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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 > Banking and finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP remains best known for Latin American financings involving Asian lenders, and in transactions for quasi-sovereign and state-owned entities. It’s highly esteemed Miami and Houston offices have especially close links to the region, with a number of Latin American natives based there. In addition, it has substantial teams in Mexico and Brazil. Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras and Colombia are among its key markets. Clients include IFC, Republic of Ecuador, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, AES Corporation and Petrobras. The firm 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. Co-chair of the Latin America practice and Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli has a fine record in infrastructure financings and bank regulatory matters. Miami based co-chair of the Latin America practice José Valdivia  is noted for renewable-energy financings, including those involving MLAs. Miguel Zaldivar, who deserves recognition for financings involving Chinese entities, has relocated to Hong Kong to become regional chief executive for the Asia Pacific Middle East region.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to be recognised for its commitment to the Latin American market, demonstrated through both its offices in the region and its dedicated teams in Miami, New York and, especially, Houston. It has a particularly strong record in representing state-owned energy companies in jurisdictions such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, among others. Additionally, it continues to lead the way in projects involving Asian sponsors and lenders and has an outstanding record in energy projects in Central America. Clients include PetroAmazonas, Petrobras, Petroecuador, PDVSA, Pemex and Republic of Ecuador. The practice advised Nederlandse Financierings ‐ Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO) and Deutsche Investitions ‐ und Entwicklungsgesellsc (DEG)  on a $38m long‐term financing to General Energy Solutions for the development of phase two of the Monte Plata Solar Photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Zaldivar has a long track record with the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned energy companies, including bringing Asian parties into its energy strategy; he has recently relocated from Miami to Hong Kong, where he is now regional chief executive for the Asia Pacific Middle East region. Co-chair of the Latin American group and Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is a Venezuela-qualified lawyer and a long time adviser to Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and other Venezuelan state-owned companies; he is another with experience of financings involving Asian entities. Miami partner José Valdivia also co-heads the Latin America practice and is a seasoned practitioner in energy transactions in Venezuela, Ecuador and other Latin American states. Washington DC senior counsel Claudette Christian is a project finance specialist with an especially fine record in the oil-and-gas sector, for clients such as Petrobras. Miami partner Jorge Diaz-Silveira is a leader in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements and has strong experience in Central American power and renewables projects. Carlos Ramos Miranda is a prominent name in Mexico City for energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in the oil-and-gas and water sectors. Miami partner Gaston Fernandez is recommended for Latin America projects that involve Asian entities. Since publication, Diaz-Silveira has been appointed managing partner of the Miami office, effective January 2020.


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.