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Daniel Pulecio-Boek

Daniel Pulecio-Boek focuses his practice on cross-border litigation, investigations and arbitration, including white collar representations, internal investigations, complex commercial disputes, and international arbitrations. His representations have included matters involving more than two dozen jurisdictions, spanning Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Daniel received his legal training in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and is licensed to practice law in multiple U.S. jurisdictions and in Colombia. He is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, and proficient in Portuguese. Daniel’s international, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual training and experience allows him to navigate varying legal systems, and positions him to serve foreign and domestic clients in cross-border matters involving multiple jurisdictions.

Daniel has represented Fortune 500 companies, large multinational companies and investment funds, high-net-worth individuals and families, government officials, and senior executives. In white collar matters, he focuses on representing clients before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in connection with cross-border criminal investigations, often involving parallel government investigations in multiple jurisdictions. He has represented clients in cases related to bribery (involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other anti-bribery regimes) money laundering, fraud, tax and securities violations, insider trading, OFAC sanctions, and international extraditions. He frequently advises corporate clients in internal investigations and audits involving bribery, fraud and other corporate misconduct, and in developing and implementing compliance programs. In international litigation matters, he focuses on commercial disputes, trademark litigations, bankruptcies and international fraud cases, usually involving foreign parties and evidence located in multiple jurisdictions. He has experience litigating in over a dozen U.S. federal and state courts, including in New York, Florida, Texas, the District of Columbia, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, Arizona and New Jersey. Daniel also represents clients in U.S. proceedings to obtain discovery for use in foreign litigations and in international asset tracing investigations and related litigations, assisting companies, governments and individuals to identify, seize and enforce against assets located in the United States and abroad. Daniel has also been involved in numerous commercial arbitrations, including under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and in investment treaty arbitrations. Additionally, Daniel represents clients in proceedings to enforce foreign judgments and arbitration awards in the United States.

Daniel was previously a Criminal Procedure professor in Colombia, and has served as a lecturer and speaker at several international symposiums. He is also a published author with three books on litigation and white collar crime and several articles in domestic and international law journals.

Chambers and Partners named Daniel the only “Associate to watch” for Corporate Crime & Investigations in Latin America in its editions from 2016-2019. In the 2018 Chambers and Partners Latin America Guide, a client states, “Over the duration of our relationship he has always been someone who gets things done. His coordination and understanding of the case were superb.”

Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Representation of a former cabinet minister of a Latin American country in connection with extradition proceedings in the United States, proceedings before INTERPOL regarding red notices and asylum proceedings in the United States arising from a high-profile, cross-border corruption investigation involving four jurisdictions.
  • Representation of the family that owns, among other businesses, the largest waste management company in El Salvador, in a complex, cross-border matter involving a U.S. government investigation seeking sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act; an international arrest warrant (red notice) by INTERPOL as a result of a Salvadorian criminal investigation for supposed corruption; numerous criminal and civil proceedings in El Salvador; a money laundering investigation in Switzerland; and potential investment arbitration claims against El Salvador.
  • Representation of one of the wealthiest families in Latin American in connection with cross-border tax investigations including in the United States, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Caribbean and works with teams in each of those jurisdictions regarding local tax information requests and other enforcement proceedings.
  • Representation of former senior government official in U.S. extradition proceedings arising from numerous arrest warrants against the client, and before INTERPOL in connection with international arrest warrants (red notices) against him.
  • Representation of a prominent Mexican businessman in connection with insider trading criminal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of one of the largest natural gas companies in the Philippines in connection with internal protocols and controls, and other compliance advice.
  • Representation of the employees of one of the largest cement companies in the world in joint DOJ and SEC investigations for supposed violations of the FCPA in Latin America.
  • Representation of a senior former government official in U.S. forfeiture proceedings brought by the foreign government seeking forfeiture of tens of millions of dollars of properties.
  • Representation of a group of victims located in Central America in one of the largest Ponzi schemes of the decade, which is currently subject to DOJ and SEC investigations and other U.S. civil litigation.
  • Representation of a large Latin American asset management firm and a group of its senior executives in U.S. extradition proceedings arising from an international commercial dispute and an investment arbitration, and before INTERPOL in proceedings to cancel the international arrest warrants (red notices) against them.
  • Representation of the owner of one of Guatemala’s largest media conglomerates, and former Cabinet Minister of Guatemala, in connection with a money laundering prosecution by the Guatemalan government. Specifically, representation of the client in U.S. extradition and asylum proceedings, and before INTERPOL and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). This is one of the largest, high-profile criminal prosecutions launched by the Guatemalan government in recent history. We obtained the cancellation of the client’s INTERPOL international arrest warrant (red notice), which is a rare and unprecedented victory.
  • Representation of the former general manager of one of the largest engineering, procurement and construction companies in Ecuador in connection with a cross-border bribery investigation. Specifically, representation of the client in U.S. extradition and asylum proceedings, and before INTERPOL. This case is part of the largest corruption investigation in Ecuadorian history.
  • Representation of U.S. and Colombian clients in connection with compliance and regulatory advice involving a cross-border cryptocurrency business.
  • Representation of the former general manager of the largest energy plant in Central America in a cross-border corruption investigation, including alleged violations of the FCPA, and potential U.S. extradition proceedings.
  • Part of the team that represented the Board of Directors of a large U.S. publicly-traded Latin American company in overseeing the company’s cooperation with an investigation by the DOJ and the SEC into supposed bribe payments made by company in two countries in Latin America.°
  • Representation of one of the wealthiest families in Honduras in connection with a high-profile criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York against several family members and an OFAC investigation targeting family-owned companies alleging that family members and companies laundered funds for some of the largest narcotics traffickers in Latin America. Daniel led a wide-ranging investigation involving dozens of companies and individuals into the allegations raised by the U.S. and Honduran governments and a corporate reorganization to lift the OFAC sanctions against the family’s companies.°
  • Part of the team that represented Joseph Sigelman, the co-founder and former co-CEO of a Colombian oil services company, in one of the most closely watched FCPA prosecutions in several years. After less than six trial days, the U.S. government offered Mr. Sigelman a plea agreement for one half of one count (out of six in the indictment) resulting in three years of probation with no jail time and a fine just a fraction of the millions the U.S. government originally sought. Bloomberg called this a “striking victory” for Mr. Sigelman.°
  • Representation of a prominent Mexican banker in relation to allegations that he committed a USD 500 million fraud involving the collapse of a large Mexican oil services company. The client was extricated from parallel DOJ and SEC investigations.°
  • Representation of one of the most successful investment bankers in Peru in connection with U.S. criminal and civil insider trading investigations, in what remains the largest insider trading case in Peruvian history.°
  • Part of the team that represented a senior executive of one of the largest companies in the world in connection with DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations encompassing inquiries into the company’s global operations, including in Mexico.°
  • Representation of one of the largest insurance companies in the world in a complex, cross-border matter in Texas against a group of U.S. and Mexican individuals who committed a multi-million dollar fraud against the client and then engaged in a scheme to fraudulently dispose of their properties and render themselves judgment proof.
  • Representation of one of the largest Mexican wholesale companies in an existential “bet the company” case against one of the largest food companies in the world trying to prevent our client from importing and selling products in the United States. This is one of the largest parallel imports or “grey market goods” case in recent history.
  • Representation of a large Latin American manufacturer of construction materials and its owners in a cross-border commercial dispute in Florida against a small minority shareholder who has for years alleged ownership of a large stake of the company. The matter involves parallel investigations and litigations in the United States, Colombia, Panama, and the Caribbean. 
  • Representation of one of the wealthiest families in Central America in connection with employment claims brought by their U.S. employees.
  • Representation of one of the most famous and award-winning wine makers in Spain in connection with claims by his family seeking to deprive him of his rights over the trademarks associated with his wines. The case involves parallel proceedings in Spain and the United States. The trademarks at issue and their associated rights are worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • Representation of a client in connection with one of the largest art disputes ever involving Latin America. Our client and his family are involved in a dispute regarding the ownership of a large body of artwork worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • Representation of one of the most successful Latin American placement agents in a dispute against a large Asian private equity fund in connection with the Asian fund’s failure to honor its contractual obligations and to pay the placement agent’s fees.
  • Representation of a large Latin American medical device distributor against one of the largest medical device manufacturing companies in the world in connection with the unlawful termination of our client’s exclusive distribution agreement.
  • Representation of one of the largest education-focused private equity investment funds in Latin America in connection with U.S. proceedings to obtain discovery from a U.S. party for use in Mexican arbitrations, litigations and government investigations. The Mexican proceedings arise from a multi-million dollar dispute over the sale of a higher-education institution in Mexico.
  • Representation of a large, publicly traded Mexican company in international arbitrations involving parties in Bolivia and other Latin American countries and in U.S. enforcement proceedings to enforce a foreign arbitration award.
  • Part of the team that represented one of the largest Mexican asset management firms in connection with U.S. criminal and civil actions against its Singaporean and U.S. partners involving a large, cross-border shareholder dispute.°
  • Part of the team that represented a Mexican offshore drilling company, and its shareholders, in a multi-billion dollar dispute against the company’s bondholders and a foreign government resulting from the government’s cancellations of the company’s drilling contracts and related reorganization proceedings in Mexico, Norway, Singapore, and the United States for the company to restructure its debt.°
  • Representation of one of the largest sugar production companies in Colombia in a U.S. action for fraud against a large U.S. financial institution for its sale to the client of toxic and harmful currency derivatives that caused tens of millions of dollars in damages.°
  • Part of the team that represented the prior owners of a leading pharmaceutical company in Latin America, who sold the company to one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for billions of dollars.‎ The purchaser sued in New York seeking billions of dollars in damages, alleging that the prior owners had defrauded it by failing to disclose products that supposedly violated health care standards. As part of his work, Daniel led an investigation in all of the jurisdictions involved in the transaction, including the United States, Mexico, Israel, and Luxembourg.°
  • Representation of the Republic of Panama in connection with a claim by an alleged investor seeking over $100 million in damages for supposed breaches of the Italy-Panama investment treaty.
  • Advised a large group of international investors in an expropriation claim worth hundreds of millions of dollars in an international investment arbitration against a large Latin American sovereign.°
  • Advised one of the largest insurance companies in the world in connection with potential arbitration claims against another large insurance company arising from the sale of its insurance operations in Latin America.°
  • Representation of a large Mexican financial institution in commercial arbitration (ICC) and related litigation in New York against one of the largest global banks arising from the bank’s failed sale of its Mexican businesses. The case also involved parallel civil litigation in Mexico.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Pulecio-Boek prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Professor of Law, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, 2010-2012

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America Guide, "Latin America: International – Compliance and Investigations," 2021
  • Listed, Chambers Global, 2020
  • Selected, Chambers and Partners, Latin America, “Associate-to-watch: Corporate Crime & Investigations – Latin America,” 2016-2019
  • Listed, Latinvex, “Latin America’s Rising Stars,” 2017-2019

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • Law Degree, with honors, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
    • Javeriana Academic Merit Order
  • Law Degree, Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
    • First in the class
  • LL.M., with honors, Harvard Law School
    • COLFUTURO Scholarship
Zulassung
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Colombia
Sprache
  • Spanisch
  • Portuguese, Proficient