Ron Surbey has been with SPI Group since the beginning of 2010. Ron is U.S.-qualified, business-oriented lawyer and is in charge of legal support of all activities of the Group and legal protection of its interests.
He began his career as a transactional and securities lawyer in Pennsylvania and South Florida and in 1999 became a partner with the international law firm, Holland & Knight LLP, where he specialised on Latin America and other international transactions.
In 2001, Ron expanded on his growing international experience and moved from Argentina to Slovakia. There as a senior international counsel for White & Case, he worked extensively with foreign investors new to post-Communist markets and negotiated several agreements on state support for investors with the Slovak government. In addition, he managed real estate, commercial and other matters for large international companies doing business in Central Europe. He served three years as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic.
In 2007, Ron’s increasing involvement in the Russian market prompted him to move to Moscow, where he continued his transactional practice in the Russian market until joining SPI.
Ron has a B.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and Russian language from Miami University and a Juris Doctor from Ohio State University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he lived extensively around the world, including in France and Taiwan. In addition to his native English, he speaks fluent Russian, French, Spanish and Slovak.