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Samuel T. Céspedes Jr.

Capital Member and Chairman, Corporate Practice Group
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His main areas of practice are mergers & acquisitions, commercial transactions, municipal financing, distribution & franchise laws, government bids & contracts, housing development, public-private partnerships and government & legislative affairs.

He is ranked as one of Puerto Rico's Leading Attorneys in the Corporate/Commercial field by the international publication Chambers & Partners in both its Global and its Latin America Guides. He is also ranked as a leading attorney by the IFLR1000, an international guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms. Mr. Céspedes is also ranked in the Corporate and M&A Law field of The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico guide.

He regularly assists clients in understanding the Puerto Rico legislative process and devising lobbying strategies to accomplish their legislation goals and in the negotiation of government contracts. He also works with clients in the drafting and interpretation of distribution and sales representation agreements, as well as entity formation and regulatory matters related to the establishment of operations in Puerto Rico.

Before joining the Firm in 1993, he worked as law clerk to then Chief Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, selected as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He also served as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C., and as Legal Counsel to Governor Rafael Hernández Colón.

Mr. Céspedes serves as Puerto Rico Liaison to the Corporate Laws Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves as Director and Secretary of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús, a not for profit organization that provides assistance to homeless people in San Juan and as Trustee of Guayacán Endowment Fund, dedicated to invest in Puerto Rico's local entrepreneurial system through Grupo Guayacán.

Representative Transactions

His experience spans a wide range of practice areas. Some of his representative transactions include:

  • Worked in major corporate acquisition transactions in Puerto Rico, such as America Móvil's purchase of Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Liberty Cable's acquisition of OneLink, Haemonetics' purchase of Pall Corporation's assets and Hub International's purchase of Carrión, Laffitte & Casellas' stock, as well as major corporate reorganizations (Kraft/Mondelez, Pfizer, and Covidien amongst others).
  • Leading the team of Firm attorneys that assisted Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico LLC, an Abertis/Goldman Sachs consortium that was awarded a concession to operate and maintain two major toll roads in Puerto Rico. This is the first public-private partnership project developed under the Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Act of 2009.
  • Serving as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in bond issuances of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its agencies and instrumentalities, such as Puerto Rico Public Buildings Authority, Puerto Rico Municipal Finance Agency, Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority, Puerto Rico Infrastructure Finance Agency, Puerto Rico Industrial, Tourist, Educational, Medical and Environmental Control Facilities Financing Authority (AFICA) and Puerto Rico Public Finance Corporation.
  • Advising the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority in debt financing and regulatory matters.


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Bachelor's Degree, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

J.D., Columbia Law School


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