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MIAMI — Juan Pablo Cappello, a Corporate & Securities shareholder in the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig has been named a “Top 50 Entrepreneur” by Business Leader magazine. An awards reception was held for honorees on Monday, February 20, 2012. The Top 50 Entrepreneurs issue is scheduled to be published in April 2012.
Started in 1989, Business Leader magazine provides local business intelligence to readers in several Southeast markets, including: Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte in North Carolina; Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville in Florida; Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.
“It is an honor to be selected for this prestigious award and listed among such a well-accomplished list of professionals,” said Cappello. “Working at a law firm with a history rooted in the entrepreneurial efforts of its founding partners, it is a fantastic feeling knowing that through this accomplishment I am not only paying tribute to this tradition of entrepreneurship, but am also contributing to keeping the spirit of innovation alive.”
Cappello has wide-ranging capital markets experience in cross-border corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. He was previously the general counsel and a director of [Endeavor Entrepreneur Wences Casares’ company] Patagon.com, which was sold to Banco Santander for a transaction value of over US$750 million. Cappello also co-founded [along with Endeavor Entrepreneurs] www.idea.me, the first Latin America crowd funding site and Sauber Energy, a green energy company in Chile that resolves the problem of “harmonics” in the electrical grid.
Cappello is highly involved in the business community where he is a Global Advisory Board Member of Endeavor Global, a leading NGO promoting entrepreneurship. He is also on the Legal Advisory Board of the Latin American Venture Capital Association, the Advisory Board of the Pino Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University and of the Institute of Global International Effectiveness at the Kelly School of Management at Indiana University.
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