Antonio Peña

Antonio Peña

Shareholder

Antonio Peña, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office who leads the firm’s foreign law clerk program, has broad experience in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America, representing strategic investors and private equity funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, and other corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Peña served as in-house counsel at one of the largest Mexican financial institutions, Banamex, and later served as acting General Counsel for a joint venture between two Fortune 500 companies operating in thirteen jurisdictions in Latin America.

Antonio, the President of the Interamerican Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, was recently recognized by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) as one of Latin America’s leading business lawyers and by Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. lawyers with a specialist focus on Mexico. Antonio 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 M&A Deal of the Year Award from Latin Lawyer magazine. Antonio has four law degrees from the United States, Mexico and Spain and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Concentrations

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity
  • Financing transactions
  • Corporate governance
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a Middle Eastern 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 MasterCard Inc. in its 50/50 joint venture with Telefonica S.A. for the provision of mobile financial solutions to Movistar’s 87 million customers in 12 countries in Latin America.
  • 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 MasterCard Inc. in its 50/50 joint venture with Telefonica S.A. for the provision of mobile financial solutions to Vivo’s 65 million customers in Brazil.
  • Represented Grupo Prisa and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sogecable, S.A. in the purchase of a majority interest in V-Me Media, Inc., the fourth-largest Hispanic television network in the United States. V-Me is distributed in 36 metropolitan television markets and reaches 61 million households in the United States. Prisa, an Ibex-listed media company, is the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language business group in news and other print media, radio and television broadcasting and film productions. Operating throughout more than 300 subsidiaries in 22 countries, Grupo Prisa reaches more than 50 million users through its global brands El País, 40 Principales, Santillana and Alfaguara.
  • Represented a Central American dollar store chain looking to expand its activities in Central America, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in connection with a long-term agreement for the sharing of business expertise and provision of sourcing services by Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL).
  • Represented Argentina’s largest branded foods products company in its acquisition of a minority interest in California Olive Ranch, the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the United States.
  • Represented British Vi-Spring, the luxury bed maker, and its Spanish parent company Flex in their acquisition of U.S. high-end bed manufacturer and distributor ES Kluft.
  • Represented Europastry, a Spanish multinational leader in the frozen dough sector, in its indirect acquisition of a controlling interest in Wenner Bread Products, a U.S. company that also specializes in the frozen dough sector.
  • 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 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 Argentina’s largest branded foods products company in the acquisition and divestiture by its subsidiary of Lucini Italia Olive Oil, a  wholesaler of Italian specialty gourmet food products in the United States.
  • 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, a worldwide industrial services company (NYSE: HSC) serving global industries, including infrastructure, metals, railways and energy.
  • 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 that does business in 12 countries in Central and South America.
  • Represented Sobel Westex, a Colombia-based business group, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Baltic Linen, a New York corporation. The transaction also included the refinancing of Sobel Westex’s credit facility to provide for acquisition financing.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners (a $18.7 billion fund) in the purchase by its subsidiary for a purchase price of approximately $728 million of a 49.9% interest in Empresa Electrica Guacolda S.A., who owns and operates a 760 MW coal-fired power generation facility in northern Chile.
  • Represented Equity International in its initial investment into Terranum Hotels and subsequent acquisition, with Terranum Group, of Decameron Hotels & Resorts. As a result of these transactions, Terranum Hotels became on the date of the acquisition the largest hotel platform in Latin America. Terranum Hotels, which had assembled a portfolio of internationally branded hotels, primarily in Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador, and whose partners include Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott (with the first W hotel in Bogotá opened in 2014), added 7,561 hotel keys for additional properties in Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and Panama.
  • Represented Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a $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 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 Equity International, the privately held investor and building of leading real estate companies outside of the United States, in its investment in a Mexican real estate development company and platform working with institutional and private partners from Mexico, the United States and Europe.
  • Represented Arcos Dorados, B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ARCO), in the $350 million acquisition finance facility and $80 million letter of credit facility for the purchase of the franchise of McDonald’s in 18 jurisdictions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The financing involved collateral in 18 jurisdictions, with multiple inter-creditor issues, and compliance with the franchise agreement and franchise regime of McDonald’s.
  • Represented Salvadoran retailer in connection with $300 million multi-currency financings secured by assets in 11 different Caribbean jurisdictions. The acquisition was consummated in part through public offers in Jamaica and Barbados.
  • Represented Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., one of only two privately managed fixed satellite service providers in Latin America, in its offering of $325 million in principal amount of new 9.5% senior secured notes.
  • Represented the U.S. affiliate of a Spanish multinational leader in the frozen dough sector in the refinancing of its approximately $45 million credit facility.
  • Represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC and its sponsors, Meridiam Infrastructure Fund and Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A., in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the United States.
  • Represented a 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 Arcos Dorados, B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ARCO), in its restructurings in Brazil.
  • Represented a Middle Eastern company in its licensing of certain software to TIM Celular, S.A., a Brazilian telecommunications company with over 60 million customers.
  • Represented a Spanish leader in the business of transporting passengers in its expansion into the U.S.
  • Represented a group of stockholders in their proxy solicitation to replace the board of directors of a publicly traded company.
  • Represented a real estate development firm based in the United States in its Latin American expansion and related financing transactions.
  • Representing a Spanish specialty foods company doing business in the United States.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, Florida Trend, "Legal Elite - International," 2018 
  • Selected, The Legal 500, "Private Practice Powerlist," 2018, 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2013-2016
  • Team Member, "Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)" Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Industrial Category," 2015
  • Team Member, "Corporate/M&A – Law Firm of the Year," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, Acquisition International magazine, "Overall Law Firm of the Year – Mexico," 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, Acquisition International magazine, "Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year – Mexico," 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
  • Member, Winning Team, DealMakers, "Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions - Mexico," 2012-2013
  • 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
  • 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, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

Credentials

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