Government contracting in Puerto Rico

O'Neill & Borges

The sizeable government contracts and procurement department at O'Neill & Borges is best known for its specialisms in public contracts and bid proceedings. Rafael Hernández-Miranda combines his corporate expertise with a deep understanding of local licensing and the country's regulatory framework in connection to government-related transactions. Edgardo Nieves Quiles and David Rivé are singled out for their expertise in law drafting and legislation monitoring, and public policy proposals, respectively.

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP has considerable knowledge of governmental affairs and government contracts. The respective teams dedicated to these two areas are able to advise many types of clients on a wide spectrum of matters, including corporations, private clients, lobbyists and government entities. Manuel Pietrantoni is known for his involvement in connection to the drafting of the regulatory regime for private equity funds and venture capital investments. Manuel Rodríguez-Boissén is a PPP specialist. Amanda Billoch-Vázquez focuses on public finance and the drafting and enactment of legislation.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C.'s government, regulation and legislative affairs department advises clients in relation to legislation and regulation, public policy, investigations and government contract matters, especially in the gas, life sciences, renewable energy and fair trade industries. The team counts companies and non-profit groups as well as former government officials, state government practitioners, technical experts, lobbyists and international attorneys and professionals among its clients, and is known for handling government contracts, public policy planning and federal grant applications, among other matters. Rafael Rivera-Yankovich has a stand-out practice, focusing on the monitoring of legislation and regulations.

DLA Piper Puerto Rico

Working in close collaboration with the corporate and commercial practice, DLA Piper Puerto Rico's government and contracting team is often involved in procurement processes from the side of the companies, though it also assists government entities, including the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority, in the procurement of services and negotiating contracts. The practice group, which is led by Miriam Figueroa, also has an in-depth understanding of international procurement regimes. Recent highlights include working on the privatisation of Puerto Rico's regional airports and port terminals.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Figueroa

Testimonials

DLA Piper has provided excellent service and advice in connection with regulatory matters, government contracting, corporate and commercial operations in connection with a start-up in Latin America. The local talent in country combined with the expertise from the U.S. mainland provided for a relatively seamless coverage and coordination.’

Committment to the project and the client. Knowledge of the situation on the ground and how to help a foreign company navigate the culture and governmental structure. In depth knowledge of applicable law across a wide variety of practice areas.’

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

Biomass Green Fuels

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority

Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Nagnoi

SunRun

Sonnedix

LUMA Energy

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing Quanta Services and ATCO in their new joint venture, LUMA Energy LLC, as winning bidder in the $1.6bn PPP transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.
  • Representing the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority with respect to the long-term concession of the San Juan Bay cruise ship terminals.
  • Represented the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in its issuance of $1.37bn of revenue refunding bonds and federally taxable revenue refunding bonds.

Ferraiuoli LLC

Expansion projects are among the projects which Ferraiuoli LLC negotiates with government agencies on behalf of clients in the engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and financial sectors. Boris Jaskille and Jaime Mercado Almodóvar head the team, which includes lawyers with longstanding expertise in handling requests before the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority.

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova

At Goldman Antonetti & Córdova, multidisciplinary lawyers from different practice areas, including corporate and banking, form the firm's government affairs department. Its main clients are private entities, whose interests the group represents by engaging in lobbying activities in connection to proposed legislation and regulations, and before administrative bodies. Private and government bids and contracts are among Myrna Lozada-Guzmán's specialisms.

Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret

Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret is well known for its lobbying activity on behalf of oil and gas and energy operators. The team, led by Lee Sepulvado-Ramos, defends clients' interests before the government and its authorities particularly in connection to environment, tax and antitrust law.