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Aleida Conners

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Aleida Conners

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Aleida Conners had always had strong ties to the Latin American community, and then she brought her perspective, education, and leadership to Cargill.

About a year ago, she joined the company as M&A counsel after starting her law career at Fredrikson & Byron PA in the international and corporate law group, where she assisted clients in setting up and maintaining operations abroad. Conners returned to Fredrikson & Byron in September.

The shift to Cargill allowed her to work more closely with business teams and to identify opportunities in a way she didn’t have as an outside counsel, she said.

“When you work as an inside counsel, you tend to have more input,” Conners said. “It’s been nice to offer that extra level of insight, because I think it helps clients prepare for mergers and acquisitions more fully.”

Working so extensively on transactions involving Latin America has helped her act as a cultural bridge at Cargill. “There’s a difference between the way things are handled here and handled in Latin America,” she said. “I feel that I add a great deal of value by highlighting those differences and offering solutions for reducing those gaps.”

In terms of her pro bono work, Conners is equally passionate about improving diversity in the legal community. Last year, she was the president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and under her leadership the organization established a three-year strategic plan that will allow the association to expand in the years ahead. She also served on the inclusion and diversity committee at Cargill, where her expertise and skill set added value to the company’s diversity efforts.

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