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Full-service law firm D'Empaire has a particular strong corporate and M&A practice and is ‘always on top of matters’; recent mandates include assisting several multinational companies with M&A transactions taking place in Venezuela, as well as global transactions involving a Venezuelan subsidiary. The ‘excellent team’ acted for global insurer Liberty Mutual on the proposed sale of its Venezuelan branch, Seguros Caracas de Liberty Mutual, to a Venezuelan investor. ‘Brilliant adviserFulvio Italiani and the highly regarded Arnoldo Troconis both have extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and transactional work. New non-equity partner Paula Serra is another key contact.

Lega has extensive experience in corporate matters and the team has a well-deserved reputation for being made up of ‘excellent lawyers’. The practice has developed ample knowledge in various industries such as life sciences and healthcare, telecoms and IT, energy and natural resources, and insurance, among others. With the ‘committed and competent’ Luis López-Durán as a lead partner, the team advised Port De Bras on the expansion of its operations, as well as providing ongoing assistance to an extensive client roster regarding day-to-day matters. The firm recently developed an entrepreneurship practice – a distinctive feature – that aims to help new ventures and entrepreneurial start-ups in Venezuela and abroad to establish themselves. José Alberto Ramírez-León and Laura Silva-Aparicio are also noted.

Despite the country’s economic situation, Norton Rose Fulbright has a busy corporate and M&A practice with an impressive client base including big names like Philips, Fox Channels, and Cisco Systems. Sergio Casinelli specialises primarily in corporate and commercial law and handles mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and corporate restructurings. Rubén Eduardo Luján and Daniela Jaimes are particularly knowledgeable regarding corporate matters in heavily regulated industries, such as the banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals and the food sector, while Natalija Vojvodic excels in due diligence reviews and the drafting of contracts and documents.

Araquereyna’s corporate practice has ‘good business acumen’ and provides legal assistance to international clients such as Nokia Solutions and Networks, Microsoft, and Telefónica. Besides litigation work, founding partner Manuel Reyna also advised Sodexo Pass International on corporate and contractual matters, as well as on the new regulations and the political situation. Pedro Sosa has ‘wide experience’ and excels in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. Pedro L Planchart is noted for being ‘very knowledgeable’.

Full-service firm Baker & McKenzie, S.C. provides its clients with all-round assistance. The department is known for handling restructurings, post-transaction integrations, and reorganisations as well as dealing with risk mitigation. It also works with businesses in Venezuela regarding improvement of their corporate structures and foreign investment planning. The practice is led by Maria Celis, who also advises clients on real estate matters, and the up-and-coming Jesus Dávila. Valencia-based Douvelin Serra is another key contact.

The ‘excellentInterJuris Abogados handles the full range of corporate-related matters including M&A and other transactions, corporate advisory and representing clients before the authorities. Despite the country’s economic scenario, the firm has expanded both its team and client portfolio. Moreover, the firm recently opened a branch in Miami so as to be able to advise Venezuelan companies on an international level. Maria Cecilia Rachadell had a particularly strong year and is described as ‘very knowledgeable’. Juan José Delgado and Carlos Delgado are also noted. The current corporate client roster features primarily international companies, including Goddard, DXC Technology, and Pfizer.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía is recognised for its knowledge in private equity where it advises on structuring acquisition processes and negotiations. Experienced department co-head Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche assisted Colfax with the Venezuelan aspects of the global sale of its fluid-handling business, and subsequently handled associated post-closing matters. The team also keeps up with recent developments and is able to advise on constitutional law and foreign sanctions. Practice co-head Manuel Acedo Sucre and Esteban Palacios are other key contacts; associate Luisa Lepervanche is also noted.

With over 60 years in the market, Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez has long been a mainstay of the country’s corporate market. Recent mandates saw the team complete the sale of Essity’s subsidiary BSN Medical Venezuela, in which it handled all aspects from due diligence and market analysis to negotiations and the finalisation of the sales documentation. The practice group assembled by experienced departmental head René Lepervanche Orellana also advised Meyer Group and Aliva Stump regarding negotiations. Senior associates César Lepervanche Mendoza and Francisco Alemán Planchart also handle an impressive workload.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, foreign exchange control and franchising. An ample part of the firm’s practice involves handling the acquisitions of domestic businesses by international investors, where it conducts due diligences and reviews, as well as the planning and closure of transactions. Olga Nass de Massiani is knowledgeable in project financing and public offers. Simón Guevara Camacho is recognised by a broad spectrum of clients from different sectors.

WDA legal, S.C.’s department provides advice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital. The corporate practice also assists its clients with banking and finance matters. Key contacts Hernando Diaz-Candia and Ramón Azpúrua are both experienced in international investment and transactional work.

BNM Ontier specialises in corporate and tax law, covering restructuring work and joint ventures for special purposes, as well as company acquisitions and sales. The firm handles clients from various sectors including energy, technology and services, and national and international companies like Ferrostaal, Amadeus IT Group and Inepetrol. José Rafael Bermúdez supervises international transactions and is very experienced across the corporate field. Carlos Nevett Gimón’s knowledge of arbitration and mediation proceedings is also noted.

Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique has notable expertise in M&A deals, audits and contract negotiations; it also advises extensively on international trade. Pedro Urdaneta’s knowledge extends beyond corporate law to include advising clients on project finance matters, as well as administrative and technological outsourcing.

Palacios, Torres & Korody’s corporate team handles international contracting, acquisitions and mergers, and regulatory exchange control issues. The practice is particularly strong when it comes to advising companies from the energy and natural resources industry, such as Schlumberger, Eni Lasmo and Pampa Energía, and was recently involved in the drafting and redefinition of commercial contracts for Total. The arrival of Carlos Plaza brings additional strength-in-depth.

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz practice covers advising on general corporate matters and restructuring, mergers and privatisation; further to that, the team handles electronic commerce, where it assists clients with registering domain names and with the regulatory framework concerning data protection. The department is co-led by José Manuel Ortega Sosa, who is also knowledgeable on finance matters, and Rafael de Lemos Matheus.

Rodríguez & Mendoza has a comprehensive practice which covers the preparation and registration of corporate documentation, mergers and acquisition transactions, and advice on joint venture projects. The firm’s clients come mainly from the oil and gas, food, and pharmaceutical sectors. Reinaldo Hellmund and Francisco Utrera are noted.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo assists its clients in corporate exchange matters. The firm is also particularly knowledgeable regarding investment structuring and management, areas in which it advises clients such as Nutresa and Mack Trucks. The firm acted as counsel for Pepsi concerning projects carried out in Venezuela (as well as analysing the performance of bond payments for the company). Practice head Guillermo de la Rosa Stolk is the key contact.

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