MEDIATION
Mediation is a method of resolving disputes by which parties seek to compose their differences confidentially with the intermediation of a qualified expert. In mediation, the parties are free to decide and choose the best route to reach a settlement.
THE MEDIATOR
Through reflection and evaluation, the mediator maps the dispute impartially, works to bring the parties together and find a workable solution to the impasse. At the same time, the mediator helps to rescue virtues and neutralize external and internal interferences that can impair understanding of the case. The mediator can never lose sight of the true purpose of the work: to understand the parties and help them overcome the conflict by finding a middle ground acceptable to both sides.

Civil and Criminal Law:

· Suits for damages and debtcollection;
· Repossession and eviction actionsinvolving real estate;
· Suits involving violation of personal rights;
· Intervention in disputes involving management of airports and highways;
· Matters involving digital rights;
· Disputes resulting from contractual default.

International Disputes:

· Intermediation in international accords and treaties;
· Cross-border disputes between companies;
· Mediation of conflicts between nations;
. Promotion of international cooperation;
. Conflicts involving foreign trade.

Public Sector:

· Intervention in case of strikes and mass protests;
· Assistance in cases of invasion of public buildings or other areas by protesters;
· Conflicts resulting from increases in utility rates, transportation fares and other regulatory interventions;
· Mediation in disputes between individuals or companies and government authorities;
· Training and structuring of mediation centers in public entities.

Personal Disputes:

· Intervention in interpersonal impasses and conflicts of any nature;
· Unipersonal and multilateral mediation;
· Amelioration of conflicts resulting from beliefs and prejudgments.

Business:

· Disputes between shareholders, employees and/or departments;
· Assistance in formulating and restructuring management models;
· Intellectual property matters;
· Counseling to avoid litigation;
· Business disputes of any nature.

Consumer
and
Environmental
Affairs:

· Mediation involving class actions against companies;
· Accidents or damages resulting from defective products;
· Intervention in subjects that jeopardize consumers;
· Matters related to misleading and/or insufficiently informative advertising;
· Mediation rounds to resolve disputes between consumers and mass service providers.

Family Law
and
Inheritance
Matters:

· Disputes involving division of estates;
· Divorces;
· Disputes involving child custody and visitation;
· Matters associated with alimony and child support.

Succession Planning:

· Advice to families in restructuring family firms;
· Succession planning;
· Resolution of business disputes within families;
· Neutralization of family conflicts resulting from business succession.

SPHERES OF ACTION
Any time the law permits, Vertus Institute will work with the parties to resolve or avoid conflicts, in the following areas of business affairs and law, among others.