Aymee D. Valdivia is an attorney in the International and Cross Border Transactions Practice of Holland & Knight's Business Group and a member of Holland & Knight's Cuba Action Team. Ms. Valdivia focuses her practice on corporate and international law, representing foreign and domestic clients in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and a broad variety of commercial transactions, with a focus in Latin America and Cuba. Her background and legal education in both common and civil law systems provides Ms. Valdivia with the ability to advise clients on transactions and projects involving multiple jurisdictions, legal systems and cultures.
Ms. Valdivia advises domestic and foreign clients on the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, which are administered and enforced by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concerning their business ventures in Cuba. Her experience practicing law in Cuba for several years provides Ms. Valdivia with extensive knowledge of the Cuban legal system, especially in the areas of foreign investment, financing, regulatory compliance and immigration. She is a native of Cuba and has an in-depth understanding of the business culture in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
Throughout her practice, Ms. Valdivia works directly with foreign in-house and outside counsel in serving clients on multijurisdictional projects. Ms. Valdivia has experience in international commercial arbitrations in which she has served as assistant to one of the parties or the arbitrator.
Ms. Valdivia's recent work includes the following transactions:
- representation of a U.S. client in the financial services sector in the evaluation and negotiation of a business project in Cuba
- representation of an Irish parent company, through its subsidiaries, in the purchase of a pineapple farming and marketing business in Costa Rica, including the land, packing facilities and other assets, and in the sale of a pineapple farming business in Panama, including the land and equipment
- representation of U.S. cruise companies in the application process for obtaining the required licenses and permits from the Cuban government in order to operate in Cuba, and in the negotiation of contracts with Cuban entities
- representation of a U.S. airline in obtaining landing and operating permits from the Cuban aviation authority, starting regular services to three Cuban airports and registering a local branch office in Cuba
- representation of a multinational service corporation in post-spinoff restructuring of its business operations in 15 jurisdiction in Latin America and the Caribbean
- representation of a U.S. distribution company and its foreign subsidiaries in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador in connection with transactional, corporate and compliance matters in Central America
- representation of a Japanese multinational corporation and its U.S. subsidiary in establishing a new corporate structure for their power plant manufacturing, installation and maintenance business operations in Latin America
- pro bono representation of a Cuban independent entrepreneur against a U.S. travel agency in connection with unpaid invoices for services provided
- representation of a U.S. cancer treatment and research center in connection with joint research projects with Cuban counterparts
- representation of a multinational buyer with headquarters in Luxemburg in the acquisition, through its Dutch subsidiary, of exclusive franchise rights of five large food restaurants in Central America
- representation of a U.S. leading provider of specialty consumer financial services in the acquisition of a 60 percent ownership interest in a specialty consumer finance company that is headquartered in Mexico City and is one of the top three and fastest growing providers of payroll deduction loans in Mexico