Hermenegildo Altozano heads our Energy & Utilities practice in Madrid.
He specialises in Energy, advising on transactions and projects in Spain and Latin America, and provides investment protection and arbitration advice in relation to Latin America. Hermenegildo advises Spanish and international companies on energy projects in Spain as well as in other countries. He has deep industry experience and understanding of not only the legal but also the commercial issues that challenge his clients’ business objectives.
He is co-director of the Energy and Regulation Forum of the foundation Fundación para la Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Empresa (FIDE), director of the Energy Law program at Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and associate professor of Private International Law at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid). Hermenegildo regularly takes part in the radio programme La Tertulia Capital on Capital Radio (103.2 FM). He was awarded Best Energy Lawyer in Spain (Client Choice Award) by the International Law Office in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also voted Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2016 by Best Lawyers for the Natural Resources industry. In autumn 2012, Hermenegildo’s team was awarded Spanish Energy Law Firm of the Year by Acquisition International.
Hermenegildo is considered by the main international law directories to be the top expert in foreign investment in Cuba, where he regularly advises some of the main market players in the energy (power, oil and gas), natural resources, aviation, agribusiness, tourism, food and infrastructure industries.
He formed part of the legal team which first designed the rules governing the electricity market in 1997. He has also advised private investors in conflicts relating to the energy industry in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Cuba. He is currently participating in several investment arbitration proceedings pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Hermegildo joined us from Hogan Lovells where he was Head of their Energy and Natural Resources Group in Spain, building up this successful practice from scratch.