Corporate Business and Tax Law counseling to small, medium, and large companies.
JGL is well known for its experience addressing the interests and needs of corporate entities, boards of directors, and shareholders involved in highly competitive industries. We focus on thoroughly understanding our client's businesses and objectives to provide them with creative and efficient solutions. Our extensive knowledge of Puerto Rico's legal and business landscape allows us to advise and assist clients from forming their businesses to day-to-day corporate matters and their evolving interests. We have represented many of our clients for decades in most aspects of their businesses. These clients range from small family businesses to complex, multinational companies. Many of our attorneys have prior business experience and degrees in accounting, business administration, economics, general management, and marketing. In addition, some of our attorneys serve on boards of directors of non-profit and for-profit entities, and others are shareholders of real estate, manufacturing, and supermarket corporations. Our Managing Partner, Jorge F. Blasini, has an MBA from Loyola University and LL.M (Admiralty) from Tulane University. In addition, attorney Nelson Román-Méndez, also a Certified Public Accountant, adds the knowledge and experience of a former accounting professor and a senior auditor of an accounting firm to our team. These experiences provide our attorneys with a practical perspective of the business environment that has consistently proven to be an asset to our clients.
The scope of matters handled by our Corporate Business and Tax attorneys include:
- Doing Business in Puerto Rico
- Choice and creation of corporate entities
- Federal, state, and local franchises, permits, and licenses.
- Tax incentives (Act 60-2019)
- Complex Financial & Corporate Transactions
- Corporate Governance
- Compliance with Puerto Rico’s ever-changing regulatory framework.
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Distribution and Franchising Law
- Government Contracts
- Municipal Tax Law
- Private Equity and Finance
- Real Estate Transactions
- Procurement of Permits and Licenses
- Tax Litigation
- Dissolution of legal entities
- Establishment of commercial cargo shipping and logistics businesses, including structuring and registration of the legal entity, procurement of permits and licenses, contract negotiation, development of employee regulations, and business processes.
- Procurement of federal, state, and local licenses and permits, including Ocean Intermediary Transport (NVOCC/Freight Forwarder) licenses with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission; U.S. Customs and Border Protection bonded warehouse, free trade zone, and container freight station permits and bonds; carrier, broker and/or warehousing franchises from P.R. Transportation and Other Public Services Bureau; permits from the federal and state Department of Transportation; and Necessity and Convenience Certificates for the operation of health facilities and services from the Puerto Rico Department of Health.
- Procurement of license and permits for the importation, land transportation, and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG) within Puerto Rico, as well as the construction of truck loading facilities for LNG distribution.
- Counseled financial institutions and other clients with the structuring, documentation, and collateralization of multimillion- dollar financial facilities for the construction and purchase of commercial vessels, hospitals, and other structures.
- Performed due diligence for multimillion-dollar transactions.
- Assisted clients with regulatory compliance in their industry, such as HIPAA and Anti-Kickback compliance in the health services industry and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Jones Act (cabotage laws) requirements in the maritime industry.
- Counseled government agencies and contractors in the negotiation and structuring of business relationships in compliance with government contracting regulations.
- Assisted clients in the negotiation, preparation, and execution of multimillion-dollar real estate transactions, such as the execution of a lease agreement in excess of fifty million dollars with reimbursement credits of up to fourteen million dollars for the construction of a new pier and other terminal facilities, and the installation of three new gantry cranes, an investment worth more than one hundred million dollars, including the registration of said lease agreement with the Puerto Rico Property Registry.