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Our extensively experienced international attorneys help individuals, companies and government entities worldwide do business at home and abroad, and assist corporate and individual victims of international financial fraud in recovering their assets. They have won notable cases in domestic and international tribunals and arbitral bodies across the Western Hemisphere and around the world.

Multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-talented men and women, our international attorneys, solicitors, and consultants speak English, Spanish, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Italian, French, Portuguese, Dutch and German, and work seamlessly from our offices in Bello Horizonte, Bogotá, Caracas, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Miami, and Shanghai.

They bring to bear on your matters acute know-how in international financial fraud, business transactions, governmental regulations, distributorships, real estate, tax planning, M&A, and more. Further, they possess deep experience in winning high-stakes domestic and transnational litigation and arbitration cases in complex international trade, business, trademark and copyright disputes, and high-profile government, regulatory and criminal investigations.

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Ricardo Abdala
Foreign Legal Consultant

Graduated from Universidad Católica de Chile, 1988. Specializes in civil law, commercial and corporate law, direct foreign investment, establishment of foreign corporations in Chile, real estate, M&A, project finance.


Yarob Al Jumaily
Of Counsel

Specializing in corporate and commercial matters with years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution. Yarob is also a judicial expert accredited before the courts of Iraq for contracting cases and licensed by the Iraqi Supreme Judiciary Council.


Ignacio M. Alvarez
Of Counsel

Bilingual international attorney focusing on banking and financial legal services, internal corporate investigations, corporate governance and compliance. Also experienced in family law and contractual issues.


Miguel Angel Díez Rodrigo
Partner

Miguel Angel Díez Rodrigo is an experienced international attorney practicing civil and commercial law for over 17 years. Mr. Rodrigo is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator with judicial background training. He is licensed to practice in Spain and the European Union and is a member of the Madrid Bar Association.


Manuel Carlos Aramburú Yrigoyen
Foreign Legal Consultant

Peruvian-based civil, commercial, corporate and municipal law, finance and foreign investment attorney with 46 years experience serving national and international companies and individuals.


Nicholas Bangos
Of Counsel

International bankruptcy counselor, litigator and lecturer skilled in utilizing bankruptcy laws and other commercial tools to acquire and dispose of substantial assets in real estate, lending, transportation, telecommunications, and manufacturing, as well as for individuals.


Marcela Cristina Blanco
Associate Attorney

Bogotá-based bilingual attorney licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia. International commercial litigator with success in negotiations, trials and appeals.


J. Alexander Buerger
Of Counsel

J. Alexander Buerger, JD, LL.M. resides in Germany where his practice involves the general assistance in international transactions. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. and Germany. He is the leading counsel for several pharmaceutical companies in more than 10 lawsuits against the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the admission of pharmaceutical products to the German market.


Elizabeth Cantu
Associate Attorney

Elizabeth Cantu works on client problems in cross-border commercial litigation, white collar crime, antitrust and corporate litigation. Bilingual English and Japanese, Cantu has experience translating commercial contracts, treaties and FTC evidence.


Manuel Fernando Castañeda Melgar
Foreign Legal Consultant

A graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a master in Business Law. Counsels national and foreign entities and individuals on real estate, contracts, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and competition and consumer protection law. Sectors of particular expertise include gas and oil, retail, pharmaceuticals and real estate.


Marta Colomar Garcia
Partner

Multifaceted bilingual international attorney who heads the Diaz Reus Mexico City office. Knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions. International trade and legal experience in U.S., Spain and Latin America. Assists clients in corporate counseling, corporate governance, entity formation, as well as in international contract disputes, international litigation and arbitration.


Luis A. Cordero
Of Counsel

Noted multilingual immigration, nationality and consular law attorney with deep experience in business immigration and executive transfer for professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, entertainers and artists. Frequent speaker and author on immigration issues.


Gary E. Davidson
Partner

Gary E. Davidson is a high-stakes international litigator and arbitrator with noted successes in state and federal courts and before AAA and other arbitral tribunals. Designated as "Top Lawyers 2013, 2014" International Litigation, South Florida Legal Guide,  "Florida Super Lawyers" 2012, 2013, 2014 (International Law), Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, and "Most Effective Lawyers," International Law Category, 2011 by the South Florida, Daily Business Review for successful efforts as legal counsel for Venezuela's Banco Latino.  


Luis Del Valle Gurria
Chief International Tax Advisor and Consultant

Noted author, educator, consultant and advisor to government and multinational corporations on critical tax matters. Experienced corporate tax advisor in M&A, spin-offs and split-offs; mediator in shareholder/family inheritance conflicts.


George Diaz
Partner

George Diaz, Esq. of George Diaz, P.A. has developed his expertise in the areas of contracts and commercial lease law, real estate, construction, corporate and business law, business transactions, including real estate development and construction project financing. He is a title insurance agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company working through Attorney's Title Fund Services, LLC. 


Michael Diaz, Jr.
Founding & Global Managing Partner

Michael Diaz, Jr., founder and global managing partner of Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP, is an international business transactions lawyer and noted litigator focused on helping corporate and individual victims of international financial fraud recoup assets from Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, money laundering, and RICO litigation. Designated "Florida SuperLawyer," 2012, 2013, 2014, "Top Lawyers 2013, 2014" International Law, South Florida Legal Guide, and "Most Effective Lawyers," International Law Category, 2011, by the South Florida Daily Business Review, Diaz is  AV/Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review. Selected "100 Latinos Miami," 2011 and The Latin Business Chronicle, Latin America's Legal All Stars, 2012. Since 2013 his firm was recognized as a top five Latin American litigation firm by Latinvex Legal 50.


David Estrella
Of Counsel

A noted Miami-based immigration attorney, David Estrella has helped his varied clients—from throughout the Americas, Europe and elsewhere—across a range of immigration and nationality law issues over two decades.


Halim M. Gebeili
Of Counsel

Mideast based multilingual (Arabic, French, English, Portuguese) experienced international attorney. Legal Advisor for multinational and foreign companies regarding direct investment strategy and corporate and regulatory concerns within Iraq and the Kurdistan area.


Pablo Giancaterino
Foreign Legal Consultant

Argentine based attorney focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal tax law litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, often with an international dimension and Latin America focus. Recognized authority in foreign government disputes, with numerous articles and lectures on sovereign litigation.


Carlos F. Gonzalez
Partner

Carlos F. Gonzalez is a Partner at Diaz Reus where he concentrates his practice in appellate litigation and trial support with an emphasis on international civil and commercial disputes and white collar criminal defense.  He regularly appears before state and federal trial and appellate courts on behalf of individual and corporate clients. Designated "Florida SuperLawyer," 2012, 2013 and "Most Effective Lawyers," International Law Category, 2011 by the South Florida, Daily Business Review for successful efforts as legal counsel for Venezuela's Banco Latino.


Leonardo Guimarães
Foreign Legal Consultant

Noted multilingual Brazil-based international business attorney skilled in corporate law, M&A, bankruptcy, international contracts and judicial recovery.


Joseph Gulino
Senior Associate Attorney

Multilingual (English, Italian, French) international corporate attorney representing domestic and international plaintiffs in securities and antitrust litigation.  


Brant C. Hadaway
Partner

Brant C. Hadaway is a Partner whose practice concentrates on domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He also has broad experience in maritime law and in deceptive trade practices litigation.  He is admitted to practice in Florida, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.


Jorge Izquierdo
Consultant

Jorge Izquierdo specializes in commercial law, banking, international trade, Customs, corporate, trust and lobbying before public agencies in Venezuela and other countries. He served as in-house counsel and consultant to Banco Central de Venezuela and issued legal opinions regarding preferential exchange rate regulations.


Jaime Jácome de la Guardia
Of Counsel

Admitted to practice law before the Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice, Jamie has significant experience in commercial, civil, administrative, judicial, and maritime law. 


Ahmand R. Johnson
Of Counsel and Athlete Agent

Ahmand R. Johnson focuses his practice in the areas of entertainment and sports. Prior to joining Diaz, Reus & Targ, he worked with a major Florida law firm handling business litigation, intellectual property and sports/entertainment matters.  While at UCLA School of Law, Johnson co-founded a professional sports management company and gained significant entertainment experience as a law clerk at a renowned Los Angeles-based entertainment firm.


Eliyahu Z. Kaploun
Of Counsel

Experienced in Commercial Litigation matters with a wide range of industries, including aviation and pharmaceutical.  


Chad S. Purdie
Partner

Chad Purdie is a Partner with a practice focused on  international commercial litigation and arbitration, complex civil litigation and U.S. appellate cases. Mr. Purdie is ACAMS Certified.


Juan Ramirez, Jr.
Partner

The bilingual, Cuban-born former Chief Judge of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, Juan Ramirez, Jr. brings acute understanding of the law, sound judgment and extensive experience across a range of legal issues to assist Diaz Reus international clients. A cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Ramirez also served in private law practice for more than a decade before becoming a judge.


Alexander Reus
Founding Partner

Alexander Reus, J.D.'s expertise lies in international contract and corporate matters, business consulting, real estate matters, and he consults in complex international litigation matters. He is a member of various boards, a director of a local board and a frequent international lecturer.


Fausto Sanchez
Associate Attorney

Fausto Sanchez is a bilingual litigation attorney, handling a wide variety of cases, including complex commercial litigation, international business transactions and white collar criminal defense.


Paola Sanchez
Associate Attorney

International lawyer fluent in English and Spanish. Experienced in cases concerning Latin American corporations and governments, including knowledge of Mexican law. Knowledgeable in U.S. immigration law, representing numerous clients in immigration cases.


Arti Sangar
Partner

Arti Sangar is a seasoned international attorney and advises on commercial dispute resolution and arbitration matters. Savvy in transactional matters including private equity investments, corporate-restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, major real estate development projects, commercial dispute management and employment issues.  Arti is enrolled as a legal practitioner in Australia, India and Dubai International Financial Center. She co-authors Emirates Business Law Blog, focused on business and law in the Middle East.


Mohammad Ali Sheikh
Partner

Working from our Dubai office, U.K.-educated Mohammad Ali Sheikh specializes in high-stakes corporate and commercial matters—banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, private equity, fund formation, joint ventures, financial regulatory, and energy—in the UAE, Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia.


Robert I. Targ
Founding Partner

Robert I. Targ has been actively engaged in a federal trial and administrative practice specializing in matters involving asset seizures and forfeitures, health care fraud and abuse, criminal fraud and money laundering, grand jury investigations, and criminal or civil matters involving the Customs laws and regulations.


Carlos Thompson
Foreign Legal Consultant

Venezuelan based and multifaceted international attorney with both law and civil engineering training. Knowledgeable and experienced in civil, commercial, criminal and probate law.


Juan M. Vargas
Of Counsel

A former federal and state prosecutor and seasoned litigator, Juan Vargas brings years of trial and investigative experience and success to his practice, focused on white-collar criminal defense, anti-money laundering, and litigation matters.


Juan C. Villa
Consultant

Prior to joining Diaz Reus, Juan C. Villa worked as legal counsel to companies in the private sector and for various Colombian government agencies. He represented institutions including the Colombian Congress, the City of Bogota's Mayor's Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Colombian Institute on Family Welfare.


Christian Wefers
Senior Associate Attorney

Christian Wefers is based in Diaz Reus' Frankfurt office.  He has experience in the field of financial markets, banking law and trade law and international litigation. His areas of emphasis are International Securities Litigation and Investor Right Protection, International Antitrust Litigation, and International Dispute Resolution.


Xingjian Zhao
Associate Attorney

Xingjian (Jeff) Zhao is an experienced multilingual, U.S.-licensed international attorney whose core practice focuses on dispute resolution, including complex commercial litigation, appeals, and arbitration involving multinational entities and cross-border issues.  Prior to joining Diaz Reus in 2010, Jeff served as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington DC, and earlier, as an immigration and foreign affairs liaison for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at her New York City office.


 
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