Carolina is a member at Marini Pietrantoni Muñiz LLC and co-chair of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice. Carolina concentrates her practice in all aspects of distressed situations and bankruptcy, representing institutional lenders, strategic investors, special situation funds, and other stakeholders in in-court and out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy and litigation matters. Carolina is also involved in complex commercial litigation, including defense of lender liability suits and contract litigation. She regularly represents financial institutions, private equity funds, purchasers of distressed debt, and secured and unsecured creditors. Carolina is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Carolina regularly lectures on federal jurisdiction and insolvency and bankruptcy matters and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association-Hon. Raymond L. Acosta Puerto Rico Chapter. She has been speaker at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “Caribbean Insolvency Symposium” (2020). In addition, Carolina has been interviewed and quoted by “The Deal” for the article “Pot Woes Pose Restructuring Questions” published in March, 2020.
Carolina has been named by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) to its “40 Under 40 List” which identifies 40 top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. Carolina was also named as an “up and coming” attorney in dispute resolution: Bankruptcy” by Chambers and Partners 2020. Carolina was also recognized by Best Lawyers®, Puerto Rico Edition (2021) as a leader in her field. Moreover, Legal 500® recognized Marini Pietrantoni Muñiz LLC in 2020 noting that “[b]ankruptcy litigation and restructuring cases are also mainstays from the from, the related team being led by Luis Marini-Biaggi and Carolina Velaz Rivero, who receive particular praise”.
Prior to joining Marini Pietrantoni Muñiz LLC, Carolina worked for several years at a major firm in Puerto Rico, focusing her practice on insolvency and bankruptcy.
She holds a Bachelor Degree from Dartmouth College where she majored in Government and minored in Italian Literature. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, where she was an assistant editor of the University of Puerto Rico Law Journal.