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 domestic and foreign entities; to commercial lenders, banks, private equity funds and developers. Maria works extensively with clients in the hospitality, technology and financial and advisory services sectors.

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 counsels clients regarding shareholder, operating, commercial, services, 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 Colombian owner of a Wynwood craft brewery in sale of business to one of the world's largest brewing companies
  • Represented owners of a triple-play and wireless operator in the Dominican Republic in sale of business to a French telecommunications conglomerate for a purchase price in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Represented owners of an Ecuadorian Coca-Cola bottling company in sale of a majority equity stake in the company to a major Mexican bottler and acquisition of a minority interest in the Mexican bottler's subsidiaries
  • Represented an Ecuadorian distributor of airtime for prepaid cellular phones in establishment of U.S. operations and the formation of strategic alliances to target U.S. Hispanic market
  • Represented a mobile virtual wallet startup and other mobile payment solutions provider on issues pertaining to Latin American market
  • Represented Argentine entertainment venture in sale of broadcasting units to major U.S. media company
  • Represented a Salvadoran-owned chocolate manufacturer in connection with capital infusion from Puerto Rican investors, as well as with various corporate reorganizations
  • Represented a private equity fund regarding hospitality projects throughout Latin America, and with corporate reorganization and corporate governance matters
  • Represented 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 joint venture for garment manufacturing in Haiti
  • Represented Brazilian medical services enterprise in establishing mobile health care operations in Florida
  • Assisted U.S. perfume company with corporate reorganization and establishing distribution center in Central America

General Corporate, Technology and Business Matters:

  • Represented software distributor in master distribution agreement with one of the world's largest software developers for licensing throughout Latin America
  • Represented various startups in the mobile application development sector, including for global nightlife concierge services, enterprise risk management and information services, in corporate organization, structuring and governance matters and initial financing rounds
  • Represented seller in the asset sale of an online consumer wellness product research, marketing and sales company
  • Represented email marketing companies in connection with their vendor and confidentiality agreements and the potential sales of business
  • Represented Ecuadorian not-for-profit university in its private equity investment in a U.S. medical technology company
  • Represented proposed underwriter in initial public offering of leading online social networking, interactive media, publishing and entertainment company
  • Represented an electronic data security company in its merger with Israeli-based provider of enterprise-grade data security solutions, and represented certain lenders in connection with bridge financing for 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
  • Represented distributor of beauty salon products in its exclusive supplier and retail operation agreement with beauty salons
  • Represented owner of upscale cosmetics company engaged in the development, marketing and international distribution of trend-setting cosmetics products in $50 million sale of company
  • Represented buyer in merger/share exchange between an international metals trading and recycling company and metals supplier
  • Represented producer of petroleum-based products in international shipping and distribution joint venture
  • Represented real estate brokerage in licensing matters and in 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 medical practices in connection with admission of doctors and sales of business
  • Advised national public television producer with respect to corporate governance, production and post-production contracts and right of publicity matters
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in numerous initial public offerings in entertainment, sports and technology industries

Hospitality and Real Estate Matters:

  • Represented owner of Costa Rican resort on development project and negotiations with a major U.S. hotel brand
  • Represented an international hospitality private equity fund engaged in acquiring and operating projects throughout Latin America
  • Represented Spanish hotel group in management agreement with boutique hotel in downtown Miami
  • Represented Spanish real estate fund in its purchase of Miami Beach multi-family rental property
  • Represented buyer in purchase and financing of a Wyndham hotel
  • Represented secured lender in refinancing of brand hotel
  • Represented secured lender in financing and refinancing of boutique hotel on Miami Beach
  • Represents real estate investors in connection with purchases and sales of commercial realty, including in the hospitality sector
  • Represented Spanish multi-media news company in its office space lease negotiations
  • 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 secured lenders in financing of acquisitions 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
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • United Way Women's Leadership Initiative
  • Pro bono client representation, Acción USA Micro-Lender and German Ghetto Work Reparations Project, 2008-09

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