United States Latin America Specialists 2017 – GC Powerlist

United States Latin America Specialists 2017

Adam Balfour

General counsel, Latin America | Bridgestone Americas

Consumer Products

Bridgestone has long held a strong presence in Latin America and now, through the various subsidiaries that form its Latin American Tire division, operates more tire sales outlets than any...

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Adlin Castro-Escobar

Director and assistant general counsel, debt capital markets | Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Since 2013, Adlin Castro-Escobar has advised on broker-dealer, investment grade and Latin America debt capital markets transactions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, where she serves as...

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Adrián Fernández Mondragón

Regional Chief Counsel & Compliance Officer Latin America | CommScope

Information technology

Adrián Fernández Mondragón is regional chief counsel and compliance officer for Latin America at broadband, enterprise, and wireless infrastructure company CommScope. He handles a range of matters, from transactional work...

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Adrienne Cornejo

Vice president legal affairs | Phoenix Packaging

Consumer Products

Adrienne Cornejo has more than 25 years of legal experience across in-house and private practice roles, covering different sectors and holding a number of international roles. In her current role...

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Alex J. Tolston

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Hemisphere Media Group

Sports and media

Alex Tolston is general counsel of Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ: HMTV), a leading publicly traded Spanish-language media company that operates television networks in the US and Latin America. One nominator,...

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Editor Message

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, often relying on client feedback to produce an authoritative guide to the best private practice firms and partners. The GC Powerlist series reverses this process, collecting testimony and nominations from hundreds of private practice lawyers to shine a light on the best in-house counsel working in a particular market.

With the launch of the GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists, we draw attention to the best Latin America and Caribbean-focused regional counsel working in the US today.

The role of Latin America regional counsel has evolved considerably over the past ten years. Increasingly, cultural familiarity and local knowledge is recognised as an invaluable asset. At the same time, a large number of such roles have migrated from Latin American jurisdictions to the US. Overseeing 33 Latin America and the Caribbean markets, each with their own idiosyncrasies, from thousands of miles away can create a somewhat unique set of challenges for Latin America regional counsel. Those featured in the GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists have all, in their own way, found ways to deal with geographical remoteness, recurrent political and economic crises, cultural and commercial diversity and a host of other challenges that the role presents.

To produce our list of specialists, we canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel, both in the US and across Latin America. We sought to identify those corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow.

I would like to express my personal thanks to our sponsors for supporting this publication, Lex Mundi. A special mention must also be made for in-house lawyers that took time to speak to us throughout the process. The fascinating insights they have given us underscores just how important the role of Latin America regional counsel has become.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

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Sponsor Message

Lex Mundi

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Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, is proud to be the exclusive partner and co-organiser of this first GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists.

Together with our member firms in Latin America, we applaud The Legal 500 for highlighting and recognising those members of the US in-house legal community who shown themselves to be experts in the Latin American market.

Lex Mundi member firms in the region have experience working with some of the best in-house lawyers within companies operating across a variety of sectors. This is why a world ready network such as ours is happy to support a publication which identifies and recognises corporate counsel who are constantly looking to develop innovative technical solutions for complex situations, adapt and be creative in challenging socio-political environments, and create innovative structures to help accomplish their organisation’s goals.

In order to help outstanding in-house lawyers focused on Latin America, Lex Mundi member firms in the region work seamlessly together to offer coordinated, cross-border legal advice. Through Lex Mundi, top-tier firms build deep relationships among specialist lawyers to make shared investments in three key areas: training for partners and associates in up-to-date transaction and project management skills; sharing know-how in connection with legal issues, deal trends and global markets, and strengthening capabilities for the seamless execution of cross-border work.

With more than 1,700 lawyers located in 34 jurisdictions in Latin America, our member firms offer on-the-ground legal expertise that spans a wide range of industries. No matter where your business is located today, or where you are expanding to tomorrow, our legal services platform is positioned to provide industry and market-specific advice and solutions that are tailored to your needs.

We at Lex Mundi hope this GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists initiative will be the first of many that recognise in-house lawyers’ working outside the jurisdiction in which they and their companies are based. We would like to congratulate the corporate counsel nominees for their innovative and valuable contributions to the legal profession.

A special thanks to the following Lex Mundi member firms that made this first GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists possible:

    • Alvarado y Asociados, Nicaragua
    • Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, Panamá
    • Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., Mexico
    • Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Colombia
    • C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados, Bolivia
    • Demarest Advogados, Brazil
    • Estudio Olaechea, Peru
    • Facio & Cañas, Costa Rica
    • GUFA LAW, Honduras
    • Guyer & Regules, Uruguay
    • Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina
    • Pellerano & Herrera, Dominican Republic
    • Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, Ecuador
    • Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja, Paraguay
  • Romero Pineda & Asociados, El Salvador