Noticias y Artículos

Firm Changes Name to Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP, pasó a llamarse Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP, luego de la salida de uno de los socios fundadores, Alex Arrieta, en búsqueda de nuevos emprendimientos. “Le deseamos a Alex lo mejor a medida que avanzamos con nuestro enfoque como firma de abogados “boutique” corporativa y de bienes raices”, dijo su socio, Tony Alvarez, citando la celebración de su quinto aniversario y el reciente éxito de la firma en negociar una adquisición de $ 875 millones para Dometic Group AB en diciembre: una muestra de la capacidad de la firma para actuar como asesor principal en transacciones multinacionales complejas.

La firma de abogados “boutique” corporativa con sede en Miami continuará enfocándose en el trabajo transaccional, que incluye fusiones y adquisiciones nacionales e internacionales, finanzas, bienes raíces y servicios de inmigración para empresas líderes, “family offices” y personas de alto poder adquisitivo. Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP combina un consejo sofisticado con un nivel de ejecución, atención personal y valor que es poco común entre las prácticas actuales.

Dade Legal Aid Presents Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira with Outstanding Law Firm Pro Bono Award

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP (AADS), a Miami-based corporate boutique law firm specializing in international and domestic M&A, finance, real estate, immigration and private wealth services, is the recipient of Dade Legal Aid’s Outstanding Law Firm Pro Bono Award.

AADS was one of ten honorees acknowledged on May 6 at the Dade County Bar Association’s Twenty-Seventh Annual Recognition Luncheon. During the luncheon, Dade Legal Aid recognized AADS for its commitment to support the non-profit law firm by helping to staff the monthly LegalLine Clinic, handling various pro bono cases for clients, and providing other support to the agency, such as donating money to the organization in lieu of client holiday gifts this past year.

“We feel extremely honored to receive the Outstanding Law Firm Pro Bono Award. We are proud to be able to contribute to our community by offering our legal services to those in need through Dade Legal Aid’s programs,” said Colleen Grady, a partner at AADS who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

Grady, along with Kristofer Hernandez, an associate at the firm, worked tirelessly on five pro bono cases in the past year, assisting vulnerable members of the Miami-Dade community. Grady was also involved with staffing the monthly LegalLine Clinic, a hotline for free legal advice. The LegalLine Clinic is a 1(800) call-in program that is held on the first Wednesday night of each month. This clinic gives Miami-Dade citizens an accessible forum to talk to lawyers and receive referrals for their legal concerns.

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira and Leon Cosgrove Law Firms Establish Women’s Initiative

May 10, 2016 – MIAMI – Dedicated to both diversity and meaningful inclusion, Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP (AADS), together with the Coral Gables-based complex business litigation firm León Cosgrove LLC, have collectively launched and are continuing to develop a Women’s Initiative.

The Women’s Initiative focuses on the career advancement of the firms’ women lawyers by creating meaningful networking opportunities, enhancing business development skills and bolstering institutional support to address the unique obstacles faced by women in the legal profession, including the gender discrimination that continues to pervade the profession as recently reported in the Florida Bar’s 2015 Young Lawyer’s Division Survey on Women in the Legal Profession.

The first two events of the Women’s Initiative were held in February and April 2016. There will be six formal events each year that will feature guest speakers, skill-building activities and discussion topics, with additional informal monthly opportunities conducive to further creating this community of women leaders.

Colleen Grady of AADS is co-leading the Women’s Initiative with León Cosgrove’s Carly Kligler. “Both firms are dedicated to enhancing the opportunities for all lawyers, opportunities that will result in real cultural and institutional changes,” Grady reported. “As members of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), both AADS and León Cosgrove are committed to and strongly value the concepts of inclusion and active mentoring. The Women’s Initiative was a natural extension and formalization of this commitment.” Kligler elaborates that, “Both of our firms share a dedication to the hiring, promotion and success of women lawyers. It’s very exciting to be taking this objective one step further with the kind of mentoring and community-building that is our unique responsibility, and privilege.”

The firms jointly plan to expand the Women’s Initiative after continuing to develop a strong foundation.

Dade County Bar Recognizes Four Alvarez, Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira Partners

April 28, 2016 – MIAMI – Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP (AADS), a Miami-based corporate boutique law firm specializing in international and domestic M&A, finance, real estate, immigration and private wealth services, announced that four firm partners have been named 2016 Legal Luminaries finalists by The Dade County Bar Association. The attorneys are: Albert Diaz-Silveira, Alejandro M. Arrieta, Blas I. Cueto, and Colleen M. Grady. The 2016 Legal Luminaries winners will be decided through votes cast by Florida Bar members in good standing, who can vote through Friday, July 22 on the Dade County Bar Association website.

Albert Diaz-Silveira is a Legal Luminaries Finalist for Top Corporate Attorney. A firm co-founder, Diaz-Silveira is recognized for his corporate law practice, which is focused on international business transactions. He has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami (J.D.) and a cum laude graduate of Duke University (B.A. Economics).

Alejandro M. Arrieta is a Legal Luminaries Finalist for Mergers & Acquisitions. Also one of the firm’s co-founders, Arrieta specializes in business law that involves domestic and international companies, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, investors, and family offices, among others. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star consecutively from 2012-2015, and is a graduate of the University of Chicago (J.D.) and the University of Florida (M. Acc. And B.A. Accounting).

Blas I. Cueto is a Legal Luminaries Finalist for Probate & Estate Planning. His practice is recognized for its work in the areas of estate planning and wealth preservation. Cueto is a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010), and a graduate of the University of Miami (LL.M. Estate Planning and B.B.A. with honors) and the University of Florida (J.D.).

Colleen M. Grady is a Legal Luminaries Finalist for Mergers & Acquisitions. Her practice includes international and domestic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and more. She is a Daily Business Review 2015 Dealmaker of the Year in the Industrial category, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami (J.D., Order of the Coif), Nova Southeastern University (M.S.), and a summa cum laude graduate of Barry University (B.S.).

Important Announcement for Travelers Using the Visa Waiver Program

As of April 1, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that they will no longer accept passports without an electronic chip for travelers participating in the Visa Waiver Program. Secretary Jeh C. Johnson explained that electronic chip passports, or E-Passports, facilitate the identification of the traveler and are in general use in most countries.

We advise all of our clients to please check their passports immediately to determine if it meets this new criteria. If you possess a passport without an electronic chip, you should apply for a new passport and revise the data in your ESTA registration with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP). If, for any reason, you cannot secure an E-Passport, you will have to apply for a Visitor’s Visa to the US.

We’d also like to remind our clients that upon entry to the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program, you must also possess a confirmed ticket for return or continuing travel within 90 days of arrival. A confirmation notice on a smartphone or tablet may not be accepted by the CBP officer at the Port of Entry, so we suggest that travelers print out their electronic tickets and have them on hand to present to the officer upon entry.


If you have any questions regarding the new policy or any aspect of US immigration law, please contact:

Aida Diaz-Silveira at, or +1-305-740-1946, or

Jim Stillwaggon at, or +1-305-740-1951.

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