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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)

What the team is known for Market-leading department advising domestic and international real estate developers on a range of sector-related mandates. Team is highly experienced in the development of commercial and residential real estate projects and the drafting and implementation of key public policies aimed at the construction sector. Additional capabilities in handling real estate litigation with a strong presence in sectors including tourism, retail and social infrastructure. New client wins include Industrias Alimenticias Hermo.

Strengths "The firm provides excellent service," a client states, adding that "the lawyers are always available, give timely responses and are precise with everything they do."

Another interviewee describes the firm as "excellent - all the advice we required was of a high standard, efficient and effective."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Cabaleiros Group on the development of an office complex in Caracas, a matter valued at USD100 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Maria del Pilar Aneas de Viso is highlighted by one source for her "in-depth knowledge of all real estate matters." Other interviewees report that she is "committed and proactive," "very, very experienced," and "has a very good relationship with her clients."

About the Team (content provided by AraqueReyna)

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)

What the team is known for Eminent real estate department frequently instructed to act as counsel by highly relevant local and international companies on the full spectrum of real estate matters. Expertise spans land acquisitions, construction and disposal of real estate assets. Additional expertise in advising clients on leasing agreements for office space and litigation in this field. Client roster features real estate developers as well as pharmaceutical and food and beverage companies. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Asociación Civil Altamira 10.1 are new additions to the client roster.

Strengths A client reports that the lawyers provide an "excellent service - they are always available and able to assist regardless of the circumstances."

"The team is fantastic," reports another interviewee, adding that the lawyers are "very collaborative, active and their performance has been impeccable."

Work highlight Assisted Alpina with the due diligence for leases across the country, and the renewal of the lease for its headquarters in Venezuela.

Notable practitioners

Juan Enrique Aigster co-heads the firm's real estate practice and possesses long-standing experience working in this field. Clients describe him as "very in-depth in his analysis," and "very attentive to his clients." They also note that "his reports are very detailed."

Co-head of department and up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is described by one source as "very impressive" for his work in this area. Another commentator states that "he has a lot of experience," and is "efficient, timely and proactive."

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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)

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm with a market-leading 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 and civil engineering mandates, and offers additional capabilities in assisting with the tax aspects of transactional real estate work and arbitration proceedings against local municipalities related to real estate matters.

Strengths The firm is "very good," states a market commentator in relation to its work in the real estate field.

Work highlight Represented Luis Ner and Ricardo Rivas Proyectos de Ingeniería in a dispute with Baruta Municipality regarding damages following a landslide, and related civil works.

Notable practitioners

Juan Raffalli is head of the firm's real estate department and is experienced handling a range of mandates, including the renewal of lease agreements, sale planning and sector-related disputes with the authorities.

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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)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm with a noted real estate team well equipped to assist clients with a variety of mandates spanning defence against asset expropriation, commercial leasing agreements and disputes between landlords and tenants. Experienced handling land acquisitions, joint ventures for real estate development and related tax advice. Offers further expertise in the financing of construction projects. Emerson Venezuela is a new client win.

Strengths "The service is very good," states an interviewee, adding that "the lawyers respond to our needs immediately and provide personalised, hands-on client service."

Work highlight Provided counsel to Banco Mercantil on the drafting of various documents related to land acquisition and construction finance.

Notable practitioners

Department head Manuel Acedo Sucre is lauded as "a very good lawyer" by one market onlooker. Another highlights that "he is great," with "a lot of expertise in this area." He frequently advises on foreign investment mandates in the real estate field.

Up-and-coming partner Diego Lepervanche is praised by one source for being "diligent and up-to-date with the legal situation in the country." He is experienced handling matters including rental contracts for office space.

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)

What the team is known for Global firm with a strong domestic real estate practice. Frequently counsels clients from a range of jurisdictions on the financing and development of real estate projects such as hotels, office buildings and shopping centres. Experienced handling matters relating to contracts, lease agreements and permits, as well as tax considerations and exchange controls connected to foreign investment in Venezuela's real estate market. Also well-versed in acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths "I am very satisfied with the service," one interviewee reports, adding that the lawyers "are very client-oriented."

Notable practitioners

Sergio Casinelli is the key client contact.

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Baker McKenzie SC - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-recognised firm advising significant local and international clients on a variety of matters in the real estate sphere. Adept at handling land acquisition and lease terminations, with additional expertise in the financing of real estate projects. Experienced in developing industrial and mixed-use properties, as well as advising on related regulatory matters.

Strengths The firm is "fantastic, very helpful, timely and always available," states a client.

Notable practitioners

María de los Ángeles Celis is the key client contact.

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D'Empaire - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable firm with an active real estate practice. Regularly seen advising domestic and foreign companies on the purchase and sale of commercial and industrial real estate. Also boasts expertise in the financing and development of real estate projects such as shopping centres and distribution centres, as well as contentious mandates pertaining to real properties and lease agreements.

Strengths A client describes the firm as "very good," adding that the service is "very detailed, business-oriented and efficient."

Work highlight Advised Gilston Investment de Venezuela on various real estate transactions, corporate matters and leasing agreements.

Notable practitioners

Inés Parra Wallis heads the firm's real estate department and is highly experienced in the real estate field. A market commentator praises her work as "very detailed and with a sense of urgency." She is involved in the financing of real estate projects and leasing of real properties.

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaire advises on transactions involving the purchase, sale, construction, financing, development and acquisition of office buildings, hotels and shopping center projects in Venezuela. We also assist our clients on traditional real estate purchase and joint venture transactions.  

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Band 1

Juan Enrique Aigster

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Enrique Aigster co-heads the firm's real estate practice and possesses long-standing experience working in this field. Clients describe him as "very in-depth in his analysis," and "very attentive to his clients." They also note that "his reports are very detailed."

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Band 1

Maria del Pilar Aneas de Viso

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Maria del Pilar Aneas de Viso is highlighted by one source for her "in-depth knowledge of all real estate matters." Other interviewees report that she is "committed and proactive," "very, very experienced," and "has a very good relationship with her clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Raffalli is head of the firm's real estate department and is experienced handling a range of mandates, including the renewal of lease agreements, sale planning and sector-related disputes with the authorities.

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Band 2

Manuel Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Manuel Acedo Sucre is lauded as "a very good lawyer" by one market onlooker. Another highlights that "he is great," with "a lot of expertise in this area." He frequently advises on foreign investment mandates in the real estate field.

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Band 2

Inés Parra Wallis

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Inés Parra Wallis heads the firm's real estate department and is highly experienced in the real estate field. A market commentator praises her work as "very detailed and with a sense of urgency." She is involved in the financing of real estate projects and leasing of real properties.

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Up and Coming

Diego Lepervanche

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Diego Lepervanche is praised by one source for being "diligent and up-to-date with the legal situation in the country." He is experienced handling matters including rental contracts for office space.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department and up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is described by one source as "very impressive" for his work in this area. Another commentator states that "he has a lot of experience," and is "efficient, timely and proactive."

^ See whole ranking table