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D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is well known for its competition and antitrust expertise in the telecoms sector, but the practice is much broader, advising clients in a variety of industries on merger-control issues and investigations of restrictive practices. Recent highlights include assisting Cable & Wireless Communications with the Venezuelan approval procedure for its acquisition of Columbus International, as well as assisting AT&T regarding the Venezuelan aspects of its acquisition of DirecTV. José Humberto Frías and José Valentín González are recommended.

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco is noted for its competition and antitrust compliance work for clients in the banking and finance and pharmaceutical sectors. The team also regularly represents clients in cases before Venezuela’s competition authority. Miguel Mónaco and José Ignacio Hernández are recommended.

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque stands out for its competition experience in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food sectors. The team successfully represented Aspen Pharma in an economic concentration matter before the competition authority and defended PepsiCo in an abuse of dominant position case. José Gregorio Torrealba is recommended. Other clients include Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Dulcevia.

Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique regularly advises on compliance with Venezuela’s changing competition and antitrust laws, including assisting with due diligence programmes and training. The team also has experience representing clients before the competition authority and the courts. Faustino Flamarique is recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright has substantial experience assisting clients with antitrust investigations and representing them in litigation. A recent example is the representation of Aserca Airlines in an appeal against a decision of the competition authority. It also continues to represent Linde subsidiary AGA Gas in an appeal against a decision by the competition authority regarding alleged exclusionary distribution practices in the gas market. Practice head Luis Ernesto Andueza is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez is particularly strong in unfair competition and economic concentration matters. The team regularly advises clients, particularly from the pharmaceutical and food sector, on such issues. Practice head Margarita Escudero León is ‘very professional and knowledgeable’.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo is particularly known for its competition work in the aviation sector, such as the representation of Air Europa and Copa Airlines in appeals against decisions by the competition authority. Clients in other industry sectors include Bacardí Venezuela, Cotécnica La Bonanza, Turner Broadcasting System, and Venco Packings. Juan Domingo Alfonzo Paradisi is an ‘outstanding expert’.

Araquereyna is noted for its advisory work on merger control issues and also has experience advising on antitrust compliance. Clients include General Motors, Microsoft and VRG Linhas Aéreas. Antonio Canova leads the practice.

Baker McKenzie SC is regularly involved in competition matters related to transactional activity and has advised several clients on antitrust compliance issues. Luis Vicentini is the key contact since former practice head Enie Neri de Ross retired.

Despacho de Abogados Miembro de Hogan Lovells advises clients on compliance with antitrust and competition regulations, and has also represented clients in cartel investigations and litigation. Clients include Aspen Nutritionals, Cabot, PDVSA, and SABRE. Latin America practice head Bruno Ciuffetelli divides his time between the firm’s Caracas and Houston offices.

Moreau, González & Asociados is focused on advising clients on compliance with Venezuela’s changing competition and antitrust laws. Key practitioner Ana Carolina González is an economist (and not a lawyer), but stands out for her experience as a former M&A director at the competition authority between 1994 and 2003.

WDA legal, S.C. has substantial experience with advisory and contentious antitrust matters, and also handles merger-control issues. Clients include the Baxter, DESCA, Graham Packaging Company, and SAP. Hernando Díaz-Candia leads the practice.

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