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

Greenberg Traurig LLP
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

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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.

Latin America Practice
Energy & Natural Resources

Admission to Practice
New Mexico




  • 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 > 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.