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Sergio J. Galvis

Sergio J. Galvis

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Recognized for his broad-based international experience, Sergio J. Galvis is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where he heads the Firm's Latin America Group. In 2008, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" and by HispanicBusiness magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics." He has been profiled in Hispanic Executive.

Over his close to 30 years as a lawyer at S&C, Sergio Galvis has worked on hundreds of matters involving parties from over 25 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He regularly advises corporations, investment banks, government bodies and other organizations on significant matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, project financings, private equity, sovereign financing, debt restructurings, privatizations and securities offerings, including on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.  He recently advised the Audit Committee of Tenaris S.A. in an internal investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues and subsequently represented Tenaris in resolving Department of Justice and SEC investigations, including in obtaining the first-ever deferred prosecution agreement in an SEC investigation. 

Mr. Galvis has been recognized in a number of publications, including Chambers, Euromoney, IFLR and Latin Lawyer. Mr. Galvis writes frequently on international legal and financial matters. He received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement in 2004 for his article "Sovereign Debt Restructurings - the Market Knows Best," published in International Finance; in 2010 for the article "Latin American Firms Pursue Global Status," co-authored with Frank Aquila and published in the Latin Business Chronicle; and in 2011 for the article "Introducing Dodd-Frank," co-authored with Samuel Woodall and published in Latin Lawyer. In 2002, Mr. Galvis was part of a group of eminent practitioners convened by a G-10 Working Group to help develop collective action clauses for sovereign debt financings and was a participant in Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.'s 2007 Conference on U.S. Capital Markets Competitiveness.

Mr. Galvis is involved with a number of not-for-profit and foreign policy organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of the Americas.

In February 2010, he received the Distinguished Global Citizen Award at the Global Kids annual benefit, where he was honored for his commitment to organizations that promote educational opportunities, arts education and international cooperation.

Mr. Galvis was born in Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.
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