News 12 Jul. 2011

William Candelaria Joins Curtis as Partner in New York

New York, July 12, 2011 - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that William Candelaria has joined the firm as a partner in its Corporate International practice. He will be based in New York.

Mr. Candelaria is ranked among the top Latin American Investment lawyers in the United States. He has focused his practice on corporate transactions, private equity and capital markets. Mr. Candelaria has widespread experience representing national oil companies, oil and gas services companies and their financing sources.

“Bill Candelaria is a terrific addition to Curtis,” said Matias A. Vega, Managing Partner of Curtis. “Bill has a truly exceptional record of accomplishment in cross-border investment and finance, particularly in Latin America. His reputation and experience in the energy sector internationally will add to Curtis' strength in that area.”

Mr. Candelaria brings to Curtis extensive experience in SEC-registered securities offerings, private placements, asset and stock acquisitions, structured and leveraged financings, debt restructurings, and cross-border joint ventures. He has counseled corporate clients on internal and SEC-driven investigations.

“Curtis is a great fit for me,” said Mr. Candelaria. “The firm offers an international platform that will enable me to take full advantage of my experience and to expand my practice in a number of different ways by working with many other highly regarded international lawyers.”

Mr. Candelaria is frequently asked to speak on a variety of legal and financing issues before major organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Practicing Law Institute, the Institute of the Americas and the Harvard Law School European Law Research Center.

He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his M.A. in Latin American Studies and his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Following law school, Mr. Candelaria served as law clerk to Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and California.

Mr. Candelaria serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation to which he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005. He chairs the Audit committee and also is a member of the Executive and Governance Committees.

Mr. Candelaria is a member of the national Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund. He also serves as a Trustee of The Public Theater of New York, the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is a leading international law firm providing a broad range of services to clients around the world. Curtis has 14 offices in Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia. The firm's international orientation has been a hallmark of its practice for nearly two centuries. or more information about Curtis, please visit or follow Curtis on Twitter ( and Facebook (

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