Emmanuel E.Ubiñas


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Emmanuel Ubiñas has more than 15 years of experience in investigations and litigation. A native Spanish speaker, he has led dozens of investigations, including matters involving the DOJ and SEC, and conducted more than 500 Spanish-language interviews for matters connected to Latin America, including Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Chile. Global Investigations Review recently recognized Emmanuel in its "40 under 40" list of the world's leading investigators. Who's Who Legal also named him as one of the most eminent lawyers under 45 in the field of investigations, noting that clients "widely praised [Emmanuel] for his skill in leading Latin America-related investigations."

Emmanuel also counsels companies on compliance programs, FCPA transactional due diligence, and negotiating compliance-related clauses in transactional agreements. He has significant industry knowledge gained from his work in the areas of energy, construction, engineering, industrial services, real estate, telecommunications, agriculture, technology, travel, retail, financial, automotive, manufacturing, aviation, and distribution.

In addition to his investigation and compliance experience, Emmanuel has significant experience leading individual and class action litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations. His litigation experience includes matters relating to enforcement of foreign judgments, cross-border contracts, toxic torts, tax, post-closing adjustments, earn-outs, breach of representations and warranties, and indemnification claims. He also has taken a leading role in the pro bono representation of hundreds of women and children in asylum cases largely stemming from domestic abuse or political persecution.


  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires agricultural and energy businessJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in connection with the acquisition and related financing of an agricultural and energy business, subject to post-closing adjustments.
  • Chevron to buy Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day is advising Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. (“PRSI”) and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • BWXT obtains $800 million senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented BWX Technologies, Inc. in connection with a US$800 million senior secured credit agreement consisting of a US$500 million senior secured revolving credit facility; a US$50 million senior secured term loan A; and a CAD$250 million senior secured term loan A.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation seeking to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation servicesJones Day represents Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in multiple individual and class action cases filed in federal and state courts across the country involving claims by state and local municipalities that online travel companies are subject to hotel room rental taxes and seeking to collect back taxes on reservations for hotel stays in their jurisdictions.
  • Energy company seeks advice on anticorruption investigation, compliance, and transactional due diligence matters relating to operations in Latin AmericaJones Day represents a Fortune 500 U.S. energy company on anticorruption investigation, compliance, and transactional due diligence matters relating to its operations in Latin America.
  • Fortune 500 company seeks advice on anti-corruption issues in MexicoJones Day advised a U.S.-based Fortune 500 engineering/construction firm on anti-corruption issues relating to energy projects in Mexico.
  • Expedia defeats hotel tax claims in FloridaJones Day helped secure trial court victories affirmed on appeal for Expedia, Inc. and other online travel companies hauled into court by several Florida counties representing high-volume tourist destinations including Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
  • National retailer defends allegations of corruption in Latin America and AsiaJones Day is representing a national retailer in an internal investigation into allegations of corruption in multiple countries in Latin America and Asia and related DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • Multinational public high tech company conducts internal investigation of potential FCPA violationsOn behalf of the Audit Committee of a multinational public company, Jones Day conducted an independent investigation of alleged conduct in Latin America which was not permitted under the FCPA.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire secure summary judgment dismissing all claims with prejudiceJones Day represented online internet travel companies Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in a case in which the City of Houston and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority sought to hold internet travel companies liable for hotel occupancy taxes under local ordinances applicable to hotels and third parties that own, operate, manage or control hotels.
  • Dole defends against multiple cross-border mass tort cases alleging injuries from pesticide exposureJones Day defended Dole Food Company, Inc. in multiple toxic tort lawsuits brought by agricultural workers from 13 countries claiming that the use of the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP) on banana farms in Latin America, Africa, and the Philippines during the 1970s caused adverse health effects.
  • Alderwoods Group and related entities arbitrate breach of contract dispute relating to funeral and cemetery properties salesJones Day represented entities related to Alderwoods Group, Inc. in a breach of contract action relating to the sale of funeral and cemetery properties.
  • Alderwoods Group pursues arbitration of breach of contract action relating to sale of funeral and cemetery propertiesJones Day represented Alderwoods Group, Inc. in a breach of contract action relating to the sale of funeral and cemetery properties.
  • Dole wins dismissal of judgment enforcement actionJones Day won dismissal on behalf of Dole Food Company of a federal judgment enforcement action, whereby plaintiffs sought to enforce a US$489 million judgment entered by a Nicaraguan court.
  • Hotels.com, an online travel company, wins reversal of class certification order in a consumer class action regarding hotel occupancy taxes and feesJones Day defended Hotels.com against a claim alleging that Hotels.com charged customers for hotel occupancy taxes that exceeded amounts required by or ultimately forwarded by hotels to applicable taxing authorities and fees that did not correspond to the services provided.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone litigates trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices suit in NebraskaJones Day represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in a trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices suit brought against retail tire stores in Nebraska.
  • Dole defends against toxic tort litigation by Oahu residents claiming exposure to pesticidesJones Day defended Dole Food Company, Inc., one of several pineapple growers on Oahu, against toxic tort litigation filed against pineapple growers who used FIFRA-registered pesticides in their operations.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 29, 2017
      Conducting Client and Third Party Witness Interviews
    • January 25, 2017
      The Tangible Benefits of Proactive Anti-Corruption Compliance for the Construction Industry
    • October 30, 2015
      Investigating Potential Misconduct, Including Practice Tips for Managing an Investigation with Global Reach, SMU 23rd Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium
    • March 20, 2015
      The Foreign Corrupt Practice Act: Recent Developments and Best Practices, 2015 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference
    • December 15, 2014
      Protecting Clients from FCPA Violations in China
    • March 11, 2014
      Mexico: A New Horizon for Oil & Gas
    • October 2010
      Internal Investigations in International Matters: Lessons from the FCPA Front
    • October 2010
      Current Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel
    • October 2010
      Internal Investigations in International Matters: Lessons from the FCPA Front
    • October 2010
      Current Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel
    • January 2008
    • January 2008
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