© 2012 The Texas Lawbook.
By Natalie Posgate
Staff Writer for The Texas Lawbook
An attorney with an expertise in Latin American businesses has moved to a firm that is widely known for its Latin American practice: Haynes and Boone.
George Y. Gonzalez joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the international practice group. He was previously a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani.
Gonzalez has extensive experience counseling U.S. and Latin American businesses in energy and mergers and acquisition law. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate control matters, securities, privately held companies and international legal issues.
Along with his accomplishments in international counseling, Gonzalez has written about or presented a variety of topics, which include the intellectual property provisions of NAFTA, renewable energy in Mexico, private equity opportunities within the U.S. Hispanic market, and the guidelines for how foreign corporations can list securities on a U.S. stock exchange through using American depository receipts.
Gonzalez says that over the past year there has been an increase in the number of Mexican, other Latin American and Spanish businesses seeking to form a presence in the U.S.
“From an inbound perspective, companies from a range of industries – industrial, infrastructure, construction, energy to food and beverage, among others – have sought U.S. presence, effectively diversifying their business portfolios,” he says.
For the remainder of 2012, Gonzalez predicts that opportunity for private equity in Latin America will grow.
“As globalization continues to accelerate, companies from Europe, China, in addition to the U.S. will seek opportunities to combine or form businesses in Latin America in a number of areas, markedly in the energy and natural resources area and in manufacturing to serve the U.S. and other markets,” Gonzalez says. “Notwithstanding recent events in Argentina, as commodity prices for natural resources continue to hold, investors will continue to seek out business combinations and investments in that sector in the region.”
The countries that Gonzalez has negotiated on behalf of include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.
Gonzalez received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and completed his undergraduate education at Rice University.
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