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  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    noviembre 21, 2022 12:35 pm

    Vaguada de altura al este de Puerto Rico traería lluvias

    Roberto Cortés con el pronóstico del tiempo.

  • Hoy Día Puerto Rico

    noviembre 18, 2022 8:43 am

    La Autoridad en el Tiempo: se espera tiempo mayormente seco

    Roberto Cortés con el pronóstico del tiempo.

  • Hoy Día Puerto Rico

    noviembre 17, 2022 9:30 am

    La Autoridad en el Tiempo: temblor al norte de Aguadilla

    Fue de magnitud preliminar 4. 9 | Roberto Cortés con los detalles.

  • Roberto Cortés

    noviembre 16, 2022 6:12 pm

    Exitoso el lanzamiento de la misión Artemis

    Inicia la primera parte del programa que busca regresar a la luna.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    noviembre 16, 2022 9:49 am

    Se espera tiempo seco este miércoles

    Roberto Cortés con el pronóstico del tiempo.

  • Hoy Día Puerto Rico

    noviembre 15, 2022 12:57 pm

    Vaguada y perturbación producen fuertes lluvias sobre la Isla

    Roberto Cortés con el pronóstico del tiempo.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 28, 2022 11:41 am

    Pronóstico del tiempo

    Roberto Cortés con los detalles.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 27, 2022 2:59 pm

    Pronóstico del tiempo

    Roberto Cortés con los detalles.

  • Puerto Rico

    octubre 27, 2022 9:38 am

    Pronóstico del tiempo

    Roberto Cortés con detalles.

  • Puerto Rico

    octubre 26, 2022 8:27 am

    La Autoridad en el Tiempo: fuerte actividad de lluvia por paso de vaguada

    Ya se registran inundaciones | Roberto Cortés con detalles.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 25, 2022 9:36 am

    Pronóstico del tiempo

    Roberto Cortés con los detalles.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 24, 2022 11:29 am

    Pronóstico del tiempo

    Roberto Cortés con detalles.

  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 23, 2022 6:22 pm

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  • Roberto Cortés

    octubre 22, 2022 8:28 pm

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  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 21, 2022 8:35 am

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  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 20, 2022 8:34 am

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  • La Autoridad en el Tiempo

    octubre 19, 2022 8:55 am

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Paul Cortés-Rexach

Biography

Mr. Cortés-Rexach has practiced law in Puerto Rico for over three decades, concentrating in the areas of commercial and project financing and real estate law.

His involvement in Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is extensive, having participated as counsel in a significant number of the major hotel and resort developments in the island including Rio Mar and Palmas del Mar Resorts, the the San Juan Marriott Hotel and more recently, in the Distrito T-Mobile, a multi- million entertainment development and currently Puerto Rico’s premier entertainment destination.

He has extensive experience representing global manufacturing companies in both the acquisition and the disposition of their facilities in Puerto Rico. Some of these transactions have involved the transfer of ongoing operations to new operators as well as the commencement of manufacturing operations in Puerto Rico. They have also required extensive dealings with the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), the island’s public corporation in charge of promoting manufacturing activity in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Cortés-Rexach has worked as real estate counsel in multiple renewable energy projects, including the largest wind farm in the Caribbean, a number of solar energy projects and a waste-to-energy facility. More recently, he participated in a co-generation project involving various manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico.

He has acted as counsel to Puerto Rico and United States financial institutions, concentrating in the areas of commercial lending, real estate financing and asset-backed financing.  Mr. Cortés-Rexach also has acted as counsel to financial institutions in numerous commercial and federally backed loans and other financial facilities to local hospitals. He also has experience in conduit financing, having participated in a number of public financed projects, and in capital notes issues of local financial institutions.

He has also represented a number of local and stateside developers of office buildings, shopping centers and other commercial real estate.

Mr. Cortés-Rexach is the Firm’s Chief Operations Officer and is in charge of overseeing and coordinating numerous aspects of McV’s San Juan and Miami offices’ day-to-day operations.

He is ranked as one of Puerto Rico’s Leading Attorneys in the Real Estate field by the renowned international publication Chambers & Partners in its Latin America Guide. He is also ranked in the Real Estate field of The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico guide. 

News & Publications

News

  • McConnell Valdés receives unprecedented number of recognitions by Best Lawyers™

    McV News

    August 21, 2019

  • Best Lawyers® Names McV «Law Firm of the Year» in Environmental Law and Intellectual Property; 26 Attorneys Recognized

    McV News

    August 21, 2018

  • Arturo García-Solá Re-Elected as McV’s Managing Director

    McV News

    May 18, 2018

  • 21 McV Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

    McV News

    August 28, 2017

  • McV and McV Consulting to Co-Host the 2017 ULI Caribbean Hospitality Forum in San Juan

    McV Hospitality Practice Team News

    August 17, 2017

  • 26 McV Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners Latin America

    June 7, 2016

  • McV News

    Twenty-six McV Attorneys Recognized in Chambers & Partners Latin America Guide

    June 22, 2015

Publications

  • New Civil Code of Puerto Rico: Real Property Rights

    An McV Corporate Alert

    July 8, 2020

  • Joint Resolution for Loan Moratorium Approved

    An McV Real Estate & Finance Alert

    May 5, 2020

  • OCFI Extends Deadlines for Filing Reports

    An McV Financial Institutions Practice Team Alert

    April 14, 2020

  • Puerto Rico Tourism Company Clarifies Applicability of Lockdown Executive Order as related to Hospitality Industry

    McV Hospitality Practice Team Alert

    March 15, 2020

  • Sale of Mortgage Note Not Subject to Right of Redemption of Litigious Credit

    An McV Litigation and Real Estate Alert

    August 23, 2019

  • President Trump Signs Executive Order Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela

    An McV Corporate Alert

    August 7, 2019

  • HUD Approves Amended Action Plan with $8. 2 billion in CDBG-DR for Puerto Rico

    An McV Recovery Financing Practice Team Alert

    March 1, 2019

  • Puerto Rico P3 Authority Issues Request for Public Comments on Transformation of the Electric System

    An McV Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships Practice Team Alert

    February 4, 2019

  • PR Governor Presents Bill to Allow IFEs and IBEs to Offer Commercial Loans; Amendments to Acts 273-2012 and 52-1982 Also Introduced

    An McV Financial Institutions Alert

    January 30, 2019

  • Guidelines for Unsolicited P3 Proposals Published

    An McV Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships Practice Team Alert

    December 19, 2018

  • P3 Authority issues RFQ for the Puerto Rico Power Transmission and Distribution System

    An McV Infrastructure and Private-Public Partnerships Alert

    November 1, 2018

  • Update on Venezuela Sanctions

    An McV Government Affairs & Financial Institutions Practice Team Alert

    June 14, 2018

  • Puerto Rico Housing Boost Program Incentives Extended

    An McV Real Estate & Tax Alert

    January 24, 2018

  • Update on Puerto Rico’s Situation

    McV News

    October 4, 2017

  • Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules that a Foreclosure Judgment could be Null and Void if the Case was Not Mediated First

    An McV Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring Alert

    October 21, 2016

Terrible legend about the conquistadors of Cortes found confirmation

In Mexico, archaeologists for the first time found archaeological evidence of the legend that the conquistadors, on the orders of Hernan Cortes, brutally avenged the indigenous people for the murder of Spanish soldiers. The massacre overtook the inhabitants of the city allied to the Aztecs, and the conquerors spared neither children nor women.

A summary of the study is published on the website of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH). Excavations were carried out on the territory of the city of Zultepec-Tecoac, in which the people of Akolua lived — an ally of the so-called Triple Alliance, the powerful Aztec empire.

It is known from written sources that at the beginning of 1521 the famous conquistador Hernán Cortes ordered his subordinate Gonzalo de Sandoval to destroy Zultepec. It was revenge for the actions of the Acolhua Indians.

Earlier, in 1520, local warriors attacked a Spanish convoy from Cuba. They took a large number of prisoners, including 15 Spanish men, 50 women and 10 children. In addition, 45 infantrymen were captured, among whom were Cubans of African and indigenous origin. About 350 Indians from tribes that were allies of the conquistadors were also captured.

The fate of the captives, judging by the legend, turned out to be terrible. They were kept in captivity for about six months. The Spaniards were mostly sacrificed to the gods, while, as excavations proved, the townspeople were cannibals and did not spare the Europeans. By the way, in the language of the Aztecs, this city was called Nahuatl, which means «the place where they ate them.»

According to archaeologist Enrique Martínez Vargas, the excavations suggested that the inhabitants of Zultepec knew or suspected Cortes’ decision to take revenge on them. This is indicated, for example, by the primitive defensive structures that the townspeople erected in obvious haste. In addition, the remains of the slain Spaniards were found in shallow wells. Ritual scenes were engraved on the bones.

Excavations revealed that none of the defensive structures worked as intended. De Sandoval’s detachment entered the city without any problems and first of all passed along the central highway. As follows from the INAH release, some warriors managed to escape from the city. However, women and children remained inside.

It was they who became the main victims of this massacre. This is evidenced by numerous remains discovered during excavations by archaeologists. There are practically no remains of male warriors. At the same time, more than a dozen remains of women and children were found who were killed.

In general, archaeologists have unearthed the central street of the city with a length of about 120 meters. This is where most of the victims were found. According to archaeologists, judging by the location of the bodies, the women tried to cover the children with themselves, and these were children aged 5-6 years.

«The location of the graves suggests that these people fled, were killed and buried in a hurry,» the institute said in a statement. «Women and children who took refuge in buildings were mutilated. Temples were burned and statues were beheaded. »

Scholars emphasize that cruelty was manifested on both sides during the Spanish conquest of 1519-1521. It has been established, for example, that the skulls of murdered Spanish men and women in Zultepec were strung on stakes and put on public display.

One Spanish man, according to research, was burned to reproduce the mythical fate of the gods of the Aztec era. The Indians probably reproduced the myth known as «El Quinto Sol» or «The Fifth Sun».

Let us add that the convoy captured by the Indians from Cuba was heading to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan with supplies and property of the conquerors. Initially, he was accompanied by Cortes, but he was forced to leave him and go to Tenochtitlan, where an uprising broke out at that moment. Later, in 1521, Cortes finally conquered the Aztec capital.

On this day the conquistador Cortes landed in Mexico | News

On March 13, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes landed with a detachment in Mexico.

The jungles of Central America were suffocatingly hot. Two Christian missionary monks, brothers Juan de Orbita and Bartolome de Fuensalida, and several natives made their way through the endless, uncharted forests. The crowns of trees and creepers were so dense that nothing could be seen beyond the bow. And even the sky did not open to the eyes in this thicket. The monks were at their limit. They suffered from insomnia and voracious mosquitoes. Every hundred meters they met with one or another insurmountable obstacle: a lake, a swamp with crocodiles, a river with treacherous currents, mangroves. The forest swallowed them up, and there was not a soul around. Only occasionally did flocks of shrill monkeys show up.

Fernando Cortes de Monroy Pizarro Altamirano (Spanish: Hernan Cortes)

The suffering of the monks ended only when they reached the village of Tayasal, where the Mayan Indians lived. The monks washed, washed and dried their clothes, healed their wounds. The local qasik (leader) invited them to the main temple of the village.

What was the surprise of the holy brothers when they found among the Indian idols a statue of a horse, an animal that was not known to the indigenous population before the arrival of Europeans! It turned out that they were not pioneers! Before them, some of the inhabitants of the Old World had already managed to visit these forests.

Kasik told the monks that once, more than ninety years ago, a great leader from the north, the ruler of white people and Indians, passed through the village. His black stallion went lame and he left it as a gift to the head chief of Thayasal. So this outlandish animal entered the local pantheon.

The Spanish monks perfectly understood what kind of person they were talking about. The name of this man was outlawed in Spain, his works were forbidden to be printed, his family became impoverished and disappeared from the pages of history forever. He, the conqueror of Mexico, the founder of a huge colony, a traveler and a reformer who did a lot for the Spanish crown, was forgotten in his homeland. And the Indians whom he doomed to a slave fate, whose blood he shed in rivers, the Indians remembered him. That man was Fernando Cortes…

Fortune at the end of his life finally turned away from the Marquis de Vallee. Feeling the approach of death, he wrote a will, in which, among other things, he asked to be buried in New Spain. He also ordered to release his Indian slaves, to thank friends, servants, and confidants.

On the night of Friday, December 2, 1547, Cortes died of exhaustion.

Already in the memoirs of his contemporaries, he was presented as a legend, both the “white” and “black” sides of his character were noted. Endowed with a rare charm and strong character, Cortes led his comrades-in-arms through fire and water. Possessing great courage, he entered into battles with immeasurably more numerous opponents and won victories.

There was another side to his fiery nature. Without a twinge of conscience, he betrayed the people who believed him, both subordinates and leaders.

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