Squire Patton Boggs adds former compliance director from Starwood Hotels

Squire Patton Boggs announced that Jose Martin Davila has joined the Miami office as of counsel in the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. He most recently served as Director of Compliance – Americas and French Polynesia at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. 

At Starwood, Martin Davila was responsible for the Americas Division, which included Canada, the US and over 100 properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. He managed new and ongoing global and Americas legal compliance projects with an immediate impact in project execution and implementation.

Before Starwood, Martin Davila served as Associate General Counsel, Latin America and Caribbean at Pentair where he created the company’s first Latin American Legal Department and managed all commercial and compliance-related matters, including third-party program, training and investigations, public affairs, M&A and trade compliance.

Jose Martin Davila is licensed to practice law in New York and Mexico. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He received his Gestion des Affairs et Economie diploma at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, France. In Mexico City, he earned his Bachelor in Laws, with honors, at the Universidad Panamericana and received a postgraduate degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Escuela Libre de Derecho He also holds a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar.

“As companies open their doors to the global community, opportunities for government enforcement agencies to initiate corruption, fraud and money laundering investigations and enforcement actions will arise,” said Rebekah J. Poston, a partner in Squire Patton Boggs Government Investigations & White Collar Practice and co-chair of the firm’s Venezuela Desk. “Jose’s extensive in-house experience in implementing anti corruption compliance programs and handling internal investigations adds significant depth to our team and reach in the Americas and the Caribbean. He has built an impeccable reputation for achieving results with the highest level of corporate business ethics, and clients will greatly benefit from his strategic corporate counsel perspective.”

“Sitting at the crossroads of the Americas, our Miami office offers a critical link connecting our global clients to the political, business and commercial centers of the Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America and Mexico. This base of operations strongly compliments Jose’s decade of international experience and impressive roster of business alliances,” said Alfredo G. Anzola, partner in the Squire Patton Boggs Latin America and Energy Practices and chair of the firm’s Venezuela Desk. “Additionally, Jose will play a key role in bolstering the enforcement and compliance capabilities across our Latin America country desks and network of clients and alliances in the region. We are thrilled to have Jose on board.”

Ignacio Abella