Juan Zuniga


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(619) 294-2254


Harvard University

J.D., 1992

Harvard University

A.B., 1986

Previous Experience

  • Kaye Scholer
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Heller Ehrman


  • State of California


  • English
  • Spanish

Professional Experience

Juan E. Zúñiga is an international transactions attorney who has worked on cross-border deals throughout the United States, Latin America and in over 60 other countries.

His practice is focused on buying and selling real estate, resort and hospitality transactions, mergers & acquisitions, overseas distribution agreements, international joint ventures, foreign trade and commerce, workouts of distressed assets, lending and investment issues. He has been particularly sought out for his handling of cross-border transactions, especially in Latin America. In this work, he represents American clients in their investments in overseas properties and in establishing subsidiary operations internationally. Additionally, he represents foreign clients in their investments in the United States.

Prior to Rimon, Juan Zuniga was the founding partner of Cross Border Law Group, P.C. Before that he was an attorney at both Heller Ehrman and Baker and McKenzie. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1992) and his A.B. from Harvard College (1986). 

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  • Represent organic agricultural company in establishment of joint venture for production and export of organic fruit from Sonora to US.
  • Represent private buyer in purchase of over 1,000 hectares in Jalisco, Mexico for $128 million using Mexican trust (fideicomiso).
  • Represent various individuals and family offices in the purchase of luxury real estate in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and other resort destinations in Mexico.
  • Represented Paladin Realty Partners in the formation of a joint venture for the development of residential and commercial real estate in Mexico City.
  • Special counsel to Mexican Consulate General in Los Angeles for processing of Letters Rogatory pursuant to Inter-American Treaty on Letters Rogatory from Mexican courts seeking international service of process and enforcement of judgments abroad. Extensive experience in litigation involving international treaties.
  • Represented client in complex sale of cross-border (U.S. - Mexico) business in a stock and asset transaction.

Real Estate

  • Represented purchase of private residence in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, including removal of cloud on title related top foreclosure litigation instituted against seller.
  • Represented family office client in refinance of high-end apartment complex in San Jose, California.
  • Represent various clients in negotiating lease and loan forbearance, extensions, forgiveness and deferral of real property arising from COVID-19 pandemic
  • Represent family office in the purchase of portfolios of various real estate assets, including multi-family and shopping centers, in a series of 1031 tax deferred exchanges in various states including California, Arizona, Ohio and Utah.
  • Represent individual TIC owner in selling interest in various investment properties.
  • Entity formation and real estate transfer to preserve expiring tax benefits involving $17,000,000
  • Represent Mexican logistics operator in acquisition of 350,000 square foot warehousing facility in off-balance-sheet finance lease in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Represent various non-resident aliens in structuring holding entities and purchase of US real estate assets.
  • Represented buyer in purchase of $30 million office building in Burbank, California.
  • Represent sponsor/promoter in private placement and eventual acquisition of multi family properties in Texas.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented publicly-traded medical device manufacturer in $50 million asset purchase, including real estate.
  • Represented world’s largest reseller of micro-computer products in multi-million acquisition of micro-computer distribution companies in Chile, Brazil, Peru and US. Resolution of multi-jurisdictional issues relating to inter-company loans, foreign exchange, import-export regulations, foreign investment and tax planning


  • Represented seller in disposition of assets of Peregrine Remedy, Inc. to BMC Software, Inc. through a $355 million Chapter 11 Bankruptcy of a software company.

Hospitality and Resort

  • Represented clients in sale of cross-border business involved in internet connectivity in hospitality industry.
  • Represented buyer of luxury hotel and convention center in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico for $115 million.
  • General Counsel for the hotel and residential community at El Banco, Nayarit, Mexico.  Representative work included: acquisition of land using 2-stage trust fideicomiso; securing water rights and permits; subdivision of project and creation of multiple condominium regimes; negotiation of term sheet and definitive agreements for joint venture development of hotel and residences; negotiation of hotel management and development agreements for resort project.
  • Represent buyer in purchase of hotel and timeshare resort in Loreto Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico from FONATUR, negotiation with developer partner in joint venture and mezzanine loan secured by pledge of stock in Mexican company through a guaranty trust.
  • Represent parent company of US hotel chain in purchase of 33 hectares of undeveloped oceanfront land in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico.
  • Represented lenders in $40 million credit facility to take out senior lender and provide working capital for a premier resort in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico using Mexican Trust (fideicomiso) and reversionary rights to defer tax exposure.
  • Represented Paladin Realty Partners in joint venture and eventual sale of an operating hotel, resort and golf-course in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Commercial Law

  • Represented world’s largest reseller of microcomputer products in multi-jurisdictional secured financing project in Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Central American countries, using various security instruments such as pagares (promissory notes), pledges, mortgages, trusts.
  • Represent producer of quality mescal with respect to importation in the US of product produced in Mexico.

Secured Transactions

  • Represented US bank in construction loan to borrower for financing of Mexican manufacturing facilities secured by Mexican Guaranteed Trust (fideicomiso).
  • Assist small business clients referred by legal services clinic in regard to various issues arising from COVID-19 pandemic, including lease, employment, insolvency and health & safety concerns.
  • Represent California charter school operator in purchase and financing of permanent school site.
  • Represent manager of private equity investment in acquisition of various properties in Mexico for residential development, including negotiation of joint ventures with local developers and acquisition financing with local banks.
  • Represented world’s largest reseller of microcomputer products in multi-jurisdictional secured financing project in Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Central American countries, using various security instruments such as pagares (promissory notes), pledges, mortgages, trusts.
  • Represented multiple clients in successful application for PPP loans resulting from the CARES Act and Federal stimulus due to COVID-19 pandemic.



  • San Diego, Best Lawyers® (BL Rankings LLC), 2020
  • San Diego, Best Lawyers® (BL Rankings LLC), 2019