Yosbel A. Ibarra: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Yosbel A. Ibarra

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Latin American and Iberian Practice
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Global
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Global - Latin American and Iberian Practice
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0706
Fax: 305.961.5706
University University of Florida, B.S., Finance, with honors, 1994
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Admitted1999, New York; 2004, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, Florida Bar, International Law Section
• Member, International Bar Association

LanguagesSpanish, Fluent

Yosbel A. Ibarra advises clients on complex business transactions in the United States, Spain and across Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, he has wide-ranging experience in cross-border M&A, debt finance and project finance transactions, including public-private partnerships. Yosbel also serves as Co-Hiring Shareholder for the Miami office.

Areas of Concentration

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

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2015
• 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 - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011 and 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
• Listed, Chambers Global, Corporate & Finance Latin America, 2008-2011
• Listed, Chambers Latin America, Corporate M&A, 2009
• 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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

10.05.15 Greenberg Traurig Wins 'International Counsel in Latin America' at the 2015 Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence
09.10.15 Greenberg Traurig Continues Growth of Mexico City Office, Adds Leading Antitrust and Competition Lawyer Victor Manuel Frias
09.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Maher Represents Rentokil Initial plc on its Acquisition of The Steritech Group, Inc. for US$425 Million
08.20.15 Greenberg Traurig Expands Mexico City Office with Addition of Leading Attorneys
07.07.15 Miguel Flores Bernes Joins Greenberg Traurig's Mexico City Office
05.27.15 33 Greenberg Traurig Miami Shareholders Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.11.15 16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized By Daily Business Review During its 2015 Top Dealmakers Of The Year Awards Ceremony
09.25.14 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year - International Counsel in Latin America' at 2014 Chambers And Partners Latin America Awards for Excellence


09.22.15 U.S. Allows Additional Trade and Business with Cuba
07.21.15 Little Known Florida Statute Affects Securities Issuers That Do Business in Cuba
01.20.15 Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Spur Private Investment in Infrastructure Projects
10.02.14 Special Transportation & Infrastructure Panel Releases Report on Public-Private Partnerships
09.14.09 U.S. Opens Lines of Communication to Cuba---Revisions to Cuba Regulations Provide Opportunities for Telecom Industry

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


• Quoted, U.S. Companies Still Face Investment Hurdles in Cuba Despite Thaw, Financial Times, June 15, 2015
• Quoted, Eyeing the Next Frontier, Miami Law Firms Ramp Up Cuba Strategy, Reuters, May 25, 2015
• Quoted, Cuba's Open for Some American Business - So Here Come the Lawyers, Miami Herald, May 25, 2015
• Quoted, Businesses on Both Sides of the Florida Straits Get to Know Each Other, Miami Herald, May 22, 2015
• Featured, Intensive Two Months Ends in $728 Million Power Plant Sale, Daily Business Review, May 11, 2015
• Mentioned, $4.9 Billion Deal Creates World's Largest Online Poker Business, Daily Business Review, May 11, 2015
• Co-Author, Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Spur Private Investment in Infrastructure Projects, GT Alert, January 20, 2015
• Quoted, Two Latin Americas, Florida Trend, January 2015
• Quoted, Investors Hoping for Progress in Brazil, Miami Lawyers Say, Daily Business Review, November 3, 2014
• Co-Author, Special Transportation & Infrastructure Panel Releases Report on Public-Private Partnerships, GT Alert, October 2, 2014
• Quoted, They All Went to Mexico, Focus Latin America, Spring 2014
• Featured, A Tremendous Increase in Business, The American Lawyer: Focus Latin America, Page 10, 2014
• Mentioned, Florida Jump-Starts Public Projects With New Finance Law, Law360, July 2, 2013
• Featured, Helping to bridge the transaction knowledge gap, Iberian Lawyer, December 1, 2011
• Featured, Public-Private Partnership's Financing May be Trendsetter, Daily Business Review, November 11, 2009
• Mentioned, Puerto Rico Se Anota un Gol, El Nuevo Dia, October 23, 2009
• Co-Author, U.S. Opens Lines of Communication to Cuba---Revisions to Cuba Regulations Provide Opportunities for Telecom Industry, GT Alert, September 14, 2009
• Mentioned, Bancolombia Finally Takes Banagricola, Latin Lawyer, 2008
• Featured, Previous Credit Suisse Business Helps in Loan to Peruvian Company, Daily Business Review, June 27, 2007


• Speaker, Cuba: The Next Chapter, 2015 eMerge Americas Conference, Miami, FL, May 4, 2015
• Speaker, Cuba 2014: What the U.S. Legal and Business Communities Need to Know, The Florida Bar International Law Section, Orlando, FL, November 2014
• Moderator, Florida's Current Infrastructure: A Discussion on Current Investment Trends in Infrastructure, Challenges and Innovations, Highlights & Insights, Spain-US Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure & Transportation Seminar, Miami, Florida, July 2013
• Moderator, Deal making in Latin America - How to Stimulate Deal Flow and Fund-Raise in the Current Fiscal Climate, ” Terrapinn Private Equity Latin America and Real Estate Latin America Conference, Miami, Florida, June 2013
• Panelist, Doing Business in Brazil: Balancing Risk & Opportunity, BritWeek Business Forum, Miami, Florida, March 2013
• Moderator, Latin America-Asia-Africa: Competitiveness, Trade, and Infrastructure, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Private Sector Roundtable, Miami, Florida, March 2013
• Moderator, Free Trade Agreements and Investment Opportunities, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Latin American Cities Conference, Panama City, Panama, March 2012
• Speaker, Intra-Regional Projects: Getting Deals Done Across Borders, 5th Annual Latin American Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, Coral Gables, Florida, March 2011
• Speaker, Trends in Cross-Border M&A Transactions, U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2010
• Speaker, A Peso or A Beso? Credit Availability and Financing in Latin America, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2010 Annual Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2010
• Speaker, Public Private Partnerships in the U.S. and Latin America: Challenges and Perspectives, The Florida Bar, Third Annual International Business Transactions Conference, Miami, Florida, May 2010
• Speaker, Cracking the Door: The Future of U.S. Property, Trade, and Investment in Cuba, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, February 2010
• Speaker, Latin American Investment Climate: Colombian Coal Future, Colombian Coal Conference 2010, Barranquilla, Colombia, February 2010
• Speaker, Cuba in Transition - The Future of Property, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Miami, Florida, October 2009
• Speaker, LatAm Mining Congress, Coral Gables, Florida, July 2009
• Speaker, Mergermarket, Investing in Latin America Forum, Cartagena, Colombia, June 2009
• Speaker, Florida International University, Latin American CEO Forum, Coral Gables, Florida, 2008
• Speaker, Aspectos Relevantes en las Transacciones Financieras Internacionales, Tercer Seminario Pre-Congreso, Asociacion Bancaria de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 2006
• Speaker, New England-Latin America Business Council, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2006 (Also at New York, New York Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Mergers & Acquisitions: Represented Rentokil Initial plc, a U.K. public company, in connection with its acquisition of The Steritech Group, Inc., one of the leading pest control businesses in North America, for $425 million.; Represented Amaya Gaming Group Inc., a Canadian public company, 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.; 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 Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a US$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.; 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.; 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 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 US$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 SalvadoreNo to Banistmo through a tender offer process in El Salvador.; Joint Ventures: 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 Organizacion Sanitas Internacional in its joint venture with GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, the parent company of Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to establish a strategic alliance to create a new company offering culturally relevant health care to the Hispanic market.; 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.; Project Finance: 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.; Financings: Counsel to several real estate fund portfolio companies in connection with financings for projects in Mexico and Panama.; Advised Central American private equity group on portfolio company financings.; Advised international financial institution on restructuring of US$80 million credit facility issued to Central American media and telecommunications company.; Advised Peruvian fishmeal company in US$31 million credit facility and subsequent US$185 million refinancing through a syndicated loan facility.; Represented supplier of telecommunication network equipment in connection with vendor financings.; Corporate Representation: 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.; 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 Guatemalan financial institution on U.S. law matters.; Advise a number of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S., including a Spanish manufacturer and distributor of specialty foods, a Spanish tourism and sightseeing company, and an Argentine web-based technology company.; Representation of Family Groups and Individual Investors: Represented internationally renowned recording artist in connection with investments and business ventures.; Represented Central American family group making limited partnership investment in private equity fund.; Represented high-net-worth individual investing in Colombian gold mining company.; Represented Guatemalan family group investing in web-based entertainment company.; Represented family-owned U.S. agribusiness in negotiating with Honduran supplier.

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Little Known Florida Statute Affects Securities Issuers That Do Business in Cuba
Carl A. Fornaris,Yosbel A. Ibarra, July 29, 2015
While diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba continue to normalize, issuers of securities sold in Florida should be mindful of a little-noticed but long-existing Florida statute that requires them to disclose any business activities in Cuba. Passed in 1992, Section 517.075 of the...
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Yosbel A. Ibarra

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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