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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

The 10-strong projects practice at DLA Piper Chile advises both domestic and multinational companies on the development, acquisition, sale and financing of substantial energy and infrastructure projects (particularly wind and solar). The team is also able to leverage the expertise of the firm’s colleagues in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for regional projects. The core group of principal advisers consists of Felipe Bahamondez, an expert in energy, natural gas and LNG projects; Rodrigo Álvarez, whose track record includes over 100 commercial, housing and industrial project developments in Chile; and recently-elevated partner and energy and infrastructure specialist, Diego Peña. Former counsel Paulina Farias left the firm in August 2023.

Chile > Energy and natural resources > Electricity and hydrocarbons

DLA Piper Chile‘s Santiago office houses experts in oil and gas, renewable and hydrogen projects, including associated regulatory issues. The seven-lawyer team advises at all stages of energy generation projects, including related works, such as transmission lines, substations, and gas pipelines; and (with Chile included) it is able to facilitate access to over 450 lawyers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The Chilean energy and natural resources practice group is co-led by energy, natural gas and liquified natural gas project expert, Felipe Bahamondez; and  Diego Peña (a partner since 2022), whose track record encompasses natural gas, hydro, wind, biomass and solar energy plant projects. Former counsel Paulina Farias left the firm in August 2023.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a large team of Latin America specialists, spread across its US and Latin America offices. It has extensive connections to developers and project sponsors, and is increasingly building its presence in renewables and energy transition matters (including wind, solar, hydro and battery storage). The practice is also noted for PPP transactions, thanks to its headline role in advising LUMA Energy as the winning bidder in the PPP transaction for the management and operation of the transmission and distribution assets of the state-owned electricity utility in Puerto Rico. The firm is further noted for its M&A expertise in energy and infrastructure, including portfolio acquisitions of renewables assets. Marcello Hallake has joined the New York office from Jones Day, bringing significant energy sector transactional expertise. New York’s Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is Latin America head of banking and finance and has an excellent record in project financings in the region. San Juan partner Miriam Figueroa is a key figure in PPPs and infrastructure projects. Santiago partner Diego Peña is also an integral team member, as is Raul Farias in San Diego/New York. Since publication, the practice has been furhter strengthened with the hire of Sao Paulo-based Bruno Soares from A&O Shearman – effective as of February 2024.