Former DLA Piper partner Emil Infante has defected to Holland & Knight’s Miami office as a member of the firm’s corporate and Latin America practices.
Infante, who joined DLA Piper in 2014 from Foley & Lardner after 10 years at his own firm, represents wealthy Latin American families, their operating companies and their family offices. He started at Holland & Knight Aug. 7.
Infante said he felt he would be better able to service his South Florida clients at Holland & Knight because of its strong historical ties to the community and its reputation in many practice areas. Working with family offices is a diverse practice, so he dabbles in many different aspects of law and he looks forward to working with the litigation, entertainment, real estate, governmental affairs and food and beverage attorneys at Holland & Knight, he said. “I get to deal with people from all parts of the firm,” Infante said.
Infante’s corporate practice currently includes cross-border mergers and acquisitions, transactions, financial services and financial regulation, international dispute resolution, and food and beverage accounts. Infante said about 40 percent of his business now involves investigations and compliance in the U.S. and Latin America related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.
Infante said he found it reassuring that his friends at the firm have been there for more than two decades.
“When people stay that long at a place it’s because it’s a good place to be,” Infante said. “At Holland & Knight I have finally found a home for a long time.”
Holland & Knight managing partner Steve Sonberg said in February that the firm had plans to expand its financial services and enforcement practices and its involvement in Latin America—areas in which Infante is experienced. Roberto Pupo, leader of Holland & Knight’s South Florida and Latin America Corporate Practice, said Infante’s clients’ needs complement the firm’s corporate, arbitration, tax, private wealth and government affairs practices.
Infante, who is known for maintaining close relationships with clients,was founder and managing partner of the boutique firm Infante Zumpano, which is now Zumpano Castro, where he represented individuals and corporate clients in the U.S. and Latin America. He began his career as an associate with the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C., and later was an investment adviser working with professional athletes and other high net worth individuals.