A Manuel Garcia
Mr. Garcia began his career attending the University of Iowa where he focused his studies on international affairs and spending a year and half abroad studying in Mexico and Argentina. After graduating, Mr. Garcia moved to New York City where he interned at a number of international organizations including UNICEF. Thereafter, Mr. Garcia accepted a position with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica where he spent over two years in a squatter settlement working with at-risk youth and as a community organizer. Mr. Garcia entered law school the following year at American University’s Washington College of Law where he focused on international legal studies.
While in law school Mr. Garcia interned with the Untied States Trade Representative (“USTR”) in the administration of President Clinton, assisting with international dispute settlement matters primarily in Latin America. Mr. Garcia then accepted an intern position with Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman of the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) where he counseled Vice Chairman Hillman in various trade matters before the ITC.
Mr. Garcia then accepted an offer to join the international practice at the law firm of White & Case LLP where spent four years as a young associate. Over the next several years Mr. Garcia formed part of an international practice group that moved first to Winston & Strawn LLP and finally to Arnold & Porter LLP. Mr. Garcia ended his career in large international law firms as a senior associate for Arnold & Porter LLP working out of Washington, DC, Caracas, Venezuela, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Paris, France. During his law firm career Mr. Garcia focused on international dispute resolution, particularly in the area of international investment and trade with an emphasis in Latin America and a specialization in the electricity generation and distribution sectors and the hydrocarbons sector. Mr. Garcia has represented sovereigns and large multinationals before the International Centre for Settlement and Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) of the World Bank, International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as in U.S. District Courts and in North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) proceedings. During this period Mr. Garcia was also a frequent speaker on the subject of sovereign representation, sovereign default and investment risk in emerging markets.
In 2010 Mr. Garcia left his law firm career for a position as international legal advisor for an international start up based out of London, United Kingdom. Mr. Garcia has been advising Mah! Brands Limited (“MBL”) since 2010, MBL is the international trading arm of mah! pure love (www.mahpurelove.com), an international baby and infant food company. By the end of 2014 MBL will be present in Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia with negotiations underway to purchase a manufacturing plant in the United Kingdom as well as to enter numerous other emerging markets in the immediate future including throughout Latin America, China and India. Mr. Garcia is also the Co-Managing Partner of Trireme Global Partners, a private equity group that invests in emerging markets and specifically in the mining sector.