José Sosa-Lloréns > DLA Piper Puerto Rico > San Juan, Puerto Rico > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, PR 00901-1969
Puerto Rico

Work Department

Banking and Finance; Corporate and M&A




José Alberto Sosa-Lloréns has advised clients on banking regulatory matters related to international banking, mergers, corporate reorganizations, securities activities of banks and has served as issuer’s counsel in securities transactions of financial institutions, including tender offers and IPOs. He also has actively worked in the creation of investment companies, investment advisory firms and securities broker dealers in Puerto Rico. Another significant part of his practice includes serving as bond counsel and underwriters counsel in public finance transactions of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, its instrumentalities and political subdivisions. He has served as advisor to governmental entities in connection with the enactment of public finance legislation.

José has served as lead local counsel to private consortia bidding for public-private partnerships in various infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico, including representing the successful bidder for the 40-year lease of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the largest airport in the Caribbean region and the first airport under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Pilot Program.

José has been engaged as counsel in various regulatory matters related to securities broker dealers, investment advisors and investment companies. His practice includes representing clients before the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), before the Corporate Finance Division. In addition to his regulatory and transactional work, José has represented securities broker dealers in securities arbitrations before FINRA and in complex mediation proceedings.


English; Spanish


LL.M., Columbia University School of Law; J.D., University of Puerto Rico School of Law; B.B.A., University of Puerto Rico

Lawyer Rankings

Puerto Rico > Corporate, Commercial and Banking

The team at DLA Piper Puerto Rico frequently works alongside the firm’s other offices in Latin America to handle international corporate matters. The team has experience in M&A, debt financing, project finance, spin-offs and corporate reorganisations. In particular, the practice stands out for advising on public-private partnerships, especially in the energy sector, and assisting international financial entities seeking banking licences in Puerto Rico, with notable expertise in the fintech space. Puerto Rico managing partner Nikos Buxeda leads the practice, handling corporate, finance and securities law transactions. Other key contacts include José Sosa-Lloréns, who is noted for banking and finance matters, deputy managing partner Miriam Figueroa, who focuses on infrastructure projects, PPPs and public finance, and associate Adriana Perez-Rentas.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) has maintained a steady flow of energy and infrastructure financing engagements, while also remaining active in debt restructurings across the region. It continues to represent a range of international banks, multilaterals and DFIs, and Latin American borrowers. The firm’s extensive network of offices in Latin America itself, plays a key role in many of its headline matters, including a number of recent debt restructuring engagements. New York partner Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja is co-regional head of banking and finance for Latin America, and is an experienced figure in project finance. Lima partner Sergio Barboza is the other co-regional head, while San Diego’s Raul Farias provides further project finance expertise in the energy and infrastructure fields. San Juan partner José Sosa-Lloréns has extensive financial services regulatory expertise. However, project finance specialists Amala Nath and  Dino Barajas moved to Morrison Foerster (July 2021) and Baker Botts L.L.P. (January 2022), respectively (Nath has subsequenly become assistant General Counsel at the International Development Finance Corporation, as of July 2022). Agency finance practitioner Gregory Smith  has also left the firm.