PAG Law, a Latin America-focused law firm that works closely with startups, has added partners from Chile and Mexico to help expand its cross-border work base.
Stephen J. Elias moved from Santiago de Chile to Miami to practice American law at the firm, while Bernardo Tamez moved from Mexico to practice Mexican law.
PAG Law founding partner Juan Pablo Cappello said his firm has longstanding relationships with both attorneys.
Elias, who is licensed to practice in New York in addition to Chile, told Law.com International that in recent years he has spent 80% of his time advising Latin American clients on their financial needs in the United States and particularly in the United States. South. Florida. .
Latin American entrepreneurs can get started with seed capital from friends and family back home. But they can find a larger and more diverse source of venture capital in places like the US.
“It’s getting to the point where customers are physically moving to South Florida, so it made sense to make the transition,” Elias said.
Chile’s political climate, in particular, has encouraged a growing number of Chileans to uproot their lives and start anew in South Florida. Over the weekend, Chileans voted against adopting a new constitution that critics described as an impractical wish list from the left.
Elias has a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Finance and Corporate Law from the American University Washington College of Law.
He is pending admission to the District of Columbia and was recently admitted to the Florida Bar.
Elias said that he continues to practice Chilean law together with the lawyers of the firm he co-founded in Chile, Awat & Elias Abogados.
Meanwhile, Tamez is dual licensed in Mexico and California and has an LLM from New York University.
In Mexico City, Tamez founded LegalMindMX, a law firm specializing in helping entrepreneurs and creative professionals in corporate, intellectual property, and regulatory matters.
“PAG’s deep understanding of the law and its broad cultural diversity bring specific skills to the table when serving the most complex multinational companies,” said Tamez.
“There are few companies that understand tech founders, and even fewer that understand Latino founders or companies operating outside of the United States,” he added.
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