DLA Piper sets up shop in Puerto Rico

By Kathryn Higgins

20 July 2016 at 09:02 BST

The firm has launched in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Sean Pavone

DLA Piper has appointed four partners to launch its new hub, which is believed to be the first physical office opened by a full-service AmLaw 100 firm in Puerto Rico. Nicholas Buxeda joins DLA Piper from local San Juan outfit Adsuar Muniz Goyco Seda & Perez-Ochoa to become managing partner of the new office, with fellow new partners Lourdes Figueroa, Jose Alberto Sosa-Llorens and Manuel Lopez-Zambrana also joining from local firms. DLA Piper global co-chairman and Americas group co-chairman Roger Meltzer commented that the new office will not try to poach work from local firms – rather, it will compete for work ‘going to other global firms like Allen & Overy and Cleary Gottlieb Stein, for example.’ The ongoing debt crisis in Puerto Rico may also give DLA Piper a competitive advantage in attracting restructuring work or international client matters involving Puerto Rican debt.

Sources: Law.com; Australasian Lawyer


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