Holland & Knight LLP > Miami, United States > Firm Profile

Holland & Knight LLP
701 Brickell Avenue
Suite 3300
Miami, FL 33131
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

Noted by clients for its ability to ‘deliver on both structure and execution’, Holland & Knight LLP’s ‘very solid M&A group’ has a wide national and international reach, with cross-border deals involving Europe and Canada making up a significant area of focus for the team. Key industries for the team include consumer products, financial services and energy. A Florida-based trio of David Barkus, George Mencio and Robert Grammig leads the practice: Grammig, who is described as the ‘hardest working M&A attorney in Florida’, stands out for his experience with public M&A, while Mencio is noted for his international trade expertise and Barkus is an expert on private equity-backed deals. In Denver, Stephen Dietrich is a key contact for transactions in the retail automotive space. Philadelphia lawyer Paul Jaskot is active across sectors including materials and wealth management. Adam August has a strong track record in heavily regulated transactions and is based in the firm’s Tysons office, while Tampa-based partner Alyse Latour is well versed in defense, aerospace and government services M&A.

Practice head(s):

Robert Grammig; David Barkus; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Dietrich; Paul Jaskot; Tammy Knight; Chauncey Lane; Adam August; Alyse Latour


‘The team has specialized industry knowledge.’

 The firm combines legal advice with practical business advice.’

‘A blue chip firm with outstanding people. Top notch!’

‘Very solid M&A group. Highly recommend.’

‘Bob Grammig is top – the most experienced, hardest working M&A attorney in Florida.’

‘Holland and Knight has demonstrated what I think is one of the single most important traits of a great firm – they are always there, through thick and thin. I have worked with many firms who are great on structure but not on execution. My experience with H&K is they deliver on both structure and execution.’

‘Tammy Knight is an exceptional attorney on so many levels. She understands her client on a level that I have only seen from other exceptional attorneys. She is to the point, forward-thinking and frankly just gets work done. She is the prototype of what I want from all attorneys we work with.

Key clients


Celsius Holdings, Inc.

Conduent Inc.

Future PLC

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Hub International

MasTec, Inc.

Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Jabil Inc.

Masonite Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Grey Rock Investment Partners in its business combination with Executive Network Partnering Corporation, a special purpose acquisition entity.
  • Represented INEOS Energy in the company’s the acquisition of a portion of Chesapeake Energy’s oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas for $1.4 bn.
  • Represented Luther Burbank Corp. in its $653.7m merger with Washington Federal, Inc.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP‘s team encompasses a consortium of nationwide offices capable of handling complex land use, planning, and zoning matters. In Miami, Joseph Goldstein and departmental co-head Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz advise a range of clients on land use aspects of their developments, often leveraging the firm's environmental capabilities to advise on the regulatory and transactional aspects of projects and joint ventures. In New York, co-head of the department Joe Guay and Kenneth Lowenstein offer advice on affordable housing, zoning and re-zoning, and development rights, with a strong focus on development and finance matters that concern the hospitality sector. In Washington DC, the team assists clients with urban land use and development matters, including historic preservation and municipal law issues in complex, mixed-use developments and affordable housing projects, with Christine Shiker serving as a key contact for foreign governments and embassy clients for advice on on land use matters.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Key clients

Tennessee Titans


Dezer Development

Property Group Partners

Brookfield Properties/Silverstein Properties Joint Venture

Madison Marquette and Urban Atlantic


Carr Properties

Grosvenor Americas

Carmel Partners

Related Group

BH Group

Peterson Companies

CREI Holdings, LLC

Global City Development


Children’s National Medical Center

CRE Abaco 10 LLC

Berkowitz Development Group I Holdings, LLC

Bristol Motor Speedway

Chino Valley Investments, LP

921 6th Street, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the NFL’s Tennessee Titans on its successful efforts surrounding the new $2.2bn stadium replacement in Nashville.
  • Advised Akridge on zoning and land use matters for a major mixed-use development over the Union Station railroad tracks in D.C.
  • Advised Dezer Development on land use matters in its $1.5bn proposal to redevelop the Intracoastal Mall, a waterfront retail and restaurant center in North Miami Beach.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 1

Key areas of expertise for Holland & Knight LLP‘s aviation practice include joint ventures, global insolvencies, and large mergers and asset sales. The team also assists with alternative financing and investment structures in the aviation sector, along with aviation asset-related capital markets deals. Clients further mandate the group to advise on the leasing, financing, purchasing and sale of aircraft, engines and parts. Working between Chicago and New York, Latin America specialist Phillip Durham represents leasing companies in cross-border aviation financings. In San Francisco, Nathan Leavitt focuses on transactions involving airlines that operate in Latin America; Brian Daigle acts for aircraft lessors, airlines and financiers; and the expertise of asset finance specialist Audrey Sung encompasses commercial jet and turboprop aircraft. Over in New York, the practice of aircraft financing and leasing expert John Pritchard includes securitizations; and Richard Furey advises on asset and infrastructure finance. In Miami, Donald Gray‘s workload covers aircraft finance transactions, and aerospace commercial and regulatory law; and William Coleman assists with general finance, asset and structured deals. Laura Lewis in New York and San Francisco-based Danielle Santucci are other names to note. In early 2024, commercial aircraft finance specialist Cynthia Liu joined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Durham


Holland & Knight has a very reputable, dedicated aviation practice, with a deep bench covering trading, leasing, finance, insurance, regulatory, and bankruptcy restructuring.

Extremely pleased with the resources they make available and the quality of their advice.

Holland and Knight’s transport/aviation finance practice area combines specialized knowledge, global reach and a comprehensive set of skills to navigate the intricacies of the aviation industry and provide clients with effective legal solutions in a timely manner.

As a multi-practice law firm, Holland and Knight provides high-level legal advice with a comprehensive vision and deep knowledge of the Latin American market.

Holland and Knight’s lawyers combine legal expertise, effective communication and ethical conduct with a client-centric approach to provide outstanding legal services.

Key clients

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

AerCap Holdings NV.

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Aircastle Limited

Merx Aviation

BOC Aviation

CDB Aviation

Orix Aviation

Nordic Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Pegasus Airlines on a first-of-its kind $600m sustainability-linked loan, which was secured by the support of UK Export Finance to fund 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft.
  • Represented several creditors in a $500m-plus restructuring with Azul Airlines, which involved the renegotiation and conversion/reprofiling of existing lease liabilities into tradable notes alongside an equity instrument.
  • Advising several aircraft leasing company clients on the negotiation of insurance settlement agreements, in relation to over 1$bn of leased aircraft.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP’s team has significant experience in representing oil and gas operators, national oil companies and service providers in a range of energy-related disputes, including oil and gas class actions, oil and gas lease disputes, royalty litigations, and toxic tort disputes in the oil and gas industry. The team is jointly led by Austin-based Juan Alcalá, who focuses on complex litigation involving Latin America, and Dallas-based Greg Binns, known for his expertise in oil and gas and energy-related litigation, including well allocation, title issues and joint operating agreements. Other key contacts in the Dallas office include Craig Haynes, who is routinely retained by major oil and gas companies and facility owners for royalty disputes, class actions and price disputes, and Gregory Curry, whose extensive practice includes royalty disputes, title issues and joint operating agreement claims.

Practice head(s):

Juan Alcala; Greg Binns

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Petrobras America Inc. / Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras

Three Rivers Operating Company/ Three Rivers Acquisition LLC

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Having upgraded its offering in renewable energy with several hires towards the end of 2022, Holland & Knight LLP has acted for major clients on the gamut of project agreements, as well as supporting investors and developers with M&A and tax matters. The broad department is coordinated by four lawyers with disparate expertise: renowned expert in solar, wind and energy storage projects, Justin Boose (Los Angeles); Stephen Humes (New York), an experienced name in renewable energy project finance and development; public policy lawyer Mark Kalpin (Boston); and Amish Shah (Washington DC), whose practice focuses on tax matters in the energy sector. In Houston, Ram Sunkara and George Humphrey are both key members of the practice group, and in Washington DC, Taite McDonald is a name to note for cross-government matters.

Practice head(s):

Justin Boose; Stephen Humes; Mark Kalpin; Amish Shah


‘The people in the renewable/alternative power practice at Holland & Knight represent their crucial differentiator—good access to partners while managing costs with a broad team results in positive outcomes.’

‘Justin Boose’s dedication to clients is unparalleled.’

‘I find the team to be very commercially savvy and practical and closing-oriented. They are good at highlighting the items on which we should stand firm, while being mindful of transferability and bankability. They are responsive, collaborative, and candid.’

Key clients

Generation Bridge II, LLC

ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VII, L.P.

ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC

Exelon Generation Company

EDF, Inc.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Green Bank

Orsted Wind Power North America LLC

Navisun LLC

Longwood Medical Energy Collaborative, Inc.

Vanguard Renewables

Natixis New York Branch

Osaka Gas USA Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised 1PointFive on the application for a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) for the development of its South Texas Direct Air Capture Hub.
  • Advised Energy Power Partners Fund I LP on its $1.1bn sale of renewable natural gas assets to NextEra Energy Resources.
  • Advised Osaka Gas USA on its acquisition of a 350MW DC solar project in Texas from EE North America, a unit of Danish renewables developer European Energy.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP houses a team of ‘fantastic negotiators’, advising and representing EPC contractors on major infrastructure projects, while handling a range of high-profile contentious and non-contentious matters, including P3 projects and disputes. Operating from the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices, Stephen Shapiro co-leads the team alongside Orlando-based Ben Subin, handling the full range of federal government contract work and commercial litigation. The group’s capabilities in advising on large-scale real estate developments and heavy construction are further bolstered by Robert Bernstein, who spearheads the construction practice in New York. Other key contacts in the New York office include Adam Paterno and Monte Starr, handling litigation mandates for contactors, subcontractors, and construction managers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro; Ben Subin

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm is very strong with respect to infrastructure and energy projects, and P3 Projects. Their knowledge of the construction industry cannot be matched by other firms.’

‘Very practical, efficient advice with a high level of service. Fantastic negotiators.’

‘Robert Bernstein is an excellent construction attorney based in NYC. He is capable in handling transactional work and litigation.’

‘Mark Bell and his team have a diverse background and are more than competent when it comes to real estate and construction law and litigation. They are both excellent communicators and are prepared for every meeting, having completed sufficient research before-hand.’

‘Very experienced in large-scale construction projects and representation of public owners.’

Real estate Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP has continued to expand its national offering with the March 2023 addition of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, known for its Tennessee presence along with its expertise in the health sector in particular. With heads in New York and Miami, the large practice is involved in a broad set of sizeable development and transaction matters. This includes sizeable mandates relating to condominiums, the redevelopment of downtown Tampa, along with involvement in the development of the Tennessee Titan’s stadium in Nashville. Under the leadership of New York office’s Joe Guay, who also serves as co-chair of the hospitality, resort and timeshare group, and Miami’s Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, the real estate team continues to provide an array of services covering acquisitions, dispositions, lease work, land use, and financings, to name a few. Stuart Saft leads the New York real estate practice group; he also co-chairs the condominium development and conversion team and has specialisms in areas including conversion-to-condominium and cooperative ownership. In Dallas, Mark Sloan is particularly active on shopping center and multifamily transactions and developments together with his representation of lenders on workouts and foreclosures. Margot Mendelson Hammond is another key name for lease finance and lending, advising out of Boston.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:


‘Amazing team. Consistent great advice.’

‘Vivian de las Cuevas is an incredible attorney. She always has the best interest of her client in mind and advocates for positions that benefit us.’


Key clients

Tavistock Development Company Strategic Property Partners

Tennessee Titans

The Witkoff Group

Lithia Motors

Roadside Development LLC

Madison Realty Capital (MRC)

Brookfield Properties BankUnited

Opportunity Housing Group, LLC

Global City Development

Work highlights

  • Representing Strategic Property Partners in connection with the $3 billion redevelopment of 53 acres in downtown Tampa, Florida.
  • Representing and advising the Tennessee Titans in the development of a new 1.7 million square ft. NFL football stadium.
  • Representing the successor developer in completing construction and marketing of residential condominium units and negotiating with a hotel operator regarding One High Line Condominium in Manhattan. The deal is valued at approximately $1.7 billion.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Offering ’excellent expertise in all matters of aviation law’, Holland & Knight‘s aviation practice is based predominantly in New York, Washington DC, Florida, Illinois, and California. The group consistently acts for both US and foreign airlines in major litigation arising out of high-profile airline crashes. It also handles disputes over aircraft leases, passenger claims, and class actions involving US and international law. On the regulatory side, the team assists with licensing issues, regulatory compliance, competition analysis, and defense-side enforcement matters. The department additionally handles aviation trade work (including high-profile disputes over traffic rights) and the regulatory aspects of airline commercial alliances and mergers. Firm-wide litigation section leader Christopher Kelly defends airlines and manufacturers (and their insurers) against suits brought throughout the US; and Steven Raffaele and Judy Nemsick are also experienced aviation litigators. Over in DC, Anita Mosner is ‘a true expert in her field’, while Benjamin Allen is a June 2023 hire from the  US National Transportation Safety Board, where he spent over a decade. All attorneys listed are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kelly; Anita Mosner; Steven Raffaele

Other key lawyers:

Judy Nemsick; Benjamin Allen; Sarah Korapaty


Very knowledgeable about clients’ industries and always extremely responsive.

Very good network with excellent expertise in all matters of aviation law.

Anita Mosner is a true asset and business partner for clients. She is dedicated to clients’ needs and operations.

Anita Mosner – experienced across a broad range of aviation issues. A true expert in her field.

Key clients

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation


American Airlines

Envoy Air

Frontier Airlines

Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación S.A.B. de C.V. (d/b/a Volaris)

Estate of Joshua Pepperd

Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Alaska Airlines


Tradewind Aviation

Bristow Helicopters

Work highlights

  • Represented American Airlines and Envoy Air in connection with an NTSB investigation and litigation.
  • Served as national counsel to JetBlue Airways in state and federal litigation throughout the US (in both insured and uninsured matters).
  • Assisted Volaris with devising strategies to adapt to the implications of Mexico’s downgrade into Category 2 status under the FAA’s IASA program.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 2

With ‘significant industry experience that is relevant to clients’ operations’, Holland & Knight‘s widely-respected rail practice acts as counsel to Class I railroads such as BNSF Railway Company. It also represents several Class II and Class III regional railroads. On the road transportation side, the practice operates from several of the firm’s offices, including Jacksonville, DC, Tampa, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles, and it represents motor carriers, logistics companies, freight brokers, automotive companies, manufacturers, shippers, and app-based gig economy companies. The practice’s expertise ranges from litigation and arbitration to regulatory and governmental matters, and the firm’s highly-regarded public policy and regulation group also fields a sizeable transportation team. In Jacksonville, William Byrne, who is ‘strongly recommended to everyone’, has longstanding experience in rail, road, intermodal and ocean transportation, including warehousing and supply chain issues, while Jameson Rice predominantly practices in road, rail and intermodal transportation and logistics, as well as ocean transportation. The group further includes Dallas-based Charles Shewmake, a specialist in railroad-related litigation and regulatory work; and Linda Auerbach Allderdice in Los Angeles, who has extensive transportation sector experience.

Practice head(s):

William Byrne; Jameson Rice


The team has significant industry experience that is relevant to clients’ operations, financings and business transactions.

Experience and counsel that are very beneficial given the complexities of clients’ business.

Deep experience in transportation, insightful solutions, and very bright people.

Exceptional industry knowledge with value-added legal services. Better than most (if not all) firms of a similar size.’

William Byrne is a consummate professional – smart, capable and experienced.

In addition to William Byrne’s knowledge of the industry, he is a team player both within the firm and with clients.

William Byrne is strongly recommended to everyone.

Willian Byrne and Jameson Rice are industry leaders in the rail and road litigation and regulatory space.

Key clients

BNSF Railway Company

XPO Global Forwarding, Inc

Inxeption, Inc.

Transport > Shipping: finance Tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP routinely acts for both US and foreign banks, as well as investors and shipping companies that are active in international shipping transactions. The group also represents non-traditional sources of ship financing, including governmental finance support entities, non-bank lenders, and underwriters in capital markets and private equity transactions. The team additionally acts for lenders and borrowers on Jones Act compliant domestic financings, and fields experts in US, Marshall Islands and Liberia-related tax issues. Other areas of strength are lender-side shipping group restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 insolvencies. Recent highlights include assisting International Seaways with senior secured financings and marine integration activities (following its merger with Diamond S Shipping). Maritime finance practice head Jovi Tenev has extensive experience in representing banks and other financiers and companies in major shipping financings; and Richard Furey regularly represents vessel owners, lenders and charterers in a range of leasing and finance deals. Over in  Washington DC, Gerald Morrissey III advises on the financing of maritime-related companies and projects. All attorneys listed are based in the firm’s New York office unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Jovi Tenev

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

International Seaways, Inc.

HPS Investment Partners LLC

The Mosaic Company

DNB Bank

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Southern Cross Group

PNC Bank, National Association

Mizuho Bank

Centerline Logistics Company

Valley National Bank

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Overseas Shipholding Group on new bareboat charter agreements.
  • Represented International Seaways in various senior secured financings.
  • Served as special maritime finance counsel to HPS Investment Partners LLC, the lead arranger and lender on a $395.6m senior-secured term loan and $169.4m senior-secured delayed draw term loan (used to finance the acquisition of Seacor Holdings by American Industrial Partners.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Holland & Knight is consistently sought out to handle US-related maritime incidents. Recent workloads include supply chain ensnarement-related litigation and proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission, and the representation of shipper companies seeking recoupment for charges imposed during the pandemic. The team is also active in cargo loss work, while its full-service status facilitates the leveraging of antitrust, sanctions, energy, environmental, and tax specialisms. The practice is further mandated on a daily basis to advise on shipping regulatory issues, including Coast Guard and related matters, customs and border protection issues, carriage of dangerous goods, Office of Foreign Asset Control matters, embargoes, economic sanctions, and International Maritime Organization conventions. National transportation and infrastructure industry co-chair Christopher Nolan ‘provides practical and actionable advice’; Michael Frevola acts in maritime arbitrations and court proceedings; James Power‘s practice encompasses admiralty law; and Vincent Foley focuses predominantly on international transportation litigation and arbitration. Over in Houston, Michael Cavanaugh is a shipbuilding legislative and regulatory expert; and Julia Haines acts in offshore energy and traditional maritime litigation. All advisers are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Michael Frevola; James Power; Vincent Foley; Michael Cavanaugh; Julia Haines; Gerald Morrissey; Matthew Vafidis; Marie Larsen; Marie Larsen; Sean Pribyl; Robert Denig


‘Holland & Knight provides a creative approach to pre-litigation negotiations to get very favorable results. ’

‘H&K’s maritime practice is the best in class.’

‘They understand the law as well as anyone and are great advocates for their clients. ’

‘Christopher Nolan provides practical and actionable advice to obtain increases in the value of settlements.’

‘Gerald Morrissey is hands down the best around.’

Key clients

Norwegian Hull Club

Samsung Electronics

Government of Mauritius


Seawolf Tankers

Fujairah Oil & Gas

Fertilizantes Tocantins S.A.

Fluence Energy LLC


Bezos Earth Fund

JMB Shipping Arbitrations


Port Liberty New York

Port Liberty Bayonne

International Transportation Service

Ports America

Work highlights

  • Acted for Samsung Electronics America in seeking recovery of multiples of millions of dollars in demurrage and detention charges by ocean carriers, in connection with supply chain delays at ports and terminals.
  • Advising a team of environmental, economics and oil spill experts (on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius|) to assess and quantify damages resulting from the devastating M/V WAKASHIO grounding and bunker oil spill into Mauritian waters.
  • Acting for Fujairah International Oil & Gas Corporation in a dispute that tests the US Government’s powers to seize over $100m-worth of property using sanctions powers (in connection with oil with alleged Iranian origin).

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP fields a robust team of experienced oil and gas transactional lawyers who routinely represent a range of multinational and independent oil and gas companies, private equity and petrochemical companies across the full spectrum of oil and gas transactions. These range from mergers and acquisitions, lease interpretations, and midstream commercial agreements, to divestitures of federal offshore oil and gas leases, land acquisitions and sales related to refinery plant expansions. Co-head of the oil and gas subsector group Seth Belzley is one of the main contacts, splitting his time between Denver and Houston and advising clients from the pipeline, midstream, oil and gas, renewable fuels, and solar industries. From Denver, fellow co-chair Robert Dougherty specializes in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures related to oil and gas properties and exploration and production companies, while Dallas’ Andy Derman leads the firm’s international energy practice and is well-versed in oil and gas investment projects and cross-border transactions. Ram Sunkara, based between Houston and Atlanta, is noted for his expertise in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and project finance transactions across the oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Seth Belzley; Robert Dougherty

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alpha Energy Partners

Grey Rock Investment Partners

Hawaiian Airlines

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

INEOS Energy

Neste Oyj

Oil India Limited

Riley Exploration Permian, Inc.

Suburban Propane Partners L.P.

Verbio North America Holdings Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised INEOS Energy on the company’s entrance into the United States onshore oil and gas market with the acquisition of a portion of Chesapeake Energy’s oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas for $1.4 billion.
  • Advised Grey Rock Investment Partners in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Executive Network Partnering Corporation.
  • Advised Riley Exploration Permian, Inc. on acquisition financing matters in connection with the purchase of oil and gas assets from Pecos Oil & Gas, LLC, an affiliate of Cibolo Energy Partners LLC, for cash consideration of $330 million.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 3

Holland & Knight recently expanded its capabilities in life sciences transactions through a merger with Tennessee-based healthcare boutique Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis in March 2023, adding to a team of private equity specialists with a strong presence in the South that maintains close relationships with established regional sponsors such as Falfurrias Capital and Warren Equity. In addition to its healthcare work, the team handles a prolific volume of middle-market buyouts, recapitalizations, growth investments, and exits in sectors such as energy, defense, and tech. Healthcare and financial services expert David Barkus and cross-border M&A specialist George Mencio are based in Miami and jointly head up the team together with Tampa-based lawyer Robert Grammig, who focuses on public M&A. Charlotte lawyer Rick Bange is a key contact for leveraged buyouts and growth equity matters, while Chattanooga partner Roddy Bailey, who joined the team as part of the March 2023 merger, handles both venture capital and private equity work. In Boston, Rebecca Wilsker is especially recommended for matters in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

David Barkus; George Mencio; Robert Grammig

Other key lawyers:

Bryan Gadol; Aaron Slavens; Rick Bange; Roddy Bailey; Rebecca Wilsker; John Gilson; Mike Miller; Jordan Taylor; Omari Sealy


‘Fantastic group, great people, deep capabilities. Very commercial and really understand the business issues and how they connect to legal issues.’

‘Always available, fantastic customer service approach, high integrity, and fun to work with. John Gilson and Mike Miller deserve special callout.’

Key clients

Audax Private Equity

Boyne Capital

Broadtree Partners

Everlane Equity Partners

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Kaho Partners

M/C Partners

Pine Tree Equity Partners

SkyKnight Capital

Warren Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Warren Equity Partners in connection with eight transactions, including four platform investments and four add-on acquisitions.
  • Advised SkyKnight Capital on three transactions, including two platform investments and an exit transaction.
  • Advised Broadtree Partners in connection with two platform acquisitions and one exit transaction.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP advises multinational corporations, HNWIs, family offices, entrepreneurs, foundations, and other private clients in domestic and cross-border tax matters including tax matters involving estate planning, family businesses, fiduciaries, trustees, and charitable giving. The practice is co led by Miami-based Kevin Packman, Stewart Kasner, William Sherman, and William Sharp, who splits his time between the Atlanta, Tampa and San Francisco offices. Packman concentrates his practice on advising US and domestic high-net-worth private clients on tax and trusts and estates matters. Kasner advises ultra-high-net-worth foreign and domestic clients on US federal income, gift and estate tax matters associated with their cross-border investments, including U.S. real estate investments and business activities, as well as pre-immigration tax planning. Sherman provides sophisticated tax planning for M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and investments for clients in diverse industries, including hospitality, petrochemicals, aluminum, tobacco, real estate, transportation, telecoms, retailing, investment management, pharmaceuticals and numerous others. Sharp advises US-based and foreign-based companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals and family offices (both US and non-US based family offices), on domestic and international tax controversy as well as cross border tax planning matters.  Joshua David Odintz, who is based in Washington DC, supports clients with obtaining changes in tax reform bills and FATCA regulations and focuses his practice on tax controversy and withholding tax matters. In Dallas, Mary McNulty has extensive experience litigating cross-border matters.  

Practice head(s):

Kevin Packman; Stewart Kasner; William Sharp; William Sherman

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent lawyers always on top of the file.’

‘H&K’s team of professionals is highly experienced in working with Latin American jurisdictions. They maintain a very fast and efficient level of service.’

‘Stewart Kasner, senior partner of H&K, with long experience in relations with other countries, especially Latin America. Extensive background in US Tax Law. Sean Tevel, senior partner of H&K, is a young lawyer, very dynamic and with a high level of analysis. Ansell Fernandez, is very dynamic.’

‘Holland and Knight have helped us with tax strategies both domestically and internationally. In addition, they supported us during an extensive and extraordinarily complicated audit by the IRS. ’

‘Mark Melton and others are best in class with respect to tax. The issues we encounter are very complex and don’t have many precedents so understanding and deploying strategies based on intent are quite common.’

‘We use Holland and Knight extensively primarily for Tax related work. They have helped us with tax strategies both domestically and internationally. In addition, they supported us during an extensive and extraordinarily complicated audit by the IRS.’

‘Kevin Packman provides very clear and timely advice in complex trust and estate matters with international US tax issues. He is one of the best US tax lawyers we deal with.’

‘Bill Sharp is a great tax lawyer who is very knowledgeable and great with clients. He has formed a great team and is always introducing other team members.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA


Western Union

Confidential company

Work highlights

  • Advise Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA on tax policy matters.
  • Representing Aon before Congress and the Treasury Department regarding the Build Back Better and Inflation Reduction acts.
  • Represented Western Union, a multinational financial services company, before the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Working Party 10.

Tax > Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, national trade associations, and charities) Tier 3

Holland & Knight‘s practice advises a diverse client base of nonprofits and tax-exempt groups on the full gamut of relevant matters, with expertise in tax compliance, corporate governance, endowments, and restructurings, as well as audits and other tax controversy issues. Jason Havens and Kelly Hellmuth, both of whom are based in Jacksonville, co-lead the team alongside David Rosenberg and Jonathan Blum, who work from Dallas. Blum, who has a long history in the practice area, joined the firm in February 2023 from Polsinelli PC alongside Andrew Grumet and Christina Cahill, who joined the New York office in August.

Practice head(s):

Jason Havens; David Rosenberg; Kelly Hellmuth; Jonathan Blum

Other key lawyers:


‘The expertise of the Not-for-profit team at Holland & Knight is impressive. They have a way of making us feel confident in our legal solutions. ’

‘Andrew Grumet and Christina Cahill are responsive to our needs. ’

Key clients

Northern Trust Company

The Dallas Foundation

Communities Foundation of Texas

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project

American Civil Liberties Union Inc.

Fund II Foundation

Mill Town

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, NJ

Church of the Nazarene Foundation

SantaFe Healthcare

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc.

The Perot Foundation

The Terry Foundation

Methodist Health System

The Catholic Foundation

Tessitura Network Inc.

The Darla Moore Foundation

Highground Advisors

Erlanger Health System

National Campus and Community Development Corporation

The Regents of the University of California

Work highlights

  • Advised Silicon Valley Community Foundation on the creation of a state-based fund known as the California Black Freedom Fund.
  • Advised an ecosystem of organizations, collectively known as Mill Town, on its initial formation and subsequent restructuring to implement a new impact investment program that serves as a community investment model.
  • Represented Erlanger Health in a billion-dollar transaction to convert the multihospital health system from a public, government-owned health system to a privately owned and operated, independent Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP is a trusted choice for major corporations and large family estates, with expertise at the administrative, trial, and appeals court levels. Co-leading the tax controversy group within the firm are Mary McNulty, who is based in Dallas, and William Sharp, who works from Atlanta. McNulty has particular strength in the energy sector, while Sharp is in particular noted for his aptitude in international tax matters. Dallas lawyer Abbey Garber has over 30 years of experience in the practice area, with a record in both civil and criminal issues. Also in Dallas is Lee Meyercord, who focuses on federal tax disputes and acts on behalf of both prominent corporations and high net worth individuals. Amish Shah works from Washington DC and is highly active in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mary McNulty; William Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Abbey Garber; James Dawson; Amish Shah; Lee Meyercord; Andrea Darling De Cortés


‘HK is a highly trusted and relied-upon advisor. The collaboration between their partners is top-notch, and they have done an excellent job in quickly getting up to speed with our business structure and identifying relevant opportunities.’

‘Amish is professional, kind, and excels in providing both thoughtful and practical advice.’

‘Holland & Knight has the strength to serve renewable energy companies from many facets. Whether it’s advising on tax credits and structuring, or assisting with applications for DOE financing, HK is a highly trusted and relied-upon advisor.’

Key clients

American Airlines Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented American Airlines Inc. in a case relating to the taxation of sales of aviation fuel that were purchased for the purpose of temporarily storing the fuel in Illinois.
  • Represented American Airlines Inc. in a case involving whether the federal Anti-Head Tax Act statute preempts the application of the Texas franchise tax to baggage fees.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Jointly led by Maria Currier, Jeffrey Mittleman and Jennifer Weaver, the team at Holland & Knight LLP handles an increasing number of mandates involving consolidation within the service providers sector. Working out of the Florida office, Currier utilizes her medical background to assist clients with regulatory issues, and Shannon Hartsfield is noted for her broad knowledge of healthcare data breaches and the regulatory aspects of transactions. Based in Tennessee, Weaver’s primary areas of expertise include FCA litigation and government investigations, while Mittleman is a key name within the Massachusetts practice. In the New York office, Brian Platton is noted for his longstanding expertise in the structuring of joint ventures and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Maria Currier; Jeffrey Mittleman; Jennifer Weaver

Other key lawyers:


‘A great combination of specialties that can address any issue on a timely basis. Customer service is amazing!’

‘Highly responsive multi-disciplinary team, who has developed a very good understanding of our business. They deliver very practical resolutions for us.’

Key clients

HCA Healthcare

Northwell Health

Lifepoint Health

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Palm Medical Centers

Surgery Partners

United Surgical Partners International

Covenant Physician Partners

Panoramic Health

Acadia Healthcare

Palomar Health

Mercy Health

Ensemble Health Partners


Universal Health Partners


Universal Health Services

National Spine and Pain Centers

CareRing Health

Work highlights

  • Advised HCA Healthcare on LCMC Health’s acquisition of three Tulane University hospitals from HCA.
  • Advised HCA Healthcare on its purchase of 41 urgent care centers from FastMed.
  • Advised AdventHealth on its strategic partnership with the Rothman Orthopedic Institute.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

Holland & Knight draws upon its multifaceted experience to offer a full-service advisory and litigation practice in the ERISA space. A particular specialism of the firm is the vulnerability of insurance providers to serious fraud within the healthcare benefits arena with a dedicated team assisting clients to recuperate assets from fraudulent claims. The team are regularly engaged in complex litigation around both health and welfare benefit plans representing plan participants, fiduciaries, service providers and investment managers. ‘Skilled legal strategist’ Todd Wozniak leads the team from his Atlanta office, defending private companies and public institutions on ERISA litigation, ESOPs and wider labor and employment issues. Florida-based Lindsey Camp has considerable expertise defending class actions, ERISA breach of fiduciary duty actions, ESOPs amongst other significant matters.    

Practice head(s):

Todd Wozniak

Other key lawyers:


‘They have an excellent working knowledge of ERISA litigation, including familiarity with the Plaintiffs’ attorneys and their tactics. I am very pleased that Holland & Knight was retained.’

‘They seem to have an excellent working relationship.’

‘Very knowledgeable, skilled at evaluating different aspects of dispute, considering multiple issues and potential matters, clear communication, set reasonable expectations.’

‘Todd Wozniak – knowledgeable, easy to work with, good communicator, skilled legal strategist, keeps me well informed. Lindsey Camp – knowledgeable, keeps clients informed, keeps matter moving efficiently’

‘Excellent knowledge on ESOPs and related issues. I know I will get accurate information when I ask for it and a lot of hand-holding through issues when I need it.’

‘They don’t need to spend a week researching the issues – they already know the answers. They give good direction.’

‘Able to provide expert defense for ESOP litigation with positive results’

‘Very knowledgeable about ESOPs and responsive to questions with updates as needed’

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Recommended for its ‘strong knowledge of cyber law in US’ and internationally, the data strategy, security and privacy team at Holland & Knight LLP fields a growing team of experienced practitioners with expertise in data-driven project counselling, technology related transactions and government policy compliance. Team head Mark Melodia, in New York, combines consumer class action defense experience with cyber law knowledge to support clients through investigations and disputes related to data security -in Philadelphia, Paul Bond is another key name for disputes matters. Atlanta-based Elizabeth Hinson is a go-to for incident response matters. Wendell Bartnick departed the team in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Melodia

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bond; Bart Huffman; Mark Francis; Elizabeth Hinson; Rachel Marmor; Nicholas Hasenfus; Ieuan Mahoney


‘HKLaw has deep experience with structuring complex agreements, including the treatment of open source software and intellectual property, that apply to cyber law. Our collaboration is excellent while the focus is on innovation and flexibility when dealing with new and unmarked territory.’

‘My primary partners in the cyber law practice are Nicholas Hasenfus and Ieuan Mahoney. Both are experts in the field, and bring an abundance of experience to bear on formulating creative solutions especially in new or emerging areas such as cloud computing. I value the approach along with the high degree of engagement and responsiveness.’

‘Strong knowledge of cyber law in US. Also in foreign jurisdictions, which is important as we expand our business globally.’

‘Elizabeth Hinson provided valuable legal advice to us and led us through our matter. She was always available at short notice and all times as required by a challenging matter. We recommend her highly.’

Key clients

AMC Networks

Purpose Financial

Alvaria Inc

Lifepoint Healthcare

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

The Paradies Shops, LLC

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Paymentus Corporation

20/20 Eye Care Network, Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented AMC Networks in five putative class actions and six mass arbitration matters in cases based on alleged violations of the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) for the alleged use of the Facebook pixel and other third party tracking technology on AMC’s websites and apps.
  • Counselling Comcast on achieving business goals for its data-driven products in a risk-mitigated way.
  • Advised Purpose Financial, Inc. during a significant security incident perpetrated by a ransomware threat group.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

At Holland & Knight LLP, the outsourcing and tech transactions department undertakes a broad range of ITO and BPO transactions, often working with financial services institutions, logistics companies, and global hospitality groups. James Paine chairs the practice from the Atlanta office and concentrates on cloud solutions, ERP licensing, strategic services arrangements, and IT infrastructure operations. Paine also advises on the outsourcing of finance and accounting and HR services. Also in Atlanta is corporate attorney Sarah Parker, who handles ITO matters, managed network services, tech licensing, and systems integration. Chicago-based Glynna Christian assists clients with strategic transactions involving blockchain and payment solutions.

Practice head(s):

James Paine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Academy Sports + Outdoors



Ally Bank

Amalgamated Bank

Bank of America

Beazer Homes


7 Brew


Floor & Décor Outlets

GID Investment Advisors LLC

Windsor Property Management

G6 Hospitality

Hightower Advisors

HERC Rental

Intercontinental Hotels Group


Morehouse College

McNair Group

Paradies Lagardere

Piedmont Healthcare Group

RaceTrac Petroleum




US Sugar

Williams Sonoma

Work highlights

  • Advised a global hospitality company in connection with the negotiation of an amendment to an existing agreement with Amadeus, to provide for the transformation and migration of a guest reservation system.
  • Advised a supply chain logistics company in connection with the negotiation of agreements with TATA Communications Corporations and NTT Communications, to provide a global managed network services solution.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP‘s real estate finance and real estate capital markets practice has numerous locations all over America with practice heads and finance experts Joe Guay and Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz situated in New York and Miami, respectively. The team is active over a number of transaction types, typically representing national and foreign banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and debt funds. CRE capital market transactions falls within the scope of the practice alongside workouts and lender and borrower representation. In Century City, David Packer is a key name for secured debt workouts, acquisition and disposition, and real estate financings, while in Charlotte David Iacuzio manages CMBS and CLO programs. John Decker focuses on commercial real estate from Atlanta. New York-based litigator Vivian Arias and Dallas-based real estate expert Matthew Swerdlow is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz


‘Very knowledgeable partners and associates – especially on exercising lender remedies.’

‘Every attorney with whom I work is very responsive and provides sound advice in an easy to comprehend manner. In particular, Vivian Arias is someone that I count on to advise us on legal avenues to pursue on our distressed assets in the NY and NJ area.’

‘Their superior service doesn’t stop when the transaction closes. They’re unmatched at ensuring that all records are updated and shared or formalized appropriately and fantastic when it comes to assistance with post closing matters (warehouse lenders, loan assignment, servicing, etc.). The team demonstrates a keen awareness of and tailors their practices to the unique client needs.’

‘The lead partners are very accessible and hands on. Mentorship and support of junior attorneys is very evident. Across all levels, fantastic people with whom to work. ’

‘I have utilized Holland & Knight for approximately 14 years. They have always exhibited a deep knowledge base with regard to commercial real estate lending. My client base feels as though they get a fair hearing when it comes to questions, comments to loan docs and negotiations. Overall, I am highly confident that I am well represented by the firm in transactions.’

‘I primarily work with Matthew Swerdlow who is very accomplished. He has represented me on some highly complex transactions and have shown not only professionalism, but also expertise.’

Key clients

Midland Loan Services

PNC Bank

Habitat Mortgage Solutions

HHHunt Inc.

Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented PNC/Midland as lead counsel in the transition to Citibank of numerous roles, in connection with a portfolio of twenty-three loans totaling $22 billion secured by seventeen alternative energy projects located throughout the US.
  • Representing PNC Bank as collateral agent for the U.S. Department of Energy in a $740 million defaulted solar energy project in Tonopah, Nevada, against Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC, and a number of other companies.
  • Representing Habitat Mortgage Solutions in its role as a provider of financial services and capital to local affiliates across North America.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP offers comprehensive non-contentious tax expertise to a broad range of clients, including public and private companies, private foundations, tax-exempt organizations, individuals, trusts, and partnerships. The practice is well known for handling mid-market transactions as well as private client matters, benefitting from collaboration with the firm’s strong private wealth service group. William Sherman, dividing his time between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, has experience in a broad range of sectors, including hospitality, petrochemicals, tobacco, real estate, transport, telecoms, and pharma. He chairs the group alongside Todd Keator in Dallas and John Martini in Philadelphia. Joshua Odintz in Washington DC advises major clients in the management consulting and pharma spaces. Houston-based Roger Aksamit focuses on energy, natural resources, real estate, and private equity taxation, while Mark Melton in Dallas assists clients with acquisitions, dispositions, investments, and derivatives transactions. Washington DC’s Daniel Strickland has notable expertise advising on tax credits in the renewables space. Having joined the firm in August 2023 from Steptoe LLP, Washington DC’s Robert Rizzi brings vast experience advising domestic and multinational corporations on the tax aspects of M&A, reorganizations, workouts, and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

William Sherman; Todd Keator; John Martini

Other key lawyers:


‘Our company works closely with Mark Melton. Mark has been a trusted partner for the last 8 years and have helped us over the years on a number of M&A transactions including helping us structure transactions in a most tax efficient way. ’

Key clients

Entergy Corp.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA


Western Union

Work highlights

  • Representing Entergy Corp. on tax issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and regarding recovery of deferred tax assets in rates.
  • Advising Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA on tax policy matters.
  • Representing Aon, before Congress and the Treasury Department regarding the Build Back Better and Inflation Reduction acts.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

Holland & Knight provides support to venture capital clients, corporate strategic investors, and angel investors on their funding endeavors into emerging growth companies. The firm also assists these companies through every phase of their corporate lifecycle. Tim Poydenis, who became co-head of the practice upon joining the Century City office in February 2023 from Goodwin, advises companies and investors on formations, fundraisings, exit strategies, and corporate governance. Jeffrey Seul, co-leading from Boston, offers guidance to clients in tech sectors such as digital health, fintech, and autonomous transportation on various corporate matters. Enrique Conde and Danielle Price are key members of the Miami practice.

Practice head(s):

Tim Poydenis; Jeffrey Seul

Other key lawyers:


‘Enrique Conde brings a lot of expertise to every transaction. He is excellent at managing negotiations and always proposes creative business solutions when there is a deadlock. He has a great business and investment mind on top of having great technical skills. His in-house experience brings an added dimension to the transaction.’

‘Tim Poydenis is the man. Speed is the word that comes to mind when I think about Tim. I really appreciate that speed because it allows us to get back to our customers, investors, and employees, in a timely manner.’

‘Tim Poydenis and Isaac Newell are the best in the business. The speed at which they operate and their precision when it comes to taking care of our legal matters are unmatched. Tim and Isaac are the real deal.’

‘Danielle Price is a legal wiz! She looks out for the company and has provided advice that makes getting investors easier. She is very creative in helping us protect our company.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Main Street Health in connection with a $315m financing round with investments from strategic health plan and provider partners.
  • Represented RET Ventures in investments in five emerging companies with an aggregate deal value of more than $30m.
  • Represented KORE Power, Inc. in connection with the initial $75m tranche of an anticipated $150m private equity financing.

International trade > CFIUS

Continuing to make inroads into the national security space, Holland & Knight LLP’s team—led by Antonia Tzinova—added a string of new clients during 2023. The wider firm’s focus on the energy, financial services and infrastructure spheres is reflected in its CFIUS roster.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP has a major focus on Latin America with Miami partner Roberto Pupo leading the firm’s efforts in the region. Having developed close connections to Latin American businesses, the firm has experienced significant growth in investments and acquisitions into the US, including by Chilean entities targeting the renewables sector, along with a spate of intra-regional deals. Colombia, where the firm has a large office, and Peru, are also key markets for inbound deals into the US, especially South Florida. The Miami office is benefitting from the firm’s efforts to grow its Latin America capabilities, which included the hire of a 17-lawyer team from Sánchez Devanny in Mexico City and Monterrey; this provides the firm with greater abilities to target industrial growth and the near-shoring phenomena in northern Mexico. Along with considerable activity in the M&A and private equity spheres, the Miami office has a fine standing in banking and finance, projects, international arbitration, financial services regulatory matters and tax. Aside from the aforementioned Pupo, other prominent figures in corporate and M&A transactions include Aymee Valdivia and Enrique Conde, along with Alexandra Aguirre, who joined from Morrison Foerster in 2022; Aguirre has led teams on a string of deals since joining the firm. Jose Sirven is a seasoned and versatile corporate and finance practitioner with a high degree of focus on Latin America. Adolfo Jimenez is an international disputes specialist with a long history of acting in international arbitrations involving Latin American entities. Wilfredo Ferrer is chair of the global compliance and investigations team, and has notable expertise in anti-corruption and FCPA matters. Logan Gans provides further Latin America tax expertise. Project finance leader Norberto Quintana splits his time between New York and Miami, and has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure financings, including 4G toll roads in Colombia. Since publication, complex corporate (& labour) disputes specialilst Vanessa Lopez has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.  

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has a longstanding presence in Latin America banking and finance matters. With a number of finance specialists that have a major focus on the Latin America market, it has attracted a wealth of financial institution clients and routinely lands significant engagements. Much of the Latin America finance team sits in New York and Miami. In New York, Stephen Double is a vastly experienced Latin America expert with a fine record in syndicated lending, acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance and trade finance. Phillip Durham splits his time between New York and Chicago and is a leader in equipment and aviation finance (indeed the firm has a burgeoning record in the latter segment); he led the team that acted for aircraft leasing companies in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines. New York and Miami-based Norberto Quintana has close connections to a number of major lenders and is a prominent figure in energy and infrastructure finance, including Colombian toll road projects.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo

Key clients

Banco Bilboa Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Mizuho Bank

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Grupo CrediQ

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acted for various aircraft leasing companies in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines
  • Advised private equity fund Deuda Infraestructura II Sura-Credicorp Capital as the liquidity lender on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll-road project financing led by Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur and its Spanish sponsor Sacyr Concesiones.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has continued to expand its Latin America capabilities, bringing in a 17-lawyer team from Sánchez Devanny in Mexico during the course of 2023, which has considerably strengthened its position vis-a-vis Mexico’s industrial north. This has positioned it well as regards participating in the development of manufacturing and other facilities -and concomitant infrastructure growth- associated with the near-shoring phenomena. The firm is also increasingly active in healthcare infrastructure expansion around Latin America, including in Ecuador. It remains at the forefront of energy, mining and infrastructure project financings with New York and Miami partner Norberto Quintana , who is an established name in energy and transport infrastructure financings, particularly toll roads and transmission lines in Colombia. Quintana led the team that advised FCP Deuda Infraestructura II Sura-Credicorp Capital as the liquidity lender on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll road project financing in Colombia led by Concesionaria Vial Unión del Sur and its Spanish sponsor Sacyr Concesiones. New York/Miami partner Lara Rios is another experienced figure in Latin America energy and infrastructure transactions; while New York’s Peter Baumgaertner can draw on some 30 years' experience across capital markets matters, project financings and restructurings.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP benefits from a steady flow of Latin America inbound and outbound transactions. The firm has a sizeable on-the ground presence in both Colombia and Mexico, with the latter being bolstered by he hire of a 17-lawyer team from Sánchez Devanny in Mexico City and Monterrey; this has given the firm a boost in targeting investments into the industrial growth in northern Mexico as part of the nearshoring supply chain phenomenon. Inbound investments from Latin America into the US is a major trend for the team, particularly from Colombia, Peru and Chile (the latter especially in terms of the renewables sector); and the practice has been particularly active advising a series of Latin American family offices on investments into US real estate holdings and technology businesses. It has also represented Latin American hotel companies on investments into North America. Roberto Pupo chairs the Latin America practice group, which includes Aymee ValdiviaEnrique Conde, and Alexandra Aguirre who joined from Morrison Foerster in 2022; Aguirre has led teams on a number of deals since joining the firm, including Mediam Group’s sale of a minority stake to Adelph Group. Since publication, the practice group has been further strengthened with the raising of Daniel A Ramos to the partnership - effective as of January 2024. All named individuals are based in Miami.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo


Enrique Conde Alexandra Aguirre are very insightful and experienced.

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediam Group (Google’s official media representative in Central America) on the sale of a minority stake to Aleph Group.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Holland & Knight LLP has a huge Latin America practice, spread primarily across its Miami, New York, Mexico City and Bogota offices. This has provided the firm with an impressive number of project and infrastructure bond engagements over the years, including private bond placements, while its sizeable presence in Mexico City has also enabled it to penetrate the Mexican FIBRA market – a good source of equity offerings over the last decade. The firm has also managed to carve-out a reputation in ESG and sustainability-linked offerings, and is noted for debt restructurings and liability management exercises. Furthermore, it has a fine record in sovereign and sub-sovereign offerings, especially in Argentina. New York partner Stephen Double is an experienced Latin America specialist with deep expertise in bond debt and bond offerings, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Miami and New York-based partner Norberto Quintana is another Latin America-focused practitioner, who has an extensive record in project and infrastructure bonds. Additionally, the practice is building its presence in venture capital fundraisings after the arrival of Miami partner Alexandra Aguirre from Morrison Foerster in June 2022. New York associate Julia de la Parra is also rated, particularly for energy and infrastructure transactions; she is currently on secondment at Deutsche Bank NY.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo; Raul Cosio


Holland & Knight’s capital markets team has gained a lot of presence in Argentina in recent years. It is one of the most active teams. They have a lot of experience in sub-sovereign issues, but it is common to see them increasingly involved in corporate issues. They are an excellent team, with lawyers who not only work very well, but also have a lot of empathy with the client.

Steven Double is an excellent lawyer. He is capable of making complex problems simple, and of understanding very well the idiosyncrasies of Argentine clients. He has a lot of experience in Argentina, and it is always a pleasure to team up with him. Julia de la Parra also stands out.

Key clients


Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Deutsche Bank

BCP Securities

Grupo CCR

JP Morgan

MRV Engenharia

Province of Jujuy, Argentina

TMF Group

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Advised the dealer managers on the successful exchange offer for the 9.75% senior notes (due 2022) of Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte (Edenor), the largest electricity distribution company in Argentina; undertaken in accordance with social bond guidelines.
  • Represented JP Morgan Securities (as placement agent) in a private placement of bonds by Desarrollo Eléctrico Suria, the operator of the Suria and Palenque electricity transmission lines in Colombia.

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers and other professionals in 34 offices. Among the nation’s largest law firms, we provide representation in litigation, business, real estate, governmental and healthcare law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

Clients recognize the firm’s ability to consistently provide excellent value in a variety of areas from complex commercial litigation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions to regulatory matters, real estate transactions and government investigations. Holland & Knight offers decades of experience in an array of industries, businesses and government organizations, which results in helping clients identify and capture opportunities while mitigating risk and liability. The firm is also well-positioned to guide domestic and global corporations in navigating US government policy changes. Our established relationships with key policymakers, regulatory and legislative experience, and advocacy strategies greatly benefits clients and provides an additional avenue to successfully resolve matters.

Service without boundaries: The firm is organized into four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. Through integrated practice groups and industry-based teams, we can provide efficient and responsive legal representation anywhere in the world. We serve based on needs, not merely location. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that clients have access to the lawyers with the most appropriate experience.

As a full service firm, Holland & Knight offers our clients an array of services to meet and exceed their business objectives, including:

Banking and financial services: Holland & Knight’s banking and finance practice is as diverse as the needs of the clients it serves. Clients in all segments of the finance and financial services industry count on the expertise and experience of our firm to assist them in their important transactions, controversies, regulatory, governmental affairs and other matters. These clients include global banks, large US domestic and regional banks, insurance companies, asset managers, private equity groups, trust companies, community banks, servicing companies, FinTech and emerging products and services.

Construction: Holland & Knight has extensive experience in all matters related to construction industry claims and litigation. It also counsels clients on construction operations, corporate compliance, structuring and negotiating industry agreements, public-private partnerships, project administration, risk management, government contracts and procurement law, and international construction.

Corporate, M&A and securities: Holland & Knight advises public and private companies in a broad range of domestic and international corporate transactions, financings and securities law matters.

Energy: Holland & Knight provides a full array of legal services to the energy sector in the US and abroad. The firm’s energy attorneys and professionals work in all areas of energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as the world’s newest, most innovative energy opportunities.

Healthcare and life sciences: The firm represents the full scope of healthcare-related businesses in all aspects of their regulatory issues and operations. Clients range from all providers along the care continuum, managed care companies and health plans to pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and medical device manufacturers.

Intellectual property: Holland & Knight’s IP attorneys have significant experience handling the issues surrounding complex patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. They are experienced in a wide array of technical disciplines, and many hold degrees in areas such as computer and software engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Labor, employment and benefits: Holland & Knight represents management in all areas of labor and employment law, including civil rights, discrimination and retaliation; class actions; labor relations; non-competition, trade secrets and defecting employees; OSHA, workplace safety and whistleblower claims; ERISA/employee benefits and executive compensation; and immigration, nationality and consular law.

Leisure and hospitality: Holland & Knight represents owners, operators, lenders, investors and brands in development, structuring, governance, acquisition, financing, restructuring, management and dispute resolution throughout the world, for projects ranging from hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects to timeshare, fractional, branded residential, golf and marina properties.

Litigation: Holland & Knight has one of the largest litigation practices in the country. Former federal prosecutors and regulatory officials form a key part of the group, which handles multi-million-dollar class actions, securities litigation, product liability, mass tort cases and white-collar criminal defense.

Public policy and regulation: Holland & Knight’s public policy and regulation practice group consists of more than 100 lawyers and other professionals engaged in federal, state and local government affairs, regulatory counseling and related disciplines.

Real estate and land use: Holland & Knight’s real estate practice is among the largest of any US law firm. Nearly all of the firm’s offices are staffed to provide clients with superior local, national and international service when handling the wide variety of issues related to real estate transactions, regulations and litigation.

Tax: Holland & Knight represents clients in all types of taxation matters – international, federal, state and local, employee benefits and executive compensation. The firm’s services are both preventive and remedial. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals protecting their personal and business assets.

Transportation: Holland & Knight lawyers serve public and private sector clients operating in the many facets of the transportation industry. The firm’s Transportation Team is a recognized international leader and has extensive experience in the areas of aviation, freight rail, infrastructure, maritime and shipping, mass transit and public transportation, and trucking and logistics.

Wealth management: Holland & Knight’s estate planning group focuses almost exclusively on the needs of high-net-worth estates. It is nationally recognized in fields as diverse as estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, sophisticated charitable giving, probate litigation, IRS litigation, life insurance planning, business succession planning, asset protection, international taxation, charitable organizations and private foundations.

A team approach that covers all the bases
Holland & Knight’s industry-focused client teams have significant experience in key sectors, including:

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Finance and financial services
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Real estate and hospitality
  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Transportation and infrastructure

With a one-firm team approach, attorneys collaborate with colleagues across the firm’s offices and practice areas to efficiently counsel clients. Multidisciplinary teams are designed to comprehensively address the full scope of clients’ legal challenges and opportunities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business section James McDermott
Business section Eric Wechselblatt
Litigation Section Christopher Kelly
Litigation Section Lynn Calkins
Government Section David Whitestone
Government Section Beth Viola
Real Estate Section Joe Guay
Real Estate Section Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Banking & Financial Services Matthew Fontane
Banking & Financial Services Jose Sirven
Construction Steve Shapiro
Construction Ben Subin
Corporate, M&A & Securities Bob Grammig
Corporate, M&A & Securities George Mencio
Energy Juan Alcala
Healthcare & Life Sciences Maria Currier
Healthcare & Life Sciences Jeffrey Mittleman
Intellectual Property Joshua Krumholz
Labor, Employment & Benefits Robert Vyverberg
Leisure & Hospitality Joe Guay
Leisure & Hospitality Jeffrey Blake Stern
Litigation Christopher Kelly
Litigation Lynn Calkins
Public Policy & Regulation Rich Gold
Public Policy & Regulation Robert Highsmith, Jr.
Real Estate & Land Use Joe Guay
Real Estate & Land Use Stuart Saft
Tax William Sherman
Tax James McDermott
Transportation Anita Mosner
Transportation Christopher Nolan
Wealth Management David Scott Sloan
Wealth Management Christopher Boyett
Energy, Mining & Natural Resources Juan Alcala
Finance & Financial Services James Chadwick
Healthcare & Life Sciences Jeffrey Mittleman
Healthcare & Life Sciences Maria Currier
Real Estate & Hospitality Christopher Camarra
Technology Jeffrey Seul
Transportation & Infrastructure Anita Mosner
Transportation & Infrastructure Christopher Nolan
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