Antonio Peña > Greenberg Traurig LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Shareholder

Career

Antonio Peña, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office who leads the firm’s foreign law clerk program, has broad experience in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America, representing strategic investors and private equity funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, and other corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Peña served as in-house counsel at one of the largest Mexican financial institutions, Banamex, and later served as acting General Counsel for a joint venture between two Fortune 500 companies operating in thirteen jurisdictions in Latin America.

Antonio, the President of the Interamerican Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, was recently recognized by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) as one of Latin America’s leading business lawyers and by Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. lawyers with a specialist focus on Mexico. Antonio has also held a number of board positions, including at the Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce and the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Florida. Antonio has four law degrees from the United States, Mexico and Spain and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Concentrations
Mergers and acquisitions
Joint ventures
Private equity
Financing transactions
Corporate governance

Capabilities
Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate
Infrastructure
Latin America Practice

Admission to Pracitce
Florida
Mexico

Languages

English, Fluent
Spanish, Fluent
Portuguese, Fluent

Memberships

  • President, Inter-American Chapter, United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Bi-National Board of Directors, United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce  
  • Board Member, Professional Editors, Law and Business Review of the Americas
  • Member, International Bar Association
    • Chair, Complex Acquisitions Subcommittee
  • Member, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

Education

  • LL.M., Comparative and International Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • J.D., magna cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, SMU Law Review
  • Master of Law, Navarre University Law School, Pamplona, Spain
  • J.D., Panamerican University Law School, Mexico City, Mexico

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Head-quartered in Miami, Greenberg Traurig LLP naturally has deep connections to Latin America. It has attracted a wealth of Latin American businesses as clients and has landed a series of impressive engagements from multinationals and financial sponsors with interests and assets in the region. Additionally, it has made a particular impression in SPAC transactions in the region, and has continued to expand its geographic reach beyond its traditional focus on Mexico and Central America; it has a sizeable office in Mexico City. The practice is also noted for representing Latin American businesses in outbound transactions into the US, particularly Florida. Yosbel Ibarra is co-managing shareholder of the Miami office and has decades of experience in Latin America deals. Antonio Peña has become co-chair of the Latin America practice and continues to make an impression in headline transactions, including SPAC deals; he led the team that advised Procaps Group on its business combination with Union Acquisition Corp II, resulting in the first public listing of a Colombian company in over 10 years. Emilio Alvarez-Farré is another hugely experienced Latin America specialist and of counsel Arnaldo Rego is further noted for deals in Brazil and other jurisdictions in the region. Carol Barnhart is another senior name with an impressive track record in Latin America. The practice was further strengthened in August 2022 with the hire of Henry R Roque from Holland & Knight LLP in Miami.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s HQ-office houses one of the most fully-rounded and varied Latin America practices in Miami. It has continued to develop its geographic coverage and depth of client base, particularly in the corporate and M&A field. Along with a suite of multinational and multi-latina clients, the practice is also recognised for its work in the financial sponsor and asset manager field, which has led to growth in private equity transactions and SPAC-related deals. In a case-in-point as regards the firm’s prominence in the SPAC space, a Miami team advised Procaps Group on its business combination with Union Acquisition Corp II, resulting in the first public listing of a Colombian company in over 10 years. The Latin America group is also increasingly active in outbound deals from Latin America with clients looking to shift wealth, invest in and acquire assets in Florida and elsewhere in the US. Antonio Peña is now co-chair of the Latin America practice and has landed a series of big-ticket engagements, including SPAC deals. Yosbel Ibarra is co-managing shareholder of the Miami office and is also hugely experienced in Latin America transactions. Carol Barnhart and Emilio Alvarez-Farré also bring extensive expertise to the group, along with Giovanni Biscardi and counsel Arnaldo Rego, who are key figures in Brazil deals. Carl Fornaris is further noted for financing transactions, and financial regulatory and compliance in Latin America. Benjamin Greenberg is highly-rated for white-collar crime and investigations in the region, and Robert Downing is experienced in Latin America power and renewables projects. The return of corporate M&A practitioner Henry R Roque in August 2022 (from Holland & Knight LLP) has further strengthened the transactional bench.