Banking & Finance - Venezuela
Pedro Crisafulli works mainly for the banking sector and is praised by sources as a "very intelligent lawyer."
Partner Maritza Mészáros has an active finance workload and is a point of reference in the field according to sources. She regularly represents international financial institutions in their transactions with local corporations.
Head of practice Alvaro Posada is widely respected by market commentators for his expertise in the field. "He understands financial concepts, unlike many others," enthuse clients.
José Alfredo Giral has almost 30 years experience in the practice and has developed broad expertise in regulatory matters. Clients praise his work in currency exchange controls, describing him as "one of the experts in the field."
Fulvio Italiani is an eminent figure in the Venezuelan financial market, hailed by sources as a "prestigious practice leader and a very intelligent lawyer." He regularly advises Chinese clients, and in recent representative work highlights he led a team advising the ICBC on the granting of a USD1.5 billion finance facility to PDVSA.
Carlos Omaña has accumulated significant expertise advising Japanese clients in the financial and energy sectors. "He is an experienced finance lawyer and we refer all financing matters to him," enthuse sources.
With more than 45 years in this area, Gustavo Reyna is considered a point of reference in the field and sources describe him as a lawyer with "great credentials who is above all a hard worker."
Founding partner James-Otis Rodner is highly respected by the market as "one of the best lawyers in the sector." Recently, he has been focusing his work on arbitration in finance-related disputes.
Jaime Martínez Estévez is highly active in advising export promotion agencies and multilateral entities. Peers describe him as "a savvy and smart lawyer."
Jorge Acedo Prato heads the department and is described as "a hard worker and excellent lawyer" by market commentators.
Senior partner Francisco Castillo-García is widely respected by peers as a point of reference in the field. He advised Scotiabank on its participation in the market through a local bank.
Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is the head of the practice group and is praised by sources for his insurance expertise. He recently worked with Chadbourne & Parke's London office to advise on a dispute between insurers and reinsurers.
Head of department Rubén Eduardo Luján has an active finance workload and sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer." He recently led on an Islamic finance issuance for a Malaysian investment bank with local investments.
Reinaldo Hellmund is the head of the department and has almost 30 years of experience in the field. Clients describe him as "both knowledgeable and responsive: his work really impresses us."
Pedro Rengel Núñez is praised by clients as a "knowledgeable lawyer with lots of experience in the financial sector."
Juan José Delgado and María Cecilia Rachadell co-head the banking and finance practice area and have advised Gazprom EP International on the development of its oil and gas projects in the country. Both lawyers are well respected by market commentators due to their experience in finance projects and their "academic excellence."
The team at this international heavyweight is mainly focused on advising governmental agencies involved in the oil and gas industry for the financing of projects in this sector. Bruno Ciuffetelli is the key client contact.
Founding partner Luis Esteban Palacios is a well-respected senior lawyer described by sources as "a point of reference" in the banking industry. He is a member of the advisory board of the Investment Committee of the Foreign Investment Regulation Authority.
Rafael de Lemos Matheus is praised by sources for his "extensive experience" and his commitment to clients. He is predominantly involved in currency exchange controls and corporate finance matters.
Senior partner Alfredo Travieso Passios has more than 40 years of experience in the banking arena. He has been appointed several times as director for many notable financial institutions in the country and is acclaimed by sources as an "expert and savvy lawyer."
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Adolfo Paolini of DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses his work on insurance and banking law, and has a prominent involvement in insurance regulation and claims relating to Latin America.
Anabella Vegas of Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta is dual-qualified in Colombia and in Venezuela, where she used to work as an associate at leading Caracas firm D'Empaire Reyna. She also worked as a legal fellow at the Inter-American Investment Corporation in Washington, DC.
Associate Rafael Rosillo of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is based in Miami and is a member of the Latin America practice group. He focuses his work on securities and capital markets matters and is admitted to practice in Venezuela and New York.
Ricardo Escobar of Pizarro, Botto & Escobar is qualified to practise in both Venezuela and Peru. He has an impressive regional expertise, having worked in law firms in Venezuela and New York and as a senior lawyer at the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).
Miami-based associate Thomas Pate of White & Case LLP focuses his work on project, bank and asset finance in Latin America. He is a Venezuelan-qualified lawyer and is admitted to the District of Columbia and Florida Bars.