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Holland & Knight LLP

701 BRICKELL AVENUE, SUITE 3300, MIAMI, FL 33131, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s ‘responsive, knowledgeable and dependable’ group ‘always understands the client’s needs and responds accordingly’, and the firm is ‘a valuable and significant part of any decision-making process’. Key areas of practice include retail development projects, leasing matters and real estate finance, where the team advises on financing transactions for major sales and acquisitions, primarily in the hospitality, leisure and timeshare sectors. The firm also has notable labor and employment expertise, advising on compliance with labor regulations across various projects. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Victor Group and Lendlease in the development, formation and sale of 130 residential condominium units, a matter involving negotiation between existing lenders, extension of debt and subsequent refinancing. The team is led by New York-based Joseph Guay, who has notable hospitality and resorts sector expertise, and Miami-based Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, who represents a mix of public and private clients in commercial lending transactions. Douglas Praw, Melissa Turra and Christopher Camarra are the key figures in Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Washington DC respectively.

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United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s structured finance team handles a range of ABS transactions, but has been especially active in timeshare receivables securitization and insurance-related transactions. Eileen Bannon has counseled Blackstone on a number of 144A timeshare receivables securitizations. Bannon has also advised multiple insurance companies on various securitization and re-securitization transactions. Delaware Life Insurance Company, Awbury Insurance, New York Power Authority and Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior are among the department’s clients.

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

With around 40 partners in its public policy and regulation practice, Holland & Knight LLP has the strength and depth to assist clients from a broad range of industries. It has notable expertise in lobbying for healthcare entities; clients include the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and the American Chemistry Council. Recent work for the group includes assisting the PCI Security Standards Council with addressing congressional committees on payment card security matters following high-profile data breaches. On behalf of the National Fisheries Institute, it negotiated with Congress to repeal the US Department of Agriculture’s Catfish Inspection Rule via a Congressional Review Act. Rich Gold and Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith are highly recommended. Paul Bock, tax expert Nicole Elliott, Joel Roberson and Gerry Sikorski are other names to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP fields ‘an active and engaged team of lawyers’ that are ‘recognized worldwide’ for their work in aircraft securitization and debt financing, repossessions, restructurings and aircraft sales and leasing transactions. Fred Bass and San Francisco-based William Piels acted for Aviation Capital Group on a $250m portfolio sale involving a bridge loan to an ABS offering. Phillip Durham advised BBAM Aircraft Management on the sale, leaseback and financing of eight narrow-body aircraft in a transaction with Lion Air and its affiliates in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Also recommended are New York-based John Pritchard as well as Nathan Leavitt and Brian Daigle in San Francisco. Carrie Friesen-Meyers made partner in the San Francisco office in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Fred Bass - Holland & Knight LLP

John Pritchard - Holland & Knight LLP

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Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP acts primarily as lender-side counsel in maritime bankruptcy, restructurings and vessel and offshore energy finance transactions. New York-based department head Jovi Tenev acted as Liberian counsel to the Export-Import Bank of Malaysia in relation to several ship mortgage transactions connected to offshore drilling rigs. Tenev also advised the administrative agent in a $300m refinancing facility secured by more than 50 US-flagged vessels, among other assets. The team is also acting for bank-side clients in multiple Chapter 11 proceedings, including those filed by Pacific Drilling and Seadrill. Richard Furey is another key contact.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s M&A practice advises clients on transaction structuring and negotiation, due diligence, SEC matters, and corporate governance issues. Recent highlights include acting for Palm Beach Community Bank in its sale to Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, and advising Royce Carlton, a New York-based independent speakers’ bureau, on its sale of a majority interest to ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies. In other matters, the practice advised Texas-based EZCorp, a provider of pawn loans in the US and Mexico, on its acquisition of GuatePrenda MaxiEfectivo; and assisted Carlyle Infrastructure Partners with the sale of intermodal terminal operator ITS ConGlobal. Leighton Yates Jr in Orlando and Stamford’s Martin Clarke are the names to note.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP acts for major construction companies, developers and contractors, as well as public and private owners, and has a client list that includes Skanska, Lendlease and Battery Park City Authority. The firm’s work covers urban and institutional developments, resort developments, mixed-use projects and significant industrial and infrastructure facilities. The firm’s New York office services a number of major hospitals and museums, the Florida team is strong for power and infrastructure projects, and the Washington DC office has extensive government contracts and compliance experience. Practice head Stephen Shapiro splits his time between New York and Washington DC and his recent work includes advising an EPC joint venture on contractual issues relating to the construction of an LNG export facility in Texas and advising a consortium of infrastructure contractors on a PPP project to upgrade a state highway. Key contacts in the group include Boston attorney Deborah Griffin and New York-based Frederick Rohn.

Leading lawyers

Stephen Shapiro - Holland & Knight LLP

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Holland & Knight LLP provides ‘on point’ advice to clients such as home construction company Lennar, ProLogis, Verizon Communications and Douglas Development. With eight offices, the firm spans key markets, including California, New York and Washington D.C. Highlights included Steven Elrod’s advice to the City of Chicago on the modernization of the city’s Red Line and Purple Line public transport network, and New York-based Kenneth Lowenstein’s assistance to GID Urban Development Company with land use matters regarding the construction of three buildings along the Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan. Other engagements saw Lowenstein advising SV Managers, an L&M Development Partners and Jonathan Rose Companies joint venture, on the approval process pertaining to a 700,000 square foot mixed-use development. Joseph Goldstein is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Goldstein - Holland & Knight LLP

Steven Elrod - Holland & Knight LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP has steadily built its standing in Latin America banking and finance transactions over recent years. With Latin America-facing teams in Miami and New York, as well as offices in Mexico City and Bogota, the firm has a well-established platform to cover the region, and clients include Banco Agricola, Bancolombia (Panama), Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), JP Morgan Chase, Premium Restaurant Brands, SMBC Aviation Capital, Stoneway Capital and GP Investments. The firm recently advised Banco Interacciones on the refinancing of a $320m loan to the Mexican state of Chihuahua; and it also advised Bladex, as sole lead arranger and bookrunner, on a $120m senior unsecured loan to GMG Holdings and its subsidiaries. It also represented Bladex, again as lead arranger and bookrunner, on a $50m senior unsecured syndicated loan to Banco de América Central, Guatemala. ‘Easy to work with’, Miami’s Norberto Quintana is a versatile finance lawyer with a notable record in infrastructure project financings, acquisition finance, syndicated and bilateral loans, and restructurings. Stephen Double is a Latin America specialist with particular experience in syndicated loans and securitisation, while Phillip Durham has a fine record in Latin America aviation finance. Senior counsel Carlos Meza splits his time between New York and Bogota and covers a range of cross-border financings including syndicated lending and export finance transactions. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s increasing commitment to Latin America continues to bear fruit, particularly in Argentina where it has represented a large number of sub-sovereign issuers. It also remains heavily involved with equity issuances by Mexican FIBRAs. Clients include Banco Agricola, Bancolombia Panama, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), JP Morgan Chase, Premiu Restaurant Brands and the Argentine province of Rio Negro. The Latin America team advised the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego on its $200m notes offering to finance infrastructure projects, as well as representing Stoneway Capital on its $500m Rule 144A/Reg S project bond offering to finance four power generating plants in Buenos Aires. New York’s Stephen Double has developed a significant market share in Argentina, where he has represented both sub-sovereign and private sector issuers. Miami partner Norberto Quintana and senior counsel Carlos Meza, who divides his time between New York and Bogota, are also key members of the team.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP has a solid Latin America platform with key teams in Mexico City, Bogota, Miami and New York. The firm is noted for its experience in the energy, natural resources, real estate and telecoms sectors. It recently advised global wireless communications infrastructure provider, American Tower Corporation, on its acquisition of a telecoms entity that owns a 4,000km fibre optic network in key metropolitan areas in Mexico. Luis Rubio Barnetche recently joined from Jones Day to lead the Mexico City office and brings significant additional telecoms sector expertise. Miami-based Roberto Pupo heads the Latin America corporate, M&A and securities practice group. Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is the Bogotá office executive partner and is an experienced figure in corporate and financing transactions. Former Mexico City partner Boris Otto has left the firm.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s 2017 hire of Luis Rubio Barnetche and Salvador Fonseca from Jones Day and Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., respectively, added notable commercial arbitration capacity to its already strong offering in Mexico City. The predominately US-based team regularly handles commercial arbitration in the maritime, aviation, hospitality and energy sectors; and recent headline mandates include representing an international EPC contractor in a $2bn claim arising from the construction of an oil refinery. Adolfo Jiménez and Brian Briz are singled out for their ‘excellent negotiation skills’; both have experience managing arbitrations in English and Spanish in fora including the ICC, the ICDR, UNCITRAL and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Joseph Mamounas, New York-based Marisa Marinelli and Austin-based Juan Alcalá are also notable practitioners.

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