Her main areas of practice include general corporate matters, financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions in the insurance and banking industries, distribution and sales representative laws, insurance and healthcare services - including litigation - as well as regulatory matters and government and legislative affairs.
Before joining McConnell Valdés, Mrs. Portela concentrated in the practice of civil and commercial litigation in federal, state and administrative forums, including appellate practice. One of the main areas of her practice was in insurance matters being the outside counsel for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration.
In addition, in 1993 she served as Assistant Legal Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico on issues of public safety. In 1994, she served as the Legal Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. As such, she worked extensively on public policy issues and government affairs.
Some of her representative transactions include:
- Representating health care facilities in certificate of need litigation before the Puerto Rico Department of Health.
- Representing insurance companies in administrative proceedings before the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and of health care facilities before the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration.
- Asset purchase transaction by and among Triple-S Salud, Inc, and La Cruz Azul de Puerto Rico, Inc.
- Asset purchase transactions by and among insurance producers.
- Stock purchase transactions involving international insurer operating as a protected cell company.
- Transaction involving acquisitions of a software development and data processing entities in Central America and Puerto Rico.
- Assisting in representation of insurance company in negotiations with several PR government agencies in relation to termination of insurance program for the Municipalities of Puerto Rico.
- Government affairs/lobbyist for leading insurance company.
News & Publications
- McV NewsAugust 21, 2019
- May 24, 2019
- McV serves as local counsel in Liberty Global’s acquisition of Choice Cable TVDecember 10, 2014
- An McV Tax & Health Care AlertJuly 1, 2020
- An McV Tax & Health Care AlertMay 5, 2020
- An McV Corporate & Tax AlertApril 28, 2020
- EO-2020-033 Authorizes Corporations to Notify Rescheduling of Corporate Shareholder Meetings by Various MeansAn McV Corporate AlertApril 14, 2020
- Puerto Rico Department of Health Extends Validity of Licenses, Permits and Certificates Expiring During COVID-19 EmergencyAn McV Health Care AlertApril 13, 2020
- An McV Insurance AlertMarch 25, 2020
- An McV Government Affairs AlertNovember 6, 2019
- An McV Health Care Practice Team AlertAugust 20, 2019
- Puerto Rico Supreme Court declares Succession Law Unconstitutional; Pedro Pierluisi Resigns and Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez-Garced Sworn-In as GovernorAn McV Government Affairs AlertAugust 7, 2019
- An McV Government Affairs AlertAugust 5, 2019
- Pedro Pierluisi Sworn-In as New Governor of Puerto Rico; Senate to Hold Confirmation Vote Monday AfternoonAn McV Government Affairs AlertAugust 2, 2019
- An McV Government Affairs AlertJuly 26, 2019
- An McV Health Care Practice Team AlertJune 11, 2019
- An McV Corporate & Health Care AlertJune 20, 2018
- An McV Government Affairs AlertApril 2, 2018
- An McV Government Affairs AlertFebruary 14, 2018
- An McV Intellectual Property AlertJanuary 29, 2018
- An McV Government Affairs AlertJanuary 15, 2018
- An McV Corporate AlertDecember 28, 2017
- An McV Corporate AlertDecember 27, 2017
- An McV Corporate AlertNovember 30, 2017
- An McV Corporate AlertNovember 29, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs AlertNovember 8, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs AlertNovember 1, 2017
- An McV Health Care AlertOctober 13, 2017
- An McV Health Care AlertAugust 16, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs AlertNovember 9, 2016
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
Bachelor's Degree, Wellesley College, 1987
J.D., Yale Law School, 1990
United States District Court Bar