Business of Law

Brazil-based Partner Simone Musa to Chair Baker & McKenzie's Global Tax Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie has elected its Latin America tax practice regional chairwoman Simone Musa to head the firm's global tax practice. She's the first woman to be appointed to their global tax practice chairmanship.

Bar Foundation Hires Pro Bono Program Officer

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar Foundation hired a South Florida pro bono program officer, who will work from Miami office space donated by Akerman.

Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jose Martin Davila, director of compliance for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in the Americas and French Polynesia, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm's government investigations and white collar practice in Miami.

Jones Day Adds Partner to Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation Practice in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Sergio Alvarez-Mena, the former head legal counsel for the 11 U.S.-based private bank offices of Credit Suisse Securities, has joined the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice at Jones Day's Miami offices.

IP Boutique Rapacke Law Expands to South Florida

By Gina Passarella |

Intellectual property boutique The Rapacke Law Group has expanded into South Florida with the opening of a Fort Lauderdale office.

Brian Tannebaum Moves to Bast Amron

By Staff report |

The Miami attorney will create the firm's ethics, professional responsibility and white-collar defense practice.

Young Berman Opens Boca Raton Office

By Gina Passarella |

South Florida boutique Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez has opened a third office in the region with the launch of a Boca Raton location.

Alexander Heylin, left, and Robert T. Watson of Kobre & Kim

Ex-Prosecutor Joins Kobre & Kim in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Former federal prosecutor Robert T. Watson joins Kobre & Kim's Miami office, and Alexander Heylin bolsters the firm's British Virgin Islands office.

(l-r) Ed Arista, partner with Arista Law, Aliette Del Pozo Rodz, chairwoman of Shutts & Bowen Cuba Task Force, Aymee D. Valdivia, Holland & Knight associate and a licensed attorney in Cuba, and Antonio Rodiles, Cuban dissident and founder of Estado de Sat.

Cuban American Bar Association Discusses Doing Business in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Cuban American Bar Association held its first conference addressing doing business in Cuba.

Gunster's Greg Bader

$40 Million Bank Deal Closes With Others in the Works

By John Lantigua |

Gunster shareholder Greg Bader worked on the third Stonegate Bank purchase in four years, and another is on tap.

An illustration of Mexico City New International Airport

Mexico City's New International Airport Prompts $2B Bond Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Mexico City New International Airport is expected to become the biggest airport in Latin America. A recent $2 billion bond issuance for its development is the biggest initial bond offering for an airport in Latin America's history.

Walt Disney World

International Turmoil, Park Pricing Dents Orlando Tourism

By Mike Schneider, Associated Press |

A vacation in Orlando is almost a rite of passage for some well-off Brazilians who often bring back suitcases filled with electronics and clothes that are cheaper in Florida than they are at home.

Carlos Vejar, Mexico's former general counsel for international trade, now with Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Mexico's General Counsel For International Trade Joins Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The former general counsel for international trade in Mexico's Ministry of Economy has joined Holland & Knight's Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Marc Shuster, left, and Robert Barron of the Berger Singerman law firm.

South Florida Attorneys Help Land $247 Million Loan for PortMiami Terminal

By John Lantigua |

The loan covers terminal construction for Royal Caribbean Cruises under a lease with port owner Miami-Dade County.

Partner Joins Law Firm Expanding in Colombia

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Carlos Padilla moves from Bogota's Castro Leiva Rendon Criales to growing global firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria.

Richard Edlin, Patricia Menendez-Cambo and Paul Maher, with Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg Traurig Names 3 Vice Chairs, Including Miami Partner

By Gina Passarella |

Patricia Menendez-Cambo is among the vice chairs named by the law firm as it expands its leadership.

Ryan O'Quinn of with DLA Piper.

Miami Ex-Prosecutor Joins DLA Piper's White-Collar Group

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper is expanding its white-collar practice in anticipation of increased federal regulatory scrutiny of the health care and securities industries and foreign corruption.

David Craven and Saichang Xu.

Sandler Travis Hires Two Chicago Attorneys From Newly Shuttered Riggle & Craven

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Leading Chicago trade law firm Riggle & Craven is dissolving, and two attorneys including a founding partner have joined the Chicago office of global firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

Thomas Julin, now of Gunster. Miami, Florida handout

First Amendment Lawyer Julin Decamps Hunton & Williams for Gunster

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime First Amendment attorney Thomas Julin has left Hunton & Williams after 16 years to join Florida-focused business law firm Gunster.