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DLA Piper enters Chile with new cooperation agreement

By Kathryn Higgins

16 December 2016 at 07:48 BST

DLA Piper has signed a cooperation agreement with Santiago-based law firm Bahamondez Alvarez & Zegers.

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Comprised of 25 lawyers including five partners, the Chilean firm will continue under its current ownership but will be integrated into the DLA Piper brand, operating henceforth as BAZ/DLA Piper. The cooperation agreement is the latest push in DLA Piper’s effort to become a dominant legal player in Latin America. The multinational firm already has similar cooperation agreements in place with Campos Mello in Brazil and Martinez Beltran in Colombia, has opened its own office in Puerto Rico, and locked in a merger with legacy Mexican firm Gallastegui y Lozano in 2014.  Madrid-based co-chairman and international senior partner Juan Picon told Legal Week: ‘Chile was a market that was clearly strategically important, not just for the domestic market but for its ability to underpin our more global regional strategy.’ 


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