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INTERNATIONAL FISCAL ASSOCIATION Steven Hannes was elected president of the USA Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and chair of its executive committee. Both are for a two-year term. Over the past 38 years, three practicing lawyers have served as president of the USA Branch, a position predominantly held by leaders from corporations and accounting firms. Hannes, a tax partner at McDermott Will & Emery’s D.C. office, has been a member of the executive committee of the USA Branch of the IFA and, prior to his election as executive vice president in 2004, he was the IFA vice president for the Washington, D.C., region. The IFA is an international tax organization with 11,000 members and branches in approximately 50 countries. With more than 1,100 members, the USA Branch is the largest of all the branches.
QUANTA CAPITAL HOLDINGS Robert Shapiro was appointed to the board of directors of Quanta Capital Holdings. The Bermuda-based company provides specialty insurance, specialty reinsurance, and risk assessment and consulting services through its subsidiaries. Shapiro will serve on the company’s audit committee, and on the governance and nominating committee. Shapiro is of counsel with Jorden Burt, specializing in insurance operations, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, and compliance.
UNIVERSITY OF NATIONAL AND WORLD ECONOMY William LaForge was appointed to a visiting professorship at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the fall 2006 term. Selected from among 147 applicants, LaForge is a partner in Winstead Sechrest & Minick’s public policy section. LaForge is a member of the inaugural group of senior U.S. lawyers being named to academic posts in the former Eastern bloc and Soviet states by the Center for International Legal Studies. In Sofia, he will teach commercial law and comparative U.S. law. His appointment is for a concentrated two-week period in November that will include class lectures, seminars, and conferences with law students and faculty. In January, he attended a one-week series of seminars in Salzburg, Austria, to prepare for his pro bono work. � Nathan Carlile
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