Romano, Robert A.

Robert A. Romano

Partner
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Robert Romano has extensive experience with banking and insurance regulatory and corporate matters and energy development, especially as regards international transactions as well as related cross-border litigation strategies.

Robert assists clients in formulating strategies to enter the U.S. market and to restructure their operations to maintain compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements for operations abroad and domestically, including the strictures of the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Robert Romano has extensive experience with banking and insurance regulatory and corporate matters and energy development, especially as regards international transactions as well as related cross-border litigation strategies.

Robert assists clients in formulating strategies to enter the U.S. market and to restructure their operations to maintain compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements for operations abroad and domestically, including the strictures of the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Highlights of Robert’s experience include:

  • Representation of a leading Brazilian financial conglomerate in the sale of its joint venture interest in a Brazilian insurer to a major U.S. group
  • Advising a major European industrial conglomerate in multiple restructuring transactions of its financial enterprises in North America
  • Representation of a major Brazilian group in prosecuting claims against U.S. defendants for bribery in Brazil
  • Representation of a major U.S. insurance conglomerate in the largest restructuring transaction at the time, involving capital distributions and in-kind transfers, de-poolings, assumption reinsurance, bulk transfers and multiple change of control issues
  • Representation of a leading U.S. enterprise in negotiations with regulators and criminal authorities in the U.S. and Brazil over the resolution of potential penalties exceeding $300 million
  • Representation of a European financial institution in developing OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) compliance standards for its U.S. financial market operations
  • Advising leading European reinsurer on its privatization bid to purchase IRB Resseguros S.A., the Brazilian government-owned reinsurance monopoly
  • Opining to U.K. courts as to the U.S. aspects of a number of UK “Part VII Transfers” of assets and liabilities among UK companies with obligations in the U.S. market
  • Representation of a major Brazilian construction company in a lender liability action to be heard in New York courts arising out of Iraqi contract defaults
  • Development of novel regulatory structures — to facilitate reinsurance by non-U.S. insurers throughout the United States, resulting in more than $4 billion invested in U.S. collateral facilities
  • Development of Brazil-U.S. cross-border investment opportunities in the oil and gas (LNG) industries for Brazil, Chinese, Saudi and U.S. business interests
  • Representing the board of a leading Brazilian company with respect of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation
  • Drafting of insurance laws and regulations in the United States and abroad for governments and insurer interests, including creation of a novel tax and insurance regulatory regime for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A.,

    cum laude

    , Harvard College, 1973
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1979
Languages
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Professional History
    • Robert is fluent in Portuguese, and conversant in Italian and Spanish