Founded in 1910, Shutts & Bowen is a leading Florida law firm with approximately 290 attorneys in offices located in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
Main Areas of Practice:
The financial services practice group provides legal services to a wide range of banks, broker-dealers and investment advisers, including foreign, money center and community banks, national and local broker-dealers and investment advisors. The group has extensive experience in handling financial institutions’ mergers and acquisitions, federal and state regulatory matters, documentation of domestic and cross-border transactions, work-outs, financial institutions-related litigation and all other aspects of the law affecting such institutions.
The corporate practice group provides a wide range of corporate and business services, including structuring and negotiating new business ventures, mergers and acquisitions and advising on traditional corporate, partnership and commercial law issues. In the securities area, the group counsels clients in private and public securities offerings in the United States and abroad and assists in preparing corporate and insider filings required by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the stock exchanges.
The real estate practice group represents a broad range of domestic and foreign entrepreneurs, developers, investors and lenders, with emphasis on institutional clients such as national and multi-national corporations, insurance companies and banks. The firm advises its clients in all aspects of their real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, development, land use, zoning, environmental, financing, leasing and construction. It also assists the corporate and international departments in structuring the real estate aspects of large corporate and international transactions.
The Latin America practice group represents US and foreign clients doing business throughout the hemisphere. The team, with long-standing experience in Latin America, spans multiple disciplines, including international finance, tax law, trusts and estates, corporate work, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, immigration planning, and cross-border dispute resolution. The group includes attorneys born in Latin America and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, with understanding of the distinct legal and business environments of the hemisphere’s nations. The firm includes lawyers who have received their legal education both in their home countries and in the US. In addition to conducting business throughout the hemisphere, the group’s members are frequently invited to Latin America to lecture on US legal issues affecting the region.
The commercial litigation practice group has vigorously represented clients at all levels of federal and state court systems and before numerous state and federal agencies, commissions, boards and other regulatory and administrative authorities. The group handles all aspects of the litigation process, from counseling and alternative-dispute-resolution mechanisms, through the prosecution or defense of discovery, pretrial and trial proceedings in lawsuits, to post-trial remedies and review in appellate courts. The group’s practice includes a wide variety of administrative, trial and appellate cases, including construction, labor and employment, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters.
Tax & International Law:
The tax and international law practice group advises US clients, multinational corporations, investors in foreign countries and foreign clients investing in the US. The firm counsels its clients in a broad range of tax issues, including partnerships, corporate and individual tax, tax-exempt organizations, qualified plans and local taxation. The group handles appeals before the IRS and tax court litigation.
The estate planning practice group assists clients in distributing their assets, while minimizing the payment of estate taxes, through estate planning and estate administration. The firm’s services include counseling clients to assure the orderly and efficient transfer of property to their beneficiaries with a minimum of estate, gift, generation-skipping and income tax costs.
Shutts & Bowen offers its clients, whether local, state, national or international, a diverse and complete range of high-quality and responsive legal services. The firm represents major industrial corporations, life insurance companies, utilities companies, securities brokerage firms, transportation concerns, national and international financial institutions, local banking firms, major foreign companies, healthcare organizations, local municipalities, local corporations and a wide variety of individuals and smaller enterprises.