Jorge U. Juantorena is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Juantorena’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, bank finance and corporate governance. He concentrates on cross-border transactions, principally in Latin America.
Mr. Juantorena has been recognized as a leading corporate lawyer by Chambers Global
, Chambers USA
, Chambers Latin America
, The Legal 500 Latin America
, The Legal 500 U.S.
, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
and Latin Lawyer 250
. He has also been named one of "Latin America's Top 50 Legal Stars" by Latin Business Chronicle
Mr. Juantorena has been particularly active in Mexican IPOs over the past year. He has been counsel in:
- Macquarie Mexican REIT’s $1.2 billion IPO, the second largest Mexican IPO in history,
- Alpek’s Ps. 10.4 billion IPO,
- Grupo Sanborns’ $825 million IPO,
- IEnova’s $600 million IPO, Mexico’s first energy IPO, and
- Terrafina’s $610 million IPO.
Mr. Juantorena has also advised on numerous other IPOs in Latin America, including those of Chedraui, Corpbanca, and Cencosud, as well as the privatization of the Mexican airport sector, which involved SEC-registered IPOs by three companies totaling $1.7 billion.
Additional noteworthy capital markets transactions in which Mr. Juantorena advised include:
- Mexichem’s $1.2 billion debut international equity offering,
- Organización Cultiba’s $195 million debut international equity offering,
- Follow-on SEC-registered equity offerings by ASUR, Empresas ICA and Homex,
- High yield and investment grade bond offerings by Pemex, Bimbo, Cablemas, CIE, Commercial Mexicana, Empresas ICA, ENAP, GEO, Pepsi Bottling Group, Su Casita, Surgical Care Affiliates, Targa Resources and Vitro, and
- Several structured capital offerings by banks, including Banco de Chile, Banco Santander Chile and Banca Mifel.
Mr. Juantorena has also handled significant M&A transactions including:
- Grupo Lala’s acquisition of National Dairy Holdings,
- The investment by Carlos Slim in the New York Times,
- HSBC’s acquisition of Banistmo (Panama’s largest bank at the time),
- The merger between Banco de Chile and Banco Edwards, and
- Fresh Del Monte’s acquisition of Costa Rican group Caribana.
Mr. Juantorena also regularly participates in bank finance assignments and provides advice on corporate governance matters.
Mr. Juantorena joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He received a J.D. degree, cum laude
, in 1991 from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1988.
Mr. Juantorena is a member of the Bars in New York and California. His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English.