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Greenberg Traurig LLP

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farré

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Miami Corporate and Securities Practice Group and Latin American and Iberian Practice Group.


Emilio J. Alvarez-Farré is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig's Miami office. He focuses his practice on corporate and securities matters, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. Emilio has assisted clients in landmark transactions throughout Latin America for more than two decades, including the privatizations of Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales, S.A., MetroGas, S.A., Transportadora de Gas del Norte, S.A. in Argentina, Emos in Chile, and C.V.G. Siderúrgica del Orinoco, C.A. in Venezuela. Recent work highlights include advising Bio Pappel, S.A. de C.V. (BP) in its acquisition of Scribe, as well as in the closing of a US$255 million syndicated secured credit facility on behalf of BP.


Emilio brings over 25 years of experience representing clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions involving Latin America. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Emilio was a partner at the Miami office of White & Case from 1989 to 2014. He is licensed in District of Columbia, Florida and New York.


Emilio is fluent in English and Spanish.


Emilio received his A.B. in Classics from Stanford University in 1978. After graduating from Stanford University, Emilio completed a graduate fellowship in 1980 in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, and received his J.D. and M.B.A in 1986 from the University of Chicago.

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s large and dedicated Latin America practice has achieved a high degree of market penetration in the banking and finance segment. It has built an especially strong record in Mexico, where it has a substantial and established Mexico City office, and across Central America. South American jurisdictions such as Argentina, Colombia and Chile are also fruitful markets for the firm. Clients include Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, Cervecería Costa Rica, MRO, Cap Cana Steering Committee, Oppenheimer & Co, Avianca Holdings and Hencorp Becstone Capital. Recent work has seen the team advise MesoAmerica Latam Opportunites Fund on its $120m revolving credit facility with Scotiabank; and also represent the Mexico-based producer of building materials for the construction industry, Elementia, on a $125m unsecured term loan provided by Scotiabank. In another notable deal, it advised leading Mexican paper producer, Grupo Bio Pappel, on a $450m secured syndicated credit facility. Firm vice-chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó founded the Latin America practice and is noted for her acquisition and project finance activity in the region. Randy Bullard is another pivotal member of the team; he has deep experience in jurisdictions including Peru, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras. Emilio Alvarez-Farré covers both corporate transactions and financings in Latin America and has more than 25-years’ experience in the region. New York partner Ross Kaufman is recommended for syndicated loans, securitisation and asset-backed finance transactions in Brazil; and Jeffrey Tenen, chair of the global aircraft and equipment finance practice, has a strong focus on Latin America where he represents international airlines in Chile, Panama, Mexico, Colombia and various Central American jurisdictions.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Greenberg Traurig LLP has one of the largest teams of dedicated Latin America specialists of all the international law firms; it has Latin America facing teams in Mexico City, Miami, New York and a number of other US offices. Industry experience is one of its particular fortes with a number of the partners having significant in-house lawyer experience, some as deputy general counsels. Financial services and telecoms are two sectors where the firm has an especially strong record. Clients include Grupo Assa, The Related Group, Grupo Bio Pappel, Sobel Westex, Restaurant Brands International, Grupo Rotoplas and Organizacion Sanita. Showcasing its expertise in financial services, the practice continued to advise ASSA Compañía Tenedora and ASSA Compañía de Seguros on its acquisition of American International Group (AIG)’s operations in Central America, located in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama; as part of the deal AIG and ASSA will establish an on-going business partnership to pursue new opportunities in Central America. Additionally, the firm advised The Related Group on multiple joint ventures and acquisitions in Latin America, including the acquisition of a real estate project in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Firm vice chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is a seasoned figure in Latin America transactions, in particular in the telecoms and other regulated sectors. Randy Bullard and Emilio Alvarez-Farré are also experienced Latin America hands, with extensive records in M&A. Yosbel Ibarra is co-chair of the firm’s Latin America and Iberian practice and has almost 20 years of experience in M&A and private equity transactions in the region. Enrique Conde, Antonio Peña and Mark Lopez are also recommended. All named individuals are primarily based in Miami.

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