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Patrick Del Duca


Patrick Del Duca, selected for inclusion in the 2010 - 2014 editions of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®, assists businesses and individuals with corporate, commercial and financial challenges.  He is experienced in the launch, maturation and exit of businesses, infrastructure development and financing, financial restructuring, and environmental matters.  Trained in common and civil law, he has worked domestically and widely across borders, especially in Europe and Latin America.

He serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s Latin America Law Initiative Council. For the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, Mr. Del Duca serves as Division Chair of the Business Law II Division (and hence a member of the Section’s governing Council), as well as a Past Chair of its Mexico Committee (recognized as “most improved committee” during his tenure), Liaison to the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italy’s national bar entity), as Co-Chair of its Europe Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the International Secured Transactions & Insolvency Committee. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Mr. Del Duca serves as Professor from Practice at UCLA Law School.  Currently offering a course in International Finance, he has also taught courses in European Union Law, Joint Ventures, Latin American Infrastructure Development, and International Arbitration.  He is the author of CHOOSING THE LANGUAGE OF TRANSNATIONAL DEALS: PRACTICALITIES, POLICY AND LAW REFORM, a book published by the American Bar Association.

Notable Representations

  • Infrastructure Development and Finance: Development, financing, purchase and sale of energy (e.g. power plants, ethanol production), telecommunications, transportation (e.g. pipelines, ports, rail projects, toll roads) and other infrastructure projects;
  • Financial Restructuring: Representing bondholder and other financial creditors, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets, e.g., in the restructuring of two Latin American telecommunications companies, with NYSE-listed securities;
  • Launching Businesses: Launch of technology businesses concerning telecommunications technology, secure data storage and transmission, application service provision in varied industry sectors, internet music distribution, green energy technology, and biotechnology, often with international participation, plus exits, e.g. a successful major Italian biotechnology exit; and
  • Environmental Law: Environmental contracting, counseling, defense, permitting and rulemaking in various industries.

Representative Publications

  • Choosing the Language of Transnational Deals: Practicalities, Policy and Law Reform (American Bar Association, 2010), reviewed by J. Prendergast, 43 UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE LAW JOURNAL 33 (2011)
  • with Louis Del Duca, Emergence of the Italian Unitary Constitutional System, Modified by Supranational Norms and Italian Regionalism in Daniel Halberstan and Mathias Reimann (eds.), FEDERALISM AND LEGAL UNIFICATION: A COMPARATIVE EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION OF TWENTY SYSTEMS (Series: Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Vol. 28) (Springer, 2014)
  • To Create a Lien Priority: UCC Notice-Filing vs. Civil Law Notary Public Writing, 44 UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE LAW JOURNAL 33 (2011)
  • Management of Environmental Liabilities in Business Transactions, 41 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER, NEWS & ANALYSIS 10419 (May 2011)
  • The rule of law and the contributions of lawyers to deepening Latin American financial markets, SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (symposium issue forthcoming 2011, 2021: International Law Ten Years from Now)
  • Governo e forme di finanziamento delle aree metropolitane negli Stati Uniti. Una guida per la navigazione in CITTÁ A CONFRONTO: LE INSTITUZIONI METROPOLITANE NEI PAESI OCCIDENTALI (Giuseppe Franco Ferrari and Pierciro Galeone, eds.) 37 (Societá editrice il Mulino, Collana dell’Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani 2011)
  • with L. Del Duca and G. Gentili, Introduction to the IALS Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law, 28 PENN STATE INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW VOLUME 28, NUMBER 3 (Winter 2010)
  • co-editor with L. Del Duca, Judicial Highlights, UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE LAW JOURNAL
  • co-author of updates on Brazil legal developments in various 2007-2013 issues of LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA NEWSLETTER, American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • with L. Del Duca, An Italian Federalism? – the State, its institutions and national culture as rule of law guarantor, 54 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 799 (2006)
  • with A. Feld and C. Vallejo, US Capital market debt meets emerging market collateral, in LAW OF INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCIES AND DEBT RESTRUCTURING (Oceana/Oxford U. Press, 2006)
  • The rule of law: Mexico’s approach to expropriation disputes in the face of investment globalization, 51 UCLA LAW REVIEW 35 (2003)
  • with L. Del Duca, Selected Topics under the Convention on International Sale of Goods (CISG), 106 DICKINSON LAW REVIEW 205 (2001)
  • with D. Mortillaro, The Maturation of Italy’s Response to European Community Law: Electric and Telecommunications Sector Institutional Innovations, 23 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 536 (2000)
  • with R. Zamora, Mexico’s Secured Lending Reforms, 33 UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE LAW JOURNAL 225 (2000)

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Program Chair and Speaker, What’s New in European Financial Sector Regulation!? An Introduction to the Latest EU and Swiss Developments, Spring meeting ABA Section of International Law, New York, April 2014
  • Panelist, La Protección de Derechos Políticos en Estados Unidos y México, DERECHOS HUMANOS, DEMOCRACIA Y PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA: 65 ANIVERSARIO DE LA DECLARACIÓN UNIVERSAL DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS, Acapulco, Mexico, December 9-10, 2013
  • Co-chair, European Law on Cross-Border Lending, as Navigated in Its Emerging Market Jurisdictions, Spring meeting ABA Section of International Law, Washington, April 2013
  • Panelist, Cross-border Notarial and Signature Authentication Reform, Spring Meeting ABA Section of International Law, Washington, DC, April 2013
  • Speaker, Eurozone: A Crossroads of Economics, Law and International Relations, BEYOND THE HEADLINES – UCLA EXTENSION SERIES, January 22, 2013
  • Moderator, Environmental Lender Liability, Equator Principles and Path-breaking Approaches in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, Fall meeting ABA Section of International Law, Miami, October 2012
  • Moderator, Cross-border Secured Lending: Challenges of structuring the collateral package, SPRING MEETING ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, New York, April 19, 2012
  • Speaker, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Global Initiatives Council, September 21, 2011
  • Moderator, Secured lending and lien registry systems: best practices in the Americas and Europe, SPRING MEETING ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, Washington, DC, April 7, 2011
  • Speaker, 2021: International Law Ten Years from now – International Financial Law and Institutions, Southwestern Law School, February 26, 2011
  • Environmental Liabilities in Business Transactions, Environmental Law Institute Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law, January 27, 2011
  • A Map for the Navigation of Metropolitan Governance and Finance in the United States, REGIMI E FORME DI FINANZIAMENTO DELLE AREE METROPOLITANE NEL DIRITTO COMPARATO, Rome, February 5, 2010
  • Moderator, U.S. – Mexico’s Introduction of Adversarial Criminal Procedure: A Judicial Earthquake Propelled by Constitutional Amendment, FALL MEETING ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, Miami Beach, October 29, 2009
  • Moderator, U.S. – Mexico Commercial Arbitration and ADR, SPRING MEETING ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, Washington, DC, April 16, 2009
  • National Reporter, National Unification in Federal States – Italy, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF COMPARATIVE LAW’S CONGRESS ON THE UNIFICATION OF LAW (La incidencia del derecho uniforme en el derecho nacional: Limites y Posibilidades), Mexico City, November 13-15, 2008
  • Challenges in Implementing the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions – Importance of Secured Transactions Reform, UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE INSTITUTE, April 18, 2008, Washington, DC
  • Aspectos Legales y Manejamiento del Riesgo, Curso de Primeros Empresarios, PACE Business Development Center, Boyle Heights, February 27, 2008


French, Italian, Spanish
Portuguese (reading knowledge)


Università di Bologna
laurea di giurisprudenza, 1987

European University Institute (Florence)
Ph.D, 1985

Harvard Law School
J.D., 1983

Université de Lyon II, Faculté de Sciences Économiques
DEA, 1979

Harvard University
B.A., 1978, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia