Eduardo “Ed” R. Arista, CPA, Esq.

Founder, Arista Law & Tax
Four Seasons Tower
1441 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1400
Miami, FL 33131

Tel: 305-444-7662
Email: Ed@AristaLaw.com

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Ed Arista is an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience helping American and multinational families reduce their tax burden, protect their businesses and assets from legal risks and prepare for the eventual transfer of their wealth.

Mr. Arista’s legal practice is focused on providing proactive, tax, business, asset protection and trust and estate planning and implementation for domestic and international private clients and closely held businesses. As an Attorney-CPA, he is also intimately familiar with the most complex, international, income and estate tax forms and filing requirements, and he has assisted numerous clients in identifying and resolving their tax non-compliance by taking advantage of the various IRS tax amnesty programs.

Mr. Arista is well known in the private client space and is routinely recommended by major financial institutions and professional firms both locally and internationally, such that many of his clients come referred concurrently by independent referral sources. His native, professional Spanish fluency and extensive international travel have resulted in a deep understanding of the numerous regional subcultures which equips him to work more effectively with his international clients and their local counsel, drawing on a large and well-established network of foreign professionals throughout the region.

Mr. Arista also has substantial experience in a broad range of business matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, assisting with corporate governance, preparing complex Limited Liability Company operating agreements, and representing sellers and buyers of closely held businesses. In addition, he has experience partnering with litigation counsel to help his clients effectively and efficiently resolve numerous business and family disputes.

Prior to founding Arista Law & Tax, Mr. Arista worked for a U.S. Tax Court Judge and at large and small law and accounting firms, including Ernst & Young’s (E & Y) International Tax Services group where he assisted high net worth individuals in structuring their U.S. investments to minimize worldwide taxation in coordination with foreign tax and legal professionals at E & Y offices throughout Latin America and beyond. He also completed an in-house stint as General Counsel and CFO of a technology start-up where he helped raise $15 million in venture capital and ramp up operations in preparation for acquisition by a public company.

Mr. Arista taught Federal Wealth Transfers for over ten years at the Florida International University (FIU) graduate tax program, earning the title of “Most Outstanding Professor” multiple times. He has authored numerous publications and lectures frequently at local and international seminars for attorneys, accountants, bankers and businesspeople, both in English and Spanish. Mr. Arista’s articles, publications and lectures are listed below.

Awards & Recognition

  • Over 1500 endorsements on LinkedIn from a broad, international spectrum of professionals, businesspeople, community leaders, academics, clients, coworkers, students and employees.
  • Most Outstanding Professor, FIU, Masters in Taxation Program, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013
  • Pro Bono Award, Dade County Bar Association, Eleventh Judicial Circuit “Put Something Back” Bankruptcy Program, 2003 & 2004
  • Torch Award, Florida International University (FIU) Alumni Association, 2003
  • Internal Revenue Service, Volunteer Recognition, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, 1996

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Inns of Court, Judicial Luminaries Award Selection Committee, Member, October 2021
  • Pro Bono with the Miami Marlins Diamond Sponsor, Cuban-American Bar Association, May 2017
  • Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners (London) Full Member (TEP), 2011 to Present
  • Florida Bar, Committee on Relations with CPAs, Chair, 2004-2005
  • Florida Bar Business Law Section, LLC Statute Drafting Task Force, 2009-2014
  • Dade County Bar Association Business Outreach Committee, Inaugural Chair, 2008-2011
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), Member; Cuba Human Rights Committee, 2009-Present
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, Founding Director and Secretary, 2004 – present
  • Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Inc., Member, 2003 – present
  • Cuban American CPA Association, Member
  • U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Military Nomination Selections Committee, 2006
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Board of Directors, 2003-2007; Fundraising Committee, Co-Chair
  • Victoria de Pino for Judge Campaign, Campaign Treasurer, 2006
  • Florida International University, New Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, Judge 2002, 2004 & 2006
  • Florida International University Alumni Association, College of Business Chapter, Board of Directors & Treasurer, 2001-2003
  • Academia de Ciéncias Económicas y Sociales Conde de Pozos Dulces, Antiguo Alumnos del Colegio de La Salle de Vedado, Cuba, Académico Asociado
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, member, U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Committee, 1998-99
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, Founding Counsel, 2003
  • Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Founders Society
  • Sponsor, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, 2004 – present
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law; University of Miami Tax Law Chronicle, Managing Editor; Certified Legal Intern, U.S. Customs Service, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, Miami, Florida
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, International and Comparative Corporate Law Program, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain
  • Bachelor of Accounting, Florida International University; Beta Alpha Psi, National Financial Honor Society; Co-Chair, Community Service Committee
  • Certificate in Cuban studies, University of Miami

Articles, Publications & Lectures

  • In house workshops for various local accounting firms, foreign law firms, and for private banking groups, including J.P. Morgan, EFG Bank, Wells Fargo, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Regions Bank, Amerant Bank, BNY Mellon, Credit Suisse, Banco Santander, Winterbotham Trust Company, BBVA Bank, Ocean Bank and Banco Sabadell
  • “Representing the Latin American Private Client”, American Inns of Court, Bench & Bar Conference, Miami, February 2022
  • Multiple firm-sponsored webinars in English and Spanish on various, domestic and international private client topics during the COVID19 pandemic, 2020 – 2021
  • “Asset Protection & Estate Planning Essentials”, Cuban-American CPA Association, Miami, September 2020
  • “Inbound Planning for Wealthy Multinational Families”, Cuban-American CPA Association Annual Tax Update, Miami, February 2020
  • “Everything Every Immigration Lawyer Needs to Know About Taxes”, Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Quito, Ecuador, November 2019
  • “Asset Protection & Estate Planning Bootcamp”, Cuban-American CPA Association, Miami, November 2019
  • “Current Options for Resolving International Tax Non-Compliance,” Florida Institute of CPAs, Annual Accounting Next Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, September 2019
  • “Pre-Immigration Tax & Legal Planning for Wealthy Foreigners,” Florida Institute of CPAs, Annual Accounting Next Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, September 2019
  • “Benefits of U.S. Trusts for Foreigners”, Cuban-American CPA Association, International Tax Conference, February 2019
  • “Resolving Tax Non-Compliance”, Cuban-American CPA Association International Tax Conference, February 2019
  • “Resolving Tax Non-Compliance,” Transnational Tax Network, November 2018
  • “Asset Protection for Business Owners,” Florida Institute of CPAs, Annual Accounting & Business Show, Ft. Lauderdale, September 2018
  • “Tax & Estate Planning for Wealthy Multinational Families,” Florida Institute of CPAs, Annual Accounting & Business Show, Ft. Lauderdale, September 2018
  • “Pre-Immigration Tax & Legal Planning,” EB-5 Convention, Los Angeles, July 2018
  • “Is Tax Deferral with Trusts Achievable?”, Step LATAM conference, Cartagena, Colombia September 2017
  • “Tax & Estate Planning for Wealthy Foreigners”, CABA Breakfast, Cuban American Bar Association, May 2017
  • “Moving Your Trusts to the United States”, STEP Miami 8th Annual Summit, May 2017
  • “Taxation of Colombian-American Families”, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, April 2017
  • International Moot Court Competition, Judge, University of Miami School of Law, March 2017
  • “Pre-Immigration Tax and Legal Planning”, Latin America EB-5 Investment Expo, Miami, Florida, January 2017
  • “Foreign Investment in Cuba: A Discussion of Legal, Economic, and Structural Issues Affecting Foreign Investors”, Cuban-American Bar Association, September 2016
  • “Estate and Pre-Immigration Tax Planning for U.S. Descendants”, Florida Institute of CPA’s, Ft. Lauderdale, September 2016
  • “Real Estate Investments and Legislation in U.S.”, Seminar for Investors, One Sotheby’s International Realty, Barranquilla, Colombia June 2016
  • “Estate Planning”, New York Life Insurance Latino Market Top Producers Summit, Laguna Beach, California, March 2016
  • “IRS Is Providing More on Account Holders to Foreign Countries”, Daily Business Review, October 2015
  • “Pre-Immigration Tax & Legal Planning”, City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center Workshop, September 2015
  • “Estate Planning from A-Z” National Business Institute, Miami, August 2015
  • “Estate and Tax Planning for U.S Descendants” STEP, Bogotá, Colombia, July 2015
  • “Legal and Tax Issues for International Private Clients” FATCA offering for Regions Bank Private Wealth Management, April 2015
  • “Legal and Tax Planning for Multinational Families”, BBVA Compass Bank, April 2015
  • “IRS Expansion for Taxpayers that Reside Outside or Within the United States”, BASHAM Abogados, Club Industrial, Monterey, Mexico, February 2015.
  • “Case Studies in Tax & Legal Planning for Wealthy Multinational Families”, Cuban-American CPA Association International Tax Conference, January 2015
  • “Selected Tax Issues for Wealthy Multinational Families”, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina November 2014
  • “Cross-Border Wealth Planning Boot Camp”, STEP Latam Conference, Mexico City, September 2014
  • “Tax and Estate Considerations for U.S. Connected Mexicans”, Basham Abogados, Mexico City, September 2014
  • “Tributación Internacional y Globalización” Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Lima, Perú, May 2014
  • “Tax and Estate Planning for Multinational Families”, Cuban American CPA Association, May 2014
  • “Wealth Planning for Multinational Families with U.S. Descendants”, International Wealth Planners, Cusco, Peru, April 2014
  • “Legal and Tax Issues for Investors and Potential US Residents”, Immigration and Investment in Florida Conference, April 2014
  • “Tax & Legal Issues for Business Owners”, LAB Miami & Legal Aid, February 2014
  • “Wealth Planning for Multinational Families”, Florida Institute of CPAs, February 2014
  • “Wealth Planning for Multinational Families”, Cuban American CPA Association, January 2014
  • “Legal Issues for Accountants”, Cuban American CPA Association, December 2013
  • XXX Inter-American Accounting Conference, Country Representative for Cuba in Exile, Punta del Este, Uruguay, December 2013
  • “A Potpourri of Choice of Entity Issues”, Florida Institute of CPAs, Statewide Tax Conference, November 2013
  • “Tax and Estate Planning for Peruvians with U.S. Descendants or Spouses”, International Wealth Planners, Lima, Peru, September, 2013
  • “U.S.- Colombia Tax Agreement to Ensure Tax Compliance”, First Issue of the STEP LATAM News Digest, May 2013
  • “How to Protect Mexicans from Unnecessary Legal and Tax Risks in the United States”, International Wealth Planners, Mexico, D.F., May 2013
  • “How to Protect Colombians from Unnecessary Legal and Tax Risks in the United States”, International Wealth Planners, Bogota, Colombia, April 2013
  • “Tax and Legal Issues for Foreigners Making U.S. Real Estate Investments”, Transnational Tax Network, Miami, April 2013
  • “Business and Immigration Issues with a Focus on Venezuela”, Dade County Bar Association, Miami, March 2013
  • “Tax and Legal Issues for Foreigners with Investments in the United States”, Centro Maguen David, Mexico, D.F., February, 2013
  • “Tax and Legal Issues for Multi-National Families”, Cuban American CPA Association Annual Tax Update, January 2013
  • “How to Protect Your Assets”, Florida-Argentina Chamber of Commerce, November 2012
  • “Pre-Immigration Tax Planning”, Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mexico City, November 2012
  • “Accidental Gringo II- Now What?”, Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners, Latam Conference, Panama, September 2012
  • “FATCA- Compliance Requirements and Recommendations”, LavadoDinero.com Webinar, June 2012
  • “Think Carefully Before Become a Dual U.S. Citizen”, Quoted, La República (Colombia), June 19, 2012
  • “Family Business Succession Planning”, Skylake Synagogue, Miami, May 2012
  • “Asset Protection Update”, Cuban American Bar Association Bulletin, Spring 2012
  • “Asset Protection for Distressed Real Estate Owners”, South Florida Financial Planners Association Annual Seminar, April 2012
  • “Asset Protection for Business Owners”, Financial Planners Association, June 2011 and April 2012
  • “Is Your Child a Tax Cheat?”, Quoted, Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2011
  • “Asset Protection for Business Owners”, Financial Planners Association, June 2011
  • “U.S. Tax and Legal Consequences for Foreigners”, Interamerican Accountant Association Regional Conference, May 2011
  • “Business Divorce: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, November 2010
  • “Failure to File FBAR Comes with Stiff Penalties,” Daily Business Review, July 26, 2010
  • “Some LLCs No Longer Safe Haven for Assets,” Quoted, Daily Business Review, July 13, 2010
  • “Asset Protection for Distressed Property Owners”, Realtor Association of Greater Miami, September 2009
  • “¿Cómo Pueden los Empresarios Proteger sus Bienes?”, Escuela Empresarial, July 2009
  • “Asset Protection for Business Owners”, Florida Institute of CPAs, June 2009
  • “Asset Protection for Business Owners”, “LLC & Legal Choices of Entity Considerations”, Alpha Kappa Psi CPE Seminar, November 2008
  • “Advanced LLC Issues”, National Business Institute (NBI), September 2008
  • “Limited Liability Companies”, NBI, June 2008
  • “Demystifying Asset Protection Vehicles”, NBI, November 2007
  • “LLC Trends and Developments”, NBI, September 2007
  • “Advanced Asset Protection Strategies”, NBI, July 2007
  • “Asset Protection and Liability Minimization for Business Owners”, South Miami / Kendall Bar Association Meeting, February 2007
  • “Choice of Business Entity”, Florida Bar Midyear Meeting, January 2007
  • “Choice of Business Entity”, Florida Institute of CPAs, Miami-Dade Chapter, January 2007
  • “From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly – Converting Corporations to LLCs”, Cuban American Bar Association Newsletter – Winter 2006-2007
  • “Essential Skills for Drafting LLC Agreements”, NBI, September 2006
  • Panelist, Wells Fargo Wealth Building Workshop, May 2006
  • “Advanced Issues in LLC Formation and Operation in Florida”, NBI, June & September 2005
  • “Legal Issues for Accountants”, Florida Institute of CPAs, Broward Chapter, May 2005
  • “Analysis and Application of Advanced Principles in Florida Section 1031 Transactions”, NBI, May 2005
  • “LLC and LLP Issues in Florida”, NBI, November 2004 (available online at West LegalEdCenter)
  • Interviewed, “Hoy en el Mundo”, Telemundo, May 27, 2004
  • Panelist, “Corporate Governance: An Executive Update”, National Association of Corporate Directors, May 27, 2004
  • “Advanced LLC Issues in Florida”, NBI, May 2004 (available online at West LegalEdCenter)
  • Program Chair, “Counseling Business Clients Regarding Privacy: A Guide for Attorneys and Accountants”, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, May 28, 2003
  • Quoted, “For Your Eyes Only”, Florida Bar News, April 30, 2003
  • Quoted, “Kimball [Real Estate] Forecast”, Daily Business Review, February 21, 2003
  • Lecturer, Florida International University School of Annual Accounting Continuing Professional Education Program, 2002-2010
  • Lecturer, Alpha Kappa Psi Annual Accounting & Auditing Continuing Professional Education Seminar, 2002-2016
  • Panelist, “Venture Capital in Latin America”, U.S.-Argentina Strategic Partners Conference, U.S. Department of Commerce & The Republic of Argentina, March 2001
  • Co-Author, Ernst & Young International Tax Alert Regarding Ecuadorian Tax Reform, 1999