Barbara has been a part of our HNBF board since 2012.
“The opportunity to expose young Latinos to positive role models in the legal profession, and help them gain self-confidence to reach for the stars as they pursue their educational goals. I find it especially fulfilling since a number of our law campers are from underprivileged backgrounds and have overcome tremendous challenges already.”
Barbara P. Alonso is Senior Attorney, Senior Vice President, Banco Santander International and focuses her practice on international and domestic corporate matters, including corporate and project finance, debt and equity capital markets, and bank and borker-dealer regulatory issues. Barbara has wide-ranging experience advising clients on cross-border transactions involving transportation, telecommunications, hospitality, and other sectors, supervisory and compliance counseling to financial institutions and financial services firms on banking regulatory issues and general corporate and commercial matters.
Barbara acts for lenders in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border lending transactions. Many of these representations have involved sovereign and corporate borrowers throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Barbara often advises clients in the energy sector, and has represented clients in diverse forms of multinational corporate transactions involving renewable and conventional power producing technologies. Her energy practice has historically been focused on Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Mexico. She has regularly negotiated project agreements on behalf of her clients including power purchase agreements; operation and maintenance agreements; construction and development contracts; and fuel supply contracts.
During her tenure as assistant general counsel for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, Barbara supported Chase’s Latin America capital markets business in connection with bond issuances by sovereign and corporate issues in Latin America. Barbara also served as in-house counsel for Nortel Networks (Caribbean and Latin America region), where she handled telecommunications transactions.
Prior to attending law school, Barbara was a program officer (intern), at The Ford Foundation in New York, where she worked closely with the program officers responsible for designing and implementing the Foundation’s initiatives to support community organizations that address the needs/impacts of the Hispanic populations, particularly in metropolitan areas with significant Hispanic populations.
She currently serves as Secretary of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation.