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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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In 2005, DLA Piper became one of the world’s most prominent legal service providers through a merger of unprecedented scope. The motivation for doing so was not about size or prestige or putting pins in a map. It was to create a global organization capable of quickly and efficiently serving the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business, whether it is across multiple jurisdictions or in a single market.

Today, DLA Piper has lawyers in more than 40 countries throughout the world’s established and emerging business centers in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s continued growth allows it to offer clients the advantage of one law firm with the depth and geographic coverage to meet their legal needs around the world.

In 2017, DLA Piper merged with Liner LLP, a leading Los Angeles firm that focuses on litigation, real estate, business transactions and restructuring.

In 2015, DLA Piper combined with Davis LLP to form DLA Piper (Canada), with deep roots in the Canadian and international business communities, and services across seven offices in more than 50 practices.

In Latin America in 2018 BAZ/DLA Piper merged with Noguera, LarraĂ­n & Dulanto to form DLA Piper BAZ NLD in Chile. In 2017, the firm completed an agreement to form DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Peru and opened an office in Puerto Rico in 2016. In 2015, the firm established an agreement to form DLA Piper Martinez Neira in Colombia and the firm combined with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City to form DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano. DLA Piper has an ongoing cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados and foreign consultancy in Brazil.

Main areas of practice

DLA Piper’s corporate lawyers support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.

The employment team advises clients worldwide on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives.

The finance lawyers provide clients with guidance and representation on all aspects of financial lending matters.

DLA Piper provides a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, franchise and technology law services.

The firm’s international trade, regulatory and government affairs clients receive counsel on federal, state and local government and regulatory matters on all levels of legislation and policy.

With skilled lawyers in litigation, arbitration, investigations and ADR, DLA Piper deploys that experience to help you devise the best strategies.

The firm has a track record of successfully delivering first-rate legal services in all segments of the infrastructure and energy industries, and advises on energy law, infrastructure finance, transport matters and more.

DLA Piper offers a full range of real estate services, including acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.

The firm’s restructuring lawyers have significant experience advising clients on investigation, enforcement, litigation and asset recovery on a multijurisdictional basis on all matters relating to public and private companies in underperforming and distressed situations.

Tax clients receive a full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.

  • Americas Co-Chairmen

  • Roger Meltzer (New York)

  • Jay Rains (San Diego)

  • Americas Managing Partner

  • Stasia Kelly (Washington, DC)

  • Other Offices

  • DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries. Further details can be found at

  • Number of Partners Worldwide: 1,400
  • Number of Lawyers Worldwide: 4,300
  • Languages
  • More than 60

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. 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 S?o Paulo, Brazil and with its DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:

  • Bogota, Colombia DLA Piper Mart?nez Beltr?n
  • Lima, Peru DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar
  • Mexico City, Mexico DLA Piper Gall?stegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and S?o 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

  • 1,404

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

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