Giovanni Méndez Esq. is the Managing Member of Global Economic Optimization (GEO Tax), a consulting firm that provides its clients with one-stop, seamless entry into Puerto Rico’s various economic incentives programs. Giovanni is also a Member-in-Charge of Legal and Compliance for Baltic Avenue Investments, one of the First Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds on the island.
Formerly with BDO Puerto Rico/USVI and previously with other prominent tax and legal firms, Giovanni has extensive experience as a corporate and tax attorney, including compliance, financial reporting, tax preparation, and regulatory matters.
Admitted to the Puerto Rico Bar and United States Tax Court, Giovanni has advised clients at both the State and Federal levels. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, pharmaceutical companies, telecommunications firms, financial services companies, e-commerce, technology and software companies, private equity investors, Opportunity Zone funds, blockchain technology companies, and high net-worth individuals.
Giovanni’s practice includes structuring of tax exempt and taxable operations in Puerto Rico, structuring of complex business transactions, transfer pricing consulting, entity formations, negotiation of tax exemption decrees, tax planning and counsel for Puerto Rican and United States federal international income tax matters, including Opportunity Zone matters, and accounting services.
During the past years, Giovanni has served as advisory counsel for many investors and businesses seeking grants of tax exemption under Puerto Rico’s Acts 20 and 22. As a blockchain technology investor and advisor, Giovanni has played a key role in the development of Puerto Rico as an investment destination for the industry. Giovanni’s unique access to the burgeoning global and local cryptocurrency industry provides his clients with invaluable insight.