McConnell Valdés LLC

San Juan Office

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Managing Director: Arturo J García-Solá
Number of partners: 43
Number of lawyers: 105

Firm Overview:
Puerto Rico’s preeminent full-service law firm, with practice areas focused on every aspect of doing business in Puerto Rico. It is the largest law firm in the Caribbean, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to homegrown businesses. It is the exclusive member firm for Puerto Rico of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, as well as for Club de Abogados Iberoamérica.

Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Financing:
This team represents financial institutions in structuring and documenting credit transactions for banks and borrowers. These include project financing, acquisition financing, loan restructuring, and workouts. The firm regularly helps clients with the purchase and sale of leasing and financing operations, and portfolios of loans, leases and distressed assets.

The group provides counsel in all aspects of corporate transactions — from structuring strategic business plans to negotiating commercial contracts; from business formation and licensing to trademark registration; from corporate governance counseling to legal due diligence — to a client base that includes privately-held businesses and publicly-held companies in a broad sector of industries such as health, insurance, telecommunications and distribution/franchises.

Environmental, Energy & Land Use:
This group counsels clients on the full spectrum of environmental, energy and land use challenges — from domestic and international corporate transactions to project permitting and regulatory representation; environmental litigation to legislative and rule-making affairs. It has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, including the first wind farm in the Caribbean and solar power projects.

Financial Institutions:
The team counsels federal and local financial institutions on a full spectrum of regulatory and operational matters, including banking, broker-dealers, consumer finance, leasing and investment company laws.

Government Affairs:
The firm’s experienced team — the largest in Puerto Rico — offers clients substantive experience, detailed knowledge of the legislative and executive processes, and contacts with key decision-makers in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, where the firm has an office that focuses exclusively on government affairs work.

By participating in the financing of all recent major hotel and resort projects in Puerto Rico, as well as the island’s first significant time-share program, the firm has established a track record that is unmatched in Puerto Rico. Team partners have also been responsible for drafting statutes that foster the ongoing development of Puerto Rico’s hospitality industry.

Intellectual Property:
This team helps clients register, protect, and defend their trademarks, service marks, patents, and copyrights under US and Puerto Rico law, as well as in international jurisdictions such as Cuba. Seasoned team of litigators have obtained victories in cases involving everything from trade dress and cross-border copyright infringement to the sale of counterfeit items and false advertising claims. Government officials regularly call on team members to help draft IP laws, regulations, and amendments.

International Banking and Financial Entities (IFEs and IBEs):
McConnell Valdés attorneys have been advising and guiding IBE’s and IFE’s since the Acts were first created in 1989. They assist clients with everything from initial permit requests to organizing all aspects of the corporate organization and licensing process. They also provide counsel on various regulatory, tax, employment, and other issues that arise in the course of their doing business and assist investors in the purchase and sale of existing entities, and in their financing and capital raising efforts. In the IBE and IFE field, our attorneys have a depth of experience unique to the Puerto Rico market.

Labour & Employment:
The firm handles complex, high profile labour-related cases and disputes involving wage and hour litigation, discrimination litigation, and labour-management relations for top tier clients. The group also offers clients comprehensive, proactive counsel on everything from collective bargaining to compliance and personnel policies.

Firm litigators help clients resolve complex, technical, high-stakes business and commercial disputes in every forum, from judicial courts and administrative agencies to specialised and international tribunals. The team has obtained successful outcomes in numerous antitrust, class action, construction, intellectual property, tax, and product liability matters. Additionally, team lawyers regularly resolve client disputes through mediation and other ADR techniques.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm provides counsel on the acquisition, sale, reorganisation, and restructuring of corporations, partnerships and other business entities in all industries, including mergers, strategic and minority investments, recapitalisations, and leveraged buyouts. The interdisciplinary M&A team is experienced in structuring and closing the full range of highly complex public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions.

Real Estate:
The team handles complex real estate transactions involving the sale and leasing of energy and medical facilities, commercial and retail projects, and large-scale commercial and residential developments, along with resort and hotel development projects.

Securities & Securities Litigation:
The team represents issuers, underwriters, investment companies, financial institutions and government instrumentalities in a full range of financing transactions and regulatory compliance issues under federal and Puerto Rico laws. The team also has broad experience in financial institutions’ dispute resolution proceedings.

Tax & Tax Litigation:
As the only stand-alone tax group in Puerto Rico, this team helps some of the world’s leading companies minimise their tax burdens — and maximise the benefits of doing business in Puerto Rico — by providing federal and local tax advice on the formation, operation, restructuring and disposition of business entities on the island. Tax litigators represent clients at every level and in every type of dispute resolution with tax authorities.