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Francis E. “Frank” Rodríguez is the Managing Partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the Tax and International Law Practice Group.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Frank focuses his practice on general business transactions, with an emphasis on federal and Florida tax issues. Frank frequently advises lenders and borrowers engaging in commercial financing transactions. With respect to Florida matters, Frank coordinates voluntary self-disclosures with the Florida Department of Revenue.

Frank represents non-resident individuals and foreign corporations with inbound tax planning, and U.S. individuals and domestic corporations with outbound tax planning. He counsels international families in succession planning, trust issues, and federal tax reporting, including voluntary self-disclosures. In connection with his international practice, Frank represents acquirers and sellers of multi-national businesses.

Frank is a member of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar and serves on the President’s Council of Florida International University, among several other professional and civic organizations. He was awarded the Dade County Bar Association Pro Bono Award for his pro bono services. He also has spoken to various local and international organizations regarding federal and Florida legal and tax issues and is often quoted in publications regarding tax and business issues important to those doing business in or from Florida.

Recent matters

  • Represented a client with respect to a Florida documentary stamp tax audit involving a potential liability of about $1 million on a deed. The Florida Department of Revenue ultimately conceded that no liability existed.
  • Represented a major international recording artist in negotiating and assisting in the preparation of agreements related to multiple tours, including tour, marketing, licensing, and venue agreements, and merchandise contracts, and a life story agreement with a large entertainment company.
  • Represented a long-standing Italian luxury yacht builder in its multi-million dollar acquisition of a U.S. yacht builder.
  • Represented an international owner of a local gaming concern in negotiating and documenting a joint venture agreement with its minority partner.
  • Represented a financial institution in a voluntary self-disclosure for the underpayment of
    Florida documentary stamp tax and the payment of intangibles tax. The Florida Department
    of Revenue agreed with the calculation of Florida documentary stamp tax and interest due,
    and abated all penalties.
  • Handled tax planning and other legal matters involved in the organization of a Brazilian
    subsidiary of an architectural firm for its ongoing Brazilian operations.
  • Advised on contractual issues, corporate structure and federal income tax matters applicable
    to international business transactions on behalf of a global developer of emergency and
    temporary power systems.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Florida International University, B.A., International Relations, cum laude, 1995
  • Florida International University, B.A. History, cum laude, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar

Professional and Civic Activities

  • President’s Council, Florida International University
  • Tax Section of The Florida Bar

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated, 4.9 out of 5.0
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Tax, Business/Corporate, International, 2009
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer,” 2016, 2017
  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law, 2017
  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law & Accounting, 2016

Presentations

  • Speaker, Tax considerations US tax residents face when acquiring non-US real estate for personal use, Palm Beach County Bar Association’s 25th Annual Estate & Probate Seminar (May 2008)

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

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