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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Robert Gruendel

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Position

Global Co-Chair, Energy Sector
Chair, US Shipping and Maritime Sector

Career

Bob Gruendel serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy practice and oversees a wide-ranging sector that includes over 100 partners worldwide and covers oil and gas, power, renewables and nuclear. Bob also leads the US-based maritime and shipping practice.

In addition, he is immediate past Co-Chair of the Firm’s Latin American practice, and is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo.

Bob concentrates his own practice in energy project development, principally in oil and gas, and in related maritime sectors. He has spent considerable time on such projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Bob is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo in Latin America.

Among his other key areas of practice are transportation infrastructure development and related project finance; government concession agreements in energy, transportation, waste and other sectors; project work in such areas as water, power, petroleum and gas; infrastructure privatization; marine insurance; commodities trading; and pollution.

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law


Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) has steadily expanded its Latin America practice in recent years, giving it greater exposure to top-level projects and energy transactions. It now has a presence in multiple jurisdictions across the region, where its clients include Pemex, HSBC, IDB/IIC, Banco Santander (Mexico), OPIC and Stoneway Capital. It advised US EX-IM Bank and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) on the financing of the Cerro de Hula wind project in Honduras (the largest wind farm in Central America), and also represented Pemex on its $521m sale of its stake in gas distributor Ductos y Energeticos del Norte to IEnova. Washington DC partner Gregory Smith has strong connections to a number of prominent MLAs and DFIs; New York-based global co-chair of energy Robert Gruendel is also active in Latin America and ‘client-favouriteEduardo Gallástegui is the key name in Mexico City. The firm hired project finance of counsel Amala Nath, who is ‘high quality’ and ‘understands clients’ needs’, from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in January 2018; Nath has substantial experience in Latin America and frequently advises MLAs.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s global energy department is headed by Robert Gruendel, who is based in New York and has considerable expertise in project development. Other key figures include Houston-based Glenn Reitman, who focuses on project finance and M&A, Miami-based John Murphy, who specializes in international commercial transactions, and New York-based William Candelaria, who advises on cross-border financing with a particular focus on emerging markets. Recent highlights included the team acting for Silverpeak in its $132m acquisition of oil and gas assets in Utah’s Uinta Basin from LINN Energy.

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