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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources — Venezuela


Hogan Lovells US LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading firm boasting significant experience representing state entity PDVSA. Advises on a range of matters pertaining to the oil and gas sector, including procurement contracts, bond issuances and prepayment financing. Capable of handling renewable energy mandates spanning solar, hydroelectric and wind power. Assists clients with both domestic and cross-border work, as well as sector-related contentious matters.

Strengths Market sources recognise the highly significant position that the firm occupies in this space by virtue of its representation of state-owned oil giant PDVSA.

Notable practitioners

Bruno Ciuffetelli co-chairs the Latin America practice group, and receives praise from peers for his "expertise in this sector." He is experienced working with both public and private entities on matters including project financing, mergers and dispute resolution.

Senior statesman Luis Enrique Bottaro is highlighted as "very active" by interviewees. He boasts long-standing experience in the oil and gas sector, with expertise in regulatory issues pertaining to hydrocarbons, energy-related arbitrations and public procurement.

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Matos is lauded as "excellent" by market commentators, who also note that he is "active in this sector." He assists both domestic and international clients with a range of oil and gas mandates.

Since publication, Diógenes Bermúdez has left the practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team providing a wide range of services to a roster of notable local and international names from the oil and gas industry. Adept at handling financing and regulatory matters for energy projects, as well as acting as counsel on matters regarding power transmission and mining. Team is also well placed to advise on international arbitration issues emanating from this sector.

Strengths The lawyers are "highly responsive, professional and knowledgeable" with "a very high standard of work," reports a client. They add that "they have profound knowledge of the Venezuelan oil and gas industry and are able to provide advice with a sense of the international legal market."

One client praises the firm's "top performance" and "highly educated and experienced professionals."

Significant clients Chevron, Schlumberger, Mitsubishi Motors, China National Petroleum Corporation, Gold Reserve.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Sergio Casinelli is praised by clients for his experience in the energy sphere. Sources also highlight that he has "strong and profound knowledge" of the matters at hand and "a detail-oriented approach which focuses on finding solutions." His experience spans regulatory advice, financing and dispute resolution mandates.

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Baker McKenzie SC - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Eugenio Hernández-Bretón
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded energy powerhouse with long-standing experience advising on a range of oil and gas mandates. Routinely provides counsel on regulatory matters, along with contracts and sector-related arbitration. Also advises both domestic and international clients from the mining sphere on matters spanning regulatory issues and tax.

Strengths The team "provides excellent and personalised support to its clients," states one client.

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Petrosaudi Oil Service Venezuela on various regulatory matters pertaining to the oil and gas sector.

Significant clients Eni Venezuela, Total, Anglo American, Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construções, Nabors Drilling.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is esteemed by peers for his "strong" and "very well-known" presence in this sector. He wins particular praise for his work on mining mandates. He has recently advised Total on various regulatory matters.

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InterJuris Abogados, S.C. - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado
- 9 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected practice group providing expertise across a range of issues affecting the oil and gas industry. Advises clients from the local market and abroad on regulatory issues, contracts and negotiations with state entities. Also experienced handling financing, debt restructuring and joint ventures in this sector.

Strengths The firm is "very active in oil and gas transactions," highlights a market commentator.

Work highlights Represented HNR Finance in negotiations with state entities regarding the financing of an oil project, via the joint venture Petrodelta.

Significant clients Rosneft, Eni, China National Petroleum Corporation, VHICOA, VINCCLER.

Notable practitioners

Market sources highlight Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado as "a brilliant lawyer with great experience in this field." She also wins praise for her expertise in the sector. She recently advised on the sale of shares in an oil joint venture and garners further recognition for her role in financings for oil projects.

Partner Juan José Delgado is experienced counselling on financial matters pertaining to oil and gas projects, including tax advice. He recently assisted VINCCLER on the restructuring of an investment in a joint venture.

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Leĝa Abogados - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Miguel Rivero Betancourt
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed team providing counsel to international and domestic clients on infrastructure projects within the energy sector. Boasts expertise in project financing, construction and development, including cross-border matters. Experienced handling related regulatory matters and advising on joint ventures with state entities and the acquisition and divestment of energy assets, as well as mining projects.

Strengths One client states that the lawyers are "excellent," possessing "an in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry and a great understanding of the local market and laws."

Work highlights Assisted Yankuang Group with setting up a joint venture for the exploitation of gold. The firm's role included negotiations with PDVSA, the Venezuelan Mining Corporation and the Central Bank of Venezuela, as well as regulatory advice. The matter was valued at USD400 million.

Significant clients Suelopetrol, Halliburton, Statoil de Venezuela, Gazprombank Latin America Ventures, West African Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Clients laud Miguel Rivero Betancourt as "an experienced oil and gas lawyer with excellent knowledge of PDVSA and its procedures for doing business in the country." Market commentators also highlight his "expertise" and "solid knowledge in this area," as well as "his involvement in several financings in the energy space."

Active partner José Alberto Ramírez León is described by clients as "a very professional, responsive and detail-oriented lawyer." Sources also praise his "personal dedication, constant communication and experience."

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Simón Guevara Camacho and Eduardo Travieso Uribe
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm with a particular focus on oil and gas matters. Capable of handling mandates spanning both upstream and downstream matters, acting as counsel to major petrochemical clients. Experienced providing regulatory, tax and contractual advice to both domestic and international players in this field.

Work highlights Advised Braskem on the development of Propilsur and Polimérica, the client's two joint ventures with Petroquímica de Venezuela.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Repsol, Anadarko, Statoil.

Notable practitioners

Department head Simón Guevara Camacho is lauded by peers for his expertise in this area. He has over 25 years of experience in this practice area and recently acted as counsel to ExxonMobil on terminating its Venezuela projects.

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D'Empaire - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Fulvio Italiani and Roberto Mas
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team advising a broad roster of clients from various jurisdictions. Regularly handles matters related to joint ventures in the oil sector, including contracts, investment protection and the foreign currency aspects of transactions. Provides additional advice in labour matters to significant players in this sector.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "They are very constructive and proactive, they try to find practical and commercial solutions to our issues. They are extremely responsive and consistently available to provide service. One of the things we like the most about this firm is that the partners work directly on the cases and remain current and completely involved on all matters without undue delegation."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Chevron on various aspects of two joint ventures in the oil sector, including contracts and investment matters.

Significant clients Repsol, Rosneft, Eni, Seadrill, Pampa Energía.

Notable practitioners

Department head Fulvio Italiani is praised as "a great lawyer with excellent interpersonal skills" by market sources. They go on to add: "His great intellectual horsepower and prodigious work ethic mean that I can rely on his advice anytime, anywhere, no matter the complexity or the area of expertise."

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaire renders expert advice in contractnegotiations and has represented winners of oil field bidding rounds and in thenegotiation of joint ventures and association agreements.  We also render assistance in connection withimportant infrastructure projects in the oil & gas and petrochemicalindustries.  Over the years D’Empaire hasassisted foreign companies in numerous projects and transactions in the oil andgas sector including Repsol, Eni, National Petroleum Consortium (comprisingLUKOIL, GAZPROM, ROSNEFT, TNK-BP, Surgutneftegas), AEI-Williams/Accroven, CNPCServices, among others.  D’Empaireadvises international construction and engineering companies in connection withthe execution of EPC turn-key projects.  

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Rodríguez & Mendoza - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 4 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-recognised practice providing a range of services in the oil and gas sphere, including advice on exploration and production and on regulatory matters. Also handles various aspects of project finance in the sector, as well as supply contracts.

Strengths The firm "stands out in regulatory energy matters," comments one peer.

Notable practitioners

Leading figure Reinaldo Hellmund is praised for his activity in this sector and his "strong energy profile." He is experienced advising on project finance in the oil and gas sector, as well as negotiating with relevant state entities. Peers confirm that "he is still a leader here," making additional reference to his academic contributions to this sphere.

Senior statesman Oswaldo Anzola is well recognised for his long-standing expertise and practice. He is experienced advising domestic and international clients on a range of oil and gas matters.

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Torres Plaz & Araujo - Energy & Natural Resources 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: Juan Carlos Garantón and Valentina Cabrera
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted team advising an impressive range of domestic and international clients on oil and gas matters. Handles sector-related regulatory issues, arbitration and contract negotiation for energy projects, with additional capabilities in advising oil companies on corporate governance.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers "have a very good grasp on the energy industry and the specific issues we face working in Venezuela." They go on to praise the "personal attention they provide and their profound understanding of their clients and the local environment."

Work highlights Advised BP on multiple projects, valued at approximately USD400 million. Advice included matters spanning offshore natural gas licences, regulatory advice and related tax issues.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Shell, Petrosaudi Oil Services Venezuela, Rosneft, Anglo American.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Federico Araujo is particularly experienced providing sector-related tax advice. He has recently advised an international oil company on various regulatory and tax matters pertaining to its activities in Venezuela. Sources credit him with being "a very well-recognised practitioner."

Sources praise department co-head Valentina Cabrera Medina, stating: "She has a solid grasp of the energy sector and her legal advice is practical and based on a strong understanding of our business." They go on to highlight that they "would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone doing business in the energy sector."

Department co-head Juan Carlos Garantón Blanco is experienced advising a range of clients on oil and gas matters, including regulatory and tax aspects of infrastructure projects. He continues to advise many of the firm's most significant clients from the oil and gas industry.

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Our consulting services in energy matters span from the structuring of business and the analysis of regulatory and commercial aspects, to corporate-tax structuring and corporate finance for projects, establishing us as distinguished advisers, sought among petrochemicals companies and oil and gas contractors (onshore and offshore).

Our advice in this regard includes structuring and advice for organizing joint ventures; gas licenses and gas transportation, distribution, industrialization and processing activities, and petrochemicals projects and refinery currents.

Our services further include advice in the negotiation of drilling contracts, both onshore and offshore; day-to-day advice in matters relating to the operations involving contracting, supplies, EPC and service agreements, labor conflicts, tax issues and dispute resolution, among others.

To satisfy the needs of our clients, we have a team of lawyers from various legal branches that share in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of a sector that requires practical solutions, due to its increasing and dynamic transformation. These professionals have quite a high level of expertise in the negotiation and structuring of schemes for the development of upstream and downstream activities, and ample experience and a high level of participation in the most significant projects relating thereto.

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Senior Statesperson

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Oswaldo Anzola is well recognised for his long-standing expertise and practice. He is experienced advising domestic and international clients on a range of oil and gas matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Federico Araujo is particularly experienced providing sector-related tax advice. He has recently advised an international oil company on various regulatory and tax matters pertaining to its activities in Venezuela. Sources credit him with being "a very well-recognised practitioner."

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Senior Statesperson

Luis Enrique Bottaro

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Luis Enrique Bottaro is highlighted as "very active" by interviewees. He boasts long-standing experience in the oil and gas sector, with expertise in regulatory issues pertaining to hydrocarbons, energy-related arbitrations and public procurement.

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Band 1

Reinaldo Hellmund

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading figure Reinaldo Hellmund is praised for his activity in this sector and his "strong energy profile." He is experienced advising on project finance in the oil and gas sector, as well as negotiating with relevant state entities. Peers confirm that "he is still a leader here," making additional reference to his academic contributions to this sphere.

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Band 1

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is esteemed by peers for his "strong" and "very well-known" presence in this sector. He wins particular praise for his work on mining mandates. He has recently advised Total on various regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Diógenes Bermúdez

Diógenes Bermúdez - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Diógenes Bermúdez is well regarded by sources in this sector, who note his expertise. He has significant experience of working as an arbitrator in energy disputes, as well as advising on projects in the Venezuelan upstream as well as regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Sergio Casinelli is praised by clients for his experience in the energy sphere. Sources also highlight that he has "strong and profound knowledge" of the matters at hand and "a detail-oriented approach which focuses on finding solutions." His experience spans regulatory advice, financing and dispute resolution mandates.

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Band 2

Bruno Ciuffetelli

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Bruno Ciuffetelli co-chairs the Latin America practice group, and receives praise from peers for his "expertise in this sector." He is experienced working with both public and private entities on matters including project financing, mergers and dispute resolution.

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Band 2

Simón Guevara Camacho

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Simón Guevara Camacho is lauded by peers for his expertise in this area. He has over 25 years of experience in this practice area and recently acted as counsel to ExxonMobil on terminating its Venezuela projects.

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Band 2

Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources highlight Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado as "a brilliant lawyer with great experience in this field." She also wins praise for her expertise in the sector. She recently advised on the sale of shares in an oil joint venture and garners further recognition for her role in financings for oil projects.

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Band 2

Miguel Rivero Betancourt

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients laud Miguel Rivero Betancourt as "an experienced oil and gas lawyer with excellent knowledge of PDVSA and its procedures for doing business in the country." Market commentators also highlight his "expertise" and "solid knowledge in this area," as well as "his involvement in several financings in the energy space."

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Band 3

Valentina Cabrera Medina

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources praise department co-head Valentina Cabrera Medina, stating: "She has a solid grasp of the energy sector and her legal advice is practical and based on a strong understanding of our business." They go on to highlight that they "would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone doing business in the energy sector."

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Band 3

Juan José Delgado

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Juan José Delgado is experienced counselling on financial matters pertaining to oil and gas projects, including tax advice. He recently assisted VINCCLER on the restructuring of an investment in a joint venture.

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Band 3

Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Juan Carlos Garantón Blanco is experienced advising a range of clients on oil and gas matters, including regulatory and tax aspects of infrastructure projects. He continues to advise many of the firm's most significant clients from the oil and gas industry.

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Band 3

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Fulvio Italiani is praised as "a great lawyer with excellent interpersonal skills" by market sources. They go on to add: "His great intellectual horsepower and prodigious work ethic mean that I can rely on his advice anytime, anywhere, no matter the complexity or the area of expertise."

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Band 3

José Alberto Ramírez León

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Active partner José Alberto Ramírez León is described by clients as "a very professional, responsive and detail-oriented lawyer." Sources also praise his "personal dedication, constant communication and experience."

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Gonzalo Rodríguez-Matos

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Matos is lauded as "excellent" by market commentators, who also note that he is "active in this sector." He assists both domestic and international clients with a range of oil and gas mandates.

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