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Latin-America Guide

Tax — Venezuela


Baker McKenzie SC - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Global firm with a strong reputation in international tax, including transfer pricing and cross-border restructuring. Particularly active helping multinational companies present in Venezuela with spin-offs and advising them on foreign exchange regulations. Also handles tax litigation and arbitration. Team is increasingly active in wealth management, advising high net worth individuals on estate planning.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Ronald Evans enjoys a superb reputation in the tax sphere according to market sources. He is a specialist in international taxation and he continues to advise multinational clients on the tax implications of corporate reorganisations involving the sale or transfer of assets out of Venezuela.

Practice co-head José Barnola divides his time between advising his Venezuelan clients on international tax matters and working in the firm's oil and gas practice in Mexico. He continues to be held in high regard by his peers in Caracas for his wide-ranging knowledge of tax.

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D'Empaire - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice retained by an international clientele to advise on the tax aspects of cross-border corporate restructuring. Team is also adept at advising on all aspects of estate planning. Routinely helps companies achieve inflation adjustments on their tax liabilities, as well as representing them in litigation relating to transfer pricing and foreign exchange deductions. New client wins include Unilever and MAPFRE Seguros.

Strengths Sources laud the team's expertise and professionalism, commenting: "They have an in-depth knowledge of tax and estate planning and rarely have to research an answer because they are on top of everything. They are always available to their clients even when they are travelling on business. The response time is impressive and comforting. You never have to remind them about getting back to you on a matter. They apply technical understanding in a practical manner which is outstanding. "

Another interviewee agrees, noting: "They are precise in their responses, they demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the matters we consult them on and they come with solutions that are practical and adaptable to our business."

Work highlights Assisted MAPFRE Seguros with tax structuring for several transactions, including one cross-border deal.

Notable practitioners

"Outstanding" Alberto Benshimol co-heads the tax group and is held in high regard by peers and clients alike. Sources report: "He demonstrates profound understanding of the matters in hand. He investigates the needs of the clients in order to propose practical solutions which are adaptable to the business. He follows up on the advice he gives, he is available to clarify any doubts and he ensures that his clients have received satisfactory answers."

Practice co-head Humberto Romero-Muci enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, with sources describing him as "very active and very well recognised." He assists multinational companies with the tax aspects of cross-border transactions and corporate reorganisations as well as representing them in strategic tax litigation. "He is a professional with a long and successful track record in finance and tax," remark clients.

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D'Empaire provides a wide range of tax planning for our corporate and private clients and advice on the tax implications of local and cross-border transactions. D'Empaire has represented clients in essentially every industry segment. D’Empaire has also been involved in most relevant tax litigations of recent years, including several multi-million dollar transfer pricing disputes.

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Leĝa Abogados - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected practice group regularly representing major local and multinational names in strategic administrative and judicial litigation at both municipal and national levels. Also offers tax advisory covering corporate restructuring, inbound investments and foreign exchange controls, as well as transfer pricing and double-taxation treaties. Banco Nacional de Credito is a new client win.

Strengths Sources praise the team's role in tax litigation, with one source commenting: "The service offered by the firm is excellent, taking into account the effectiveness, speed and the accuracy of the arguments they have put forward which has helped us get a favourable outcome in court."

Other interviewees highlight the client service: "They treat their clients like VIPs and adjust to the demands of each one. The service is excellent, punctual, in depth and at the same time clear and concise."

Work highlights Represented Mabe de Venezuela in an appeal to the Supreme Court which successfully overturned a decision by the tax administration to reject a tax deduction on expenses. The client saved USD36 million.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees call Elina Pou "an outstanding lawyer, diligent and a specialist in tax." She routinely represents the firm's clients in highly sensitive tax litigation cases at both a national and municipal level, with sources valuing "her commitment and her ability to adapt to complex local conditions and the people she is up against."

Department head Jesús Sol is praised by clients for his "in-depth knowledge, long track record and pragmatic approach to tax advisory." They also highlight his ability to devise successful litigation strategies. Market sources acknowledge his activity in this sphere, with one interviewee commenting that "he brings a lot of impetus to the team."

Sources state that Nathalie Rodríguez "is an exceptional professional who stands out for her integrity and excellence." She focuses her practice on tax consulting and planning for companies and high net worth individuals.

Associate-to-watch Rosa Caballero comes into the rankings after impressing clients with her "knowledge and scope, as well as her assertiveness when managing the work." Her practice centres on tax litigation and audits.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Revered practice with specialised knowledge of tax planning and consulting in relation to cross-border transactions such as M&A. Advises multinationals on their tax liabilities in Venezuela, helping them to devise the most efficient tax structures. Also renowned for its litigation capabilities, defending clients in administrative and judicial appeals. Client roster includes major names from the energy and construction industries.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's strength in multi-jurisdictional transactional mandates, commenting: "The firm is very strong in providing practical solutions in sophisticated cross-border matters."

Clients also commend the firm for the strength of its team: "The service is excellent, they have a deep bench - partner through to associate - much stronger than their competitors. The firm has retained its associate talent while many associates from other firms have left the country."

Notable practitioners

Practice co-head Fernando Fernández "is a great lawyer who knows a lot and you learn a lot working with him," according to market commentators. He specialises in tax planning and tax consulting for multinationals, particularly in relation to M&A, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Sources describe him as "a top-calibre lawyer in Venezuela" and "extremely practical and easy to understand."

Managing partner Carlos Fernández-Smith has a notable track record advising clients from the energy, mining and construction sectors. His practice encompasses tax advisory relating to corporate reorganisations and acquisitions, as well as litigation relating to income tax and VAT. Clients laud his practical approach, noting that "he understands our needs and gives bullet-proof solutions."

Leopoldo Escobar focuses his practice on international tax matters such as cross-border corporate reorganisations and double taxation treaties. He also advises high net worth individuals on wealth management and estate planning.

Associate-to-watch Luis De Freitas "is a rising star" according to one market commentator. He is active in tax mandates involving currency exchange control and the sale of assets by companies based in Venezuela.

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AraqueReyna - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Emerging practice advising on tax planning and consultancy as well as administrative litigation. Team assists companies with corporate reorganisations and exchange control regulations. Also provides counsel on estate planning. Centro Médico de Caracas, Mecantil Sevicios Finacieros and Pepsico Alimientos are new client wins.

Strengths Sources report: "The service they offer is of a high standard and multidisciplinary in nature. They are excellent lawyers who are renowned in the market for their effectiveness."

Work highlights Advised Fondo de Prevision Social Centro Médico Docente la Trinidad on the tax implications of redesigning a social security plan and a transaction involving the transfer of ownership of a building.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Gabriel Ruán Santos draws praise from market commentators who describe him as "magnificent" and a "heavyweight." They also highlight his administrative law background and academic pedigree. Aside from private practice, he is the current president of the Academy of Politics and Social Sciences in Venezuela.

Co-head of the tax department María Carolina Cano González enjoys an excellent reputation in the market according to peers. She focuses her practice on corporate tax planning and is particularly active advising clients in the healthcare sector. Sources describe her as "a very good lawyer."

Practice co-head Ingrid García "handles a lot of tax work and stays close to her clients," reports one source. Another adds: "She knows her subject really well and has a very broad perspective." Her practice covers corporate tax planning and wealth management for high net worth individuals.

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We pride ourselves on having a “dream team” led by three senior lawyers, commanding a strong tax department, who offer their expertise on a broad range of tax issues related to labour law, corporate finance issues, wealth planning and real state projects, including related tax disputes.

Gabriel Ruan Santos, practice co-head: With over 40 years of experience in the tax and public law fields, Mr. Ruan is uniquely placed to guide local and international clients through Venezuela’s complicated judiciary tax system. His practice focuses on national and local taxes and arbitration and his clients include several banking and telecommunication entities. 

María Carolina Cano, practice co-head: With a strong international profile, nurtured through years of active participation in international events and an LL.M in Tax Law, Ms. Cano specializes in local and international tax planning, including exchange control. She has experience on tax structuring for corporate reorganizations, joint ventures projects and foreign investment. She has worked on the application of international tax treaties, as well as in the development of import – export tax efficient strategies.      

Ingrid García Pacheco, partner - tax department: An expert in wealth and heritage tax planning, with vast experience assisting clients on both public and private sectors. García provides invaluable support to clients in the following areas: corporate, social and regulatory.

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Palacios, Torres & Korody - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded tax boutique with an excellent reputation for handling administrative litigation. Also provides counsel on a range of advisory mandates, including tax planning. Team is routinely sought out to represent clients from a host of sectors, notably telecommunications, food and beverage and oil and gas.

Strengths Clients particularly value that the team offers a "good combination between the know-how of a big firm and the personalised service of a small firm." They go on to praise "the tailor-made service, closeness of the partners and their technical abilities in resolving cases."

Work highlights Represented Telefónica Venezolana in a case before the tax authorities appealing a VAT claim in excess of USD30 million relating to the client's pre-paid card business.

Notable practitioners

Leonardo Palacios Márquez "is an institution in the tax field" according to sources. Clients describe him as "a highly skilled professional with a great academic vocation, who explains in detail each legal matter put before him." Peers highlight his ability as a litigator and his know-how in municipal tax matters.

One client describes Juan Korody Tagliaferro as "a bold but responsible practitioner, who is impeccable in both advisory and advocacy." Another says: "He is trustworthy, always meeting deadlines, and an expert who understands very well the legislation and how the tax authorities work."

José Gregorio Torres "offers first-rate technical knowledge, precise answers and key advice to take decisions," according to one client. Another values his "loyalty and commitment." Peers deem him a "very good lawyer."

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Rodríguez & Mendoza - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group representing clients from the banking, energy and construction sectors. Skilfully defends companies in administrative and judicial disputes against the tax authorities. Team is also respected for its legal opinions on tax matters. Advice covers tax planning and double taxation treaties.

Strengths Market commentators continue to recognise the team's prevalence in the market, noting: "It's still a strong firm in tax."

Notable practitioners

Deeply experienced Oswaldo Anzola "is an excellent senior partner who is very respected," report market sources. He has a notable track record advising oil and gas companies on corporate tax.

Elvira Dupouy Mendoza is held in high regard by market commentators, who point out: "She leads the practice, has a lot of experience and is a good lawyer." Her practice encompasses both tax litigation and advisory.

Juan Carlos Fermin focuses his tax practice on VAT and customs issues. Peers recognise his continued involvement in this area.

Associate-to-watch Rafael Tobía is described as "a good lawyer" by market sources. He advises companies, particularly from the oil and gas industry on a variety of tax matters.

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Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected tax practice assisting local and multinational companies with the calculation of tax liability and the ability to pay in the context of hyperinflation. Team is active providing counsel on company reorganisations. Advice also covers municipal tax, customs and exchange control matters.

Strengths Clients express their satisfaction with the quality of the work product they receive, with one source noting: "The team provides a timely service, is precise in its response to the matters in which it is entrusted and comprehensive in addressing all the legal aspects."

Work highlights Represented non-profit organisation the Asociación Damas Salesianas in a successful contentious tax appeal following the decision by the tax authorities to deny the client an income tax exemption benefit.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Alfredo Travieso Passios continues to be involved in the market, acting as a rainmaker and a consultant on tax matters. He enjoys a good reputation amongst his peers who note his activity and gravitas.

Juan Carlos Castillo "is a trusted adviser, highly technical and knowledgeable," according to market sources. He also impresses clients who comment: "He is a lawyer with a great background in tax. He listens to his client's requirements and he investigates thoroughly every matter to offer legally robust answers."

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Torres Plaz & Araujo - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Sizeable tax practice with an excellent reputation in administrative tax litigation. Increasingly active in municipal tax cases. Offers consultancy on transfer pricing and exchange rate controls, as well as tax restructuring for companies and SPVs. Client roster comprises major names from the oil and gas, mining and food and beverage sectors.

Strengths Clients express their satisfaction with service, reporting that the lawyers "have a lot of experience, provide great analysis of tax matters and protect our commercial interests."

Work highlights Represented BP before the competent authorities in challenging a notice of deficiency for allegedly unpaid municipal tax relating to interest accrued on intercompany loans.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Federico Araujo acts as a consultant to the tax department which he helped build. Peers recognise his long-standing experience in tax advisory.

Seasoned practitioner Rodolfo Plaz Abreu boasts an enviable track record in tax litigation. He continues to represent clients such as Cerveceria Polar and Cargill de Venezuela.

Sources describe Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco as "a more technically refined lawyer than most others in the market." Peers agree, calling him "a very good lawyer." He co-heads the practice at the firm and specialises in cross-border taxation. Recent work highlights include representing BP in a municipal tax case.

Valentina Cabrera Medina advises multinational companies on both corporate and tax matters. She is also increasingly active in wealth management and estate planning.

Valmy Díaz Ibarra's practice covers both tax advisory and litigation. He works on cases involving major companies from the food and drink industry.

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The tax practice at our firm includes providing financial and accounting analysis services, backed by the most up-to-date interpretation of legal and accounting regulations – applicable to our clients in the proper performance of their tax obligations in their day-to-day activities; observation of formal duties; financial optimization of tax impact on business structuring and new projects; expert and strategic support in audits and legal processes.

We provide assistance to the taxpayers in assessment, audit and other procedures by the national, state or municipal tax administration and parafiscal entities. We further assist with the filing of both administrative and judicial appeals before the competent bodies of the various regions of the country.

As part of our distinguished activity, the firm has a prominent trajectory in the contentious-tax area, allowing us to provide comprehensive advice in verification and assessment processes, or any action by the national, state or municipal tax administration and parafiscal entities, and file administrative or judicial appeals before the competent bodies of the various regions of the country, and file other actions and means of opposition before the Supreme Court.

The distinguished professionals at our firm have renowned experience reaching settlements with the tax administrations and with reconciliations and other dispute settlement mechanisms established by Venezuelan law.

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Notable practice group providing counsel on tax planning and corporate restructuring. Team also advises clients on double taxation treaties, customs and foreign exchange controls as well as representing them in administrative tax litigation. Clients hail from the energy, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Sources point to the firm's continued activity in the market and solid tax practice.

Notable practitioners

Manuel Iturbe Alarcón leads on the firm's most important tax mandates. Market sources continue to recognise his activity in this ambit.

Managing partner Eduardo Travieso Uribe "is a good lawyer" according to market commentators. His practice covers contentious and non-contentious tax issues.

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Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised practice representing clients in tax litigation connected to customs or in appealing fines imposed by the tax authorities. Increasingly active in tax advisory, the team routinely assists companies with corporate restructuring and individuals with estate planning.

Strengths Clients describe the service offered by the firm as "excellent." They elaborate: "The lawyers are meticulous and very professional; they always try to explain the context so that we can understand even when the regulations are complicated. The communication is very good, they meet the deadlines and they are always looking for solutions."

Work highlights Represented Cenco Zotti Química in ongoing litigation, challenging two tax assessments by the National Tax Agency (SENIAT) on non-deductibility of exchange rate losses stemming from bond swap transactions.

Notable practitioners

Clients laud Andrés Halvorssen for his "excellent client-oriented approach - he doesn't just talk it, he lives it." They continue: "He is a strong communicator, who is always anticipating the position of the counter-party. He shows a profound understanding of tax and he's always up to date, which in a country like Venezuela is fundamental."

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WDA legal, S.C. - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed practice headed by a leading tax litigator in the Venezuelan market. Team is particularly recognised for its prowess in administrative and judicial tax disputes.

Notable practitioners

Luis Fraga Pittaluga "is a very good litigator and a magnificent tax lawyer," according to market sources. He continues to advise clients such as important local banking groups. He also has a considerable academic profile.

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InterJuris Abogados, S.C. - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Emerging tax practice advising domestic and international companies on the tax implications of corporate restructuring and commercial agreements. Also offers counsel to clients on their municipal tax liability.

Strengths Clients describe the service offered by the team as "excellent," praising the lawyers for their "clarity and speed of response."

Work highlights Advised Axalta Coating Systems de Venezuela on the tax liability considerations in its capitalisation process.

Notable practitioners

Anadaniella Sucre de Pro-Rísquez is noted by peers for her activity in tax. Clients describe the service she provides as "excellent."

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Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted practice assisting local and foreign companies and individuals with tax planning. Renders advice on corporate restructuring involving Venezuela and foreign jurisdictions. Also represents clients in litigation against the tax authorities.

Strengths Interviewees describe the service provided by the firm as "optimal," as one client states: "The lawyers are brilliant; they are always available and they feel like part of the team."

Value for money Clients report that the firm "offers an all-in-one package and fantastic value for money."

Work highlights Assisted Corporación Solsica with the corporate restructuring of its business in Venezuela, helping the client to achieve key tax efficiencies.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Oswaldo Páez Pumar "is a reference" in tax according to market commentators. He has a distinguished track record in tax litigation and also advises on tax planning.

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Our tax experts are recognized by peers, clients and accountants as the best. We give general tax assistance to local and foreign clients, concerning their exposure and the application of the Venezuelan tax regime, in order to obtain efficient tax management and avoid claims from the tax authorities.

At the tax planning level, we help our clients to organize their activities to obtain the most advantageous results and avoid overpayment of taxes. We advise clients in Venezuela who receive foreign income and those with interests in different jurisdictions, paying special attention to domicile, residence, permanent establishments, and treaties to avoid double taxation.

We assist international clients who wish to do business in Venezuela, not only with regard to the application of Venezuelan tax laws and regulations, but also regarding the best and most efficient fiscal and corporate structure suited to their specific needs.

We assist our clients in procedures before tax authorities and courts.  In the very difficult Venezuelan judicial system, we represent our clients with total transparency and we have won significant cases.

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Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Boutique practice representing companies in administrative and judicial tax disputes. Also advises on corporate tax and estate planning as well as double taxation treaties.

Work highlights Represented Galaxy Entertainment de Venezuela in an ongoing judicial tax dispute relating to allegedly undeclared profits.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Moisés Vallenilla focuses his practice on international tax matters, including double taxation treaties and estate planning. Sources describe him as "a good lawyer."

Oscar Cunto is active representing clients in administrative and judicial disputes relating to municipal and national tax. He has a history defending media and telecommunications companies.

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Senior Statesperson

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Deeply experienced Oswaldo Anzola"is an excellent senior partner who is very respected," report market sources. He has a notable track record advising oil and gas companies on corporate tax.

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Senior Statesperson

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Federico Araujo acts as a consultant to the tax department which he helped build. Peers recognise his long-standing experience in tax advisory.

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Senior Statesperson

J Oswaldo Páez Pumar

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Oswaldo Páez Pumar"is a reference" in tax according to market commentators. He has a distinguished track record in tax litigation and also advises on tax planning.

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Senior Statesperson

Rodolfo Plaz Abreu

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Rodolfo Plaz Abreu boasts an enviable track record in tax litigation. He continues to represent clients such as Cerveceria Polar and Cargill de Venezuela.

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Senior Statesperson

Gabriel Ruán Santos

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Gabriel Ruán Santos draws praise from market commentators who describe him as "magnificent" and a "heavyweight." They also highlight his administrative law background and academic pedigree. Aside from private practice, he is the current president of the Academy of  Politics and Social Sciences in Venezuela.

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Senior Statesperson

Alfredo Travieso Passios

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Alfredo Travieso Passios continues to be involved in the market, acting as a rainmaker and a consultant on tax matters. He enjoys a good reputation amongst his peers who note his activity and gravitas. 

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Alberto Benshimol

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Outstanding" Alberto Benshimol co-heads the tax group and is held in high regard by peers and clients alike. Sources report: "He demonstrates profound understanding of the matters in hand. He investigates the needs of the clients in order to propose practical solutions which are adaptable to the business. He follows up on the advice he gives, he is available to clarify any doubts and he ensures that his clients have received satisfactory answers."

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Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Ronald Evans enjoys a superb reputation in the tax sphere according to market sources. He is a specialist in international taxation and he continues to advise multinational clients on the tax implications of corporate reorganisations involving the sale or transfer of assets out of Venezuela.

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Fernando Fernández

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Fernando Fernández"is a great lawyer who knows a lot and you learn a lot working with him," according to market commentators. He specialises in tax planning and tax consulting for multinationals, particularly in relation to M&A, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Sources describe him as "a top-calibre lawyer in Venezuela" and "extremely practical and easy to understand."

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Luis Fraga Pittaluga

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Fraga Pittaluga"is a very good litigator and a magnificent tax lawyer," according to market sources. He continues to advise clients such as important local banking groups. He also has a considerable academic profile.

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Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco as "a more technically refined lawyer than most others in the market." Peers agree, calling him "a very good lawyer." He co-heads the practice at the firm and specialises in cross-border taxation. Recent work highlights include representing BP in a municipal tax case.

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Band 1

Leonardo Palacios Márquez

Palacios, Torres & Korody

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leonardo Palacios Márquez"is an institution in the tax field" according to sources. Clients describe him as "a highly skilled professional with a great academic vocation, who explains in detail each legal matter put before him." Peers highlight his ability as a litigator and his know-how in municipal tax matters.

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Band 1

Humberto Romero-Muci

D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Humberto Romero-Muci enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, with sources describing him as "very active and very well recognised." He assists multinational companies with the tax aspects of cross-border transactions and corporate reorganisations as well as representing them in strategic tax litigation. "He is a professional with a long and successful track record in finance and tax," remark clients.

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Band 2

María Carolina Cano González

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of the tax department María Carolina Cano González enjoys an excellent reputation in the market according to peers. She focuses her practice on corporate tax planning and is particularly active advising clients in the healthcare sector. Sources describe her as "a very good lawyer."

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Band 2

Juan Carlos Castillo

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Carlos Castillo"is a trusted adviser, highly technical and knowledgeable," according to market sources. He also impresses clients who comment: "He is a lawyer with a great background in tax. He listens to his client's requirements and he investigates thoroughly every matter to offer legally robust answers."

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Band 2

Elvira Dupouy Mendoza

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Elvira Dupouy Mendoza is held in high regard by market commentators, who point out: "She leads the practice, has a lot of experience and is a good lawyer." Her practice encompasses both tax litigation and advisory.

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Band 2

Carlos Fernández-Smith

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Carlos Fernández-Smith has a notable track record advising clients from the energy, mining and construction sectors. His practice encompasses tax advisory relating to corporate reorganisations and acquisitions, as well as litigation relating to income tax and VAT. Clients laud his practical approach, noting that "he understands our needs and gives bullet-proof solutions." 

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Band 2

Andrés L Halvorssen

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients laud Andrés Halvorssen for his "excellent client-oriented approach - he doesn't just talk it, he lives it." They continue: "He is a strong communicator, who is always anticipating the position of the counter-party. He shows a profound understanding of tax and he's always up to date, which in a country like Venezuela is fundamental."

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Band 2

Manuel Iturbe Alarcón

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Iturbe Alarcón leads on the firm's most important tax mandates. Market sources continue to recognise his activity in this ambit. 

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Band 2

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees call Elina Pou"an outstanding lawyer, diligent and a specialist in tax." She routinely represents the firm's clients in highly sensitive tax litigation cases at both a national and municipal level, with sources valuing "her commitment and her ability to adapt to complex local conditions and the people she is up against."

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Band 2

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Jesús Sol is praised by clients for his "in-depth knowledge, long track record and pragmatic approach to tax advisory." They also highlight his ability to devise successful litigation strategies. Market sources acknowledge his activity in this sphere, with one interviewee commenting that "he brings a lot of impetus to the team."

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Band 3

José P Barnola Jr

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head José Barnola divides his time between advising his Venezuelan clients on international tax matters and working in the firm's oil and gas practice in Mexico. He continues to be held in high regard by his peers in Caracas for his wide-ranging knowledge of tax. 

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leopoldo Escobar focuses his practice on international tax matters such as cross-border corporate reorganisations and double taxation treaties. He also advises high net worth individuals on wealth management and estate planning.

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Band 3

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Ingrid García"handles a lot of tax work and stays close to her clients," reports one source. Another adds: "She knows her subject really well and has a very broad perspective." Her practice covers corporate tax planning and wealth management for high net worth individuals.

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Band 3

Jorge A Jraige Roa

Altum Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jorge Jraige Roa of Altum Abogados is a well-regarded tax practitioner in Venezuela. He continues to be active and recently co-founded a new firm. 

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Band 3

Juan Korody Tagliaferro

Palacios, Torres & Korody

From the Chambers Latin America guide

One client describes Juan Korody Tagliaferro as "a bold but responsible practitioner, who is impeccable in both advisory and advocacy." Another says: "He is trustworthy, always meeting deadlines, and an expert who understands very well the legislation and how the tax authorities work."

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Band 3

Nathalie Rodríguez

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources state that Nathalie Rodríguez"is an exceptional professional who stands out for her integrity and excellence." She focuses her practice on tax consulting and planning for companies and high net worth individuals.

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Band 3

Eduardo Travieso Uribe

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Eduardo Travieso Uribe"is a good lawyer" according to market commentators. His practice covers contentious and non-contentious tax issues.

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Band 3

Moisés Vallenilla

Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Moisés Vallenilla focuses his practice on international tax matters, including double taxation treaties and estate planning. Sources describe him as "a good lawyer."

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Band 4

Valentina Cabrera Medina

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Valentina Cabrera Medina advises multinational companies on both corporate and tax matters. She is also increasingly active in wealth management and estate planning.

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Band 4

Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Oscar Cunto is active representing clients in administrative and judicial disputes relating to municipal and national tax. He has a history defending media and telecommunications companies. 

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Band 4

Valmy Díaz Ibarra

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Valmy Díaz Ibarra's practice covers both tax advisory and litigation. He works on cases involving major companies from the food and drink industry. 

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Band 4

Juan Carlos Fermin

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan Carlos Fermin focuses his tax practice on VAT and customs issues. Peers recognise his continued involvement in this area.

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Band 4

Anadaniella Sucre de Pro-Rísquez

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Anadaniella Sucre de Pro-Rísquez is noted by peers for her activity in tax. Clients describe the service she provides as "excellent."

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Band 4

José Gregorio Torres

Palacios, Torres & Korody

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Gregorio Torres"offers first-rate technical knowledge, precise answers and key advice to take decisions," according to one client. Another values his "loyalty and commitment." Peers deem him a "very good lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Rosa Caballero comes into the rankings after impressing clients with her "knowledge and scope, as well as her assertiveness when managing the work."  Her practice centres on tax litigation and audits.

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Associates to watch

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Luis De Freitas "is a rising star" according to one market commentator. He is active in tax mandates involving currency exchange control and the sale of assets by companies based in Venezuela.

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Associates to watch

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Rafael Tobía is described as "a good lawyer" by market sources. He advises companies, particularly from the oil and gas industry on a variety of tax matters.

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