Over 27 years ago, K&L Gates opened its Miami office and became one of the first international firms to enter the South Florida market. Our Miami lawyers practice throughout Florida and beyond, serving as a principal connection with our Latin America practice.
The focus of the Miami office practice is commercial litigation, domestic and international corporate and securities work, employment law, health law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor matters, white collar criminal representation, international taxation, financial institutions, maritime, aviation, real estate, and electronic commerce and technology.
We resolve business disputes for our clients. We handle complex litigation for a wide range of business clients, including leading financial institutions, manufacturing enterprises, prominent retailers, health care providers, accounting firms, broker-dealers, and individuals. The lawyers in the Miami office have handled some of the most significant lawsuits in Florida. We represent business clients in a broad array of commercial disputes, including deal litigation, contract interpretation, corporate governance, real estate, class actions, employment and labor, civil rights, construction, mortgage banking, insurance coverage, bankruptcy and workouts, and products liability and toxic torts. We counsel clients in internal company investigations, and guide them through investigations by state Attorneys General or by the federal government. Our Miami litigators practice throughout Florida and have handled matters in over a dozen other states. We also represent clients in appellate matters, and our lawyers have argued in a number of appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
On the transactional side, the Miami corporate group provides guidance to its clients on investments, transactions and compliance matters. Our primary areas of focus include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate finance and capital markets (including public and private securities offerings), corporate governance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, cross-border transactions and general corporate services. Our clients range from large, publicly owned corporations to entrepreneurs involved in the formation and financing of start-up ventures. We help our clients secure the financing they need to grow, complete the deals that make growth a reality and comply with all the complex regulations of corporate conduct.
The Miami office health care practice, ranked as a Tier 1 practice in the 2010 and 2011-2012 editions of U.S. News-Best Lawyers® , represents hospitals, clinical laboratories, physicians and physician groups and other health care facilities in all of their regulatory, transactional and litigation needs. The Miami health care lawyers have significant experience advising their clients in complex health care transactions and regulatory matters requiring specialized skills, including acquisitions, sales, mergers, reorganizations, structuring transactions, fraud and abuse counseling, federal and state regulatory compliance, antitrust issues, and corporate governance. They also represent a number of entities in structuring and implementing managed care arrangements as well as addressing, arbitrating and litigating reimbursement issues.
Our tax practice counsels multinational corporations concerning foreign tax credit planning, tax treaty analysis, tax deferral techniques, withholding tax obligations, "choice of entity" decisions, repatriation issues and transfer pricing issues, with emphasis on cross-border matters.
In bankruptcy and debtor/creditor matters, we represent secured and unsecured creditors, acquirers of assets and operations, bond and debenture holders, and creditors' committees. These engagements include significant representations of banks, private equity investors, and asset-based lenders in proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Our attorneys also represent creditors in state court liquidations and commercial mortgage foreclosures, and give strategic advice to companies that conduct business with financially distressed entities.
Our real estate attorneys handle every area of real estate matters, including secured lending, purchase, sale, and lease transactions. The office handles not only the transactional aspect of real estate but also represents clients in significant real estate litigation matters.
Members of our aviation group have significant expertise representing financial institutions, corporations, high net worth individuals and aircraft manufacturers in connection with the purchase, sale, and financing of private and commercial aircraft.
Our maritime practice group represents clients in a wide range of maritime transactions including acquisitions of major shipping companies, ship purchases and divestitures, and both single ship and fleet financings. We also advise maritime industry clients on issues including environmental compliance, regulatory and safety matters and maritime commercial disputes.
We also take great advantage of our location in Miami, the commercial gateway to Latin America, and have a vibrant international practice. We represent both domestic and foreign clients in connection with inbound and outbound international transactions, with a particular emphasis on commerce with Latin America. Our lawyers counsel their clients in a variety of Latin American business structure issues and on tax planning initiatives, corporate income tax and VAT topics.