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DLA Piper Chile
El Golf 150
10th Floor
Las Condes

Work Department

Projects and Infrastructure; PFI; Energy and Natural Resources




Diego Peña co-leads the Energy and Natural Resources practice group of DLA Piper in Chile and LatAm.

He provides advice to local and foreign clients in relation to the acquisition, feasibility assessment, development, and operation of resource projects and major infrastructure projects. He assists clients with negotiating the full range of commercial agreements associated with the acquisition and development of projects, identifying and obtaining necessary approvals, and resolving associated contentious matters.

Diego is typically engaged by clients early, at the project origination stage, so he can assist with scoping and feasibility assessment, development strategy, the management of critical path approvals, government liaison, and stakeholder management. Therefore, he is normally involved from the early-stage developments of projects, until their financing, construction, commissioning, and execution of operating and supply agreements.

Diego has relevant experience advising in all matters related to private and public infrastructure projects, such as maritime and terrestrial ports and large-scale industrial facilities, desalination plants, LNG terminals, green hydrogen and renewables (hydro, wind, biomass and solar energy plants), and transmission infrastructure, including drafting and negotiating EPC, EPCM, BOT or O&M agreements, among others.

Diego also regularly provides advice to a range of clients, such as financial institutions and private investors on energy transition matters and PPP and assists underwriters in the assessment of resource projects.

He has experience developing projects in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Nicaragua, and Australia.


Spanish; English


Chilean Bar Association


Law, School of Law, Universidad de Chile, 2008

Master of Laws (LL.M.), School of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2012

Certificate in Business Administration, IE Business School, Madrid, 2012

Diploma in Future Electricity Markets and their Regulation, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2021

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Projects and infrastructure

(Next Generation Partners)

Diego PeñaDLA Piper Chile

Routinely acting for infrastructure and energy companies, financial institutions, institutional investors, sponsors and contractors, DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘specialist advisers‘ act across a range of domestic and cross-border projects and infrastructure matters. The eight-member group has particular experience in the development of power plants and energy projects, but is also active in energy transmission and distribution, infrastructure and real estate matters. The practice is co-led by project development, energy and natural resources specialist, Felipe Bahamondez, and real estate and taxation expert Rodrigo Álvarez. Strengthening the firm’s practice further, energy project expert Diego Peña was made partner in January 2022, while at senior associate level, Paulina Farías is active in energy, natural resources and regulatory matters.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbon

DLA Piper Chile‘s eight-member team is particularly experienced in power plant developments, as well as sectors such as energy transmission and distribution. Its specialisms cover decentralisation, battery storage, mini-grids, energy efficiency regulations, and energy-related digitisation regulation. Leading the group, Felipe Bahamondez is an energy, natural gas and LNG project specialist; while the ‘very capableDiego Peña, promoted to partner in January 2022, is experienced in energy project development. Key senior associate Paulina Farías assists with energy, natural resources and regulatory matters.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a large team of projects and energy specialists based in a large number of its US and Latin America offices. The group operates in multiple market-segments from conventional power and renewables, to gas pipelines and PPP projects. Much of the practice centres on project sponsors and developers. Bringing together teams from Miami, San Juan (Puerto Rico), New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia, Austin and San Diego, the firm continued to advise LUMA Energy, as winning bidder on the $1.6bn PPP transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The firm’s Santiago office has also landed a series of important engagements, as have the Mexico City and Buenos Aires offices. New York partner Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is especially active in Latin America project finance, Felipe Bahamondez and newly promoted partner Diego Peña impress in Santiago, and Edgar Romo is a senior figure in Mexico City. San Diego and New York-based Raul Farias has an extensive record in energy transactions. Dino Barajas left for  Baker Botts L.L.P. in January 2022.