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DLA Piper Perú

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

DLA Piper Perú continues to turn heads in this field, earning roles on multiple key projects in the country and the region. In Carlos Nuñez and Jorge Córdova the practice now boasts two expert partners and the team has seen its deal list expand in a challenging market. Recent mandates include advising Intersur, the construction concessionaire of section four of the coast-to-coast  highway through Peru and Brazil, involving contractual, project finance, regulatory and arbitration advice; and acting ACC subsidiary Minera Chinalco  on the expansion of its $1.2bn Toromocho mining project in the Junín region. Principal associate Víctor Velásquez stands out among a number of experienced associates in the team.

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper Perú provides a 'great service' that is 'in accordance with international standards' and 'never fails to recommend the best option'. It is consistently praised for its teamwork and its seamless collaboration with US colleagues for New York-governed deals. Demonstrating capability in both banking regulatory and finance transactions, the team acted for Bank of China in securing local incorporation approval from the Peruvian regulator SBS, and handled a string of significant-value transactions. The latter include advice to Aluminum Corporation of China subsidiary, Minera Chinalco Perú, on obtaining $75m in debt finance; and acting for Germany's  DEG and Dutch development bank FMO on a $43.9m refinancing following the indirect acquisition of Genandin by Polaris Infrastructure . Other clients of the practice include Inter-American Investment Corporation and Global Climate Partnership Fund. The 'prompt and efficient' team 'understands complex, cross-border issues' and is led by Ricardo Escobar and Sergio Barboza (noted for his professionalism), with associate Melissa Padilla praised for being 'swift' and 'competent'.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper Peru handles a steady stream of mid-market deals alongside some high-value, cross border transactions for household-name companies. The practice enhanced its offering at partner level by promoting Janilú Badiola  at the start of 2019.; she led advice to Renting Colombia and Inversiones CFNS  on the acquisition by Renta Equipos Leasing Perú of 100% of the shares of Operative Lease CIB; and together with fellow partner Luis Vargas, acted for General Electric International on establishing a new branch in Peru as part of its international corporate restructuring, and on the transfer of various assets and liabilities for the development of its transportation business. Vargas also represented The Carlyle Group on the Peruvian aspects of its acquisition of entities of the Roer Technology Group throughout Latin America and the US. Fernando Lanfranco makes up the practice group's partner trio.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Guillermo Hesse heads the litigation and arbitration practice at DLA Piper Perú  and is a 'professional who takes charge of the case and client' with 'great knowledge of the law and procedure'. Clients appreciate the  'personal treatment' they receive from the firm and hold the 'very broad knowledge of arbitration issues' and 'dedicated service' it provides in high regard. The practice is particularly strong in energy and infrastructure-related disputes, where projects partner Carlos Nuñez brings considerable arbitration experience to the offering and is praised for his knowledge, strategy and assured advice. The firm is counsel to Metro de Lima Línea 2 in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru for an alleged breach of contract concerning the Line 2  concession agreement (value in dispute $460m).

Real estate Tier 4

DLA Piper Perú's Hernan Velarde is experienced in a broad range of real estate matters, including regulatory issues, acquisition and sales, and the financing of development projects, for example. Specific instructions include representing Sociedad Agrícola Tres Cruces Limitada on the sale of land for the development of more than 750 beach houses and common spaces in Puerto Viejo, Lima; and acting for WeWork Peru on its long-term agreement with Inmobiliaria 2-S to use the Aliaga 360 office-space building.

DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of its global client base. A pan-hemi­spheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to multinational clients underscores the firm’s view that Latin America is of utmost importance to the global business community. It assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. Lawyers handle matters in every coun­try in the region and across every industry sector in which our clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its ser­vices to clients with a Latin America presence through multi-disciplinary practices with offices and coopera­tion agreements in:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: DLA Piper Argentina
  • Bogota, Colombia: DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
  • Lima, Peru: DLA Piper Peru
  • Mexico City, Mexico: DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano
  • Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil: indepen­dent law firm Campos Mello Advogados
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Chile: DLA Piper Chile

Experience in Latin America includes assisting clients from inside and outside the region with the full range of business, legal and commercial services that DLA Piper provides worldwide: capital markets; compliance and investigations; energy, mining and natural resources; family groups; franchise and distribution; inbound and outbound capital investments; insurance; international arbitration and disputes; labor and employment; liti­gation; M&A; private equity and debt financing; project finance and public private partnerships; tax structur­ing, transfer pricing, imports and market access is­sues; technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce; real estate and hospitality. A number of lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimate­ly familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region. Strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhances DLA Piper’s un­derstanding of the region and enables it to provide clients practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform of offices in more than 40 countries enables the firm to serve all of its clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.

Arbitration: DLA Piper has significant experience handling cross-border disputes involving Latin American parties. The firm is one of the few with a truly global international arbitration practice with lawyers who focus on handling disputes related to the region with local lawyers able to understand fully the cultural dynamics in international arbitration where key emerging markets are concerned across a broad range of industry sectors. Its lawyers have experience with international disputes under all of the international arbitral rules, including AAA, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

Capital Markets, Banking & Finance: The firm provides advisory services to lenders, underwriters, issuers and investors on inbound, outbound and domestic matters involving Latin America, on syndicated lending facilities and Regulation S / Rule 144A bond offerings; complex structured financing and securitization transactions; and offers extensive experience in advising companies, creditors and financial advisors in debt restructuring and liability management transactions, including consent solicitations, exit consents, project bond offerings, recapitalization financings, bond repurchase programs and exchange offers.

Government Enforcement/FCPA: DLA Piper has represented clients throughout the region in government enforcement actions, internal investigations, risk mitigation strategies and the implementation and enhancement of anti-bribery, and anti-corruption and compliance programs, policies and training. Its lawyers include former government officials, prosecutors and transactional professionals as well as litigators who have all represented clients in all of the highly scrutinized industry sectors.

Corporate & M&A: The cross-border lawyers advise on corporate transactions, such as M&A, public and private equity and offerings, joint ventures, greenfield investments, facilities development and a variety of multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm’s understanding of local law is pivotal in its success in delivering solutions to its client and it advises on the complex details of corporate governance and corporate structures across multiple jurisdictions in Latin America.

Hospitality & Leisure: The dynamic real estate practice has advised hotel owners, hotel operators, developers of all types of real estate projects, landlords, tenants, lenders and asset managers. The firm’s involvement ranges from the due diligence process to land acquisition and creation of the right structure for each project, to the conclusion of the deal.

Employment & Labor: DLA Piper understands the complexities and challenges of labor and employment issues facing cross-border companies. The team offers solutions to the challenges presented in managing a workforce throughout Latin America and corporate immigration services.

Project Finance & Energy: With more than 25 lawyers devoted almost entirely to Latin America related projects and finance work, DLA Piper offers the strength, industry experience and regional knowledge to structure strategic deals for its clients who continue to retain their services year over year. The firm’s clients are some of the world’s most powerful companies in the space.

Real Estate: The Latin America real estate practice has handled some of the most complex, high-profile transactions and litigation matters in the region. Its lawyers have experience in acquisitions and dispositions, construction, financing, land use and development, leasing, environmental, insurance, tax and litigation. Furthermore, the team acts as national real estate counsel for national and international corporations to support the management of their overall real estate portfolios.

Tax: The tax practice works seamlessly across the various jurisdictions in which its multinational clients operate. DLA Piper has strong tax practices in each of its various jurisdictions in Latin America. The team offers advice on VAT and customs duties; supply chain and distribution network restructuring; equity investment and incentives tax services; private equity investment and fund formation; transfer pricing; real estate tax and advises on partnerships, LLC and syndications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Global Co-Chairman Americas Co-Chairman Chair, Latin America Practice Roger Meltzer +1 212 335 4550
Managing Partner, Argentina Marcelo Etchebarne +1 347 304 1948
Managing Partner, Brazil Fabio Perrone Campos Mello +55 21 3262 3027
Managing Partner, Chile Matias Zegers +56 2 2798 2604
Managing Partner, Chile Felipe Bahamondez +56 2 2798 2600
Managing Partner, Colombia Camilo Martínez Beltrán +57 1 3174720
Managing Partner, Mexico Eduardo Gallástegui Armella +52 55 5261 1807
Managing Partner, Peru Ricardo Escobar +511 616 1200
Managing Partner, Puerto Rico Nikos Buxeda +1 787 945 9114
Chair, Capital Markets Practice Group Christopher C. Paci +1 212 335 4970
US Head of Latin America Corporate Francisco J. Cerezo +1 305 423 8551
Global Co-Chair, Restructuring Practice Richard A. Chesley +1 847 858 6133
Photo Name Position Profile
 Janilú Badiola  photo Janilú Badiola
 Sergio Barboza  photo Sergio Barboza
 Jorge Córdova  photo Jorge Córdova
 Ricardo Escobar  photo Ricardo Escobar
 Guillermo Hesse  photo Guillermo Hesse
 Fernando Lanfranco  photo Fernando Lanfranco
 Carlos Nuñez  photo Carlos Nuñez
 Luis Vargas  photo Luis Vargas
 Hernán Velarde  photo Hernán Velarde
Partner : 100+
Other fee earners : 200+