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Michael L. Fitzgerald

Partner, Corporate Department
T 1(212) 318-6988
F 1(212) 303-7088
Michael Fitzgerald heads the Latin America practice group at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office.

Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the first US corporate lawyers to focus on capital markets work in Latin America and his first-mover advantage has led to his numerous representations of a wide range of international and domestic underwriter and issuer clients in debt and equity financing transactions and merger and acquisition activities.

He has been recognized as a Top Innovative Lawyer by the Financial Times and one of The American Lawyer's Dealmakers of the Year. Mr. Fitzgerald is also recognized as a band one leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Chambers Latin America; and is recognized by Legal 500 US as one of the four leading lawyers in the US for Global Offerings and other corporate financings.

Mr. Fitzgerald is a thought leader on a variety of issues involving international finance markets and has authored articles and presented seminars on related legal and business challenges and opportunities.


  • FHipo, company counsel in the $630 million IPO of the first Mexican mortgage REIT.
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge, a $500 million corporate joint venture for the creation of a new Mexican urban mixed‑use community development platform.
  • Sigma Alimentos on a $1 billion novel and complex acquisition bank financing that is said to be one of the largest in Latin America to date (LatinFinance - Syndicated Loan of the Year).
  • Fibra Uno’s underwriters’ counsel in its $2.5 billion follow-on equity offering, one of the largest equity offerings ever in Mexico and the largest equity offering ever in the real estate sector in Latin America (LatinFinance – Follow‑on Equity Deal of the Year).

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer (band 1) by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Chambers Latin America
  • Recognized by Legal 500 US as one of four leading lawyers in the US for Global Offerings
  • Named one of eight most innovative lawyers in the US by the Financial Times
  • Named one of six MVPs in Securities & Capital Markets work by Law360

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Mr. Fitzgerald has written articles and presented seminars on a variety of issues involving the international capital markets.

  • Co-Author, “Mexico’s Energy Industry Gushes with Investment Opportunity,” The Financial Times (December 31, 2014)
  • Author, “Tracing the Sources of Latin America’s Economic Boom,” Latin American Law & Business Report (May 2011)
  • Author, “Venture Capitalists Look to Mexico and Latin America,” North American Free Trade & Investment Report (January 2010)
  • Co-author, “The Threat of Unsponsored ADR Programs,” Insights (April 2009)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Committee member of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives 
  • Member of the American Bar Association Committee on Securities Laws, American Bar


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.