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Robert Gruendel

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Position

Global Co-Chair, Energy Sector
Chair, US Shipping and Maritime Sector

Career

Bob Gruendel serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy practice and oversees a wide-ranging sector that includes over 100 partners worldwide and covers oil and gas, power, renewables and nuclear. Bob also leads the US-based maritime and shipping practice.

In addition, he is immediate past Co-Chair of the Firm’s Latin American practice, and is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo.

Bob concentrates his own practice in energy project development, principally in oil and gas, and in related maritime sectors. He has spent considerable time on such projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Bob is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo in Latin America.

Among his other key areas of practice are transportation infrastructure development and related project finance; government concession agreements in energy, transportation, waste and other sectors; project work in such areas as water, power, petroleum and gas; infrastructure privatization; marine insurance; commodities trading; and pollution.

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law


Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) targets Latin America from multiple locations in the region as well as from the US. It continues to make an impression in both power, including renewables, and in infrastructure. Its client base ranges from a multitude of project sponsors to lenders and equity investors; these include Stoneway Capital, Murphy Oil, Acciona Energia, Grupo Biofields, OPIC, Abengoa, Banco Santander, Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération (PROPARCO) and Banco BTG. The practice advised IDB on a $55m senior loan to Vale do Parana for the expansion and renewal of sugarcane plantations, the installation of a sugar factory and adjustments to integrate the mill with a 48MW electric power co-generation plant to be developed in a joint venture with Albioma. It also advised IDB and PROPARCO on the financing of construction and the operation of three photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity of some 24.5MW in Chile. New York-based global co-chair of the energy practice Robert Gruendel is noted for project development in the oil-and-gas sector. Miami's John Murphy has a healthy record in project and infrastructure finance, while Washington DC partner Gregory Smith is helping to grow the firm's market share in Latin America project financings driven by agency lenders. Also in Washington DC, of counsel Amala Nath is rated for development bank and agency lender transactions; she has advised IDB on a series of financings connected to renewable energy and infrastructure projects in multiple Latin American jurisdictions. Mexico City's Marcelo Paramo is recognised for oil-and-gas and electricity transactions.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s global energy department is headed by Robert Gruendel, who is based in New York and has considerable expertise in project development. Other key figures include Houston-based Glenn Reitman, who focuses on project finance and M&A, Miami-based John Murphy, who specializes in international commercial transactions, and New York-based William Candelaria, who advises on cross-border financing with a particular focus on emerging markets. Recent highlights included the team acting for Silverpeak in its $132m acquisition of oil and gas assets in Utah’s Uinta Basin from LINN Energy.

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