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D'Empaire provides ‘exceptional service’ and has arguably unique expertise in handling nationalisation and expropriation-related matters and issues concerning freedom of speech matters, as well as in criminal law. Recent highlights include representing radio station Caracas 92.9, which used humour to express its opposition to the country’s government, after the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information and the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) decided not to renew its broadcasting licence. José Valentín González is recognised for his practical knowledge of public law and making his clients feel ‘very well represented’; and José Humberto Frías is considered to be a ‘highly strategic adviser’. Associate Ornella Bernabei is also noted.

Lega fields a team of ‘multidisciplinary lawyers, which gives the firm the ability to oversee every important aspect of a case’. It has experience handling public procurements, regulatory and administrative matters and consumer law. The team is assisting passenger transportation company Alstom in a $527m case regarding the negotiation and termination of contracts with the state-owned company Metro Los Teques. The team is led by the ‘very professional’ José Gregorio Torrealba, who is also well versed in the protection of foreign investment and international arbitration. ‘Trustworthy and knowledgeable’ junior partner Alejandro Gallotti and Andrés Linares-Benzo are also noted. Other new clients include Virgin Enterprises and Google.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez impresses with its busy public law practice, handling litigation cases for clients such as Nestlé, Laboratorios Leti, and Lena Engenharia e Construçōes. The team successfully represented Galaxy Entertainment by filing an appeal for annulment against actions by the National Centre for Foreign Commerce (CADIVI). Margarita Escudero León is the head of the practice and has a strong expertise when it comes both public law and competition matters.

The best quality of work’ is provided by Araquereyna’s public law department according to clients. The team is also experienced in handling issues related to expropriations and nationalisations. ‘An expert in administrative law’, practice head Antonio Canova successfully represented Hermo before the administrative courts in an annulment request; he was supported by senior associate Rodrigo Moncho. Pedro Sosa handled various matters for General Motors Venezolana. Another key contact is Gabriel Ruan, who is perceived as a knowledgeable consultant and litigation lawyer.

Ayala, Dillon, Fernández, Linares Consultores Jurídicos’ core strength is its public law practice, which covers privatisations and nationalisations, advice on regulation and administrative proceedings, as well as litigation; the firm has particularly notable experience with local and private clients from the telecoms, financing, and consumer protection sectors. Besides his administrative expertise, key contact Carlos Ayala Corao is knowledgeable on international law and human rights.

Badell & Grau Legal Consultants has a well-established public law practice which is experienced in advising companies and individuals but also state entities concerning administrative contracts and organisation, tenders and class actions, as well as expropriations and exchange control, among other areas. The firm’s skillset also includes litigation – led by Rafael Badell Madrid – before the relevant authorities.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.’s public law practice is regarded as ‘highly professional’. It covers expropriation processes and price controls, as well as providing its clients with advice on foreign exchange issues. The team challenged the nuances of public procurement before the relevant authorities. María Eugenia Salazar is noted for her ‘great knowledge’ of the area. Department head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón, a ‘committed lawyer’, is also well versed in dispute resolutions. María Fernanda Zajía left to co-found MCZ Legal Consultants.

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco has extensive experience advising clients from the food, telecoms, and pharmaceutical sectors. The firm’s key public law practitioner, Gustavo Adolfo Grau Fortoul also has expertise advising on economic regulations, consumer protection law and free competition. The team also handles high-profile litigation where it employs cross-departmental teams to provide comprehensive solutions. Miguel Mónaco is also well versed in administrative law.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a track record of advising on public contracting and exchange control. The team is frequently chosen to handle complex matters and recent work saw Luis Ernesto Andueza advise Gold Reserve on regulatory instruments and exchange control input, among other issues. The practice continues to act for Delta Airlines, which required sophisticated counsel following its commercial decision to cease flights to-and-from Venezuela; including regulatory and administrative proceedings opened as a result, along with inspections and audits. Senior associate Ana Carolina Serpa provided essential assistance in all matters; she has a specialist focus on consumer protection and pricing regulation.

The arrival of Luis Ortiz-Alvarez has strengthened the public law practice at InterJuris Abogados, which covers a variety of contentious and non-contentious public law matters including settlement and conciliation agreements, arbitration, and the representation of public and private entities before the authorities. Ortitz-Alvarez, together with Maria Cecilia Rachadell, advised Transban Investments in arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Other clients included Rosneft and Merck.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía has considerable experience in the public law area, handling consumer protection problems, exchange control regulations, and price control matters. The team represented Aluminios Britos in the contentious administrative court of the 1st instance (Corte Primera) against a nullity claim brought by the state -foundation Fundación Caracas, successfully obtaining a decision in favour of the client. Other matters saw the firm handle various administrative proceedings as well as advising on regulatory matters. Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Esteban Palacios Lozada are the main practitioners.

Public law and associated litigation is a particular strength of Torres, Plaz & Araujo and practice head Juan Domingo Alfonzo Paradisi has a particular focus on public contracts and nationalisation, expropriations and privatisation processes. Recent matters include representing Turner Broadcasting Systems before telecoms authority CONATEL in order to register channels. The team also acted for Barcardí before the administrative authorities, as well as assisting the client with the preparation of legal opinions relating to administrative procedures contained in the fair prices legislation.

WDA legal, S.C. has experience in nationalisation processes and also advises on government relations and compliance. The practice also handles litigation, investigations and audits. Key practitioner Hernando Díaz-Candia is also familiar with transactional activity with government entities.

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