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Baker McKenzie SC is among ‘the very best’ for banking and finance as well as capital markets matters. The team advises local and international banks as well as commercial companies across a variety of industry sectors on a broad range of finance transactions, regulatory compliance, and exchange control matters. It also advises on financial activities abroad, drawing on the firm’s international network. Recent work includes assisting Toyota Financial Services with the issuance and placement of bonds worth $85m. Maritza Mészáros and Alvaro Posada have ‘excellent legal knowledge’ and ‘a very good understanding of the financial industry’. Other clients include Astra Zeneca, Bancrecer and Oxiteno.

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is a ‘market leader’ for major financing transactions taking place in, or involving, Venezuela. Recent highlights include assisting the government of Jamaica with its $2bn bonds issuance and its negotiation of a prepayment agreement with Venezuelan state-owned oil company, PDVSA, for the payment of debt arising from sale of oil pursuant to the Petrocaribe Agreement. The team is also regularly instructed by local and international banks, such as Bancaribe, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, RBS, as well as the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The well-respected practice head Fulvio Italiani and Carlos Omaña are recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque has been handling some remarkable work for foreign banks financing Venezuelan public and private sector entities; in particular it advised several Asian banks on multiple loans to the Venezuelan government with a total value of several billion dollars. The practice also regularly acts for clients in contentious banking matters; for example, advising Avila International Business Corporation on a $500m banking dispute with the Royal Bank of Canada in Barbados. Practice head Jorge Acedo is ‘very thorough and proactive’, and Miguel Rivero is praised as ‘very reliable and responsive’. Other clients include JBIC, Bank of Communications (China), Gazprombank and Bank of Nova Scotia.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright regularly assists international lenders with the financing of Venezuelan public sector entities, particularly in the oil-and-gas sector, and has developed particular expertise regarding the restrictions and formalities which apply to public-sector borrowers and on mechanisms for the repayment of international financings. Clients include Bank of Montreal, China Development Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Liberty Mutual. The ‘very knowledgeable and pragmaticRubén Eduardo Luján leads the Venezuelan team and is co-head of the firm’s Latin America banking and finance practice. He divides his time between the firm’s Caracas and Toronto offices. Daniela Jaimes is another key advisor.

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells continues to act for Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and other Venezuelan state-owned companies on the majority of their financing transactions. Examples of work include assisting PDVSA with its $5bn bond issuance on the international capital markets and advising on a $1bn loan from Gazprombank through an oil-backed repayment facility, as well as assisting PDVSA Naval and PDV Marina with the financial lease of three liquefied-petroleum-gas vessels. Latin America practice head Bruno Ciuffetelli divides his time between the firm’s Caracas and Houston offices. Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos is another key contact.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía is particularly known for its work in the insurance sector, where practice head Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is highly regarded for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters. Work examples include assisting Marsh Venezuela with regulatory matters and advising Münchener de Venezuela on reinsurance claims, exchange controls and other regulatory issues. The firm has also been advising Grupo Fidens’ Humberto Gil in relation to the acquisition of Seguros Caracas, Venezuela’s largest insurance company, from Liberty Mutual. Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche is the key contact for banking and finance matters, where Banco Mercantil, Banesco and Citibank are among the firm’s clients.

Rodner, Martínez & Asociados has a longstanding reputation in the banking and finance area. Name partners James-Otis Rodner and Jaime Martínez Estévez are recommended for their expertise in banking regulatory matters, including the tax aspects of international finance facilities. The practice also provides advice on loans, swaps and trust arrangements. Clients include international banks, export promotion agencies, multilateral entities, and multinational corporations with operations in Venezuela. The firm was involved in finance transactions with an aggregate value of over $1.7bn during the course of 2015.

The ‘very professional’ team at Araquereyna is particularly recommended for banking regulatory matters, where it provides ‘very good value for money’. Practice head Pedro Planchart has a ‘wealth of experience regarding banking and finance as well as investment funds’ and is ‘very responsive and business-minded’. Clients include JP Morgan Chase, UBS and Zürcher Kantonalbank, as well as several international law firms, which the team advises on banking, capital markets, and insurance regulation in Venezuela.

The ‘very good’ team at InterJuris Abogados has particular experience with project financings in the energy sector. Highlights include assisting HNR Finance with the design, structuring and negotiation of a financing for PetroDelta, a joint venture for to the exploration and production of crude oil in Venezuela. Other clients include Arca Bank International, Experian, Nodus International Bank, and Zumaque Capital Partners. Co-practice heads Maria Cecilia Rachadell and Juan José Delgado are recommended.

Palacios, Ortega y Asociados advises domestic banks and the local branches of foreign banks on developing their business in Venezuela; it assists with the drafting and negotiation of loan and credit agreements as well as the creation of securitisation structures. Founding partner Luis Esteban Palacios has considerable experience in financing transactions through bank syndicates and also in project financings.

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz has advised banks on regulatory issues and on the development and implementation of new products and services. The team has expertise in structured transactions and collateralised debt obligations, as well as consumer credit, credit cards, financial leasing and factoring matters. Rafael de Lemos Matheus is the key contact.

Rodríguez & Mendoza’s finance and capital markets practice has assisted both lenders and borrowers with project finance transactions involving a variety of financing facilities. The team also has experience with securitisation transactions. Clients include domestic and international banks. Reinaldo Hellmund is the key contact.

The team at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez is particularly strong in banking regulatory matters. It assisted the Venezuelan branch of Banco Espirito Santo with the transfer of the business to newly created entity Novo Banco, including all regulatory aspects, such as the transfer of licenses. Practice head Gustavo Planchart Pocaterra and senior partner Alfredo Travieso Passios are well regarded.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz has assisted domestic and foreign banks in relation to loan and credit restructuring agreements, security arrangements, investments, and debt financings. It also advises on insurance, reinsurance and capital markets matters. Banking and capital markets practice head Pedro Rengel Nuñez and Luis Tinoco Arria are well regarded.

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