Mr Paulo Larrain > DLA Piper Chile > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper Chile
El Golf 150
10th Floor
Las Condes

Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Finance




Paulo Larrain is partner of DLA Piper Chile since 2018. Before that he was a founding partner of the law firm Noguera Larrain & Dulanto on 2007 and stayed as partner until 2018 when such firm merged with BAZ|DLA Piper. Previously he was a partner of Morales, Noguera Valdivieso & Besa (1998-2007) and worked with Morrison and Foërster LLP (1997) and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1997-1998).

Mr. Larrain concentrates his practice in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and capital markets. He has participated in several public and private acquisitions of companies and/or assets, locally and abroad, representing both buyers and sellers. Among these, he has represented the Chilean Government in privatization processes of state-owned companies, and has advised several bidders in public and pri- vate tender bid processes, including private equity funds and strategic buyers or sellers.

He has also represented lenders and debtors in financing and refinancing processes through placement of bonds, loan agree- ments and other financing structures. Mr. Larrain represents also several multinational companies in their operations in Chile.

Larrain has been recognized in the past few years as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners (Corporate and M&A, and Banking and Finance); Best Lawyers (Corporate and M&A, and Banking and Finance ); The Legal 500 (Corporate and M&A); IFLR 1000 (Corporate and M&A, and Project Finance); Latin Lawyer (Corporate and M&A, Anticorruption Investigation and Compliance), LACCA (Corporate and M&A) and LACCA Thought Leaders 2019.


Spanish and English


International Bar Association


Universidad de Chile, L.C.J.S. (1990)
Duke University, EE.UU., Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1997)

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s extensive Latin America practice sits in multiple offices across the US and Latin America itself. Team members in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami work frequently on Latin America deals, while Madrid, Mexico City and Puerto Rico branches provide further vital connections in the region. Further offices in Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Peru, along with a cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper in Brazil, make the firm a more than credible player throughout the region. This has enabled the firm to build an impressive client base of multilatinas and Latin America-focused financial investors. It also works with a number of multinationals that have interests in the region.  Recent mandates include advising Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority on the long-term concession of the San Juan Bay cruise ship terminals. The Chile and Peru offices teamed up to advise American Tower Corporation on its asset acquisition from Entel of up to 3,242 towers in Chile and its subsidiary in Peru. Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is US head of Latin America corporate and has an excellent record in headline cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Bogota partners Juan Manuel de la Rosa and Felipe Quintero are also highly rated, as are Paulo Larrain in Chile, Argentina’s Marcelo Etchebarne  and Eduardo Gallastegui in Mexico.

Chile > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Paulo LarrainDLA Piper Chile

The experienced 21-strong corporate and M&A practice group at DLA Piper Chile consistently acts on sophisticated corporate transactions and due diligence processes, and has substantial knowledge of Chile’s investment environment. The practice has particular expertise in deals involving technology and energy and natural resources, among others, and is highly-regarded for its corporate governance and venture capital specialisms. Matías Zegers and Paulo Larrain co-chair the corporate practice group, which also includes energy and mining sector expert José Pablo DulantoMarco Salgado – who heads the corporate group’s media, sport and entertainment practice – and Mauricio Halpern, who made partner in January 2020. Additional support is provided by counsel Manola Quiroz and Jorge Timmermann, who was raised to the partnership in January 2021.