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    • Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre - Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía
    • Pedro Crisafulli - MCZ Legal Consultants
    • Jaime Martínez Estévez - Rodner, Martínez & Asociados
    • Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire
    • Rubén Eduardo Luján - Norton Rose Fulbright
    • Maritza Mészáros - MCZ Legal Consultants
    • Pedro Rengel Nuñez - Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz
    • Pedro Planchart - Araquereyna
    • Miguel Rivero - Lega
    • James-Otis Rodner - Rodner, Martínez & Asociados

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Araquereyna’s banking and finance practice is led by ‘tremendous adviserPedro L Planchart. Besides providing standard legal assistance in the area, the firm also covers a broad range of different matters, including insurance and contract law, foreign exchange legislation, and secured transactions. Its clients include key players such as JP Morgan Chase, Banco Santander International, and Chubb Insurance. Planchart is supported by ‘superb strategist’ Gustavo J Reyna, who is well versed in mergers and acquisitions, and also by the ‘particularly goodPedro Sosa, who is experienced in finance law.

D'Empaire has an established financing practice and is well versed in advising creditors and funds in anticipation of a potential default by the Venezuelan Republic or Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as well as restructuring. Fulvio Italiani assisted Banco Exterior with several syndicated loans. Other matters saw the team provide Banco Sabadell and Banco BPI with legal assistance regarding the closing of their branch offices in Venezuela. The firm’s client portfolio also includes BNP Paribas and Visa International Service Association. Highly professional Carlos Omaña is well regarded; newly made-up partner Paula Serra provides additional capability and support.

Lega has a ‘sharp and in-depth’ knowledge of the banking and finance sector. The firm handles the negotiation and securitisation of loan agreements, as well as transactions and advising. Recent work saw key practice figures José Alberto Ramírez and Luis López-Durán assist Evolvere with the establishment of its first private equity fund in Venezuela; additional matters include the co-representation of Venezuelan investors who fell victim to a fraudulent investment operation. Department head Miguel Rivero is recognised for his ‘commercial approach’; he also has an additional focus on oil and gas work. Other clients include the Bank of Nova Scotia, Banplus Banco Universal, and TotalBank.

The banking and finance department at Norton Rose Fulbright has strong expertise in the sector and acts for longstanding clients such as Credit Suisse and BUPA. Recent active clients include Barclays Bank and Intermedia Capital Group, and the team is frequently approached regarding complex currency-exchange regulatory matters as well as non-traditional and indirect currency conversion mechanisms (for instance gold and cryptocurrencies). Rubén Eduardo Luján, who is also the co-head of the firm’s Latin American banking and finance practice, has particularly strong knowledge of energy financing. Natalija Vojvodic and Daniela Jaimes are also key names. As of late January 2019, the firm's Venezuelan office has been taken over by Dentons.

InterJuris Abogados has ample experience in the energy sector, in which Venezuela’s most significant banking and finance activity currently takes place. The firm advises clients such as Nodus International Bank and Alaluz Capital on all market-related matters including project-, debt- and securities-financing, syndicated loans and sovereign debt. Corporate expert and practice co-head María Cecilia Rachadell assisted petroleum company Rosneft, a key player in the market, with legal matters arising from the financing and granting of security interest to a Venezuelan state-owned entity. Juan José Delgado also has significant expertise in the area, which in addition, is supplemented by his energy and tax knowledge.

One of the key strengths of the banking and finance practice at Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía is insurance-related matters. The team handled various litigation cases on behalf of Zurich Seguros, which it also assists with other legal disputes. In addition, it advises major international clients like Tokio Marine, Munich Re, and Munchener de Venezuela regarding insurance law. On the finance side, the team represented Banco Espírito Santo in litigation before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice related to its liquidation process. The practice also took on the challenge of advising clients on the regulation of the newly introduced cryptocurrency ‘Petro’, on which associate Luisa Lepervanche published an article. Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche are the key names.

Rodner, Martínez & Asociados is primarily a banking and finance specialised firm and handles matters ranging from loan and security agreements and international finance leases and swaps, as well as advising on associated regulatory and tax issues. An expert in financial law and obligations, James-Otis Rodner co-leads the practice with commercial law specialist Jaime Martínez Estévez.

Palacios, Ortega y Asociados covers a broad range of banking and finance matters, such as secured and syndicated loan transactions, finance structuring and banking regulations. Luis Esteban Palacios leads the practice and has also experience in corporate matters.

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz has a well-established banking and finance practice which advises insurers and banks on structured transactions, debt obligations and financial leases, particularly the corporate, tax and regulatory aspects. Rafael de Lemos Matheus and Jose Manuel Ortega Sosa are the key contacts.

Rodríguez & Mendoza’s banking and finance team has been active covering the structuring of loan agreements for national as well as international entities, as well as debt restructuring and share issue transactions, among other matters. The firm also has experience assisting financial institutions in establishing representative offices in Venezuela. Reinaldo Hellmund is especially knowledgeable when it comes to oil and gas financing projects.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez had much cross-border work in the banking and finance area. The long-established law firm’s banking and finance practice is led by Gustavo Planchart Pocaterra. Alfredo Travieso Passios and Jose Santiago Núñez Gómez are on the boards of Venezuelan banks like Banco Mercantil and Banco Fondo Común, and the firm is a member of Multilaw.

Long-established firm Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz has a broad banking and finance practice. Its service covers advice on loan and credit restructuring agreements, investments, and debt financing, as well as general counsel. The client base includes local and international banking institutions, financial advisers, and the National Superintendency of Securities. Pedro Rengel Nuñez and Luis Tinoco Arria lead the practice and have notable experience.

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