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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Energy; Corporate; Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects; Mergers and Acquisitions; Business Restructuring and Insolvency; Projects, Engineering and Construction; Finance; Latin America


Partner, Houston INDUSTRY SECTORS: Energy and Natural Resources Group Infrastructure Transportation Financial Institutions Sports and Recreational Facilities Energy Litigation and Arbitration Power Oil, Gas and LNG Mining AREAS OF FOCUS: Energy International Latin America Project Development and Finance Public-Private Partnerships


José Luis Vittor focuses his practice on infrastructure and other project development and finance transactions, primarily assisting clients in the energy and infrastructure industry. He also has extensive experience in commercial and corporate transactions, public and private partnerships, and international arbitration. José Luis provides counsel and representation to some of the world's largest banks and corporations, corporate boards, and top management in commercial and corporate transactions, project development and finance, cross-border banking, mergers and acquisitions, and direct foreign investments in and out of Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is a former president and a member of the board of the Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y Gas, Houston, an independent business relations trade organization comprised of multinational energy companies. He also is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, Brazil. José Luis is a foreign legal consultant with the state of Texas.


Portuguese Spanish German


Member, Buenos Aires Bar Association Officer, International Bar Association Founder member, Society of British and Argentine Lawyers


LL.M, University of Houston Law Center, 2003 Postgraduate Degree in International & U.S. Domestic Law, University of Texas at Dallas: The Center of American and International Law, 1993 J.D., University of Buenos Aires, 1989


Legal 500 US, Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts, 2012

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s project finance practice is especially active in the energy space, within which conventional power and oil and gas are areas of particular activity. The Miami-based Miguel Zaldivar heads the department, which is especially busy on the sponsor side: José Luis Vittor, who is based in Houston, advised PetroAmazonas on a contract with Schlumberger that will see the latter invest $4.9bn in production-enhancing measures at an upstream facility in Ecuador; and Keith Larson in Washington DC advised Venture Global LNG on the development and financing of two $4.5bn LNG export projects. The practice also has a burgeoning multilateral lender workload, particularly in the Washington DC office: Larson advised lenders including BDO Unibank, China Banking Corporation and Development Bank of the Philippines on the financing of the $1.1bn, 668MW Luzon Island power project in the Philippines, and acted for lenders including Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Security Bank Corporation on the financing of the $1.1bn, 554MW Mindinao Island power project. The Washington DC team is also advising lenders across several European jurisdictions on the privatisation of an Armenian power project. Mike Matheou, Brian Chappell and David Locascio are also recommended, and are based in New York, Baltimore and Houston, respectively.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

The Denver-based Scot Anderson heads the team at Hogan Lovells US LLP, which has considerable cross-border experience as well as upstream, midstream and downstream capabilities. The Houston-based José Luis Vittor is recommended, as is Washington DC-based midstream expert Stefan Krantz.

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