Robert J. Downing > Greenberg Traurig LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

Greenberg Traurig LLP
WELLS FARGO CENTER
333 SE 2ND AVENUE, SUITE 4400
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Shareholder

Career

Robert J. Downing has more than 30 years’ experience in international business transactions and is Board Certified in International Law by The Florida Bar. He focuses on energy, infrastructure, finance, and project development in Latin America. Since joining Greenberg Traurig, a substantial part of his practice has been devoted to the Mexican Energy Reform in the electricity sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert was Associate General Counsel at Duke Energy International, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the United States. He worked throughout Latin America. He previously served as Senior Attorney at the Cisneros Group, a Venezuelan conglomerate with global operations. He holds an LL.M. in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Capabilities
Corporate
Infrastructure
Latin America Practice
Energy & Natural Resources

Admission to Practice
Florida
New Mexico
Texas

Languages

English
Spanish

Education

  • LL.M., Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2013
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1984
  • M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, 1984
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1979

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s longstanding commitment to Latin America comes in large part through its Miami office, where Robert Downing is constantly engaged in a range of renewables and hydrocarbon projects, FPSO contracts, energy trading matters and petrochemicals developments. The firm’s sizeable Mexico City office is also well placed in the market to land big-ticket mandates, including power, renewables and oil and gas projects. It advised BP on the first midstream system in Mexico composed of two storage terminals (Veracruz and Hidalgo) linked by an oil products transportation pipeline. Erick Hernández Gallego and Fernando Orrantia Dworak are key names in Mexico City. Los Angeles’ Jeffrey Chester, global co-head of energy project finance, has a lengthy history of advising on renewable energy projects in Mexico.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s Miami office, the firm’s headquarters, has longstanding links to Latin America. While the senior Latin America team has undergone some changes in recent years, this has not detracted from the firm’s performance with a refreshed leadership group earning due recognition. This includes leveraging existing internal expertise, including a prominence in SPAC-driven transactions and private placements, and utilising financial regulatory specialism to target Latin American asset managers making investments into the US. Mexico and Central America have been key regions for the firm over the years, though it is also building a flourishing practice in South America. The Miami office also provides an almost unrivalled range of services and specialisms to the Latin America market.  Yosbel Ibarra is co-managing shareholder of the Miami office and has a tremendous reputation in Latin America M&A and corporate transactions. Antonio Peña is another key M&A specialist in Miami, with a fine record in transactions across the region. Giovanni Biscardi is a prominent name in cross-border Brazil transactions and mining deals across the region.  Benjamin Greenberg is making an impression in the white-collar crime, investigations and compliance segments and is a key member of the Latin America practice. Robert Downing is an experienced figure in power and renewables projects across Latin America. Ozzie Schindler is noted for tax planning for Latin American high net-worth clients. The Miami office also hired trial litigator Joseph Mamounas, a Latin America-focused international litigation and arbitration specialist Holland & Knight LLP in April 2021.