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William Candelaria

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William Candelaria has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border financings in emerging markets, with particular focus on Latin America and Spain. He advises corporations, commercial and investment banks, private issuers, underwriters and family offices on bank and trade financings, debt and equity placements, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in many sectors, including financial services and investment management, media and communications, food and beverages, hospitality, real estate and tourism, infrastructure and transportation and oil and gas.


He counsels US institutional investors regarding investments in emerging market companies that are publicly traded abroad. Bill has significant board experience and he advises clients on corporate governance and compliance matters from time to time.


American Bar Association

City Bar of New York

Hispanic National Bar Association

International Bar Association


J.D., Harvard Law School

A.M., Stanford University

A.B., Stanford University

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.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is best known for advising government entities and state-owned companies, especially in Mexico. It has a fine record in the oil and gas sector and is expanding into the wider energy field. The firm has a history of working with Venezuelan entities, but the economic crisis and sanctions imposed on the jurisdiction has decimated it’s work there, where it advised PDVSA for many years. Mexico City partner Rodrigo Valverde has played a pivotal role in developing connections in Mexico, including with state-owned infrastructure development bank, Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (Banobras), which the team advised on a peso-denominated secured credit facility for Red de Carreteras de Occidente. With a flourishing Mexico-related practice, the New York team is increasingly active there with partner David Bayrock refocusing his sights after spending many years with a distinct Venezuela emphasis. The team’s ‘overall level of service is excellent’, according to one client, who also commends its ‘very fast’ response times, ‘sharp’ advice and ‘invaluable industry knowledge’. The firm also provides ‘value for money’ by optimising team resources according to the seniority required. Associate Lilliana Dealbert is recommended by clients for her ability to explain urgent matters in Spanish and English and for follow-ups when required. Former New York partner William Candelaria, who has a close association with clients such as Grupo Posadas, joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2017.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

DLA Piper LLP (US) comes highly recommended for its ‘thoughtful, honest, straightforward and detailed legal advice’. The firm’s West Coast lender side practice, which is particularly strong on venture capital loans, ‘tackles challenges, is hungry for work, but manages to maintain a familiar touch and personable appeal’. The venture lending practice is led by the ‘brilliant and very quick’ San Diego-based partner Matt Schwartz, while in Silicon Valley Mike Standlee is praised for his ‘speed, industry, bankruptcy expertise, and understanding of bank legal policies’. A significant highlight was representing Silicon Valley Bank in a co-lending arrangement with Oxford Finance linked to a $100m loan to Puma Biotechnology. Other key lender clients include Comerica and JP Morgan. The firm’s New York team, which includes Jamie Knox, is more active on the mid-level borrower side, and was boosted by the arrival of William Candelaria from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, who is known his Latin America expertise.

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