J Mario Fontes Jr.

J Mario Fontes Jr.

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (305) 428-4523

Primary Office

Miami
701 Brickell Avenue
17th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

J Mario Fontes Jr.

Partner

J Mario Fontes Jr.

Mario Fontes advises companies in the United States, Latin America and Europe on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters. Drawing on more than 20 years of legal experience and his fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, Mario assists parties who wish to acquire private and public companies and form joint ventures and investment funds through domestic, international and cross-border transactions. He also represents pre-qualified bidders who are seeking to acquire government-owned entities in the telecommunication, energy and natural resources industries. In addition, Mario's practice encompasses counseling on private and public offerings of debt and equity securities for U.S. and Latin American companies, and trade finance transactions. His general corporate work includes assisting with corporate formations and reorganizations, particularly those involving subsidiaries of U.S. companies in Latin America and Latin American companies creating a foothold in the United States.Mario also handles deals involving private equity and venture capital investments by non-U.S. funds and investors in the technology industry.

Mario advises his clients on regulatory matters as well. This work includes conducting internal investigations to help companies assess their compliance with anti-bribery laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also helps U.S. corporations to implement compliance programs.

While in law school, Mario participated in internships at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Experience

Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Transactions

Select representations include:

U.S. and international companies in connection with the acquisition of telecommunications, IP, services, manufacturing and health care entities located in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, U.S. and Venezuela
The winning bidder in connection with the purchase of 49 percent of the outstanding shares of voting stock of a government-owned telecommunications operator in Latin America in the amount of $652 million.
A U.S. energy company in connection with the purchase of a majority interest in government-owned energy generation and distribution companies valued at approximately $200 million each.
A U.S. manufacturer in connection with the supply of wireless pagers and handsets to carriers in the People's Republic of China valued at $1.5 billion.
Corporate Finance

Select representations include:

A telecommunications infrastructure services company in connection with its $250 million credit facility consisting of a $150 million loan provided by a syndicate led by Credit Suisse and a $100 million loan provided by a syndicate led by Tennenbaum Capital Partners. The facility involved a collateral package including complex technology and real estate parcels in several U.S. states and in Belgium, Spain, Brazil and the UK.
A North American telecom equipment manufacturer in connection with a vendor financing transactions in Latin America.
A lender in connection with debt restructuring of a Latin American media group.
European and Latin American financial institutions in connection with trade finance transactions.
Debt and Equity Securities

Select representations include:

A South American government-owned petroleum company in connection with the private placement of medium-term debt securities.
A South American mining company in connection with the registration of its securities under U.S. securities laws
U.S./Latin American companies in private placements of debt and equity securities, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.
An auto manufacturer in Brazil in the sales of shares of stock
General Corporate Work

Select representations include:

A Brazilian manufacturer in the restructuring of operations of its health products business with U.S. affiliates.
A Brazilian manufacturer in the restructuring of operations of its animal feed business with U.S. affiliates.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the "Top Lawyer" list by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2021

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Corporate Law, 2021 to present

Ranked in Legal 500 Latin America, 2019

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Education

J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1992

B.A., cum laude, American University, 1987

Bar Admissions

Florida
Pennsylvania
District of Columbia

Mario Fontes advises companies in the United States, Latin America and Europe on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters. Drawing on more than 20 years of legal experience and his fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, Mario assists parties who wish to acquire private and public companies and form joint ventures and investment funds through domestic, international and cross-border transactions. He also represents pre-qualified bidders who are seeking to acquire government-owned entities in the telecommunication, energy and natural resources industries. In addition, Mario's practice encompasses counseling on private and public offerings of debt and equity securities for U.S. and Latin American companies, and trade finance transactions. His general corporate work includes assisting with corporate formations and reorganizations, particularly those involving subsidiaries of U.S. companies in Latin America and Latin American companies creating a foothold in the United States.Mario also handles deals involving private equity and venture capital investments by non-U.S. funds and investors in the technology industry.

Mario advises his clients on regulatory matters as well. This work includes conducting internal investigations to help companies assess their compliance with anti-bribery laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also helps U.S. corporations to implement compliance programs.

While in law school, Mario participated in internships at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.