Greenberg Traurig Continues Expansion of Global Practice, Welcomes Back Tenen and Sanchez

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Jeffrey S. Tenen and Israel I. Sanchez have rejoined the firm as Shareholders

As international law firm Greenberg Traurig continues to grow its Global Practice, former shareholders Jeffrey S. Tenen and Israel I. Sanchez have rejoined the firm as Shareholders. Tenen and Sanchez were most recently Partner and Of Counsel, respectively, at the Miami office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Tenen will lead the growth of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Aircraft and Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice. He brings more than 20 years of experience handling global transactions for the financing and leasing of both aircraft and other equipment. He also focuses his practice on cross-border structured lending, asset-based financings, securitizations, export credit financing, OPIC transactions, aviation, aerospace and international commercial transactions. Tenen has represented a wide-range of international and domestic clients, including Avianca, Volaris, Copa Airlines, LATAM Airlines Group, Aeroflot and Satmex.

“We have always thought of our firm as a family, and so it is with genuine pleasure that we welcome Jeff and Israel back home,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited about growing our expertise in this vital and dynamic sector. As we adapt to fast-changing client needs, we increasingly collaborate to ensure that at Greenberg Traurig, our platform allows us to deliver both top quality and extraordinary value in a manner that other firms cannot provide."

The return of Tenen and Sanchez comes just weeks after the firm’s announcement of the addition of Shareholders Robert J. Downing and Emilio J. Alvarez-Farré, as part of its ongoing expansion of both the Global and Latin American and Iberian practices.

“We are pleased to continue to add top-caliber attorneys and expand our practice in response to a growing demand for the high-quality legal counsel that Greenberg Traurig is known to provide. The knowledge, perspectives, and capabilities of these attorneys will further strengthen our team and greatly benefit our domestic and international clients,” said Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Chair of the Global Practice and Co-Chair of the Global Energy & Infrastructure Practice, who also serves as the firm’s Vice President and Secretary.

Tenen was previously at Greenberg Traurig for nearly 20 years. He represents domestic and foreign air carriers, leasing companies and lenders on matters including: aircraft acquisitions and sales; spare parts and engine financings and leases; aircraft operating lease transactions; progress payment financings; international development bank facilities and receivables; fuel and currency hedging; comprehensive code share and marketing alliances; cargo handling agreements; commodity and service procurement agreements; airline mergers and acquisitions; and regulatory matters before the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tenen’s recent awards and recognitions include: Listed, Chambers USA Aviation, 2013 and 2014; Listed, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide for Aviation and Legal Media Group Expert Guide, Best of the Best (United States), 2013; Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Derivatives and Futures Law; Transportation Law, 2007-2014; Lawyer of the Year," Miami Derivatives and Futures Law, 2012; leader of team selected by Airfinance Journal for “Regional Jet/Turboprop Deal of the Year” Award, 2013; and Member, Winning Team, Latin Lawyer's "Deal of the Year - Restructuring" Award, 2012.

Sanchez focuses his practice in the areas of aviation and aircraft finance, equipment leasing, structured finance, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in workouts and restructurings on behalf of banks, financial institutions, lessors, lessees, investors, guarantors, manufacturers and purchasers and sellers of equipment. He also has experience in all aspects of financing and leasing of business jet aircraft and fractional interest ownership programs. He previously spent more than eight years at Greenberg Traurig.

Sanchez received a law degree in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Dartmouth College. Sanchez’s recent awards and accolades include: Listed, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide for Aviation, 2013; Listed, The Legal 500, United States, Asset Finance & Leasing, 2013; Listed, Aviation, Euromoney Expert Guides; and Member, team selected by Airfinance Journal for “Regional Jet/Turboprop Deal of the Year” Award, 2013.

Also joining the new Global Aircraft and Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice and returning to Greenberg Traurig is Ellen Fontanella, who will be joining as a senior associate. Fontanella is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York.

“The return of these colleagues is further evidence of the impact of our ongoing commitment to provide our clients with the effective cross-border, business-oriented solutions they require from their trusted legal and business advisors at Greenberg Traurig,” said Yosbel A. Ibarra, Co-Chair of the Latin American and Iberian Practice and a Shareholder in the Miami office.

The firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group provides advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, in Europe and Asia, in locations where clients are already doing business or where they want to do business. Its group of more than 350 corporate and securities lawyers brings together the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close the most complex transactions as well as provide savvy yet practical counsel on day-to-day operations.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the “Power Elite” in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms' client relationships. For additional information, please visit

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