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Leopoldo Olavarría

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and Oil and Gas


Partner and head of the energy team for Latin America



Spanish and English


  • Miranda State Bar Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)


  • LL.M., Georgetown University, 1988
  • Law degree, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1987


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Norton Rose Fulbright has been active in significant acquisition finance (including a number of cross-border financing deals), as well as with Rule 144A/Reg S bond issues, and on working capital facilities for local companies, including some where the lender has been a multinational agency. Practice head Luis Carlos Neira advised an international fund, looking to invest in the transport sector on the financing of a transport concession. Head of corporate Ana Cristina Jaramillo acted as counsel to private equity vehicle Finsocial on its capitalization via a share issue equivalent to 50% of the equity of parent entity Kandeo Private Equity Fund. Head of Energy Leopoldo Olavarría is also a key member of the finance practice. However, the team lost Jorge Neher and Hernán Rodriguez to Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice covers energy and natural resources, including power generation and the extractive industries, as well as environmental law. Leopoldo Olavarría heads the eight-strong lawyer team, with Luis Carlos Neira a key member. Associate Inés Elvira Vesga joined from Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas as director of the oil and gas segment, but Nicolas Arboleda, head of mining has left for the private sector and the firm has also lost Jorge Neher, Hernán Rodríguez and Santiago González to Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas. The team advised Sloane Energy on the development of La Luna project which comprises a coal generation power plant, an underground coal mine and a transmission line. It also assisted the drilling contractor of an oil and gas operator in the Colombian offshore sector under the permanent offshore free trade zone scheme. Braserv Petróleo, Puma Energy, Gran Tierra Energy and Bridgestone are some of the clients.

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