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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Co-Chairmen (Americas): Roger Meltzer, Jay Rains
Chairman, Latin America Practice: Roger Meltzer
Chief Operating Officer: Bob Bratt
Number of partners worldwide: 1,400
Number of lawyers worldwide: 4,500
International Offices: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries. Further details can be found at
Languages: More than 60 languages

Firm Overview: DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base. A pan-hemispheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to multinational clients underscores the firm’s view that Latin America is of utmost importance to the global business community. It assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. Lawyers handle matters in every country in the region and across every industry sector in which our clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its services to clients with a Latin America presence through multi-disciplinary practices with offices and cooperation agreements in:
■ Buenos Aires, Argentina: DLA Piper Argentina
■ Bogota, Colombia: DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
■ Lima, Peru: DLA Piper Peru
■ Mexico City, Mexico: DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano
■ Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil: independent law firm Campos Mello Advogados
■ San Juan, Puerto Rico
■ Santiago, Chile: DLA Piper Chile

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: capital markets; compliance and investigations; energy, mining and natural resources; family groups; franchise and distribution; inbound and outbound capital investments; insurance; international arbitration and disputes; labour and employment; litigation; M&A; private equity and debt financing; project finance and public private partnerships; tax structuring, transfer pricing, imports and market access issues; technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce; real estate and hospitality. A number of lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region. Strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhances DLA Piper’s understanding of the region and enables it to provide clients practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform of offices in more than 40 countries enables the firm 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:

DLA Piper has significant experience handling crossborder 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 with local lawyers able to understand fully the cultural dynamics in international arbitration where key emerging markets are concerned across a broad range of industry sectors. Its lawyers have experience with international disputes under all of the international arbitral rules, including AAA, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

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 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 has 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.

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:
The dynamic real estate prac tice has advised hotel owners, hotel operators, developers of all types of real es tate projects, landlords, tenants, lenders and asset managers. The firm’s involve ment 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:
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.

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.

The 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. 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; transfer pricing; real estate tax and advises on partnerships, LLC and syndications.


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