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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/M&A — Venezuela


D'Empaire - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established leader in the market with significant expertise dealing with corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Strong bench possesses long-standing experience advising on currency exchange controls to major multinational companies. Frequently acts for domestic and international clients from a range of sectors, including aviation, food and beverage, telecommunications and insurance.

Strengths Clients are quick to describe the team's work as "exceptional," "top-notch," and "really solid."

Another sources comments that the firm "understands financial matters extremely well."

Work highlights Assisted HP as local counsel with the USD1 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics' printer business.

Notable practitioners

Standout practitioner Fulvio Italiani is held in high esteem by clients, who describe him as "the best lawyer in the field." Other sources go on to add: "He is razor-sharp; he is commercial and enterprising at the time, with an in-depth understanding of the law." He is frequently sought after to advise on high-profile M&A transactions in Venezuela.

Partner Inés Parra Wallis is highly regarded by peers for her work in M&A transactions. She was recently part of the team who advised Fairfax on its acquisition of the Venezuelan subsidiary of AIG.

Respected partner Arnoldo Troconis has long-standing experience working in this field. He recently lead the team assisting United Airlines with the winding down of its operations in Venezuela.

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaire is the leading Corporate and M&A law firm in Venezuela. The firm has participated in most of the significant acquisitions taking place in Venezuela in the last years.  

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned full-service powerhouse with a distinguished practice handling a variety of corporate mandates, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Frequently seen advising on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance and contract drafting. Represents clients across a range of sectors, including retail, telecommunications, media and food and beverage.

Strengths Interviewees state the firm has a "multidisciplinary team that is at a high level in every area."

Other commentators say they prefer Norton Rose Fulbright over other firms because of their "response times and fluent communication in both Spanish and English."

Work highlights Provided ongoing advice to Compañía General de Combustibles regarding various corporate matters supporting its Venezuelan branch.

Notable practitioners

Market onlookers describe Sergio Casinelli as an "excellent lawyer." He is highly knowledgeable in a wide range of matters, including restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and contract-related matters.

Partner Daniela Jaimes boasts great experience in M&A transactions and is well-versed in company incorporation and liquidation mandates. She frequently advises clients from the oil and gas sector.

Partner Natalija Vojvodic focuses her practice on M&A transactions in the energy area. She regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts and joint venture mandates.

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AraqueReyna - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected team with an active practice in the corporate arena. Regularly seen advising clients on M&A transactions, business restructurings and corporate governance, in addition to exchange control regulations and liquidations. Team is experienced acting for clients in the oil and gas, real estate, infrastructure and telecommunications industries. Mercantil Servicios Financieros, C.A. Centro Médico de Caracas and Zurich Capital Holdings are new client wins. Practice is strengthened with the incorporation of Gustavo Reyna.

Strengths Sources specify that the firm's service is "comprehensive and high quality," and that "they are excellent lawyers with a solid reputation in the market."

Work highlights Advised Cable and Wireless on a payment agreement with the National Telephone Company (CANTV).

Notable practitioners

Clients hold Manuel Reyna in high regard and describe him as "effective, engaged, diligent and organised." He recently led the team advising Sodexo Pass on corporate and contractual matters, as well as regulatory advice. He also assists with restructurings and liquidations.

Pedro Ignacio Sosa Mendoza has wide-ranging experience in counselling clients in corporate restructuring transactions, M&A, joint ventures, and private equity. He was the lead partner advising Nokia Solutions Networks on several corporate matters.

Partner Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra enjoys a good reputation among peers, who declare that he is "very experienced and very respected." He is frequently seen advising on contractual matters and is also active in academic circles.

About the Team (content provided by AraqueReyna)

ARAQUEREYNA team has one of the most respected Corporate/M&A practices of the local legal industry, having advised a stellar list of international clients in matters spanning Civil and Commercial Law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate governance, infrastructure and real estate projects, and banking, insurance and capital markets matters.
This said, the firm has further strengthened its capacities with the addition of Gustavo Reyna, a founding partner of D’Empaire Reyna Abogados, a household name in the legal industry.
His more than 45 years of experience, impressive rainmaking capabilities, considerable business book and list of key local and international contacts, make him every law firm’s dream team member.
He joins forces with founding partner Manuel Reyna, an esteemed transactional lawyer focused on corporate matters, estate planning and wealthy management; co-practice head Pedro Sosa, a specialist in corporate restructuring and M&A matters; Pedro Planchart, a lawyer with a well-developed banking and finance, capital markets and insurance practice, and María del Pilar Aneas, our firm’s real estate practice leader and the most reputed business lawyer in this field.
 New very important clients have been added to our corporate department, such as CEMEX, Chubb Insurance, Banco del Caribe and GMAC.

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Leĝa Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly reputed practice group well known for its comprehensive corporate expertise. Offers advice on mandates connected to corporate governance, restructurings and M&A transactions. Lawyers are also well equipped to handle stock option plans and shareholder agreements for tech start-ups and clients in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and fintech sectors.

Strengths Clients state: "They offer timely and high-quality advice, you can always get in touch with them quickly."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Ecoalbum in relation to the structuring of the first round of investment and the implementation of a stock option plan for its employees, regarding the development of a mobile app.

Notable practitioners

Jorge Acedo-Prato frequently leads the team in a number of complex corporate matters, including M&A transactions. He is also assisting multinationals with the incorporation and operation of their Venezuelan subsidiaries. He is a member of the IBA and ABA.

Market commentators identify Luis López-Durán as "a very experienced and prudent lawyer, who speaks and explains things very clearly with all the implications of what we are doing. He has great soft skills and is a high-quality and excellent practitioner."

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Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic corporate firm with wide-ranging knowledge of all matters in this field. Team focuses its practice on M&A transactions, corporate governance and currency exchange control regulations, as well as advice on stock purchase agreements. Frequently instructed by private equity companies and clients in the financial services, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Clients affirm the team provides "an excellent service. The lawyers have brilliant legal minds and are always available."

Work highlights Assisted private equity firm Evolvere Capital with the post-closing requirements of the acquisition of Solsica. The team handled matters such as stock purchase agreements, labour issues and tax implications.

Notable practitioners

Acclaimed practitioner Manuel Acedo Sucre is lauded by market commentators, who state: "He is always our best player for the job, we always ring him for tough negotiations. He is the ideal defuser for these situations." He has additional capabilities advising on tax and labour mandates.

Partner Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche is distinguished by sources as "one of the most balanced and capable lawyers there is. She is able to explain matters in a simple way." She is also highlighted for her excellent negotiation skills.

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre receives positive comments from clients, who say he has a "brilliant legal mind, knows a lot about the Venezuelan legal market and is very aggressive in negotiations," as well as "an erudite lawyer."

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

We are one of the top firms regarding corporate advice and M&As. Additionally, we are the leading law firm regarding private equity.

We assist national and international corporations regarding their governance and documentation issues, as well as regarding specific projects from a general perspective.

We have an extensive experience in M&As, assisting corporations and private equity firms. We advise our clients with respect to the whole transaction, from negotiating the deal, to conducting the due diligence in all relevant areas (labor, contracts, insurance and banking, corporate, real estate, regulatory matters, tax, etc.) to finally structuring, implementing and documenting the transaction itself.

We are leading lawyers regarding private equity transactions, advising our clients with respect to the acquisition itself, and also regarding its funding. We design the structure for the investments and draft the corresponding agreements. We negotiate with investors. And we implement the investment itself.

We design and organize corporate structures, with links to several jurisdictions, taking into account issues related to investment (foreign and local), tax and operational efficiency.

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Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known corporate practice active in handling mandates related to restructurings, M&A transactions, spin-offs and liquidations. Bench possesses wide-ranging experience counselling domestic and international clients on cross-border matters, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Frequently advises clients from various industries, such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, insurance and food and beverage.

Strengths Clients show their satisfaction by saying that the firm provides "a highly professional service," and "the lawyers have good expertise."

Work highlights Advised on the incorporation of an Abbott Laboratories spin-off in Venezuela, AbbVie.

Notable practitioners

Market onlookers recognise Rafael de Lemos Matheus as "an excellent lawyer." He is frequently called upon to advise a variety of clients on M&A transactions and currency exchange control mandates.

Partner José Manuel Ortega Sosa is highly regarded by clients, one of whom states: "His legal evaluations inspire a lot of confidence; I never hesitate to call him when I require legal advice." He recently advised AIG on the sale of its Latin American business to Fairfax.

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Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group with a wealth of experience in transactional matters such as M&A transactions and cross-border restructurings. Additional capabilities in advising on currency exchange controls and share purchase and debt assignment agreements. Clients hail from the healthcare, food and beverage and engineering sectors. Comercializadora Lamper and Elecnor de Venezuela are new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the lawyers are "always up-to-date on any changes in the law and are able to keep us informed, which is very beneficial. It has been an excellent service."

Work highlights Represented Essity Higiene y Salud de México in the sale of its Venezuelan subsidiary, BSN Medical Venezuela.

Notable practitioners

Market onlookers recognise seasoned practitioner Alfredo Travieso Passios for his long-standing experience working in the corporate arena. He sits on the board of multiple important Venezuelan companies.

René Plinio Lepervanche Orellana is praised by clients as being "a prestigious individual in Venezuela," and having great knowledge of corporate matters. He frequently advises clients on currency exchange controls and foreign direct investment mandates.

Partner Hans Sydow is well regarded among peers and has wide-ranging experience in this field. He recently advised Alimentos FM on the restructuring of its capital stock.

Partner Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra is deemed by peers to be a "very important lawyer." He frequently acts as counsel to major clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Associate-to-watch César Lepervanche Mendoza is seen by commentators as a "very good lawyer, it's like having permanent in-house legal counsel. He's on top of everything and is very knowledgeable about commercial law."

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised practice with extensive experience in handling M&A transactions, corporate governance and regulatory matters on behalf of local and multinational clients. Team offers additional services advising on restructuring and capitalisation mandates. Clients are active in various sectors, such as consumer goods, cosmetics, automotive and food and beverage.

Strengths An interviewee says that the firm "is very good. They are familiar with the political situation of the country and know how to navigate through it."

Notable practitioners

Clients say that they have "total confidence" in senior stateswoman Olga Nass de Massiani, while going on to add that "she is extremely knowledgeable." She is sought-after to provide counsel on restructuring and capitalisation mandates.

Clients advance the opinion that Simón Guevara Camacho is blessed with "the ability to combine legal knowledge and business outlook." He focuses his practice on complex M&A transactions and corporate restructuring mandates in the energy and natural resources sector.

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Baker McKenzie SC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International firm with a well-known corporate practice in Venezuela. Frequently instructed by clients to act on corporate restructuring and merger control mandates, with additional expertise advising on the acquisition of both minority and majority stakes. Also well equipped to handle currency exchange control regulations. Clientele is made up of companies from the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries.

Strengths Sources comment that the lawyers are "practical and responsive."

Notable practitioners

Partner Jesús Dávila is experienced in advising domestic and multinational companies on corporate transactions in the oil and gas sector.

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Grau García Hernández & Mónaco - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed firm highlighted for its service in assisting clients in several corporate matters, such as M&A transactions, corporate governance and the restructuring of business operations. Team is also adept at advising on regulatory compliance. Experienced in representing clients from the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors.

Strengths Market commentators describe the firm as having "a good and diligent team."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Ibrahím García is respected by market commentators but his experience in the corporate field, with one peer noting: "I have a good impression of him." He frequently advises clients on M&A transactions.

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InterJuris Abogados, S.C. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team assisting local and foreign clients with a wide range of mandates, including M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Frequently instructed to advise on contractual and regulatory compliance for clients from sectors, such as technology, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals. Mabe, DCX Technology and Goddard count among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths Clients are pleased that the team "has experience in handling volatile situations in Venezuela and give creative opinions."

Work highlight Represented Venezolana de Inversiones y Construcciones Clerico in the corporate and tax restructuring of its oil and gas business.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Delgado is distinguished by clients as "knowing how to improvise and find new solutions." He advised Mabe Venezuela on its corporate restructuring, which involved drafting and executing a strategy to reduce risks of non-compliance.

María Cecilia Rachadell's style of work is considered by clients as "very professional, responsive, and practical." She focuses her practice on M&A transactions and corporate spin-offs and restructuring in the technology and oil and gas sectors.

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  • InterJuris Abogados maintains a full service Corporate practice, advising on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in all major industries in Venezuela, representing purchasers and sellers. The team is praised for having the required mix of experience, resources and industry knowledge.
  • Our clients value the team´s experience and expertise in Venezuela´s challenging business environment.
  • InterJuris Abogados´ experience extends to advising clients on non-transactional corporate matters essential to the successful operation of a business in Venezuela. The uncertainties faced by foreign investors in the country ensure that advice of this nature is crucial to the firm´s clients.
  • InterJuris Abogados has advised a large number of international and domestic investors and wealthy individuals in the restructuring and re domestication of holding companies outside Venezuela in order to take advantage of the bilateral investment treaties and double taxation treaties.
  • The expansion of the Venezuelan client base to business opportunities abroad, in countries such as: USA, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, due to the difficulties they are currently facing to operate in Venezuela, has given InterJuris the opportunity to develop extensive expertise in Iberoamerica.

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Rodríguez & Mendoza - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with an established corporate practice known for its abilities in a wide variety of mandates. Well-versed in handling due diligence matters, drafting of contractual agreements and corporate restructurings for clients across a diverse range of sectors, such as the technology industry.

Strengths Interviewees describe the firm as having "very professional and academic lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Partner Reinaldo Hellmund is highly regarded by market onlookers for his activity in the corporate arena. He possesses extensive expertise in transactions with regards to oil and gas projects, as well as experience advising on M&A transactions.

Market onlookers respect Francisco Utrera's skills in corporate mandates and he is described as "a diligent lawyer." He focuses his practice on commercial and international corporate transactions.

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Torres Plaz & Araujo - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice group with a solid presence in the Venezuelan market. Team possesses wide-ranging experience advising on corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Provides additional capabilities handling EPC contracts and project finance mandates for clients in the hydrocarbons industry.

Strengths Clients state: "It is a solid firm in the Venezuelan market."

Work highlight Assisted Consorcio 400 KV with commercial and contractual matters for the structuring, negotiation, and execution of an EPC project valued at over USD350 million.

Notable practitioners

Guillermo de la Rosa Stolk is perceived by sources as being an "excellent professional" and an "outstanding lawyer." He worked for Nutresa on the structuring and restructuring of real estate and industrial assets.

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The corporate practice at TPA has earned a solid reputation in key sectors of the national and international industry, offering a broad array of added-value services, tailored to the particular needs of each specific industry. Our team is experienced in highly-complex national, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. 

  • As part of its corporate services, among others, TPA offers the following: Advice in Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Financing Acquisitions and in the structuring of the guarantees for such financing
  • Advice in the structuring of investments and all vehicles of association (incorporated or unincorporated) and the domiciling of foreign companies; corporate and stock restructuring; collaboration agreements; mergers and acquisitions; bankruptcy, banking and financial law; property protection; and capital markets
  • Advice in the negotiation and implementation of supply, service, purchase, engineering, procurement and construction contracts; Leases, Franchises, Commercial Agencies, distribution networks for mass marketing
  • Advice in day-to-day corporate affairs, such as the incorporation and administration of companies, shareholder agreements; obtaining and following-up on national registries
  • Advice in foreign exchange matters, including the analysis and implementation of structures for the proper financing of local operations

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Bermúdez Nevett Mezquita ONTIER - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team with noted experience assisting clients with cross-border corporate transactions. Frequently seen advising clients on M&A transactions, contract negotiations, regulatory matters and corporate restructuring. Offers additional services in tax planning mandates.

Notable practitioners

Market onlookers agree that department co-head José Rafael Bermúdez is a "recognised" and "studious lawyer." He specialises in international M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well offering additional expertise in tax consultancy.

Co-head of department Carlos Nevett Gimon possesses extensive experience in advising both domestic and international clients in M&A transactions and joint ventures.

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Lapadula Esteban Cadenas - LEC Abogados - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted corporate department with an acknowledged practice in the corporate arena. Frequently instructed by clients to advise on M&A transactions, commercial agreements and corporate governance mandates.

Notable practitioners

Partner Rodolfo Belloso Guzmán focuses his practice on corporate mandates, such as M&A transactions. He is active advising clients across the oil and gas and banking and finance sectors.

Partner Jorge Paul Betancourt possesses long-standing experience in the Venezuelan market and is knowledgeable in M&A corporate transactions, contracts and foreign investment mandates.

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MCZ Legal Consultants - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Newly formed practice with lawyers highly experienced in corporate matters. Frequently advises on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring, as well as share purchase agreements and regulatory compliance. Client base is made up of companies from the banking and finance, consumer goods, food and beverage and tobacco industries.

Strengths Sources point out that the team is "excellent" and is able to "fully align themselves with the goals of the business."

Notable practitioners

Maritza Mészáros, María Fernanda Zajía and Pedro Crisafulli are the key client contacts.

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Senior Statesperson

Francisco Castillo-García

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Francisco Castillo-García remains active counselling clients on complex corporate matters. His experience and reputation are further strengthened by the fact that he is a member of the ABA, the IABA, and the Legal and Investment Commitee of VenAmCham.

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Senior Statesperson

Olga Nass de Massiani

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients say that they have "total confidence" in senior stateswoman Olga Nass de Massiani, while going on to add that "she is extremely knowledgeable." She is sought-after to provide counsel on restructuring and capitalisation mandates.

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Senior Statesperson

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers highly respect senior statesman Gustavo Reyna and single him out for the "weight his opinion holds in the market." He remains active advising clients on the most relevant operations the firm acts on.

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Senior Statesperson

Alfredo Travieso Passios

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers recognise seasoned practitioner Alfredo Travieso Passios for his long-standing experience working in the corporate arena. He sits on the board of multiple important Venezuelan companies.

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Star Individuals

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Standout practitioner Fulvio Italiani is held in high esteem by clients, who describe him as "the best lawyer in the field." Other sources go on to add: "He is razor-sharp; he is commercial and enterprising at the time, with an in-depth understanding of the law." He is frequently sought after to advise on high-profile M&A transactions in Venezuela.

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Band 1

Manuel Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Acclaimed practitioner Manuel Acedo Sucre is lauded by market commentators, who state: "He is always our best player for the job, we always ring him for tough negotiations. He is the ideal defuser for these situations." He has additional capabilities advising on tax and labour mandates.

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Simón Guevara Camacho

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients advance the opinion that Simón Guevara Camacho is blessed with "the ability to combine legal knowledge and business outlook." He focuses his practice on complex M&A transactions and corporate restructuring mandates in the energy and natural resources sector.

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Reinaldo Hellmund

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Reinaldo Hellmund is highly regarded by market onlookers for his activity in the corporate arena. He possesses extensive expertise in transactions with regards to oil and gas projects, as well as experience advising on M&A transactions.

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Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche is distinguished by sources as "one of the most balanced and capable lawyers there is. She is able to explain matters in a simple way." She is also highlighted for her excellent negotiation skills.

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Band 2

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre receives positive comments from clients, who say he has a "brilliant legal mind, knows a lot about the Venezuelan legal market and is very aggressive in negotiations," as well as "an erudite lawyer."

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Band 2

Jorge Acedo-Prato

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jorge Acedo-Prato frequently leads the team in a number of complex corporate matters, including M&A transactions. He is also assisting multinationals with the incorporation and operation of their Venezuelan subsidiaries. He is a member of the IBA and ABA.

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Band 2

José Rafael Bermúdez

Bermúdez Nevett Mezquita ONTIER

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers agree that department co-head José Rafael Bermúdez is a "recognised" and "studious lawyer." He specialises in international M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well offering additional expertise in tax consultancy.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers describe Sergio Casinelli as an "excellent lawyer." He is highly knowledgeable in a wide range of matters, including restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and contract-related matters.

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Band 2

Rafael de Lemos Matheus

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers recognise Rafael de Lemos Matheus as "an excellent lawyer." He is frequently called upon to advise a variety of clients on M&A transactions and currency exchange control mandates.

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Band 2

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Delgado is distinguished by clients as "knowing how to improvise and find new solutions." He advised Mabe Venezuela on its corporate restructuring, which involved drafting and executing a strategy to reduce risks of non-compliance.

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Band 2

Luis E López-Durán

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators identify Luis López-Durán as "a very experienced and prudent lawyer, who speaks and explains things very clearly with all the implications of what we are doing. He has great soft skills and is a high-quality and excellent practitioner."

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Band 2

Inés Parra Wallis

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Inés Parra Wallis is highly regarded by peers for her work in M&A transactions. She was recently part of the team who advised Fairfax on its acquisition of the Venezuelan subsidiary of AIG.

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Band 2

María Cecilia Rachadell

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

María Cecilia Rachadell's style of work is considered by clients as "very professional, responsive, and practical." She focuses her practice on M&A transactions and corporate spin-offs and restructuring in the technology and oil and gas sectors.

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Band 2

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients hold Manuel Reyna in high regard and describe him as "effective, engaged, diligent and organised." He recently led the team advising Sodexo Pass on corporate and contractual matters, as well as regulatory advice. He also assists with restructurings and liquidations.

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Band 2

Pedro Ignacio Sosa Mendoza

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Ignacio Sosa Mendoza has wide-ranging experience in counselling clients in corporate restructuring transactions, M&A, joint ventures, and private equity. He was the lead partner advising Nokia Solutions Networks on several corporate matters.

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Band 2

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected partner Arnoldo Troconis has long-standing experience working in this field. He recently lead the team assisting United Airlines with the winding down of its operations in Venezuela.

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Band 2

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers respect Francisco Utrera's skills in corporate mandates and he is described as "a diligent lawyer." He focuses his practice on commercial and international corporate transactions.

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Band 3

Guillermo de la Rosa Stolk

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guillermo de la Rosa Stolk is perceived by sources as being an "excellent professional" and an "outstanding lawyer." He worked for Nutresa on the structuring and restructuring of real estate and industrial assets.

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Band 3

René Plinio Lepervanche Orellana

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

René Plinio Lepervanche Orellana is praised by clients as being "a prestigious individual in Venezuela," and having great knowledge of corporate matters. He frequently advises clients on currency exchange controls and foreign direct investment mandates.

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Band 3

José Manuel Ortega Sosa

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Manuel Ortega Sosa is highly regarded by clients, one of whom states: "His legal evaluations inspire a lot of confidence; I never hesitate to call him when I require legal advice." He recently advised AIG on the sale of its Latin American business to Fairfax.

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Band 3

Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra enjoys a good reputation among peers, who declare that he is "very experienced and very respected." He is frequently seen advising on contractual matters and is also active in academic circles.

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Band 3

Maria Eugenia Reyes

Altum Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Maria Eugenia Reyes of Altum Abogados is an experienced practitioner in a variety of corporate matters, including M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and foreign investment mandates.

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Band 3

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Matos

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Matos of Hogan Lovells "is one of the most competent lawyers working in the market," according to interviewees. He frequently advises clients from the oil and gas industry on corporate mandates.

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Band 3

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Hans Sydow is well regarded among peers and has wide-ranging experience in this field. He recently advised Alimentos FM on the restructuring of its capital stock.

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Band 3

Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Pedro Urdaneta of Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique is a highly experienced lawyer and specialises in assisting with corporate restructuring, joint venture agreements and project finance.

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Band 4

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ramon Azpurua of WDA legal, S.C. is described as an "excellent lawyer" by market commentators. He is very experienced in domestic and international corporate transactions.

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Band 4

Rodolfo Belloso Guzmán

Lapadula Esteban Cadenas - LEC Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rodolfo Belloso Guzmán focuses his practice on corporate mandates, such as M&A transactions. He is active advising clients across the oil and gas and banking and finance sectors.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jesús Dávila is experienced in advising domestic and multinational companies on corporate transactions in the oil and gas sector.

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Band 4

Hernando Díaz-Candia

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hernando Díaz-Candia of WDA legal, S.C. is thought of as being an "intelligent and practical lawyer." He is active advising on M&A transactions and joint ventures, as well as related arbitration.

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Band 4

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Ibrahím García is respected by market commentators but his experience in the corporate field, with one peer noting: "I have a good impression of him." He frequently advises clients on M&A transactions.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Daniela Jaimes boasts great experience in M&A transactions and is well-versed in company incorporation and liquidation mandates. She frequently advises clients from the oil and gas sector.

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Band 4

Carlos Nevett Gimon

Bermúdez Nevett Mezquita ONTIER

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Carlos Nevett Gimon possesses extensive experience in advising both domestic and international clients in M&A transactions and joint ventures.

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Band 4

Jorge E. Paul Betancourt

Lapadula Esteban Cadenas - LEC Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jorge Paul Betancourt possesses long-standing experience in the Venezuelan market and is knowledgeable in M&A corporate transactions, contracts and foreign investment mandates.

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Band 4

Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra is deemed by peers to be a "very important lawyer." He frequently acts as counsel to major clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

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Band 4

Natalija Vojvodic

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Natalija Vojvodic focuses her practice on M&A transactions in the energy area. She regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts and joint venture mandates.

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Associates to watch

César Lepervanche Mendoza

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch César Lepervanche Mendoza is seen by commentators as a "very good lawyer, it's like having permanent in-house legal counsel. He's on top of everything and is very knowledgeable about commercial law."

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