Procopio’s Tax Team Continues to Grow with Experienced International Additions
July 19, 2023 (San Diego, Scottsdale) — Procopio’s award-winning Tax Team continues to grow, with two new attorney hires for its San Diego and Scottsdale offices—one licensed in Bolivia and the other in Italy—and an international exchange attorney from a leading law firm in Spain. Procopio’s nearly two dozen tax attorneys serve clients across the U.S. and around the world. The firm’s Tax practice is recognized by U.S. News-Best Law Firms® with its highest Tier One ranking.
“Procopio’s international tax practice has long enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for serving clients efficiently and effectively across the globe,” said Managing Partner John Alessio. “These latest outstanding attorney additions allow us to serve even more domestic and international companies and family offices across borders in multiple jurisdictions.”
Meet the newest members of Procopio’s Tax team:
Elettra Menarini returns to Procopio as a Special Counsel, having previously served as an Associate. Based in Procopio’s Scottsdale, Arizona, office, she provides clients international tax planning and related international services, particularly in the United States, Mexico and Italy. Fluent in Italian and Spanish and licensed to practice in California, New York and Italy, Elettra assists in the development of business transactions, worldwide investment and financing structures, and planning for worldwide income, estate, and inheritance taxes. Her extensive educational background includes an LLM in International Tax from the New York University School of Law, a Taxation diploma from the University of San Diego School of Law, and a Laurea in Giurisprudenza, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna. Before moving to the U.S., Elettra practiced law in Italy in the areas of litigation, commercial law, and intellectual property. She is based in our Scottsdale office.
Carolina Bustillo joins Procopio as an Associate from KPMG, where she worked in their New York and San Diego offices. She counsels multinationals on an array of international tax matters, including efficient tax structuring, restructurings, cross-border transactions and IP migrations. Her clients operate in many industries including life sciences and technology. Fluent in Spanish, Italian and German, she is licensed to practice in California as well as Bolivia, where she earned an LLB at Universidad Privada Boliviana in La Paz before earning an LLM in International Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Carolina works closely with Procopio’s Latin America practice serving clients in both the U.S. and Latin America. Carolina is based in our downtown San Diego office.
Paula Beneitez is working side-by-side with Procopio tax attorneys as an International Exchange attorney on a 6-month assignment. She is an Associate at the Spanish law firm of Cuatrecasas, one of Europe’s largest firms. She advises corporate clients on international tax matters in Europe and Latin America, including foreign investments and cross-border M&A transactions, manages international tax and succession planning for large estates, and advises on tax planning for large sporting events. Paula regularly advises clients on tax litigation proceedings, tax inspections, economic-administrative appeals and judicial reviews in relation to queries on interpreting double tax treaties and European Union tax matters. She holds a Master in Tax from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and an International Master in Tax Consultancy from ISDE Law & Business School.
Procopio’s Tax Team is led by Partner Robert Brown, based in our downtown San Diego office, whose practice focuses on tax structuring and deal-making over a broad range of transactions, with an emphasis on sophisticated and complex multifamily investment real estate. He has served as lead counsel for approximately $10 billion in real estate transactions over the last two years, and is recognized by Best Lawyers® in Tax Law and Real Estate Law.
Procopio’s International Tax practice is led by Partner Pedro E. Corona de la Fuente from our Washington, D.C., office. He advises clients in international estate planning, international tax and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Pedro focuses on U.S. investment structures, cross-border transactions, tax treaty planning, withholding obligations and reporting compliance on international transactions, and is a frequent speaker on international tax topics and recent tax developments affecting cross-border investments from and into Latin America.
An integral member of Procopio’s Tax team is Partner, Management Committee member, and Latin America practice leader Enrique Hernandez-Pulido, who provides international tax planning and related international matters. He worked for ten years in the Mexican government in the areas of tax, finance and administration, acting as Subprocurador Fiscal de la Federación (Under Fiscal Federal General Attorney) in charge of consultation and legislative issues, Director General Jurídico (Legal General Director) of IPAB (Mexico’s Bank Deposit Insurance Federal Authority) and Director Jurídico (General Counsel) of FIDELIQ. Enrique is recognized by Best Lawyers® in Tax Law.
Procopio is ranked #6 for attorney diversity by American Law Media (AmLaw) in a survey of the 226 largest U.S. law firms. The firm’s diversity is reflected in the firm’s International Tax practice. Many of its attorneys bring backgrounds and experiences from outside of the U.S. and are qualified in multiple jurisdictions. As a founding member of the legal network LawExchange International and an active member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, Procopio has access to knowledgeable and experienced legal representation around the world providing diversified global support and insights.