Jacqueline del Cristo
Jacqueline del Cristo Berens is a partner at Del Cristo, Fernandez & Monje and is a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Transactions Practice. Ms. Berens has represented diverse clients ranging from start-ups and small businesses to large corporations in a broad range of corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. In her practice, she counsels domestic and foreign clients from the initial structuring and formation of the business entity to more complex business matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, outbound and inbound investments, international trade, and other business transactions.
Ms. Berens also has extensive experience working with corporations doing business in Latin America. Her clients have included financial institutions, credit card and payment systems companies, domestic and foreign investors, import/export businesses, manufacturers, health care providers, construction materials suppliers, hospitality groups, and entertainment industry entities. Ms. Berens also has experience representing physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in contractual, regulatory and compliance issues. In addition, Ms. Berens has served as in-house counsel and as outside corporate counsel for the Latin American divisions of publicly traded, multinational corporations in the financial services and payment systems sector. She has also assisted clients in state and federal regulatory matters, including compliance with anti-money laundering laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as international privacy laws and regulations.
Ms. Berens is a member of the Florida Bar and the North Carolina Bar, and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Ms. Berens received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where she also completed the coursework for her Master of Laws in Inter-American Law. In law school, Ms. Berens was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review and also served as Articles and Comments Editor of the University of Miami Entertainment and Sports Law Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and French from the University of Miami. She is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and frequently drafts complex legal contracts in Spanish.
Ms. Berens is serving her second term on the advisory board of the Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium and is also the Chairperson of its Sister Cities and Consular Corps Committee.
- Corporate Law
- International Business Transactions
- Health Law
- Corporate Counsel Services
Admitted to Practice:
- North Carolina
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1991
- University of Miami, B.A., 1983