Richard Lorenzo > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

Work Department

International Arbitration - Miami




Complex cross-border disputes are often critical to commercial interests. Richard C. Lorenzo, a partner in the firm’s Miami office, uses creative and nuanced strategies to manage international commercial litigation and arbitration for foreign and domestic clients with interests throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Whether it’s a dispute in English or Spanish, or before any of the most important tribunals or institutions – the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), or the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), to name a few – Richard effectively analyses the matter and collaborates with clients to design a winning strategy. Time spent living in Latin America attuned Richard to the civil law system and political landscape of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions, which complements his English-language arbitration practices.

Richard is actively involved in academia, extensively lecturing and publishing in his practice area. He is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at Florida International University College of Law. He also maintains a national and international media presence on topical international legal issues, and has appeared on CNN En Español and served as a guest commentator on Bloomberg Radio.


English, Portuguese, Spanish


Advisory Board Member, Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción

Board Member, Miami International Arbitration Society

Dean’s Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law

Executive Council Member, The Florida Bar’s International Law Section

Board Member, Hispanic National Bar Foundation

Roster of Arbitrators of the National and International Arbitration Center of the Lima Chamber of Commerce


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 1995

B.S., Rollins College, magna cum laude, honors degree, 1992

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Hogan Lovells US LLP can leverage its impressive global footprint to advise on investor-state disputes, both on the side of investors and of sovereign states, while also handling commercial arbitration. Daniel González and Richard Lorenzo‘s recent highlights include representing a South American government entity in an ICC dispute related to a long-term water supply and collateral services concession contract; acting for a Dominican power company in IACAC arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of LNG dock facilities in the Dominican Republic; and assisting a Salvadoran telecommunications company with ICDR arbitration proceedings concerning interconnection agreements. Mexico-city based Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is also a name to note.

Latin America: International firms > 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 México 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 Lidercón, the Spanish investor, in its claims against the Republic of Peru for breaches of the Spain–Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty. José 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 González 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. Since publication, infrastructure, energy and projects specialist Jorge Diaz-Silveira has taken over from Lorenzo as Miami office managing partner, effective January 2020.