DLA Piper (Chile) has changed faces several times in recent years while maintaining its strong banking and finance and corporate core. It benefits from DLA Piper’s wide global and Latin American footprint – with offices across six jurisdictions in the region.
BAZ/DLA Piper and NLD Abogados were relatively new in the Chilean legal market when they merged into DLA Piper (Chile). In January 2021, less than three years since joining forces, partners Paulo Larraín and José Pablo Dulanto left together with a group of lawyers to re-establish their former firm NLD Abogados. The remaining eight partners uphold a good transactional offering alongside expertise in antitrust, labour and tax. It is too early to gauge the impact of this recent development.
The firm’s two-year-old white-collar crime practice group helps it stand out from competitors, as does its expertise in venture capital work. The firm says many international funds and local and foreign start-ups count on the team to help bring them success in this field.
2020 was a busy year for DLA Piper (Chile)’s energy and natural resources practices, while its M&A and corporate division combined efforts with its projects team as business in this area continued throughout the slowdown caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
A partner promotion at the end of 2020 in its banking and finance department reflected the increased client demand for this area of expertise. Meanwhile, the firm hired a lawyer from the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) as counsel to strengthen its antitrust division.
Year on year, praise from clients reflect the level of satisfaction with DLA Piper (Chile). One client says, “Lawyers support us with both specific and interdisciplinary matters, and they have an admirable confidence when it comes to decision-making.” Another highlights their “excellent customer service and timing.”
Alliances and networks
DLA Piper (Chile) is part of global firm DLA Piper’s growing network in Latin America. There are also offices in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, as well as a cooperation agreement with Brazilian firm Campos Mello Advogados.