Bob Gruendel serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy practice and oversees a wide-ranging sector that includes over 100 partners worldwide and covers oil and gas, power, renewables and nuclear. Bob also leads the US-based maritime and shipping practice.

In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Firm's Latin American practice, which covers activities across all of Central America, South America and the Caribbean and includes DLA Piper's presence in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.

Bob concentrates his own practice in energy project development, principally in oil and gas, and in related maritime sectors. He has spent considerable time on such projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Bob is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in Brazil by OAB-SP, the bar association of São Paulo in Latin America.

Among his other key areas of practice are transportation infrastructure development and related project finance; government concession agreements in energy, transportation, waste and other sectors; project work in such areas as water, power, petroleum and gas; infrastructure privatization; marine insurance; commodities trading; and pollution.

Bob is a past member of the board of directors of the US Maritime Law Association and past chairman of the board of New York Maritime, Inc. He has written extensively on LNG, port development and energy-related transportation and has gained a reputation with respect to the production, transportation and storage of LNG. He has frequently spoken before professional groups on LNG, oil and gas, port development and shipping matters and Latin America legal developments.