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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Finance

Position

Partner

Career

William Candelaria has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border financings in emerging markets, with particular focus on Latin America and Spain. He advises corporations, commercial and investment banks, private issuers, underwriters and family offices on bank and trade financings, debt and equity placements, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in many sectors, including financial services and investment management, media and communications, food and beverages, hospitality, real estate and tourism, construction, infrastructure and transportation and oil and gas.

He counsels US institutional investors regarding investments in emerging market companies that are publicly traded abroad. Bill has significant board experience and he advises clients on corporate governance and compliance matters from time to time.

A frequent speaker on legal and financing issues, Bill has for several years chaired the Mexico panel at the Institute of the Americas’ annual La Jolla Conference, the Western Hemisphere’s most highly regarded energy policy forum. He has also chaired corporate governance panels at the New York State Bar Association International Meetings in Lisbon and Panama. In addition to those engagements, Bill participated in the White House Business Council’s Inaugural Hispanic Business Leaders Forum.

He currently serves on the governing boards of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

 

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School; A.M., Stanford University; A.B., Stanford University

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a unique Latin America platform, having achieved significant regional geographic expansion in recent years, including an office in Puerto Rico that is home to a number of senior New York licensed lawyers. Along with offices in Washington DC, New York and Miami, the firm is able to target an array of international and regional lenders and borrowers, and do so at competitive rates, depending on the location of the advisory teams. Clients include Standard Chartered, BTG Pactual, Natixis, Credit Suisse, Banco do Brasil, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext), Exto International Investment and IDB. The team advised Bancomext on a trade finance programme with WorldBusiness Capital, which involves Bancomext guaranteeing US bank loans to US importers of Mexican goods and services. It also advised Banobras on infrastructure development loan facilities to Energía Eólica del Sur, Impulsoras de Proyectos Hidroelectricos and Cubico Sustainable Investments for the development of solar, wind and hydro energy infrastructure projects. Washington DC partner Gregory Smith has played a key role in developing the firm’s connections to MLAs and DFIs in recent years, including those involved in Latin America financings. Washington DC of counsel Amala Nath has also impressed in energy and infrastructure financings provided by MLAs and DFIs. Miami’s John Murphy is an experienced Latin America finance specialist who has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure finance, structured and trade finance, and syndicated lending. New York’s William Candelaria is another recognised Latin America finance specialist, including in acquisition and project finance. José Sosa-Lloréns is a pivotal figure in Puerto Rico, frequently working alongside colleagues in New York and Miami on cross-border financings throughout Latin America.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s commitment to Latin America through multiple offices in the US, Spain and in Latin America itself, brings it an impressive flow of capital markets engagements. The firm’s 2018 arrival in  Argentina through its merger with Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly led to a number of key deals for the new Buenos Aires office as well as the New York-based team. Clients include Stoneway Capital, Globant and Canacol Energy. The practice group provided international and local counsel to Argentine state-run water utility Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) on its $500m inaugural bond offering; and also advised  Grupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator and hospitality services company, as US counsel on a 144A/Reg S debt offering. Christopher Paci is a key name in New York, along with William Candelaria, while Marcelo Etchebarne is a prominent figure in Buenos Aires.