DLA Piper’s youthful and ambitious partnership has been pursuing a path toward growth despite the uncertainty of the past few years. The firm’s recent efforts to invest in its restructuring practice have proven to be astute, as has its focus on developing its project finance practice. The firm’s diversified offering and international presence mean it should be well-placed to respond to the changes that will come with left-wing Gustavo Petro becoming president in August 2022.
DLA Piper has been steadily adding to its partnership in Colombia in recent years. At the start of 2022, it bolstered its labour, litigation and tax areas with promotions. When it comes to non-transactional areas, the latter department and its insurance practice are particularly strong. The firm has also recently added environmental law and energy practices.
DLA Piper’s local team is often present when high-value complex deals are hashed out in Colombia. It sits at the table across from the leading competitors in the market. The firm had a role in a headline-grabbing deal that won at Latin Lawyer’s Deal of the Year Awards in the restructuring category; DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán advised creditors Banco de Bogotá and Grupo Aval as Avianca emerged from its Chapter 11 restructuring process at the end of 2021.
Distinguished by its creative solutions to complex legal issues, the firm is recognised for its highly capable banking team. This coveted group is deft at handling a broad range of sophisticated finance transactions. DLA Piper also fields a solid restructuring practice group too. The firm’s project finance has also become increasingly visible in complex and high-value infrastructure deals.
Along with its successful banking and project finance groups, the firm is known for its corporate and M&A capabilities too, while its disputes, tax and insurance teams consistently do well. The firm’s client book is extensive and counts top-tier names such as América Móvil (including Claro), Grupo Ecopetrol, Enel (including Eletropaulo), AmBev, Telefónica, Gerdau, Shell, Grupo Éxito, Terpel, Grupo Argos, Embraer, Itaú Unibanco, Grupo Aval, Bancolombia, BTG Pactual, Banco BICE and Grupo Financiero Galicia.
The relatively young firm has matured quite a bit since it became DLA Piper Martínez Beltrán in 2015. Junior lawyers benefit from a vibrant culture, led by dynamic and youthful partners, which puts the well-being of its staff at the forefront of what it does. The firm’s compensation model strikes a good balance between a partner’s performance and the results of the firm.
Leveraging its impressive and far-reaching global presence DLA Piper has put down strong roots throughout Latin America, with offices in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru. It has offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro through its association with Brazilian Latin Lawyer 250 firm Campos Mello Advogados.