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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.

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira Announce Promotion of Brian Canida to Counsel

Canida will lead firm’s newly-launched Venture Capital group

January 12, 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 the promotion of Brian Canida to counsel and head of the firm’s Venture Capital group.

“We are thrilled to have Brian lead our growing Venture Capital practice during such an exciting time for the tech industry here in Miami,” said Albert Diaz-Silveira, one of the firm’s founders. “Brian’s broad exposure to venture capital transactions – both here in South Florida and in the key startup hubs domestically and abroad – has allowed the firm to stay current with market terms and trends.”

Brian regularly represents emerging companies and investors on both ongoing and transaction-specific matters, including those related to corporate and securities law, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transactions. He is also a venture capital investor and heavily involved in supporting the technology and venture capital ecosystem in South Florida and Latin America.

Prior to joining AADS, Canida was a corporate associate in the New York office of the international law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP for several years.

“I could not imagine a better opportunity than being able to counsel clients in such a dynamic field at a firm which is itself young and emerging,” said Brian Canida. “I look forward to continuing to help clients navigate the constantly changing venture capital industry.”

Canida graduated from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2007 with a B.S.F.S. in International Economics. After completing an investment banking internship with Deutsche Bank AG, Brian continued his post-graduate studies at Georgetown and graduated with a J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2010, while also receiving a Certificate in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis from Fordham University’s Graduate International Political Economy & Development Program.

In addition to serving as an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association, Brian also provides services to the Dade Legal Aid Venture Law Project, a pro bono legal services clinic for local entrepreneurs. He is fluent in both Spanish and English and is admitted to practice law in the states of Florida and New York.

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira Represents City of Miami Beach in Historic Convention Center and Hotel Deal

December 4, 2015 – 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 the successful completion of two historic deals on behalf of the City of Miami Beach related to its Convention Center and forthcoming hotel.

AADS advised the City of Miami Beach on a $500 million contract with Clark Construction to renovate, remodel, and expand the existing Miami Beach Convention Center. AADS also negotiated a development and ground lease agreement between the City and an affiliate of Portman Holdings for the ground lease and development of the proposed Miami Beach Convention Headquarter Hotel, which remains subject to a voter referendum currently expected in March, 2016.

Attorneys H. William Walker, Jr. and Lauren M. Hunt led the deals in conjunction with the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Miami Beach. The duo were originally selected to assist on the ground lease agreement with Portman Holdings, and after working together, the City decided it would be well-served to have AADS represent it on the Clark Construction project as well.

“We were very honored and proud to represent the City on these high profile projects,” said partner Lauren Hunt.

The projects are slated to be completed by 2018, just in time for Art Basel.

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