Claudette M Christian is the office managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, having relocated to Rio de Janeiro from Washington, DC in 2013. She has over 30 years of experience in complex cross-border corporate and finance transactions. Her clients are a mix of Brazilian and international companies, many of whom are involved in large infrastructure projects. She has played a key role in the development of Brazil’s oil and gas industry, representing key players in multibillion dollar project finance, structured finance and capital market transactions. She is known in Latin American legal and business circles for her client focus and ability to run large and complex transactions. She is a frequent speaker on corporate and finance transactions, and has won multiple awards and recognitions, including Latin Lawyers’ ‘International Lawyer of the Year’ in 2014.