Mr. Urquia’s training in the common and civil law systems enables him to handle complex cross-border transactions requiring an understanding of both legal systems and the ability to draft and negotiate diverse legal documentation in English and Spanish.
He has also assisted in the representation of clients before international arbitration tribunals and foreign courts.
Mr. Urquia has been tasked with principal responsibility for drafting and negotiating agreements in connection with (i) the purchase of machinery and equipment by an Egyptian baked goods producer from a German manufacturer, (ii) the sale of assets by a U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian food company to a Swiss company, (iii) the sale of a division, with subsidiaries in 10 common and civil law countries, of a major U.S. grain company to a U.K. chemical company, (iv) the sale of a controlling interest in a Latin American cellular telephone company to a U.S. telecommunications company, (v) the creation of a European-based international joint venture between South American and Israeli chemical companies, and (vi) the sale of a Latin American battery company to a U.S. company. He also acted as chief negotiator, on behalf of five U.S. corporations, vis-à-vis the Ecuadorean tax authorities, and coordinated the ensuing tax litigation.
Rafael Urquia II holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University and a Licenciate of Laws from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, where he has also completed the coursework for the Doctorate of Laws.
Mr. Urquia is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has served on the Inter-American Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and on the Board of Directors of the East Coast Chapter of the U.S./Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
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