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Miguel Zaldivar

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Miguel Zaldivar is Global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice and concentrates his practice on project finance, cross-border corporate and M&A transactions in Latin America, with an emphasis on energy project development. Miguel has ongoing experience and is fully familiar with the legal system, culture, and business practices of Latin America. As a result, he has the ability to advise U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in their business dealings in Latin America, combining his common law training and experience with his vast knowledge of civil law. He also advises Latin American state-owned companies in a wide variety of international matters. Miguel has represented investors with respect to significant business interests in Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and other Central and South American nations, principally in the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical, retail sale of goods, and transportation industries. He has directly negotiated credit facility arrangements for sovereign and corporate clients with export credit and development entities, including China Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of China, Eximbank of Russia, Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


Miguel has taught the "Project Development and Finance in Latin America" course at the University of Miami School of Law since 2003 and was a professor of law at Universidad Católica in Venezuela from 1991 to 1993.


Spanish; English; Italian


Dean's Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law; Co-chair, International Business Transactions Committee, International Law Section, Florida Bar


J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995; LL.M., Fulbright Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law, 1988; LL.B., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1986

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to be noted for its record in financings involving Asian financial institutions, particularly in relation to projects and transactions in Ecuador, Venezuela and Honduras. It has deep experience in representing state-owned energy entities in Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras and Colombia. The firm is also recognised for its project finance record in Central America and has one of the leading structured finance practices in the region. Clients include IFC, Republic of Ecuador, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, OPIC, Ecopetrol, Enel Power, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Mitsui, Petroecuador and Credit Agricole. Headline mandates saw the practice advised IFC and the China-Mexico Fund on the Red Compartida mega-project in Mexico, involving $750m in committed capital from consortium members and an initial $2bn financing package; as well as advising Petrobras on a $5bn loan facility from China Development Bank. The team also advised the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, on the refinancing of its $377m debt. Houston partner and co-chair of the Latin America practice Bruno Ciuffetelli is an ‘excellent professional’ and has a fine record in project and structured finance, while fellow co-chair José Valdivia is recognised for his experience in infrastructure projects. Miguel Zaldivar has an established record in Ecuador and Venezuela and has led a number of financings involving Chinese lenders; and newly promoted Gaston Fernandez is also recommended for Asia-Latin America transactions. New York’s Emil Arca is a leader in structured finance and securitization area. Partners are Miami-based unless stated.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to lead the way in major project financings involving Asian entities, including in Ecuador, Venezuela and Honduras, and is also building its presence in the Mexican energy sector through its offices in Mexico City and Monterrey. Its offices in New York, Houston and Miami have a strong focus on the Latin America region, and it remains one of the few international law firms to have offices in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It is also a leader in representing state-owned entities and government-linked companies in Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil and other Latin American jurisdictions. Clients include the Republic of Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Pemex, Republic of Ecuador, Petroecuador, Fermaca, Petrobras, PetroAmazonas and Statoil. The practice advised Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company, Pemez, on its agreement with BHP Billiton to develop the deep-water Trion Block in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston partner Bruno Ciuffetelli is co-chair of the Latin America practice group and long-standing adviser to PDVSA and other Venezuelan state-owned entities. Miami-based fellow co-chair of the Latin America team José Valdivia has extensive energy sector experience, especially in Ecuador and Venezuela. Also in Miami, Miguel Zaldivar is co-head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects, and is a frequent adviser to the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned energy companies; he also has extensive experience in project financings involving Asian lenders. Head of the Rio and São Paulo offices Claudette Christian is prominent in oil and gas projects and project financings in Brazil. Mexico City partner Carlos Ramos Miranda is noted for energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico and other Latin American jurisdictions.

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