Government contracting in Puerto Rico

O'Neill & Borges

With six partners active in the government contracts and procurement department, O'Neill & Borges is well placed to advise on complex public contract matters and bid proceedings. In past work, the team represented a consortium in the bid for the concession to finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the PR-22 and PR-5 toll roads in Puerto Rico. Clients of the firm benefit from Rafael Hernández-Miranda's expertise in local licensing and the regulatory framework applicable to governmental transactions, Edgardo Nieves Quiles' skills in law drafting and legislation monitoring, and David Rivé's involvement in public policy proposals.

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP's governmental affairs and government contracts teams demonstrate broad capabilities across the full range of related matters, with an emphasis on assisting private clients with political strategies and lobbying efforts. Key practitioners in the department include Manuel Pietrantoni and Manuel Rodríguez-Boissén. Pietrantoni has been involved in the legislation for the creation of the Caribbean Basin Financing Authority and Puerto Rico’s Public-Private Partnerships Authority, and also worked in connection with the drafting of the regulatory regime for private equity funds and venture capital investments, while Rodríguez-Boissén's practice is PPP-focused. Amanda Billoch-Vázquez acts for government entities and private corporations in connection with public finance matters and the drafting and enactment of legislation.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C. has an experienced government, regulation and legislative affairs department. The team is able to help clients in matters related to legislation and regulation, public policy, investigations and government contracts. The group has assisted in issues concerning gas and life sciences legislation, green energy and fair trade practices and commercial centre management, among other areas. Rafael Rivera-Yankovich is recognised for his activity relating to the monitoring of legislative and agency rule-making and his contribution during administrative and legislative hearings.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Rivera-Yankovich

DLA Piper Puerto Rico

Complementary to its corporate and commercial practice, DLA Piper Puerto Rico operates a government contracts group under the leadership of Miriam Figueroa and Nikos Buxeda. With a focus on PPPs, a team comprising both Puerto Rico- and US-based lawyers has been advising government departments and authorities in matters of maritime infrastructure and energy, and the team also assists companies during bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Figueroa; Nikos Buxeda

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

Biomass Green Fuels LLC

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA)

Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA)

Nagnoi LLC

SunRun

Gvelop

Sonnedix

Work highlights

  • Representing the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority with respect to the long-term concession of the San Juan Bay cruise ship terminals.
  • Advised the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in connection with the privatisation of the operations and maintenance of all regional airports in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented PRASA in connection with the PPP procurement and negotiation of contracts for the modernisation of its meters and privatisation of its customer service operations.

Ferraiuoli LLC

Ferraiuoli LLC represents a range of clients, from small local companies to multinational corporations in the engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and financial sectors, in negotiations with government agencies, expansion projects and incentive agreements. Experts in handling requests before the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority, the lawyers in the government and legislative affairs team are led by practice heads Boris Jaskille and Jaime Mercado Almodóvar.

Key clients

Cooperativa de Seguros de Vida (COSVI)

Sun Colors Digital Graphics, Inc.

Ultimate Solutions Corp.

Bettina Cosmetics

Teksol Integration Group, Inc.

Airmaster Awning, LLC

Danosa Caribbean, Inc.

Cooling Systems- Caribe, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a local engineering services firm with its strategy related to a combined heat and power energy project on pharmaceutical plants in Puerto Rico and related government matters.
  • Representing Cooling Systems Caribe in negotiations with the Department of Economic Development and Commerce related to tax incentives for an expansion project.
  • Assisting the management of a leading manufacturing company with a tax exemption eligibility and maximisation strategy and related negotiations with the government investment promotion agency.

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova

Several lawyers from Goldman Antonetti & Córdova's broad corporate and banking practice form part of the firm's government affairs department. Mostly representing private entities, the multi-disciplinary team engages in lobbying through the evaluation of proposed legislation and regulations and in relations with administrative bodies. Myrna Lozada-Guzmán is noted for her experience in acting as local counsel in private and government bids and contracts.

Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret

Lee Sepulvado-Ramos chairs the litigation department as well as the government affairs practice at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. He and his team represent clients in the oil and gas and energy sectors, among others, defending their interests before the government and its authorities in matters relating to environment, tax and antitrust law. The group is able to act before legislative commissions and administrative agencies and often takes part in investigations and hearings concerning legislation and regulation.

Practice head(s):

Lee Sepulvado-Ramos