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Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance
MIAMI TOWER AT INTERNATIONAL PLACE
100 S.E. SECOND STREET, SUITE 2600
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33131
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

The Miami-based Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance has a strong focus on servicing Latin American clients and is well placed to do so by virtue of its international network. It acts for governments and their agencies and officials, and also private individuals and companies caught up in investigations by US authorities. Michael Diaz co-heads the team and handles both public corruption and white-collar crime matters for high-profile individuals. Robert Targ, who jointly leads the team, is recommended for asset seizure, forfeiture, and global money laundering issues. Javier Coronado was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz; Robert Targ

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wiedis; Greg Ahlgren; Juan Vargas; Marta Colomar-Garcia; Javier Coronado

Testimonials

‘The diverse team is able to provide knowledge of different legal systems, languages and procedures.’

‘Michael Diaz has tons of experience, commitment, practicality, and a good understanding of different systems.’

‘They are extremely professional, they have the complete understanding about the legal procedures and the best routes to be followed to achieve the appropriate solution to the demands.’

Their strength is in their attorneys’ knowledge, professionalism and the administrative staff.’

‘I worked with Michael Diaz, Robert Targ, and Juan Vargas; all of them have impressed me, they have different skills and together they made an excellent team.’

‘They are able to understand the needs of the client and give a brief on the situation on lay terms.’

‘Michael Diaz is a fearless, confident, and substantively-strong counsel, to understands needs, short and long-term goals, and delivers quickly and efficiently.’

‘This is by far the best law firm I’ve ever worked with. In one word: perfection.’

Key clients

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas

Felipe Alejos

Hector Nuñez

Edoardo Orsoni

Alejandro Andrade

Peter Karam

Eduardo Iglesias

Gustavo Orsoni

Fabio Tordin

Javier Mejia Bernal

Efinanzas

Adolfo Navas

Work highlights

  • Represented Gustavo Orsoni, a Venezuelan national and brother of the former General Counsel of PDVSA, accused of FCPA violations for money laundering.
  • Advised Plus Ultra and its majority shareholder Rodolfo Reyes, which are under investigation for money laundering charges related to the foreign currency exchange controls in Venezuela, where bribes were allegedly paid to access preferred rates.
  • Representing Felipe Alejos, a Guatemalan congressman sanctioned by OFAC under the Global Magnitsky Act.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance‘s Miami-based team is popular for international disputes involving Latin America. With a breadth of expertise in criminal and civil aspects of international litigation, the practice frequently handles fraud cases and has been particularly active in PPE and pandemic-related disputes. Global managing partner Michael Diaz, Jr. and Gary Davidson jointly lead the team following the departure of former fellow co-head Brant Hadaway. Other names to note include Marta Colomar-Garcia and Javier Coronado, who was promoted to partner in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz Jr; Gary Davidson

Testimonials

‘The team has a very vast knowledge in the international process.’

‘They always look for ways to achieve goals and present different scenarios for that.’

Key clients

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas S.A.

Victor Herrera

TCB Advisors

Victor Planchart

Jesus Perez Oropeza

Adolfo Navas

Jose Renteria

Ruben Idler

Alibaba

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

EMFI

Eddy Salloum

American Veteran Enterprise Team

Bruno Augusto Sacchi Zaremba

Work highlights

  • Represented Plus Ultra, a Spanish airline, in an $6m dollar action filed in the Southern District of New York, by AELF, an airplane engine leasing company, for an alleged breach of contract.
  • Representing Mexican-American businessman Jose Renteria in a $4m dispute concerning his investments in the Aloft and Element Hotels in Doral, Florida, as well as Mr. Renteria’s ownership interest in the corporate vehicles created for the development of such hotel projects, namely two entities in Florida.
  • Acting for Alibaba in all of their US litigation involving IP violations and criminal warrants and investigations.

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

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance has continued to develop its standing in Miami, particularly in the white-collar crime and investigations field that constitutes ts core strength. In a notably unusual move, the firm made headlines in 2022 with the hire of former FBI special agents Rick Simpson and Alexander Morales; Simpson was previously supervisor of the FBI’s FCPA corruption/kleptocracy unit in Miami, while Morales spent 21 years with the FBI including lengthy spells on the ground in Latin America. They have joined a wider team of senior investigators, including Mitch Horne. The firm continues to standout for its work in obtaining declination decisions or pre-indictment resolutions in criminal investigations by the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, the DOJ and other law enforcement agencies. It remains known for representing individuals, including former or current government officials, facing allegations of corruption, money laundering, and violations of OFAC sanctions. Though best known for its connections to Venezuelans, it has achieved further traction in Mexico and Central America. Global managing partner Michael Diaz has a mighty reputation and has an outstanding record in big-ticket cases involving FCPA and OFAC violations. Robert Targ  is also highly rated for representing Latin American individuals in cases involving asset seizure, money laundering and other white-collar crime allegations. Marta Colomar-Garcia provides further experience in anti-money laundering and other white-collar cases, and Javier Coronado transferred to the Miami office from Bogota, having been promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz; Gary Davidson; Marta Colomar-Garcia

Key clients

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Alejandro Andrade

Edoardo Orsoni

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas

Hector Nunez

Peter Karam

Felipe Alejos

THI Medical

EMFI

Raine Chacko

Virginia Mcgowan

Samuel Tcherassi

Erik Gautier

Andrew Bernstein

Work highlights

  • Represented Alejandro Andrade, the former Treasurer of Venezuela, who will soon be released from a 10-year prison sentence, in defence of the US government’s continued efforts to secure and forfeit assets and monies from third parties as part of the largest FCPA case in South Florida history.
  • Advised Plus Ultra and its majority shareholder Rodolfo Reyes, which are under investigation for $25m money laundering charges related to the foreign currency exchange controls in Venezuela, where bribes were allegedly paid to access preferred rates.
  • Represented Felipe Alejos, a Guatemalan congressman sanctioned by OFAC under the Global Magnitsky Act, in conducting legal efforts for OFAC to reconsider the designation of Alejos on the List of Specially Designated Nationals.

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations Tier 3

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance has a highly developed white-collar litigation practice, focused on obtaining declination decisions or pre-indictment resolutions in criminal investigations by the US Attorney’s Office (Miami), the DOJ and other law enforcement agencies. The Latin America white-collar team represents a range of US and non-US individuals in connection with allegations of corruption, money laundering, and violations of OFAC sanctions. The firm retains a strong emphasis on Venezuela, although it has a developing presence in other key Latin America markets, particularly Mexico and Central America; its expanding Houston office, which is home to Greg Ahlgren and other senior practitioners, is pivotal to its growth in Mexico-related engagements. Michael Diaz has an outstanding reputation, along with fellow senior name Robert Targ. Marta Colomar-Garcia  is a recognised anti-money laundering specialist and Javier Coronado was promoted to the partnership in 2021 and transferred to the Miami office from Bogota. The firm has further expanded its capabilities with the hire of former FBI special agents Rick Simpson and Alexander Morales; Simpson most recently served as supervisor of the FBI’s FCPA corruption/kleptocracy unit in Miami, and the pair join other senior investigators such as Mitch Horne. All named individuals are based in Miami, except where stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz; Robert Targ

Testimonials

From the outset Michael Diaz assembled an incredible and talented team of attorneys and managers for my case. Each of the team members were not highly experienced but their diversified backgrounds matched the requirements of my complicated case. Their services, research, legal analysis has been remarkable. I’ve worked with several top tier law firms and Diaz Reus is a cut above.

Mitch Horn through his thorough investigations and research was able to identify key intelligence that no other professional investigator was able to previously determine.

Excellent communication and coordination between team members. Vast knowledge of the subject. Available 24/7. Immediate response. Exceptional attention.

Deeply committed to their work, they have a great knowledge of the subject, they are always available and they do it with quality and warmth. Michael Diaz and Marta Colomar-Garcia.

They are extremely professional; they completely understand the legal procedures and the best routes to be followed to achieve the appropriate solution to the demands. Their performance is excellent. Their strength is in their attorneys’ knowledge, professionalism, and the administrative staff. They manage clients’ relationships, establish confidence to understand the problems and focus on the best solution. A fair cost/benefit.

I worked with Michael Diaz and Robert Targ. Both have impressed me, they have different skills, and together they did excellent work in my cases. They’re highly trained and experienced lawyers with exceptional analytical ability; they go directly to the important points of problems, have great bargaining power, thorough knowledge of the laws and the paths to be followed to find the solution to the problem.

Excellent legal and cultural knowledge.

Key clients

Alejandro Andrade

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas

Felipe Alejos

Edoardo Orsoni

Hector Nuñez

Peter Karam

Javier Mejia Bernal

Work highlights

  • Represented Alejandro Andrade, the former Treasurer of Venezuela, soon to be released from a 10-year prison sentence, in defence of the US government’s efforts to secure and forfeit assets and monies from third parties as part of the largest FCPA case in South Florida history.
  • Acted for Plus Ultra and its majority shareholder Rodolfo Reyes, which are under investigation for $25m in money laundering charges related to the foreign currency exchange controls in Venezuela.
  • Represented Guatemalan congressman Felipe Alejos who was sanctioned by OFAC under the Global Magnitsky Act.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 5

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance is best known for handling large, complex, cross border commercial disputes, both arbitral and litigious, as well as multi-jurisdictional and parallel proceedings - particularly between US and Latin America parties and involving sovereign-owned or government-related entities. The ‘outstandingGary Davidson and ‘excellent communicatorMichael Diaz Jr. co-lead the firm’s practice offering from Miami, with additional senior expertise coming from the ‘skilful’, tri-qualified (Miami, New York, Washington DC), Marta Colomar-Garcia, also in Miami. Brant Hadaway  moved to The Davillier Law Group and Roland Potts  to Foley & Lardner LLP in February and October 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz, Jr; Gary Davidson

Testimonials

‘Great flexibility and capacity for integration with the client’s needs.

‘Michael Diaz Jr, is a great leader, an excellent communicator and connects with the client. An experienced lawyer who develops good arbitration process strategies.

‘Marta Colomar is very skilful and organised.

‘Gary Davidson is an outstanding lawyer who focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He combines a practical mindset with extensive knowledge and experience to deliver a high-quality service.

Key clients

Alibaba

THI Medical

American Veteran Enterprise Team

Work highlights

  • Represented a Peruvian doctor and his company, THI Medical, who were defrauded in an orchestrated scheme to sell counterfeit 3M masks; the New York case has recently been referred to arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Miami-headquartered Diaz Reus International Law Firm (DRT) is a global legal practice focused on national and international parallel proceedings and business transactions in the following broad areas, with board certified lawyers in international litigation and arbitration, international law, and immigration and nationality law:

  • Fraud, civil litigation and arbitration
  • White-collar crime, regulatory, criminal investigations and defense in matters of corruption, bribery, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC, Magnitsky Act, CAATSA, Specially Designated Nationals, the Bank Secrecy Act and other US law violations
  • Asset investigations, identification, location, tracing, and recovery
  • Politically sensitive investigations and the recovery of US immigration status and visas
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and entertainment law
  • Immigration, tax and estate, family law
  • Sovereign trade, commerce, banking, real estate, intellectual property, capital markets, and finance
  • Corporate/financial institutions, governance and compliance
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency

Diaz Reus serves US-based and global clients, including multinational corporations, import and export companies, manufacturers, technology companies, government entities, heads of states, political parties, public officials, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, family offices, high net worth individuals, and athletes and entertainers. Diaz Reus is an entrepreneurial, enterprising, emerging-markets law firm providing traditional legal services across all industries while focusing on promising new business opportunities for its clients. The firm is dedicated to growing and protecting its clients’ assets and securing their long-term stability. From 33 offices located throughout Latin America, the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, our multicultural lawyers operate seamlessly, giving clients access to boots-on-the-ground, global legal counsel.

Main areas of practice
High-stakes litigation and arbitration: Transnational litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters including commercial disputes, sensitive investigations, financial fraud, asset seizure and forfeiture, white collar criminal, asset recoveries, international law, intellectual property rights, and recovery of visas.

Transactional: Complex contract negotiations, finance, real estate, IP licensing, joint ventures, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, customs, trade, and franchising.

Regulatory: Anti-money laundering compliance, BSA, corporate governance, regulatory investigations, FCPA, customs, and criminal and civil RICO cases. Representing banks, corporations, traditional and non-traditional financial institutions, sovereigns, political parties, government entities and officials, and private individuals.

Private client: Domestic and international tax, athlete, and entertainer representation. Immigration, trust and estate, and family law matters.

Representative litigation and arbitration matters

  • Represent holdout group of bondholders in $700m Argentinean government default
  • Represent US citizen/Venezuelan national in defense of a federal criminal investigation in the Southern District of Florida (Miami) involving allegations of unlicensed money transmitting and money laundering
  • Represent group of US auto dealerships in breach of agreements in importation and sale against Indian truck manufacturer. Claims include fraud, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent inducement, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, and violations of the federal automobile dealers Act and state ‘dealer day in court’ laws
  • Represent head of political party in lawsuit for defamation against The Wall Street Journal
  • Represent Latin American, Chinese, and Middle Eastern nationals in recovery of US Visas, following investigations for human rights violations and corruption
  • Represent Venezuelan government agency in lawsuit alleging expropriated property in excess of $1bn, violating the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • Arbitration of dispute in Panama between US company and Brazilian general contractor engaged in construction of airport
  • Represent parties allegedly defrauded of equal shares in joint venture to sell power-generating turbines to Venezuelan electricity sector. Includes allegations of fraudulent transfer, an out of state trust, an affiliated company in Panama, and US law enforcement investigations
  • Represented Mexican oil giant, PEMEX, in multimillion-dollar action under federal RICO, involving complex extraterritoriality issues
  • Represented US-multinational corporation victimized by fraudulent acts during government bid process in Peru
  • Represented Central American commodities enterprise in dispute with US-based supplier regarding cross-border shipment of goods under CAFTA-DR
  • Arbitrated commercial dispute in purchase and sale contract transferring airplanes from Central to South American airlines, ultimately sold to a third-party airline in Dubai
  • Represented iron/ore producer in defense of arbitration dispute for maritime vessel and iron/ore contracts in London, Zurich, Miami, and New York
  • Represent prominent, wealthy Honduran family and their business empire against money laundering charges and OFAC designations in federal court in New York City

Global managing partner: Michael Diaz, Jr

Offices
USA: Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York;Washington, D.C.; (Canada) Toronto
Latin America: Bogota; Buenos Aires; Caracas; Lima; Mexico City; Monterrey; Panama; San Pedro Sula; Santiago; Santo Domingo; Sao Paulo
Europe: Frankfurt; Madrid; Moscow; Prague
Middle East/Asia: Abu Dhabi; Aleppo City; Baghdad; Beirut; Dubai; Lahore; Riyadh; Shanghai
Africa: Johannesburg; Lagos

Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Shanghainese, Spanish.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
OFAC Sanctions, Corporate investigations and white collar criminal Michael Diaz, Jr.mdiaz@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
OFAC Sanctions, Corporate investigations and white collar criminal Robert I. Targrtarg@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
International litigation and arbitration Marta Colomar-Garciamcolomar@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
International litigation and arbitration Gary E. Davidsongdavidson@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
OFAC Sanctions, Corporate investigations and white collar criminal Javier Coronadojcoronado@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Corporate Evan Stromanestroman@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
White Collar criminal defense Richard Wiedisrwiedis@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Immigration Michael A. Harrismharris@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Real estate George Diazgdiaz@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Litigation, Entertainment Kenneth A. Linzerklinzer@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Tax planning and estates Julio Barbosajbarbosa@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Tax planning and estates Steve Horowitzshorowitz@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
White collar criminal defense Juan Vargasjvargas@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277
Civil & Criminal Litigation Greg Ahlgrengahlgren@diazreus.com+1 877.247.9277