Emilio Alvarez-Farre
Emilio Alvarez-Farre (2014 GreenbergTraurig handout)

Four lawyers, including three prominent partners, have defected from White & Case’s Miami office in recent months.

White & Case shareholder Emilio Alvarez-Farre joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder on Monday in the Latin American and Iberian practice group. He concentrates on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and transaction financing. He was joined by White & Case associate Juan Delgado, who joined Greenberg as an associate.

Richard Furey joined Holland & Knight’s structured finance and aircraft finance practices June 5, splitting his time between the firm’s Miami and New York offices. Furey, an aviation law expert, has represented a variety of aircraft lessors, lenders and investors.

Jorge Freeland, former head of domestic corporate securities in White & Case’s Miami office, quit May 7 to start his own law firm after more than 16 years. Freeland Partners in Miami utilizes fixed-fee billing arrangements and is focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions.

A White & Case spokeswoman confirmed the departures but said they are unrelated and do not reflect any problems in the firm’s Miami office.

“These departures were unrelated, and the firm remains fully committed to its strong multi-disciplinary practice in Miami,” spokeswoman Francine Minadeo said. “With a deep bench of more than 70 lawyers, the Miami office is an integral part of the White & Case network and is well-positioned to continue to serve clients globally on the most complex and challenging matters.”

New York-based White & Case has 1,895 lawyers in 39 offices worldwide.