Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.

Regional Chief Executive – Asia Pacific Middle East region
Hong Kong

Email miguel.zaldivar@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +852 2840 5674

Fax +852 2219 0222

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, Spanish

Practice groupFinance

Widely recognized as a guiding light in complicated international cross-border transactions, Miguel Zaldivar is a partner and serves as Regional Chief Executive for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Before taking up the role of Regional Chief Executive in 2018, Miguel served as member of the Global Board of Directors and as Co-leader of our Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice area.

As a member of the Hong Kong Finance practice group he brings many years of experience in project development and finance, complex sovereign debt (including linked to commodity sales), and cross-border corporate transactions, he has facilitated multi-billion-dollar investments aimed at the development of projects across Latin America.

He advises U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in business dealings in the Americas, as well as Latin American state-owned companies and governments in a wide variety of international matters. He has many years of hands-on experience with global export-credit and development banks, including China Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of China, Japan Bank of International Cooperation, IFC, Russia's Eximbank, and the European Investment Bank.

Miguel brings a strategic and unique approach to solving complex transactional problems, offering clients creative solutions that not only meet their legal needs, but also take into account business considerations. Miguel's distinct background underscores his approach to conflict resolution. Miguel is trained as a lawyer in both the common and civil law systems. Recognizing that focusing on differences in law is not the single driver in negotiating cross-border deals, he appreciates the importance of culture and familiarity with each country's unique political and legal systems.

Miguel is passionate about the firm's commitment to citizenship and diversity. Pro bono is of particular importance. He is driven to ensure our skills and expertise help improve the lives of those most in need through access to justice. Miguel is co-chair of the APME Diversity & Inclusion Committee, responsible for delivering on the firm’s global diversity and inclusion commitment across the region. He is a 'Male Ally' and leverages his influence to continue to advance gender equality within Hogan Lovells and across the Hong Kong business community.

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 2009 "Lawyer of the Americas Award"

The Deal calls Miguel "a diplomat in a lawyer's clothing" and Hispanic Executive praises his "legal prowess" and "innate abilities" that distinguish him from other lawyers in the field. Even among his peers, he has been acknowledged as "a very intelligent attorney and a leading cross-border corporate lawyer" in several industry publications like The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, and Legal 500.

Awards and recognitions


International Firms: City Focus: Miami
Legal 500 Latin America


Projects (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


Energy & Natural Resources (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


International Firms: Banking and Finance
Legal 500 Latin America


International Firms: Projects and energy
Legal 500 Latin America


Energy and Natural Resources (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America


Energy & Natural Resources (USA), Foreign Expert for Venezuela
Chambers Global


Projects (USA), Foreign Expert for Latin America-wide
Chambers Global


Projects (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America


International, Energy & Natural Resources
Florida Super Lawyers


Corporate/M&A (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


Latin American Investment (Florida)
Chambers USA


Corporate/M&A (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 1995

LL.M., Fulbright Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law, 1988

LL.B., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1986

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York


District of Columbia


Registered Foreign Lawyer (Hong Kong Law Society)

Representative experience

In 2014, advised Ecuador in securing a multibillion dollar return to the global capital markets after its last sovereign bond issuance in 2005, and has continued to work with Ecuador in all of its global bond issuances since then (for in excess of US$15bn raised).

Advised ENEE of Honduras in developing and financing a US$300m hydroelectric project financed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Has acted for more than 20 years as external international counsel for the Central America Bottling Corporation in complex cross-border transactions.

Advised Ecuador in securing a US$1.7bn loan from the Export-Import Bank of China for the construction of the Coca Codo hydroelectric project.

Represented Pemex in the development of US$2bn large-scale olefins production complex in Mexico.

Advised the Ministry of Non-Renewable Resources in the development of model service contracts currently used for the exploration of oil in Ecuador.

Advised Metanol de Oriente in a US$334m development project financed by IFC, JBIC, and private banks for a methanol plant in Venezuela.

Represented Wal-Mart Stores on its first ever investment in Central America, a two-stage acquisition of equity in a regional retail holding company.

Counsel to AES Andres in the development of a combined cycle 309MW power project and liquefied natural gas terminal in the Dominican Republic.

Counsel Pequiven in the FertiNitro project, a joint venture with Kock Industries, Snamprogetti, and Polar, that developed a fertilizer complex.

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