Jose W. Fernandez is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Latin America Practice Group. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and finance in emerging markets in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Mr. Fernandez has substantial experience in the telecommunications, energy, water, banking and consumer industries.
Nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Fernandez served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure, he led the Bureau that is responsible for overseeing work on international trade and investment policy; international finance, development and debt policy; economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing; international energy security policy; international telecommunications and transportation policies; and support for U.S. businesses and the private sector overseas. He was the State Department’s principal representative in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and was also a key figure in devising and implementing U.S. sanctions policy around the world.
Mr. Fernandez served as the Director of the Transition Policy Committees for Governor-Elect Phil Murphy of New Jersey following the Governor’s election in November 2017.
Mr. Fernandez has served on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and on the Board of Directors of Accion International and the Council of the Americas. He has been chair both of the American Bar Association’s Inter-American Law Committee and the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and Co-Chair of the Cross Border M&A and Joint Venture Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
He also headed the Latin American and Caribbean division of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. He has served on the boards of NPR-station WBGO-FM, Ballet Hispanico of New York and the Middle East Institute. He was a founder of TeatroStageFest, a 2-week Latino theatre festival in New York City, and was appointed a Commissioner of New York’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission. Mr. Fernandez is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of Directors of Iberdrola S.A.
Mr. Fernandez graduated magna cum laude with high honors from Dartmouth College earning a bachelor’s degree in history, and also received an honorary degree from the college. He earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he received the Charles Evans Hughes Prize and a Parker School Certificate of International Law with Honors.