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Sergio Alvarez-Mena


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  • The University of Georgia (J.D. 1981; Welborn Cody Scholar; Editor, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law); Loyola of the South (B.A. summa cum laude 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida and Georgia

Combining years of private practice, in-house experience, and business leadership at leading international private wealth firms, Sergio Alvarez-Mena provides unique insight and solutions to the industry's private wealth challenges. A recognized industry leader, he represents clients in cross-border matters involving U.S. and international regulatory authorities including in-country regulators. He regularly advises international banks and broker-dealers in their private wealth business on tax transparency, AML issues arising from private wealth matters, SEC and FINRA obligations, and conduct of business internationally.

Sergio has an extensive legal and corporate background in cross-border regulatory matters involving the Latin American, European, and Asian private banking markets.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Sergio served as director of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) in the legal and compliance department, where he was responsible for CSSU's international cross-border private banking business and advised CSSU North America private banking on securities and banking and lending matters.

Prior to Credit Suisse, he was lead counsel for all domestic and U.S.-based cross-border business for Morgan Stanley, including the Latin American division, and for the New York, Geneva, Miami, and São Paulo offices as well as the Private Wealth Management domestic business. He also served as business head of Morgan Stanley's international private client group.

In addition, Sergio served as lead counsel to Merrill Lynch International's Latin America private client division and Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust (Cayman) and Merrill Lynch Bank Suisse for a decade and was partner at an international law firm for 15 years, where he represented financial institutions in cross-border matters.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Director of the Florida International Banker's Association (FIBA), where he also served as vice-chair of the board of directors and director and chair for the Wealth Management Committee for nearly a decade


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