Evan Koster is a Partner at Hogan Lovells, where he represents clients in a wide range of derivatives, structured products, energy, and sovereign debt transactions in the United States and Latin America. He has experience in all types of derivatives and asset classes and, in particular, with energy derivatives (natural gas, oil, and power), and energy trading. His practice deals with structured products and related securities and commodities laws issues, and he has experience with fixed-income, credit, and commodity-linked notes offerings. He has been involved in structuring and documenting, among other things, rate, commodity, and total return swaps, precious metal swaps, emerging market derivatives, equity options, call and put spreads, accelerated share purchase agreements, and credit default swaps. He is involved in counseling clients relating to Dodd-Frank derivatives regulatory and compliance issues and has been active in advocacy related to the Dodd-Frank rulemaking process. Before joining Hogan Lovells, he was an in-house derivatives counsel at two financial institutions and an outside derivative counsel to several Fortune 500 companies and sovereign entities. He is a member of the bar of New York, District of Columbia, and Maryland.
A speaker of Spanish and Portuguese, he has over 20 years of experience in Latin America, having worked on transactions in most of the countries in the region, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. He represents both sovereigns (including the Republic of Ecuador) and quasi-sovereigns (including Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.) in their cross-border debt capital markets offerings. He has also represented both borrowers and lenders in Latin American project financings on infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy sector.
He is frequently quoted in the Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Risk Magazine, and Latin Lawyer, and has written on topics related to derivatives and Latin American capital markets transactions. He has been recognized for derivatives and project finance in the Legal 500.