Diogenes Bermudez, former General Counsel for Petrobras Venezuela, has joined Hogan Lovells’s Caracas office as counsel in the Infrastructure and Project Finance practice.
In his previous position with Petrobras Venezuela, Bermudez counseled on oil and gas law and led complex negotiations with national oil companies, government officials and international partners, related to major energy projects. He has extensive experience negotiating oil and gas contracts and granting instruments, such as mixed companies, joint venture agreements, operating services agreements, and gas licenses. He has also been actively involved in different international bidding processes for oil and gas projects. In addition, during the last five years he served as member of the Board of Directors for several Mixed Companies in Venezuela on behalf of Petrobras.
Earlier in his career, Bermudez served as Legal Counsel for LAGOVEN, S.A., an affiliate of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), where his work focused on drafting and negotiating drilling and seismic contracts, among other industry contracts, including joint venture agreements and operating services agreements with numerous international oil companies.
Bermudez currently serves as President of the Legal Directors Committee of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce. He received his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and his PhD in Law from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.