Francisco Cerezo > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
200 SOUTH BISCAYNE BOULEVARD
SUITE 2500
MIAMI, FL 33131-5341
United States

Work Department

Corporate; Finance

Position

Partner; US Head, Latin America Corporate

Career

Francisco Cerezo is the firm’s US Head of Latin America Corporate and focuses his practice on corporate and international matters, advising US and foreign companies, family groups and sovereigns doing business in the Americas and the Caribbean.

He has extensive experience in corporate and financial services, cross-border transactions, strategic corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions and public-private partnerships. He regularly counsels global companies doing business in the Americas on matters ranging from complex transactions and market entry issues to compliance and general corporate strategic counsel.

Francisco also serves as principal outside counsel to several significant family groups on matters ranging from corporate governance and succession planning to representing their underlying portfolio companies in billions of dollars of transactions, ranging from banking and energy to telecom and retail.

Languages

French, Spanish

Memberships

Council of the Americas

Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL)

Education

J.D., Columbia University School of Law; LL.M., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; B.A., Washington University; Graduate Fellow in the Latin American Literature Program, University of Virginia

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ability to consistently land big-ticket engagements is a testament to its growing corporate and M&A platform in Latin America and the US. Having built out its Latin America offices, including an especially strong team in Bogota, it has expanded its US-based team. The group has an extensive international corporate and private equity client base that frequently turns to it for Latin America transactions. This has resulted in a series of major mandates, such as representing Quanta Services and ATCO in their new joint venture LUMA Energy as winning bidder in the $1.6bn public-private partnership transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The firm’s impressive Puerto Rico office had a key role in the mandate alongside Miami partner Francisco Cerezo, who is co-chair of the Latin America corporate and finance practice; he leads many of the firm’s headline Latin America deals. Energy and natural resources is another key sector for the team, which brought in senior San Diego partner Raul Farias from Sempra Energy in 2020.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s Miami office has an excellent standing in Latin America M&A, thanks to the presence of key partner Francisco Cerezo, who is co-chair of the Latin America corporate and finance practice. He and the team have an impressive international corporate and private equity client base, which has led to headline engagements such as representing Quanta Services and ATCO in their new joint venture LUMA Energy as winning bidder in the $1.6bn public-private partnership transaction to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution assets of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The broader Miami office is active in a range of Latin America disputes, including breach of contract cases.