Fernando R. Carranza

Fernando R. Carranza

Cicero, Illinois
800-459-0950 (Toll free)

Foreclosure defense and International lawyer specializing in real estate, homeowners rights and international transactions on a variety of legal, commercial and financial issues.  Attorney at Law since 1987 and a Certified Public Accountant since 1983.
Foreclosure Defense and Business Practice
Advisor to law firms, businesses and capital market professionals on real estate and general business investments, mergers, acquisitions and complex commercial transactions, including independent real estate brokers, mortgage companies and title companies on regulatory compliance, underwriting authority issues and general  business operations in the residential and commercial markets.  Special expertise in advising homeowners throughout the foreclosure defense process.   
International Consulting

Counsel international clients in commercial transactions involving international franchise and distribution agreements, cross border initial public offerings on U.S. markets (ADR’s and F Form Filings), private placements, international tax issues, foreign mergers and acquisitions,  formation of foreign entities in Latin American jurisdictions, multi - jurisdictional credit and bankruptcy issues and general corporate matters. Represent U.S. clients in Latin America involving the interpretation of foreign legal documents and financial statements; analysis of international conventions, treatises and comparative laws; and litigation of commercial disputes.  Knowledgeable in the Civil Code, Commercial Code, general commercial law and accounting principles of  Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Commercial Transactions  

Advise clients in all aspects of commercial transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds ( re-offerings and defeasance transactions), securities matters (i.e. initial public offerings, private placements and compliance), financing, corporate restructuring, stock options, executive compensation and shareholder agreements.  Counsel clients on general corporate matters including corporate equity structure, shareholder agreements, non-compete agreements, stock based compensation and corporate governance issues. Advise on a wide range of business issues including financial projections, business interruption models, inventory valuations, financial statement analysis and tax planning.  Coordination of internal corporate investigations (including “damage control” and control of information in anticipation of future litigation) involving theft, fraud embezzlement and misappropriations.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Foreclosure & Alternatives
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1990
  • Illinois, 1987


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 1987
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1983
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • International Litigation v. Alternative Dispute Resolution: Making the NAFTA Choice, Dispute Resolution Magazine, ABA Section of Dispute resolution, Multi cultural issue, Fall, 1994
  • Across the Border: Foreign Investors Form Alliances In Mexico, The National Law Journal, Spring, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois CPA Society, American Institute of CPAs
  • Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1990 - 1996)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Latin American Bar Association, 1990 - 1994
  • Mexican American Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 1990 - 1995) Vice President (1993 - 1994)
  • General Chairman Joint Hispanic Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1992 - 1994
  • Illinois Hispanic Lawyers Association, Board of Directors 1996 - Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Supreme Court Nominating Committee, 1993 - Present
  • Business Development Committee, 1994 - Present
  • Federal Magistrate for the Northern District of Illinois Nominating Committee, 1994 - 1996
  • Association House of Chicago, Board of Directors, 1990 - 1994
  • The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1994
  • Boy Scouts of America, District Commissioner Hispanic Task Force, 1994 - Present
  • U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commercel, 1994
  • American Bar Association, International Law Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994 - Present
  • International Bar Association, Member, 1994
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 1996 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1983
  • Ernst & Whinney, 1983 - 1985
  • Price Waterhouse, 1986 - 1988
  • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Financial and Governmental Fraud Unit, 1988 - 1990)