Jones Day has announced that it has opened an office in Miami, the firm's first office in Florida, 16th in the U.S., and 40th in the world. Pedro A. Jimenez, a Miami native and partner in Jones Day's Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice, will serve as partner-in-charge. Enrique (Rick) Martin, who recently joined Jones Day as a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, will serve as the office's administrative partner in Miami.
The firm's expansion to Miami reflects its continuing commitment to the rapidly growing Latin America market. The firm established offices in Mexico City in 2009 and São Paulo in 2011, but its clients' needs in the remaining 18 countries in the region also can be met most effectively from Miami. The office will focus on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, lending, project finance, and restructuring in Latin America. It will, in addition, have a significant focus on dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, issues and appeals, labor and employment, intellectual property, executive compensation, and health care.
Mr. Jimenez joined Jones Day in 2006 and has been involved in some of the firm's most high-profile matters, including the Chrysler and Dana restructurings. He has also led some of the firm's largest and most successful cross-border restructurings, including those of Spansion Japan, Costamex, and PT Arpeni Pratama, the latter representing the first time a United States court extended comity to an Indonesian insolvency proceeding and earning the IFLR Asia Award for Restructuring Deal of the Year. Mr. Jimenez began his legal career in Miami, where he successfully represented numerous Latin American companies in their restructuring efforts, including Corporación Durango in the first cross-border restructuring following passage of Mexico's new insolvency law.
Mr. Martin has practiced in Miami for more than 20 years, providing corporate, securities, and cross-border advice to his clients. He represents domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, securities offerings, and private equity transactions. Mr. Martin has represented the BearingPoint Liquidating Trust in connection with the wind-down and disposition of BearingPoint's assets and operations in Latin America, and also recently represented the purchaser of the Colombian assets and operations of Xerox Corporation. Mr. Martin was listed as a finalist for Top Dealmaker of the Year 2012 by Daily Business Review in the Corporate (Domestic) Category, and in 2007 was selected Top Dealmaker by the same publication in the International Corporate Category, for his work in the disposition of the Latin American operations of McDonald's Corporation.
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Two partners have joined the Jones Day’s Mexico City office. Alejandro Chico will be part of Jones Day's Banking & Finance Practice, and Antonio Gonzalez will be part of Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice. With the addition of these two new partners, Jones Day has added five partners in Mexico City this year and now has 37 lawyers there.
Mr. Chico has practiced law for more than 15 years and advises national and international companies on corporate, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets matters. His extensive experience includes private and public offerings in both Mexican and U.S. markets (Rule 144A and Regulation S) representing issuers and underwriters, as well as financings, acquisitions, and other transactions in Mexico and abroad. He also advised on the structuring and placing of two of the most important FIBRAs in Mexico.
Mr. Gonzalez has been active representing public agencies and private companies in litigation and arbitration concerning contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, and restructurings for the past 15 years. He has participated in numerous high-profile disputes in Mexico, and served as lead counsel in a variety of complex litigation matters for both domestic and international private companies, as well as government entities.
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José A. Isasi, II, a litigator with two decades of experience in products liability disputes, and extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, has joined the Chicago office as a partner. He was formerly the Chicago-based vice-chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP's pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation group.
Mr. Isasi's practice focuses on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in individual, multidistrict, and class action litigation and counseling clients on strategies to minimize risks and proactively resolve disputes short of litigation. He has extensive trial experience, having served as lead trial counsel in federal and state jury and bench trials in products liability and commercial disputes across the country. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous complex commercial arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and other bodies.
Also joining the Chicago office, Chaka Patterson is now a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation (BATL) Practice. Mr. Patterson is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, having practiced law for 18 years in law firm, government, and corporate settings. His practice focuses on representing clients in government investigations and litigation, including state attorney general matters and False Claims Act matters. He's also has substantial experience advising management and boards on matters pertaining to internal investigations and compliance reviews.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Patterson served in several executive capacities at Exelon Corporation, one of the largest public utility holding companies in the United States. In his role as associate general counsel, he supervised litigation, led internal investigations, and managed numerous outside counsel relationships. Mr. Patterson also served as vice president/treasurer, vice president of Investor Relations, and was an ex officio member of Exelon's Risk Oversight Committee.