Rubén M. Medina-Lugo

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Shareholder | Corporate & Real Estate Department

Mr. Rubén Medina-Lugo is a corporate and real estate attorney who is a Shareholder and Director of the Firm’s Corporate & Real Estate Department.  He currently is a member of the Firm’s Senior Leadership Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Talent Development Committee.

With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Medina-Lugo’s practice has focused in counseling clients in the areas of: merger and acquisitions, reorganization real estate development and  commercial and construction lending, corporate finance, distribution and franchising agreements, partnership and joint ventures, taxes, business and corporate law, and corporate governance.  In addition, he has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and executing complex financing agreements representing both the purchaser developer, and the lenders.

Mr. Medina-Lugo has represented both purchasers and sellers in stock and assets acquisitions.  Also, he has represented developers in the development and construction of low and moderate income housing projects, thus obtaining tax credits.  He has handled all sorts of real estate transactions including commercial, industrial, retail, and individual matters ranging from simple transactions to complex acquisitions, sales, leasing, joint ventures, developments, and leasehold and leaseback financing arrangements. Recently, he has represented both borrowers and lenders in work out, forbearance, and friendly foreclosures in commercial and construction loan facilities.

Before joining the Firm in 1985, Mr. Medina-Lugo was a member of another big law firm in San Juan, where his practice focused on corporate, real estate and tax matters. From 1980-1981, he served as Law Clerk to Hon. Hernán G. Pesquera, Chief Justice of the Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, responsible of drafting court resolutions and opinions and assisting the Chief Justice in court and in performance of administrative duties. In 1979, he was appointed Special Aid to the Governor of Puerto Rico in the Economic Development area, where he was responsible for coordinating the economic strategies between the Governor of Puerto Rico and the different government agencies and departments, including but not limited to, the Treasury Department, the Economic Development Administration, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Government Development Bank.

Mr. Medina-Lugo has been a guest speaker offering seminars and has also taught courses related to his practice among the Law Schools in the Island. He is currently serves as President of United Way of Puerto Rico’s , Board of Governors and is former President of its Executive Commitee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Puerto Rico’s Operetta and Zarzuela Foundation.


    • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, LL.M, 1982
    • University of Puerto Rico Law School, San Juan, PR, J.D., Cum Laude, 1979
    • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, B.S.B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1976


    • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • U.S. Court of International Trade


    • Puerto Rico Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • The Association of Notaries of Puerto Rico
    • Hispanic National Bar Association


    • Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
    • Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association
    • Association of General Contractors of America – Puerto Rico Chapter
    • Food Industry Marketing and Distribution Association


    • English and Spanish


    • Developers Diversified Realty Co. (ticker: DDR, New York Stock Exchange) in the acquisition of fifteen (15) shopping centers totaling nearly 5.0 billion square feet from Caribbean Property Group, LLC, with a total transaction value op approximately $1.15 billion.
    • Yum Restaurants PR Holdings, Inc. (“Yum!”) in a Stock Purchase Agreement with TRI Acquisition Co. (“TRI”), by which Yum! Sold to TRI all of the issued and outstanding shares of Tricon Restaurants International (PR), Inc.
    • Johnson Wax Professional in the acquisition of Diversely Lever, formerly Unilever’s institutional and industrial cleaning business.  The acquisition created the second largest company in the institutional and industrial market with approximately $2.6 billion in sales.


    icons-03 Tel: (787) 767-9625  |  icons-02 Fax: (787) 622-2221 |  icons-05 E-mail: rmedina@cnrd.com