Elba Bermúdez represents financial institutions, including commercial and development banks, borrowers, and project sponsors and developers in a wide variety of cross-border and domestic financing-related transactions. She has particular experience advising clients on complex financings in the banking, mining, energy, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.
Elba has represented public and private corporate borrowers, financial institutions, and companies in lending transactions, including project financings, asset-based financings, debtor-in-possession financings, and syndicated dollar and foreign currency financings in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Recent transactions include a syndicated credit facility for a telecommunications company in Colombia, a debt restructuring transaction for a retail company in the United States, and a syndicated credit facility for a copper mine expansion project in Chile.
Elba also maintains an active pro bono practice and is involved in the Firm's pro bono efforts on behalf of unaccompanied children from Central America. Recently, she successfully represented two unaccompanied minors from Guatemala in obtaining asylum utilizing a novel "Cinderella" theory. While working for the U.S. Department of Justice, she received two awards from the Attorney General: a special achievement for a special act in 2008 in recognition of a sustained superior performance related to a lending matter and a special commendation for outstanding service in 2007 in a housing discrimination matter.
- Fordham University (J.D. 2012); Center for Transnational Legal Studies London (Certificate in Transnational Legal Studies 2012); University of Denver (M.A. in International Human Rights 2005); University of Puerto Rico (B.A. in Political Science 2002)
- Florida and New York
- Served with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division: Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) (Voting Section, 2011) and Paralegal Specialist (Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, 2006-2009); Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2003-2005)
IFLR1000: "Rising Star" in banking, financial services (2018, 2019, 2020)
Florida Trend: "Legal Elite Up & Comers" (June 25, 2018)
- Extern to Judge Robert P. Patterson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Summer 2010)