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Bob Gruendel serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy practice and oversees a wide-ranging sector that includes over 100 partners worldwide and covers oil and gas, power, renewables and nuclear. Bob also leads the US-based maritime and shipping practice. In addition, he is immediate past Co-Chair of the Firm’s Latin American practice, and is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo.


Bob concentrates his own practice in energy project development, principally in oil and gas, and in related maritime sectors. He has spent considerable time on such projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Bob is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo in Latin America.


AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators)

American Bar Association, Committee on International Law

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Admiralty (Chairman, 2000 – 2003)

Maritime Law Association of the United States: Past Member, Board of Directors (2003 – 2006); Committee on Maritime Legislation

New York Maritime, Inc., Board of Directors (Chairman, 2003 – 2006)

Licensed as a foreign consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo, Brazil in Latin America


J.D., Fordham University School of Law 1982

B.A., Dartmouth College 1979

Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

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-favouriteEduardo 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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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

At DLA Piper LLP (US), Houston-based co-chair Jack Langlois handles high-value M&A for clients such as Kayne Anderson and Terra Energy Partners. In New York, co-chair Robert Gruendel focuses on project development in Latin America.

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