Bruno Ciuffetelli > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
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United States

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Infrastructure, Energy, Resources, and Projects




Widely recognized for his energy knowledge and increasing visibility in the oil sector, Bruno Ciuffetelli’s practice focuses mainly on advising Latin American companies in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.

Bruno represents clients in these industries in a variety of matters, including the structuring of international joint ventures, construction contracts, license and technology transfers, and project finance. Co-chair of the Hogan Lovells Latin American practice group, he has represented oil and energy companies in the region in structured finance operations and also in capital markets. Recently, For more tha a decade he has been involved in major lending transactions between China and Latin America. He has also represented Central Banks and Ministries of Finance in capital markets and derivatives tranasactions.

Bruno, described by market commentators as a “splendid lawyer,” also has in-depth international corporate knowledge of companies from a wide range of industries. He has advised international banks and financial institutions on privatizations and acquisitions of local banks in the region. Bruno also advises 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;, analyzed the need for notifying mergers in different countries in the region, and advised clients on general antitrust matters in Latin America. Additionally, Bruno has represented companies, state-owned entities, and governments in Latin America in dispute resolutions through settlement negotiations or international arbitrations.


English, Italian, Spanish


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

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP remains noted for energy and infrastructure projects and transactions in Mexico and Central America, along with a number of key jurisdictions in South America. It advised Glenfarne, through its Chilean subsidiary Prime Energia, on the EPC contract with Verano Energy for the development of eight PV solar power plants in Chile. Miami managing partner Jorge Diaz-Silveira is Americas head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects, and has an excellent record in conventional power and renewables projects and transactions in Central America. Miami partner José Valdivia is another experienced figure in energy projects and transactions in multiple Latin American jurisdictions, while Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is a seasoned specialist in oil-and-gas and power projects. Gaston Fernandez has transferred to the firm’s Vietnam offices from Miami.

Latin America: International firms > City Focus - Houston

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a long history in Latin America and its Houston office now plays a key role in a wider practice that includes teams in Brazil, Mexico, Miami and New York. Bruno Ciuffetelli, co-chair of the Latin America group, is an immensely experienced Latin America specialist with an extensive record in the oil and gas sector, and a reputation for representing sovereign states and quasi-sovereign entities in big-ticket engagements, such as Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the Ministry of Finance of Ecuador. A Houston team led by Bruce Oakley and Aaron Crane was engaged by the US-recognised government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaidó, to represent PDVSA and its subsidiaries in a series of claims arising from actions undertaken by Nicolás Maduro’s administration.