Pascal assumed office today during the WSG's annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa after serving a year as chairman-elect. In 2012, the organization selected Pascal as its “Member of the Year.” He previously served as the chair of the North American region for WSG.
"I am honored that WSG members have put their faith in me to lead this great organization," Pascal said. "As cross-border legal work continues to expand across the globe, this organization's influence and importance to international trade continues to rise. It is an exciting time to take on this leadership role, and I look forward to a busy and productive year ahead."
WSG is the globally recognized resource for professionals and their clients to receive the highest quality, value and service from legal, investment banking and accounting services. WSG provides members the ability to create new business opportunities and relationships to better serve their clients. There are more than 130 prominent member firms representing worldwide clients. Members operate in more than 115 countries and throughout the United States and Canada, reaching representation in over 145 jurisdictions globally. The network has become one of the most prominent global networks of leading independent firms offering access to over 19,000 individuals and a wealth of knowledge at one’s fingertips.
Haynes and Boone is one of the WSG’s founding firms and regularly employs WSG’s vast network to assist clients with issues in geographical areas where the firm does not have offices. Members include a range of professional services firms and companies focusing on accounting firms and investment advisory firms, and not just law firms. Using its unique tools and information systems, members are also able to serve existing clients on complex matters far away, create new business opportunities, and gain access to valuable resources across the globe.
Pascal has more than 20 years of experience in advising companies on their cross-border Latin American and Spanish projects, counseling clients on transactions throughout Latin American, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. He is particularly active in the transportation, tourism and hospitality, and energy sectors.
He has established himself as a leader in the international bar community, serving as the chair of the International Section of the State Bar of Texas and leading a successful campaign for the adoption of the ABA Model Rule on Foreign Legal Consultants in Texas. He later received his appointment as the chair of the Task Force on International Law Practice from the Texas Supreme Court, and guided that prestigious body on a unanimous set of proposed reforms for modernizing international law practice in Texas, which was successfully tendered to and adopted by the Texas Supreme Court.
Pascal has been recognized by respected market watchers such as Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer, and Latinvex for multiple years, particularly in the area of area of mergers and acquisitions and projects.