BAZ|DLA Piper today announced its intent to merge with Noguera, Larraín & Dulanto, effective April 1.
Upon completion of the merger, DLA Piper in Chile will operate under the name DLA Piper BAZ NLD and will be comprised of more than 60 lawyers.
The combined firm will allow DLA Piper in Latin America to more effectively address the growing demand from local and international clients for comprehensive advice across a range of practices, including project finance, corporate governance, venture capital, M&A, antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, employment and immigration law, tax, disputes and arbitration. DLA Piper BAZ NLD will also bring together strengths in the energy and mining sectors with a leading project finance practice and deep experience in delivering solutions to clients across all areas of infrastructure.
"With this association, we will be able to provide greater depth and breadth of service to our clients doing business in Chile and abroad, and take advantage of the complementary experience across sectors and services that our firms provide," said Matías Zegers, partner at BAZ|DLA Piper.
Paulo Larrain, partner at NLD, said that "the merger with BAZ|DLA Piper represents a great opportunity for NLD, as it will allow us to strengthen and complement our current practice areas with those of BAZ|DLA Piper, and to offer to our current and potential clients first-level services in practically the whole world."
"When we announced our relationship with BAZ in 2016, it was with the intent to expand our capabilities to one of Latin America's largest economies through a firm with an elite reputation and history of institutional success," said Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper's global co-chair and co-chair of the Americas. "This merger accelerates that mission, which is part of our larger pan-hemispheric strategy, and allows us to even better accomplish our goals and serve our clients."
The merger between BAZ|DLA Piper and Noguera, Larraín & Dulanto is the latest expansion by DLA Piper in Latin America and the Caribbean region in recent years. In addition to the firm's entry into Chile in 2016, this has included a presence in Colombia with DLA Piper Martinez Beltran in 2015, DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Peru in 2017, and the opening of an office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2016. The firm also has an office in Mexico City, Mexico, and operates in cooperation with Campos Mello in Brazil.