Ileana Fernandez-Buitrago

Ileana Fernández-Buitrago

Of Counsel

Ileana Fernández-Buitrago focuses her practice in local and federal regulatory matters involving depository, non-depository and international financial institutions, as well as on general corporate and commercial law.

Areas of FocusCorporate
Bar admissionsPuerto Rico
CourtsUnited States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • English
  • Spanish
  • J.D., University of Puerto Rico School of Law
    magna cum laude
  • B.B.A., University of Puerto Rico
    magna cum laude


  • Ileana has been selected as one of the Most Distinguished Professional Women in Puerto Rico by the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Ileana was included in the 2020 Best Lawyers in Latin America and 2021-2023 Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico for Banking and Finance Law

Media Mentions

Prior Experience

Ileana brings to DLA Piper (Puerto Rico) LLC over 25 years of experience as Special Counsel at a major law firm in San Juan. Prior to that, Ileana served as Vice President, Secretary of the Board of Directors and Director of the Legal Division of BanPonce Corporation and its banking and non-banking subsidiaries. She has been lead counsel in connection with diverse and complex bank mergers and acquisitions. She also handles matters related to relevant legislation affecting the financial services industry. Ileana is a frequent lecturer on matters related to the financial industry in Puerto Rico.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Puerto Rico Financial Services Forum (2022)
  • Puerto Rico Bar Association
  • American Bar Association