Ricardo H.Puente (Rick)

Partner

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Rick Puente's extensive experience covers investment and commercial disputes. He has argued cases on behalf of major financial institutions and global corporate entities in federal and state courts and before international arbitration tribunals that have involved the management of multilingual teams of lawyers litigating under civil and common law jurisdictions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Rick's notable representations include: acting as disputes counsel for a world leading agricultural provider in the sale of a $4.1 billion mining interest in Chile; lead counsel for a global investment bank in a $60 million structured products arbitration with cross-border issues in Mexico; lead counsel for a 49% shareholder in federal and appellate court proceedings in Texas in cases involving the RICO Act (prevailed on all substantive motions), Hague Convention, and a $500 million ICC arbitration in New York relating to a nutrition company with operations on three continents; lead counsel for a lawyer and businessman from Latin America in a money laundering investigation by the U.S. government, which culminated in the return of millions of dollars; and representation of a Spanish artist involved in a multijurisdictional shareholder dispute.

Rick has served as guest lecturer and moderator 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 the president of the Florida Chapter of Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), a leading international arbitration organization based in Madrid, Spain.

Experience

  • 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

    • 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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