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DLA Piper Puerto Rico
OCHOA BUILDING
500 CALLE DE LA TANCA, SUITE 401
SAN JUAN, PR 00901-1969
Puerto Rico

Banking and finance Tier 2

With a focus on the representation of international financial entities and international banking entities, DLA Piper Puerto Rico provides its clients with advice on the formation of entities (in relation to corporate and tax matters, licenses and permits) and their operation (including advice on regulations and transactions). José Sosa-Lloréns and his team also assist banks and credit brokers in and outside Puerto Rico.

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Key clients

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Banking Association

Bancredito International Bank & Trust

Citibank, N.A.

San Juan Mercantile Bank & Trust International

FaceBank International Bank

Advantage International Bank

WTC International Bank

Activo International Bank

IU International Bank

Banco San Juan Internacional

New World International Bank

Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Global firm DLA Piper Puerto Rico reached the shores of Puerto Rico in 2016, when it opened an office with four partners who joined from local firms. Nikos Buxeda joined from Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa; now managing partner and head of the corporate and commercial team, he deals with securities, investments, M&A and corporate finance. Miriam Figueroa, whose previous firm was Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP, is the lead partner on many corporate matters; PPPs are a key strength, in addition to procurement and contract negotiations. Another key practitioner is José Sosa-Lloréns, former chair of the corporate department at Fiddler González & Rodríguez PSC, who advises on banking regulation and corporate reorganisations and serves as issuer’s counsel in securities transactions. With many lawyers at the firm being dual qualified, the department has strong ties with the firm's Miami and New York offices. Adriana Perez-Rentas is an associate to watch.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

Nagnoi LLC

University of Puerto Rico

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Banking Association

RioBlanco Capital LLC

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Bancredito International Bank

Biomass Green Fuels LLC

UBS Trust Company of Puerto Rico

Citibank, N.A.

Government contracting Tier 2

Complementary to its corporate and commercial practice, DLA Piper Puerto Rico operates a government contracts group under the leadership of Miriam Figueroa and Nikos Buxeda. With a focus on PPPs, a team comprising both Puerto Rico- and US-based lawyers has been advising government departments and authorities in matters of maritime infrastructure and energy, and the team also assists companies during bidding procedures.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

Biomass Green Fuels LLC

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA)

Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA)

Nagnoi LLC

SunRun

Gvelop

Sonnedix

Labour and employment Tier 2

Since 2018, DLA Piper Puerto Rico has been developing its labour and employment group in San Juan, which now includes practice head Janine Guzman and senior associate Mariana Muñiz-Lara. Working closely with the dispute resolution practice, the team represent clients in front of local courts and also assists them in international cases deriving from other offices in the broad DLA network. Recently, the lawyers have handled cases of discrimination, constructive and wrongful dismissal, and internal company investigations.

Tax Tier 2

At DLA Piper Puerto Rico, Manuel López-Zambrana is in charge of all matters relating to tax. He and the team act across various sectors, including retail, manufacturing, insurance and maritime transportation, and handle cases concerning the tax regimen of international funds, transfer pricing, supply chains and real estate transactions. Audits, criminal proceedings and disputes are also part of the firm's service offering.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority

Nagnoi LLC

University of Puerto Rico

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Banking Association

RioBlanco Capital LLC

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Bancredito International Bank

Biomass Green Fuels LLC

UBS Trust Company of Puerto Rico

Dispute resolution and bankruptcy Tier 3

Co-ordinated from New York by Latin America practice chair Roger MeltzerDLA Piper Puerto Rico's San Juan team benefits from the firm's global resources, which, combined with local expertise, enables it to act on a local and international basis, with coverage stretching beyond Puerto Rico and the US to Mexico, Chile and other countries. Managing partner Nikos Buxeda is currently working on a high-profile breach of contract case. He is assisted in the case by Mariana Muñiz-Lara, who is also the lead attorney on numerous disputes in the insurance, manufacturing and food sectors and receives praise for her 'expertise' and 'promptness of response'. Janine Guzman handles employment-related disputes. The firm also distinguishes itself for its pro bono engagement and diversity and inclusion events.

Testimonials

‘Expertise makes this practice unique. Their availability and the promptness with which legal advisory services are provided are a true asset.’

‘Mariana Muñiz-Lara is recommended for her expertise, promptness of response and personalized services.’

Energy, natural resources and environment Tier 3

The energy, natural resources and environment team at DLA Piper Puerto Rico is 'very accessible and demonstrates a broad understanding of environmental and permitting issues'. It acts alongside the corporate, banking, tax and litigation departments, while also being often involved in collaborations with other US and Latin America offices of the firm. The group in San Juan has an 'excellent and resourceful leader' in Miriam Figueroa and also benefits from the input of contract attorney Laura Rozas, who is a regulatory and environment specialist and demonstrates 'extensive knowledge' in the field. Since publication, Rozas has been promoted to of counsel, effective as of April 2020.

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Testimonials

‘The DLA team is very accessible and demonstrates a broad understanding of environmental and permitting issues. They are good communicators and creatives in formulating solutions to different issues related to environmental issues and permits. The team has a good balance between experience and new resources.’

‘Laura Rozas demonstrates extensive knowledge of environmental, local and federal regulations and always presents alternatives to solve problems.’

‘Miriam Figueroa has been a great facilitator, an excellent and resourceful leader of the consulting team, and an excellent communicator.’

‘All attorneys demonstrate knowledge in their area of ​​expertise and teamwork.’

Key clients

Puerto Rico Public Private Partnership Authority

Government of Puerto Rico, Department of the Treasury

Puerto Rico Ports Authority

DLA Piper Latin America offers full-service business legal counsel to domestic and multinational companies with interests in and operations throughout the region. Our integrated approach to serving clients combines local knowledge with the resources of the DLA Piper global platform. With over 300 lawyers practicing in DLA Piper Latin America, our teams frequently work with our professionals throughout the Iberian Peninsula and around the global firm to ensure our clients receive the depth of service they require to meet their legal and business objectives.

DLA Piper assists with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. We 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 services to clients with a Latin America presence through our cooperation with Campos Mello Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil and with our DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:

  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil (Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Lima, Peru
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Chile

Our experience in Latin America includes assisting companies 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
  • Hospitality management agreements
  • Inbound and outbound capital investments
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer, registration
  • International arbitration
  • Labor and employment, immigration
  • Litigation
  • M&A
  • Market entry
  • Privacy and data security, e-commerce
  • Private equity and debt financing
  • Project finance and public-private partnerships
  • Real estate investment
  • Tax structuring, transfer pricing, imports and market access issues
  • Telecommunications, media, and entertainment regulation and licensing

Our team is multilingual and never lets language or time zones present a barrier to efficient client service. Having practiced law in both the US and Latin America, the members of our team are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region.

Our strategic relationships in countries in which we do not maintain offices enhance our ability to deliver quality business legal services with a keen understanding of local statutes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Nikos Buxeda, Managing Partner nikos.buxeda@dlapiper.com +1 787 945 9114
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nikos Buxeda  photo Nikos Buxeda Partner
 José Sosa-Lloréns  photo José Sosa-Lloréns Partner
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