"Douglas is a seasoned lawyer, he's very strong overall." (2023)
"He is a diligent, careful lawyer who sees all the issues and angles in structured financings." (2021)
Douglas Doetsch serves as head of the firm’s Latin America/Caribbean practice and is a member of the firm's Banking & Finance practice. He advises clients on infrastructure financings in the port, airport and road sectors, acquisition and other leveraged lending transactions, and structured credit transactions. He is also a leader in cross-border securitization transactions, especially future cash flow securitizations.
In his cross-border work, Doug also regularly advises on emerging market debt restructuring and debt exchange offers. In addition, his transactional work involves asset and stock acquisitions, real estate investments, and cross-border joint ventures.
Doug has earned wide recognition for his work in emerging markets since joining the firm in 1988. Chambers USA 2021 describes him as "Simply amazing. He has seen practically every transaction in Latin America and has much experience in the region." Doug also was selected by Latinvex as one of Latin America's top 100 lawyers in 2021. According to Chambers USA 2020, Doug is particularly active on cross-border financial mandates. He is respected in the market, and is described by clients as "an expert in the field." Chambers Global 2019 noted that clients value his "hands-on and proactive" style of work. Chambers USA 2016 noted that Doug offers tremendous capabilities in international matters and is frequently relied upon for his understanding of Latin American and Caribbean markets. In Chambers Latin America 2014, a client described him as "a fine commercial lawyer who is good at getting deals done." According to Chambers Latin America 2009, he has an “unparalleled ability to quickly close complex transactions and make it seem like a walk in the park.” Chambers USA 2007 calls him "'a simply great attorney' who wins praise for his emerging markets expertise. There can be few lawyers who have the depth of experience that he can boast in South and Central America."
Doug speaks French and Spanish.
Areas of Focus
June 01 – 022023
March 10 – 112022
Columbia Law School, JD
Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
Université de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal
Rotary Graduate Fellowship
Kalamazoo College, BA, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
- New York
- Member, Midwest Council, National Resources Defense Council
- Director, Columbia Transnational Law Association
- Director, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
- Trustee, National Museum of Mexican Art