Updated on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:31 by Denis Chabrol
New York-based Guyanese lawyer Dr. Vivian M. Williams has been admitted to practice in Guyana, saying he plans to focus heavily on cross-border legal matters for the greater benefit of society.
He warned that if these issues were not properly addressed, they could have “major consequences for citizens” and institutions. “Most importantly, as we begin to engage more business players from outside of this country, internationally and encourage foreign investment, cross-border transactions will be an important aspect of litigation for our country and our laws,” he said in reference to Guyana’s growth. economic importance.
Lawyer Lyndon Amsterdam petitioned the court before Judge Nareshwar Harnanan.
Dr. Williams – whose practice includes cross-border mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, antitrust, corporate reorganization, crisis management, innovation and entrepreneurship, real estate and appellate advocacy – intends to bring a wealth of expertise to its practice in Guyana. “Your Honor, I believe I bring a set of skills that will contribute to the strength and ability of the Bar in this country to deal effectively with these issues,” he said.
Attorney Williams, who is a former broadcast journalist and teacher, also said he was eager to learn and help the local bar association meet Guyana’s legal needs. Director of his law firm, VMW Law in New York, he has been involved in complex litigation and transactions with major financial institutions and entities in the United States during his 18 years of litigation experience and of transactions.
Unlike the past 100 years when the state played a dominant role in the socio-economic development of the people, he said responsibility has now shifted to corporate bodies who “have the capacity to help advance the French Guiana and to maintain cohesion”. .” “Corporate activities are therefore an important aspect of the jurisprudence of this country,” said Dr. Williams, whose thesis is titled “The Many Aspects of Social Capital: How Social Capital Relates to Entrepreneurship.”
His admission to practice in his native country came shortly after his admission to practice in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
In addition to his doctorate in business administration from Baruch College, he holds a Master of Laws in Global Antitrust Law and Economics from George Mason Law School, and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. .
He earned his eMBA from TRIUM Global Executive EMBA, jointly administered by NYU Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and Political Science and HEC Paris. He also earned a master’s degree in strategic public relations from the George Washington University School of Political Management.
Dr Williams was born in Glasgow, East Bank Berbice and was one of the founding journalists of Little Rock Television before working for the state owned Guyana Broadcasting Corporation and VCT Channel 28’s Evening News.
Besides being a young activist, he wrote, directed and produced 10 plays which were staged at the National Cultural Center.