Biography

Adolfo Garcia focuses his practice in the corporate, business, and international areas, with extensive experience handling various corporate and business transactions including financings, private equity, securities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, restructurings and contractual arrangements in the US and most other parts of the world.  Dolf also represents non-US based clients with their US based and/or US law governed matters and international issues including structuring, regulatory, and compliance.

Dolf has done significant work outside of the U.S. including Western Europe (particularly the UK, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland), Canada, Central and South America (particularly Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico), the Caribbean, Asia (particularly China, Hong Kong and Japan), India and the Arab Middle East (particularly the Emirates, the Gulf and Saudi Arabia) on behalf of US and non-US clients.

He has extensive expertise regarding US laws and regulations applicable to US and non-US clients doing business outside of the US such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, the Export Administration Act and US laws and regulations administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) including focus on Cuba, Dolf's country of origin, and various sanctions programs.  

Dolf has also had significant experience with family and closely held business representations, particularly where a family or family group is a key player, starting with the significant representation of the Pierre Arpels family in connection with Van Cleef and Arpels in the 70s and early 80s through many other family representations to date including the current representation of at least four significant clients that have family control or significant family involvement in the business.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick in February 2013, Dolf was a partner in the Boston office of an international firm and of Ropes & Gray where Dolf was a co-founder and served as Co-Head of the Ropes & Gray’s International Practice Group from 2003 to 2010. In this role, among other duties, Dolf managed, supervised and expanded Ropes' non-US counsel network. He also supervised a team at Ropes & Gray that advised financial institutions and fund clients on the securities laws of over one hundred foreign countries (so called “WorldSky” matters) with emphasis on private placements, investments and significant shareholder issues, and related exemptions and required filings.

From 1982-2003, Dolf was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and served as a member of the firm’s Management and Compensation Committees. At various times, he also headed the firm’s Corporate, Corporate Finance, Securities and International Law practices in the Boston office.

Dolf has spent a substantial portion of his over forty years of practice dealing with various types of situations involving international business in countries other than the United States. There are few international business situations that Dolf has not seen or has had some involvement or experience with, covering much of the world including major countries and financial centers.  Dolf also has an intimate understanding of matters involving US-Cuba relations and an understanding of US laws and regulations regarding Cuba.

Dolf has served as General Counsel to clients and has had extensive experience managing, supervising and often settling major arbitration, mediation and litigation matters, including the development of strategy, both domestically and internationally.

Dolf is fluent in Spanish.

Awards

Education

Georgetown University Law Center – J.D., 1974
Harvard University – A.B., magna cum laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York

Languages

Spanish
Publications
Author, "Commentary: Attorney Chides Rubio for Insisting on US-Cuba Trade Embargo," Miami Daily Business Review, July 31, 2015
Co-author, "Foreign Investment in Cuba: 'sin prisa, pero sin pausa' (Raul Castro’s version of 'slowly but surely')," Corporate Counsel, May 2015
Speaking Engagements
Past speaker and panelist at programs and seminars sponsored by several corporate, business and international organizations, including the Economist, the Institute for International Research, the International Business Center of New England, the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Boston Bar Association, the New England-Latin America Business Council and the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment.
Professional Affiliations
Member of the Board of Advisers of client Boston Harbor Investment Management, LLC
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Latino Legacy Fund of The Boston Foundation
Former Director and Counsel of Friends of Caritas Cubana, Inc., a US not-for-profit focused on supporting worthy causes in Cuba
Co-Founder and former Director of the former New England-Latin America Business Council, Inc.
Former member of the Board of Directors of then publicly-owned Sol Petroleo, S.A., and its wholly-owned private subsidiary Carboclor Industrias Quimicas, S.A., two companies involved in energy, petroleum and petrochemical activities based in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Former member of the Board of Directors of Boston Healthcare Associates, Inc., a client focused in the medical, managed care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related consulting fields which covers a national and international territory from its Boston base
Former member of the Board of Directors of Certified Oil Company, an enterprise in the energy/petroleum distribution and convenience stores business, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio
Former member of the Board of Advisors of Bariston, Inc., an international management consulting firm headquartered in Toronto, Canada
Former member of the Massachusetts International Trade Council
Former member of the Board of Directors of the International Business Center of New England, and former co-chair of its Legal Affairs Committee
Past chair of the Private International Law Committee of the International Law Section of the Boston Bar Association
Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center for International Visitors, Inc.
Former member of the International and Interamerican Bar Associations and the National Panel of Commercial and International Disputes of the American Arbitration Association
Awards and Honors
Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers - Latinvex, 2016-2018
Named as one of Latino Leaders Magazine's Top Latino Lawyers 2017
Best Lawyers In New England - The Boston Globe, April 2017
Best Lawyers In New England - The Wall Street Journal, March 2016
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of International Trade and Finance Law (2007-2011, 2014-2019)
Named as one of Legal Eagle's top 25 Hispanic Lawyers of 2015
Who's Who Legal: Merger and Acquisitions Lawyers 2014
Recognized by Legal 500 Latin America: International firms in the area of Corporate and M&A (2015)
New England’s Top Rated Lawyers (ALM) 2012
The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2012
Who’s Who in American Law and other “Who’s Who” listings
Lifetime listing with Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry
The Registry of Who’s Who
Madison Who's Who
Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating