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Charles E. Pérez

Hablo Español
Area of Focus: Corporate

Charly* possesses a wide array of experience related to the legal aspects of investment funds. He has advised private funds and financial institutions on fund formations and fund investments, including co-investment structures and other alternative investment vehicles, counseling them on regulatory compliance and organizational issues, and managing incoming investor subscriptions. Charly also handles joint venture agreements for funds that focus on the real estate sector, as well as the acquisition of fund assets from unaffiliated entities.

His broad knowledge of corporate investment management matters has been utilized by clients for drafting relevant documentation for governance and operation, preparing filings required under U.S. securities laws, and conducting fund reviews for clients. He has also represented private fund clients on complex secondary transactions, including individual, small and large bulk portfolio transactions.

*Not admitted to practice in the state of Florida

Q & A
As a transplant from New York where you started your career in law, how do you integrate yourself into the local South Florida community?
One of the reasons why I chose to come to Bilzin Sumberg is that the firm strongly encourages its attorneys to get involved in community initiatives that better the lives of local residents. The firm has deep roots in the metro-Miami area, and I admire the efforts that it undertakes to maintain and nurture its bonds to the community. By way of example, the Bilzin Sumberg Cares program allows me to volunteer my time to United Way of Miami-Dade's worthwhile initiatives alongside my colleagues. As a former mentor to low-income high school students, I recognize how impactful its work is to improving education and access to opportunities for children and families. I really look forward to contributing to United Way's mission.
Is there a particular over-arching regulatory trend that you are seeing effecting the investment fund industry?
The push for transparency is certainly at the top. All sorts of private entities have been coming under increasing government scrutiny in recent years over ownership and transaction information in order to combat tax evasion and money laundering. The most recent iteration of this push is the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which passed in January 2021. It throws back a large curtain by requiring many companies that were hitherto relatively unregulated by the Federal government to report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) the "beneficial owners" of the company. As a result, the amount of information on businesses that the CTA will put in the hands of federal agencies is huge, and although there are carve-out exceptions, clients will still need advice on the scope of exceptions to reporting requirements as the nascent law is implemented.
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2016
    City University of New York, B.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice , 2012
  • New York
  • Spanish