Firm Profile > Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance > Miami, United States
Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance Offices
MIAMI TOWER AT INTERNATIONAL PLACE
100 S.E. SECOND STREET, SUITE 2600
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33131
Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance > The Legal 500 Rankings
At Miami-based boutique Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance, Michael Diaz, Jr., Gary Davidson and Brant Hadaway jointly lead the ‘deeply analytical’ and multilingual team, which acts for a mix of financial institutions, multinational companies, high-net-worth individuals, and public officials. While the group is perhaps best known for handing financial fraud allegations, it is also well versed in tort claims, shareholder disputes, sovereign immunity issues, IP litigation, and claims arising out of breaches of contract. Furthering its ability to act in cross-border mandates, the team has continued to expand its international reach through its alliance of firm-owned and independent law firms.
Michael Diaz; Gary Davidson; Brant Hadaway
Other key lawyers:
Ahmand Johnson; Marta Colomar-Garcia; Roland Potts
‘This team is deeply analytic: it considers all possibilities and scenarios before taking any action.‘
‘The team has excellent knowledge of domestic and international law, in addition to an excellent customer service. They are very professional, ethical and helpful.‘
‘I have been very pleased with this practice thus far. Gary Davidson and his team have been very prompt in communication, and supportive whenever needed. Gary is very bright, leaves no stone unturned, and would never let anyone down.‘
‘Brant Hadaway is intelligent and a very competent litigation attorney, very even-keeled, and has been diligent in our complex cases.‘
‘Michael Diaz is a savvy strategist and exhibits very strong negotiating instincts.‘
‘Michael Diaz and his team of specialists in financial fraud, international asset recovery, anti-money laundering, OFAC and FCPA have been more than helpful to our bank.‘
Estate of Abbey Conner
Humberto Araque Tamayo
Steve Morales / Icon Music Group
TCB Advisors / Inversiones Mirko
One client comments that 'the relationship and confidence you develop with the council is a result of the comprehensive care they give to you' at Miami-based white-collar criminal defense boutique Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance. It excels in handling government regulatory, intelligence and criminal investigations or enforcement issues arising out of Latin America. Under the leadership of Michael Diaz and Robert Targ, the group has built a solid practice consisting of cases involving corruption, bribery, money laundering and OFAC- or FCPA-based violations. In Washington DC, seasoned trial lawyer Richard Wiedis is an anti-corruption expert, while Greg Ahlgren in Houston has an exceptional track record in cross-border investigations. Marta Colomar-Garcia in Miami is an anti-money laundering specialist.
Michael Diaz; Robert Targ
‘Very professional, multidisciplinary team‘
‘Clients feel confidence and peace of mind to be in their hands‘
‘The relationship and confidence you develop with the council is a result of the comprehensive care they give to you‘
‘Diaz, Reus & Targ’s team meets the requirements of each client efficiently. They do the hard work that enables them to understand the unique status of each client. Without any doubt, they are proactive when it comes to protecting the clients’ interests.’
‘It’s very clear to me their competitive advantage with other firms is the knowledge-relations-critical thinking and quickly respond to the complexity in this particular space. While other firms spend a huge amount of time understanding the issues and collateral implications. Diaz, Reus is always up-to-date on what matters to the client.’
Alvaro Saenz (Unimark)
Cerveceria Centro Americana
Société Générale de Distribution de Produits Alimentaires
One of China’s oldest and most influential import-export companies
María Eugenia Garces
Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance > Firm Profile
Firm overview: Diaz Reus is a global legal practice focused on national and international parallel proceedings and transactions in the following broad areas, with Board Certified lawyers in international and immigration law
- Sovereign trade, commerce, banking, real estate, intellectual property, capital markets, project finance
- Fraud, civil litigation, arbitration and international corporate investigations
- Investigations, asset identification, location, tracing, and recovery
- White-collar crime, regulatory/criminal investigations and defense in matters of corruption, bribery, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC, Magnitsky Act, GLOMAG, CAATSA, Specially Designated Nationals, the Bank Secrecy Act; and politically sensitive investigations and the recovery of US immigration status and visas
- Sports and entertainment law
- Immigration, family, estate and tax planning law
Serving US-based and global clients, including multinational corporations, sovereign government entities, heads of states, political parties, public officials, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, 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. Diaz Reus is dedicated to growing and protecting its clients’ assets and securing their long term stability. From offices located throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, the firm’s multicultural lawyers operate seamlessly in international boardrooms, courts, and arbitral tribunals, giving clients access to boots-on-the-ground, global legal counsel.
Main areas of practice:
- Appeals & Trial Support
- Asset Seizure & Forfeiture
- Athlete Representation & Entertainment
- Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Asset Collections
- Business Transactions
- Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
- Estate & Tax Planning
- Financial Institutions, Anti-Money Laundering & Bank Secrecy Act
- Fraud & Asset Recovery
- Immigration, EB-5, Personal Business
- Institutional Investor Securities Class Actions
- Intellectual Property
- International Government Relations
- International Tax
- Litigation & Arbitration
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate
- Regulatory Compliance
- White Collar Crime, Government Sanctions, FCPA, OFAC, Magnitsky, CAATSA, GLOMAG
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
Number of partners: 56
Number of lawyers: 60
Offices in: USA: Miami, Florida; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Houston, Texas. Latin America: Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caracas, Venezuela; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; Monterry, Mexico; Panama, Republic of Panama; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Santiago, Chile; Santo Domingo, DR; Sao Paulo, Brasil; Guatemala, Guatemala. Europe: Frankfurt, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Moscow, Russia. Middle East / Asia: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Lahore, Pakistan; Shanghai, China. Africa: Johannesburg
Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Shanghainese, Spanish
|OFAC Sanctions, Corporate investigations and white collar criminal||Michael Diaz, Jr.|
|OFAC Sanctions, Corporate investigations and white collar criminal||Robert I. Targ|
|International litigation and arbitration||Brant C. Hadaway|
|International litigation and arbitration||Marta Colomar-Garcia|
|International litigation and arbitration||Gary E. Davidson|
|International arbitration||Michael Diaz, Jr.|
|International litigation and arbitration||Roland Potts|
|White Collar criminal defense||Richard Wiedis|
|Immigration||Michael A. Harris|
|Real estate||George Diaz|
|Real estate||Alexandre Ballerini|
|Sports and entertainment||Ahmand R. Johnson|
|Litigation, Entertainment||Kenneth A. Linzer|
|Tax planning and estates||Julio Barbosa|
|Tax planning and estates||Steve Horowitz|
|White collar criminal defense||Juan Vargas|
|Civil & Criminal Litigation||Greg Ahlgren|
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|Ms Marta Colomar-Garcia||Administrative Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Javier Coronado Diaz||Associate Attorney||View Profile|
|Gary Davidson||Partner||View Profile|
|Michael Diaz, Jr.||Global Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Brant Hadaway||Partner||View Profile|
|Roland Potts||Partner||View Profile|
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2020 Business Law Trends in Latin America
The pandemic has triggered the most profound humanitarian, health, and economic crisis the region has faced in a century. The evolving regulatory landscape, owing to ongoing efforts to confront COVID-19 and protect public health and safety, creates a broad range of novel legal concerns for businesses in Latin America (“LATAM”).
Making the Best of the Fiscal Panorama
While regional governments continue to focus on ensuring that the health sector has enough resources to protect the public, there is also growing concern about preserving jobs and production capacity through liquidity mechanisms for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. To that end, countries in the region have implemented targeted fiscal policies related to public spending, tax revenues and liquidity distribution, including giving tax relief to businesses, credit guarantees and loans to the private sector, as well as providing additional capital to public financial institutions and making investments to reactivate infrastructure projects.
Accordingly, companies with operations in LATAM should keep up with tax reforms and how they will alter current tax structures. Companies should also review tax incentive programs, and take advantage of any opportunities for reducing their tax burden.
Changes in the Employment Landscape
There is also a growing concern among governments about the pandemic’s impact on the work environment. Colombia, Brazil, and Peru, among others, have issued additional regulations regarding teleworking arrangements to secure the health and safety of the home workplace, compliance with working hour and rest time requirements, and allocation of incremental work-related expenses. Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Mexico have also declared states of emergency, giving companies increased flexibility to change working conditions or suspend employment contracts. El Salvador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and several other LATAM countries have created programs to support workers’ incomes, including benefits and subsidies that companies can request on behalf of employees, and providing direct coverage of companies’ payrolls during the economic crisis.
Additionally, concerns about employees’ privacy rights have come to the forefront, as more LATAM businesses have been forced to operate remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The notion that individuals have a fundamental right to privacy, especially in their home, and that they should be able to control personal information disseminated in public or private databases (habeas data) is one of the core elements of a number of national constitutions in the region. Unsurprisingly, companies from several LATAM jurisdictions must notify employees of any methods used to remotely monitor their activities, and grant them access to any information gathered from them as part of such remote monitoring.
Increase in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
With many micro, small and mid-sized enterprises in the region facing insolvency, the pandemic has exacerbated commercial litigation, including litigation over how to allocate risks of, and damages caused by business disruption and the nonperformance of contractual obligations. In LATAM, these disputes often involve determining whether COVID-19 or its economic and regulatory impacts constitute events that the parties can neither reasonably anticipate nor control, and which prevent one or more parties from performing obligations under the contract. This is because most judicial systems in the region provide for possible defenses in such circumstances under doctrines of force majeure, impossibility (hardship), impracticality, fortuitous event, and/or frustration of purpose.
The coronavirus outbreak is also likely to boost arbitration in LATAM, since certain governmental measures during COVID-19 may give rise to claims under bilateral or multilateral investment treaties. Policies such as increasing and tightening foreign investments screening in certain sectors of the economy (e.g., security, defense, health and infrastructure) may be deemed in breach of treaty protocols such as the fair and equitable treatment and most favored nation standards, or prohibitions against state expropriation of private property without compensation.
Against this backdrop, impacted parties in the region should carefully analyze their legal rights and obligations under the specific terms of existing commercial agreements, financing instruments, and insurance policies. Companies currently negotiating commercial agreements in the region should also prioritize questions concerning the appropriate allocations of risks resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
New Dynamics in the Real Estate Market
The real estate market in LATAM has taken a substantial hit, under the headwinds of a broad regional economic slowdown and exacerbated investor uncertainty. Nevertheless, in countries such as Peru, Mexico and Colombia. the pandemic has stimulated demand for real estate with outdoor space, resulting from lockdown policies and a shift towards remote working. The pandemic is also accelerating the adoption of new digital technologies in the real estate industry, such as online platforms to connect parties to real estate transactions, and is boosting competition among mortgage lenders. Legislators in the region have been called to update their laws relating to commercial leases and utilities to adopt to a new reality.
US anti-corruption developments – 2019 in reviewThroughout 2019, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued to actively investigate and prosecute individuals and corporations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for suspected involvement with political corruption and/or bribery around the world. The US implemented further aggressive measures to fight corruption, including economic sanctions administered …