Jessica Portela

Jessica Portela


Jessica Portela


  • Overview


    Jessica Portela is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group as well as its Manufacturing Industry Team. Jessica has more than 15 years of transactional experience representing clients in numerous industries on a wide range of corporate matters, including business formation, day-to-day operations, mergers and acquisitions, and business sales. She also has extensive experience advising on, negotiating and drafting a wide range of commercial agreements including supply, agency and distribution agreements. Jessica enjoys working with clients on business issues that arise at every stage of their development, from formation to exit.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Jessica served as an Assistant General Counsel for one of the largest communication technology companies in the world. She started her career as a Corporate Associate in the New York City office an AMLaw100 firm. Her practice included mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and securities matters.

    Jessica’s breadth of experience also includes several years as an attorney placement professional. Jessica used her knowledge of the legal industry and her interpersonal skills honed from years of facilitating deals and interfacing with counsel to place candidates at law firms and companies throughout the country.

    Jessica is a member of the Firm’s Women's Committee.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented a private investment company in connection with its investment in a parking solutions provider.

      • Represented Terremark Worldwide, Inc. in its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc. in a deal valued at $1.4 billion.

      • Represented non-traded REIT in connection with its $1.5 billion initial public offering.


      • Represented underwriters in initial public offerings for multiple Special Purpose Acquisition Companies ranging in value from $28 million to $125 million.

      • Represented asset management firm and several private investment firms in connection with their SEC reporting obligations under the federal securities laws.

      • Represented public life science company in connection with its acquisition of a private biochemicals company for $15 million in cash and stock.

      • Managed due diligence in connection with Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.’s $1 billion acquisition of Hard Rock International from the Rank Group, Plc.

      • Represented private accounting firm in the sale of the firm to CBIZ, Inc. for $55.4 million in cash and stock.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      New York State Bar Association

      The Florida Bar