Chief Legal Counsel | Triple-S Management
Carlos L. Rodríguez Ramos has been chief legal and compliance officer and corporate secretary of Triple-S Management (TSM) since September of 2021, when the compliance area was added to his...
General counsel | The Sol Group (Parkland Corporation)
Edna Laura Perez is the general counsel for the international segment of Parkland Corporation, known as the Sol Group. The legal team led and managed by Ms. Perez provides support...
Senior vice president & general counsel | Caribbean Cage LLC and The CAGE Companies
As the chief legal officer of the corporation, James Christian Snr provides legal advice and counsel in a wide range of legal areas including corporate governance, contracts, intellectual property, real...
vice presidnet, general counsel | Carribbean Financial Group
Attorney Joel M. Eliza joined Caribbean Financial Group (CFG) in February 2012. Currently serving as the general counsel, Joel is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters related to CFG’s...
Deputy Director - Contracts Administration CDBG-DR/MIT Program | Puerto Rico Department of Housing
Committed to the public service of Puerto Rico as well as its reconstruction, especially after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and María, Attorney Joel Hernández Alvarado has served as...
Chief legal officer | GENCO General Contractors
Jose Wilmer Meléndez Sanago, is well known for his sense of justice, listening skills, and fact-based opinions. His ability to argue and his assertiveness are among his most notable qualities,...
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of the Board of Directors | FirstBank Puerto Rico & First BanCorp
Ms. Alvarez is a Certified Public Accountant and attorney with over twenty-six (26) years of combined work experience in accounting, tax advisory, and specialized legal issues related to banking, corporate...
General counsel | Mercantile Global Holdings & Mercantile Bank International
Mr. Lafontaine is an experienced corporate, regulatory, and transactional attorney. Prior to joining Mercantile Global Holdings /Mercantile Bank International , Mr. Lafontaine was an associate general counsel at Noble Bank...
On behalf of The Legal 500, I am thrilled to introduce a new title within the The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series, The GC Powerlist Puerto Rico, which highlights the work of 60 senior in-house counsel achieving amazing feats in Puerto Rico and beyond. Within this publication, you can expect to read about the impressive careers and challenges keeping Puerto Rico’s esteemed counsel occupied. This select group of individuals were chosen based on their merits, strong nominations received and desk research from our seasoned in-house research team at The Legal 500.
Our research team asked featured counsel their thoughts on succeeding as in-house counsel in their respective fields. Sara Alvarez Cabrero, EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary to the board at FirstBank highlights six qualities in sum needed for success as in-house counsel, ‘strong legal expertise, business acumen, risk management skills, communication and collaboration, ethical integrity and professionalism and adaptability and resilience.’ As you look through the profiles of featured individuals in this Powerlist, you will notice an embodiment of these qualities – individuals with a keen sense of business as well as strong legal expertise to the benefit of their organisations.
Luis A. Rodriguez, EVP and chief legal and administrative officer at Evertec also contributes to this thought by saying, ‘Any decent lawyer can review a contract or help with a partnership agreement or with any other legal matters that come up. However, great lawyers can do that and more. They can create value in negotiations where others see only roadblocks.’
Many general counsel report a significant increase in merger and acquisition activity, with the legal function being looped in to ‘align the legal structure with the growth’, according to Oscar Arroyo-Arzu, VP legal affairs, general counsel & secretary of the board of directors at Apex Global. In a time of many global legal functions witnessing drastic change and increased responsibility, the business landscape is no exception in Puerto Rico. Impressively, senior in-house counsel all over Puerto Rico are geared and ready for the challenges that may lie ahead.
On behalf of The Legal 500, I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to you all on your recognition among the best in-house counsel in Puerto Rico. You are part of a global community of senior in-house counsel who celebrate this recognition. Thank you all for your keen participation over the past few months, and we look forward to embarking on this comprehensive research initiative again! Lastly, heartfelt appreciation for DLA Piper for supporting The GC Powerlist Puerto Rico research.
The Legal 500 granted the Ankara in-house community exclusive access to the groundbreaking GC Summit, an event dedicated solely to delving into the crucial legal challenges and opportunities faced by in-house legal specialists in the Turkish capital.
Setting the tone for the event, Murat Yazıcı, the founder of Yazıcı Attorney Partnership, delivered a compelling opening keynote address. He passionately explored the active role that general counsel can and should play in today’s dynamic world, addressing the imminent challenges on the horizon.
Throughout the day, we were privileged to glean insights from eminent private practice attorneys at Erciyas, Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, Gonen Law Office, and Tunca Attorney Partnership. Additionally, the perspectives and ideas of senior in-house attorneys from renowned companies such as LG Electronics, KİBAR Holding A.Ş., Hyundai Assan Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Rönesans Holding, Akfen Holding, Pragma, Gülermak Group, Kalyon Holding, Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş., COB Tüprag, and Limak Group of Companies, among others, enriched our understanding. The Istanbul Arbitration Centre also made valuable contributions.
The agenda encompassed a diverse range of topics, including navigating internal challenges with insights from leading in-house counsel; exploring current trends and sectorial insights in M&A transactions with a focus on key elements for a successful deal and legal challenges; mastering the art of crafting effective contracts by navigating drafting, negotiations, and key considerations; and delving into strategic investment dynamics in mining and energy, where discussions centered around navigating legal frameworks, building trust, and managing public perception for in-house success.
Bringing the event to a powerful conclusion, Başak Gürbüz, Visa’s principal regional counsel, delivered an inspiring presentation. She summarized the day’s key insights and explored the pivotal role of in-house counsel in today’s ever-evolving landscape, offering valuable insights on managing organizational expectations effectively.
We are grateful for the excellent response from sponsors, speakers and delegates.
Finally, we’d like to thank the moderators and panellists who helped construct a great program that ensured the summit’s success and enabled all of you to attend.
Until the next time, take care.