Chief Legal Officer of Export-Import Bank Joins Global Financial Services Practice of Squire Patton Boggs

Angela Mariana (Manana) Freyre, former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, has joined the Squire Patton Boggs Financial Services Practice as principal.

Ms. Freyre was chief legal officer and a member of the senior leadership team at the Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) from June 2011 to September 2017. The Bank is the official export credit agency of the US, operating as an independent agency of the Executive Branch with a mission of facilitating the export of goods and services. Ms. Freyre advised the President and Chairman, Board of Directors and senior management on legal, regulatory and compliance issues arising from the Bank’s activities, including its highly complex cross-border financial transactions.

Ms. Freyre also served concurrently as Special Advisor for Cuba Policy at the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President of the United States at the end of the Obama Administration. Working with the Departments of Treasury, State and Commerce, she advised on the implementation of the Administration’s new Cuba policy.

Ms. Freyre was previously Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Legal and Strategic Affairs at The Nielsen Company, a leading global information and data services company that operates in over 100 countries. She led a diverse team, composed of legal, finance and client services, with the aim of expanding strategic relationships.

“I am looking forward to this next chapter of my professional career and working with a range of highly regarded and experienced professionals at Squire Patton Boggs,” Ms. Freyre said. “The firm’s integrated approach of providing transactional, regulatory and public policy advice on a global scale was a major draw for me. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with and contributing to the wide array of practice areas across the firm.”

James Barresi, head of the firm’s global Financial Services Practice, commented: “Manana brings with her over 30 years of professional experience working on major cross-border financing, financial restructuring, structured finance and debt offerings, among other complex financial transactions. Her unique combination of public and private sector experience – acting as both external and in-house counsel – as well as her oversight of major Latin American financial transactions will be of particular interest to our clients.”

Ms. Freyre received degrees from Wellesley College, Université de Droit, d’Economie et des Sciences Sociales de Paris and Georgetown University Law Center. She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. Born in Havana, Cuba, she was a member of the Advisory Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) until 2015 and various Boards and Commissions of the City of New York in the Bloomberg Administration.

Over the last year, the firm’s Financial Services Practice has continued to expand. In October, Hai-Dang Nguyen joined the firm as a partner in the Financial Services Practice in Sydney. A four-person nationally recognized insurance regulatory team also joined the practice in Ohio in February, led by former Ohio Insurance Commissioner, Mary Jo Hudson.