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Bruno Ciuffetelli


Bruno Ciuffetelli
+1 713 632 1468 (Houston)
+58 212 267 7376 (Caracas)
English, Italian, Spanish
Practice Group

Widely recognized for his energy knowledge and increasing visibility in the oil sector, Bruno Ciuffetelli's practice focuses mainly on advising Latin American companies in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.

Bruno represents clients in these industries in a variety of matters, including the structuring of international joint ventures, construction contracts, license and technology transfers, and project finance. Co-Chair of the Hogan Lovells Latin America Practice Group, 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, described by market commentators as a "splendid lawyer," also has extensive international corporate knowledge of companies from a wide range of industries. He has advised international banks and financial institutions on privatizations and acquisitions of local banks in the region. Bruno also advises 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, Bruno has represented companies in Latin America and state-owned entities in dispute resolutions through settlement negotiations or international arbitration.

Ranked by Global Competition Review PLC and Latin Lawyer 2005 as one of the world's top competition lawyers, Bruno brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Hogan Lovells.

*Bruno is a foreign legal consultant with the state of Texas.

"Partner Bruno Ciuffetelli heads the competition and earns recognition from sources for his specialist sector experience."

Chambers Latin America

Representative Experience

Represented sponsor National Oil Co. in a US$517m pre-payment facility provided by international banks for construction of Term electrical plant.

Represent sponsor co. in US$334m senior secured financing provided by Asia Export Credit Agency and others for expansion of Petrochemical Plant.

Represented a Spanish consortium in US$1.6bn contract negotiation and execution for the rehabilitation of the Line 1 of the Caracas Metro.

Represent sponsor National Oil Co. in US$2bn financing by international bank for expansion and upgrade of Puerto La Cruz Refinery, Venezula.

Represented the sponsor National Oil Company in a US$120m financing for the construction of a number of tug vessels.

Represent Petrochemical Co. in Latin America in the development, construction, and financing with a Chinese Bank for US$600m port facility.

Represented a major National Oil Company in Latin America in different Rule 144A/Regulation S unsecured bond offering.

Represented a Latin American based Petrochemical company in a public tender offer to repurchase outstanding bonds of one of its subsidiaries.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1991
  • J.D., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1987


  • 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

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Venezuela



Who’s Who Legal


Named to the 2015 Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) list of recommended lawyers - Corporate/M&A


Chambers Global, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A


Chambers Global, Venezuela: Energy & Natural Resources


Chambers Latin America, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, 2009-2012; Corporate/M&A, 2012


Latin Lawyer

2002-2005, 2010-2012

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Competition

Who's Who Legal


Competition Section, 2005, 2010-2012

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