Hugo C. Martelli developed his career in the field of natural resources and energy law as member of the legal department of the National Park Service (1980), commencing his oil and gas private practice in 1986 and founding Martelli Abogados SC, a legal firm specialised in oil and gas, mining and environmental law, in 1999.
He has provided legal counsel to several international companies participating in energy programmes implemented by the Argentine government including the Houston Plan (1985-89), the privatisation of the oil and gas industry involving YPF (1989-93), privatisation of the downstream gas industry involving Gas del Estado (1991-93) and gas integration of Argentina with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay (1993-2000). He has also counselled major international companies from North America, Europe and Latin America on M&A and infrastructure projects, and acted as an international arbitrator and legal expert in ICSID and ICC arbitrations.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1954, he obtained his law degree in 1980 and a post-graduate degree in natural resources law in 1983 from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He completed his education with postgraduate courses at the Southwestern Legal Foundation (Dallas, Texas) and Harvard Law School (Boston, Massachusetts).
Mr. Martelli was a professor of oil and gas law and of foreign investments in natural resources at UBA (1985-95) and UADE School of Law (1991-97), and visiting professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee, Scotland (1990-91). He has also been a professor of environmental law at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (1983-89), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (1991-94) and Austral University (1992-93).
He is a member of IBA, AIPN, RMMLF and the Argentine Petroleum and Gas Institute.