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Rubén Kraiem is a corporate partner whose work in recent years has focused on advising clients with business interests in Latin America, as well as companies based in Latin America who are engaged in cross-border acquisitions or financings. Mr. Kraiem has been involved in many of the largest banking and insurance-related acquisitions and joint ventures in Latin America (e.g., Citigroup's acquisition of Grupo Financiero Banamex in 2001 and British United Provident Association's acquisition of Amedex Insurance Company in 2005) as well as transactions in industries as diverse as telecommunications, real estate development, healthcare, and consumer products.
Mr. Kraiem is also the co-chair of the firm's Carbon Markets, Climate Change and Clean Technology practice, with attention particularly to the funding and qualification of Clean Development Mechanism projects in the developing world, and other flexibility mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol and other emerging climate change regimes.
Mr. Kraiem was born in Mexico City in 1956, and is a Mexican and United States national. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was awarded his B.A. degree in 1978, summa cum laude, and of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1981, cum laude, and was Articles Editor (1980-1981) of The Harvard International Law Journal. He joined Covington & Burling LLP as a partner on September 1, 2004, having previously been a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.
Mr. Kraiem has been a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the New York University Law School (2002-2003), an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Business School (1992-1994), and a teaching fellow at Harvard College (1980-1981). He is the author of "Leaving Money on the Table: Contract Practice in a Low-Trust Environment," 42 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 715 (2004) and of other articles in Examen, Latin Finance, LatinLaw, The Miami Herald, The Houston Chronicle, the Asian Wall Street Journal, Crítica, and (with Stuart Eizenstat) in Foreign Policy.
Mr. Kraiem is the author of "Limits and Beyond," a report on the global environment for the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. He is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and a Council member of Resources for the Future.