DLA Piper hires Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja as partner

DLA Piper has hired Spanish lawyer Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja as partner and regional head of Banking and Finance for Latin America


Oliva (pictured) has extensive experience in Project Finance matters, particularly in helping major multilateral agencies, commercial financial institutions, sponsors, project companies and ECAs structure and negotiate complex, multi-jurisdictional infrastructure and energy transactions. She also advises clients on a variety of general Bank Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate transactions, including cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructurings and Outsourcings.

“Margarita brings more than two decades of wide-ranging experience advising financial institutions and sponsors on financing transactions across Latin America. Her addition to our team will greatly enhance our capabilities and will be beneficial to clients across our global platform,” said Christopher Paci, the New York-based chair of DLA Piper’s US Capital Markets practice and a member of the firm’s core Latin America leadership team.

Marcelo Etchebarne, country head of DLA Piper Argentina, based in New York, added, “As a firm, we have continued to focus on building our capital markets and finance capabilities in Latin America through the strategic addition of recognized practitioners in the New York market, as well as partners located in our many local offices. Margarita is a well-known and highly respected lawyer with significant experience serving clients throughout the Latin American region, and we are thrilled to welcome her on board.”

Oliva will be a partner of DLA Piper Argentina, resident in the New York office of DLA Piper. She joins from Baker McKenzie, where she served as chair of the Latin Finance practice in North America. She received her J.D. from Universidad de Granada and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

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