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Creativity in Funding Necessary for Miami-Dade Civil Courthouse P3 Success

As Miami-Dade County continues to take steps towards the launch of a proposed civil courthouse public-private partnership (P3), its representatives have stressed the need to bring the right deal to market, balancing the community’s goals of improved court capacity and accessibility with existing funding challenges.  The final project could combine an availability model DBFOM with … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Presence in Miami Is Here to Stay

The image of Mexicans in Florida is usually framed around the immigration debate raging in our country currently. But the Mexican influence and presence in Florida goes far beyond migrant workers picking crops in Homestead and elsewhere in the state. According to the Mexican Consulate in Miami, approximately 290,000 jobs in Florida are dependent on … Continue Reading

Frontier Markets – Smallest Markets Represent Promising but Overlooked Investment Opportunities

The general public may not be familiar with the term “frontier market,” but frontier markets represent the vast majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world.  The term “frontier market” generally refers to the smaller emerging markets, including those that have been excluded from the emerging markets indices, such as the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. … Continue Reading

Controversial New Fund May Further Normalization Efforts with Cuba

Private judgments worth millions of dollars against the Cuban government have been a hindrance to normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations. Meanwhile, many of the victims who won those judgments have long given up on ever recovering a dime. But there is new hope for those victims of state-sponsored terrorism, according to Bilzin Sumberg attorneys José M. Ferrer … Continue Reading

Middle East a Bigger Player in South Florida Real Estate

It’s no secret that Miami has become one of the world’s most attractive markets for international investors. Latin Americans in particular have had a heavy influence in local real estate as one of the main demographic groups purchasing properties throughout South Florida. However, recent data from CBRE indicates that one region of the world is … Continue Reading

An Update on U.S.-Cuba Sanction Relations, CLE Program

Bilzin Sumberg Litigation Associate, Yasmin Fernandez-Acuna, spoke on a CLE panel with the Black Asian Latino Law Students Association (BALLSA) Alumni Group of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on the topic of US-Cuba Sanction Relations. Other panelists included Erich Ferrari, Founder and Principal of Ferrari & Associates P.C.; Peter Kucik, Principal of Inle Advisory … Continue Reading

What Cuba Wants From Investors

American investors have made their way into Cuba. Just this week, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the first significant U.S. business investment in Cuba since 1959: the Oggun tractor factory. This plant represents a $5 million to $10 million investment by an American company in Cuba. Both countries seem serious about moving their recently-resurrected commercial … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays To Our Readers!

As we reflect on 2015, we are especially thankful for all of the connections that we have made this year. We are thankful for our clients, our colleagues, our friends, and all of our readers. Thus, for our holiday video we wanted to focus on the power of relationships because our relationships are the foundation … Continue Reading

Art Basel: Tax Ramifications for American and International Art Collectors

Since its launch in 2002, Art Basel in Miami Beach has become what many consider the most prestigious and influential art fair in the Americas. The 2014 fair saw more than 70,000 international visitors descend on Miami for the four-day event, and the 2015 edition promises to surpass that figure, with 267 galleries from 31 … Continue Reading

Cuba’s telecommunications industry and Miami’s expanding Silicon Beach

The social and familial ties Miami has to Latin America are well known. What may be less obvious are its network connections. Miami is ranked as one of the top-five most connected cities in the world. Miami’s growing telecommunications industry, including the eMerge Americas movement, has earned it the name “Silicon Beach.” About 90% of … Continue Reading

China Business Series Breakfast Seminar

Bilzin Sumberg Tax Partner Jeffrey Rubinger will speak this week at an MBAF China Business Series Breakfast Seminar in Miami where attendees will learn about current trends and initiatives in the China and U.S. markets. Guests will also hear from Ralph Chow, Regional Director (Americas), Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hernando Gomez, Business Valuation … Continue Reading

Reform on the horizon for the popular EB-5 Program

The 2016 political season has kicked into high gear, sparking lively discussions about major issues affecting the country. Two of the most significant issues being debated among the candidates are the economy and immigration. Typically, these topics are analyzed independently; however, the conversation has recently intersected at the sun-setting EB-5 Visa Program which expires on September 30, … Continue Reading

Why Miami’s global impact should grow — not wane — as foreign currencies decline

During the height of the Great Recession, naysayers predicted that it would take about 20 years to absorb the glut of new construction in South Florida. For at least that long, they predicted, South Florida would wallow in economic misery, its nascent popularity as a premier global destination fading into oblivion. But South Florida proved … Continue Reading

New Spanish Language Blog Captures Essence of “New Miami”

Bilzin Sumberg has launched Nuevo Miami, a Spanish language publication of the New Miami blog. Nuevo Miami focuses on sharing ground-level insights about the gateway city’s continually growing opportunities for foreign investors and expanding global significance as an international center of commerce. International Group Co-Chairs, José Ferrer and Javier Aviñó, serve as editors on the … Continue Reading

Miami: The Next Global Frontier

Miami’s second annual eMerge Americas Conference marks another milestone in the city cementing itself as a hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs. In the last 18 months, Miami has established and cemented many of the key components it will need to continue to mature as a global hub for tech, including the growth of collaborative workspaces, … Continue Reading

Why Miami Offers Attractive Opportunities to Chinese Investors

More so than ever, wealthy Chinese investors are actively seeking returns abroad when it comes to real estate investments. China’s 2014 GDP growth of 7.4% was the slowest since 1990 and China’s growth outlook is gloomy due to its impending real estate bubble. Chinese developers have demonstrated in the past few years that they are not afraid … Continue Reading

A Digital Encyclopedia: Bilzin Sumberg’s Blogosphere

Bilzin Sumberg prides itself as being the go-to firm for domestic and international investors and corporations doing business in Florida and beyond. We aim to provide our clients with legal and business insight into the industries and areas they work in through our various blogs, which hone in on key issues or areas of interest … Continue Reading

International Arbitration in the Americas: An Agent of Change?

It’s practically common knowledge that litigating in Latin American jurisdictions can be a tedious, never-ending process that would render the ‘juice’ not worth the squeeze. Doing business in Latin America, therefore, has always come with a  catch – the necessity for an arbitration clause that specifically delineates the procedure for how a dispute should be … Continue Reading

Globalize Miami Series: PortMiami and its Significance to Miami’s Growth

In the weeks ahead, our New Miami Blog will present a series that asks how Miami can become the nation’s premier center for education, innovation and entrepreneurship in global trade. We will invite PortMiami leadership as well as community leaders in logistics, trade organizations, shipping, real estate, education, finance and technology to share their insights and … Continue Reading

Art Basel Miami Beach Attracts World-Class Hotel Brands

Last week more than 75,000 art aficionados and celebrities from around the globe descended upon Miami for the 2014 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach.  What began in 2002 as a winter outpost of the original Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the Miami Beach show has now overtaken its older sibling as the world’s largest … Continue Reading

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Expands U.S. Reach Through South Florida Purchases

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Avison Young, Inc. recently expanded its U.S. reach when it announced last week that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Miami-based commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate Group, LLC. The purchase will net Avison Young control of over 20 million square feet of … Continue Reading

MIA Expansion Indicative of City’s Economic Growth

For signs of economic growth in Miami, look no further than Miami International Airport, or as Miamians call it, “MIA.”  In the past couple of years, MIA has experienced incredible growth. It is recognized as the number one international gateway for the growing U.S. trade with Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides direct passenger service to … Continue Reading

Canada’s P3 Success

Guest blog post written by Marc-André Hawkes, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate General in Miami. Thinking of Canada conjures up a variety of images. Some will picture soaring mountains and crystal clear lakes surrounded by snow; others will focus on the world’s strongest banking sector and low corporate tax rates; while others still may have eyes only for the … Continue Reading
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