Pillsbury launches Miami office, eyes Latin America work.

International law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman announced the launch of an office in Miami, its second in Florida and 21st worldwide.

The firm, which already has a presence in Palm Beach, hired four partners and two special counsel attorneys from the Miami office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

The arrivals are set to strengthen the firm’s commercial litigation and tax practices in both Florida and New York. Partners Jennifer Altman, Shani Rivaux and senior counsel Aryeh Kaplan join the litigation group with Altman serving as managing partner in Miami, while partners Michael Kosnitzky, Keith Blum and special counsel Ivan Mitev join the tax practice.

“Fit is an extremely important part of any decision to open a new office, and Miami is a great match for Pillsbury’s existing offices and practices,” said David Dekker, chair of the law firm. “The legal market there is very active, with heavy demand in areas like litigation, corporate, M&A, tax, real estate, construction, trusts and estates, transportation, and insurance recovery, which are widely recognized as strengths of our firm. The South Florida market also frequently serves as a gateway for business from Latin America—a region where Pillsbury has a thriving practice—as well as for inbound investment from other parts of the world.”

Last year, Pillsbury advised the trustees on a $500 million note issuance by Cablevision, the cable TV operator in Argentina.

Ignacio Abella