CristinaPérez Soto

Partner

Miami + 1.305.714.9733

Cristina Pérez Soto practices in all areas of cross-border investigations and disputes before United States federal and state courts, international arbitration institutions, and other tribunals.

She regularly represents companies and individuals in U.S. government investigations concerning a wide range of allegations including corruption, securities, tax, commodities, and other fraud; insider trading; money laundering; commercial bribery; and other violations. Cristina served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the Southern District of Florida for four years. During this time she focused on major fraud cases, including securities, investment, mortgage, tax, and other large-scale fraud matters, and tried more than 15 jury cases to verdict.

Cristina also has significant experience in international litigation and arbitration, including enforcement proceedings, representing clients in the United States and abroad. A native Spanish speaker, Cristina has experience handling international arbitration matters before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and other arbitral institutions, including matters that have been conducted entirely in Spanish.

Cristina is on the board of directors of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She speaks regularly on issues regarding investigations and global disputes, with a particular focus on Latin America. Cristina is the hiring partner for the Miami Office and serves as a member of the Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee.

Experience

  • Merchant banking firm provides $60 million senior secured credit facility to multinational software companyJones Day represented a merchant banking firm in connection with a $60 million senior secured credit facility comprised of a $50 million initial term loan facility, a $5 million delayed draw term loan facility, and a $5 million revolving credit facility provided to a multinational software company.
  • Audit committee of large public company conducts investigation into allegations of financial fraud and self-dealing in MexicoOn behalf of the audit committee of a large U.S. public company, Jones Day conducted an investigation into allegations of financial fraud and self-dealing by management relating to the company's Mexico operations.
  • LCR and several affiliates acquire substantially all assets of CS Mining pursuant to sale under section 363 of Bankruptcy CodeJones Day represents various affiliates of Lippo China Resources Limited ("LCR") in connection with its investment in excess of $75 million in CS Mining, LLC, a copper mining company based in Milford, Utah that is the subject of a chapter 11 case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah.
  • 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.
  • Fourth Alcuin Fund acquires minority stake in Air Charter ServiceJones Day represented The Fourth Alcuin Fund LP, a fund managed by Alcuin Capital Partners LLP, in connection with its minority stake investment in Air Charter Service, a global leader in providing aircraft charters.
  • Honduran family granted asylum based on religious persecutionIn the U.S. Immigration Court for Baltimore, Maryland, Johanes Maliza, Cristina Perez-Soto, and Andrew Turnier recently obtained asylum for our clients M.L., S.V., and J.L.
  • Businesswoman arbitrates breach of shareholder's agreement claims at ICCJones Day represented a businesswoman and philanthropist seeking injunctive and monetary relief through arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) related to the breach of the shareholder's agreement for a company with operations in 17 countries in Latin America.
  • Seller of oil field concessions defends FCPA investigationJones Day is representing an individual who is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the sale of certain oil field concessions in Argentina.
  • Major multinational corporation undergoes internal investigation into accounting fraud and corruptionJones Day conducted an internal investigation into alleged accounting fraud and corruption in the international operations of a major publicly traded multinational corporation.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented a Fortune 500 company in multiple state and federal actions related to lease agreements for telecommunication services throughout the United States alleging fraud in the inducement, breach of contract, and unfair trade practices.

    Represented a multisystem cable operator in a carriage and distribution dispute with a channel operator.

    Represented a South American client in a multimillion dollar dispute in connection with a stock purchase agreement involving the sale of an interest in a financial and insurance group of companies.

    Represented a multinational company in a criminal investigation regarding allegations of noncompliance with audit guidelines.

    Represented a foreign corporation whose takeover tender offer was challenged in a federal securities action seeking to halt the takeover bid.

    Represented a major accounting firm in an SEC investigation.

    Represented a sovereign government in an intellectual property dispute with United States licensees.

    Speaking Engagements

    • February 21, 2019
      Tips for Young Lawyers in the Courtroom: A Panel Discussion
    • September 26, 2018
      Calling in the cavalry for corporate investigations, Latin America Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Regional Meeting
    • 20 junio, 2018
      La creciente importancia de las investigaciones internas al amparo de la FCPA y su impacto en la empresa española
    • May 10, 2018
      Women in Business, moderator, MDFAWL Fifth Annual Leadership Summit
    • April 26, 2018
      Corruption and Arbitration: What have we learnt so far?, speaker, Second Annual Arbitration Summit, Latin Lawyer
    • February 21, 2017
      Moderator, the Grit Project CLE
    • October 18, 2016
      FCPA Investigations and the New National Anticorruption System in Mexico, speaker
    • February 26, 2016
      Emergency and Interim Measures in International Arbitration, moderator, Florida Bar ILAT Conference
    • February 14, 2016
      Speaker, "ICC Young Arbitrators Forum: Arbitration and Technology," VII International Arbitration Congress
    • November 5, 2015
      Moderator, "What Practitioners Need to Know: Upcoming Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida"
    • November 1, 2014
      Speaker, "ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, A Discussion of Theoretical and Practical Issues Facing Young Practitioners"
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