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Eduardo A.G. Bolt has been assisting clients with domestic corporate, transactional and business-related immigration issues as well as international legal matters for more than 30 years. Domestically, Mr. Bolt represents businesses in corporate and transactional matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act and Customs Border Enforcement (CBE). He assists companies with the implementation of internal strategic policies to comply with import and export control regulations as well as the application and securing of Commerce Department Export Licenses for the export of products abroad. Mr. Bolt is also well-versed on the U.S Harmonized Tariff Schedule and the Internal Harmonized Commodity Coding and Classification System.

Mr. Bolt represents a variety of U.S. and foreign companies in mergers and acquisitions of assets or stock of Latin American companies. He advises domestic companies in forming joint ventures, partnerships and consortiums to compete in international bids for government projects and in establishing distributorships and contracting relationships in Latin America. He also represents domestic and international companies and investors seeking to do business in Latin America.

When corporations seek worldwide personnel for their domestic operations, Mr. Bolt assists them with filing employment-based petitions, complying with applicable immigration laws and regulations and advising on the possible immigration ramifications of corporate decisions. He assists companies in implementing internal I-9 audits.

Mr. Bolt serves as an advisor for the California-based InfraThink Global Infrastructure Report, which was created in 2011 to assist and inform individuals and companies interested in pursuing infrastructure projects from the Multilateral Development Banks and related International Financing Institution.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Orange County Bar Association

Representative Clients and Matters

  • FCPA and UK Bribery Act Compliance.  Review and analysis of representation agreement and advise client on recommended changes for compliance with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act; draft certificate of annual training compliance by employees; recommend modifications to internal policy and guidelines.

  • Corporate Acquisition (Chile).  Represented a major U.S. manufacturing company in acquisition of majority stock of a distribution company in Chile to distribute its products throughout South America.

  • Cross-border Transactions (U.S./Mexico).  Represented U.S. companies in the negotiations and drafting of agreements required in order to employ Mexican nationals as permanent employees and marketing representatives of U.S. companies in Mexico.

  • Container Terminal Due Diligence (Panama).  Representation with respect to the negotiation of a business relationship with the owners of a site for a future container terminal in the Republic of Panama, including but not limited to evaluation and analysis of title related issues, stevedoring contracts and concession agreements, related construction contracts, equipment purchase or leasing any land, other operating and/or ownership agreements and all related licensure and regulatory issues in Panama

  • Manufacturing and Distribution Facility (Panama).  Assistance with the formation of entities in the Republic of Panama; acquisition of controlling interest of Mexican SRL de CV; establish Panama manufacturing and distribution facilities for exportation

  • High-tech Manufacturing Facility (Panama).  Analyze, advise and assist Client in evaluating a project for establishing a high-tech manufacturing facility in the Republic of Panama for the importation, treatment, re-manufacturing and exportation of steel pipeline products to foreign countries; meetings with Panama government agencies; conduct due diligence and evaluate the viability of operating a facility; communications with Client and Panama government officials; advise and recommendations to Client

  • Tourism Hotel and Marina Development Project (Panama).  Representation of a client in the negotiation and drafting of agreements with the Inter Oceanic Regional Authority of Panama for the financing, design, construction and operation of a large hotel, cruise ship marina and tourism resort in the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal.

  • Representative and Distribution Agreements (Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Argentina).  Represented pipeline and construction material manufacturing companies in drafting and negotiating Representative and Distributorship Agreements with local representatives and distributors throughout most countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean Island Nations.

  • Counseled non-U.S. companies establishing U.S. operations for the transfer of key executives, managers and specialists into the U.S.

  • Conducted internal corporate audits of I-9 compliance with all immigration laws and regulations.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. International Law: 100%

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Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP

1920 Main Street
Suite 1050
Irvine, CA, 92614



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval
    issued in CA, 1981


    Public reproval means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mid Valley College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, NorthridgeN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A