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Richard Lorenzo

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Litigation and Arbitration; International Arbitration; Latin America


Partner, Miami INDUSTRY SECTORS: Energy and Natural Resources Group AREAS OF FOCUS: International, Cross-border Litigation and Arbitration Latin American Litigation and Arbitration EPC Disputes Energy, Oil and Gas Disputes Telecommunication Disputes


Richard C. Lorenzo, Managing Partner of the Miami office, focuses his practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented foreign and domestic clients in various industries throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe in complex commercial international arbitration matters. Richard has handled numerous dispute matters in both English and Spanish before the most important tribunals and institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Richard has lectured and published extensively in his practice area. He is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at St. Thomas University School of Law. He also comments on international legal matters in the national and international media, and has made numerous televised appearances on CNN En Español and served as a guest commentator on Bloomberg Radio. Richard has resided in Brazil, Chile, and the Dominican Republic.


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Executive Council Member, The Florida Bar's International Law Section Vice President and Board Member, Hispanic National Bar Foundation Board Member, Miami International Arbitration Society Dean's Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law Advisory Board Member, Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la ConstrucciĂłn


J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995 B.S., magna cum laude, honors degree, Rollins College, 1992


Chambers Global, Latin America: International Arbitration, 2009-2014 Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration, 2009-2015 Florida Super Lawyers, International, 2009-2014 The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators, 2012-2014 The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2016

Latin America: International firms

City focus: Miami

Within: 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 MĂ©xico 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 LidercĂłn, the Spanish investor, in its claims against the Republic of Peru for breaches of the Spain–Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty. JosĂ© 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 GonzĂĄlez 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.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Hogan Lovells US LLP can leverage its impressive global footprint to advise on investor-state disputes, both on the side of investors and of sovereign states, while also handling commercial arbitration. Daniel Gonzålez and Richard Lorenzo's recent highlights include representing a South American government entity in an ICC dispute related to a long-term water supply and collateral services concession contract; acting for a Dominican power company in IACAC arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of LNG dock facilities in the Dominican Republic; and assisting a Salvadoran telecommunications company with ICDR arbitration proceedings concerning interconnection agreements. Mexico-city based Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is also a name to note.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

The 'incredibly skilled' team at Hogan Lovells US LLP undertakes a wide range of investor-state and commercial arbitration across various industry sectors, particularly the oil and gas sector. Moreover, the department is particularly active in Latin America- and Middle East-facing mandates. Global head of international arbitration Daniel González and Richard Lorenzo in Miami are representing the Republic of Panama in three separate ICSID arbitrations, including defending the client against a $62.5m damages claim filed by a group of real estate investors from Costa Rica and the Netherlands alleging their investments were expropriated by Panama. In New York, multilingual attorney Samaa Haridi is ‘a star practitioner’ and has noted expertise in Middle East-facing disputes. IBM Mexico and Siemens are also clients.

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International litigation

Within: International litigation

Hogan Lovells US LLP's team of 'excellent' litigators has vast expertise in the financial services, data protection and cybersecurity, and energy sectors. Leveraging a huge global network consisting of nearly 50 global offices, the practice is ‘very efficient, very responsive and very helpful'.  Recent work includes advising PwC Bermuda on litigation arising out of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme,  in which the company was accused of malpractice and negligence; that matter was led by New York-based Dennis Tracey, who also heads the firm's litigation practice group in the Americas. Further, Daniel GonzĂĄlez and Richard Lorenzo in Miami represented IBM MĂ©xico in litigation in the Southern District of New York arising from the premature termination of services. Also of note, the firm’s strength in acting for sovereign clients was showcased by Houston-based Bruce Oakley's Supreme Court victory for the Republic of Venezuela.

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