Rafael Ribeiro > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States
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Litigation - Miami




Leveraging his experience abroad and his fluency in four languages, Rafael Ribeiro has significant experience conducting international internal investigations and representing clients in cross-border disputes.

As Latin American countries continue to crack down on corruption and implement more robust anti-bribery legislation to target wrongdoers, Rafael has been at the forefront of this movement as part of the team that conducted two of the region’s most high-profile anti-corruption investigations on behalf of energy sector clients. These investigations involved novel issues regarding the interplay between local anti-corruption legislation and the FCPA, privilege, data privacy, interactions with regulators from multiple jurisdictions, and parallel civil disputes in several countries.

In those investigations, and in on-going confidential internal investigations in the region involving energy, telecommunications, and life science clients, Rafael has leveraged his fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, and French to assist clients in navigating these issues. Rafael understands cultural nuances and is able to communicate effectively with witnesses, which are indispensable assets in a successful internal investigation. In 2019, Latin Lawyer included Rafael in its “250 List” and noted that he was a “key” part of the Hogan Lovells “growing reputation in the Latin American anti-corruption space, with its positioning on the ground of the region allowing it to combine a U.S. and/or UK law perspective with local knowledge.” Rafael also understands his clients’ needs and has been called a “business lawyer” who has a “good way of seeing the business picture and empathizing with the client and the case.” Rafael is regularly invited to speak and write on issues relating to compliance, internal investigations, and international dispute resolution.


English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


Treasurer, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2019-present

Executive Council Member, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2010–present

Education/CLE Committee, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2013

International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2010–2011

8th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Co-Chair, The Florida Bar, International Law Section, 2009–2010

Editor-in-Chief, The International Law Quarterly, 2017-2019


J.D., University of Florida, cum laude, 2004

B.A., New College of Florida, 2001

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations

(Next Generation Partners)

Rafael RibeiroHogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive connections to Latin America, most notably through its large and highly established Miami office, along with highly acclaimed offices in Brazil and Mexico. This has enabled the firm to develop a strong pipeline of anti-corruption investigations engagements, including FCPA investigations. Miami partner Rafael Ribeiro is the key name in Latin America investigations and in pre-acquisition due diligence exercises. Washington DC’s Peter Spivack is also highly experienced in FCPA investigations, including those involving Latin American entities.

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. Since publication, the office has been further strengthened with the hire of Richard Puttré, formerly global head of projects at Jones Day, in January 2022.