MIAMI (December 7, 2016) – Three Holland & Knight attorneys were recognized as "Most Effective Lawyers" in the categories of International, Real Estate and Public Interest by the Daily Business Review in its annual competition. Holland & Knight took home the top award in International category.
The finalists and winners are composed of more than 90 South Florida attorneys in 15 practice areas chosen by the Review's editorial staff. The lawyers were judged on one critical benchmark: client results. The Review is owned by American Lawyer Media and is read by South Florida lawyers and business professionals.
Holland & Knight partner Norberto Quintana was named the winner of the International category. He was recognized for his work on behalf of Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Colombia's infrastructure development bank, on a series of project finance transactions, all aimed at financing toll roads in Colombia to be built and operated under a public private partnership concession model. The transactions, which involved investments totaling around $2.3 billion, helped to finance the creation or improvement of toll roads that are part of Colombia's fourth generation (4G) road infrastructure plan.
Partner Tracy Slavens was recognized for successfully representing Prologis, the leading global developer of industrial real estate, in connection with land chosen by the television network NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises for its new national 475,000-square foot television production studio and headquarters facility in Miami. Similar development projects can take years, but Ms. Slavens secured the necessary approvals for the television production studio and headquarters facility in just six months.
Associate Alison Brown, along with Denise Mutamba of The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, were finalists for their public interest work defending low-income tenants who were forced out of their extended-stay motel rooms by unethical landlords. The attorneys won more than $40,000 for the tenants, who had been living in squalor and without utilities for many years.
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