Sergio Barboza > DLA Piper Perú > Lima, Peru > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper Perú
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Work Department

Finance; Restructuring




Sergio Barboza has extensive experience in a wide range of transactional and banking regulatory matters, including formation or acquisitions of financial institutions, issuance of debt and equity securities and advising on all aspects of banking supervisory issues.

He regularly represents financial institutions and corporate borrowers in lending transactions as well as loan restructurings.

Sergio is a member of the boards of directors of several companies, specifically financial entities supervised by the Peruvian banking authorities. He also teaches Banking Law at the Universidad de Lima (Master in Corporate Law Program) as well as in other public and private institutions.


English, Spanish


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center; Corporate Finance Program, Universidad ESAN; J.D., Universidad de Lima; Bachiller en Derecho, Universidad de Lima

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s significant team and regional expansion -most recently in Buenos Aires in August 2018- over the last few years has positioned it for a multitude of big ticket corporate and M&A engagements. The Latin America group has successfully plugged in to the firm’s global client base, while achieving greater recognition among Latin American businesses and multilatinas. It is also fast developing its private equity standing in the region. Financial services, energy, natural resources, agribusiness and hospitality are key industry sectors for the team. Clients include Telefonica, CarVal Investors, Graña y Montero, Putney Capital Management, Clarion Partners and Grupo Financiero Interacciones. Recent mandates saw Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is US head of Latin America corporate and advised Costa Rican cable operator Cabletica on its $250m sale of a controlling interest in the business to Liberty Latin America (Televisora de Costa Rica retained a 20% share in the cable operator); he also led the team that advised QBE Insurance Group on the sale of its Latin America business to Zurich, making Zurich the leading insurer in Argentina and a top three player in Ecuador. In other work, Matías Zegers in the Santiago office led advice to Mexico and Chile-focused grocery delivery service, Cornershop, on its $225m sale to Walmart. Other key partners in a sizeable practice include cMarcelo Etchebarne in Buenos Aires; Paulo Larraín and Marco Salgado in Santiago; Camilo Martinez Beltran and Felipe Quintero Serrano in Bogota; Sergio Barboza in Lima; Eduardo Gallastegui, Edgar Romo and Diego Martinez in Mexico City; John Murphy in Miami, Nikos Buxeda and José Sosa-Lloréns in San Juan; and of counsel Enrique Chamorro in Madrid.

Peru > Banking and finance

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‘.