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Latin-America Guide

Real Estate — Venezuela


AraqueReyna - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: María del Pilar Aneas de Viso
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed practice group advising national and international real estate developers on a range of sector-related mandates, including all stages of the development of real estate projects and the drafting and implementation of key public policies aimed at the construction sector. Team is also notably active in real estate litigation and maintains a strong presence in the tourism and retail sectors.

Strengths One client notes: "I would highlight the firm's pool of multidisciplinary lawyers. They work in a practical manner and seek to simplify the highly legal matters that we ask them to consider. Their advice is effective, timely and accurate."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Millennium Group regarding the development of a shopping centre in Barquisimeto.

Significant clients Venezuelan Chamber of Construction, Otaola Group, Cabaleiros Group, Sodexho Pass Venezuela.

Notable practitioners

Head of department María del Pilar Aneas de Viso receives endorsement from clients for her notable activity in this sector. They enthuse: "She is an eloquent, practical and effective lawyer," going on to add: "She's very good in real estate matters." Her recent work includes leading the team advising Millennium Group on its development of a shopping centre.

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There are several characteristics that make ARAQUEREYNA’s Real Estate department stand out from the crowd:

1.   An outstanding portfolio of clients:

ARAQUEREYNA is proud to count amongst its clients:

Millenium Group: A leading company in the construction sector that develops housing and shopping centers across the country. Our Firm has provided assistance regarding some of their most important projects, such as: Conjunto Parque del Este, Millenium Mall and “Centro de Compras MERPOLARA”.

Otaola Group: A leading developer within the construction and infrastructure sector, to which our Firm has provided legal assistance for many years. Among their landmark projects is the Sistema Integral De Enlace Ferroviario Caracas-Tuy Medio-Maracay-Valencia-Puerto Cabello, a major development.

2.   A strong network of contacts within the most important practice-related organisations:

Department head María del Pilar Aneas has been a long-standing member of the Venezuelan Chamber of Construction, organisation that brings together important companies of this sector. Additionally she is the Legal Counsel of this organisation and continues to be a member of its Executive Committee.

3.   Extensive participation in law discussion and drafting:

Given the precarious situation of law making and enforcement in the country, a key aspect to provide a comprehensive advice to clients is to actively participate from the drafting and passing of legislation affecting the industry.

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Leĝa Abogados - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Enrique Aigster and Mark Melilli
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly distinguished real estate department routinely sought out as counsel by highly relevant local and international companies to advise on the full spectrum of real estate matters including land acquisitions, construction and disposals of real estate assets. Also active in counselling clients on lease contracts and sector-specific litigation. Client roster features real estate developers, investment funds and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths An impressed client enthuses: "You can immediately tell that the firm specifically hires highly qualified lawyers who know how to deal with clients. I feel really satisfied with the service."

Another client goes on to add: "The service is excellent, as well as being personalised for the client. It is a real pleasure to work with them."

Work highlights Acting as counsel to food manufacturer Alpina Productos Alimenticios regarding the termination of a lease contract pertaining to their main offices in Guarenas and Villa de Cura.

Significant clients Eurofarma, Aspen Pharmacare, Schneider Electric Venezuela, Distribuidora Perijá, Cosméticos Rolda.

Notable practitioners

Juan Enrique Aigster is highly regarded by market commentators for his participation in the real estate sector. They state: "He is a very good and responsive lawyer. It is really nice to work with him," before going on to add: "He is a proactive lawyer who always has a solution to your problem." His expertise spans leasing on both commercial and residential properties and other transactional mandates.

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is respected by both clients and peers, as one source notes: "He is efficient and achieves great results; I would definitely recommend him." He remains an active figure in real estate acquisitions and litigation.

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Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan Raffalli
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed firm with a highly specialised practice group advising local and foreign clients on the acquisition and disposal of commercial, residential and industrial real estate assets. Team is also active in advising clients on lease agreements, with additional capabilities in counselling on the tax aspects of transactional real estate work and sector-related litigation.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's real estate litigation expertise, stating: "The service is excellent; the lawyers are really on top of the documents that need to go before the courts, gathering evidence without wasting time and providing us with clear and precise information."

Other clients go on to mention: "They are very helpful as we need reliable and responsive lawyers, which is exactly what we have with them. It really feels like they are not just answering questions, but thinking outside the box."

Work highlights Assisted Compañía de Alimentos Latinoamericana de Venezuela (CALSA de Venezuela) with negotiating a lease for the residences of its expatriate workers.

Significant clients Consultores UCAB, BT LatAm de Venezuela, Grunenthal Venezolana, Dernier Cosmetics.

Notable practitioners

Juan Raffalli comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise and experience in the real estate market. They note his "natural leadership, investigative capabilities and profound understanding of business in general, which goes far beyond the legal regulatory framework." He has been involved in resolving real estate disputes between developers and local municipalities, the acquisition of commercial units and lease agreements.

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Baker McKenzie SC - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Globally recognised firm advising significant local and international clients on a variety of matters including acquisitions of both land and existing real estate projects, as well as lease agreements and real estate finance. Involved in developing industrial and mixed-use properties. Client roster includes notable names from the hospitality industry.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "We feel very satisfied with the service provided. What is really good about this firm is that it offers comprehensive advice and a variety of legal knowledge."

Notable practitioners

María de los Ángeles Celis is the key client contact.

Since publication, Maria Eugenia Reyes has left the practice.

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Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche and Manuel Acedo Sucre
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable firm with an active real estate practice assisting clients with a variety of mandates such as defence against expropriation of assets, commercial leasing and disputes between landlords and tenants. Team is also involved in land acquisitions, joint ventures for real estate development and related tax advice. Offers further expertise in construction issues.

Strengths One client notes: "The working relationship we have with Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía is really good; it has been a very satisfactory experience and I would definitely recommend the firm."

Work highlights Advised Banco Mercantil on the financing of a land acquisition.

Significant clients Grupo Austral, Metropolitan Distributors, Distribuidora Alcarin, Juan Van Heel.

Notable practitioners

Partner Manuel Acedo Sucre is highlighted by market observers for his experience in the field, with several sources noting that "he is a very well-known lawyer in this area." He focuses his practice on corporate, tax and foreign investment matters pertaining to real estate projects.

About the Team (content provided by Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía)

We are one of the leading firms on real estate. We advise clients with different roles in the area, including major construction conglomerates.

We assist different participants in many real estate transactions: From the developers, the financers and the builders, to the sellers and the buyers; paying special attention to title, permits, labor issues, tax, etc.

We also advise many clients, individual and corporations, who have been dispossessed of land by the government, for use in public housing estates.

We counsel Venezuelan building companies with regard to their real estate developments, in Venezuela and abroad:  from the acquisition of land, joint ventures for development, corporate structures, contractual matters, and tax and investment advice. We also deal with construction and labor issues.

Regarding leasing, we assist some of our clients in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of their rental contracts for offices and storage facilities. We also assist our clients regarding the very protective rental rules applicable to housing, which may create important complications to rental relationships.

As a firm with a strong litigation base, we also assist many clients in the courts, representing their interests in contentious real estate issues.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ramón Andrade
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice counselling international clients at all stages of developing real estate projects such as hotels and shopping centres. Areas of expertise include matters relating to contracts, permits and tax considerations connected to foreign investment in Venezuela's real estate market. Provides additional expertise in acquisitions and disposals, as well as in real estate finance.

Strengths A client reports: "My opinion is that they are very good on real estate matters. They always take the initiative and give us effective answers to our queries. I am really satisfied with their work."

Work highlights Advised Corporación Tonina on the sale of a real property in Puerto La Cruz worth USD200,000.

Significant clients Corporación Tonina, Inversiones Ivalgar.

Notable practitioners

Sergio Casinelli is the key client contact.

Since publication, Ramón Andrade has moved in-house.

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D'Empaire - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Inés Parra Wallis, Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised firm particularly active advising domestic and foreign companies on the purchase and sale of commercial and industrial real estate. Also sought out for its expertise in developing real estate projects such as shopping centres, as well as contentious mandates pertaining to real properties and leases.

Strengths A client praises the firm, stating: "They offer a great service. I would highlight the lawyers' profound understanding of local law and its nuances."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Gilston Investment on real estate transactions, as well as corporate matters and leasing.

Significant clients United Airlines, Cabillas y Productos Siderúrgicos Caprosi, Oster de Venezuela, Bancaribe, Millennium Mall.

Notable practitioners

Partner Inés Parra Wallis co-heads the firm's real estate practice, frequently leading on the department's most significant transactions. She receives praise from market sources for being an "excellent, diligent and highly competent lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaireadvises on transactions involving thepurchase, sale, construction, financing, development and acquisition of officebuildings, hotels and shopping center projects in Venezuela. We also assist ourclients on traditional real estate purchase and joint venture transactions.  

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected real estate practice with notable presence in this sphere. Particular areas of focus include property acquisitions, real estate finance and lease agreements. Firm represents a range of notable clients active in this sector, such as construction companies and lenders.

Strengths A client states: "The lawyers are always willing to help us solve our problems and have extensive legal knowledge of the matters at hand."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Arquina in the negotiation of a lease for a shopping centre.

Significant clients BASF Construction Chemicals Venezuela, Constructora Jahn, Goodyear de Venezuela, Honeywell, Grupo Arquina.

Notable practitioners

Pedro Rengel Núñez in the key client contact.

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Band 1

Juan Enrique Aigster

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Enrique Aigster is highly regarded by market commentators for his participation in the real estate sector. They state: "He is a very good and responsive lawyer. It is really nice to work with him," before going on to add: "He is a proactive lawyer who always has a solution to your problem." His expertise spans leasing on both commercial and residential properties and other transactional mandates.

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Band 1

Maria del Pilar Aneas de Viso

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department María del Pilar Aneas de Viso receives endorsement from clients for her notable activity in this sector. They enthuse: "She is an eloquent, practical and effective lawyer," going on to add: "She's very good in real estate matters." Her recent work includes leading the team advising Millennium Group on its development of a shopping centre.

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Band 1

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Raffalli comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise and experience in the real estate market. They note his "natural leadership, investigative capabilities and profound understanding of business in general, which goes far beyond the legal regulatory framework." He has been involved in resolving real estate disputes between developers and local municipalities, the acquisition of commercial units and lease agreements.

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Band 2

Manuel Acedo Sucre

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Manuel Acedo Sucre is highlighted by market observers for his experience in the field, with several sources noting that "he is a very well-known lawyer in this area." He focuses his practice on corporate, tax and foreign investment matters pertaining to real estate projects.

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Band 3

Inés Parra Wallis

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Inés Parra Wallis co-heads the firm's real estate practice, frequently leading on the department's most significant transactions. She receives praise from market sources for being an "excellent, diligent and highly competent lawyer."  

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Band 3

Maria Eugenia Reyes

Altum Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Maria Eugenia Reyes of Altum Abogados heads the department and focuses her practice on the real estate aspects of infrastructure projects. She is highlighted by clients for "always having a solution and an answer to our needs." Peers go on to describe her as "a very well-known lawyer in this field."

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Up and Coming

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is respected by both clients and peers, as one source notes: "He is efficient and achieves great results; I would definitely recommend him." He remains an active figure in real estate acquisitions and litigation.

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