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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Venezuela


Baker McKenzie SC - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eugenio Hernández-Bretón
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths The firm has a "large, well-organised practice group, headed by leading lawyers, with the capacity and resources to simultaneously handle a large number of cases across the country," reports one market commentator.

Work highlights Represented Longreef in a USD300 million arbitration against the Government of Venezuela regarding a dispute over the latter's nationalisation of a coffee company in which the client held shares. The dispute was heard by an ISCID panel under the bilateral treaty investment between Venezuela and the Netherlands.

Significant clients Anglo American, PetroSaudi Oil Service Venezuela, Total Holdings Nederland, Sucesión Heemsen.

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.

Department profile by Baker McKenzie SC

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ramón Alvins
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients highlight "the firm's knowledge, experience and response times."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Consorcio B&P on a dispute of approximately USD10 million over a construction agreement.

Significant clients Alstom, ConocoPhillips, Venezuelan Heavy Industries, Fertiven, Perfumes Factory.

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

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcos Carrillo, Luis Alfredo Araque and Rafael Aneas.
- 8 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm boasting expertise across the spectrum of litigation and arbitration services. 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.

Strengths "The firm's service has been outstanding," states a client, adding that the lawyers "have a great sense of service and relevant commercial insight. They have provided ingenious solutions to complex problems and demonstrated a high level of commitment."

Work highlights Defended Consorcio El Sitio in two judicial proceedings relating to damages claims alleging breach of contract by the client. The matters are valued at USD350,000.

Significant clients General Motors Venezolana, Philip Morris Products, Telefónica Venezuela, Empresas Polar, Grupo Merino.

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.

Department profile by AraqueReyna

Arbitration and Litigation are key areas of practice of the firm.  Their members act as counsels for defendants or plaintiffs in a great variety of litigation cases and arbitration procedures. Some of the most important cases over the last year include:

·   Leading the Arbitral Tribunal in a very complex dispute between a construction contractor and the     government of a Central American country with regards to the scope and price of the contract. Mr. Araque is currently the President of the Arbitral Tribunal.

·    A complex litigation of several companies regarding the control of a holding shareholders rights, worth US$50 Million.

·   An insurance arbitration regarding complex issues of jurisdiction and liability.

·   Representing an oil gas client in US$ 14 million4MM arbitration (ICC) related to an alleged breach of contract. The dispute involves projects matters as well as currency exchange issues.

·    Representing a renowned client within the automotive sector in arbitration (CACC) related to an alleged breach of contract. The dispute involves real state matters as well as complex currency exchange issues.

·    Representing a leading construction company against another important international construction company regarding a contractual liability, worth around US$15 million. 


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D'Empaire Reyna Abogados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Valentín González, Pedro Perera and José Humberto Frías
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

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 from an array of clients from Venezuela and other jurisdictions, with particular experience in arbitration proceedings representing parties disputing the nationalisation of assets.

Strengths One client states that "the service provided is impeccable." They highlight the lawyers' "excellent, personalised service, good availability and organisation," and go on to add that they "know how to explain complex aspects of Venezuelan law in a simple manner, respond quickly and meet deadlines."

Work highlights Represented Tenaris in an ICSID arbitration regarding Tavsa's nationalisation.

Significant clients Sojitz, Visa International, Alcatel, MMC Automotriz, Gambrinus.

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight José Valentín González for his "availability, expertise and commitment." He has recently advised MMC Automotriz on a dispute over imports and exchange control, a matter valued at USD10 million. He remains a distinguished individual in white-collar criminal matters, particularly in FCPA-related cases, and heads the firm's criminal law department.

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."

Department profile by D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

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

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carlos Domínguez
- 7 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths "The firm's service is excellent," a client reports, whilst another highlights the lawyers' "punctuality, effectiveness and efficiency."

Work highlights Defended Bayer against a claim brought by Habitek Industrial, alleging damages to a building which had been leased by the client. The matter was valued at USD640,000.

Significant clients Steamship Mutual, Galpofinca, Inversiones PRS, Proyecto Barlovento.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Carlos Domínguez 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

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Esteban Palacios Lozada and Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre
- 11 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths One client describes the team's strengths as "rapid responses, client-oriented service and an understanding of the client's needs," going on to highlight "the lawyers' flexibility and specialist knowledge."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the Four Seasons Hotel on a damages claim valued at USD10 million.

Significant clients Coca-Cola Servicios de Venezuela, MSD Venezuela, ASEA Brown Boveri, Banco Mercantil, Zurich Seguros.

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.

Department profile by Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía

In our firm there is a broad distinction between corporate and litigation matters, but there are no formal, separate departments, and, in many cases, the work overlaps.

We count among our team, excellent litigators and sought-after arbitrators.

We litigate in administrative, tax, import duties, labor, civil and commercial courts, including the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, where we have been especially successful.

Our litigation department is one of the largest and most efficient in Venezuela. We have handled over 2,000 cases at the same time because we have the personal and structural resources required to manage a large amount of lawsuits.  

Our permanent staff of trial attorneys, paralegals and students are highly respected, not only for their legal skills, but also for the integrity. This is much valued by our international clients (especially those subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act), since in this very complicated political and legal climate, they may rely on our recognized transparency in representing them before the judiciary.

Our involvement in the area of commercial arbitration is very significant, both in national and international jurisdictions.

Some of our lawyers are members of arbitration organizations and have adjudicated in important cases.

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Our firm’s expertise and experience in dealing with litigation and arbitration that have international implications is widely recognized.

We work closely, either directly with our clients or in collaboration with international legal firms, to assist them both in procedures conducted locally, with foreign components; and in procedures conducted abroad, regarding matters that have Venezuelan law implications.

We are very strong in coordinating with our clients’ internal counsels and with their international law firms, to design strategies and defenses that take into account all aspects of local and foreign law litigations and arbitrations.

We have also been sought as foreign experts in international lawsuits and arbitrations where an expert opinion regarding a point of Venezuelan law is required.


Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carlos Lepervanche Michelena
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths The firm provides an "excellent service," reports one client, whilst another adds that the lawyers "handle their work very well, suggest alternatives and maintain excellent relationships with the client."

Work highlights Defended Industrias Transca-Infrisa's company rights, as well as those of its majority shareholder, against an amparo filed by a minority shareholder. The matter was valued at USD3 million.

Significant clients Nestlé Venezuela, McCain Argentina, Mercantil Seguros, Novo Banco, Industrias Transca-Infrisa.

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

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths "The firm is very good, particularly in white-collar crime," notes a peer, who also praises the lawyers' "diligence."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees report that they have "a good impression" of managing partner Jesús Loreto, adding that he is "very practical." He remains highly regarded for his activity in the white-collar crime sphere.

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Mezgravis & Asociados - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrés Mezgravis
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

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.

Strengths One client states: "The firm is highly flexible, timely and effective," whilst another praises the lawyers' technical ability and dedication, reporting that they "present intelligent alternatives to resolve disputes and foster agreements between parties."

Work highlights Assisted Highbury International with an arbitration related to the Government of Venezuela's expropriation actions in the mining sector. The matter was valued at just over USD6 million.

Significant clients Valle Verde Sociedad Financiera, CB Richard Ellis, Rusoro Mining, Americana de Reaseguros, Global Project Strategy.

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 matters.

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

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 8 qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths One client reports: "The lawyers are highly experienced in planning strategies that optimise understanding in a dispute."

Notable practitioners

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."

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.

Department profile by Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients enthuse that "the lawyers are highly committed to our company's standards and always do their best to provide high-quality legal services."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to ExxonMobil on a domestic arbitration valued at USD1 million.

Significant clients Galerías Ávila, Owens-Illinois, Honeywell Venezuela, Ford Motor de Venezuela, Crystallex International Corporation.

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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 matters.

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Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America guide

Head of department Carlos Domínguez 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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Carlos Lepervanche Michelena

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America 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 Latin America 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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Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America 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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Alvaro Badell Madrid

Badell & Grau

From the Chambers Latin America 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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AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America 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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José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America 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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Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America 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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José Humberto Frías

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Reyna Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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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Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Latin America 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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Manuel Lozada García

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America 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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