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Hogan Lovells US LLP

700 LOUISIANA STREET, SUITE 4300, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
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Bruno Ciuffetelli

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

Work Department

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

Position

Partner, Houston, Caracas - Energy and Natural Resources Group

Career

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.

Languages

Spanish English Italian

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

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’s practice ranges from large national infrastructure mandates to major renewable energy projects, for both lenders and borrowers. The firm has close connections to sovereign states, such as Venezuela and Ecuador, and their energy and finance-related agencies and enterprises. The firm has also led the way in financings by Asian financial institutions for energy and infrastructure developments in Latin America, and has a market leading structured finance practice, both in banking and capital markets form. Clients include Banco Mercantil del Norte, Fibra Uno, IFC, Ecuador’s Ministry of Finance, Petroecuador, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Royal Gold, Vetra and Wells Fargo. Highlight deals include advising Central American investment entity, Grupo Terra, on the financing of its acquisition of Banco Citibank de El Salvador. Houston and Caracas partner Bruno Ciuffetelli, and Miami’s José Valdivia and Miguel Zaldivar are all leading partners, and New York’s Emil Arca is highly regarded for structured finance and securitization.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Hogan Lovells is widely praised for its expertise and experience in structured bonds and securitisation, including future-flow cross-border transactions and diversified payment rights deals, and has achieved an especially dominant market share of structured transactions in Central America. It is also noted for its representation of the Republic of Ecuador in its capital markets transactions and issuances by sub-sovereigns, including states and municipalities. In Brazil, the practice has a tremendous reputation for IPOs by local financial institutions and is also a leader in offerings by FIBRAs in Mexico, where it further benefits from local capital markets expertise in its Mexico City and Monterrey offices. The firm has also advised longstanding client Petr√≥leos de Venezuela (PDVSA) on a series of multibillion-dollar debt offerings and represented El Salvador‚Äôs Banco Cuscatl√°n El Salvador in creating and sponsoring a new diversified payment rights securitisation programme. New York partner Emil Arca is ‚Äėterrific‚Äô, a ‚Äėvery technical lawyer‚Äô who ‚Äėknows the market‚Äô and has a formidable record in structured matter including future-flow transactions and diversified payment rights deals. Houston and Caracas partner Bruno Ciuffetelli has a strong connection to key client PDVSA, and Miami‚Äôs Miguel Zaldivar is recommended for sovereign deals. Isabel Costa Carvalho is a key name in S√£o Paulo and Lewis Cohen has an impressive record in the aforementioned FIBRA issuances in Mexico.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Hogan Lovells US LLP is a truly significant player in Latin America as a result of its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Mexico City and Monterrey, as well as teams in Miami, New York and Washington DC that all have a strong emphasis on the region. Clients include Vice Media, Ford, Mitsubishi, Innergex, Bacardi, Hewlett Packard, Western Union, Dell and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The firm is frequently noted for its expertise in highly-regulated industries and for its record in the insurance, automobile, food and pharmaceutical sectors. While having strong regional coverage and a presence in Latin America’s two biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, the firm is also active in frontier markets such as Ecuador and Venezuela, where it has strong government and corporate connections. In 2016, the team advised Ron Santa Teresa, Venezuela’s premier rum company, on its international distribution alliance with Bacardi. In Mexico, a local team led by Carlos Ramos Miranda advised Pemex on its hydrocarbon exploration joint venture with BHP Billiton. Mexico City’s Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Federico De Noriega are also recommended, along with Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos in Caracas, Miami’s José Valdivia and Bruno Ciuffetelli who divides his time between Caracas and Houston.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP remains a big player in oil and gas; hydroelectric, conventional and renewable power generation; and LNG, and petrochemicals. It is closely associated with several Latin American governments and their energy and finance agencies and enterprises, and clients include Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Pemex, Republic of Ecuador, Petroecuador, AES Corporation, Iberdrola, Electrobras, Ecopetrol and Statoil. The firm continued to advise Ecuador in connection with its efforts to attract financings from Asia to finance and develop its national energy plan. The firm’s substantial Mexico City office and global regulatory expertise, made it a strong choice to advise Pemex in connection with Mexico’s energy sector reforms and its creation of new production sharing contracts. In Brazil, the firm has emerged as a prominent adviser to energy sector clients in connection with investigations and white-collar crime issues; in this regard it is one of only a handful of international firms to have an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s principal oil and gas centre, and São Paulo. 2016 mandates saw the firm advise Petrobras on the $5.2bn sale of its gas pipeline network. Rio partner Claudette Christian led the foregoing transaction and is part of a wider Latin America team that includes Mexico City partner Carlos Ramos Miranda, who recently advised Pemex on its headline hydrocarbon exploration joint venture with BHP Billiton. Houston and Caracas partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is close to PDVSA; and Miami partner Miguel Zaldivar has an excellent record in the Ecuadorian oil-and-gas industry.

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Venezuela

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Bruno Ciuffetelli - Hogan Lovells, Despacho de Abogados Miembro de

Within: Banking and finance

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells is best known for handling financing transactions for Venezuelan state-owned companies, where it regularly joins forces with counterparts in the firm’s international offices. Practice head Bruno Ciuffetelli, who divides his time between Houston and Caracas, was part of a cross-office team advising Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) on obtaining a $1bn loan from Gazprombank through an oil-backed prepayment facility; the loan is intended to be used to expand the infrastructure at the Petrozamora project, in which the lender is also a shareholder. Ciuffetelli and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos were also part of a team advising PDVSA on a $5bn bond issue.

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Competition and antitrust

Within: Competition and antitrust

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells regularly assists with merger control issues, drawing on the firm’s strength in multi-jurisdictional M&A deals. The team also represents clients in contentious competition matters, recently acting for PDVSA in five antitrust proceedings in different US federal courts concerning alleged violations of the Sherman Act. Bruno Ciuffetelli, who splits his time between Houston and Caracas, and counsel Juan Carlos Pondal-Kleber are the key names.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading lawyers

Bruno Ciuffetelli - Hogan Lovells, Despacho de Abogados Miembro de

Within: Corporate and M&A

The team at Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells works with the firm’s network of international offices to handle headline deals. Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos, together with lawyers in New York and London, advised Venezuelan rum producer Ron Santa Teresa on entering into a distribution alliance with Bacardi. Rodriguez-Matos and counsel Juan Carlos Pondal-Kleber are handling ongoing regulatory and compliance matters for Western Union, concerning the impact of exchange control regulations. Bruno Ciuffetelli, who divides his time between Houston and Caracas, heads the practice. Other clients include Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Dell.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells’ team has handled proceedings before the ICC, ICSID, the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. It is best known in Venezuela for representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other state entities; recent work includes securing the dismissal of a $70m expropriation claim filed in the US against Petroquímica de Venezuela. The team is also experienced in antitrust proceedings before Procompetencia. Bruno Ciuffetelli, who divides his practice between Houston and Caracas, Luis Bottaro and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos are key figures.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells has established itself as the key player acting for state-owned energy entities. It impresses with the scope of its practice, covering transactions, financing, competition matters and international arbitration. Recent activity includes advising key client PDVSA on a joint venture with PetroChina for the development, construction and financing of an oil refinery in Jieyang City, China; and assisting the same client in obtaining a $1bn loan from Gazprombank through a pre-payment facility. Key names include Luis Bottaro, who draws on his previous in-house experience with PDVSA; Bruno Ciuffetelli, who divides his time between Miami and Caracas; and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos.

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