Yosbel A. Ibarra
Yosbel A. Ibarra (J. Albert Diaz)

Yosbel Ibarra, a Miami shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, has been named co-chair of the firm’s Latin American and Iberian practice group. The appointment was made by Patricia Menendez-Cambo, who has led the practice since 2003.

Ibarra, who joined Greenberg in 2004, has worked on key Latin American transactions including the acquisition of nearly all of the Latin American and Caribbean operations of McDonald’s Corp. by Arcos Dorados; the launch of Volaris, one of Mexico’s first low-cost airlines; and several deals for Miami-based Brightstar Corp. and the Related Group.

Ibarra also advised Spanish and European clients doing business in the United States, particularly on public-private partnerships. Ibarra and Menendez-Cambo advised the winning bidder on the PortMiami tunnel project, a public-private partnership to design, build, operate and maintain a tunnel linking the port to the MacArthur Causeway.

Ibarra, 41, worked as an associate at Dorsey & Whitney in New York from 1999 to 2003. He is one of a handful of young lawyers being appointed to leadership positions firm-wide by firm CEO Richard Rosenbaum.

In a statement, Ibarra said he was honored by the appointment.

“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues at Greenberg Traurig and our friends throughout Latin America and Spain to meet our clients’ growing demand for high-quality legal counsel in the region,” he said.

Greenberg’s Latin American and Iberian practice draws from lawyers in 15 offices—Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Orlando, Palm Beach, Silicon Valley and Washington. The firm has 1,750 attorneys in 36 offices internationally.