Maria Eugenia Ramirez > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
MELLON FINANCIAL CENTER
1111 BRICKELL AVENUE, SUITE 1900
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

Work Department

International Arbitration

Position

Partner

Career

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Maria Eugenia Ramirez is passionate about international law. In 2002, she joined our newly opened Miami office, where Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) was seeking bilingual lawyers to establish an International Arbitration practice. Maria Eugenia helped create and develop the practice, which over the years has grown exponentially not just in Miami but around the world.

Today, Maria Eugenia still focuses her practice on international arbitration, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. She has represented clients from El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico with respect to contract, construction, and telecommunications disputes. She handles international arbitration matters in both English and Spanish before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Maria Eugenia began her legal career in the litigation group of the largest law firm in Puerto Rico. She moved to the mainland United States in the hopes of working with more international clients, choosing Miami due to its proximity to Latin America. Her current practice allows her to travel all around Latin America and the world, an opportunity she did not have in previous positions.

Before entering private practice, Maria Eugenia worked for the Honorable Juan M. Pérez-Giménez, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, in San Juan. She also served as legal counsel and sat on the board of directors of the March of Dimes, Puerto Rico Chapter, also in San Juan. She is the only lawyer at Hogan Lovells licensed to practice law in Puerto Rico state courts.

Languages

English, Spanish

Memberships

President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW); Administrative Vice-chair, International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, Florida Bar Association, 2009; Fellow, 2014-2015 Fellows Program, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity; Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico; Federal Bar Association; Puerto Rico Bar of Florida

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998; A.B., Georgetown University, cum laude, 1995; A.B., Georgetown University, 1995

Leisure

Reading, travel

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

The ‘responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable’ international arbitration practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP handles a fully-rounded mix of work, advising on both commercial and investor-state matters, with its investor-state caseload split evenly between business and government clients. Oliver Armas heads the firm’s practice out of New York with the ‘technically strongDaniel González Maria Eugenia Ramirez and Richard Lorenzo in Miami key contacts for Latin American matters. Associate Sam Zimmerman is also singled out for praise by clients. The team operates across a wide array of industry sectors and Latin American jurisdictions, with its work for Espiritu Santo Holdings on a high-value ICSID arbitration against the Government of Mexico for breach of its obligations under NAFTA, ranking among the highlights.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s Miami office has an outstanding reputation for energy, infrastructure and mining projects in Ecuador, Central America, Colombia and Peru. The office also houses a number of Latin America-facing international arbitration specialists. Jorge Diaz-Silveira is Americas head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects and has an excellent record in Central America renewable energy projects, recently advising Generadora San Andrés and Generadora San Mateo on  the development, construction and financing of two hydroelectric projects in Guatemala, and representing Santos y Compañía in the development of photovoltaic solar projects in Honduras. In the infrastructure space, the office has made a further impression in metro projects. Daniel González, Maria Eugenia Ramirez and Richard Lorenzo, regional managing partner for the Americas, are leaders in international arbitration, including numerous cases involving Latin American entities; this includes investment treaty cases and energy and infrastructure-related disputes. José Valdivia is another seasoned figure in energy and infrastructure projects, along with emerging talent Gaston Fernandez, who is also noted for Latin America project financings and other transactions involving Asian entities. Rafael Ribeiro is making a further impression in anti-corruption investigations in Latin America.