Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Vice Chair

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó serves as Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig, where she primarily advises companies and private equity firms on the legal implementation of their businesses' growth strategies throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America and emerging markets around the world. Her experience spans a variety of industries including, transportation, telecommunications, banking, retail and energy. Patricia is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, and was the first Chair of the Infrastructure Practice as well as Co-Chair of the Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice. Additionally, she previously served as Chair of the Global Corporate Practice and was the first Chair of the Global Practice through which she launched the Latin American and Iberian Practice.

Patricia remains actively involved in the strategy and operations of her clients' business, providing practical solutions and serving as a catalyst for the legal implementation of her clients' global strategy. Patricia previously served as Subdirectora General for a Global 100 company in Europe and General Counsel to a number of its subsidiaries and affiliates, assisting them in relation to their global expansion. During her tenure as in-house counsel, she also served as Director for a number of its entities throughout Europe and Latin America.


  • Strategic alliances
  • Capital markets
  • Cross-border financing transactions
  • Project finance
  • International regulatory and antitrust matters
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  • 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 Liberty Acquisition Holdings Corp. in its $1.5 billion reverse-acquisition of Promotora De Informaciones, S.A., a Spanish company. Liberty was a blank check company formed in 2008. Promotora de Informaciones, S.A., or Prisa, is the world's leading Spanish and Portuguese-language media group in the fields of education, information and entertainment. The Liberty shareholders became the majority shareholders of Prisa. The Prisa shares issued in the business combination were listed for trading on the Madrid Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange through American Depositary Receipts.
  • Representation of 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 currently distributed in 36 metropolitan television markets and reaches 61 million U.S. households. 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 over 300 subsidiaries in 22 countries, Grupo Prisa reaches more than 50 million users through its global brands El País, 40 Principales, Santillana and Alfaguara.
  • Representation of the largest telecommunications company in Spain in numerous transactions throughout Latin America and the United States, including the US$5.7 billion acquisition of one of the largest U.S.-based internet services and online content provider, the US$1.36 billion acquisition of a Mexican wireless carrier, and the US$250 million acquisition of a customer services company in Brazil.
  • Representation of Salvadoran financial institution in its US$900 million sale to Colombia's largest full-service financial institution conducted through simultaneous tender offers in Panama and El Salvador.
  • Representation of Rowland Coffee Roasters, Inc., a privately-held company based in Miami and best known for the leading Hispanic brands Café Bustelo® and Café Pilon®, in the $360 million sale of its coffee brands and business operations to The J.M. Smucker Company.
  • Representation of one of the oldest banks in Central America as U.S. Counsel in its merger with a Guatemalan bank, creating a financial institution with US$3.7 billion in assets.
  • Representation of Mesoamerica Energy and the other stockholders of Energias Renovables de Mesoamerica, the owner, operator and leading developer of wind projects in Central America in the sale of a 70% majority interest of ERM to Globeleq Generation Ltd., a leading European energy company, actively developing economically sustainable energy solutions for the emerging markets of Africa, the Americas and Asia. ERM owns and operates a 23MW wind energy plant in Costa Rica and is developing the Cerro de Hula wind energy project with a designed capacity of 100 MW in Honduras. Mesoamerica Energy includes a number of the most prominent and well-respected investors from some of the largest business concerns in Central America, including airlines, banks, real estate, construction materials, and agro-industry.
  • Representation of the stockholders of Esco Interamerica, Ltd., an international construction equipment leasing company operating through over 30 subsidiaries in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico 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.
  • Representation of a leading U.S. financial institution in the purchase from a multinational European financial institution of a US$950 million Latin America loan portfolio including over 100 syndicated, bi-lateral and multi-lateral loans in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
  • Representation of Harvestland Overseas, S.A., the leading hybrid corn and agricultural seed developer and seed production company with operations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela to NYSE-listed Monsanto Company.
  • Representation of Salvadoran financial conglomerate Inversiones Financieras Bancosal, S.A., in the sale of a majority interest to Grupo Banistmo, S.A., a leading Panamanian financial institution. The transaction was conducted through a public tender offer through the Salvadoran Stock Exchange.
  • Representation of Panamanian company in the US$145 million sale of a publicly traded Costa Rican manufacturing company with 30 subsidiaries located throughout Latin America to a French-Belgian conglomerate through a tender offer in Costa Rica, which was the first involving a European buyer. 
  • Representation of regional Panamanian investment company in connection with purchase of a 49.9% interest in a regional cable operator in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.
  • Leader of Greenberg Traurig team that 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 Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., one of only two privately managed fixed satellite service providers in Latin America, in its offering of US$325 million in principal amount of new 9.5% senior secured notes.
  • Represented Arcos Dorados, B.V. in the US$350 million acquisition finance facility and US$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.
  • Representation of Salvadoran retailer in connection with US$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.
  • Representation of investor in connection with a US$45 million mezzanine financing and US$50 million refinancing and venture for a regional wireless communications provider in British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, and Cayman Islands.
  • Representation of leading Italian telecommunications company in connection with its operations in the United States and Latin America.
  • Represented U.S. electoral solutions company in domestic and international operations.
  • Representation of Spanish media company in its acquisition of Mexican and U.S. radio stations.


National Law Journal

  • Selected, The National Law Journal, "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," 2008
  • Selected, The National Law Journal, "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America," 2007-2008
  • Selected, The National Law Journal, "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," 2006
  • Selected, The National Law Journal, "40 Under 40," 2005

World Economic Forum

  • Selected, "Young Global Leader," World Economic Forum, 2007

Chambers and Partners

  • Listed, Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A/Finance (Latin America-wide and Foreign Experts - USA), 2006-2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2006-2018
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2017 
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Contribution to Gender Diversity," Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, 2014
  • Lead Member, "Corporate/M&A – Law Firm of the Year," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2014
  • Lead Member, "Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Listed, Chambers Latin America, Corporate M&A, 2009-2019
  • Lead Member, "Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based)," Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

Other Distinctions

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law, 2006-2019
  • Recipient, “Visionary Leader of the Year” Award, BRAVO Business Awards, 2018
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, M&A/Corporate and Commercial - M&A - Large Deals ($1bn+), 2018
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2010-2019
  • Shortlisted, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Mergers & Acquisitions," 2013, 2016-2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," Corporate, 2017
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2014 and 2017
  • Selected, "Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers," Latinvex, 2016
  • Listed, Financial Times Upstanding Executive Power List, "Top 100 Minority Ethnic Executives in the US and UK," 2016  
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, "Top 20 South Florida Women in Law," 2015
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Industrial Category," 2015
  • Listed, Latinvex, "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Latin America," 2015
  • Listed, Latinvex, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Energy Law, 2015
  • Recipient, "Best in Mergers and Acquisitions," American Women in Business Law Awards, IFLR/Euromoney, 2014
  • Listed, Latin Lawyer, 1 of 15 "Inspiring Women in Law," 2013
  • Member, firm named as one of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms as selected by general counsels of public companies, in the 13th annual legal industry study, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., 2013
  • Recipient, M&A Advisor "Leadership Award" for Outstanding Achievements, M&A, 2013
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A, 2012
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (Domestic) Category," 2012
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (International) Category," 2012
  • Lead Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer "Deal of the Year - Restructuring" Award, 2012
  • 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, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers, 2011
  • Selected, Winning Deal Team - Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100mm), Turnaround Awards, The M&A Advisor, 2011
  • Listed, Latin Lawyer 250 Guide, Corporate & Finance Latin America, 2006-2011
  • Listed, PLC Which Lawyer Guide, Corporate/M&A, 2006-2009
  • Recipient, Latin Lawyer "M&A Deal of the Year Award," 2008
  • Finalist, International Financial Law Review (IFLR), M&A Deal of the Year: Bancolombia/Banco Agricola, Americas Awards, 2008
  • Listed, International Financial Law Review, "Expert Guides, Corporate M&A," 2005-2008
  • Finalist, Lead Member, M&A Deal of the Year: Bancolombia/Banco Agricola, Americas Awards, International Financial Law Review (IFLR), 2008
  • Lead Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer "Deal of the Year - M&A Category" Award, 2007
  • Selected, Hispanic Enterprise magazine, "The 20 Leading Latinas in Business," 2007
  • Listed, Hispanic Business magazine, "100 Influentials List," 2006
  • Recipient, "Young Hispanic Leadership Award," Hispanic Heritage Council, 2002
  • Alumnus, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • Board Member, Council of the Americas
  • Board of Overseers, Trustee, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Board Member, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Presidential Advisory Council, INCAE
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for International and Comparative Law
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Vance Center Committee, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
  • Member, International Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Women Lawyers' Interest Group
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Member, Latina Commission
  • Trustee, National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1989
    • Member, Editorial Board, Comparative Labor Law Journal
  • B.B.A., Economics, University of Miami, 1986
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • 米国 ニューヨーク州
  • Spanish, Fluent
  • French, Conversational
  • Portuguese, Conversational