Maria Acevedo is a shareholder in Gunster’s Miami office. She has been involved in numerous corporate transactions valued in the billions of dollars. Maria is an international corporate and real estate attorney, with a particular emphasis on the Caribbean and Latin America. A Wall Street trained lawyer, she represents a wide variety of domestic and international companies regarding their U.S. and multi-national business law matters. Maria is bilingual in English and Spanish, and frequently handles cross-border matters which are conducted and documented exclusively in Spanish.

Maria has worked with clients from a diverse array of industries and domestic and international market segments. Her clients range from entrepreneurs and fast-growing companies; to individual and institutional investors; to families and corporate clients operating through foreign entities; to commercial lenders, banks and developers.

She advises U.S. and foreign clients on domestic and cross-border asset and equity acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances and financings, as well as counsels such clients with respect to corporate governance, capital formation and reorganization. Maria also works with media, entertainment and technology sector clients on the purchase, transfer, licensing and protection of trademarks, copyrights and domain names.

Maria counsels clients regarding shareholder, operating, commercial, services, employment, independent contractor and non-disclosure agreements and corporate organizational matters. She has represented lenders and borrowers in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities; purchasers and sellers in numerous commercial and residential real estate transactions; and landlords and tenants in the negotiation and preparation of commercial leases. Her experience also includes assisting domestic and foreign underwriters and issuers in public and private securities transactions and Exchange Act compliance.

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Latin American and Caribbean Matters and Clients:

  • Represented the owners of Tricom S.A., a triple-play and wireless operator in the Dominican Republic, in its sale to a French telecommunications conglomerate for a purchase price in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Represented owners of the Ecuadorian Coca-Cola bottling company in its $345 million agreement to sell a majority equity stake in the company to Mexican bottler Arca Embotelladoras, and to receive a minority interest in Arca’s Argentine subsidiaries
  • Represents an Ecuadorian distributor of airtime for prepaid cellular phones in the establishment of U.S. operations and the formation of strategic alliances to target the U.S. Hispanic market
  • Represented a mobile virtual wallet startup and other mobile payment solutions provider on issues pertaining to the Latin American market
  • Represented Argentine venture Claxson Interactive Group in its $235 million agreement to sell seven PayTV units to Turner Broadcasting System
  • Represented a Salvadoran-owned chocolate manufacturer in connection with a capital infusion from Puerto Rican investors, as well as with various corporate reorganizations
  • Represents a Colombian craft brewery in connection with the establishment of U.S. operations
  • Represented a private equity fund regarding hospitality projects throughout Latin America, and with its corporate reorganization and corporate governance matters
  • Represented a consortium of port, terminal and real property owners in establishing and developing various industries in Haiti
  • Represented land owners in the establishment of an ethanol processing plant and free trade zone for garment manufacturing in Haiti pursuant to a joint venture with the Soros Group

General Corporate, Technology and Business Matters:

  • Represented a startup in the mobile application for global nightlife concierge services in a corporate organization, structuring and governance matters and initial financing rounds
  • Represented the seller in the asset sale of an online consumer wellness product research, marketing and sales company
  • Represented the proposed underwriter in an initial public offering of a leading online social networking, interactive media, publishing and entertainment company
  • Represented an electronic data security company in its merger with ControlGuard Ltd., an Israeli-based provider of enterprise-grade data security solutions, and represented certain lenders in connection with bridge financing for the post-merger Israeli enterprise
  • Represented various e-commerce enterprises in connection with brand management and trademark protection, including the preparation of cease & desist letters and in negotiations with trademark infringers
  • Represents an email marketing company in connection with their vendor, employment and confidentiality agreements
  • Represented a distributor of beauty salon products in its exclusive supplier and retail operation agreement with beauty salons
  • Represented the owner of an upscale cosmetics company engaged in the development, marketing and international distribution of trend-setting cosmetics products in its $50 million sale of the company
  • Represented a real estate brokerage in licensing matters and in the preparation and negotiation of operating and employment agreements
  • Represented banks and financial services providers in secured lending transactions
  • Represented a pharmaceuticals testing company and public pediatric care company in secured credit facilities with banks
  • Represented executives and companies in the negotiation and finalization of executive employment agreements and separation agreements
  • Advised a national public television producer and licensee of Thirteen/WNET (New York) with respect to corporate governance, production and post-production contracts and right of publicity matters
  • Represented the underwriter in an initial public offering of a Canadian producer and distributor of family entertainment and educational products
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in initial public offerings of The Sports Club Company, Inc. and Xpedite Systems, Inc.

Hospitality and Real Estate Matters:

  • Represented an international hospitality private equity fund engaged in acquiring and operating projects throughout Latin America
  • Represented the buyer in the purchase and financing of a Wyndham hotel
  • Represented the secured lender in a refinancing of a brand hotel
  • Represented the secured lender in the financing and refinancing of a boutique hotel on Miami Beach
  • Represents real estate investors in connection with purchases and sales of commercial realty, including in the hospitality sector
  • Represented the buyer in the purchase of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership, including assistance with asset purchase, lease of real property with the option to purchase and related corporate matters
  • Represented the secured lender in the financing of an acquisition of strip malls
  • “Legal Luminary – Top Corporate Attorney,” Dade County Bar Association, 2016
  • Harvard Human Rights Fellowship, 1991
  • New York City Urban Fellowship, 1990-91
  • Majorie Harris Weiss Memorial Premium in History for the most outstanding female history major, 1989
  • Gabriela Mistral Prize for Spanish Literature, 1988
  • American Bar Association
  • Pro bono client representation, Acción USA Micro-Lender and German Ghetto Work Reparations Project, 2008-09

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