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Provided by Michael Diaz, Jr.

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Professional Memberships

Florida Bar • American Bar • Cuban American Bar Association, Past-President, officer, and director • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow • Miami International Arbitration Society • National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers • Florida International Bankers Association • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists - Member of the Board of Advisors of Latin America Advisor, a publication of The Dialogue, Leadership for the Americas.

Publications

Mr. Diaz is a frequent author, media resource and guest lecturer for national and international legal and banking publications and seminars. He was selected among the top international experts in the anti-money laundering field to join the faculty of the first graduate course on “Money Laundering Prevention” at the University of Salamanca, sponsored by the Latin-American Banking Federation.

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Michael Diaz, Jr., is the founding and global managing partner of Diaz, Reus International Law Firm. Board Certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by The Florida Bar, he is a former prosecutor, multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 35 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating resolutions for complex civil, commercial, arbitral, and white-collar criminal matters.

Mr. Diaz has extensive experience handling federal criminal investigations, visa recovery efforts, FCPA, FARA and OFAC violations, and Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons classifications cases. He often conducts parallel investigations in complex, high-stakes regulatory, investigative and compliance matters that involve alleged white-collar and corruption crimes. His sophisticated asset tracing techniques have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for U.S. government agencies, financial institutions, and individual fraud victims. His practice has involved client work across the United States, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mr. Diaz is qualified to represent clients before all U.S administrative and governmental agencies, arbitral bodies, and U.S. state (Florida), federal, and appellate courts including the United States Supreme Court. He frequently serves as an advisory co-counsel outside the United States on sanctions, white- collar and corruption matters; and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Career

Mr. Diaz served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1990 for the Honorable Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General and Miami-Dade State Attorney, where he investigated and prosecuted economic and major crimes cases including highly publicized cases such as, the Julia Tuttle Causeway Lovers Lane Double Murders and Murder of Rookie Miami Police Officer Nathaniel Broom.

In 1990, Mr. Diaz joined and later became a name Partner in an international litigation firm where he litigated complex financial and international money laundering cases. In 1998, he opened his own litigation and arbitration firm and has been engaged in the successful representation of Fortune 1000 multi-national corporations and foreign government entities involving regulatory investigations and complex commercial and financial fraud cases, asset recovery, and white-collar criminal defense. He successfully secured declination of prosecution for clients in the largest corruption, money laundering & FCPA case in South Florida history, Alejandro Andrade. He has defended and investigated well known FCPA, OFAC, FARA and money laundering cases from PEMEX/Siemens & SK Engineering, PDVSA/Citgo to Prazkarel Michel and Yani Rosenthal, Montesinos to Aleman/Jerez and from Casablanca to Rosemont, and Ponzi schemes from Madoff to Stanford.

Education

University of Miami School of Law

J.D., cum laude

University of Miami, School of Business

B.B.A., International Finance

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

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Corporate Crime & Investigations - International Counsel
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Michael Diaz remains active representing individuals in criminal proceedings in US and Latin American courts relating to corruption investigations and sanctions, with additional experience in FCPA investigations. Praising his knowledge of Latin America, an interviewee reports: "Michael Diaz understands the semantics and the idiosyncrasies of the region to represent Latin American clients in the US.

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