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

Holland & Knight LLP
701 BRICKELL AVENUE, SUITE 3300
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP's 'attorneys are wise, sharp counselors with broad experience across a range of transactions'. Over the past five years, the practice has advised clients in over 70 countries on the acquisition, financing, leasing, and structuring of aircraft and helicopter transactions. In New York, names to note are Phillip Durham (practice group leader from January 2020), who focuses on aviation finance transactions in Latin America and other emerging markets; John Pritchard, a former chair of the Aviation Working Group (not-for-profit legal entity) legal advisory panel; Fred Bass, who advises on aircraft financings and leasing; and Richard Furey, who has significant aviation sector experience. In San Francisco, William Piels represents large aircraft operating lessors and international financial institutions; Audrey Sung is an asset-based finance specialist; and Nathan Leavitt is also an expert in transactions involving airlines operating in Latin America. Durham, Pritchard, Leavitt and Piels are 'highlighted for their approachability and availability, and high-level experience'. New York-based Laura Lewis is a key associate.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Durham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team works seamlessly with clients.’

I would like to highlight Nathan Leavitt, Phillip Durham, John Pritchard and William Piels for their approachability and availability, and high-level experience.

True industry experts, who are wise, sharp counselors with broad experience across a range of transactions.’

Key clients

GE Capital Aviation Services

BBAM Aircraft Management

Merx Aviation Capital

Jackson Square Aviation

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Aircastle Limited

Aviation Capital Group

CIT

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Wings Capital Partners

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

The construction practice at Holland & Knight LLP acts for builders and construction managers, government contractors, project owners and investors. From urban and institutional developments, to mixed-use projects, major industrial facilities and infrastructure projects, the firm's offices across the country have been involved in some of the most high-profile mandates in the market. Stephen Shapiro in Washington DC heads up the practice. Adam Paterno and Ben Subin are key contacts in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP has a strong on-the-ground presence in several major commercial centers in the US, including New York, San Francisco, Miami and Washington DC. In Miami, Joseph Goldstein specializes in advising developers and private property owners on entitlements, the protection of property rights, and processing complex development or other governmental approvals and permits. Alongside Goldstein, Juan Mayol has extensive experience in acting for charter school management companies and large-scale industrial developers, as well as major building companies in the Miami-Dade area. Kenneth Lowenstein is the name to note in New York; he advises on all site development matters for clients including Brookfield Property Partners and Google. In San Francisco, Chelsea MacLean led advice to California Coastal Properties on its Passage at San Mateo housing project, and also acted alongside Jennifer Hernandez in advising DeNova homes on various entitlement, environmental review, permitting and litigation matters. Christine Shiker in Washington DC and handles large, mixed-use and multi-phased projects throughout the downtown DC area, as well as in emerging neighborhoods in the surrounds. Steven ElrodPeter Friedman and Hart Passman left the Chicago office to found Elrod Friedman LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase and Starwood Property Trust

Dezer Development LLC

Akridge

DeNova Homes

South San Francisco (SSF) Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

Housing Partners

California Coastal Properties LLC

40 Main Street

Copart

Pompano Park JV Holdings LLC

The Graham Companies

Brookfield Property Partners

GID Development Company

Google

L & M Development Partners

Property Group Partners

Vision McMillan Partners

Madison Marquette and Urban Atlantic

Kettler, Carr Properties, Grosvenor Americas and Carmel Partners

Government > Government relations Tier 2

The public policy and regulation practice at Holland & Knight LLP is made up of lawyers and lobbyists with policymaking connections to both political parties. The group stands out for its extensive experience in coalition building and management covering key industries, including energy, healthcare providers and pharmaceuticals. Practice co-leader Rich Gold is a name to note in this space; he heads the department out of Washington DC with Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith. Also of note, the service group recently established a national security, defense and intelligence team, and a local government relations group that work closely with the DC office to obtain federal funding for major US cities. Joel Roberson is also recommended; his areas of expertise include tech policy, food and drug law.

Practice head(s):

Rich Gold; Robert Highsmith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Roberson; Kathryn Lehman; Charles Naftalin

Key clients

Smithfield

Energizer

University of Southern California

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Neste

Thomson Reuters

Comcast

Corteva Agriscience

Chemours

InterContinental Hotels Group

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - finance Tier 2

Traditionally representing US and foreign banks, investors and shipping companies, Holland & Knight LLP is increasingly acting for non-traditional sources of ship financing, including governmental finance support entities and underwriters, in capital markets and private equity transactions. The practice also has extensive experience in shipping group restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 insolvencies. Maritime finance head Jovi Tenev  represented International Seaways (one of the world’s largest crude oil and petroleum product tanker companies) in a $390m committed secured loan transaction; Richard Furey  is a name to note for matters involving alternative financing sources; and Washington DC-based Gerald Morrissey 's practice covers distressed debt and corporate workouts in the maritime industry. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Jovi Tenev

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

International Seaways, Inc.

Citibank, N.A.

Olympic Shipping

Onassis Foundation

BTMU Capital Corp. (Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi)

DNB NOR Bank ASA

Nordea Bank Finland

Fleet Management Ltd.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Banc of America Leasing & Capital LLC

CIT Bank N.A.

CIT Finance LLC

Real estate Tier 2

At Holland & Knight LLP, a key point of differentiation is the team’s focus on a range of specialized asset classes. It is exceptionally active in the retail and condominium sectors where it handles development, conversion, sale and purchase matters at a wealth of different sites; these include regional malls, strip mall centers, mixed-use and gas stations. Elsewhere, in the field of hospitality, its lawyers serve as counsel to some of the globe’s largest hotel operators, timeshare resorts and multi-site vacation clubs, providing an all-encompassing asset management service. Operating from New York, Joe Guay co-chairs the offering alongside Miami-based Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, a specialist in multi-family, residential, office and residential projects. Inbound investment from Latin America is particularly active for the firm, owing to its offices in Bogotá and Mexico City, as well as its deep bench of Spanish-speaking lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Joe Guay; Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Other key lawyers:

Loren Higgins; Richard Eckhard; Stuart Saft; Susan Booth

Testimonials

‘The Holland & Knight Real Estate practice has a subspecialty which concentrates on healthcare related real estate (seniors housing, medical office, skilled nursing). This group has significant experience within these subsectors which distinctly sets them apart from other firms and enables them to navigate complex healthcare transactions. Further, the team is able to proactively identify issues or concerns early in the transaction creating a smoother (and in many instances a more timely) close.’

‘The knowledge base and expertise of the partners translates into a succinct approach to structuring/documenting and provides the ability to provide direct responses to questions (as opposed to a nuanced response with caveats, disclaimers, or information that isnt relevant or probable).’

‘The collaboration between the partners and associates streamlines interactions with us.’

‘Loren Higgins’s expertise within the healthcare real estate sector and her commitment to client service is unparalleled. She performs under very tight timelines and provides practical legal advice with a very strong understanding of the business and credit risks of a transaction.’

‘The Holland & Knight Real Estate team is easy to work with, commercial, hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and very diligent.’

Key clients

Beringia Central LLC

King Street

Apollo Theater

Strategic Property Partners

Hines Interests LP

Lincoln Property Company

Miami Freedom Park, LLC

Fisher Island Holdings

Elion Partners

JD Carlisle

East Midtown Plaza

Verizon Communications

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's 'well-connected' practice is regularly sought out by US and foreign airlines for major litigation arising out of high-profile airline crashes; it also handles disputes over aircraft leases, passenger claims and class actions, and has a robust regulatory practice. In New York, Christopher Kelly is the firm-wide section leader of the 490-lawyer litigation section, and Washington DC-based Anita Mosner, whose 'knowledge and experience have been valuable many times', is the aviation team deputy chair. Former practice co-head Randal Craft retired from the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kelly; Anita Mosner

Other key lawyers:

Gary Halbert; Judy Nemsick; Sarah Passeri; Steven Raffaele

Testimonials

H&K has a very well-connected team, with contacts throughout the aviation industry and regulators, which gives them useful insights and credibility within the sectors.

Anita Mosner is exceptionally well connected with the top tier of airlines, as well as the relevant people in government. Her knowledge and experience have been valuable many times.’

Key clients

Societe Air France

American Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AIG

Air Canada

SkyWest Airlines

Volaris

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

Etihad Airways

Cargolux

Northern Air Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's Jacksonville-based rail practice is valued by clients for its ability to provide the 'support of a big law firm with the prices of a much smaller firm'. It consistently represents Class I, II and III railroads across a spectrum of matters. William Byrne is experienced in road, rail, intermodal and ocean transportation; Lawrence Hamilton II is an experienced transportation and class action trial lawyer; and Los Angeles-based Linda Auerbach Allderdice defends motor carriers and related companies in lawsuits. Tampa's Jameson Rice was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

William Byrne; Lawrence Hamilton II

Testimonials

They have the support of a big law firm with the prices of a much smaller firm.

Jameson Rice is a new partner, who has a nice demeanor, works well with our business team and knows his stuff.

Key clients

Coalition for Northeast Corridor

Quality Distribution, Inc. (and its affiliates and subsidiaries)

Lyft, Inc.

XPO Global Forwarding, Inc.

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP's New York-based team has been active in matters arising from high-profile incidents, including many relating to the Covid-19 impact on the shipping industry. The team is also sought out by offshore, shipping, and supply chain services providers for regulatory assistance. National maritime practice leader James Hohenstein has extensive commercial and maritime trial and appellate experience, including international bankruptcy actions. Other key figures include Christopher Nolan, the national co-chair of the firm’s transportation and infrastructure industry sector group; and Michael Frevola, who is recommended for maritime arbitrations and court proceedings and was singled out by one client as the 'go-to' New York lawyer for matters demanding creative solutions.

Practice head(s):

James Hohenstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Nolan; Michael Frevola; James Power; Michael Cavanaugh; Julia Haines; Vincent Foley; Marie Larsen; Robert Denig

Testimonials

Deep industry expertise and experience that provides value beyond mere legal input, and which comes to the fore on complex multi-jurisdictional matters requiring co-ordination.

Michael Frevola is my go to when I need a creative and solutions-focused NY lawyer. He has a good sense for predicting how the matter will progress, which is invaluable with determining strategy.

Michael Frevola is good at taking the emotion out of the situation and getting a client to focus on the issue and solution instead. I consider him exceptionally reliable and when I have a complex issue that I am charged with resolving, he is at the top of my list of NY lawyers to instruct.

Key clients

Castleton Commodities Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd.

Gard P&I Club

Garex War Risk Insurers

Höegh Autoliner A/S

Navig8 Inc.

Nordisk Legal Services

North America Export Grain Association

North Of England Protection & Indemnity Association

OOCL (USA) Inc.

Steamship Mutual P&I Club

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP recently benefited from the lateral hires of Atlanta-based practice head Todd Wozniak and Lindsey Camp in West Palm Beach, both from Greenberg Traurig LLP. ESOP litigation is a key strength for the group, alongside COBRA class actions and withdrawal liability litigation. The new recruits combine their knowledge with the health and welfare benefits expertise of Fort Lauderdale-based Sandra Heller and Dallas-based Eliot Burriss (the latter is another recent hire from McDermott Will & Emery LLP), who represent healthcare and managed care companies in ERISA defense litigation. The team also handles DOL enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Todd Wozniak

Key clients

Stiefel Laboratories

RVR Inc.

Choate Construction Company

Kruse Western

GreatBanc Trust Company

American Society of Appraisers

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has expanded its nationwide presence with the hire of some nine partners. The practice heads are based in Florida; Robert Grammig leads the corporate, M&A and securities practice, leveraging over 30 years’ experience in public company M&A, securities law and general corporate work. David Barkus heads the private equity group, and is highly recommended for aviation and aerospace work. George Mencio co-chairs the corporate group with Barkus and Grammig, and also leads the firm's international initiatives department. Clients ranging from start-ups to international corporates also benefit from the firm's proprietary Matterhorn Database of transaction documents, which saves clients time and costs.

Holland & Knight LLP represents buy- and sell-side public and private companies in a range of M&A and corporate transactions, and also advises on corporate governance issues. Tampa-based Robert Grammig heads the firm's corporate, M&A and securities practice, with significant experience handling international business transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Barkus; Robert Grammig; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Adam August

Key clients

American Water Works Company, Inc.

Arlington Capital Partners

Audax Private Equity

Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC

Brynwood Partners

Carolina Beverage Group

Converge Technology Partners

Cubic Corporation

Enterprise Financial Corp

FedData Holdings, LLC

Harris Corporation

Hometown Food Company

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

Hubbell Corporation

Intertape Polymer Group, Inc.

Kforce, Inc. (NASDAQ: KFRC)

King Street Real Estate GP LLC

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)

Lithia Motors, Inc.

Macquarie Capital

Marine Max, Inc. (NYSE: HCO)

Neste Oyj

NSM Insurance Group

Pine Tree Equity Management

Raymond James Financial (NYSE:RJF)

Refinitiv

Saint-Gobain Corporation

Teleflex Incorporated

Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL)

Trivest Partners, L.P.

Practice head(s):

Robert Grammig

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP’s Dallas-based tax practice witnessed increased SALT activity over the review period, with highlights including Texas property tax disputes and airline sales tax disputes in the Illinois courts, handled by co-head Mary McNulty. Partnership audits and appeals with the IRS are regularly handled with assistance from Abbey Garber, while Lee Meyercord strengthens the team's federal tax litigation capabilities for multinational corporates. The client roster has a strong focus on family offices, in addition to public and privately held energy, mining and oil and gas clients. Of counsel Emily Parker stepped down from the partnership, but remains an authority on tax litigation in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mary McNulty; Todd Keator

Testimonials

‘The Thompson & Knight team combines decades of experience with ingenuity and a practical, efficient approach to develop and execute winning strategies (and results) for complex US tax controversies, whether in audit, administrative appeals or litigation.’

‘Mary McNulty is the top tax controversy lawyer in the firm. She brings her broad knowledge and experience to bear on all issues. Mary can develop and execute complex tax controversy strategies like no other.’

‘Lee Meyercord is an up-and-coming young partner with wisdom far beyond her years. She is creative, hardworking and responsive to the expansive needs of demanding clients.’

Emily Parker, of counsel at the firm, is an elder statesperson with tax controversy experience unmatched by any other tax professional I have worked with. She also is the country’s foremost authority on oil and gas/energy issues. Her strategic input has been vital in multiple complex tax controversies for my company, a large multinational company.’

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice is engaged by private equity firms, management teams and public and private companies. Miami-based practice leader Robert Friedman routinely advises on ESOP transactions and ERISA fiduciary compliance issues. In the Philadelphia office, John Martini assists employers and executives with management compensation arrangements. In July 2020 Gregory Brown joined Polsinelli PC in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Robert Friedman

Other key lawyers:

John Martini; Ariadna Alvarez

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

With a strong presence across Texas, Holland & Knight LLP, formerly ranked as Thompson & Knight, is recognized for its core expertise in the energy sector, historically in the area of oil and gas, but increasingly in the renewables space. Led by Dallas-based Todd Keator, the team handles myriad corporate tax matters for clients in the energy and utilities, natural resources, banking and private equity segments. Also in Dallas, Dean Hinderliter is noted for his experience of REMICs and debt restructurings. Contacts in the Houston office include energy and private equity specialist Roger Aksamit and Louis Jenull, a name to note for solar and wind tax equity investments. Post-publication, Thompson & Knight's practice expanded via the merger with Holland & Knight in August 2021; the editorial reflects the practice pre-merger.

Practice head(s):

Todd Keator

Key clients

Natural Gas Partners (NGP)

Petro Waste Environmental

Tailwater Capital

Gaedeke Group

Black Mountain Oil & Gas / Black Mountain Sand / Black Mountain Global Link

Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC

Martin Timber Company

Silver Hill Energy Partners LLC

Stabilis Energy, LLC

Tax > International tax Tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP enters the ranking following its merger in August 2021 with Thompson & Knight LLP. The international tax group has core strengths in assisting domestic and foreign family offices and businesses with corporate migrations, cross-border estate planning and cross-border transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. Based in Dallas, practice head Todd Keator and Joe Rudberg are particularly active in the oil and gas and energy sectors. The team also provides tax advice on cross-border charitable ventures, including the establishment of foundations and educational programs.

Practice head(s):

Todd Keator

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Thompson & Knight’s team has a lot of experience in deals with Mexico. In addition to their excellent knowledge of the US tax system they have good knowledge and understand Mexico’s. As a result they can provide a comprehensive service of operations and deals between these two countries.’

Key clients

Oil India Limited

Warwick Capital Partners LLP

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

Holland & Knight LLP has long history with Latin America and continues to devote much of its Miami team to matters in the region. The Miami office has an impressive record in cross-border M&A and Latin America financings. International arbitration, compliance and investigations, and financial services regulatory matters are also fortes for the Latin America group. Chair of the firm's Latin America group Roberto Pupo is based in Miami and continues to advise on numerous headline deals in the region. Alberto Hernandez and George Mencio are also recognised Latin America M&A specialists, while Danielle Price provides additional expertise in the private equity and asset management sector. In financings, Norberto Quintana splits his time between Miami and New York, and continues to be active in corporate lending, structured financings and project financings throughout Latin America; this includes project bonds and private placement transactions, along with ESG-related financings. Wilfredo Ferrer leads the global compliance and investigations team, and is experienced in Latin America matters. Andres Fernandez is key on financial services regulatory matters and leads the Cuba team. Jose Sirven is an experienced practitioner covering a range of corporate and financing transactions, while Adolfo Jiménez is the key name for international arbitration.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has a deep and broad banking and finance practice spanning bilateral and syndicated lending, to traditional project finance and securitisation. The firm is also at the forefront of aviation finance in Latin America. Key lender clients include Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), Banco Santander and Deutsche Bank. The firm's long history in Latin America financings positioned it well for 2020 with a series of major restructuring and refinancing engagements. Peter Baumgaertner remains a prominent figure in corporate finance, project finance and big-ticket restructurings. Stephen Double has an extensive record in bank lending, including syndicated loans, along with project bonds, structured finance and securitisation. Phillip Durham is a market leader in Latin America aviation and equipment finance; in 2020, he represented various aircraft leasing companies in connection with Avianca’s Chapter 11 bankrupcty. Miami and New York partner Norberto Quintana has significant experience in Latin America financings, including lending to financial institutions, and project and infrastructure financings. Miami's Laura Güemes Cambras impresses at associate level. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo; Cindy Brazell; Matthew Fontane

Testimonials

‘This team has a lot of experience in LatAm financing transactions in virtually all hot industries in the region. They can cover every aspect of the deal, from regulatory, government relations to negotiation of deal terms.’

‘The lawyers I have worked with show that they really care about the work product. They are not just trying to close the deal and move on to the next, like I’ve seen from other law firms. The team cares about the outcome and wants to make sure the client is happy with it. Additionally, they try to find alternatives beyond what is considered ‘market’ so that the client can achieve what it is looking for.’

The H&K team is excellent. They have a lot of knowledge of the Latin American market. For projects in Latin America, they are one of the best teams I have ever had to work with. Beyond their knowledge and experience, they are clear, concise, and effective. They seek to solve customer problems and not generate new ones. They are always available and there is a very high participation in the deals from the partners.’ 

Key clients

Banco Bilboa Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander

Deutsche Bank

Fibra UNO

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Grupo CrediQ

Wells Fargo

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP has remained active in oil and gas financings, including bond offerings, most notably in Mexico. It also continues to be a significant player in power, mining and  infrastructure finance around Latin America.  The fast-growing Latin America team is now able to deploy senior team members to a raft of headline projects and energy transactions. A team led by New York's Peter Baumgaertner advised Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries in Brazil and the US as administrative agent in connection with the financial restructuring of Sete International offshore oil drill ships. New York and Miami partner Norberto Quintana is rated for power, mining and infrastructure project financings in numerous central and south American jurisdictions. Miami and New York-based Lara Rios is another emerging name in Latin America renewables and conventional power projects.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo

Testimonials

The H&K team not only has a lot of experience but also a practical vision, always trying to find efficient solutions. They are also accessible in the sense of not only being always available, but also having a clear way of explaining the various issues.

I see H&K combining in-depth sector-specific expertise with time-tested familiarity with the Latin American market. Few law firms in the US are as well positioned as H&K in this regard.’

Lara Ríos is super clear in her explanations, practical in approaching the issues and always available.

Norberto Quintana has extensive experience and also actively participated in the deals.’

Peter Baumgaertner stands out as one of the most dedicated, client-focused corporate lawyers that I have ever encountered.’

Key clients

Banco Sabadell

Banco Santander

China Development Bank

City National Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN)

Inter Miami

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp

Deutsche Bank

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

Holland & Knight LLP has demonstrated deep commitment to Latin America over the years, in part thanks to the presence of Latin America specialists in Miami and New York, along with teams in Mexico City and Bogota (Colombia). The firm now represents a wealth of multinationals in connection with their interests and transactions in Latin America, while also advising a growing number of multilatinas. Private equity is another forte. Alberto Hernandez, George Mencio and chair of the Latin America practice group Roberto Pupo are key figures in the M&A segment, along with Aymee Valdivia, Emma Solaun and Danielle Price, the latter known for private equity and financial sponsor-led transactions. All named individuals are based in Miami.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable about the local market, fully bilingual and proactive to make the transaction work.’

Holland & Knight has a team of brilliant lawyers who are always willing to give practical solutions to their clients, being extremely faithful to the interests of their clients in such a way that they will do everything correctly possible to generate positive results.’

It has a 100% bilingual team, not only from the verbal point of view, but also for the purposes of the detailed review of documents in Spanish, which differentiates them from other firms that claim to be bilingual. The other positive is that they have access to advice with a first-class team, but capable of providing their services under a much more competitive fee schedule than the larger firms.’

Excellent professionals. I work a lot with Aymee Valdivia, a partner in the Miami office, of whom I highlight her commitment, availability and good knowledge of the clients’ business.’

George Mencio, Emma Solaun, Roberto Pupo and Aymee Valdivia always demonstrate to the client that they care, striving to provide helpful legal advice in an efficient and practical manner. Knowledge of your areas of expertise and business awareness are the icing on the cake of a legal service provided by brilliant attorneys. All are truly fluent in Spanish.’

George Mencio, Roberto Pupo and Emma Solaun – daily support, transaction monitoring, experience in the area, knowledge of the Chilean market, proactivity.’

Key clients

American Tower

Laureate Education

MasTec

Mitsubishi Power Americas

Quality 1 Export

Telefonica

Trivest Partners

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP’s Latin America international arbitration team is ‘very knowledgeable’ and supports clients with ‘professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards’. The practice advises on commercial and investment treaty disputes under all major arbitration rules and is particularly strong regarding infrastructure, energy, mining and construction matters. Miami-based Adolfo Jiménez leads the firm’s international arbitration practice and has acted on complex arbitrations for clients in the hospitality, energy, mining and transportation sectors, as well as acting as arbitrator on matters coming before the ICC and ICDR. The team benefits from presence on the ground in two Latin American jurisdictions: in Mexico, Carlos Vejar is ‘very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters’, and Juan Pablo Moyano, who was appointed senior counsel in July 2021, is also a name to note. The Colombian office, in turn, houses the talents of disputes specialist Alberto Zuleta, with highly experienced arbitrator Enrique Gomez-Pinzon splitting his time between Bogota and Washington DC. At associate level Arantxa Cuadrado in New York and Laura Yvonne Zielinski, currently at the firm's Mexico office, are also both noted.

Practice head(s):

Adolfo E. Jiménez

Testimonials

‘They are great at trade and investment related matters.’

‘It is a team with a lot of knowledge and intelligently and professionally involved in understanding arbitration matters in telecommunications and energy. The team is enriched by having lawyers from various countries.’

‘Very knowledgeable about arbitration due to knowledge and experience in many arbitrations.’

‘Carlos Vejar has extensive experience from the government and private-sector perspectives on investor-state arbiration.’

‘Carlos Vejar is very good for investor-state cases and for trade-related matters. Juan Pablo Moyano is a rising star in commercial disputes.’

‘Alberto Zuleta exercises first-rate leadership to make the most of the talent and knowledge of his team.’

‘Laura Zielinski has the ability to understand complex issues and by identify the relevant aspects for the arbitral tribunal.’ 

‘A team that  works in harmony, with professionalism, intelligence and high ethical standards.’

Key clients

Eutelstat

Medical University Hospital

Republic of Guatemala

Eco Oro Minerals

Royal Industries International

King Baby Marine

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Holland & Knight LLP has demonstrated an ever greater commitment to Latin America, which includes a substantial focus on capital markets transactions, notably a range of equity, debt and project bond deals. The firm has impressed with its roles in a series of SEC-registered IPOs, and other equity and debt offerings. It also has an established record in project bonds and is making a further impression in sovereign offerings. Stephen Double has a long history with Latin America, often representing issuers, including debut issuers from around the region, on their bond offerings. Miami and New York partner Norberto Quintana is highly rated for project bonds and infrastructure-related fund raising. Steven Sandretto joined the firm from Paul Hastings LLP in September 2020, to reinforce the Latin America capital markets team.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pupo, Cindy Brazell, Matthew Fontane

Testimonials

‘The Holland & Knight team is extremely experienced and resourceful. They are extremely diligent and client-focused. Particular expertise in complex structuring, covenant negotiation, risk management and mitigation.’

‘Steven Sandretto has great experience in capital markets. His experience and transaction skills helped us execute the deal.’

‘Stephen Double and Steven Sandretto are dedicated professionals with multiple years of experience and expertise, particularly in LatAm capital markets origination and execution.’

We have been working with Peter Baumgartner’s team for many years in transactions and the support has always been spotless. They have a deep understanding of our role and associated risks and make negotiating contracts extremely smooth.’

Key clients

Adecoagro

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)

Deutsche Bank

Fibra Educa

Grupo CCR

JP Morgan

MRV Engenharia

Province of Jujuy, Argentina

TMF Group

Colombia > Banking and finance

The local office of Holland & Knight fields an eight-strong, multidisciplinary team with experience across the banking and brokerage arena. Executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón needs little introduction: a 30-year veteran of corporate transactional work, financings and project finance (and more recently, arbitration), among other areas of expertise, he co-leads the team with fellow corporate partner Lucas Saffon-López; the pair combined recently to lead advice to the FDN and Banco Davivienda on their $10.9m financing to the Bosques de los Llanos 1 solar power project. Promoted to partner in August 2021, key practitioner Juliana Saa focuses on financial law, capital markets, bank investment, and corporate and commercial law, and is a constant presence in the firm's financing teams. However, former fellow senior counsel Carolina Arciniegas left the firm in June 2020 to establish her own, eponymous boutique. Nevertheless, the firm can also call on its network - particularly the Miami office - with financial-services specialist Norberto Quintana frequently involved in mandates with a Colombian aspect.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Gómez Pinzon; Lucas Saffon-López

Key clients

MUFG Bank

Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Banco Davivienda

Colombia > Projects

The team at Holland & Knight is noted for having extensive experience in Colombian and Latin American environmental compliance and regulatory litigation, oil and gas projects, mining projects, project finance, foreign investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate reorganisations and financial restructurings. Norberto Quintana and Enrique Gomez-Pinzon are the key practice contacts.

Founded in 1968, Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices. Among the nation’s largest law firms, we provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental 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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