Country: Puerto Rico
Conference title: “Entre los incentivos y las leyes”
ANTONIO J. SIFRE-SEIN, ESQ. email@example.com
Mr. Sifre is an attorney concentrating in business, corporate, real estate, entertainment and intellectual property law in Puerto Rico. He is a shareholder of the law firm TORO, COLÓN, MULLET, RIVERA & SIFRE, PSC. and has been actively involved with the financing and legal aspects of film production in Puerto Rico for more than 15 years. He is one of the authors of the Puerto Rico Film Industry Development Act (1999) and the Puerto Rico Film Industry Economic Incentives Act (2011).
Mr. Sifre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College (1989) and a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (1992). From 1992 to 1996 he was a member of the Corporate Law Department at McConnell Valdés where he concentrated in the areas of business, corporate, real estate, and intellectual property law.
He is actively involved in a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, residential and commercial financing, workouts, lease financing, vessel financing, film financing, real estate sales and acquisitions, commercial leases, private placement of securities and distribution contracts.
Mr. Sifre provides strategic advice to start-up companies in the planning, financing and operation of their businesses, with the objective of maximizing the government incentives available in Puerto Rico to various industries. He represents corporate clients in the music, film, television and Internet industries. Mr. Sifre works with film producers in developing the financing and corporate structures necessary to benefit from the incentives available under the Puerto Rico Film Industry Economic Incentives Act. Some of his clients are: Relativity Media, 20Th Century Fox, Disney, MGM Latino, Universal Pictures, ABC Studios, HBO, Warner Brothers, New Regency, Sony Pictures, among others.
Mr. Sifre also provides counseling in copyright and trademark registration and infringement cases, the protection of intellectual property assets, intellectual property licensing, including software licensing.
Mr. Sifre is a founder and Cochairman of the Puerto Rico Film Industry Cluster, a not for profit association of individuals, businesses, unions, organizations and governments with the common goal of building a competitive, efficient, professional, viable and sustainable Puerto Rico audiovisual production industry. He was also the president of the Film Industry Advisory Council for the Governor of Puerto Rico (2011-2012).
Mr. Sifre is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Sports and Entertainment Law Sections of the American Bar Association. He serves as corporate secretary for a number of his clients.