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Firm Profile

O'Neill & Borges LLC

Firm Profile

San Juan

  • 250 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
  • Ste 800
  • San Juan
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • 00918-1813

Firm profile submitted by O'Neill & Borges LLC

Chairman: Edgardo Nieves-Quiles

Litigation   24%
Labour       16%

O’Neill & Borges LLC is a full service law firm with experience in substantially all commercial practice areas. The firm was founded in 1962 and currently has approximately 90 attorneys and paralegals in its three departments comprising 28 practice areas. The firm has a diverse client base that includes Fortune 500 companies, major Puerto Rico businesses, and Puerto Rico government instrumentalities.


Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring: The firm has the largest and most sophisticated bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring practice in Puerto Rico, dealing with complex distressed financial situations, such as workouts, reorganisations, acquisitions, chapter 11 bankruptcies and litigation in numerous industries. The firm’s clients include banks and other financial institutions, investments funds, secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees and bondholders, landlords, shareholders, purchasers, vendors and other interested parties.

Commercial Lending & Banking: The firm represents US, European and Puerto Rico banks in a wide variety of financing transactions, including acquisition, asset based, real estate based and cash flow based loans, structured financings and workouts. It also assists Puerto Rico and non-Puerto Rico financial institutions with licensing and regulatory compliance matters.

Corporate & Public Finance: The firm represents government and corporate issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers, mutual funds, venture capital funds, institutional investors, and trustees in public offerings and private placements of municipal securities, corporate stocks and bonds, and other securities.

Distribution & Franchising: The firm represents principals in matters related to the Puerto Rico dealers and sales representatives protection statutes (Acts 75 and 21), including the drafting and negotiation of contracts, arbitration and litigation. It also has experience in antitrust issues, and DACO regulations (contests and deceptive advertising rules, among others).

Energy: The firm has a renowned energy practice group with experience in all relevant practice areas including, utility regulatory compliance, tax incentives, power purchase agreements (utility and commercial scale), real estate, finance, environmental permitting and governmental affairs. The firm’s expertise is solidly based on having worked closely with various renewable, alternate and oil and gas based energy projects.

Environmental Law: The firm has an active environmental practice in areas such as environmental evaluation of business transactions, environmental due diligence, permitting and regulatory counselling, litigation, and environmental legislative and rulemaking matters.

Labour & Employment: The firm is involved in all aspects of employment and labour relations. Its practice includes areas such as labour aspects of corporate acquisitions, mergers, closings and reorganisations; labour union issues; development of personnel manuals and policies; ERISA and COBRA matters; employment agreements; employment discrimination claims; wage and hour matters; employee compensation and benefits; wrongful discharge claims; and immigration, among other.

Legislative & Government Affairs: The firm assists businesses and governmental entities in the drafting, evaluation and monitoring of proposed laws and regulations.

Litigation: The firm represents clients in all manner of civil commercial litigation, in the federal and Puerto Rico courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. The firm also provides strategic and preventive counselling to its clients. The firm’s experience includes areas such as bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, trade regulation, antitrust, dealer protection laws, trademarks, intellectual property, false advertising, unfair competition, personal injury defense, construction, mass torts, health, insurance and environmental.

Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm represents both buyers and sellers in complex stock and asset transactions. The firm has been involved in recent transactions in various industries, including the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, financial, real estate, energy, homebuilding, health, hospitality, supermarket and manufacturing industries. The firm advises clients with respect to all aspects of an M&A transaction, and provides local support to other international law firms in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Real Estate: The firm represents clients in the acquisition, financing and development of real property for complex residential projects, shopping centres, hotels, office buildings, warehouses, and other commercial projects, as well as in leasing, purchase and sale and financing transactions. It has been involved in many of the largest real estate transactions in Puerto Rico.

Tax: The firm’s tax practice includes all areas of Puerto Rico taxation, including income, sales, property, excise and municipal license taxes. It has experience in tax planning for the initial structuring of Puerto Rico operations, reorganisations, liquidations, and various other types of transactions. The firm also assists clients in connection with the negotiation of tax incentives, closing agreements, rulings on complex issues, qualification of pension plans, and other administrative procedures with the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, the Centre for the Collection of Municipal Revenues and municipalities. It also has extensive experience in litigation of tax issues.

Tourism & Hospitality Industry: The firm represents developers, owners and operators of hotels and has experience in all legal aspects of the tourism and hospitality industry, including environmental and land use permits, liquor licenses, casino licenses, time share licenses, financing, room tax issues, sales tax issues, labour and collective bargaining, tourism tax credits and tax exemption concessions.

Trademark & Intellectual Property: The firm has experience with registration of marks, opposing registration applications, prosecuting or defending against claims of infringing uses, drafting of licensing agreements, advising clients regarding fair use and copyright infringement issues, and copyright infringement litigation.