Latino Leaders magazine has recognized five Squire Patton Boggs lawyers to its Top Latino Lawyers 2018 list. Al Cardenas, Paula A. Galhardo, Pedro O. Gamundi, Traci L. Martinez and Alvaro J. Mestre were selected for their leadership in the Latino community through achievements, community involvement, and successful career paths. Ms. Martinez was also named to the “Super Lawyers” and “Most Powerful Women in Law” lists.
Mr. Cardenas is nationally recognized for his leadership in law, business and politics. He chairs the firm’s Latin America and Florida Public Policy Practice Groups and is Deputy Practice Leader of the Public Policy Group. Mr. Cardenas’ deep experience in Latin America includes having served on the President’s Trade Policy Commission, where he participated in policy discussions and recommendations at the White House regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and subsequently represented the countries of Ecuador, Panama and the Dominican Republic in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) negotiations.
Ms. Galhardo serves as Chair of the firm’s Brazil Country Desk. Dual-qualified in New York and Brazil, she represents of a diverse range of businesses – from owner-managed groups to multinationals operating in the chemicals, energy, industrial and manufacturing sectors – in inbound and outbound international transactional matters involving Latin America, including mergers and acquisitions, international contracts, anticorruption compliance and investigations.
Mr. Gamundi is a co-founding partner of Squire Patton Boggs Pena Prieto Gamundi in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. With 30 years of experience, Mr. Gamundi focuses on international commercial and financial transactions and on complex cross-border labor, litigious, reorganization and insolvency matters. He assists multinational clients in the structuring and placement of foreign direct investments in different sectors of the Dominican Republic’s economy, and advises them while negotiating, executing and securing international financial transactions, including institutional private lending, asset-based lending, project financing and private offerings.
A member of the firm’s Global Board, Ms. Martinez is an experienced civil litigation, labor and employment, and trial lawyer advising public and private sector clients across various sectors, notably the utility infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, public school and park district industries. Ms. Martinez also regularly volunteers her time to advance important diversity initiatives within the firm and her community, including The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Serving as Chair of the firm’s Mexico Country Desk, Mr. Mestre represents clients on infrastructure development, corporate structuring and compliance matters, with a regional focus on the Americas and an industry focus on energy and natural resources. For more than two decades, Mr. Mestre has represented a mix of developers, owner/sponsors, manufacturers, contractors and other interested parties in the corporate structuring and development, construction, management, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and divestiture of global infrastructure projects, including in connection with PPP models. Additionally, Mr. Mestre often advises his clients on compliance matters and has specific experience in connection with the preparation and implementation of compliance programs focused on the FCPA.
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