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DLA Piper LLP (US)
SUITE 1700
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-4297
United States

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Raul Farias has substantial experience in M&A, finance, project development and other related transactions representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, funds and others in the United States and Latin America. He also has considerable experience in international IPOs, distressed sales and acquisitions, cross-border loan restructurings, DIP financings and other banking-related transactions.

He has significant industry knowledge in the financial sector, as well as the energy and infrastructure sector – including power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, energy storage, oil and gas and liquefied natural gas.

He has led landmark transactions, such as a US$7.2 billion proposed acquisition of a pipeline in Peru and its US$4.1 billion in project financing, a US$3.59 billion sale of Peruvian assets (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020), a US$2.23 billion sale of Chilean assets (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020), Mexico’s first privately owned midstream assets, as well as many other key transactions in the United States and Latin America.

Raul is also experienced in international disputes, including successfully leading an ICC arbitration over the biggest undeveloped silver deposit in the world, working on a multibillion-dollar dispute in South America and advising Fortune 500 Companies on multiple foreign investment matters throughout Latin America.

He has served on the board of publicly listed companies, published articles on a variety of legal topics and participated as a panelist at legal forums dealing with cross-border transactions. He is experienced with corporate governance matters for private and publicly listed companies in the United States and Latin America and has constant dealings and interactions with C-suite executives in the United States and across multiple jurisdictions.


English, Spanish


LL.M., New York University School of Law; J.D., Escuela Libre de Derecho; Master’s Degree National University of Singapore;

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s wide-ranging presence in the region itself, along with Latin America-facing offices in the US, ensure that it is well positioned for cross-border acquisitions, investments and divestments. The Latin America team represents a range of multinationals and an increasing number of private equity houses and other financial sponsors. The firm has a particularly strong Bogota office that has landed a number of big engagements from international clients. The Miami and San Diego offices are also regularly mandated on big-ticket deals. Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is chair of the Latin America corporate and finance practice, and has extensive deal experience in the region. San Diego partner Raul Farias provides further senior level expertise in energy and financial services deals in particular. At associate level, dual-qualified (Miami/Puerto Rico) Joseline Rodríguez is noted.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) has maintained a steady flow of energy and infrastructure financing engagements, while also remaining active in debt restructurings across the region. It continues to represent a range of international banks, multilaterals and DFIs, and Latin American borrowers. The firm’s extensive network of offices in Latin America itself, plays a key role in many of its headline matters, including a number of recent debt restructuring engagements. New York partner Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is co-regional head of banking and finance for Latin America, and is an experienced figure in project finance. Lima partner Sergio Barboza is the other co-regional head, while San Diego’s Raul Farias provides further project finance expertise in the energy and infrastructure fields. San Juan partner José Sosa-Lloréns has extensive financial services regulatory expertise. However, project finance specialists Amala Nath and  Dino Barajas moved to Morrison Foerster (July 2021) and Baker Botts L.L.P. (January 2022), respectively (Nath has subsequenly become assistant General Counsel at the International Development Finance Corporation, as of July 2022). Agency finance practitioner Gregory Smith  has also left the firm.

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.