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

Hogan Lovells US LLP
SUITE 4300
United States

Work Department

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 has especially deep connections to Ecuador and Central America, notably in renewable energy projects. The firm is also active in infrastructure and mining, landing a series of big-ticket engagements in Colombia and Peru. The firm was engaged by ProInversión, the Peruvian government’s PPP agency, to standardise PPP contracts in line with World Bank recommendations. Jorge Diaz-Silveira is Americas head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects and has a long history in Latin America renewable energy and conventional power projects, particularly in Central America; he recently advised Generadora San Andrés and Generadora San Mateo on  the development, construction and financing of two hydroelectric projects in Guatemala, and represented Santos y Compañía in the development of photovoltaic solar projects in Honduras. José Valdivia is a key figure for Ecuador projects, as is up-and coming name Gaston Fernandez. Houston’s Bruno Ciuffetelli is noted for oil and gas and power projects in Ecuador and Venezuela. Former team member Miguel Zaldivar is now global CEO of the firm, based in Washington DC, providing additional weight to the status of the Latin America group. All named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise. Since publication, the practice has been significantly strengthened with the hire of Richard Puttré, formerly global practice head at Jones Day, effective January 2022.