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Francisco Cerezo

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Francisco Cerezo is the firm's US Head of Latin America Corporate and focuses his practice on corporate and international matters, advising US and foreign companies, family groups and sovereigns doing business in the Americas and the Caribbean.


He has extensive experience in corporate and financial services, cross-border transactions, strategic corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions and public-private partnerships. He regularly counsels global companies doing business in the Americas on matters ranging from complex transactions and market entry issues to compliance and general corporate strategic counsel. Francisco also serves as principal outside counsel to several significant family groups on matters ranging from corporate governance and succession planning to representing their underlying portfolio companies in billions of dollars of transactions, ranging from banking and energy to telecom and retail.


French and Spanish


Council of the Americas

Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL)

American Bar Association

International Bar Association


J.D., Columbia University School of Law

LL.M., Universidad Complutense de Madrid

B.A., Washington University

Graduate Fellow in the Latin American Literature Program, University of Virginia

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s Latin America practice is now led by Latin American natives in the US and representatives from its multiple offices in the region. Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is US head of the Latin America corporate practice and has been fundamental to the development of the firm’s regional footprint. With offices in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance and Puerto Rico, plus a cooperation agreement in Brazil, the practice has experienced considerable growth. It represents a number of global businesses alongside a significant number of Latin America family offices and their underlying portfolio companies. Clients include Telefonica, General Mills, CarVal Investors, the Government of Puerto Rico, Becton Dickinson, Graña y Montero, Putney Capital, Clarion Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Oaktree. Recent mandates include advising Putney Capital on its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of a 50% interest in Colombian steel mill Diaco from Gerdau, the Brazil-based steel manufacturer; and representing Graña y Montero on the sale of its 21% interest in Tecgas to Enagás. Eduardo Gallástegui, Jorge Benejam and Edgar Romo are also key partners in Mexico City, along with Jose Sosa and Nikos Buxeda in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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