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Latin-America Guide

Energy & Natural Resources — Venezuela


Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources 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 practice providing a wide range of services to a roster of notable local and international names from the oil and gas industry. Expertise includes handling financing and regulatory matters for energy projects, as well as assisting with matters regarding power transmission and mining. Offers additional capabilities advising on international arbitration cases arising from this sector. Also provides counsel on corporate reorganisation and restructuring for oil and gas companies.

Strengths The firm gives a "top performance," and the lawyers are "experts in their field," a client reports.

This is "a fantastic law firm with great lawyers," states another interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Department head Sergio Casinelli is lauded by clients as "a very good lawyer," who is "very diligent and solution-oriented." He is highly experienced handling a range of energy matters, including sector-related project financing and dispute resolution mandates.

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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)

What the team is known for Esteemed energy department offering long-standing experience advising on a variety of issues affecting the oil and gas industry. Acts for domestic and international clients on regulatory issues, contracts, licenses and negotiations with government authorities. Adept at handling financing, debt restructuring and joint ventures in this sector. New client wins for the firm this year include China Machinery Industry Construction Group, Management Trade Advisor and Contax & Partners Holdings.

Strengths "The team is great," a client reports, going on to add that the lawyers are "really flexible and they always find solutions to complex issues."

Work highlight Advised Rosneft on various regulatory and licensing matters, including the negotiation and drafting of a licence for the performance of non-associated natural gas activities in the Patao and Mejillones fields of the Mariscal Sucre Project.

Notable practitioners

Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado leads the firm's energy practice. Market commentators describe her as "a great lawyer," with "a lot of experience." They go on to add that she provides "useful and robust advice." She is well-versed in the hydrocarbons industry where she advises on project finance mandates.

Sources appreciate the fact that Juan José Delgado "puts forward very good ideas." His practice spans joint ventures between energy companies, upstream oil and gas mandates and project finance within this sector.

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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)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice frequently sought after by clients to advise on infrastructure projects within the energy sector. Strong bench of lawyers is adept at assisting with project financing, construction and development. Well equipped to handle related regulatory matters and advising on joint ventures with state entities in the upstream oil and gas sector and the acquisition and divestment of energy assets. Additional experience in sector-related arbitration proceedings.

Strengths The lawyers are "detail-oriented," "very responsive," and "have a sharp understanding of local laws," states a client.

Work highlight Acted as counsel to Suelopetrol Exploración y Producción on the development of pledge and loan agreements for the financing of a USD650 million joint venture with Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

Notable practitioners

Department head Miguel Rivero Betancourt is praised by sources for being "very responsive and attentive," and providing "very specific knowledge of local issues." Other interviewees highlight that "he gives a very detailed and informed explanation," and is "good at translating the law into business terms."

Market commentators describe José Alberto Ramírez León as "informative and very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and also very proactive." Another adds: "He works around the clock to make sure deals happen on time."

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Baker McKenzie SC - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed energy department with long-standing experience advising on a range of energy and natural resources mandates, particularly in the upstream oil and gas sector. Frequently called upon to advise on regulatory matters, along with contract negotiations with state entities and sector-related arbitration. Adept at advising both domestic and international clients from the mining sphere on regulatory and tax issues. Petrosaudi Oil Service Venezuela is a new client win.

Strengths The firm is "fantastic," according to one impressed market commentator.

Work highlight Assisted Nabors Drilling with the negotiation of oil drilling contracts with PDVSA, valued at USD7 million.

Notable practitioners

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón heads the firm's energy practice in Venezuela. He is lauded by market sources as "an incredible lawyer," and "clearly outstanding" for his work in this area. Another interviewee states that "he has a high academic pedigree." He is well equipped to handle matters in the mining sector.

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D'Empaire - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected team advising a broad roster of clients from various jurisdictions. Frequently seen handling matters related to joint ventures in the oil sector, as well as investment protection, foreign currency controls and projects related to crude oil production. Also provides advice on sector-related labour matters, with additional capabilities and expertise advising significant players in this field on regulatory issues.

Strengths The firm is "excellent," a client states, adding that the lawyers are "very responsive and helpful, with very quick turnaround times."

Work highlight Instructed by Rosneft to advise on a variety of the client's projects in Venezuela, including extra-heavy crude oil production and the upgrading of activities in the Junín 6 Block of the Orinoco Oil Belt.

Notable practitioners

Fulvio Italiani heads the firm's energy practice. He is highlighted by market sources as "a very experienced lawyer in transactional matters and project finance," particularly in relation to the mining sector.

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D’Empaire renders expert advice in contract negotiations and has represented winners of oil field bidding rounds and in the negotiation of joint ventures and association agreements.  We also render assistance in connection with important infrastructure projects in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries.  Over the years D’Empaire has assisted foreign companies in numerous projects and transactions in the oil and gas sector including Repsol, Eni, National Petroleum Consortium (comprising LUKOIL, GAZPROM, ROSNEFT, TNK-BP, Surgutneftegas), AEI-Williams/Accroven, CNPC  Services, among others. D’Empaire advises international construction and engineering companies in connection with the 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)

What the team is known for Notable practice providing a range of services to domestic and international clients in the oil and gas sphere, including advice on exploration and production, as well as additional capabilities assisting with regulatory matters. Offers further experience handling various aspects of sector-related project finance, as well as negotiating supply contracts.

Notable practitioners

Reinaldo Hellmund is lauded by one source as "a fantastic lawyer," who is "very creative." Other interviewees describe him as "outstanding," and "excellent." He boasts long-standing experience in this sector and is also well known in academic circles.

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Torres Plaz & Araujo - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team advising a wide variety of domestic and international clients on oil and gas matters. Areas of expertise include crude oil extraction and offshore natural gas mandates. Handles sector-related regulatory issues, arbitration and contract negotiation for energy projects, with additional capabilities in advising energy companies on corporate governance. Also experienced handling tax matters relevant to this sector.

Strengths "The firm's service is good," states a client, highlighting that the lawyers have "a lot of experience and provide great analysis."

Work highlight Assisted BP with various contractual matters related to extra-heavy crude oil and offshore natural gas licences.

Notable practitioners

Department head Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco is described as "a very good lawyer" by market onlookers. Others add that he is "a prudent lawyer," and "excellent in negotiations." He offers additional capabilities in advising energy companies on tax mandates.

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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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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected firm with a particular focus on hydrocarbons. Capable of handling work spanning both upstream and downstream sectors, acting as counsel to major oil and gas clients. Experienced providing regulatory, tax and contractual advice to both domestic and international players in this field. Also offers expertise in advising foreign entities on divesting from the Venezuelan market.

Strengths The lawyers provide "high-quality service and their knowledge of the law and response times are excellent," according to sources.

Work highlight Acted as counsel to ExxonMobil on the termination of its Venezuelan projects.

Notable practitioners

Simón Guevara Camacho heads the firm's energy and natural resources team. He is highlighted as "a great lawyer" by interviewees, who add that "he has always been responsive," and that they are "very impressed" with his work.

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Band 1

Reinaldo Hellmund

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Reinaldo Hellmund is lauded by one source as "a fantastic lawyer," who is "very creative." Other interviewees describe him as "outstanding," and "excellent." He boasts long-standing experience in this sector and is also well known in academic circles.

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Eugenio Hernández-Bretón

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón heads the firm's energy practice in Venezuela. He is lauded by market sources as "an incredible lawyer," and "clearly outstanding" for his work in this area. Another interviewee states that "he has a high academic pedigree." He is well equipped to handle matters in the mining sector.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Sergio Casinelli is lauded by clients as "a very good lawyer," who is "very diligent and solution-oriented." He is highly experienced handling a range of energy matters, including sector-related project 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 of Hogan Lovells US LLP wins recognition from interviewees for his high level of activity in this area. He is experienced handling joint ventures, project finance and contractual matters in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Simón Guevara Camacho

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Simón Guevara Camacho heads the firm's energy and natural resources team. He is highlighted as "a great lawyer" by interviewees, who add that "he has always been responsive," and that they are "very impressed" with his work.

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Band 2

Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado leads the firm's energy practice. Market commentators describe her as "a great lawyer," with "a lot of experience." They go on to add that she provides "useful and robust advice." She is well-versed in the hydrocarbons industry where she advises on project finance mandates.

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Band 2

Miguel Rivero Betancourt

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Miguel Rivero Betancourt is praised by sources for being "very responsive and attentive," and providing "very specific knowledge of local issues." Other interviewees highlight that "he gives a very detailed and informed explanation," and is "good at translating the law into business terms."

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Band 3

Diógenes Bermúdez

Diógenes Bermúdez - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Diógenes Bermúdez is experienced in a plethora of matters in this sector. He frequently handles project development, as well as contractual and transactional mandates, as well as presiding over arbitration proceedings in this field.

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Band 3

Juan José Delgado

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources appreciate the fact that Juan José Delgado"puts forward very good ideas." His practice spans joint ventures between energy companies, upstream oil and gas mandates and project finance within this sector.

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Band 3

Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco is described as "a very good lawyer" by market onlookers. Others add that he is "a prudent lawyer," and "excellent in negotiations." He offers additional capabilities in advising energy companies on tax mandates.

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Band 3

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fulvio Italiani heads the firm's energy practice. He is highlighted by market sources as "a very experienced lawyer in transactional matters and project finance," particularly in relation to the mining sector.

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Band 3

José Alberto Ramírez León

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators describe José Alberto Ramírez León as "informative and very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and also very proactive." Another adds: "He works around the clock to make sure deals happen on time."

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