Noah Mamet had never been to Argentina before President Barack Obama named him ambassador to the country in 2013. Thanks to political opposition, it took him nearly 18 months to be confirmed by the Senate and start his appointment. But another 18 months after stepping down, he’s now splitting time between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.
Mamet, a longtime Democratic Party operative, is leveraging his close ties with Argentina President Mauricio Macri and the nation’s business community as a strategic adviser to DLA Piper. The firm also announced in August that it had reached an affiliation agreement with Argentine firm Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly to round out its expansion efforts in Latin America.
Mamet said that his goal with the firm was the same he had as ambassador: “To increase the connectivity between the countries as much as possible.”
After his “two-year-and-four-day sprint” came to an end on Jan. 20, 2017, Mamet returned to his home in Southern California and slept.
But after recovering from the experience, he told Macri that he would return to Buenos Aires part time to focus on bringing multinational companies into Argentina and to help Argentine businesses grow internationally.
“For companies to succeed in Argentina, they really need to look outside of the border, and a lot of that is the U.S.,” he said. “They can’t just be beholden to the domestic market.”
Earlier this month, Mamet took a delegation, including Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Laretta and 15 Argentine tech company leaders, to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, including a stop at DLA Piper’s offices. There, a slew of top venture capitalists shared what they look for when investing in international businesses.
Mamet’s relationship with the firm goes back to his time in Washington, D.C. He worked on campaigns for Obama and President Bill Clinton, and served as national finance director for House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign.
In Argentina, he built strong ties with Macri, who was elected president almost a year into his tenure. Mamet said he flew into Buenos Aires earlier Wednesday to show support for Macri, who faced a 36-hour national strike earlier this week in response to his efforts to impose an IMF-backed austerity budget.
He’s also familiar with the attorneys at Cabanellas Etchebarne, which now operates as DLA Piper. The firm had 28 attorneys in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and New York City at the time of the tie-up.
The move gave the international firm a presence in the region’s third-largest economy, supplementing existing partnerships involving firms in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
In March 2017, DLA Piper inked a cooperation agreement in Peru with Pizzaro, Botto & Escobar, which now operates as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar. The firm already had cooperation agreements with Bahamondez, Alvarez & Zegers in Chile; Martinez Beltran in Colombia; and Campos Mello in Brazil. It has also established DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico,
Last month it also added Brazilian attorney Pedro Fragoso Pires as a foreign legal consultant in its Miami office. Pires, who cannot practice law in the U.S., was the founding partner of Lanna Ribeiro & Fragoso Pires in Rio de Janeiro.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Noah Mamet as a son of playwright David Mamet. We regret the error.