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DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base. The firm's pan-hemispheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to its multinational clients underscores its view that Latin America is of utmost importance to the global business community.

The firm: DLA Piper assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. It 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 services to clients with a Latin America presence through its cooperation with Campos Mello Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil and with its DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:

  • Bogota, Colombia DLA Piper Martinez Beltran
    • Lima, Peru DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar
    • Mexico City, Mexico DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
    • Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil Campos Mello Advogados
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Santiago, Chile DLA Piper BAZ|NLD.

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:

    • Capital markets;
    • Compliance and investigations;
    • Energy, mining and natural resources;
    • Family groups;
    • Franchise and distribution matters;
    • Inbound and outbound capital investments;
    • Insurance;
    • International arbitration and disputes;
    • Labor and employment, immigration;
    • 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 DLA Piper's 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.

DLA Piper's strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance its understanding of the region and enable it to provide its clients with practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper's global platform in more than 40 countries enables it to serve all of its clients' legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.

  • Partners
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  • 1,404
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  • Other fee-earners: 2,953
  • Total staff: 4,921

Latin America

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 MartĂ­nez Beltrán
  • Lima, Peru: DLA Piper Peru
  • Mexico City, Mexico: DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and SĂŁo 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; labor 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.

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 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 securitization 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, recapitalization 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 scrutinized 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 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 & Labor:

DLA Piper understands the complexities and challenges of labor 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.

Tax:

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.

  • Partner: 100+
  • Other fee earners: 200+
  • Breakdown of work %
  • 

  • Project Finance & Energy: 25
  • Capital Markets, Banking & Finance: 25
  • Corporate & M&A: 20
  • Government Enforcement/FCPA: 5
  • Arbitration: 5
  • Real Estate: 5
  • Tax: 5
  • Employment & Labor: 5
  • Hospitality & Leisure: 5




  • Member
  • IBA
  • CEAL
  • HNBA
  • IIA
  • ASCOA

Latin America

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 MartĂ­nez Beltrán
  • Lima, Peru: DLA Piper Peru
  • Mexico City, Mexico: DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and SĂŁo 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; labor 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.

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 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 securitization 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, recapitalization 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 scrutinized 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 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 & Labor:

DLA Piper understands the complexities and challenges of labor 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.

Tax:

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.

  • Partner: 100+
  • Other fee earners: 200+
  • Breakdown of work %
  • 

  • Project Finance & Energy: 25
  • Capital Markets, Banking & Finance: 25
  • Corporate & M&A: 20
  • Government Enforcement/FCPA: 5
  • Arbitration: 5
  • Real Estate: 5
  • Tax: 5
  • Employment & Labor: 5
  • Hospitality & Leisure: 5




  • Member
  • IBA
  • CEAL
  • HNBA
  • IIA
  • ASCOA

Latin America

 

In 2015 Martinez Beltran signed a cooperation agreement with DLA Piper LLC (US) and became DLA Piper Martinez Beltran. This association benefits the firm's capacity to assist national clients in a full range of legal services worldwide, and has given them the opportunity to provide national services to international clients interested in doing business in Colombia. DLA Piper Martinez Beltran was founded in 1996 and since then has become a prominent and leading law firm in Colombia. The firm specializes in banking, corporate M&A, capital markets, administrative/regulatory law, dispute resolution, tax, insurance, project finance, and competition law. The professional careers and extensive experience of the firm's lawyers allow the firm to have a very well qualified team of renowned individuals capable of providing a unique representation to their clients.

Areas of practice

Corporate M&A: the firm has vast experience in leading and structuring mergers, spinoffs, and acquisitions of all sizes, which has earned it a local and region-wide reputation. Recently the firm led the acquisition by a Colombian company of an international company with presence in more than nine jurisdictions for a total value of US$1.9bn. The firm also represented Corficolombiana, Empresa de Energia de Bogota and Corredores Asociados in the acquisition of Promigas for a total value of more than US$800m. DLA Piper Martinez Beltran advised Organizacion Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo (OLCSA) in the purchase of Colombian leading media group EL TIEMPO, and advised Organizacion Ardila Lulle (OAL) in the purchase of Sucromiles. Recently, the firm acted as counsel for Porvenir in the acquisition of BBVA Horizonte, the third largest pension fund of Colombia; and for BAC Credomatic in the acquisitions of BBVA Panama Banco Reformador Guatemala.

Banking and finance: the firm advises over 30% of the banking institutions that have a presence in Colombia on an ongoing basis in regulatory matters and in particular transactions. The firm is proud to be the consulting firm for Colombia's Central Bank. The firm is also permanently involved in advising foreign financial institutions on how to do business in Colombia, as well as representing international clients before governmental authorities including the Colombian Financial Superintendence.

Capital markets: DLA Piper Martinez Beltran provides comprehensive advice in securities and is a recognized leader in the area. The firm has extensive experience representing issuers of securities. From the first democratization in Colombia back in 1999, to legal advice to Banco de Bogota in its issuance of convertible bonds of US$1bn, the largest issuance of convertible bonds in Colombia; Grupo Aval's issuance of preferred shares for a total value of US$1.1bn, at that time the largest issuance of stock by a private issuer in Colombia, the issuance of Empresa de Energia de Bogota common stock for US$500m. The firm recently acted as local advisor to Grupo Aval in its registration before the US Securities and Exchange Commission, advised Corficolombiana S.A. in launching a public tender offer in the Colombian Stock Exchange for a total value of US$1.4bn to acquire Promigas S.A. E.S.P, and advised Banco Pichincha in its recent public issuance of debt. Additionally, the firm provides ongoing advice to local and international issuers regarding the applicable securities regulation in Colombia

Dispute resolution: from the establishment of the first arbitration center in Colombia, the firm's litigation and arbitration team has been recognized as one of the strongest in Colombia. The firm consistently represents local and international clients in complex conflicts in all areas of business law, including commercial, tax, civil, administrative and antitrust matters, both in arbitration tribunals and Colombian courts. Members of the firm have also participated in international arbitration proceedings resolved under the International Chamber of Commerce rules.

Tax: the firm provides advice to Colombian and foreign parties on both domestic and international tax issues, for purposes such as transaction structuring, foreign investment (both inbound and outbound), corporate taxation and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals. Further, the firm has considerable experience regarding tax litigation, both at administrative and judicial stages. The taxation team is closely integrated with the remaining practice areas of the firm, with a view to providing sensible, innovative and business-oriented solutions, tailored to the specific needs of the concerned parties.

Competition: the firm provides legal advice on competition law, including merger and acquisition clearance, restrictive business practices, unfair competition and consumer protection.

Torts and damages: DLA Piper Martinez Beltran offers a unique representation to its clients in matters related to torts and damages. This is a multidisciplinary expertise that covers different economic sectors and strengthens the practice in general. The firm focuses on preventive actions but also gives advice on issues that have arisen over bad practices of big corporations.

Insurance: the firm has one of the strongest insurance law practices in Colombia. Some of its clients are AON, CARDIF, AIG, Seguros del Estado. The firm has served as legal advisor for FASECOLDA, an insurance association, in different legal matters.

Labor: the labor team focuses on individual and collective labor law, labor law litigation, social security law, labor administrative proceedings before labor authorities and immigration law. The firm's clients range from startups to emerging multinationals and some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world. The firm works with them locally, internationally and across borders to help them drive consistency, deliver cost savings and identify and manage their priorities and risk across multiple locations.

Clients: the firm's clients are the largest companies in Colombia as well as international enterprises doing business in Colombia. A list of representative local and international clients is provided upon request.

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish.

  • Member
  • IBA
  • CEAL
  • HNBA
  • IIA
  • ASCOA

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