The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Work +1 305 459 6500
Fax +1 305 459 6550

Jorge Diaz-Silveira

Work 305 459 6645
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Work Department



Jorge Diaz-Silveira is Global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells' Infrastructure Industry team and focuses his practice on the development, financing, and construction of projects throughout the United States and abroad, with an emphasis on the energy, petrochemicals, agricultural, transportation, and water sectors. His practice, which extends more than 25 years, includes a broad range of experience in construction and real estate matters, including representation of developers, lenders, contractors, and other parties involved in infrastructure and a variety of other projects. These projects have included engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements, development agreements, loan agreements, technical services agreements, license agreements, procurement contracts, and design/build agreements. Jorge has been the lead attorney on major development projects in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Many of these projects have included energy, petrochemicals, mining, manufacturing facilities, and water matters. Jorge has represented a number of sponsor parties in all facets related to the development of projects in the United States, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects; gas storage facilities; road projects; petrochemical projects; alumina refineries; water reservoirs; manufacturing facilities; biomedical facilities; and gas-fired, wind-powered, hydro-electric, coal, solar, and nuclear-powered power projects. Jorge has also represented a number of state-owned companies in the development of infrastructure projects and has worked on a number of public-private partnerships. He also handles general real estate matters, including representing sellers, purchasers, lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants.


Jorge has lectured extensively on his areas of practice at a number of industry conferences and regularly lectures at the University of Miami School of Law. He is widely recognized as one of the leading international lawyers in the area of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts.


English; Spanish


Member, Construction Law Committee, Florida Bar; Member, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, American Bar Association; Chair, Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee


J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1988; A.B., Duke University, 1985

Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: 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 PetrĂłleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and other Venezuelan state-owned companies; he is another with experience of financings involving Asian entities. Miami partner JosĂ© 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.

[back to top]

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP is commended for its ‘ability to solve problems, not only from a legal point of view, but also from a business point of view’. The team is engaged on the financing for a range of power projects as well as PPP infrastructure projects. Houston-based David Locascio, who is ‘always accessible and super-efficient with his time’, advised Assured Guaranty on its role as bond insurer in connection with the financing of the $4.9bn Automated People Mover (APM) project at Los Angeles International Airport in California. Demonstrating its cross-border experience, senior counsel Thomas Hechl in Washington DC advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the project and financing documents relating to a 250MW greenfield combined-cycle thermal power plant project in Yerevan, Armenia; Ricardo Martinez in New York advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on a $100m corporate financing to cellular communications company Africell Holding, in order to support the modernization and expansion of its mobile telecommunications network operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and The Gambia; and Hechl, Washington DC-based Wylie Levone and team head Jorge Diaz-Silveira in Miami advised FMO and DEG on the $38m long-term financing provided to General Energy Solution for the development of phase two of the Monte Plata Solar Photovoltaic facility located in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. JosĂ© Valdivia in Miami and Brian Chappell in Baltimore are also key figures. Kevin Keenan joined the Houston office from Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2018.

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises project developers, financial institutions, investment funds and government entities on mineral development and water projects, and natural resource asset sales and trading. Key contacts include Miami-based Jorge Diaz-Silveira and Washington DC-based Thomas Hechl.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Hogan Lovells US LLP

  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
    - Hogan Lovells

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to