Yosbel A. Ibarra

Yosbel A. Ibarra

Shareholder

Yosbel A. Ibarra serves as Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, and as Co-Chair of the Latin American and Iberian Practice, which has been recognized as a leading Latin American practice by several publications, including Chambers & Partners. In 2014, the firm was named “Corporate/M&A – Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers Latin America.

Fluent in Spanish, Yosbel has spent his career advising clients doing business in the United States, Spain and across Latin America. He is consistently recognized by Chambers USA Guide for his knowledge of transactions involving Latin America and, in 2013, was listed by The M&A Advisor as one of its “40 Under 40”. Admitted to practice in both New York and Florida, he has led several important cross-border M&A transactions, as well as joint ventures and infrastructure projects, including public-private partnerships.

Yosbel is also a member of the steering committee for the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure practice.

Concentrations

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border financing transactions
  • Project financing
  • Private equity & venture capital
  • Joint ventures
  • Global energy & infrastructure
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented Rentokil Initial plc, a U.K. public company, in connection with its acquisition of The Steritech Group, Inc., one of the leading pest control businesses in North America, for $425 million.
  • Represented Amaya Gaming Group Inc., a Canadian public company, in connection with its acquisition of Oldford Group Limited, the parent company of Rational Group Ltd, the world's largest poker business and owner and operator of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands, for $4.9 billion.
  • Represented Galaxy Aviation and Boca Aviation in the sale of six fixed-base operators (FBOs) in Florida and Colorado to Atlantic Aviation, a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company, for $230 million.
  • Lead counsel to Grupo Phoenix Holdings, Ltd., a world leader in the supply of innovative rigid packaging solutions for consumer goods and products with operations in Colombia, Mexico, the U.S. and Venezuela, in its sale of a minority equity interest to One Equity Partners.
  • Represented Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a US$2.7 billion fund, in a joint acquisition and recapitalization with management of a Peruvian company that specializes in liquid fuels storage, distribution, marketing, and biodiesel production in Peru.
  • Represented Brightstar Corp., a global leader in solutions for the wireless industry, in its acquisition of eSecuritel, a leading provider of cell phone and wireless products insurance services.
  • Represented Venezuelan-based Delcop Holding Company Limited in its acquisition of Xerox Corporation’s distribution operations in Colombia.
  • Represented Malher, a Central American-based manufacturer and distributor of culinary products and powdered beverages, in its sale of a majority participation to Nestle S.A.
  • Represented Central American investor group in its joint venture with Mexican and other international investors in the launch of Volaris, one of Mexico’s first low-cost airlines.
  • Represented a Central American-based special purpose fund in its investment in Cartones America, a cardboard packaging company with paper mills and corrugation plants operating in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.
  • Representation of the consortium of investors in its acquisition of the business and assets of McDonald’s Corporation’s Latin American and Caribbean operations; the agreement, valued at more than US$700 million, resulted in the sale of approximately 1,600 existing restaurants in 18 jurisdictions.
  • Represented majority shareholders of Banagricola S.A., one of El Salvador's largest financial institutions, in the sale to Bancolombia of up to 100% of the bank through parallel tender offers in El Salvador and Panama for approximately US$900 million.
  • Advised majority shareholders in the sale of a controlling interest of Banco Occidente, one of Guatemala's oldest financial institutions, to Banco Industrial.
  • Represented majority shareholders in the sale of a controlling interest of Banco Salvadoreño to Banistmo through a tender offer process in El Salvador.
  • Represented The Related Group, one of the largest real estate developers in the United States, in a number of joint ventures and development projects throughout Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.
  • Represented Organización Sanitas Internacional in its joint venture with GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, the parent company of Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to establish a strategic alliance to create a new company offering culturally relevant health care to the Hispanic market.
  • Represented New York-based hedge fund in its joint venture with a casino operator in Maine.
  • Represented Spanish tourism and sightseeing company in its joint venture with a U.S. operator.
  • Represented Japanese trading company in connection with joint ventures in the U.S.
  • Represented Spanish infrastructure company in proposed bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Presidio Parkway Project, consisting of replacing portions of the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Counsel on U.S. financing matters to Spanish company operating toll road concession in Europe.
  • Represented a Mexican infrastructure fund in its acquisition and lease-back of telecommunication assets throughout Mexico.
  • Advised on corporate law matters as counsel to the lenders financing the construction of the I-4/Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector Interchange.
  • Represented Spanish infrastructure company short-listed on Alligator Alley Toll-Road Project, a proposed public-private partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation to lease, operate, maintain and receive toll revenues from the 78-mile stretch of I-75 known as "Alligator Alley."
  • Represented Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A. and Meridiam Infrastructure Fund as the successful bidders on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, a public-private partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a tunnel connecting I-395 with the Port of Miami.
  • Counsel to several real estate fund portfolio companies in connection with financings for projects in Mexico and Panama.
  • Advised Central American private equity group on portfolio company financings.
  • Advised international financial institution on restructuring of US$80 million credit facility issued to Central American media and telecommunications company.
  • Advised Peruvian fishmeal company in US$31 million credit facility and subsequent US$185 million refinancing through a syndicated loan facility.
  • Represented supplier of telecommunication network equipment in connection with vendor financings.
  • General outside counsel to Grupo Phoenix Holdings, Ltd., a world leader in the supply of innovative rigid packaging solutions for consumer goods and products with operations in Colombia, Mexico, the U.S. and Venezuela.
  • Advise international digital imaging solutions company on Latin American matters.
  • Advise New York-based specialty finance company in connection with regulatory matters and acquisitions.
  • Advise Guatemalan financial institution on U.S. law matters.
  • Advise a number of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S., including a Spanish manufacturer and distributor of specialty foods, a Spanish tourism and sightseeing company, and an Argentine web-based technology company.
  • Represented internationally renowned recording artist in connection with investments and business ventures.
  • Represented Central American family group making limited partnership investment in private equity fund.
  • Represented high-net-worth individual investing in Colombian gold mining company.
  • Represented Guatemalan family group investing in web-based entertainment company.
  • Represented family-owned U.S. agribusiness in negotiating with Honduran supplier.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2017
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Corporate International Category," 2015
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Industrial Category," 2015
  • Team Member, Winning Team, "Cross Border Sector Deals – Technology, Media and Telecom Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion)" and "Cross Border Regional Deals – US-Europe Deal of the Year" for Amaya Inc.’s acquisition of Rational Group, owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, The M&A Advisor’s 7th Annual International M&A Awards, 2015
  • Team Member, "Corporate/M&A – Law Firm of the Year," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2014
  • Listed, The M&A Advisor, "40 Under 40," 2013
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009, 2013
  • Team Member, "Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)" Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016
  • Member, team ranked as a top corporate law firm in Miami as selected by corporate directors, in the annual "Legal Industry Research Study," Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc. (10th year), 2002-2009, 2011-2012
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Corporate & Finance Latin America, 2008-2011
  • Listed, Chambers Latin America, Corporate M&A, 2009
  • Team Member, "Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based)," Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009
  • Recipient, Latin Lawyer magazine, "M&A Deal of the Year" Award, 2008
  • Listed, The Times, "Future Stars of America," 2008
  • Board Member, Amigos for Kids
  • Member, Cuba Working Group, Council of the Americas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar, International Law Section
  • Member, International Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Finance, with honors, University of Florida, 1994
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York
Languages
  • Spanish, Fluent