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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 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.

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.

Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira Announces New Partner, Colleen Grady

December 3, 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, has announced the promotion of Colleen Grady to partnership.

“For our firm, having Colleen join us was an exceptional opportunity to add a highly regarded lawyer and a true leader to our team,” said Pedro “Tony” Alvarez, one of the firm’s founders. “Today, we count ourselves as fortunate to have her with us and very much look forward to her contributions as a member of our partnership,” he added.

Grady focuses on corporate matters with an emphasis on cross-border and domestic M&A transactions. She regularly represents clients with business and investment interests throughout Florida, the Caribbean Basin and Latin America, and has a growing practice representing clients with origins and interests in Scandinavia. She is a seasoned M&A professional with broad experience in joint ventures and complex financings.

Most recently, Grady was part of the team that represented a $150 million purchase of a liquid natural gas processing plant in Trinidad and Tobago, which received the Daily Business Review’s 2015 Top Dealmaker of the Year award in the Industrial category. Grady has been recognized in the past year by the Daily Business Review for several transactions, including the acquisition and financing of the largest wind farm in Central America, and negotiating a Colombian micro-lender’s $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Prior to joining AADS, Grady was a corporate associate in the Miami, Stockholm and Helsinki offices of the international law firm White & Case LLP for a number of years before teaching at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center from 2005-2014.

“In coming back into the private practice of law from academia, I was thrilled to join a young and growing firm in my chosen area. Now, I look forward to working with my partners to assure its continued success and excellence,” said Grady.

Grady is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, from which she received her J.D., magna cum laude and was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 1997. She is admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York.

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