Maritza Mészáros is head of the department. Market sources comment that she "inspires confidence and is available at all times." They add that she is an "extraordinary" problem solver. She regularly advises international clients on high-level fiscal matters.
Alvaro Posada is head of the Latin American banking and finance regional practice group. He is extremely well respected by sources for his standing within the sector and commended by clients for his "great experience."
Joint head of department José Alfredo Giral is praised for "going the extra mile" for his clients, and for his ability to handle complex issues. He advises on exchange controls, royalties and the repatriation of capital.
Pedro Crisafulli focuses on exchange control violations and capital markets. Sources describe him as "diligent, proactive and extremely creative."
Since publication, José Alfredo Giral has passed away.
Fulvio Italiani is described by clients as "one of the smartest, most dedicated lawyers you will ever find." They add: "It can be hard to find real stars in Latin America, but Italiani is truly amazing." He specialises in complex international transactions, energy projects and debt restructuring. Italiani frequently handles mandates for Chinese clients in this space.
Sources value Carlos Omaña's "comprehensive knowledge and adaptability to clients' needs." He specialises in project financing, capital market matters and export credit agencies. He is also well versed advising clients in Japanese financial markets.
Founding partner Gustavo Reyna has over 40 years of experience in banking, telecommunications and antitrust. He is widely considered to be a point of reference in the field.
James-Otis Rodner is the founding partner of the firm and is widely respected as one of the top lawyers in the field. Sources describe him as "a trusted hand who has seen it all before." He has held academic posts at a number of Venezuelan institutions and is a native English speaker.
Jaime Martínez Estévez has recently advised on syndicated loans and joint ventures involving international corporations. He is described by clients as "excellent" and has also worked in academia.
Jorge Acedo Prato is head of the department and leads on the team's most complex financial transactions. His main areas of practice are in exchange control regulation, investment and international business.
International powerhouse with a predominant focus on advising government entities in related areas such as project financing and the oil and gas sphere. Bruno Ciuffetelli is the key client contact.
Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is praised by sources for his "in-depth knowledge" of syndicated loan agreements. He also has experience in project financing and speaks French fluently.
Rubén Eduardo Luján is co-head of banking and finance. He is commended for his ability to work on complex issues, with sources praising his “in-depth analytical capacity and accuracy.” His recent work has included advising on financing deals for oil, gas and mining industries in Venezuela, and he has extensive experience in insurance, debt capital markets and lending transactions.
Clients say Reinaldo Hellmund is "excellent, attentive and extremely knowledgeable - it is a pleasure to deal with him." He is particularly experienced in capital markets and the oil and gas sectors.
Juan José Delgado mainly focuses on project financing, especially within the non-renewable energy sector. Market commentators describe him as "an extremely intelligent and competent lawyer." He is based in Miami.
María Cecilia Rachadell is based in Miami. She focuses on the contractual and regulatory aspects of banking and finance, with particular strength in project finance and capital market transactions.
Founding partner Luis Esteban Palacios mainly advises on project financing, international trade and capital markets. Sources comment that he is "an eminent lawyer with excellent knowledge of the financial sector."
Rafael de Lemos Matheus is head of the department. Sources commend his "impeccable legal knowledge and passion." His strengths lie in corporate finance and exchange controls.
Alfredo Travieso Passios's expertise is in tax, foreign investment and banking. He has been a partner at the firm for over 40 years.
Head of department Pedro Rengel Núñez has experience in tax law and also in capital markets, banking and project finance. Market commentators acknowledge his "excellent" work in the sector.
Sources comment that Fred Aarons of Aarons & Asociados has "extensive knowledge of the financial sector." His main areas of practice are project development, regulatory matters and contracting issues.