DLA Piper Combines with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City
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Summary: The law firm of DLA Piper announced this week that it has combined with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City, where it has had an office since 2012.

It was announced via a press release that DLA Piper and Gallastegui y Lozano, S.C. (GyL) have come to an agreement to combine into one entity in Mexico City. The combined firm will go by the name of DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.


Read more about DLA Piper’s history here.

The combined firm will have more than 23 lawyers practicing in Mexico City.

The partners from GyL joining the global platform of DLA Piper include the following:

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Eduardo Gallastegui (business, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and M&A), Gerardo Lozano (banking, finance, arbitration and maritime law), Maria Eugenia Rios (M&A, corporate, real estate and finance), Jorge Benejam (M&A, healthcare, corporate and banking), Gabriela Alaña (real estate and finance), Marcelo Paramo (energy, oil and gas) and Cecilia Azar (arbitration and alternative dispute resolution).

Eduardo Gallastegui will become the managing partner at the combined firm when the merger is complete.

“This was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to build out our global platform with a top-notch group of practitioners who have a history of success and the right combination of talent and experience. They will be a valuable addition to the firm and important resource to our clients,” said Roger Meltzer, co-chair (Americas) of DLA Piper. “Expansion in Latin America continues to be an integral part of our global strategy and this is an important step in that process.”

Read more about Roger Meltzer here.

The Mexico City office of DLA Piper opened in 2012 after it expanded into Venezuela.

“We’re thrilled about our combination with this skilled team of lawyers,” said Manuel Rajunov, current managing partner of DLA Piper’s Mexico City office. “They are a well-regarded and high-profile group that will provide important skill sets in an increasingly dynamic and important market.”

Gallastegui said the following in the release: “DLA Piper’s strategic decision to enhance their service offering in Latin America, generally and in Mexico, particularly, as well as the significant presence that DLA Piper has in over 30 countries, presented a very exciting proposition to us and will create strong and long-term value for our clients. As a consequence of the interesting business opportunities to arise due to the strategic structural reforms recently enacted in our country, we’re looking forward to working together and making this combination a unique model for the practice of law in Mexico.”

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