Rick Martin has more than 25 years experience representing clients in the United States, Europe, and Latin America on their domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, joint venture, restructuring, securities, and capital raising transactions. He has worked on a wide variety of matters over the course of his career and has extensive experience in the media, energy, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure, technology, and financial services sectors.
Rick also has assisted numerous Latin American and European companies in establishing and expanding their operations in the United States. In addition, he has extensive experience advising global corporations in managing their legal matters throughout Latin America.
Rick has been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as the Miami "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers and Acquisitions Law. Best Lawyers selects only one attorney in each practice category and designated geographic region as their "Lawyer of the Year," making this recognition especially noteworthy.
Notable corporate clients include: Spanish Broadcasting System, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Alantra Capital, ACS Infrastructure Development, Cintra Infraestructuras, Ferrovial Airports, Millicom International Cellular, Credito Real, and Solairedirect (ENGIE).
Rick is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society Cabinet.
He is the administrative partner of the Miami Office.
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented the sellers of Miami's leading Spanish-language radio stations WXDJ (106.7), WCMQ (92.3), and WRMA (95.7) in connection with their purchase by Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
Represented a Dubai-based private equity firm in connection with its capital raising activities and acquisitions in the United States.
Represented one of the largest Chinese tire manufacturers in connection with its initial entry into the U.S. market, including its joint venture with a local minority partner to establish its U.S. operations.
Represented Grupo Phoenix, a leading supplier of packaging for consumer products and goods with manufacturing operations in Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.S., in connection with its sale of a minority equity interest to One Equity Partners (the private investment arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.).
Represented the Delcop Group in its acquisition of the Colombian operations of Xerox Corporation.
Represented BearingPoint, Inc. and the BearingPoint Liquidating Trust as lead counsel in connection with the wind down of BearingPoint's Latin American operations.
Represented consortium of investors in its acquisition of the business and assets of McDonald's Corporation's Latin American operations (including approximately 1,600 restaurants in 18 jurisdictions).
Represented the Trident Trust Group in its acquisition of the trust administration business of a major international bank.
Represented Mentez, LLC, the leading publisher of social network games on Brazil's Orkut and Facebook platforms, in several private equity transactions.
Represented Paymentez, LLC, a leading payment platform for purchases of virtual goods and online content in Latin America, in connection with its corporate restructuring and private placement of equity securities.
Represented Industrias Duraflex S.A. de C.V. in the sale of its textile manufacturing plant located in El Salvador to Hanesbrands, a U.S. publicly traded corporation.
Represented MGM International LLC, a leading firm specializing in the development and commercialization of carbon emissions credits, in its issuance of a 38 percent equity interest to Morgan Stanley Capital Group.
Represented Seisint, Inc. in its $775 million auction sale to Lexis-Nexis.
Represented Conecel, the leading telecommunications operator in the Republic of Ecuador, in its high yield debt offerings of an aggregate of $246 million under Rule 144A and Regulation S and eventual sale of the company to America Movil, one of the world's largest wireless service providers.
Represented Telefonica, Spain's largest telecommunications company, in connection with numerous acquisitions throughout Latin America.
- July/August 2008
Quoted, Miami- a bridge both ways, Iberian Lawyer
- August 2007
Featured, Dealmakers: Attorneys Assist in Purchase of McDonald's Latin America, Miami Daily Business Review
- August 2007
Quoted, Clothing group buys Salvadoran supplier, Latin Lawyer
Mentioned, McDonald's Sells Latin America, Latin Lawyer
- April 1, 2017
Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2017 Corporate Counsel Conference, Real World Strategies for In-House Counsel Managing International Case Loads
- February 28, 2014
Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference - Developing and Growing Business in Latin America and Abroad
- May 29, 2013
Inaugural Hispanic Leaders Summit, White House Business Council, The White House
- November 2009
Cross-Border Issues in the Evolving Global Economy, moderator/speaker, Mergers and Acquisitions
Latin America Business Update, speaker, Changing Regulatory Landscape
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. 1992); Florida State University (B.S. in Finance cum laude 1989)
- Florida and District of Columbia
The Best Lawyers in America — Miami "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2020)
Chambers USA: corporate/M&A and private equity
Legal 500 Latin America: corporate and M&A
Florida Super Lawyers — mergers and acquisitions
Florida Trend magazine, "Legal Elite" for mergers and acquisitions law