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.
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.
EducationUniversity of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1981University of Florida, B.S., Journalism, 1977
InvolvementAlliance of Merger & Acquisition AdvisorsSouth Florida Chapter, Board of Directors, 2018 - PresentAmerican Bar Association
International Law Section, International M&A Joint Venture Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018 - presentAssociation of Public CorporationsPresident and member of the Board of Directors, 1997 - 2002Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of FloridaMember, 2017Chapman PartnershipBoard Member, 2016 - PresentFriends of WLRNBoard Member, 2016 - PresentGreater Miami Chamber of CommerceBoard Member 2001 - 2002
Chairman of Hispanic Market Committee, 1993 - 1994Hispanic National Bar AssociationMember, 2016International In-House Counsel GroupCo-Chair, 1998 - PresentLaw360 Editorial Advisory BoardMedia & Entertainment, 2017 - PresentUnited Way of Miami-DadeCo-Chair, Legal Division, 1999 - 2001University of Florida Center for Latin American StudiesAlumni Board President, 2011 - PresentUniversity of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law
Advisory Board Member, 2016 - Present
Awards/HonorsDaily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - International, Winner, 2017
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