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Antonio Peña, Co-Chair of the firm’s Latin America Practice and shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, leads the firm’s international associate program and has broad experience in the United States, Latin America, and Spain, representing strategic investors and private equity funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, SPAC deals, and other transactional matters. Antonio is recognized by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) as one of Latin America’s leading business lawyers, by the Global M&A Network as one of the Top 50 Americas M&A Lawyers, and by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. lawyers working in Latin America. Antonio served as president of the Interamerican Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and has also held a number of board positions, including at the Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce and the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Florida.

He has been a recipient of multiple awards, including the 2022 Private M&A Deal of the Year Award in Latin America from Latin Lawyer magazine and the Latam Deal of the Year from Global M&A Network, both awards for his role as U.S. counsel in the Quinto Andar/Navent transaction, the 2021 Deal of the Year in Colombia by Transactional Track Record for his representation of Procaps, and the 2007 Private M&A Deal of the Year Award in Latin America from Latin Lawyer magazine for representing the consortium that acquired the business and assets of McDonald’s Corporation in 18 jurisdictions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Antonio has four law degrees from the United States, Mexico, and Spain and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Prior to joining GT, he served as in-house counsel at one of the largest Mexican financial institutions and later served as acting general counsel for a joint venture between Mastercard and Telefónica operating in 13 jurisdictions in Latin America.

Concentrations

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • SPACs
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Corporate Governance

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a global generics pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a manufacturing and distribution target with operations in Mexico and Colombia for a purchase price in excess of $2 billion.
  • Represented Procaps Group, S.A. (NASDAQ: PROC), a leading integrated international health care and pharmaceutical company based in Colombia with operations throughout Latin America, in its $1.3 billion business combination with Union Acquisition Corp. II, a blank check company.
  • Represented a 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 $700 million, resulted in the sale of approximately 1,600 existing restaurants in 18 jurisdictions.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners in the purchase of a minority interest in Empresa Electrica Guacolda S.A. (owner and operator of a 760 MW coal-fired power generation facility in northern Chile) for a purchase price of approximately $728 million.
  • Represented Equity International in its investments into Terranum Hotels and Decameron Hotels & Resorts, resulting in the largest hotel platform in Latin America.
  • Represented DD3 Acquisition Corp. II in its $475 million business combination with Codere Online (NASDAQ: CDRO), an online sports betting and online casino mobile application operating in Spain and Latin America.
  • Represented Paysafe, the leading open banking and eCash solutions provider in Latin America, in its $441 million acquisition of SafetyPay.
  • Represented MasterCard Inc. in its 50/50 joint venture with Telefónica S.A. for the provision of mobile financial solutions to Movistar’s 150 million customers in 13 countries in Latin America.
  • Represented Rose Hill Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: ROSE) in its approximately $500 million business combination with Chilean fruit producer Inversiones e Inmobiliaria GHC Ltda. (Prize).
  • Represented Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P. 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 with core assets that include a 15-tank barrel liquid storage terminal with over 700,000 barrels of storage capacity, a private port facility, and two biodiesel production facilities located in Callao.
  • Represented Grupo Prisa, an Ibex-listed media company and the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language business group in news and other print media, in the purchase and divestiture of a majority interest in V-Me Media, Inc., the fourth-largest Hispanic television network in the United States.
  • Represented a Chilean family office in (i) over 15 capital investments and divestitures totaling approximately $1.5 billion and (ii) a $200 million venture into a company investing internationally in different projects throughout the industrial, industrial tech and associated sectors.
  • Represented Ocean International Reinsurance Company Limited, a reinsurance company doing business in Panama, Barbados, Colombia, Mexico and Luxembourg, in its $125 million business combination with Energy Risk Indemnity Reinsurance Inc., implemented via a sale of existing equity, a primary issuance, and an assignment of assets and assumption of liabilities.
  • Represented Unity Group, a regional insurance broker with operations in Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua and specializing in property & casualty, affinity, health & benefits, personal lines and consulting services, in its sale to Willis Towers Watson.
  • Represented Molinos Rio de la Plata, Argentina’s largest branded foods products company, in (i) its acquisition of 50% of Bodega Viña Cobos and joint venture with award-winning wine visionary, Paul Hobbes, (ii) its acquisition and divestiture of Lucini Italia, a leading producer and importer of premium Italian extra virgin olive oil, (iii) its acquisition and divestiture of a minority interest in California Olive Ranch, the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the United States, and (iv) its divesture of Italian premium pasta manufacturer, Delverde Industrie Alimentari S.p.A.
  • Represented jobandtalent, a leading digital job marketplace headquartered in Madrid, Spain, in several acquisitions in the United States, including the acquisition of the light industrial segment assets of BGSF, Inc. (NYSE: BGSF).
  • Represented Lucalza Holdings Inc., a regional Latin American distributor of lubricants and automotive services, in its sale to Reladyne, Inc., one of the largest providers of lubricants and equipment reliability services in the United States.
  • Represented LLYC, the leading reputation, communication, and public affairs management consultancy in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, in its acquisition of (i) EDF Communications, a Miami-based strategic communications and public affairs firm, (ii) Mexican creative agency “Beso,” and (iii) San Diego tech agency BAM.
  • Represented the stockholders of Esco Interamerica, Ltd., an international construction equipment leasing company operating through more than 30 subsidiaries in eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, in its sale to an affiliate of Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC).
  • Represented Megalabs, a pharmaceutical company present in over 20 countries, in its acquisition of Victus, a leading U.S. company focused on nutrition.
  • Represented Flex Equipos de Descanso in its acquisition of U.S. luxury bedding leader, E.S. Kluft, and its signature brands, Kluft and Aireloom.
  • Represented Europastry, a Spanish multinational leader in the frozen dough sector, in its acquisition of Wenner Bread Products, a U.S. producer specialized in the frozen dough sector, and EuroClassic Imports, a nationwide distributor specialized in Brioche bread.
  • Represented a leading artist management company in Latin America and its affiliated music record label company in a high-profile joint venture with an American global music company focused on Latin America and Latin music in the United States.
  • Represented Spafinder Wellness, a wellness company with more than 25,000 wellness partners worldwide, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Blackhawk Network, a global gift card distributor (NASDAQ: HAWK).
  • Represented a Latin American financial institution in connection with the auction to acquire the Colombian loan portfolio and certain other assets of a Mexican financial institution pursuant to a sale under Section 363 of Title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
  • Represented a Chilean publicly traded company in the acquisition and divestiture by its subsidiary of a 50% interest in the second largest fish and seafood trading company in the United States measured by volume of sales.
  • Represented a group of Central American investors in the establishment of a joint venture for the production, supply, processing, commercialization and international distribution of vegetable oil, peanut oil, peanut meal, wheat, oil, fat, flour, and associated agricultural products in Senegal and the rest of West Africa.
  • Represented leading global provider of management print and promotional services in its acquisition of a print management firm doing business in 12 countries in Latin America.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers Latin America, Corporate/M&A - International Counsel, 2024
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A, Latin America - International Counsel, 2024
  • Listed, Global M&A Network, “Top 50: Americas M&A Lawyers,” 2023
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2023-2024
  • Listed, Latin America Corporate Counsel Association, LACCA Approved, 2021-2024
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America Guide, “Latin America: International – Corporate and M&A; City Focus: Miami,” 2021-2024
  • Team Member, Global M&A Network’s Americas M&A Atlas Awards, “Latam Deal of the Year” for Quinto Andar acquires Navent Group, 2023
  • Listed, The Legal 500, “Private Practice Power List,” US-Mexico, 2022
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer,” 2021
  • Selected, Latin Lawyer, “Latin Lawyer 250 - Practice Recognition: Corporate – M&A,” 2020-2024
  • Selected, The Legal 500, “Private Practice Powerlist,” 2018, 2019
  • Selected, Florida Trend, “Legal Elite - International,” 2018
  • Team Member, “Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)” Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Recipient, “M&A Deal of the Year Award,” Latin Lawyer magazine, 2008
  • President, Inter-American Chapter, United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Bi-National Board of Directors, United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce  
  • Board Member, Professional Editors, Law and Business Review of the Americas
  • Member, International Bar Association
    • Chair, Complex Acquisitions Subcommittee
  • Member, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, SMU Law Review
  • LL.M., Comparative and International Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Master of Law, Navarre University Law School, Pamplona, Spain
  • LL.B., Panamerican University Law School, Mexico City, Mexico
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Mexico
Languages
  • Spanish, Fluent
  • Portuguese, Fluent