On June 22, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jose W. Fernandez to be Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB).
Jose W. Fernandez is a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. For nearly three decades, his practice has focused on international commercial and banking law, chiefly in the areas of foreign investments, acquisitions and financings. Mr. Fernandez has also advised corporations, private equity firms and state-owned enterprises in privatizations, securities offerings, joint ventures and arbitrations in many emerging markets. A substantial part of his work has involved infrastructure projects in the telecommunications, oil and gas, electricity, water, aviation and mining sectors in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Mr. Fernandez has been chair both of the American Bar Association’s Interamerican Law Committee and the Committee on Interamerican Affairs of the New York City Bar Association, and co-chair of the Cross Border M&A and Joint Ventures Committee of the New York State Bar Association. He currently heads the Latin American and Caribbean division of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. Mr. Fernandez serves on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College, and on the Board of Directors of Accion International, the Council of the Americas and TeatroStageFest (which he co-founded), among others. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a Commissioner in the New York City Latin Media and Entertainment Commission.
Mr. Fernandez is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School.