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Bruno Ciuffetelli

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation; Latin America; Corporate; Energy; International Arbitration; Finance; Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects


Partner, Houston, Caracas - Energy and Natural Resources Group


Bruno Ciuffetelli's practice mainly focuses on advising companies in Latin America in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. He represents clients in these industries in a variety of matters, including the structuring of international joint ventures, construction contracts, license and technology transfer, and project finance. He has represented major National Oil companies in the region in complex structured finance operations and also in capital markets. Recently, he has been involved in major lending transactions between China and Latin America. Bruno also has extensive international corporate experience with companies from a wide range of industries. He advised international banks and financial institutions on privatizations and acquisitions of local banks in the region. He advices 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; he has represented major companies in investigations before the Venezuelan Antitrust Agency, analyzed the need for notifying mergers in different countries in the region, and advised clients on general antitrust matters in Latin America. He has also assisted Venezuelan state-owned oil companies in antitrust lawsuits in the United States. Additionally, he has also represented companies in Latin America and state-owned entities in resolution of disputes through settlement negotiations or international arbitration. He has been ranked by Global Competition Review PLC and Latin Lawyer 2005 as one of the world's top competition lawyers. Bruno is a Foreign Legal Consultant with the State of Texas.


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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


Named to the 2015 Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) list of recommended lawyers - Corporate/M&A Chambers Global, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A, 2010-2012 Chambers Global, Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources, 2009-2012 Chambers Latin America, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, 2009-2012; Corporate/M&A, 2012 Latin Lawyer, 2005 Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Competition, 2002-2005, 2010-2012 PLC which lawyer?, Competition Section, 2005, 2010-2012

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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