DLA Piper has established a substantial footprint in Latin America with varied offerings that cater to the specific needs of our global client base. The firm’s panhemispheric approach to delivering comprehensive services to our multinational clients underscores our view that the Latin America region is of utmost importance to the global business community.
DLA Piper assists clients with business transactions and cross-border disputes throughout Latin America. We handle matters in every country in the region and across every industry sector in which our clients operate. As the level of sophisticated, cross-border activity continues to grow throughout the entire region, DLA Piper continues to expand its services to clients with a Latin America presence through our cooperation with Campos Mello Advogados in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil and with our DLA Piper multi-disciplinary practice with offices in:
- Bogota, Colombia – DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán
- Lima, Peru – DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar
- Mexico City, Mexico – DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano
- Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil – Campos Mello Advogados
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Santiago, Chile –BAZ|DLA Piper.
Our experience in Latin America includes assisting clients from inside and outside the region with the full range of business, legal and commercial services that DLA Piper provides worldwide.
Capital markets; Compliance and investigations; Energy, mining and natural resources; Family groups; Franchise and distribution matters; Inbound and outbound capital investments; Insurance; International arbitration and disputes; Labour and employment, immigration; International arbitration and disputes; Litigation; M&A; Private equity and debt financing; Project finance and public–private partnerships; Tax structuring, transfer pricing, imports and market access issues; Technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, privacy and data security, e-commerce; Real estate and hospitality.
A number of our lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish or Portuguese. Many have also practised law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law legal systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region.
Our strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance our understanding of the region and enable us to provide our clients with practical, meaningful legal advice. DLA Piper’s global platform of 90+ offices in more than 40 countries enables us to serve all of our clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.
DLA Piper Martinez Beltran is a law firm with more than 20 years of experience in the market. Today we are recognised by top legal national and international publications as a leading firm in Colombia in the M&A, dispute resolution, corporate, tax, infrastructure, banking and finance and project finance fields.
Our solid organisational structure ensures the constant exchange of knowledge, as well as a fluid and effective internal communication. This facilitates performance in multijurisdictional projects and allows our lawyers to continually develop their knowledge and experience. As part of DLA Piper, we have presence in the major financial centres of Latin America and the world, complementing the provision of legal services in multi-jurisdictional and regional affairs and business for international and local clients with interests abroad.
Some of our main clients include: Uber; Valorem, Carvajal, APM Terminals, Colpatria, Biomax, JV Roa/ Dicorp, Steward Healthcare, Altra, Trafigura/Impala, Gerdau Diaco, Sony, FCA Capital, Chevron, Black & Decker, among many others.
Main practice areas
Corporate/M&A: DLA Piper clients benefit from a leading global M&A practice that, as merger market has repeatedly noted, has acted on more M&A transactions than any other law firm in the world. Our experience allows us to execute cross-border global deals seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of the transaction and offering cost-effective, pragmatic business solutions. Our clients benefit from our timely, pragmatic and efficient approach to problem solving that adds value to their business and helps transactions come to a successful conclusion. Our team in Colombia offers deep experience in leading and structuring mergers, spinoffs and acquisitions of all sizes for national and international clients.
Dispute resolution: The firm’s dispute resolution team consistently represents local and international clients in complex conflicts in all areas of business law, among them commercial, tax, insurance, antitrust and administrative matters.
Tax: DLA Piper M Martínez Beltrán is a robust part of the DLA Piper Latin America and global tax platform. We are continually building our tax practice in Colombia to offer stronger support to clients in tax law and estate planning.
Project finance and infrastructure: DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán advises national and international clients that are developing important real estate and infrastructure projects in Colombia. Additionally, our team has extensive experience in advising public–private partnership projects (APPs).
Banking and finance: We are widely recognised in the banking and finance and capital markets law. The most recognised financial entities in Colombia rely on our legal advice to accompany them in their business and operations.
We advise our clients in national and international financial transactions. Our global capital markets and banking and finance team constantly advice clients in financial transactions under New York law, as well as in the issuance of international securities and other financial instruments.
Competition/antitrust: DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán advises on competition law and consumer protection, including merger and acquisition clearance, restrictive business practices, unfair competition and consumer protection compliance.