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Antonio Peña

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Greenberg Traurig LLP

Work Department

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

Position

Antonio Peña is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig's Miami office. He has wide-ranging experience in the United States, Spain and Mexico. Antonio has advised clients in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, financings and other corporate matters throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has represented companies and investment funds in connection with their strategic and financial investments in the United States, Spain and Latin America.

Career

Antonio is a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office. Antonio is a multicultural attorney with legal training in the United States, Spain and Mexico. He was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce, a term he will serve for three years. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and serves as a Board Member of the Board of Senior Professionals of the Law and Business Review of the Americas. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, he acted as In-House Counsel for Banamex for two years. Antonio is licensed in Florida and Mexico.

Languages

Antonio is fluent in English and Spanish.

Member

Antonio is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, the U.S.-Spain Chamber of Commerce, the Law and Business Review of the Americas, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.

Education

Antonio received his J.D. from the Panamerican University, School of Law, located in Mexico City in 1999. He also has a J.D., magna cum laude, and an LL.M. in Comparative and International Law from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, which he received in 2006.


Latin America: International firms

City focus: Miami

Within: City focus: Miami

Greenberg Traurig LLP is a Miami giant with a substantial focus on Latin America. The departure of former firm vice president and Latin America leader Patricia Menéndez-Cambó (who joined Softbank as deputy general counsel in May 2019) and former Miami corporate co-chair Randy Bullard (who joined Morrison & Foerster LLP's new Miami office, along with three other partners in June 2019) has immediately resulted in a new dual-leadership of the Latin America practice; further renovation is expected. In the interim, the office nevertheless has 'a strong team that has paid attention to the Latin America region for a long time' and is frequently noted for its transactional record -particularly in Central America- where it advises a range of multilatinas and other corporate clients. The practice as a whole is gaining further market share in South America, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Compliance, FCPA issues and infrastructure projects also forms a major part of the Miami-based Latin America practice. It has strong connections to local law firms across Latin America and has an established office in Mexico City. A number of the Miami corporate partners are also New York licensed. Emilio Alvarez-Farré  is a big name in the region, operating across the corporate and financing spheres; he recently advised Bio Pappel, the leading paper producer in Mexico on a $352m senior secured syndicated term loan facility. Robert Downing is noted for infrastructure and project development in Latin America, including matters connected to Mexico's energy reforms under the previous administration. Antonio Peña has a fine record in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, including outbound investments from Latin America into the US.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Greenberg Traurig LLP's Miami office has a deep connection with the region and the firm continues to build upon these links to augment its Latin America offering. The firm has achieved considerable prominence with a range of multilatinas and is also developing its reputation in the private equity field. The firm has wide ranging industry experience, but is frequently noted in particular for its telecoms-sector expertise. Beyond Miami, New York and the other US offices that frequently advise on Latin America transactions, it has a sizeable and established presence in Mexico City. Clients include Liberty Global, Inchcape, Kiffas Investment Corporation, Grupo Cisneros, Texpack and Bank of America. Recent mandates include advising telecoms giant Liberty Latin America on its $250m acquisition of an 80% equity stake in Costa Rican cable operator Cabletica from Televisora de Costa Rica; and independent multi-brand automotive distributor and retailer, Inchape, on its $284m acquisition of Grupo Rudelman, a Central American automotive distribution business. Clients speak of a 'great team' that 'is always available to address any issue in a timely and professional manner', and that is 'efficient, knows the market, the law and gets the deals done'. Moreover, it has 'profound market and industry knowledge, tremendous contacts in Latin America and is powerful, commited and result driven'. Nevertheless, the practice has been going through significant change: following the April-2019 departure of former firm vice-chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, June saw former corporate co-head Randy Bullard, along with Alexandra Aguirre, younger partners Enrique Conde and Juan Delgado, and five associates, depart to open Morrison & Foerster LLP's new Miami office. The firm has moved rapidly to re-deploy its talents: 'clever' practitioner Yosbel Ibarra ('a very good lawyer with great personal skills') becomes Miami office co-managing shareholder, concurrently stepping down from leadership of the firm's Latin America practice to make way for new co-heads José Raz Guzmán and Marc Rossell, in Mexico City and New York, respectively. In Miami, Emilio Alvarez-Farré  is 'hugely experienced', and dual-qualified M&A and provate equity specialist Antonio Peña can also draw on his experience as a Latin America regional in-house counsel. Elswhere, in Houston, the February-2019 arrival of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's former Latin America practice co-chair, Carlos Treistman, reinforces the practice's standing in M&A and private equity, particularly in the energy segment. Morever, former Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP partner David Yates has joined the Atlanta office and brings additional Latin America M&A expertise, most notably in the financial institutions sector.

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