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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, 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, Colorado, and New Jersey. Daniel also represents clients in international asset tracing investigations and related litigations and assists companies, governments and individuals in identifying, seizing and enforcing 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 in the United States foreign judgments and arbitration awards.

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.”

Capabilities

Experience

  • 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 the former governor of a large state in Mexico 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 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.
  • 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 the Mexican government’s false accusation that he committed a USD 500 million fraud involving the collapse of Oceanografía S.A. de C.V., Mexico’s largest oil services company. This is the largest financial fraud case in the history of Latin America. 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 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 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 Oro Negro, a Mexican offshore drilling company, and its shareholders, in a multi-billion dollar dispute against Oro Negro’s bondholders and the Mexican government resulting from Mexico’s cancellations of Oro Negro’s drilling contracts and related reorganization proceedings in Mexico, Norway, Singapore, and the United States for Oro Negro 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 Mexico, 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.  This is the largest such case in Latin American history and one of the largest failed transaction litigations in U.S. history. 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.°
  • 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

Recognition & Leadership

  • 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

Credentials

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Colombia
Languages
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese, Proficient