McDermott Grows Miami Tax and Private Client Presence

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International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its Miami Tax and Private Client presence with a six-member team including partners Mike Silva, Gregory Weigand and Arianne Plasencia, as well as counsel Ryan Coyle. These lawyers have extensive experience working with high-net-worth families and individuals. This expansion of the Firm’s growing Tax and Private Client presence in Miami advances the needs of its growing global client base.

“Our clients seek counsel bridging US and Latin American opportunities. This team’s arrival significantly enriches our growing focus in this area – particularly in the Miami market, a gateway for US-LatAm business,” said Jane Wells May, global head of McDermott’s Tax practice. “Their deep tax experience reinforces the Firm’s broader cross-border support for Miami-based multinational entities and wealthy individuals. Mike, Greg, Arianne and Ryan are incredible additions to our team and we couldn’t be happier they chose to join McDermott.”

“McDermott’s Tax and Private Client teams consist of the best legal minds on the front lines of comprehensive and international legal changes. I’m thrilled to join this high-performing global platform and bring my experience into the mix on behalf of current and prospective clients,” added Mike.

William J. Butler, global head of McDermott’s Private Client practice, noted, “Mike, Greg, Arianne and Ryan’s work on the business ventures and tax requirements of high-net-worth individuals and families promises more significant and exciting collaboration with our growing private client team in Miami.”

Lawyer Biographies

Mike Silva – Partner

Mike advises on international tax law, focusing on US investment structures, cross-border tax issues, tax treaty planning, withholding obligations of US real property investments and US activities of foreign banks. He has significant experience advising on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in respect of third-party reporting obligations by global financial entities. Mike also maintains a private client practice, representing high-net-worth family offices based around the world. Mike received his M. Acc. and JD from the University of Florida.

Greg Weigand – Partner

Greg focuses his practice on domestic and international tax matters for multinational companies, closely held businesses, investment funds and high-net-wealth individuals. He has extensive experience advising companies on global restructuring and M&A transactions, and implementing tax-efficient global structures. Greg advises asset managers with structuring private investment funds across various strategies, in addition to advising them on transactional matters, and he frequently represents investors investing in US-based investment funds. Greg received his MBA and JD from the University of Miami.

Arianne Plasencia – Partner

Arianne advises on international and domestic income, estate and gift tax issues.  Her practice focuses on closely held entities and high-net-worth individuals, particularly those making inbound investments in the United States.  She also advises regularly on complex trust structures for cross-border families with investments in the US and abroad. Arianne received her LL. M. and JD from The Georgetown University Law Center.

Ryan Coyle – Counsel

Ryan focuses his practice on international tax law, including income, gift, and estate tax matters, with an emphasis on providing tax-efficient restructuring solutions to US and non-US high-net-worth individuals, their families and related business concerns. Ryan received his JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his LL. M. from The Georgetown University Law Center.

The team joins McDermott from DLA Piper. This group’s arrival builds on steady growth over the last two years for the Firm’s Tax practice group including Manuel Rajunov in Dallas as well as Steven Hadjilogiou, Michael Bruno and Keith Hagan in Miami. Client demand also precipitated the move of Private Client partner Melissa Price from New York City to Miami.

About McDermott


McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

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