Tel: 305.779.3570
Fax: 305.779.3561

Assistant: Ilene Lopez
Tel: 305.779.3568


Alcides I. Avila is a founding partner of AVILA and an attorney in its Corporate and Financial Services practice. Prior to the formation of AVILA in 2007, Mr. Avila was a partner in the Miami office of an AmLaw 20 national law firm and was the practice group leader of that firm’s Financial Services Practice Group. 

Mr. Avila represents domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of bank regulatory, lending, mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters. With over 40 years of experience, he regularly represents clients before the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and other regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Avila has represented numerous foreign financial institutions and investors in establishing and expanding banking operations in the United States. In addition to his banking practice, he has extensive experience in domestic and international business transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financings. Mr. Avila has also served as independent counsel to the Board of Directors of various banks in connection with compliance and enforcement actions. 

He has been recognized numerous times as a ‘Best Lawyer’ in banking, and has served as general counsel for the Florida International Bankers’ Association. Mr. Avila is a frequent speaker on specialized panels discussing banking regulation, international trade and finance, and risk management. 

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami, obtained his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.  





University of Miami, B.A., magna cum laude (1977)
Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude (1980)


Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cuban-American Bar Association
Florida International Bankers Association
South Florida Banking Institute


Florida (1980)




  • Represented Banco de Credito e Inversiones (BCI), the third largest bank in Chile, in the purchase of City National Bank of Florida from Bankia, S.A., for a purchase price of U.S. $946,900,000, including due diligence, negotiation of the purchase agreement, U.S. regulatory filings and all other transactional matters.
  • Represented BCI and City National Bank in the acquisition of TotalBank in Miami from Banco Santander.
  • Represented Banesco USA in the acquisition of Brickell Bank (f/k/a/Espirito Santo Bank)
  • Represented Continental National Bank in the sale of the Bank to First American Bank.
  • Represented an Ecuadorian investor in the acquisition of Intercredit Bank.
  • Representing BAC Florida Bank in the sale of the Bank to Brazilian bank, Bradesco.
  • Represented a Bolivian investor in acquisition of a majority interest in Anchor Commercial Bank.
  • Represented the shareholders of Union Credit Bank in the sale of a controlling interest to the Apollo Group.
  • Represented lender with a $111,000,000 gap financing transaction involving the assignment of certain rights under a construction contract with the Florida Department of Transportation. The project was the first of its type in Florida.
  • Represented numerous foreign banks in establishing representative offices, agencies and branch offices in the United States.
  • Represented a number of Spanish financial institutions in connection with U.S. regulatory issues arising from integration and consolidations transactions in Spain.
  • Represented major Latin American banks in establishing broker dealer affiliates in the U.S.
  • Represented numerous domestic and foreign banks in regulatory enforcement actions.
  • Represented independent boards of directors in matters involving regulatory civil monetary penalties.


Publications & Speaking 


  • Florida International Bankers Association Annual AML Conference – ‘What’s New in the AML Landscape?’ moderator.  
  • Banker Association for Foreign Trade (BAFT) West Coast Trade Workshop on ‘Hot Button Compliance Issues in Trade Finance,’ panelist.  
  • FIBA, CELAES 2016 Conference on governance, risk and compliance ‘New Regulations in Banking Security,’ speaker.  
  • FIBA-FELABAN seminar on ‘Latest Developments in Trade Based Money Laundering: Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs), and the Intersection of Fraud and Money Laundering,’ moderator.  
  • ACAMS South Florida Chapter on ‘Beneficial Ownership and Offshore Tax Havens,’ speaker.  
  • FIBA-FELABAN ‘Latin American Bank Technology Conference on Innovation,’ panelist.  
  • Banker Association for Foreign Trade (BAFT), BSA/AML and Risk Management, presenter.  
  • South Florida Compliance Association Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar ‘Legal Issues of a Data Breach,’ presenter.  
  • FIBA presentation on ‘GTO Program: What is it and How will it Impact Business,’ speaker.  
  • Florida International Bankers Association ‘Meet the Regulators’ forum, moderator.  
  • Florida International Bankers Association ‘Regulatory Roundtable,’ moderator.  
  • SFCA BSA Seminar, moderator.  
  • Florida International Bankers Association ‘Risk Management Conference for the Americas,’ moderator.  

Awards & Recognition 

  • Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Banking and Finance Law, Miami, 2014, 2018. 
  • Daily Business Review ‘Dealmaker of the Year’, Corporate International category, 2016 
  • Best Lawyers in America Guide, Banking and Finance Law, 2006-2019. 
  • ‘Distinguished Lawyer’, South Florida Legal Guide, 2015. 
  • ‘America’s Leading Lawyers for Business’, Chambers USA, Banking and Finance (Transactional and Regulatory,) 2003-2019. 
  • ‘America’s Leading Lawyers for Business’, Chambers USA, Latin American Investment, 2007-2017. 
  • ‘The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business,’ Chambers Global, Banking and Finance (USA) 2007, 2011 and 2015. 
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2019. 
  • ‘Top Lawyer,’ South Florida Legal Guide, 2004-2019. 
  • ‘Leading Practitioner,’ Who’s Who Legal, Banking and Finance, 2019, 2020. 
  • Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders, Global Elite in Banking, 2019. 
  • ‘Deal of the Year,’ Latin Lawyer Magazine, Outbound Investment, 2013. 
  • ‘Top Attorneys in Florida’, Wall Street Journal, 2011. 
  • Recognized by Law Dragon as one of 500 Leading Dealmakers. 
  • ‘Top Dealmaker,’ Daily Business Review, International Corporate, 2009. 
  • Recognized as ‘Florida Elite’ by Florida Trend Magazine, 2012. 
  • ‘Florida 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Florida Trend, 2019. 
  • ‘Florida 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Living Legend, Florida Trend, 2020 
  • ‘Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,’ Latinvex, Banking, 2019, 2020. 
  • Recipient of South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Legal Leadership Award, 2019. 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated. 

Civic Organizations 

  • Cuban Banking Study Group, director.  
  • UN Women, Miami Chapter. 
  • Florida Bankers’ Association. 
  • Florida International Bankers’ Association, former General Counsel, member of Executive Committee and board member.