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Claudette M. Christian

Claudette M. Christian

Hogan Lovells

20030-041 - Rio De Janeiro, BRA

Claudette Christian is a partner in the firm’s Finance practice group and the former Co-Chair of the Global Board of Hogan Lovells. She is the Office Managing Partner of the firm’s offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

Claudette has more than 30 years of commercial and corporate transactional experience, much of it international in scope, in common and civil law jurisdictions. She advises clients on general business matters from initial company organization through maturity. She represents clients in cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs; equity and debt financings; joint ventures and strategic alliances; project development and financing; and commercial transactions. She also routinely represents clients obtaining financing support from export credit agencies and international financial institutions.

Claudette has worked extensively in Brazil since 1997 where she has advised both Brazilian and internationally based companies in the Brazilian and wider Latin American transactional markets.  She is currently working on corporate and finance transactions in the education, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, oil and gas, telecommunications and transportation industries. She is also currently assisting international clients with issues related to their entry and expansion of operations in Brazil and Brazilian clients with their global operations. Most recently, she has been advising clients in respect of dispute resolution measures, with a particular focus on international arbitration.

Given her work in representing clients in infrastructure and energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Namibia, Nigeria, and Rwanda, Claudette is also actively involved in the firm’s Africa practice.

Claudette is a regular speaker and lecturer on legal issues arising in cross-border transactions, international financings and the Brazilian energy sector.

Representative Experience

  • Assisting a Latin America-based international oil conglomerate in numerous transactions involving the construction of oil drilling ships and floating production and storage offloading units (FPSOs), finance transactions, corporate transactions and international arbitration proceedings.
  • Multiple representations of a US-based financing agency in connection with finance transactions in Bolivia, Ecuador and Afghanistan.
  • Representing an international company with worldwide operations in connection with the acquisition of the equity interests of a Brazilian company based in the State of São Paulo; merger with its existing Brazilian operations; and related commercial operations.
  • Representing an international company with worldwide operations in the sale of its subsidiary in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Representing a Brazilian company in connection with the reorganization of its capital structure;  partnership with a UK based company; and the purchase of assets from unrelated third parties.
  • Representing a global company in connection with its joint venture with a major Brazilian company and its expanding operations in Brazil.
  • Representing an airport developer in West Africa for a new airport in West Africa offering passenger, cargo, and aircraft maintenance facilities.
  • Assisting the developer of an indigenous methane deposit to fuel a new power plant project in East Africa.

Hogan Lovells Publications

"Marco Civil da Internet: Brazil's New Internet Law Could Broadly Impact Online Companies’ Privacy and Data Handling Practices." Brazil Client Alert, Hogan Lovells (05 May 2014)

"Brazil’s New Anti-Corruption Law." Brazil Client Alert, Hogan Lovells (08 August 2013)

"Africa." Hogan Lovells (28 February 2013)

"Global Media and Communications Quarterly, The New Deal-Making Environment." Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Hogan Lovells (Autumn 2012)


Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects

Latin America




Industry Sectors

Energy and Natural Resources Group



Oil, Gas and LNG

Areas of Focus

Project Development and Finance

Corporate Transactions

Public-private Partnerships

Multilateral Institution Financing


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1979

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1976


Latin Lawyer, International Lawyer of the Year, 2014

The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, 2012

On Being a Black Lawyer’s Power 100 list in the “Law Firm Lions” category

The National Law Journal, Champions and Visionaries, 2012

The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia Stars of the Bar, 2012

Expert Guides' Women in Business Law (Banking and Finance), 2012 - 2013


Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar Admission

District of Columbia

Rio de Janeiro (foreign legal consultant)

São Paulo (foreign legal consultant)


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