Practice Areas

International Law

South Florida is considered to be the Gateway to Latin America with strong ties to Europe and Asia. It is no surprise that it has become increasingly difficult to maneuver around international legal conflicts without the assistance of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. Our team has experience representing domestic and international clients who operate their businesses globally. Furthermore our attorneys have been chief legal officers at major multinational corporations enabling them to solve real-world problems on a global scale. Our dynamic and multilingual attorneys, with training and education in Common Law as well as Civil Law countries, qualifies them to handle international legal issues, including but not limited to:

  • Advising clients on legal issues affecting their business, particularly when that business operates globally.
  • Helping businesses avoid and resolve global disputes.
  • Offering clients local resources and knowledge in the jurisdictions their business operates.
  • Translating Legal documents to and from any of the following languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Advising management and executives on multijurisdictional legal issues.
  • Utilizing our long-standing relationships with leading international firms.
  • Advising international clients on their business ventures in the United States.
  • Drafting, revising, and negotiating contracts as well as acting as an advisor in contractual matters, including Domestic and International Agreements in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Advising companies on shareholder and employment matters.
  • Assisting clients with legal issues involved in securing funding and financing.
  • Representation of clients in mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advising on compliance and regulatory matters.
  • Counseling clients on technology licensing and product distribution, including the negotiation of licenses.
  • Giving advice to companies in differing industries who want to develop new ways of doing business.
  • Providing legal support on all levels of Internet gaming and promotional contest issues.
  • Structuring franchises to be able to draft franchise agreements.

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions

Our attorneys can function as highly effective legal and business partners. We can support you in any or all of the following areas:

  • Contract revision and formation
    • Drafting, revising, and negotiating contracts as well as acting as an advisor in contractual matters;
    • Domestic and International Agreements in English, Spanish, Portuguese;
  • Franchises

    Federal and State franchising laws can be complex, making it easy for businesses to be noncompliant with these laws. These legal issues can be avoided by seeking out the advice of our experienced attorneys. All parties involved in a franchise business operation (franchise sellers, franchisors, franchisees, etc) must comply with Federal and state laws in order to avoid penalties, including but not limited to state criminal prosecution. Several legally binding documents, such as the Franchise Disclosure Document, Uniform Franchise Offering Circular, Franchise Agreement, and state filings need to be prepared . In addition, the FTC franchise rule permits and prohibits specific activities during the franchise sales process. For example, several state laws require a franchisor and its franchise sellers to follow special disclosure timing rules. Therefore making it crucial to hire an attorney, in order to abide by ever changing franchising laws, and avoid lawsuits and potential criminal prosectuion.

  • Outside General Counsel

    We offer a unique solution to satisfy the need for competent legal counsel to assist a broad range of business endeavors and associated legal matters. Our outside general counsel representation benefits companies by enriching them with expertise and know-how of experienced legal counsel, without the financial burden of managing legal matters internally. We provide comprehensive legal representation to businesses by drawing on the experience and practical knowledge of our entire team, trading on our collective service as in-house counsel, board members, committee members, and leaders of diverse institutions and organizations. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Kristin Vivo serve as outside general counsel to many varied companies. Our attorneys offer a unique vantage point and provide valuable advice and insight to senior management and boards of directors.

    As General counsel we can:

    • Advise you on legal matters affecting your business;
    • Engage with your business to meet goals, pursue details and achieve closure on various matters;
    • Use business and legal judgment to balance an appropriate level of risk against the business needs in a particular situation and risk mitigation;

  • Entity formation

    We have experience in creating corporate entities (ex. non-profit organizations, corporations, limited liability companies, etc.) and registering them with the correct state and federal divisions. Furthermore we assist our clients in structuring their business organizations

  • Mergers and Aquisitions
    • Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States are governed by state corporation laws and the Federal securities laws. There are three primary types of M&A transactions: mergers, stock deals, and asset deals. M&A transactions can be complicated and involve navigating laws that have changed dramatically over the last several years, and the process of change continues. Our attorneys work with their clients to ensure the transaction is in compliance with Federal and state laws. Furthermore we work with our clients to evaluate the strategy and tactical advantage of a transaction. In an M&A transaction lawyers represent their clients in negotiations on the structure of the deal, perform due diligence and assist with the terms of the contract. M&A lawyers’ responsibilities extend beyond merely negotiating the terms of the agreements, but to the entire process by which decisions are made. This includes board and management counseling throughout the process on legal obligations, evolving corporate governance standards and shareholder relations.
    • Cross Border M&As have increased dramatically over the last two decades. Given this high increase, fully understanding the determinants and implications of this kind of mergers and acquisitions is vital to our clients' sucess. Furthermore, due to their international nature, these types of M&As involve unique challenges which require the counsel of our attornies, who understand the nuances of cross border M&As: countries have different economic, institutional and cultural structures.

Media, Technology, Internet & Communications

Our legal team is knowledgeable in representing and working with multinational internet, music, and media corportions. Our attorneys are experienced in handling:

  • Marketing Law
    • Compliance with Advertising Laws in Latin America and the United States
    • Drafting Rules for Contests and Promotions as well as their registration in Latin American, the United States, and Canada
  • Internet Law
    • Risks in Latin America and the United States involving internet usage
    • Social Media Law best practices
    • Drafting as well as advising on Legal Disclaimers and Privacy Policies for websites
      in the United States, Europe, and Latin America
  • E-commerce and Technology
    • Provide legal advice to companies that purchase technology products and services.
    • Advise on technology and content licensing.
    • Advise on online commercial ventures as well as marketing and promotion law compliance
  • Media
    • Assist clients with creation and operation of media and entertainment companies.
    • Counsel clients on FCC and other regulatory compliance matters.
    • Advise on Internet-based entertainment ventures

Compliance and Anticorruption

Globalization and cross border business transactions have made it more crucial than ever that our clients implement effective policies. Our firm helps clients prepare compliance and due diligence policies in order to operate within the framework of allowable corporate behavior and governance. In addition we assist businesses with training and educating employees to ensure adherence to important corporate and regulatory policies.

Litigation

Commercial litigation is the process of taking legal action regarding business transactions.
A business litigation lawyer is often consulted for legal representation and to help settle a dispute. Our litigators provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to large corporations, as well as to prominent local and regional companies. Our attorneys provide the talent needed at an appropriate, cost-effective level of staffing. We are experienced in resolving a wide variety of disputes including:

  • Breach of contract/breach of agreement,
  • Non-compete agreements,
  • Contractor disputes,
  • Wholesaler/manufacturer disputes,
  • Partnership disputes,
  • Shareholder disputes,
  • Franchise issues
  • Disputes over the purchase or sale of a business.​