Enrique J.Martin (Rick)

Partner

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Rick Martin has more than 25 years experience representing clients in the United States, Europe, and Latin America on their domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, joint venture, restructuring, securities, and capital raising transactions. He has worked on a wide variety of matters over the course of his career and has extensive experience in the media, energy, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure, technology, and financial services sectors.

Rick also has assisted numerous Latin American and European companies in establishing and expanding their operations in the United States. In addition, he has extensive experience advising global corporations in managing their legal matters throughout Latin America.

Notable corporate clients include: Spanish Broadcasting System, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, ACS Infrastructure Development, Ferrovial Airports, Millicom International Cellular, Credito Real, and Solairedirect (ENGIE).

Rick is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society Cabinet.

He is the administrative partner of the Miami Office.

Experience

  • RPM International acquires construction material distributors in Puerto Rico, Panama, and Dominican RepublicJones Day advised RPM International, Inc. and its subsidiary The Euclid Chemical Company with the acquisition of construction material distributors in Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
  • Engie Solar sells interest in PanamaSolar2, S.A. to Latin Renewables Infrastructure FundsJones Day advised Engie Solar in the sale of its interest in PanamaSolar2, S.A., a 16MW photovoltaic power plant located in Panama, to Latin Renewables Infrastructure Funds managed by Real Infrastructure Capital Partners.
  • Millicom International Cellular sells and lease back towers to American Tower in Paraguay for approximately Gs700 billion (US$125 million)Jones Day advised Millicom International Cellular S.A. and its subsidiary Telefonica Celular del Paraguay S.A. in the sale of approximately 1,400 wireless communications towers to a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation ("ATC") in Paraguay for approximately Gs700 billion (US$125 million) in cash.
  • Hyatt Hotels completes preferred equity investment and financing in luxury hotel and resort property in Latin AmericaJones Day represented Hyatt Hotels Corporation, an American multinational owner, operator, and franchiser of hotels, resorts, and vacation properties, in connection with a series of corporate transactions effecting the purchase, sale, and recapitalization of a significant luxury hotel and resort property in Latin America, including a preferred equity investment and financing by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyatt in the acquiror (and controlling owner) of the resort property; a refinancing of the resort property's existing senior secured bank debt with an international financial institution; the acquisition by the new controlling owner of the resort property; and certain related commercial arrangements between Hyatt and the new controlling owner of the resort property.
  • Nissan Motor Co. in global restructuring of Takata CorporationJones Day is representing Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in connection with the global restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries.
  • Asylum granted to unaccompanied minors from GuatemalaJones Day successfully represented sisters K.C. and K.S., two unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, in obtaining asylum utilizing a novel "Cinderella" theory.
  • Paymentez acquires SpeedETab, Inc.Jones Day advised Paymentez, LLC, a payment processor serving businesses throughout Latin America, in the acquisition of a controlling interest in SpeedETab, Inc., a payment systems provider for restaurants.
  • ACS Infrastructure takes over Angels FlightJones Day advised ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. in its formation and organization of a joint venture that was awarded the right to develop and operate the Angels flight funicular railway in the district of Downtown Los Angeles, California.
  • Majority owners of Mentez acquire entirety of Mentez, LLCJones Day advised the majority owners of Mentez, LLC, the parent company of Paymentez, LLC, a leading payment processor for online games, websites, and mobile applications in Latin America, in connection with the purchase of the membership interests of Mentez owned by a minority equity holder.
  • Crédito Real acquires 70 percent of Instacredit for $70 millionJones Day advised Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V., SOFOM, E.R. (“Crédito Real”) in completing the purchase of a 70 percent equity interest in Marevalley Corporation, a Panamanian holding company with entities in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama operating under the name “Instacredit.”
  • Arendal acquires Cal Dive vessel and certain equity interestsJones Day represented Arendal S. de R.L. de C.V., a Mexican company specializing in the construction of pipelines, plants, electromechanical, and heavy civil engineering works, in its acquisition of the Vanuatu flagged vessel "Texas," as well as certain equity interests of Hoc Offshore, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Tiburón Ingeniería y Construcción, S. de R.L. de C.V. from Cal Dive Offshore Contractors.
  • Asbury Automotive completes $200 million offering of Senior Subordinated NotesJones Day represented Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S., in connection with its issuance of an additional $200 million aggregate principal amount of 6.0% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2024 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • Crédito Real acquires 65 percent of AFS Acceptance to scale up its used car business in the U.S.Jones Day advised Crédito Real, S.A.B de C.V., SOFOM, E.R. ("Crédito Real") in its acquisition of 65 percent of the equity interests issued by AFS Acceptance LLC, a financial institution focused on granting loans for the acquisition of used cars in the U.S.
  • GTS sells minority stake in two 20 MW solar plants in Peru to Sojitz Corporation of AmericaJones Day advised Grupo T-Solar with the sale of a minority equity interest in two projects consisting of two 20 MW PV plants in southern Peru.
  • TissueTech further issues Common Stock in private placement to certain accredited investorsJones Day represented TissueTech, Inc., a Miami-based bio-tech company and industry leader in amniotic membrane tissue products, in connection with its further issuance of Common Stock in a private placement to certain accredited investors.
  • The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented the sellers of Miami's leading Spanish-language radio stations WXDJ (106.7), WCMQ (92.3), and WRMA (95.7) in connection with their purchase by Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Represented a Dubai-based private equity firm in connection with its capital raising activities and acquisitions in the United States.

    Represented one of the largest Chinese tire manufacturers in connection with its initial entry into the U.S. market, including its joint venture with a local minority partner to establish its U.S. operations.

    Represented Grupo Phoenix, a leading supplier of packaging for consumer products and goods with manufacturing operations in Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.S., in connection with its sale of a minority equity interest to One Equity Partners (the private investment arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.).

    Represented the Delcop Group in its acquisition of the Colombian operations of Xerox Corporation.

    Represented BearingPoint, Inc. and the BearingPoint Liquidating Trust as lead counsel in connection with the wind down of BearingPoint's Latin American operations.

    Represented consortium of investors in its acquisition of the business and assets of McDonald's Corporation's Latin American operations (including approximately 1,600 restaurants in 18 jurisdictions).  

    Represented the Trident Trust Group in its acquisition of the trust administration business of a major international bank.

    Represented Mentez, LLC, the leading publisher of social network games on Brazil's Orkut and Facebook platforms, in several private equity transactions.

    Represented Paymentez, LLC, a leading payment platform for purchases of virtual goods and online content in Latin America, in connection with its corporate restructuring and private placement of equity securities.

    Represented Industrias Duraflex S.A. de C.V. in the sale of its textile manufacturing plant located in El Salvador to Hanesbrands, a U.S. publicly traded corporation.

    Represented MGM International LLC, a leading firm specializing in the development and commercialization of carbon emissions credits, in its issuance of a 38 percent equity interest to Morgan Stanley Capital Group.

    Represented Seisint, Inc. in its $775 million auction sale to Lexis-Nexis.

    Represented Conecel, the leading telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ecuador, in its high yield debt offerings of an aggregate of $246 million under Rule 144A and Regulation S and eventual sale of the company to America Movil, one of the world's largest wireless service providers.

    Represented Telefonica, Spain's largest telecommunications company, in connection with numerous acquisitions throughout Latin America.

    Additional Publications

    • July/August 2008
      Quoted, Miami- a bridge both ways, Iberian Lawyer
    • August 2007
      Featured, Dealmakers: Attorneys Assist in Purchase of McDonald's Latin America, Miami Daily Business Review
    • August 2007
      Quoted, Clothing group buys Salvadoran supplier, Latin Lawyer
    • 2007
      Mentioned, McDonald's Sells Latin America, Latin Lawyer

    Speaking Engagements

    • April 1, 2017
      Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2017 Corporate Counsel Conference, Real World Strategies for In-House Counsel Managing International Case Loads
    • February 28, 2014
      Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference - Developing and Growing Business in Latin America and Abroad
    • May 29, 2013
      Inaugural Hispanic Leaders Summit, White House Business Council, The White House
    • November 2009
      Cross-Border Issues in the Evolving Global Economy, moderator/speaker, Mergers and Acquisitions
    • 2009
      Latin America Business Update, speaker, Changing Regulatory Landscape
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