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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution — Venezuela


Baker McKenzie SC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice held in high esteem for its disputes prowess. Boasts particular experience in international investment arbitrations, with a strong focus on representing notable names from the oil and gas industry before ICSID panels against the Venezuelan government. Provides services in mediation and acts as party counsel in the context of both litigation and arbitration.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is described as "one of the best lawyers in the country" by peers. Sources also state that he is "excellent in arbitration." He is acting as counsel to Anglo American on an ICSID arbitration regarding the breach of a mining concession and continues to garner strong endorsement from peers for his standing as an arbitrator.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading team advising an impressive roster of clients on a range of arbitration and litigation proceedings. Highly experienced in handling both domestic and international arbitrations before institutions such as ICSID, as well as in litigation before the Venezuelan Supreme Court. Particularly active in disputes emanating from the construction and oil and gas sectors.

Notable practitioners

Department head Ramón Alvins is lauded by peers as an "excellent lawyer with a brilliant practice." His expertise spans commercial and civil litigation as well as arbitration, administrative law and labour matters. He recently advised Representaciones Bopic on a cross-border dispute related to breach of contract, valued at USD10 million.

Partner Pedro Saghy boasts experience across a range of arbitration services, including civil, commercial and investment disputes. He handles cross-border arbitration, and has represented clients in proceedings in Europe and other countries in Latin America. He recently advised FII on a collection dispute with Agroimex Trading regarding pending invoices.

Bernardo Wallis provides counsel on both civil and commercial litigation, with additional capabilities in arbitration. He is experienced working on domestic and international disputes and recently advised LG Electronics Panama on an invoices' claim against a Venezuelan company.

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AraqueReyna - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm boasting expertise across the spectrum of litigation and arbitration. Clients are drawn from sectors including TMT, engineering, and oil and gas. Experienced handling disputes regarding shareholder rights, breach of contract and liability, as well as providing mediation services. Fields a team capable of acting as both party counsel and arbitrator.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Luis Alfredo Araque is praised by peers for being "very experienced in arbitration." He is recognised for his activity as an arbitrator, as well as his academic contribution to this area. He has advised on disputes spanning construction, TMT and engineering matters.

Most-in-demand arbitrator Marcos Carrillo wins plaudits from clients for his "high level of commitment and professional excellence." They also report that "his capabilities and experience have been vital to our case." He is highly regarded for his arbitration activity, with experience in both domestic and international proceedings.

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D'Empaire - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice with notable activity in civil and commercial litigation. Also adept at handling arbitration proceedings before such renowned institutions as ICSID. Handles disputes for an array of clients from Venezuela and other jurisdictions, with particular experience in arbitration proceedings representing parties disputing the nationalisation of assets.

Notable practitioners

José Humberto Frías co-heads the department and is praised by market sources for his expertise and the quality of his work. Interviewees report that "he understands the client's business, and therefore the service provided is very helpful. He also always keeps us up to date regarding any changes in Venezuelan law that may affect our matters."

Department co-head Pedro Perera is well recognised by sources for his litigation practice. Peers report that he is "a very studious and dedicated person," adding that he is "always researching new developments, above all in commercial arbitration. He knows how to litigate very well and is very knowledgeable."

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D’Empaire conductsgeneral and specialized litigation on corporate, labor, tort, intellectualproperty, tax and environmental matters. D’Empaire also provides assistance in litigation conducted in othercountries and advises clients on criminal matters.  In these cases, D’Empaire provides totalsupport to clients and to the criminal lawyer especially selected to conductthe case.  

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Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed team handling disputes in a range of sectors, including finance, pharmaceuticals and construction. Adept at advising on commercial and civil proceedings as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution, with niche experience representing individuals and companies. Additional experience handling criminal matters and constitutional appeals.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Carlos Dominguez is described as "excellent" by market commentators. Clients add that he is "always helping us to negotiate and understand the situation." He is highly experienced in criminal law, along with commercial litigation and arbitration.

Most-in-demand arbitrator Román Duque-Corredor is lauded by market commentators "for his experience and prudent decision-making." He boasts over 50 years of experience in dispute resolution, with particular specialisation in arbitration.

Partner José Gregorio Torrealba is well known for his arbitration expertise. Interviewees report that he has "very broad knowledge of the law and the system in Venezuela," and also highlight the precision of his explanations.

Market sources laud Mark Melilli for his "knowledge and dedication," along with his responsiveness. They add that he is "effective, listens to opinions, and explains matters in a detailed manner."

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Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected disputes team providing both litigation and arbitration services to clients from sectors including banking, food and beverages and pharmaceuticals. Experienced advising on such administrative matters as tax litigation, as well as disputes regarding labour and criminal matters.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is highlighted by peers for his "excellent" arbitration practice, acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. He has particular expertise in both insurance and reinsurance matters, having recently advised Zurich on a range of claims of this nature.

Department co-head Esteban Palacios Lozada focuses his practice on litigation, with particular experience in labour matters. He regularly handles litigation for multinational companies, in civil and administrative proceedings.

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Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established and experienced dispute resolution practice held in high regard for its presence in corporate and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration. Adept at handling mediation as well as judicial proceedings, garnering further praise for its expertise in the white-collar crime field. Routinely advises domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Partner Carlos Lepervanche Michelena heads the department, and is recognised as a "good litigator" by sources. Interviewees also note his "commitment and efficiency" and make reference to "the speed of his responses and his ability to find solutions."

Peers highlight Manuel Lozada García for his reputation and activity in this area. He focuses on civil litigation, advising clients from such sectors as banking and food and drink.

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Echeverria Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team garnering particular market recognition for its specialisation in white-collar crime matters. Expertise spans fraud, embezzlement and consumer rights issues. Acts as counsel to multinational and domestic clients in litigation, providing additional preventive advice. Jesús Loreto is the key client contact.

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Mezgravis & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Compact team noted for acting as counsel to clients in international arbitration proceedings. Experienced handling multiple international arbitration proceedings related to the expropriation of privately held assets. Advises clients from various sectors, with a particular focus on mining.

Notable practitioners

Peers highlight that head of department Andrés Mezgravis is particularly active in arbitration. One source adds: "I have a very good impression of him, particularly in investment arbitration cases." His practice spans local and international arbitration, as well as mediation and negotiation.

Militza Santana Pérez is praised by sources for her "dedication, consistency and profound knowledge." She is experienced advising on international arbitrations, annulment proceedings and damages claims.

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Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed practice assisting clients with disputes spanning domestic and international commercial arbitration, litigation, mediation and negotiation between parties. Also handles commercial litigation, as well as contentious administrative matters.

Notable practitioners

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is praised by clients for his experience and activity in the dispute resolution sphere. He boasts expertise in international arbitration, as well as local litigation within the commercial sphere.

Alfredo Almandoz is noted by sources for his activity in both litigation and arbitration. One interviewee highlights his time management skills, and another states that "his biggest strength is that he is very practical," adding that "he instils calm and confidence in both parties."

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known practice handling international arbitration before such institutions as ICSID, with additional capabilities in litigation. Advises local and foreign clients from the automotive sector, as well as oil and gas, and mining. Expertise encompasses expropriation matters, payment disputes and breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Pedro Rengel Núñez is recognised by peers for his activity and standing in this area. One source states that he "is very efficient in everything that he does." He recently advised Ford Motor de Venezuela on a dispute regarding interest payments.

Partner Javier Ruan co-heads the firm's dispute resolution practice. Clients highlight that he "continues to provide excellent services in litigation and practical solutions to our legal needs."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Department head Ramón Alvins is lauded by peers as an "excellent lawyer with a brilliant practice." His expertise spans commercial and civil litigation as well as arbitration, administrative law and labour matters. He recently advised Representaciones Bopic on a cross-border dispute related to breach of contract, valued at USD10 million.

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Eugenio Hernández-Bretón

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is described as "one of the best lawyers in the country" by peers. Sources also state that he is "excellent in arbitration." He is acting as counsel to Anglo American on an ICSID arbitration regarding the breach of a mining concession and continues to garner strong endorsement from peers for his standing as an arbitrator.

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Andrés A Mezgravis

Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight that head of department Andrés Mezgravis is particularly active in arbitration. One source adds: "I have a very good impression of him, particularly in investment arbitration cases." His practice spans local and international arbitration, as well as mediation and negotiation.

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Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of department Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is highlighted by peers for his "excellent" arbitration practice, acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. He has particular expertise in both insurance and reinsurance matters, having recently advised Zurich on a range of claims of this nature.

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Hernando Díaz-Candia

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Hernando Díaz-Candia of WDA legal, S.C. receives praise from interviewees for his "excellent" work in this area. His services as an arbitrator are described as "fantastic" by interviewees.

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Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Carlos Dominguez is described as "excellent" by market commentators. Clients add that he is "always helping us to negotiate and understand the situation." He is highly experienced in criminal law, along with commercial litigation and arbitration.

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Band 2

Carlos Lepervanche Michelena

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Carlos Lepervanche Michelena heads the department, and is recognised as a "good litigator" by sources. Interviewees also note his "commitment and efficiency" and make reference to "the speed of his responses and his ability to find solutions."

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Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers laud Mario Trivella of Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez as an "excellent person and lawyer." They also highlight his "very good" work in the dispute resolution ambit.

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Band 3

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Alfredo Almandoz is noted by sources for his activity in both litigation and arbitration. One interviewee highlights his time management skills, and another states that "his biggest strength is that he is very practical," adding that "he instils calm and confidence in both parties."

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Band 3

Alvaro Badell Madrid

Badell & Grau

From the Chambers Global guide

Alvaro Badell Madrid of Badell & Grau is noted by peers for his presence in this sphere. He is experienced in both civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration.

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Band 3

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Global guide

Most-in-demand arbitrator Marcos Carrillo wins plaudits from clients for his "high level of commitment and professional excellence." They also report that "his capabilities and experience have been vital to our case." He is highly regarded for his arbitration activity, with experience in both domestic and international proceedings.

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Band 3

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is praised by clients for his experience and activity in the dispute resolution sphere. He boasts expertise in international arbitration, as well as local litigation within the commercial sphere.

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Band 3

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Global guide

Jesús Escudero of Torres Plaz & Araujo is known as a "very good litigator" by interviewees. Sources also report that his arbitration practice is "of the highest quality." He is experienced advising on contentious matters spanning IP and product liability.

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Band 3

José Humberto Frías

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Global guide

José Humberto Frías co-heads the department and is praised by market sources for his expertise and the quality of his work. Interviewees report that "he understands the client's business, and therefore the service provided is very helpful. He also always keeps us up to date regarding any changes in Venezuelan law that may affect our matters."

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Guillermo Gorrín

Mathison, Lupini & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Guillermo Gorrín of Mathison, Lupini & Asociados as a "tremendous lawyer." They further highlight his "depth of knowledge" and add that he is "fantastic with contract law matters." He remains a respected figure in the arbitration field, as both party counsel and arbitrator.

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Luis Alfredo Hernández Merlanti

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Alfredo Hernández Merlanti of Grau García Hernández & Mónaco is active in litigation, particularly in commercial matters. He also boasts expertise in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

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Esteban Palacios Lozada

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

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Esteban Palacios Lozada focuses his practice on litigation, with particular experience in labour matters. He regularly handles litigation for multinational companies, in civil and administrative proceedings.

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D'Empaire

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Pedro Perera is well recognised by sources for his litigation practice. Peers report that he is "a very studious and dedicated person," adding that he is "always researching new developments, above all in commercial arbitration. He knows how to litigate very well and is very knowledgeable."

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Pedro A Rengel Núñez

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of department Pedro Rengel Núñez is recognised by peers for his activity and standing in this area. One source states that he "is very efficient in everything that he does." He recently advised Ford Motor de Venezuela on a dispute regarding interest payments.

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Javier Ruan co-heads the firm's dispute resolution practice. Clients highlight that he "continues to provide excellent services in litigation and practical solutions to our legal needs."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner Pedro Saghy boasts experience across a range of arbitration services, including civil, commercial and investment disputes. He handles cross-border arbitration, and has represented clients in proceedings in Europe and other countries in Latin America. He recently advised FII on a collection dispute with Agroimex Trading regarding pending invoices.

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Militza A Santana Pérez

Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Militza Santana Pérez is praised by sources for her "dedication, consistency and profound knowledge." She is experienced advising on international arbitrations, annulment proceedings and damages claims.

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José Gregorio Torrealba

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner José Gregorio Torrealba is well known for his arbitration expertise. Interviewees report that he has "very broad knowledge of the law and the system in Venezuela," and also highlight the precision of his explanations.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernardo Wallis provides counsel on both civil and commercial litigation, with additional capabilities in arbitration. He is experienced working on domestic and international disputes and recently advised LG Electronics Panama on an invoices' claim against a Venezuelan company.

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Up and Coming

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources laud Mark Melilli for his "knowledge and dedication," along with his responsiveness. They add that he is "effective, listens to opinions, and explains matters in a detailed manner."

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Associates to watch

Manuel Lozada García

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers highlight Manuel Lozada García for his reputation and activity in this area. He focuses on civil litigation, advising clients from such sectors as banking and food and drink.

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