Squire Patton Boggs lawyers Awilda Alcántara-Bourdier, Digna Blanco French and Angela Mariana (Manana) Freyre have been recognized by Latino Leaders magazine to its 2019 Top Latino Lawyers list. The women were selected for their leadership in the Latino community through achievements, community involvement, and successful career paths.
Ms. Alcántara-Bourdier focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, contracts, finance, corporate governance and general corporate law. She represents multinational clients regarding the structuring of their business interests and investments in the Dominican Republic, primarily in the electric, financial services, manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as in general project finance. Ms. Alcántara-Bourdier teaches Mergers and Acquisitions at the Masters Program in business law and international litigation jointly offered by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain and is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to corporate law.
Ms. French focuses her practice on complex, commercial and multidistrict litigation, class action litigation, products liability defense, securities and shareholder litigation, financial services litigation, cross-border litigation and international litigation in both state and federal courts. She has specialized in defending sovereign nations, governmental entities and multinational corporations, including officers and directors, particularly in issues relating to expropriations and seizures, domestication of foreign judgments, restitution proceedings, and international claims and proceedings, with a special emphasis on Latin America. Additionally, Ms. French has extensive experience in issues having to do with internal and money laundering investigations and judicial proceedings as a result of the investigations.
Ms. Freyre has more than 30 years of experience leading major international business and financial transactions and strategies, as well as government-to-government engagement. As a member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice, and working closely with the Latin America and Public Policy practices, she advises on international business transactions and strategies, including complex infrastructure transactions and financing and export finance strategies. Additionally, Ms. Freyre leads the firm’s activities in and relating to Cuba including transactions involving investments in Cuba and public policy initiatives relating to Cuba. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Ms. Freyre served as former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She also served concurrently as Special Advisor for Cuba Policy at the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President of the United States at the end of the Obama Administration. Working with the Departments of Treasury, State and Commerce, she advised on the implementation of the Administration's new Cuba policy.