Brian Donovan - The Donovan Law Group

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Brian Donovan

The Donovan Law Group

3102 Seaway Ct., Suite 304

Tampa, FL 33629


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  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • International Law
  • Entrepreneur
  • Intellectual Prop
  • Energy Law
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The Donovan Law Group
3102 Seaway Ct., Suite 304 
Tampa, Florida 33629


Brian J. Donovan is an attorney and engineer with over thirty-four years of international business experience. He is uniquely qualified to cost-effectively combine excellent legal and engineering skills with the practical cultural, political and financial advice necessary to ensure his client's success.

His practice, which primarily focuses on business law (U.S. and international), securities law and corporate law, has involved the following matters:
(a) international business development (technology transfer, joint ventures, M&A, franchise development, import/export, and Public-Private Partnerships);
(b) energy (offshore E&P, wind energy, oil sands exploration, and sugarcane-to-ethanol / sweet sorghum-to-ethanol production);
(c) maritime transportation (intermodal, port privatization, vessel construction, and high-speed passenger ferry operations);
(d) international legal & political risk analysis;
(e) domestication and execution of foreign judgments in the State of Florida under the Uniform Foreign Money Judgment Recognition Act ("UFMJRA"); and
(f) USPTO & foreign patent defensibility analysis.

Since graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1975, Brian has lived and worked throughout the world, initially as a marine engineer in the North Sea for J. Ray McDermott and later as Senior Project Manager - Foreign Operations for Offshore Logistics, Inc. In 1982, he founded B. Donovan & Associates, Inc., an engineering and international business development firm. His broad-based international business experience has involved the invention and patenting of a Blowout Suppression System for use in the oil & gas exploration industry, a ships-for-goods countertrade program with the former Soviet Union, the negotiation for the development of offshore oil & gas properties in Latin America, privatization acquisitions in the Mercosur, Venezuela and Panama, and the development of a casino resort project in Uruguay.

Brian, a member of The Florida Bar, The U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is uniquely qualified to cost-effectively combine excellent legal skills with the practical cultural, political and financial advice necessary to ensure his client's success. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in the World. His law firm concentrates on international business development, business law (U.S. and international), securities law and corporate law.

International Experience
Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY - J.D. with a concentration in International Law, International Business Law and Securities Law - Recipient of the "Global Law & Practice Award" as the outstanding graduate in the areas of International Law and International Business Law
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY - B.S., with honors, in Marine/Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Admitted to Practice
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

English, Spanish & Portuguese

The firm advises its corporate and entrepreneurial clients on the following matters. International Business Law As a result of having lived and worked throughout the world, Brian fully appreciates and can readily address the peculiar complexities often associated with international business transactions. He negotiates in English, Spanish and Portuguese and, more importantly, understands the cultures of the foreign countries in which he has lived.

Since 1975, Brian has advised his clients on the following international business matters.
Negotiation and Drafting of International Business Transaction Documents: Technology Transfer Agreements, License Agreements, Distributorship and Sales Agreements, Representation Agreements, Franchise Agreements and Production Sharing Agreements
Joint Ventures
Mergers & Acquisitions
Angel Financing
Venture Capital
Capital Markets
International Trade Privatizations
International Project Finance
Public-Private Partnerships
Domestication and execution of foreign judgments in the State of Florida under the Uniform Foreign Money Judgment Recognition Act ("UFMJRA")

The firm also represents clients seeking to obtain project financing or support from:
The International Finance Corporation ("IFC")
The Inter-American Development Bank ("IDB")
The Inter-American Investment Corporation ("IIC")
The Export-Import Bank of the United States ("ExIm Bank")
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation ("OPIC")
The United States Maritime Administration Title XI Program
The United States Department of Commerce
The United States Small Business Administration

Securities Law
Private Placements of Debt and Equity Securities
Initial Public Offerings
Reverse Mergers
U.S. Offerings by Foreign Issuers - American Depository Receipts ("ADRs")
The Securities Act of 1933
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Regulation FD Compliance
Rule 144 Compliance
Stock Exchange / NASDAQ Compliance Issues
Securities Litigation

Corporate Law
Formation and Capitalization
Fiduciary Duties of Officers & Directors
Employment Agreements and Consulting Agreements
Mergers & Acquisitions: Negotiation and Drafting of Stock Purchase Agreements Negotiation and Drafting of Asset Purchase Agreements

General Business Litigation

Civil RICO Litigation

Undergraduate: United States Merchant Marine Academy
Law School: Syracuse University
Admitted to Bar: 1998
Practice Areas: Business > Corporate Law
Business > Energy Law
Business > Mergers & Acquisitions
Business > Intellectual Prop
Business > International Law
Gender: Male
Status: Married
Children: 2 Children
Age: 56
City of Residence: Tampa
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Home State: NJ
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Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative Benefits Farmers, Small Advanced Biofuel Producers, Gas Station Owners, and Consumers with Localized “Field-to-Pump” Strategy
Posted by Brian Donovan on 8.19.09 in Press Release.

A transition from anhydrous to hydrous ethanol in the United States will disrupt the status quo by making a significant contribution to ethanol’s cost-competitiveness, fuel cycle net energy balance, and greenhouse gas emissions profile.
Posted by Brian Donovan on 9.2.09 in Press Release.

Independent ethanol producers in Florida have the legal right to receive the blender's tax credit.
Posted by Brian Donovan on 9.4.09 in Press Release.

The most important environmental summit in the history of the world has concluded in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, this conference focused primarily on setting a cap on carbon emissions and providing financial aid to developing countries to build capacities to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. This article discusses: (a) why the focus should have been on the transfer of proven renewable energy technology from developed to developing countries; and (b) how this technology transfer can be financed with currently available funds.
Posted by Brian Donovan on 1.24.10 in Intellectual Prop.

The average interchange fee in the U.S. is seven times the interchange fee set by Visa and MasterCard in countries throughout the rest of the world. Using 2008 figures, if the interchange fee charged by credit card issuers was decreased (via comprehensive credit card reform legislation) from the current 2.10% to 0.60%, the result would be an annual savings of approximately $34.3 billion for U.S. merchants and consumers.
Posted by Brian Donovan on 1.25.10 in Business.