MIAMI – Reed Smith announced today that Luis Perez, a highly regarded transactional lawyer based in Miami, has joined the firm as a partner in its Global Corporate Group.

Perez marks the third significant hire to the firm’s Miami office in the past month, following the arrivals of international arbitration and commercial litigation partners Francisco Rodriguez and Sandra Millor. Perez joins Reed Smith from Hogan Lovells.

Considered among Florida's premier corporate lawyers, Perez’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, including international transactions. Perez also works with private and publicly held clients on all aspects of their businesses, including formation and governance issues, equity and debt offerings, and acquisitions and dispositions.

Perez’s client base is a blend of domestic and international businesses operating in the United States and Latin America. Additionally, he routinely advises U.S., European, and Latin American multinationals in acquiring, establishing, operating, and disposing of their businesses throughout the Americas.

“Building a corporate presence in Miami, particularly one that allows us to advise Latin American clients and international clients doing business in Latin America on transactional matters, has been a strategic priority for our practice,” said James Tandler, global co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. “Luis is an experienced and esteemed practitioner who brings instant gravitas for the firm in the region, and we are really excited to add him to our team.”

In addition to his mergers and acquisition practice, Perez is recognized for his work in renewable energy and infrastructure. A significant part of his practice involves representing the interests of major financial institutions and construction companies in structuring public-private partnerships throughout the United States and Latin America.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on how Reed Smith has expanded its presence in Miami over the past several years and have been very impressed by the quality of local lawyers the firm has attracted, its commitment to building a world-class corporate and Latin American practice, and the reputation the firm has generated in the region in a short amount of time,” said Perez. “I am looking forward to helping grow our Miami office to greater heights.”

Reed Smith’s Miami office is in a phase of growth, both in terms of the number of lawyers hired as well as the diversity of the legal capabilities available out of Miami. The office is also one of the firm’s main hubs into the Latin American market, featuring lawyers who routinely handle a range of transactions, projects, disputes, and other matters throughout Latin America; leveraging its native Spanish and Portuguese speakers to oversee these matters most efficiently.

“With a thriving, multi-dimensional transactional practice that adds depth to many of our areas of strategic growth, and deep commercial ties to South Florida, Luis is yet another impressive addition to our Miami office,” said Constantine Karides, Reed Smith’s Miami office managing partner. “We now have more than 40 lawyers who call our Miami office home, and are demonstrating to the market a commitment to building a significant presence in the region, capable of meeting our clients’ needs, be it for transactional representation or counsel on complex litigation matters. Our Miami practice, like the city itself, is booming.”