Ricardo H.Puente (Rick)

Partner

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Rick Puente is a Florida Bar Board Certified International Litigation and Arbitration lawyer and member of a disputes team recognized by Global Arbitration Review as one of the leading international arbitration law firms in the 2020 edition of the GAR 30. With more than 20 years of experience, Rick has litigated and tried complex commercial and investment cases before courts and international arbitration tribunals, involving issues of fraud, money laundering, shareholder disputes, and treaty claims in the United States and abroad.

Rick's notable cases include: defending a major airline in federal court over properties confiscated during the 1959 Cuban Revolution (complaint dismissed); representing a Chilean national in securing recovery of investments made in an international Ponzi scheme; advising a Canadian company in connection with antitrust claims and related U.S. litigation involving the sale of a $4.1 billion mining interest in Chile; securing a favorable settlement for an investment bank in a $60 million arbitration; representing a philanthropist in a Hague Convention and federal RICO lawsuit in Texas and a $500 million ICC arbitration in New York involving a company with operations in 17 countries; and representing a Latin American lawyer and businessman whose funds were frozen by the United States government (secured return of millions of dollars).

Rick has lectured and moderated on international arbitration and litigation topics at universities and in conferences in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He served as chairman of a Florida Bar Judicial Grievance Committee (2011) and is president of the Florida Chapter of Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), a leading international arbitration organization based in Madrid, Spain.

Experience

  • Major U.S. airline obtains dismissal with prejudice of "trafficking" claim under the Helms-Burton Act related to partnership involving hotels in CubaJones Day obtained a ruling of first impression in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which dismissed for lack of Article III standing a Helms-Burton Act lawsuit alleging that American Airlines "trafficked" in property confiscated by the Castro government following the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
  • Investor recovers significant portion of investment after being victimized by cross-border Ponzi schemeJones Day represents a major investor that was the victim of a cross-border Ponzi scheme of a Chilean national.
  • Major U.S. airline defends against "trafficking" claim under the Helms-Burton ActJones Day represents American Airlines, Inc. in defending a claim of "trafficking" under the Helms-Burton Act.
  • Businessman and lawyer found to be entitled to return of money seized in investigationJones Day represented a prominent Latin American business man and lawyer in connection with the return of millions of dollars seized by the U.S. government.
  • Financial institution resolves dispute over allegations of unauthorized tradesJones Day represented a financial institution in a FINRA arbitration involving cross border discovery issues in connection with the sale of structured products to a private investment company.
  • Alleged promoter of investment fund navigates SEC investigationJones Day represented a client before the SEC involving promotion of a LatAm ponzi scheme.
  • 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.
  • Speedpay defends putative class action lawsuit over processing feesJones Day represented Speedpay, Inc. in a putative class action lawsuit in which plaintiffs alleged that Speedpay violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act by adding surcharges to utility payments the company collected through its telephone payment system on behalf of an electrical utility company.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented a group of Latin American partners in a joint venture involving energy investment contracts, resulting in a seven figure final judgment and award of attorney's fees in their favor.

    Represented an investor at an evidentiary hearing in federal bankruptcy court and successfully argued that a corporate bankruptcy stay did not preclude the investor's state court case against a managing member of the corporate entity for fraud and FDUTPA.

    Represented lawyers in ethics investigation by the Florida Bar involving retaliatory allegations by adversary of misconduct during litigation.

    Represented a plaintiff against a financial institution involving misleading representations in commodities investment.

    Represented plaintiffs in a financial fraud case against a regional commercial bank involving fraudulent wire transfers originating from Venezuela.

    Represented a foreign private investment company and high net worth individual against a large international bank and its broker dealer subsidiary for FDUTPA, breaches of fiduciary duty, and fraud.

    Represented an executive in defamation, fraud, and tortious interference lawsuit against a global freight forwarding company.

    Represented an investment trust against a broker-dealer involving unauthorized trades in a nondiscretionary account.

    Represented a financial institution, personal representative of estate, and individual co-trustee in a trust litigation matter involving allegations of breach of contract by the trustees relating to multimillion dollar jewelry.

    Represented a film company in a corporate dissolution and prelitigation negotiations against a former managing member involving allegations of copyright infringement, tortious interference, and libel.

    Represented plaintiffs in a state circuit court up through final jury verdict in a negligence case against a national corporation.

    Defended Florida's auditor general's office in federal court litigation involving allegations of employment discrimination and retaliation and obtained summary judgment and award of costs against the plaintiff.

    Defended Edge Act Bank in federal court in a wire fraud case involving a Grand Cayman private trust account.

    Defended the general contractor of a luxury hotel/condo and obtained summary judgment in favor of contractor.

    Defended a securities broker dealer, clearing house, and stockbroker in FINRA arbitration involving allegations of fraud and churning.

    Represented investors against a private bank for the sale of unregistered securities (case settled following certification of class).

    Speaking Engagements

    • February 11, 2020
      Moderator and presenter at "Choice of Law and International Arbitration: a Global Tour" on the topic of the hallmarks of the most commonly chosen governing laws in major projects agreements
    • April 2, 2019
      Speaker at the Florida International Bankers Association seminar on the topic “A Reinvigorated Helms-Burton: Coming Storm or Sunshower?” and the Implications of Implementing Title III of the Helms–Burton Act
    • March 1, 2019
      Moderator at the Florida International University "The World of Arbitration and Mediation in Latin America and the Caribbean Today" on the topic of Recognizing and Enforcing Foreign and Domestic Arbitral Awards and Settlement Agreements (Part 2)
    • February 9, 2019
      Speaker at the University of Miami Law Review Symposium "Sin Límites Law & Business at the Gateway to the Americas" on the topic of International Disputes
    • September 19, 2018
      Lecturer and invited speaker on U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Laws & International Arbitration before the Association of Resorts, Hotels, & Tourism in the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES)
    • 13 junio, 2018
      Arbitraje y litigios transnacionales en las nuevas tecnologías: Blockchain y Criptomoneda
    • April 27, 2018
      XII Congress of International Arbitration "In Memoriam Estuardo Mata Palmieri" moderator and speaker on the topics of iura novit curia and damages in international arbitration
    • December 15, 2017
      Guest lecturer at Florida International University Law School International Law Program on the topic 'Best Practices in handling a Complex Commercial Global Disputes Case.'
    • November 3, 2017
      Guest lecturer at Florida International University Law School on the topic 'International Judicial Cooperation for Gathering Evidence and Related Discovery.'
    • 21 de junio, 2017
      Disputas Globales: Arbitraje y litigios trasnacionales desde las perspectivas estadounidense y española
    • June 21, 2017
      Global Disputes: Cross Border Arbitration and Litigation from the Spanish and American Perspectives
    • April 26, 2017
      Moderator of Club Español del Arbitraje seminar on Corruption in International Investment Arbitration.
    • June 19-22, 2016
      International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) - Conferencia Latino Americana (CLA) 2016 - Invited speaker and moderator on the following topics: Non-Signatories' Participation in International Arbitration: The Role of Unanticipated and Anticipated Third Parties in International arbitration; Handling Difficult Witnesses and Recalcitrant Experts.
    • February 26, 2016
      International Litigation, Arbitration & Transaction Conference (ILAT), Florida Bar's International Law Section, invited speaker on the topic "Civil RICO's Extraterritorial Application"
    • June 12, 2015
      CIAMEN, Universidad de San Pablo, Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, and its application to international commercial arbitration
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