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Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.
Partner, Miami
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Miguel Zaldivar is Global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Infrastructure, Project and Public Finance practice and concentrates his practice on project finance, cross-border corporate and M&A transactions in Latin America, with an emphasis on energy project development. Miguel has ongoing experience and is fully familiar with the legal system, culture, and business practices of Latin America. As a result, he has the ability to advise U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in their business dealings in Latin America, combining his common law training and experience with his vast knowledge of civil law. He also advises Latin American state-owned companies in a wide variety of international matters.

Miguel has represented investors with respect to significant business interests in Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and other Central and South American nations, principally in the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical, retail sale of goods, and transportation industries. He has directly negotiated credit facility arrangements for sovereign and corporate clients with export credit and development entities, including China Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of China, Eximbank of Russia, Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Miguel has taught the "Project Development and Finance in Latin America" course at the University of Miami School of Law since 2003 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. Miguel comments on Latin American legal affairs in the national and international media, including televised appearances in CNN En Español.

He received the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 2009 "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 Is Who Legal, and Super Lawyers. He was awarded the 2005 "Most Effective Lawyer in International Corporate Transactions" and the 2010 "Dealmaker of the Year in International Finance" recognition by the Daily Business Review.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Represents Latin American state-owned companies in the development of joint ventures or other structures for the expansion of their production facilities or development of new projects in the petrochemical, oil, gas, and energy sectors. Recent project experience includes: representing Venezuela’s state-owned petrochemical company in the formation of joint-ventures with U.S., European, and Asian investors to develop multiple petrochemical facilities (including Latin American Petrochemicals “Deal of the Year 2008” by Project Finance magazine); advising Mexican state-owned oil company in connection with the development of downstream projects; and leading teams in the greenfield development of two power generation and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities by U.S. energy company in Latin America (including combined cycle power plants, ports, LNG-marine terminals, re-gasification facilities, and pipelines).
  • Advises multinational clients on diverse forms of market penetration to the Latin American region, assisting in the evaluation and implementation of business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, formation of joint ventures, establishment of local operations, negotiation of concessions, corporate compliance, and in obtaining relevant operation permits and licenses. His M&A experience includes the representation of a major retailer in a two stage acquisition of controlling interest in the largest Central American supermarket chain with operations in seven countries.
  • Advises multinational corporations and project companies throughout Latin America, as well as Latin American state-owned companies, in resolution of disputes through settlement negotiations, international arbitration, or litigation in local courts. Recent experience includes: representation of Latin American based entities in negotiation and execution of multimillion dollar settlement agreements involving pending international arbitral proceedings; and providing strategic advice to Latin American state-owned companies with respect to pending procedures in U.S. courts and international arbitral tribunals.


PRACTICES
Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects
Latin America
Energy
International Arbitration
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Energy and Natural Resources Group
Mining
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Corporate Transactions and Employment Matters in Latin America
  • Project Development
  • Public-private Partnerships
EDUCATION
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995 LL.M., Fulbright Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law, 1988 LL.B., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1986
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Dean's Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law
  • Co-chair, International Business Transactions Committee, International Law Section, Florida Bar
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Lawyer of the Americas Award, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review (IALR), 2009
  • Chambers Global, Latin America: Projects, 2010
  • Chambers Global, USA - Energy & Natural Resources (Foreign Experts), 2012
  • Chambers USA, Latin American Investment, 2009-2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers, International, Business/Corporate, 2011-2012
  • International Who's Who of Banking Lawyers, 2013
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Florida Venezuela
LANGUAGES Spanish English Italian