The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Work +1 212 918 3000
Fax +1 212 918 3100

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to be noted for its record in financings involving Asian financial institutions, particularly in relation to projects and transactions in Ecuador, Venezuela and Honduras. It has deep experience in representing state-owned energy entities in Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras and Colombia. The firm is also recognised for its project finance record in Central America and has one of the leading structured finance practices in the region. Clients include IFC, Republic of Ecuador, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, OPIC, Ecopetrol, Enel Power, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Mitsui, Petroecuador and Credit Agricole. Headline mandates saw the practice advised IFC and the China-Mexico Fund on the Red Compartida mega-project in Mexico, involving $750m in committed capital from consortium members and an initial $2bn financing package; as well as advising Petrobras on a $5bn loan facility from China Development Bank. The team also advised the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, on the refinancing of its $377m debt. Houston partner and co-chair of the Latin America practice Bruno Ciuffetelli is an ‘excellent professional’ and has a fine record in project and structured finance, while fellow co-chair José Valdivia is recognised for his experience in infrastructure projects. Miguel Zaldivar has an established record in Ecuador and Venezuela and has led a number of financings involving Chinese lenders; and newly promoted Gaston Fernandez is also recommended for Asia-Latin America transactions. New York’s Emil Arca is a leader in structured finance and securitization area. Partners are Miami-based unless stated.

[back to top]

Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to lead the way in major project financings involving Asian entities, including in Ecuador, Venezuela and Honduras, and is also building its presence in the Mexican energy sector through its offices in Mexico City and Monterrey. Its offices in New York, Houston and Miami have a strong focus on the Latin America region, and it remains one of the few international law firms to have offices in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It is also a leader in representing state-owned entities and government-linked companies in Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil and other Latin American jurisdictions. Clients include the Republic of Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Pemex, Republic of Ecuador, Petroecuador, Fermaca, Petrobras, PetroAmazonas and Statoil. The practice advised Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company, Pemez, on its agreement with BHP Billiton to develop the deep-water Trion Block in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is co-chair of the Latin America practice group and long-standing adviser to PDVSA and other Venezuelan state-owned entities. Miami-based fellow co-chair of the Latin America team José Valdivia has extensive energy sector experience, especially in Ecuador and Venezuela. Also in Miami, Miguel Zaldivar is co-head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects, and is a frequent adviser to the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned energy companies; he also has extensive experience in project financings involving Asian lenders. Head of the Rio and São Paulo offices Claudette Christian is prominent in oil and gas projects and project financings in Brazil. Mexico City partner Carlos Ramos Miranda is noted for energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico and other Latin American jurisdictions.

[back to top]

Further information on Hogan Lovells US LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Hogan Lovells US LLP in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Dubai


Offices in Sydney and Perth


Offices in Brussels


Offices in Beijing, Beijing, and Shanghai


Offices in Zagreb


Offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg


Offices in Madrid and Alicante


Offices in Paris and Paris

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong


Offices in Budapest


Offices in Jakarta

Latin America: International firms



Offices in Milan and Rome


Offices in Tokyo



Offices in London


Offices in Luxembourg


Offices in Mexico City and Monterrey


Offices in Amsterdam



Offices in Warsaw

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration


Offices in Moscow

South Africa

Offices in Johannesburg


Offices in Singapore


Offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Legal Developments by:
Hogan Lovells US LLP

  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
    - Hogan Lovells

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to