By Samantha Jachion • August 04, 2015•Features
In 2014 and 2015, Claudette Christian was named by Lawyers of Color as one of the most influential minority lawyers in the country. Claudette is a partner at the global legal firm, Hogan Lovells and former co-chair of the firm’s Global Board. She is currently the Office Managing Partner of the firm’s offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.
Claudette has an extensive legal background of more than 30 years of domestic and international commercial and corporate transactional experience, including in the areas of project development and finance, public-private partnerships and multilateral institution financing. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Claudette has represented clients from Finland, Belgium, the Caribbean, Africa and Spain, and is actively involved in the firm’s Africa practice working on projects in infrastructure and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Namibia, Nigeria and Rwanda.
Claudette has also worked on a number of high-profile cases, including representing investors in the $2.7 billion Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline Project, representing an airport developer in West Africa for a new airport offering passenger, cargo, and aircraft maintenance facilities, and multiple representations of a US-based financing agency in connection with finance transactions in Bolivia, Ecuador and Afghanistan.
It is with Claudette’s knowledge of Latin America and her long-standing relationship with investors that led Hogan Lovells to boldly take on the Brazilian market. Following the 2011 surge in Brazil’s economy, Claudette was tasked with leading a new office in Rio de Janeiro. According to the article “A Road Less Travelled” in the Latin Lawyer, this new venture added substantial credibility and managerial experience that ultimately boosted the chances of the firm’s success. The article also called Hogan Lovells a pioneer for using Rio’s economic market as a point of entry into Brazil because the decision has gained traction among other international law firms since Hogan Lovells opened its doors.
Claudette’s accomplishments have led her to be largely recognized in the legal community. Claudette has been awarded numerous awards for her work. Among her honors of being on the Lawyers of Color Power List two years in a row, the Latin Lawyer proudly awarded the St. Thomas native International Lawyer of the Year in 2014. In 2012, Claudette was awarded the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers award, The National Law Journal, Champions and Visionaries award, and The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Stars of the Bar award.
Claudette is also a regular speaker and lecturer on legal issues in cross-border transactions, international financings and the Brazilian energy sector.
Visit Hogan Lovells’ website to learn more about Claudette Christian.
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