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Bruno Ciuffetelli

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation; Latin America; Corporate; Energy; International Arbitration; Finance; Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects


Partner, Houston, Caracas - Energy and Natural Resources Group


Bruno Ciuffetelli's practice mainly focuses on advising companies in Latin America in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. He represents clients in these industries in a variety of matters, including the structuring of international joint ventures, construction contracts, license and technology transfer, and project finance. He has represented major National Oil companies in the region in complex structured finance operations and also in capital markets. Recently, he has been involved in major lending transactions between China and Latin America. Bruno also has extensive international corporate experience with companies from a wide range of industries. He advised international banks and financial institutions on privatizations and acquisitions of local banks in the region. He advices multinationals in their business strategies, mergers, and restructuring of their operations in different countries in Latin America. At the same time, Bruno also keeps an important antitrust practice; he has represented major companies in investigations before the Venezuelan Antitrust Agency, analyzed the need for notifying mergers in different countries in the region, and advised clients on general antitrust matters in Latin America. He has also assisted Venezuelan state-owned oil companies in antitrust lawsuits in the United States. Additionally, he has also represented companies in Latin America and state-owned entities in resolution of disputes through settlement negotiations or international arbitration. He has been ranked by Global Competition Review PLC and Latin Lawyer 2005 as one of the world's top competition lawyers. Bruno is a Foreign Legal Consultant with the State of Texas.


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Former Chair, Antitrust Committee, International Bar Association Member, Caracas Bar Association International Associate, American Bar Association Former Co-chair, Latin American Forum, International Bar Association


LL.M., The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1991 J.D., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1987


Named to the 2015 Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) list of recommended lawyers - Corporate/M&A Chambers Global, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A, 2010-2012 Chambers Global, Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources, 2009-2012 Chambers Latin America, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, 2009-2012; Corporate/M&A, 2012 Latin Lawyer, 2005 Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Competition, 2002-2005, 2010-2012 PLC which lawyer?, Competition Section, 2005, 2010-2012

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP remains best known for Latin American financings involving Asian lenders, and in transactions for quasi-sovereign and state-owned entities. It's highly esteemed Miami and Houston offices have especially close links to the region, with a number of Latin American natives based there. In addition, it has substantial teams in Mexico and Brazil. Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras and Colombia are among its key markets. Clients include IFC, Republic of Ecuador, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, AES Corporation and Petrobras. The firm advised PetroEcuador and the Ministry of Finance (Ecuador) on a $970m credit facility from a syndicate of banks including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), The Export‐Import Bank of China and ChinaMinsheng Banking Corp; under the deal PetroEcuador has entered into a five‐year crude oil sale-and-purchase contract with PetroChina International to sell crude oil to PetroChina at market prices during the five‐year loan term. Co-chair of the Latin America practice and Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli has a fine record in infrastructure financings and bank regulatory matters. Miami based co-chair of the Latin America practice JosĂ© Valdivia  is noted for renewable-energy financings, including those involving MLAs. Miguel Zaldivar, who deserves recognition for financings involving Chinese entities, has relocated to Hong Kong to become regional chief executive for the Asia Pacific Middle East region.

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City focus: Miami

Within: City focus: Miami

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a substantial Miami operation that has a close association with Latin America. The Miami team has played an integral role in the development of the firm's standing in the region, where it has offices in Mexico and Brazil. Moreover, the Miami group has impressed in transactions in Venezuela and Ecuador, including financings involving Chinese and Asian lenders. In addition, it has a substantial team of arbitration specialists in Miami who are focused on Latin America. A Miami team advised PetroEcuador and the Ministry of Finance (Ecuador) on a $970m credit facility from a syndicate of banks including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), The Export‐Import Bank of China and ChinaMinsheng Banking Corp; under the deal PetroEcuador has entered into a five‐year crude oil sale and purchase contract with PetroChina International to sell crude oil to PetroChina at market prices during the five‐year loan term. The Miami office also successfully acted for IBM MĂ©xico in an ICC arbitration connected to a multi‐billion dollar litigation pending before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The arbitration team also represented the Republic of Panama in three ICSID arbitrations and acted for LidercĂłn, the Spanish investor, in its claims against the Republic of Peru for breaches of the Spain–Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty. JosĂ© Valdivia is co-chair of the Latin America practice alongside Houston-based Bruno Ciuffetelli; Valdivia has an excellent record in infrastructure and renewable energy development and finance in Latin America. Gaston Fernandez spent a number of years practising in China and now is a key figure in cross-border transactions involving Asia and Latin America, particularly financings involving Chinese banks and Asian multilateral agency lenders. Global head of international arbitration Daniel GonzĂĄlez and Miami managing-partner Richard Lorenzo are big name arbitration specialists with extensive experience in cases involving Latin America. Maria Ramirez is another rapidly emerging arbitration partner, while Juan Garcia is a key arbitration name at counsel level. Miguel Zaldivar has relocated to Hong Kong to become chief executive of the Asia Pacific Middle East region.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to be recognised for its commitment to the Latin American market, demonstrated through both its offices in the region and its dedicated teams in Miami, New York and, especially, Houston. It has a particularly strong record in representing state-owned energy companies in jurisdictions such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, among others. Additionally, it continues to lead the way in projects involving Asian sponsors and lenders and has an outstanding record in energy projects in Central America. Clients include PetroAmazonas, Petrobras, Petroecuador, PDVSA, Pemex and Republic of Ecuador. The practice advised Nederlandse Financierings ‐ Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO) and Deutsche Investitions ‐ und Entwicklungsgesellsc (DEG)  on a $38m long‐term financing to General Energy Solutions for the development of phase two of the Monte Plata Solar Photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Zaldivar has a long track record with the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned energy companies, including bringing Asian parties into its energy strategy; he has recently relocated from Miami to Hong Kong, where he is now regional chief executive for the Asia Pacific Middle East region. Co-chair of the Latin American group and Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is a Venezuela-qualified lawyer and a long time adviser to PetrĂłleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and other Venezuelan state-owned companies; he is another with experience of financings involving Asian entities. Miami partner JosĂ© Valdivia also co-heads the Latin America practice and is a seasoned practitioner in energy transactions in Venezuela, Ecuador and other Latin American states. Washington DC senior counsel Claudette Christian is a project finance specialist with an especially fine record in the oil-and-gas sector, for clients such as Petrobras. Miami partner Jorge Diaz-Silveira is a leader in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements and has strong experience in Central American power and renewables projects. Carlos Ramos Miranda is a prominent name in Mexico City for energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in the oil-and-gas and water sectors. Miami partner Gaston Fernandez is recommended for Latin America projects that involve Asian entities.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive experience of project financing and development, and also handled various commercial agreements and corporate transactions and energy-sector regulatory issues. Primarily based in the Houston office, the team is instructed by clients in all sectors of the industry, including upstream exploration and production, oil and natural gas transmission companies, liquefied natural gas operators, and crude oil refining, distribution and trading groups. Key figures in the team include Greg Hill, Bruno Ciuffetelli and Taylor Evans.

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