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Yosbel A. Ibarra

Yosbel represents clients on international corporate transactions, including multinational corporations and prominent Latin American investors on their investments, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures throughout Latin America and the U.S. He also advises Latin American family offices on governance and other corporate matters.

Fluent in Spanish and admitted to practice in both New York and Florida, he has been recognized by leading publications, including Chambers and Partners and The M&A Advisor, for his more than 20 years of experience representing clients on cross-border matters.

He currently serves as Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office and previously served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Latin America Practice.

Concentrations

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

主要执业方向

主要执业经验

  • Represented Dollarcity, a Latin American retailer with operations in Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador, on its sale of 50.1% to Dollarama Inc. 
  • Represented the shareholders of Astrix S.A., a leading home care products company based in Bolivia, on their sale to Unilever.
  • Represented the shareholders of Fisa Group, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the banking and financial services industry in Latin America, to an affiliate of Constellation Software Inc.
  • Represented Rentokil Initial plc, a U.K. public company, in several U.S. acquisitions, including:
    • The Steritech Group, Inc., one of the leading pest control businesses in North America, for $425 million;
    • Oliver Exterminating Group;
    • Vector Disease Acquisition, LLC, North America’s largest provider of mosquito control services; and
    • Florida Pest Control.
  • Represented Amaya Gaming Group Inc. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 $700 million, resulted in the sale of approximately 1,600 existing restaurants in 18 jurisdictions.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 $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 Keralty Group, a global health care delivery provider, in its U.S. expansion, including the establishment of medical centers under the “Sanitas” brand through strategic alliances insurers in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and Tennessee.
  • 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 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.
  • Led team representing Avianca Holdings S.A. on several corporate and financing transactions, including the financial reprofiling of substantially all of the company’s debt and lease obligations.
  • 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.
  • Represent subsidiaries of South American energy conglomerate on New York law matters.
  • Represent Latin American and U.S.-based airline maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company in connection with corporate and finance matters.
  • 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 a number of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S.
  • Represented Chilean family group on corporate restructurings and U.S.-based investments.
  • Represented Central American family group on restructuring of family shareholder agreement and redomestication of family holding company vehicle.
  • Represented various Central American and South American family groups in their U.S. and Latin American investments.
  • 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 Brazil, Mexico and Panama.
  • Advised Central American private equity group on portfolio company financings.
  • Advised international financial institution on restructuring of U.S. $80 million credit facility issued to Central American media and telecommunications company.
  • Advised Peruvian fishmeal company in U.S. $31 million credit facility and subsequent U.S. $185 million refinancing through a syndicated loan facility.
  • Represented supplier of telecommunication network equipment in connection with vendor financings.

荣誉和领导力

  • Listed, Chambers Latin America
    • Corporate/Commercial: International Firms - Cuba, 2020
    • Corporate M&A, 2009
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2019-2021
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2020 
  • Selected, Latin Lawyer, "Latin Lawyer 250 - Practice Recognition: Corporate – M&A," 2020
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," Corporate, 2017, 2019
  • Listed, Chambers Global
    •  Corporate & Finance Latin America, 2008-2011
    • General Business Law: International Firms - Cuba, 2019-2020
  • Recipient, Daily Business Review, Professional Excellence Awards, "Distinguished Leader," 2020
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2017
  • Team Member, "Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)," Chambers Latin America Awards, 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
  • 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, Board of Directors, Council of the Americas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar, International Law Section
  • Member, International Bar Association

资历

教育
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Finance, with honors, University of Florida, 1994
获准执业地区
  • Florida
  • New York
语言
  • Spanish, 流利