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Miguel Zaldivar is a member of the Hogan Lovells Global Board and serves as Co-Head of the firm's Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice. He concentrates his practice on project finance, cross-border corporate and M&A transactions in Latin America, with an emphasis on energy project development. Miguel is fully familiar with the legal system, culture, and business practices of Latin America and advises U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in complex business dealings in the region, combining his common law training and experience with his vast knowledge of civil law. He also advises Latin American state-owned companies and governments in a wide variety of international matters.
Miguel has represented investors with respect to significant business interests throughout the Americas across various sectors and industries. He has directly negotiated credit facility arrangements for sovereign and corporate clients with commercial lenders and export credit and development entities, including China Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of China, Eximbank of Russia, Japan Bank of International Cooperation, and International Finance Corporation.
Miguel taught the "Project Development and Finance in Latin America" course at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003 to 2010 and was a professor of law at Universidad Católica in Venezuela from 1991 to 1993. He has been a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and has published articles involving Latin American legal matters.
He received the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review "Lawyer of the Americas Award" and is listed as a leading project finance/cross–border corporate lawyer in several industry publications, including: The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Law Business Research’s Who's Who Legal, and Super Lawyers. He was awarded the "Most Effective Lawyer in International Corporate Transactions" and the "Dealmaker of the Year in International Finance" recognition by the Daily Business Review.
- Advised the Republic of Ecuador in securing its stable return to the global capital markets after its last sovereign bond issuance in 2005. The initial US$2 billion sale marked Ecuador's return to the international markets was recognized by Latin Finance as its "Sovereign Bond of the Year Deal" and was the first of three oversubscribed bonds for a total of US$3.5 billion.
- Advised Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), the state-owned energy holding company of the Republic of Honduras, in the development and financing of the Patuca III hydroelectric generation project to be built by Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation Limited and financed by a US$300 million sovereign credit facility extended by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
- Has acted for more than 20 years as external international counsel for the Central American Bottling Corporation (CABCORP), a producer and distributor of beverages operating in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Ecuador, in many complex cross-border corporate and finance matters.
- Acted on behalf of the Republic of Ecuador in securing a US$1.7 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (Chexim) for the construction of a 1500MW hydroelectric project for Compañía Hidroeléctrica Coca Codo Sinclair S.A. This represents the largest infrastructure construction project in the history of the country, valued at approximately US$2 billion, and has been hailed a milestone in the relationship between the People's Republic of China and Ecuador.
- Represented the interests of Pemex Petroquímica and Pemex Gas in the development of the Ethylene XXI project, a US$2 billion large scale olefins and other derivatives production facility to meet the demands of the Mexican chemical market.
- Advised the Ministry of Non-Renewable Resources (Ecuador) in the development of the model service contracts currently used for the exploration of oil fields in the country.
- Represented Metanol de Oriente (METOR), a joint venture with Pequiven, Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Gas, in negotiation of all project dosuments and a US$334 million senior secured financing provided by IFC, JBIC, and a consortium of private banks for the development of a brownfield methanol plant in Venezuela. This transaction was recognized as "Project Finance Deal of the Year" by Project Finance Magazine.
- Represented Wal-mart Stores Inc. on its first ever investment in Central America, a two-stage acquisition of equity in a regional retail holding company. This was at the time the largest acquisition of its kind in Central America.
- Counsel to AES Andrés B.V. in the development of a combined cycle power project, nominally rated at 309MW and a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in Andrés, Dominican Republic. This project required a private investment of approximately US$275 million.
- Counsel to Pequiven in the FertiNitro project, a joint venture with Kock Industries, Inc., Snamprogetti, S.p.A. and Empresas Polar, to build, finance and operate a US$1 billion fertilizer complex in José State of Anzoategui, Venezuela. FertiNitro successfully raised US$810 million in financing in the U.S. 144A bond and syndicated bank markets to construct the facilty. This transaction was recognized as "Project Finance Deal of the Year" by Project Finance Magazine.
Hogan Lovells Publications
20 December 2013
"Historic Energy Reform in Mexico." Hogan Lovells Alert, Hogan Lovells