Jose Sariego

Hablo Español
Falo Português
Area of Focus: Corporate

Jose's firsthand experience with the complex inner workings of major companies and the challenges facing high level executives and in-house counsel is one of his unique differentiators. For more than 20 years, he was a member of senior management of three companies, where he served as chief legal and compliance officer as well as secretary to the Board of Directors of two of the companies. It is precisely this inside knowledge and experience that allows him to appreciate both the legal and business consequences of every corporate strategy.

In addition, Jose has more than 25 years of experience negotiating and closing domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, divestitures and other transactions. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, Jose has negotiated and closed multi-million deals in a dozen countries in three languages.

Jose has particular experience in media, entertainment and technology law, having served as General Counsel of HBO Latin America and as head of Business & Legal Affairs for Telemundo Network. In these roles, he led complex negotiations with some of the largest media companies in Latin America, closed multi-year programming deals with major studios and independents, and handled development and production deals with producers on numerous shows throughout the region.

Q & A
Why should a client hire you as opposed to another lawyer with a similar practice?

As the lead lawyer for three major companies for more than 20 years, I know the challenges and pressures that in-house legal departments face and what they expect from their outside lawyers. I understand the mindset and concerns of busy executives and what they encounter day to day. I also have a unique insider's perspective of the media and entertainment business, having led the business and legal affairs function of two international media and entertainment companies. I have handled not just in-bound international transactions, but have extensive experience closing deals throughout Latin America and elsewhere. I have built a broad network of international contacts, and I am intimately familiar with the intricacies of foreign transactions, both from a legal and as importantly from a practical point of view.

What is keeping your clients up at night and how are you helping address those challenges?
The revolution brought by the Internet is wreaking havoc on nearly every industry today. This is especially true for media and entertainment companies, as well as telecom and technology businesses, but also is impacting traditional industrial companies that are being forced to re-invent themselves in the digital world. And we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. More change is coming, at an accelerating pace. I teach Media and Entertainment Law in the Digital Age at the University of Miami Law School, and every semester the paradigm shifts. It is a challenge to stay current and you have to constantly alter your view of business models, established legal principles and the delivery of legal services. It keeps me young and connected to this new generation of creators, executives and entrepreneurs.
What did you do before becoming an attorney?
I was a professional journalist with The Miami Herald, and I use that training every day — the analytical skills, the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, and how to get to the point quickly and succinctly. I still read a number of newspapers every day - only now I do it on-line.
Representation of a Spanish language broadcaster in a $300 million Chapter 11 restructuring, including a $20 million credit facility.
Representation of a U.S. public international telecom contractor in a public $200 million high yield bond offering.
Representation of U.S. public international telecom contractor in providing $150 million in vendor financing facilities to telecom clients.

Jose is a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo and likes to relax by breaking bricks and boards with his hands and feet.

  • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1981
    University of Florida, B.S., Journalism, 1977
  • Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
    South Florida Chapter, Board of Directors, 2018 - Present
    American Bar Association

    International Law Section, International M&A Joint Venture Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018 - present

    Association of Public Corporations
    President and member of the Board of Directors, 1997 - 2002
    Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
    Member, 2017
    Chapman Partnership
    Board Member, 2016 - Present
    Friends of WLRN
    Board Member, 2016 - Present
    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    Board Member 2001 - 2002
    Chairman of Hispanic Market Committee, 1993 - 1994
    Hispanic National Bar Association
    Member, 2016
    International In-House Counsel Group
    Co-Chair, 1998 - Present
    Law360 Editorial Advisory Board
    Media & Entertainment, 2017 - Present
    United Way of Miami-Dade
    Co-Chair, Legal Division, 1999 - 2001
    University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
    Alumni Board President, 2011 - Present
    University of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law

    Advisory Board Member, 2016 - Present

  • Florida
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - International, Winner, 2017
  • Spanish
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