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Amala Nath

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Amala has over a decade of experience representing multilateral development banks, export-credit agencies, financial institutions and private equity funds on international debt financings and equity investments. Through the representations of lenders, she works closely with sponsors, developers, technical specialists, and governments to facilitate the development of projects in various sectors including, energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, transportation, infrastructure and microfinance. She has done numerous transactions throughout Latin America and Africa and also works on projects in other emerging markets. Amala was previously seconded on a part-time basis to the legal department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where she served as counsel on a portfolio of renewable energy projects for the Global Climate Finance Facility.


English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Spanish


Asian Pacific American Bar Association, District of Columbia, Member

American Bar Association


J.D., American University, Washington College of Law 2007

M.A., International Administration, University of Denver 2003

Diploma and Certificate of Merit, International Law & Diplomacy, Indian Academy of International Law & Diplomacy 2001

B.A., History and Spanish, University of Delhi 2000

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s industrious efforts to expand its footprint in Latin America and to develop its connections to key lenders in Washington DC, Miami and New York, is paying dividends. A new office in Puerto Rico has added to the firm’s financing credentials, including advisory matters in the fintech and blockchain sectors and in representing foreign funds on financings in Latin America. Many in the Puerto Rico office are New York qualified, such as José Alberto Sosa-Lloréns, and are able to advise on transactions under New York law at lower-cost rates. The team also works especially closely with the firm’s well-established Miami office. Clients of the Latin America practice include Stoneway Capital, BTG Pactual. Natixis, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, COFIDE, Wells Fargo and Banco do Brasil. Recent matters saw the team advise US Ex-Im Bank and 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. Miami finance partner John Murphy has a strong focus on Latin America while Gregory Smith has increased the firm’s profile with MLAs and DFIs that are engaged in Latin America financings. Former Miami partner Emil Infante left for Holland & Knight LLP, while New York partner William Candelaria arrived from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and project finance of counsel Amala Nath joined the Washington DC office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

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Projects and energy

Within: Next generation lawyers

Amala Nath - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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-favourite’ Eduardo 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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