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Latin-America Guide

Banking & Finance — Venezuela


D'Empaire - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant firm with a heavyweight practice in banking and finance, with stellar experience advising important international financial institutions on lending mandates. Also reputed in this field for its counselling work with regards to corporate and sovereign bond issuances, cross-border loans and regulatory matters. Offers additional expertise representing major financial creditors on potential defaults and restructuring. Banco BPI is a new client win.

Strengths Clients regard the firm as the "having played a very important role in Venezuela. They are one of the most savvy, well-versed and knowledgeable firms in the country."

Other sources also state D'Empaire is "the one of the most experienced Venezuelan firms in advising foreign clients."

Work highlights Assisted Banco Exterior with various syndicated loans that were granted to Venezuelan companies and multinationals currently working in Venezuela.

Notable practitioners

Fulvio Italiani is held in high esteem by sources as having "a lot of knowledge concerning the legal framework of bond issuances." Clients are also very happy with his "ability to explain the relevant technical aspects and laws; he is very clear with his analysis." He is well-versed in handling banking and finance and capital markets mandates.

Prestigious practitioner Carlos Omaña has a long-standing experience in this field, and is highlighted by market onlookers, who appreciate his ability to "advise on the wisest solutions" when dealing with complex matters. Other sources point to his profound knowledge and experience in the banking and finance sector.

About the Team (content provided by D'Empaire)

D’Empaire has participated in the largest debt restructurings of Venezuelan companies,and advises Venezuelan companies and banks in connection with financings.  D’Empaire is representing or has represented several top tier national and international financial institutions.

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Leĝa Abogados - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed practice group with great experience in the Venezuelan market. Frequently seen advising clients on the negotiation of credit facilities, exchange control regulatory matters and the securitisation of loans and project finance agreements in the energy industry. Also represents major domestic banks and international financial institutions, particularly from Asia.

Work highlights Advised on pledge and loan agreements to secure a USD650 million financing of a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and Suelopetrol Exploración y Producción (SEPSL).

Notable practitioners

Partner Jorge Acedo-Prato is co-head of department and is highly experienced in the Venezuelan banking and finance sector. He is well-versed in advising international banking institutions on regulatory mandates.

Miguel Rivero Betancourt's strength lies in financing matters in the oil and gas sector. He offers additional expertise advising international financial institutions on negotiating loan agreements.

About the Team (content provided by Leĝa Abogados)

Assistance to foreign and local banks in their business activities in Venezuela. Negotiation of credit facilities for public agencies and corporations and private companies and capital markets.

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Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known department with expertise in representing prominent banks and insurance and reinsurance companies in regulatory and transactional matters. Has a particular focus on high-value project finance and the structuring of securities trusts stand out. Strong bench is also well-versed in analysing and providing advice on exchange control regulations, as well as related dispute resolution.

Strengths Clients regard their work as "phenomenal," and assert that "they have remained with the firm throughout the years due to their experience in this sector."

Work highlights Represented Banco Espírito Santo against important claims in the Venezuelan courts, regarding the sale of bonds issued by other entities of the Espírito Santo Group.

Notable practitioners

Experienced practitioner Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is a leading lawyer in banking and finance matters. He is active in giving advice to foreign banks on matters involving clients domiciled in Venezuela. Clients go on to report that he is "one of the top lawyers in insurance matters in Venezuela."

Clients consider Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche to be a "very good-quality and knowledgeable lawyer." She is well equipped to advise on compliance regulations and revisions of corporate documents from national companies for banking purposes outside Venezuela.

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

We are one of the leading law firms regarding banking and finance in general. Insurance practice, and project finance and debt restructuring are part of our strongest areas. Our clients include top international and national banks and insurance companies.

Our advice regards legal and business matters, including corporate, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as financial documents, consumer law, exchange controls, capital markets and the placement in Venezuela of banking, insurance and investment products.

We are recognized experts in insurance and reinsurance, assisting major international and national players.

We counsel syndicated international banks regarding project financing and debt restructuring –having advised the lenders in major projects such as the Orinoco Oil Belt projects, Petrozuata and Hamaca; Digitel, in telecommunications; Sidor, in metals— and in matters regarding their Venezuelan interests. We also counsel international and national banks regarding their local issues.

Our assistance includes litigation. We represent our clients before local courts, including the Supreme Tribunal and arbitration courts, regarding local insurance and banking law.

We assist clients in their relations with their supervising authorities. Our clients value the transparency with which we represent them in all administrative and judicial procedures.

We counsel key actors and clients regarding emerging subject matters, such as the Petro and cryptocurrency issues.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded international firm well equipped to advise on highly complex matters in this space. Practice is focused in debt capital markets transactions such as bond issuances and securitisation, in addition to project finance mandates. Represents a range of clients emanating from sectors such as financial services, oil and gas, insurance and energy.

Strengths The firm has gained positive comments from clients, who say that the firm has "provided an excellent service in the financing of oil and gas projects."

Notable practitioners

Rubén Eduardo Luján's opinions are well regarded by clients because he "balances his advice and risk assessment with the commercial realities and business concerns." He has broad expertise in this sector and advises on contractual matters, lending agreements and debt capital markets transactions.

Prominent practitioner Natalija Vojvodic assists international companies with important corporate and project financing transactions in the energy sector. She offers additional capabilities advising on insurance mandates.

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Rodner Martínez & Asociados - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished boutique firm with an in-depth knowledge of regulatory and tax implications of international financial transactions. Also has the ability to handle leasing agreements, loans and swaps, with additional expertise helping in the winding down of multinational corporations and aiding them in restructuring matters.

Strengths The team is recognised by peers as experts in the banking area and has a well-established reputation for its "important track record in Venezuelan banking and finance transactions."

Notable practitioners

Revered senior statesman James-Otis Rodner is praised by market commentators as a "super-genius, well-known in the finance area." He is highly regarded for his experience in financial transactions and for his contribution to the academic sphere.

Partner Jaime Martínez Estévez continues his work leading the team in different types of financing transactions and designing and implementing restructuring matters for multinational companies. He has additional capabilities in debt restructuring mandates.

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Rodríguez & Mendoza - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm with experience in advising clients on both capital markets and banking and finance transactions. Team has extensive knowledge in matters related to project finance in the oil and gas sector, debt issuances and securitisations. Additional capabilities in offering advice regarding debt restructurings and tax issues.

Strengths Interviewees hold the firm in high regard, stating: "They are very solid, we've come across them on the other side of the table in important financing matters."

Notable practitioners

Peers identify partner and head of department Reinaldo Hellmund as being a recognised lawyer in the finance sector. He is frequently instructed by domestic and international companies and financial institutions on capital markets, project finance and regulatory mandates, particularly in the hydrocarbons sector.

Partner Miguel Velutini continues to be respected in the field of banking and finance. He is well-versed in assisting domestic and international companies on debt restructuring and securities mandates.

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AraqueReyna - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice group highlighted for its skills in banking and finance mandates. Areas of focus include advising on exchange controls, capital markets transactions, regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering issues, with additional expertise in insurance matters. Banco del Caribe, Banco Mercantil and Novo Banco count among the firm's new client wins this year.

Strengths Sources are impressed with the team for "suggesting solutions and a wide number of alternative approaches for complex and time-sensitive matters."

Notable practitioners

Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra's wide-ranging knowledge of the banking and finance sector is constantly highlighted by clients, who also regard him as "a proactive and responsive lawyer." Another source adds: "He has the ability to adapt to change and offers many different suggestions to approach the matters at hand."

About the Team (content provided by AraqueReyna)

ARAQUEREYNA´s Banking & Finance team chaired by Pedro Planchart is widely sought after by some of the most important banking and finance players in the local and global spheres.
The team has been further strengthened with the addition of Gustavo Reyna, one of the most respected banking and corporate lawyers in the country. With more than 40 years of experience (most of them at D’Empaire Reyna Abogados, the firm he founded in 1972), Gustavo Reyna is not only regarded as a trusted advisor by a stellar list of loyal clients, but is considered a friend, teacher, and mentor to generations of corporate lawyers in Venezuela and abroad.
Following Gustavo Reyna’s arrival, two of the firm’s recent panel wins include Banco del Caribe, one of the most important private banks in Venezuela, and Chubb Insurance, an important insurance and reinsurance company in the United States.
They add to an impressive portfolio that includes JP Morgan Chase Bank, Banco Santander International (based in Miami) and UBS AG. Furthermore, the team frequently acts alongside global law firms such as Simmons & Simmons (London, Amsterdam and Paris offices) and Debevoise & Plimpton.

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InterJuris Abogados, S.C. - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm with a noteworthy offering in banking and finance mandates. Team offers broad expertise across a number of finance matters, including structuring, negotiation, drafting of loan agreements and project finance in the oil and gas sector. Also experienced in securities mandates, such as sovereign debt issuances.

Strengths Commentators appreciate the firm's "ability to think out of the box and find innovative solutions."

Work highlights Advised Nodus International Bank on the USD8 million acquisition of an international banking entity based in Puerto Rico.

Notable practitioners

Juan José Delgado is praised by clients for having the ability to "look for original and innovative solutions." He recently assisted Consorcio Nacional de Petróleo with the drafting and negotiation of a USD35 million shareholder loan standard agreement with Corporación Venezolana de Petróleo for a high-value project.

Clients underline María Cecilia Rachadell's "global perspective, knowledge, and experience," adding that she is "very communicative and clear." She advised Rosneft on the financing and granting of a security interest to a Venezuelan state-owned company.

About the Team (content provided by InterJuris Abogados, S.C.)

  • InterJuris Abogados provides legal and strategic advice in banking and finance matters. The team has participated in project financings, debt financings, securities financing, syndicated loans and sovereign debt, in all major industries in Venezuela.
  • InterJuris Abogados has also participated in the incorporation and licensing of financial institutions in Venezuela and abroad, as well as the acquisition and merger of financial institutions.
  • InterJuris Abogados’ team has advised public and private financial institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral agencies, and financial service providers.
  • InterJuris Abogados has also participated in creation of funds between Venezuela and other sovereigns for the financing of infrastructure and other projects in Venezuela.

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MCZ Legal Consultants - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recently formed firm comprising highly experienced lawyers in the banking and finance sector. Bench possesses expertise in administrative claims against the state, currency exchange controls, regulatory issues, debt capitalisation and project finance mandates. Frequently represents clients from the banking, food and beverage, telecommunications and consumer goods industries.

Strengths Clients express their satisfaction by saying that "their analysis extends beyond the legal framework. MCZ includes political and economical factors in each risk analysis."

Notable practitioners

Partner Maritza Mészáros maintains an excellent reputation in the market with distinguished expertise in the banking and finance sector. She has been active representing and advising both local and international companies and banking institutions on important financing transactions, such as project finance and debt capitalisation.

Commentators qualify Pedro Crisafulli as a "very good" practitioner. He offers important assistance to domestic and multinational clients with financial restructuring, insolvency procedures, and derivatives mandates, as well as currency exchange controls.

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Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known practice counselling clients on currency exchange controls and regulatory concerns. Frequently advises banking institutions on licensing agreements and also possesses experience assisting insurance companies. Additional areas of expertise include tax and corporate mandates. Seguros Venezuela is a new client win for the firm this year.

Strengths Clients welcome the team's opinions on complex financial matters and state: "They are very efficient and always very diligent, I have never had a problem working with any of the lawyers."

Work highlights Assisted a major group of private investors associated with a Venezuelan international bank in obtaining an International Financial Entity License in Puerto Rico. The operation was valued at around USD5 million.

Notable practitioners

Rafael de Lemos Matheus is acclaimed by clients as being a "first-rate professional" in banking and finance mandates. They go on to add: "He handles matters well at both the local and at the international level."

The "excellent" José Manuel Ortega Sosa has helped in "making good decisions" and is highlighted for "his well-grounded legal opinions," according to sources.

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Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed team with an specific expertise in handling regulatory matters and credit facilities for banks and financial institutions. Also well equipped to advise on debt restructuring, bond issuance and related dispute resolution. Offers additional capabilities assisting with insurance mandates.

Strengths Interviewees describe the practice as a "very prestigious corporate and banking firm," noted for its "excellent service."

Notable practitioners

Distinguished senior statesman and head of department Alfredo Travieso Passios is considered an authority by peers in this field. He frequently offers advisory services to domestic financial institutions on regulatory banking mandates.

Sources identify Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra as being "very knowledgeable" of banking matters. He focuses his practice on trusts mandates and has a strong command of banking regulations.

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Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic firm with a long-standing presence in the Venezuelan market. Experienced in regulatory matters, the structuring and guarantees of credit facilities and exchange control issues. Frequently advises both local and international banks and financial institutions before the regulatory authorities.

Strengths Interviewees describe it as a "solid firm," with an "important presence" in the Venezuelan market.

Work highlights Advised Banco Occidental de Descuento on the structuring and guarantees of loans, as well as exchange control issues. The team also has been involved in regulatory issues involving the Venezuelan Superintendency of Banks and the National Securities Commission.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Pedro Rengel Núñez is frequently seen assisting clients with project finance and related dispute resolution. He has additional capabilities in tax planning and recently advised Activo Banco Universal regarding regulatory and loan matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Francisco Castillo-García

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Francisco Castillo-García continues to offer his support on complex banking and finance matters. He is involved in representing important clients and is held in high esteem by market commentators.

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AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced practitioner Gustavo Reyna joins the firm's banking and finance group and enjoys a long-standing track record advising on banking and finance matters. He is held in high esteem for his experience in this field and also acts as an adviser to major insurance companies.

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Senior Statesperson

James-Otis Rodner

Rodner Martínez & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered senior statesman James-Otis Rodner is praised by market commentators as a "super-genius, well-known in the finance area." He is highly regarded for his experience in financial transactions and for his contribution to the academic sphere.

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Senior Statesperson

Alfredo Travieso Passios

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished senior statesman and head of department Alfredo Travieso Passios is considered an authority by peers in this field. He frequently offers advisory services to domestic financial institutions on regulatory banking mandates.

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Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced practitioner Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is a leading lawyer in banking and finance matters. He is active in giving advice to foreign banks on matters involving clients domiciled in Venezuela. Clients go on to report that he is "one of the top lawyers in insurance matters in Venezuela."

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Reinaldo Hellmund

Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers identify partner and head of department Reinaldo Hellmund as being a recognised lawyer in the finance sector. He is frequently instructed by domestic and international companies and financial institutions on capital markets, project finance and regulatory mandates, particularly in the hydrocarbons sector.

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D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fulvio Italiani is held in high esteem by sources as having "a lot of knowledge concerning the legal framework of bond issuances." Clients are also very happy with his "ability to explain the relevant technical aspects and laws; he is very clear with his analysis." He is well-versed in handling banking and finance and capital markets mandates.

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Jaime Martínez Estévez

Rodner Martínez & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jaime Martínez Estévez continues his work leading the team in different types of financing transactions and designing and implementing restructuring matters for multinational companies. He has additional capabilities in debt restructuring mandates.

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Maritza Mészáros

MCZ Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Maritza Mészáros maintains an excellent reputation in the market with distinguished expertise in the banking and finance sector. She has been active representing and advising both local and international companies and banking institutions on important financing transactions, such as project finance and debt capitalisation.

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D'Empaire

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prestigious practitioner Carlos Omaña has a long-standing experience in this field, and is highlighted by market onlookers, who appreciate his ability to "advise on the wisest solutions" when dealing with complex matters. Other sources point to his profound knowledge and experience in the banking and finance sector.

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Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Luis Planchart Pocaterra's wide-ranging knowledge of the banking and finance sector is constantly highlighted by clients, who also regard him as "a proactive and responsive lawyer." Another source adds: "He has the ability to adapt to change and offers many different suggestions to approach the matters at hand."

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Rubén Eduardo Luján

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rubén Eduardo Luján's opinions are well regarded by clients because he "balances his advice and risk assessment with the commercial realities and business concerns." He has broad expertise in this sector and advises on contractual matters, lending agreements and debt capital markets transactions.

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Altum Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alvaro Posada of Altum Abogados holds extensive experience advising on the structuring of bond issuances, exchange controls and debt restructuring for major domestic and international banking institutions. He offers additional capabilities in M&A transactions.

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Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche

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

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients consider Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche to be a "very good-quality and knowledgeable lawyer." She is well equipped to advise on compliance regulations and revisions of corporate documents from national companies for banking purposes outside Venezuela.

^ See whole ranking table

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Jorge Acedo-Prato

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jorge Acedo-Prato is co-head of department and is highly experienced in the Venezuelan banking and finance sector. He is well-versed in advising international banking institutions on regulatory mandates.

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MCZ Legal Consultants

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators qualify Pedro Crisafulli as a "very good" practitioner. He offers important assistance to domestic and multinational clients with financial restructuring, insolvency procedures, and derivatives mandates, as well as currency exchange controls.

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Rafael de Lemos Matheus

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rafael de Lemos Matheus is acclaimed by clients as being a "first-rate professional" in banking and finance mandates. They go on to add: "He handles matters well at both the local and at the international level."

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Juan José Delgado

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Juan José Delgado is praised by clients for having the ability to "look for original and innovative solutions." He recently assisted Consorcio Nacional de Petróleo with the drafting and negotiation of a USD35 million shareholder loan standard agreement with Corporación Venezolana de Petróleo for a high-value project.

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José Manuel Ortega Sosa

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" José Manuel Ortega Sosa has helped in "making good decisions" and is highlighted for "his well-grounded legal opinions," according to sources.

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Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources identify Gustavo Enrique Planchart Pocaterra as being "very knowledgeable" of banking matters. He focuses his practice on trusts mandates and has a strong command of banking regulations.

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Altum Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alfonso Porras of Altum Abogados is an experienced lawyer in the banking and finance field. He advises clients on matters such as the structuring and issuing of structured notes programmes, in addition to private placements.

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Band 3

María Cecilia Rachadell

InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients underline María Cecilia Rachadell's "global perspective, knowledge, and experience," adding that she is "very communicative and clear." She advised Rosneft on the financing and granting of a security interest to a Venezuelan state-owned company.

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Pedro A Rengel Núñez

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Pedro Rengel Núñez is frequently seen assisting clients with project finance and related dispute resolution. He has additional capabilities in tax planning and recently advised Activo Banco Universal regarding regulatory and loan matters.

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Miguel Rivero Betancourt

Leĝa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Miguel Rivero Betancourt's strength lies in financing matters in the oil and gas sector. He offers additional expertise advising international financial institutions on negotiating loan agreements.

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Rodríguez & Mendoza

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Miguel Velutini continues to be respected in the field of banking and finance. He is well-versed in assisting domestic and international companies on debt restructuring and securities mandates.

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Natalija Vojvodic

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prominent practitioner Natalija Vojvodic assists international companies with important corporate and project financing transactions in the energy sector. She offers additional capabilities advising on insurance mandates.

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