillips counsels on regulatory issues arising in the context of the provision of financial services and/or products by international institutions particularly in relation to securities; commercial law generally and, specifically, the establishment of businesses in Barbados by foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Last, but not least, Mr. Phillips supports the incorporation, administration, and dissolution of Barbados corporate vehicles.

Barbados and Caribbean Specialization Areas

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Caribbean Investment Projects
  • Environmental
  • Agriculture/Biocides
  • Global Trade


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