Michael Silva > McDermott Will & Emery LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
SUITE 4500
MIAMI, FL 33131-2184
United States
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Private Client & Wealth Management


Partner Michael Silva focuses his practice on international tax law, with an emphasis on US investment structures, cross-border transactions, tax treaty planning and US activities of foreign banks. He has significant experience forming investment funds and advising family offices.

Michael also advises Brazilian and Asian investors on investments in US real estate projects, and assists multinational corporations on establishing a business presence in the US.

Maintaining an active private client practice, Michael regularly advises families on trusts and private trusts companies and other techniques to transfer wealth and business assets. Michael advises foreign clients on the US income, estate and gift tax consequences of alternative inbound investment structures while utilizing income, estate and gift tax treaties to minimize tax and regulatory burdens. He coordinates the formation of foreign trusts, corporations and advises clients the US reporting requirements imposed on foreign trusts with US beneficiaries. Michael also assists international banks and trustees on dealing with US clients.

For further details of Michael’s biography, please view McDermott website: https://www.mwe.com/people/silva-michael/


Michael is board-certified by the Florida Bar in Tax Law and in International Law, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Michael previously served as adjunct professor of Law in the University of Miami Law School Graduate Tax Program.


Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce (Florida Branch), trustee member
Florida International Bankers Association: Board of Directors, 2013 to 2020; Legal/Regulatory Committee, member; Asia Markets Committee, member
Hong Kong-Miami Trade Association, member
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., chairman-emeritus of the board of directors
Florida Bar Association, member
International Bar Association, member

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > International tax

McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises multinationals on tax aspects of international M&A transactions, transfer pricing, and corporate restructuring. The team is also highly experienced in tax planning and advisory work, as well as advising high-net-worth individuals in complex multi-jurisdictional tax disputes and litigation. In Washington DC practice leader Tim Shuman is an expert in cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, and dispositions. He works alongside international tax planning expert Caroline Ngo  and Britt Haxton, a specialist in tax-free and taxable acquisitions, restructurings, and liquidations. Operating out of Chicago, Damon Lyon deals with cross-border M&A and international tax controversies, Brian Jenn covers US taxation of foreign currencies and transfer pricing, and Lowell Yoder focuses on cross-border M&A and global tax planning. In Miami, Michael Silva advises on cross-border transactions. The team expanded in 2021 with international tax planning specialists Alex Farr joining from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February, Michael Hardgrove joining from DLA Piper LLP (US) in May, and Jeff Maydew and Meaghan Wolfe joining from Baker McKenzie LLP in July. Lauren Ferrante and Alysse McLoughlin departed in January and August 2021.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s Latin America practice is primarily located in Miami and Dallas. Noted for its expertise in real estate investments and transactions, the team is also active in manufacturing, technology and retail, among other sectors. It represents a number of prominent corporates, along with a wide-range of Latin American high-net-worth individuals and family offices (especially those based in Mexico and Brazil) on cross-border investments and divestments in the US. The team has specific capabilities in cross-border tax structuring expertise. Dallas partner Manuel Rajunov is key for tax-driven transactional engagements and is also admitted in Mexico. Miami’s Michael Silva is an experienced figure in tax and funds formation engagements

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s Miami team advises a multitude of Latin American corporates, wealthy individuals and family offices (particularly those based in Brazil), while also managing a broader array of work from around the region. Much of the team’s practice is centred on inbound investments and divestments in the US, especially in the Florida real estate segment, along with the creation and formation of funds that enable these investments. It is also active in cross-border wealth planning and investments for US-based individuals with interests and assets in Latin America. Michael Silva is chair of the Miami tax group and co-chair of the Latin America team, and specialises in tax and funds formation with a particular focus on Brazil. Steven Hadjilogiou provides further international tax and real estate expertise, along with Arianne Plasencia and counsel Ryan Coyle.