HOUSTON — Womble Bond Dickinson is proud to announce José Luis Vittor has joined the firm’s Capital Markets Practice Group as a partner. Vittor is best known for his cross-border work in corporate and project financing transactions, and the energy and infrastructure sectors.
“Womble Bond Dickinson’s dynamic presence in key US and UK markets, its culture of collaboration and respect, and 150-year history of serving clients made it the ideal home for my practice,” Vittor said. “I look forward to working with our team to expand that legacy and further grow its global reach.”
Merrick Benn, who leads the Capital Markets Practice Group, said Vittor’s project development and finance experience will play a critical role as the firm continues to diversify its client portfolio. Vittor will also help lead and coordinate the firm’s efforts in Latin America.
“José Luis is an exceptional addition to our firm,” Benn said. “He brings with him significant experience in complex international project financing and he is highly regarded for his work with diverse sponsors, borrowers and multilateral institutions. And he has an established reputation and insight with long-standing clients throughout Latin America as well as Japan, Korea, China, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.”
Vittor’s practice focuses on advising public and private sector clients including large banks, funds, corporations, corporate boards and its top management, and trading houses in matters including project development and finance, cross-border banking and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and corporate transactions and direct foreign investments in and out of Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Vittor will maintain offices in Houston and Washington, where he will also serve on the firm’s energy industry sector team. Vittor is an officer and council member of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section of the International Bar Association. Vittor is a former president and member of the board of the Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y Gas, Houston (IAPGH), an independent business relations trade organization comprising multinational energy companies.
“The energy industry sector is evolving at a breakneck pace,” said Jeff Whittle, Houston office managing partner. “In this environment, clients need a law firm with a deep understanding of a wide range of matters across the entire global energy industry. The addition of José Luis is a reaffirmation that’s exactly what Womble Bond Dickinson offers.”
Prior to joining the firm, Vittor was co-lead of Hogan Lovells’ Oil & Gas Practice Group and chaired its Water Practice Group. Vittor speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German and is a sought after voice by sovereign and private clients in the energy and infrastructure industries.