Haynes and Boone, LLP New York Managing Partner Craig Unterberg and a delegation of Jewish leaders met with Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on April 10, 2019 to discuss anti-Semitism, human rights, and other issues of shared concern.
As president of the American Jewish Committee’s New York Region (AJC-NY), Unterberg led the delegation to Portugal. The group met with President Rebelo de Sousa at the Palácio de Belém as part of a six-day visit to Portugal that included meetings with several top government officials and visits with the Jewish and Muslim communities.
“We must pay attention and act against anti-Semitism. We need more education, knowledge, and the teaching of history to prevent dangerous fads from deepening and becoming normalized,” Rebelo de Sousa told the 20-member AJC-NY delegation. The president indicated interest in Portugal adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism.
Other issues discussed with the president included U.S.-Portugal relations, Portugal-Israel ties, and Portugal’s role in Latin America. Unterberg was appointed president of the AJC-NY in 2017. AJC is a global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and for the advancement of pluralism and democratic values around the world. AJC-NY works through diplomatic, interreligious and intergroup outreach to build bridges of understanding and cooperation locally and globally.
At Haynes and Boone, Unterberg heads the New York office and the firm’s Prime Brokerage and Equity Lending Practice Group. He has deep knowledge on U.S. margin regulations and advises a multitude of financial institutions and hedge funds. He has significant experience handling complex onshore and offshore margin facilities having worked on a large number of single stock and portfolio loan transactions to hedge funds, investment companies and private equity groups.