Rafael Valdivieso advises upstream and downstream Oil & Gas companies in several strategic matters to channel their investments through viable legal structures. Rafael is an expert in drafting and negotiation of oil and mining industry contracts, corporate structuring, project finance, operating agreements, local and cross-border M&A. He is also an expert in Administrative Law and has considerable experience in telecommunications regulatory matters.
He works with major clients in the oil & gas and mining industry in Ecuador. He advises International Oil Companies (IOCs), independent companies and service companies in the structuring and implementation of projects in Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela and Guatemala. Rafael advised several mining companies in their landing in Ecuador and development of exploratory projects.
Rafael has been recognized by leading law journals in the area of Energy and Natural Resources for several consecutive years. In 2016, he was winner of Latin Lawyer’s Deal of the Year (Regulatory). Additionally, Rafael is a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiator’s Latin America and Caribbean Chapter Regional Organizing Committee where he has led and organized several events in Ecuador with various governmental authorities.