Business of Law


Visa, Discover Pare Deals With Extremist Groups After Rally

By Jennifer Surane |

Companies behind the most popular U.S. credit cards said they are severing ties with extremist organizations that incite violence after they came under pressure to stop providing ways for white supremacists groups to raise funds.

DLA Piper Partner Infante Joins Holland & Knight in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Emil Infante joined the firm's corporate and latin America practicies.

Michael McAuliffe, left, and Martin Reeder, right.

Atherton Gets New Name Partners with Prominent Pair

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Michael McAuliffe, a current judicial candidate and former top prosecutor for Palm Beach County, and commercial and media law litigator L. Martin Reeder Jr., whose clients include the cable giant CNN, have joined business litigation and trial law firm Atherton Law Group, prompting a firm name change.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Proposal Would Prohibit Agency Business With Venezuela

By Jim Turner |

A state agency overseen by the governor and two cabinet members would be prohibited from doing business with any outfit tied to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, under a proposal released by Gov. Rick Scott.

Wells Fargo

New Wells Fargo Scandal Seen as Proof Controls Still Lacking

By Laura J. Keller and Noah Buhayar |

Wells Fargo & Co.'s disclosure that it may have pushed thousands of car buyers into loan defaults and repossessions by charging them for unwanted insurance is raising doubts about the bank's ability to put proper controls in place.

Andrew Bailey, chief executive officer of the Financial Conduct Authority. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Libor Funeral Set for 2021 as FCA Abandons Scandal-Tarred Rate

By Suzi Ring |

Libor, the nearly 50-year-old global borrowing benchmark that became a byword for corruption, is headed for the trash heap of history.

Marcos Jimenez

High-Profile Florida Litigator Marcos Jimenez Leaves McDermott to Form Own Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Marcos Jimenez, the well-known litigator and former South Florida U.S. attorney who is representing ex-Panamanian President Ricardo Montinelli, has left McDermott Will & Emery to strike out on his own.

FordHarrison Names New Head of Jacksonville Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Management-side labor and employment law firm FordHarrison has named Amy R. Turci the managing partner of its Jacksonville office.

Frank Walker, Moises Melendez and Jonathan Kurry, GrayRobinson, Fort Lauderdale.

GrayRobinson Executes on Growth Strategy With Three New Hires

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

GrayRobinson's South Florida offices hired another three laterals with a mix of backgrounds as shareholders in the last month, moving forward on its stated plan to grow in lawyer head count in 2017.

Brian Pfeiffer.

White & Case Hires Financial Restructuring Partner from Schulte Roth

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case has lured away Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Brian Pfeiffer as part of an expansion of its global financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

Another Partner Leaves Baker McKenzie in Miami, This One for Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A second Baker McKenzie Miami office leader has left in less than a month, this one headed for Holland & Knight. Baker McKenzie has appointed a new Miami managing partner and financial partner.

Swedish Security Co. Boss Declared 'Bankrupt' After Identity Stolen

By Niclas Rolander |

The man running Sweden's biggest security firm was declared bankrupt this week after his identity was hacked.

McDermott Nabs Longtime Baker McKenzie Partner in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Roy Larson, Baker McKenzie's Miami office managing partner, has left his firm of 18 years to join McDermott Will & Emery.

Florida Senate President Returns to Akerman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida State Senate President Joe Negron has rejoined Akerman's litigation practice group as of counsel after leaving Gunster six months ago to avoid appearance of conflict with his legislative duties.

The attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz join the Miami office of McDonald Hopkins.  Photo: From left to right: Regen Shanzer (associate), Joelle H. Dvir (associate), Mario M. Ruiz (member), and Robert A. Cohen (member).

Miami's Cohen Ruiz Closes Shop, Joins Midwestern Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Business advisory firm Cohen Ruiz is winding down operations after 17 years in practice and will join the Miami office of Cleveland-based McDonald Hopkins on July 10.

Margaret Rosenbaum, Salmon Dulberg.

Ex-Miami-Dade Magistrate Rosenbaum Joins Salmon & Dulberg

By Catherine Wilson |

Margaret Rosenbaum retired this year after serving 12 years as a magistrate handling complex cases in the family division.

Prominent Lawyer Burton Landy Leaves Akerman, Joins Harper Meyer in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

International arbitrator Burton Landy has joined Harper Meyer after 20 years at Akerman.

Kendrick Meek.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek Joins King & Spalding

By Catherine Wilson |

The eight-year congressman and Miami Democrat joins the law firm's government advocacy and public policy practice.

BlackRock's offices in New York. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

The Wish List From Business for How to Change Finance Rules

By Elizabeth Dexheimer |

BlackRock Inc. wants Congress to change an aspect of the Volcker Rule that is causing headaches within its hedge fund business. Billionaire Paul Singer wants risky derivative bets curtailed and says regulators should lose their authority to step in when large banks are failing. Uber Technologies Inc. says Washington should eliminate red tape that makes it difficult for the private ride-hailing company to issue shares to its drivers.

Don't Underestimate This US Expansion: It's Headed to a Record

By Sho Chandra and Steve Matthews |

This U.S. expansion may be moving like a tortoise, but it's on its way to win the race.

Timothy Ferguson, Laura Ross and Nera Shefer, with Fowler White.

Fowler White Burnett Adds Three Lawyers in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Fowler White Burnett has hired three lawyers to different groups within its Miami office.

Brinkley Morgan Adds Partner, Expands with New Palm Beach County Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Fort Lauderdale-based Brinkley Morgan will merge with the Palm Beach County office of matrimony and family lawyer Martin "Guy" Hanes.

Miami Health Care Litigation Partner Leaves DLA Piper, Rejoins McDermott

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former head of health care litigation practice at DLA Piper in Miami has jumped back to McDermott Will & Emery's Miami office.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

Juan Azel.

Hunton & Williams Hires Financial and Regulatory Attorney To Boost Its Banking and Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Hunton & Williams has hired Standard Chartered Bank's former senior legal regulatory counsel Juan Azel to expand its global banking and regulatory compliance practice.

Left to right: Peter Abreu CIO and Jonathan Cohen,  partner and general counsel Shutts & Bowen

Shutts & Bowen's Cybersecurity Plan Protected It From Ransomware Attack

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts has put into place a comprehensive cybersecurity to allay client fears about the confidentiality of their records.