Firm profile submitted by DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
Co-Chairmen (Americas): Roger Meltzer, Jay Rains
Co-Chairmen, Latin America Practice: Robert J. Gruendel, Juan Picón
Chief Operating Officer: Bob Bratt
Number of partners worldwide: 1,400
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 4,300
International Offices: DLA Piper has more than 90 offices in over 40 countries. Further details can be found at www.dlapiper.com
DLA Piper assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. The firm handles matters in every country in the region and across every industry sector in which its clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its Latin American presence with a multi-disciplinary practice. DLA Piper counsels Puerto Rico-based businesses locally through its San Juan office as well as in its operations across the United States, Latin America and around the world. The office also serves US and international clients seeking to do business in Puerto Rico. The full-service Mexico City office, DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano, provides seasoned lawyers with wide-ranging experience to multinational clients with interests and investments in Mexico and beyond. DLA Piper has established cooperation agreements with independent leading law firms in various key Latin American countries. Among these are Bahamondez, Alvarez y Zegers in Chile, operating as BAZ|DLA Piper; DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán in Colombia; Pizarro, Botto & Escobar Abogados, operating as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Peru; and independent Brazilian law firm Campos Mello Advogados. These arrangements have allowed DLA Piper to establish a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base.
DLA Piper’s experience in Latin America includes assisting clients from inside and outside the region with the full range of business, legal and commercial services that DLA Piper provides worldwide. Among these services: inbound and outbound capital investments, international arbitration, litigation and investigations, private equity and debt financing, M&A, capital markets transactions, energy and natural resources, franchise and distribution matters, tax structuring, imports and market access issues, cross-border disputes, labour and employment, insurance, intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce, project finance and privatisation transactions. Several DLA Piper lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish or Portuguese. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law legal systems.
The firm’s strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance our understanding of the region and enable DLA Piper to provide its clients practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform of 90+ offices in more than 40 countries enables us to serve all of its clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Arbitration: DLA Piper has significant experience handling cross-border disputes involving Latin American parties. The firm is one of the few with a truly global international arbitration practice with lawyers who focus on handling disputes related to the region. Its experience also includes disputes involving sovereigns, among them claims brought under bilateral investment treaties. The firm is one of a few firms with local lawyers able to understand fully the cultural dynamics in international arbitration where key emerging markets are concerned. Its lawyers have experience with international disputes under all of the international arbitral rules, including AAA, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL. It has handled disputes arising in a broad range of industry sectors, among them aviation, banking, construction, energy, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and investments, intellectual proper ty, maritime, media, technology and telecommunications. DLA Piper advises on investment protection frameworks for international investments and transactions.
Capital Markets, Banking & Finance: The firm provides advisory services to lenders, underwriters, issuers and investors on inbound, outbound and domestic matters involving Latin America, on syndicated lending facilities and Regulation S / Rule 144A bond offerings; complex structured financing and securitisation transactions; and offers extensive experience in advising companies, creditors (including banks, other institutional creditors and bondholder committees) and financial advisors in debt restructuring and liability management transactions, including consent solicitations, exit consents, project bond offerings, recapitalisation financings, bond repurchase programs and exchange offers.
Government Enforcement/FCPA: DLA Piper offers a team of professionals who have represented clients throughout the region in government enforcement actions, internal investigations, risk mitigation strategies and the implementation and enhancement of anti-bribery, and anti-corruption and compliance programs, policies and training. Its lawyers include former government officials, prosecutors and transactional professionals as well as litigators who have all represented clients in all of the highly scrutinised industry sectors including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, energy and insurance.
Corporate & M&A: The cross-border lawyers advise on corporate transactions, such as M&A, public and private equity and offerings, joint ventures, greenfield investments, facilities development and a variety of multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm’s understanding of local law is pivotal in its success in delivering solutions to its client and it advises on the complex details of corporate governance and corporate structures across multiple jurisdictions in Latin America.
Hospitality & Leisure: In the past few years, the dynamic real estate practice has advised hotel owners, hotel operators, developers of all types of real estate projects, landlords, tenants, lenders and asset managers. The firm’s involvement ranges from the due diligence process to land acquisition and creation of the right structure for each project, to the conclusion of the deal.
Employment & Labour: With over 300 legal professionals across the Americas and the world, DLA Piper understands the complexities and challenges of labour and employment issues facing cross-border companies. The team offers solutions to the challenges presented in managing a workforce throughout Latin America and corporate immigration services from Chile.
- Full-service business legal support – the ability to address employment, benefits and equity compensation in the unique and varied jurisdictions throughout Latin America
- International project management – coordinated advice across jurisdictions along with a consolidated, consistent, one-stop approach
- Breadth and depth – positioned to help clients access new markets as well as offer the peace of mind that your business in any jurisdiction is handled effectively
Project Finance & Energy: With more than 25 lawyers devoted almost entirely to Latin America related projects and finance work, DLA Piper offers the strength, industry experience and regional knowledge to structure strategic deals for its clients who continue to retain their services year over year. The firm’s clients are some of the world’s most powerful companies in the space.
Real Estate: The Latin America real estate practice has handled some of the most complex, high-profile transactions and litigation matters in the region. Its lawyers have experience in acquisitions and dispositions, construction, financing, land use and development, leasing, environmental, insurance, tax and litigation. Furthermore, the team acts as national real estate counsel for national and international corporations to support the management of their overall real estate portfolios. Clients range from private and public companies to government entities, institutional investors and developers. In representing owners, investors and corporate users of real estate, our lawyers cover the full spectrum of real estate services, from straightforward transactions to complicated, multifaceted projects and sophisticated financings
Tax: The Latin America tax practice works seamlessly across the various jurisdictions in which its multinational clients operate. DLA Piper has strong tax practices in each of its various jurisdictions in Latin America. With more than 300 tax lawyers and economists in offices throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, DLA Piper’s global tax advisory services help tax departments of multinational companies address the challenges of international commerce and business operations. The team offers advice on VAT and customs duties; supply chain and distribution network restructuring; equity investment and incentives tax services; private equity investment and fund formation; real estate tax and advises on partnerships, LLC and syndications.
- Local tax capability – the firm offers the benefit of lawyers who are well established in their local legal and business environments
- International tax project management – DLA Piper offers coordinated advice across jurisdictions along with a consolidated, consistent approach
- Transfer pricing – the transfer pricing lawyers and economists assist clients with the development, implementation, documentation and defense of beneficial worldwide transfer pricing strategies. In conjunction with its in-house economists, the firm prepares transfer pricing reports that identify and document appropriate pricing pursuant to applicable tax laws for a wide range of intercompany transactions, including manufacturing, distribution, licensing, cost sharing and financing.
Languages: Over 60 languages