Thomas Vega-Byrnes is a Chicago attorney in private practice specializing in international business transactions, such as development and financing of electric power plants (solar, hydro and thermal); investments in and lending to microfinance institutions in developing countries; international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; secured lending; distribution, supply and licensing agreements and other commercial contracts and corporate law.
Mr. Vega-Byrnes was a partner at Winston & Strawn from 1998 to 2002, in Project Finance and Leasing. From 1990 to 1998, he was an associate at Baker & McKenzie (Chicago) in the Latin America Practice Group. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Vega-Byrnes worked at Baker & McKenzie Monterrey, Mexico. He also did an International Clerkship in the firm's Mexico City office in 1989.
Mr. Vega-Byrnes received a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1990. He was admitted in Illinois in 1990, and in New York in 2003. He is a member of the ABA Section of Business Law, Section of International Law and Practice, and Construction Law Forum, Illinois and New York State Bar Associations. Previously Mr. Vega-Byrnes has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School. He is also a member of Amigos de Alivio, raising funds for Alivio Medical Center, which provides primary medical care to the under- and uninsured in Chicago's Latino community, and a member of the Board of Teatro Vista, Chicago's oldest Latino Equity theater ensemble.