MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
FGR is a full-service law firm with renowned attorneys in each of its practice areas including:
Alternate Dispute Resolution: FGR has ample experience in arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation procedures, offers seminars and individual counsel in this area.
Antitrust, Unfair Competition & Business Regulation: FGR routinely handles matters regulated by both federal and Puerto Rico antitrust statutes, as well as Federal Trade Commission and US and Puerto Rico Justice Department regulations.
Aviation: The firm has successfully represented airlines and aviation insurers in Puerto Rico in complex aviation claims involving hundreds of parties and issues.
Banking & Securities: FGR currently serves as counsel to publicly traded companies in connection with regulatory filings and leads in the establishment of securities broker-dealers and investment advisory firms. The firm has extensive experience in municipal bond markets, structuring venture capital funds, investment funds and hedge funds. FGR represents banking institutions in regulatory and compliance matters before local and federal agencies.
Bankruptcy & Business Reorganisation: The firm assists clients, both secured and unsecured, through all phases of insolvency–related matters. From pre–filing considerations and workouts, through disclosure statements and reorganisation plan preparation and confirmation, up to closing the bankruptcy case and all matters involving the liquidating trustee or other creditors.
Corporate Matters: FGR regularly counsels clients in various matters, from the organisation of new entities, qualifications to do business in Puerto Rico, corporate governance matters, drafting corporate documents and articles of incorporation, by-laws, organisational restructuring and dissolutions.
Energy & Utilities: FGR counsels public and private developers, owners, operators and suppliers in the deregulated United States electric energy industry, on cogeneration and renewable energy. The firm has significant experience in the privatisation and concession of infrastructure projects and tariff regulatory matters.
Environmental: The firm’s experience extends to all areas of federal and local environmental statutes and regulations. It regularly represents clients before local and federal courts and administrative agencies in relation to permitting, new facilities, siting, compliance, and enforcement matters.
Health Law: FGR regularly advises medical plans, pharmaceutical companies and distributors, and other health care related entities on Puerto Rico regulatory issues affecting the health care industry.
Insurance: The firm represents clients in the full range of insurance regulatory, compliance and transactional matters related with insurance companies doing business in Puerto Rico, as well as offshore, pursuant to the provisions of Puerto Rico’s International Insurance Center. FGR has a long-standing working relationship with the regulators at the Office of Commissioner of Insurance.
Intellectual Property & Technology: The firm counsels clients in the protection of their marks, patents, copyrights and other intangibles. FGR lawyers have particular expertise in matters involving trade secrets, right of publicity and in the negotiation of licensing and franchise agreements. Legal issues related to computers and the Internet are also handled by the Firm’s attorneys.
Labour & Employment: This highly regarded practice group represents management in all areas of labour, employment, and employee benefits law, including representation and unfair labour practice proceedings before the NLRB, workers’ compensation claims, affirmative action and equal employment cases, as well as traditional collective bargaining and labour arbitration. FGR represents clients in local and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies in matters involving federal and Puerto Rico anti-discrimination laws, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, civil rights, OSHA and benefits matter. The firm also handles corporate immigration matters, employment-related immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and transfers of business personnel.
Litigation: Broad expertise representing corporate and individual clients before local and federal courts in Puerto Rico at both the trial and appellate levels representing clients in complex commercial arbitration, as well as in administrative proceedings and hearings before Commonwealth and federal regulatory agencies. FGR is also recognised for their considerable experience in cases under Puerto Rico’s distributorship laws, construction law, intellectual property and technology, telecommunications, toxic torts, libel and slander and product liability defense.
Real Estate Development & Financing: FGR handles commercial, industrial, retail, and individual matters ranging from simple transactions to extremely sophisticated acquisitions, leasing, joint ventures, developments, real estate investment trusts and leasehold financing arrangements. The firm has extensive experience in the field of complex project development, including alternative energy projects, tourism facilities, residential developments, office parks and buildings, shopping centers and hospitals.
Tax: The practice encompasses all aspects of the Puerto Rico tax laws and Federal income tax issues affecting companies, including controlled foreign corporations, and individuals doing business in either jurisdiction. FGR possesses extensive expertise in tax exemptions and reduction laws, reorganisations, securitisations, investment companies and tax audits.
LANGUAGES Spanish, English.
CLIENTS Among FGR’s principal clients are media consortiums, alternative energy suppliers, commercial banks, investment banks, financial services companies, insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer companies, telecommunication providers, utilities, real estate developers, tourism companies, wholesale firms, manufacturing, service, and health care companies, including several Fortune 500 companies.