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Latin-America 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 Distinguished practice group with an excellent dispute resolution team. Offers significant expertise advising clients on high-value investor-state arbitrations against the Venezuelan government under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules regarding the expropriation of assets. Team is also well versed in handling mediation services and complex litigation mandates. Impressive clientele hails from the agribusiness, mining and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths A client expresses his satisfaction by saying that "more than just their very professional work, the firm put a great deal of heart into the case as if they were the owners of the business."

Work highlight Advised Sucesión Heemsen on a USD600 million ad hoc investor-state arbitration against the Venezuelan government under UNCITRAL rules, regarding the expropriation of 600 hectares of land.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is acclaimed by clients as a "tower of strength in cases, because of his composure and conviction in his assertions; this made us feel we were in the best of hands." He is also a highly regarded arbitrator presiding over high-value cases.

Clients praise Maria Eugenia Salazar for "giving her all – her contribution was priceless," adding that she is "courageous in taking a stand in the defence of relevant arguments."

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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 International heavyweight well known for advising major clients in both arbitration and litigation proceedings. Strong bench possesses in-depth experience dealing with local and international arbitrations under ICSID rules, with additional capabilities handling litigation before the Venezuelan Supreme Court. Clients frequently hail from the aviation, energy and technology sectors. Consorcio OBF and Source South American One are new client wins.

Strengths Commentators attest that the firm is "excellent. Their lawyers possess wide-ranging expertise in both local and international law, with vast knowledge of arbitration mandates."

Work highlight Represented Source South America One in a claim against Petróleos del Norte regarding a farm-in agreement on the Midas and La Paloma blocks.

Notable practitioners

Commentators describe Ramón Alvins as "a strong lawyer with excellent procedural strategies." He is also described as a "skilled orator." He recently advised Consorcio B&P on a USD10 million contractual dispute with an international consortium.

Interviewees describe Pedro Saghy as an "intellectual and studious lawyer and a good orator." He is well versed in advising on collective bargaining disputes.

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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 respected practice group with noteworthy expertise in litigation and arbitration mandates. Possesses specialised knowledge regarding shareholder rights, breach of contract, consumer protection and currency exchange disputes, in addition to providing mediation services. Frequently sought out by companies in the healthcare, automotive, oil and gas and tobacco industries. CA Centro Médico de Caracas is a new client win.

Strengths Interviewees indicate the work the team does is "comprehensive and of a high standard. They are excellent lawyers with a solid reputation within the market."

Work highlight Assisted Ypergas with a USD14 million international arbitration before the ICC regarding an alleged breach of contract and currency exchange issues in relation to a gas project.

Notable practitioners

Luis Alfredo Araque is a highly regarded arbitrator described by interviewees as "distinguished" and "reputed." He is well equipped to preside over both domestic and international proceedings.

According to sources, Marcos Carrillo has "a lot of years of experience" as an arbitrator and he also is a "fantastic mediator." He frequently advises on disputes arising from the healthcare and hydrocarbons sectors.

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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 - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Firm with an established reputation regarding its practice in civil and commercial litigation. Team is also well equipped to handle arbitration proceedings before important institutions such as ICSID, particularly in disputes regarding the nationalisation of companies. Regularly sought after by clients from the maritime, oil and gas and media industries. Additional expertise advising on IP and white-collar crime disputes. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is a new client win.

Strengths Sources single out the team because the lawyers are "good, reliable and experienced. One starts working and collaborating with them and the matter turns out well."

Work highlight Continued to act as local counsel for Tenaris on a USD300 million arbitration regarding the nationalisation of TAVSA and Comsigua.

Notable practitioners

José Valentín González "responds quickly and with surgical precision," according to market onlookers, and is held in high esteem by interviewees for his ability to "solve matters from a practical perspective." He has long-standing experience advising on a wide variety of white-collar crime mandates.

Clients refer to José Humberto Frías as "very communicative. He provides quality answers and advice." He led the team acting as counsel to Tenaris on an ICSID arbitration regarding the nationalisation of two companies.

Co-head of department Pedro Perera is deemed an "extraordinary" lawyer in arbitration mandates by peers. He is adept at advising on litigation regarding copyright infringement.

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaire conducts general and specialized litigation on corporate, labor, tort, intellectual property, tax and environmental matters. D’Empaire also provides assistance in litigation conducted in other countries and advises clients on criminal matters.  In these cases, D’Empaire provides total support to clients and to the criminal lawyer especially selected to conduct the case.  

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Leĝa Abogados - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised team for its seasoned practice advising on commercial and civil proceedings, as well as ADR mandates. Offers additional expertise in criminal matters and constitutional appeals, and has further capabilities handling maritime and aeronautical disputes. Clients are drawn from a range of sectors including construction, technology and banking. Occidental Seaways, Soluciones Express RRAA and Construcciones Lamilara are new client wins.

Strengths A client says the team "gave us practical and efficient solutions," while also mentioning the lawyers have "an excellent reputation and a business perspective on cases."

Work highlight Assisted Honeywell Building Solutions Mexico with an arbitration regarding the installation and maintenance of IT assets in a large hospital facility in Barquisimeto.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Carlos Dominguez has many years of experience working on dispute resolution mandates and focuses on commercial and IP litigation. He is also well equipped to represent clients in white-collar crime litigation.

One interviewee favours José Gregorio Torrealba because of his "ability to persuade us to change our strategic point of view." He represented Dell World Trade in a negotiation of a settlement, as well as acting as lead counsel in an arbitration before the ICC.

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli has "a lot of skill and knowledge of this field," according to sources. He has expertise in civil and commercial litigation, with particular expertise in labour mandates.

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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 Respected practice group acknowledged for its in-depth experience advising on corporate and commercial litigation. Team is also instructed by clients to act on arbitration and mediation and offers additional capabilities in white-collar cases. Cases include shareholder agreements, asset sales and construction mandates, and clients hail from the banking and finance and food and beverage industries. Open 18HS is a new client win.

Strengths A client claims the team "provides very valuable advice, which is always important for us. They have professionals with a broad knowledge of the market."

Work highlight Represented Novo Banco in a trial brought by a Venezuelan agency seeking to collect the amount of USD350 million regarding a transaction allegedly made by the bank.

Notable practitioners

Associate-to-watch Manuel Lozada García is described by clients as being "an excellent and strong lawyer." He frequently advises clients from the banking and food and beverage industries.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted disputes team recognised for its litigation and arbitration practice. Frequently advises on disputes related to tax and labour mandates, with additional capabilities in administrative and criminal proceedings. Clients come from the hospitality, pharmaceutical and oil and gas sectors, as well as insurance and food and beverages.

Strengths Sources assert that the firm's work "reflects high levels of professionalism and commitment."

Work highlight Assisted Hotel Four Seasons with contract resolution and damages claims initiated by Consorcio Barr. The sum of both cases is valued at USD15 million.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is a "great professional" and "a highly competent lawyer," according to sources. He is highly experienced working as an arbitrator or as party counsel and frequently advises on insurance cases. He recently assisted Zurich Seguros with various damages and contract fulfilment cases.

Partner Esteban Palacios Lozada focuses his practice on litigation and is experienced in trials related to labour law. He is active in assisting multinational companies and their local affiliates with civil and administrative proceedings.

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

Our litigation department is one of the best in Venezuela. Our offer is two-fold: We offer top legal services and absolute transparency in dealing with the authorities.

Our team includes 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 personnel 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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Mezgravis & Asociados - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Firm experienced in acting as counsel to clients in investor-state arbitration proceedings under ICSID rules. Bench is well versed in handling cases related to the expropriation of privately held assets and bilateral investment treaties. Also well equipped to advise on alternative dispute resolution mandates. Clients are mainly drawn from the mining and banking sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its "in-depth knowledge and experience of arbitration mandates."

Work highlight Acted as lead counsel to Highbury advising on obtaining an annulment of an arbitral award issued by ICSID. This matter is valued at approximately USD633 million.

Notable practitioners

Partner Andrés Mezgravis is held in high esteem by market onlookers for his skills in international arbitration mandates. He frequently advises on cases related to bilateral investment treaties and is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer with extraordinary capabilities" and someone who has "an extensive knowledge of arbitration matters."

Clients highlight Militza Santana Pérez for her "absolute interest in knowing and applying all required jurisprudence to the case." She has been active in important cases, including disputes related to the expropriation of assets.

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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 Noteworthy practice with distinguished capabilities in domestic and international commercial arbitration, as well as litigation and mediation mandates and preventive measures. Bench is also instructed by clients to advise on contentious administrative cases.

Strengths The team is seen by interviewees to comprise "excellent lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe partner Alfredo Almandoz as "very active in arbitration mandates." He is well versed in labour issues and frequently advises clients from the food and beverage industry on commercial disputes.

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is well equipped to handle international arbitration cases. He is also singled out by sources for his activity in commercial litigation mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.)

The firm’s dispute resolution practice covers civil, corporate, commercial, labour, tax and administrative matters in judicial proceedings as well as arbitration. The firm also has a well-known mediation and negotiation approach to the dispute matters that ensure and efficient approach to the client’s needs. 

In addition, PAE offers a dispute preventive service consisting on reviewing, analysing and amending business transactions and agreements in order to identify possible causes of conflict and prevent them.

Deparment´s work highlights: 

  1. The firm represented a shareholder from a Telecommunications Company located in Panama, in a corporate dispute between shareholders, that was resolved with a favorable agreement for our client, who obtained a profit of USD 700.00
  2. The firm represented a transnational mass consumption company in a judiciary case where the plaintiff intended to close one of their main distribution centers. This case concluded with a non-judicial agreement that allowed our client to stay in the area and keep the integrity of their commercial operations.
  3. The firm was part of the team that successfully assisted two New Zealand Trusts in an Interpleader Action, filed to prevent third parties taking control over both Trusts financials assets assigned to charitable purposes in Venezuela.

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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-reputed firm representing clients in domestic and international arbitration cases under ICSID rules, as well as civil litigation. Regularly seen handling expropriation mandates, payment disputes and breach of contract matters for clients in the automotive, food and beverage, energy and mining industries.

Strengths Peers applaud the team for being "very active in arbitration mandates."

Work highlight Represented Ford Motors in a lawsuit against a Venezuelan bank for default of an agreed payment of interest. This matter is valued at USD2 million.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators highlight Pedro Rengel Núñez's frequent presence in arbitration matters, explaining that he is "experienced, diligent and has an in-depth knowledge of the cases."

Co-head of department Javier Ruan is an experienced practitioner in dispute resolution. He recently represented Alimentos Kellogg in diverse lawsuits against different banks claiming indemnification.

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Band 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators describe Ramón Alvins as "a strong lawyer with excellent procedural strategies." He is also described as a "skilled orator." He recently advised Consorcio B&P on a USD10 million contractual dispute with an international consortium.

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Eugenio Hernández-Bretón

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is acclaimed by clients as a "tower of strength in cases, because of his composure and conviction in his assertions; this made us feel we were in the best of hands." He is also a highly regarded arbitrator presiding over high-value cases.

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Band 1

Andrés A Mezgravis

Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Andrés Mezgravis is held in high esteem by market onlookers for his skills in international arbitration mandates. He frequently advises on cases related to bilateral investment treaties and is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer with extraordinary capabilities" and someone who has "an extensive knowledge of arbitration matters."

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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 is a "great professional" and "a highly competent lawyer," according to sources. He is highly experienced working as an arbitrator or as party counsel and frequently advises on insurance cases. He recently assisted Zurich Seguros with various damages and contract fulfilment cases.

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Band 2

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Carlos Dominguez has many years of experience working on dispute resolution mandates and focuses on commercial and IP litigation. He is also well equipped to represent clients in white-collar crime litigation.

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Band 2

Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Mario Trivella of Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez is complimented by market onlookers as an "excellent litigator." He has long-standing experience in the market advising on a variety of litigation cases.

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Band 3

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe partner Alfredo Almandoz as "very active in arbitration mandates." He is well versed in labour issues and frequently advises clients from the food and beverage industry on commercial disputes.

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Band 3

Alvaro Badell Madrid

Badell & Grau

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alvaro Badell Madrid of Badell & Grau is well regarded among peers, who say he maintains a "high profile" in the market. He is experienced in civil and commercial litigation and also acts as an arbitrator.

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Band 3

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to sources, Marcos Carrillo has "a lot of years of experience" as an arbitrator and he also is a "fantastic mediator." He frequently advises on disputes arising from the healthcare and hydrocarbons sectors.

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Band 3

Hernando Díaz-Candia

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Hernando Díaz-Candia of WDA legal, S.C. acts both as an arbitrator and as party counsel. He is described by market commentators as "a reference in the market and very active."

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Band 3

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is well equipped to handle international arbitration cases. He is also singled out by sources for his activity in commercial litigation mandates.

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Band 3

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees affirm that Jesús Escudero of Torres Plaz & Araujo is "very well known in the litigation and arbitration arenas," with one source considering him to be "highly competent." He is well equipped to handle contentious labour mandates.

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Band 3

José Humberto Frías

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients refer to José Humberto Frías as "very communicative. He provides quality answers and advice." He led the team acting as counsel to Tenaris on an ICSID arbitration regarding the nationalisation of two companies.

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Band 3

Esteban Palacios Lozada

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Esteban Palacios Lozada focuses his practice on litigation and is experienced in trials related to labour law. He is active in assisting multinational companies and their local affiliates with civil and administrative proceedings.

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Band 3

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Pedro Perera is deemed an "extraordinary" lawyer in arbitration mandates by peers. He is adept at advising on litigation regarding copyright infringement.

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Band 3

Pedro A Rengel Núñez

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators highlight Pedro Rengel Núñez's frequent presence in arbitration matters, explaining that he is "experienced, diligent and has an in-depth knowledge of the cases."

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Band 3

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Javier Ruan is an experienced practitioner in dispute resolution. He recently represented Alimentos Kellogg in diverse lawsuits against different banks claiming indemnification.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe Pedro Saghy as an "intellectual and studious lawyer and a good orator." He is well versed in advising on collective bargaining disputes.

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Band 3

Maria Eugenia Salazar

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise Maria Eugenia Salazar for "giving her all – her contribution was priceless," adding that she is "courageous in taking a stand in the defence of relevant arguments."

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Band 3

Militza A Santana Pérez

Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients highlight Militza Santana Pérez for her "absolute interest in knowing and applying all required jurisprudence to the case." She has been active in important cases, including disputes related to the expropriation of assets.

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Band 3

José Gregorio Torrealba

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

One interviewee favours José Gregorio Torrealba because of his "ability to persuade us to change our strategic point of view." He represented Dell World Trade in a negotiation of a settlement, as well as acting as lead counsel in an arbitration before the ICC.

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Up and Coming

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli has "a lot of skill and knowledge of this field," according to sources. He has expertise in civil and commercial litigation, with particular expertise in labour mandates.

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Associates to watch

Manuel Lozada García

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Manuel Lozada García is described by clients as being "an excellent and strong lawyer." He frequently advises clients from the banking and food and beverage industries.

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