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The ‘very good’ team at Baker McKenzie SC is known for representing private sector clients affected by expropriation measures of the Venezuelan government, and assists clients with the design and implementation of plans to protect their investments and mitigate the effects of possible expropriations. It is also experienced in advising domestic and multinational companies on compliance with the country’s fair-pricing law and its accounting principles. Further areas of expertise are consumer protection regulation and contracts with the public sector. The ‘highly skilled and politically savvyMaría Fernanda Zajía is a well-known expert, and Martha Cohen is a ‘knowledgeable and skilled negotiator’.

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados’ ‘excellent’ practice stands out for its expertise in regulated industries, particularly in the pharmaceutical, telecoms and media sectors; for freedom of speech cases; and on compensation for expropriations. Its criminal law expertise is also noteworthy because non-compliance with regulations has become increasingly criminalized. Recent highlights include assisting Radio Caracas Television with the enforcement of the judgement from the Interamerican Court of Human Rights to reinstate its TV concession from the Venezuelan authorities; defending Cámara Venezolana del Medicamento (CAVEME) and several multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis, in a suit requesting to sell single doses of all their pharmaceuticals; and advising Cummins on public procurement matters and import regulation. Other clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mitsubishi, United Airlines, and Visa. José Valentín González and José Humberto Frías are highly rated.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque is praised for its public procurement expertise. It also has significant know-how in public law dispute resolution –particularly out-of court-settlements– and general administrative law. Recent work includes advising the Spanish infrastructure company Ingeniería y Suministros Asturias (ISASTUR) on public procurement matters regarding the modernization of power transmission lines, assisting Constuctora Andrade Gutiérrez with the public procurement contract to build the Astillero Nor Oriental shipyard on the Aaraya peninsula, and defending Bayer in an administrative law dispute. Other clients include Alstom, Eurocopter and Peabody Energy. Practice head José Gregorio Torrealba is recommended along with Román José Duque-Corredor and Alejandro Gallotti.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez’s ‘very good’ team is experienced in consumer protection, public contracting, and regulatory matters affecting the telecoms, media, and pharmaceutical sectors. It also handles a high volume of litigation, such as appeals against administrative decisions. Recent work includes the defence of Herrera against administrative measures of temporary occupation and seizure of goods imposed by the National Superintendence for the Defence of Socioeconomic Rights (SUNDDE), and representing Clover de Venezuela in proceedings against the Venezuelan government regarding compensation for the expropriation of multiple land lots. The team also advised several clients on compliance with the law on fair prices, including Bosch, Corporación Capi, IPECA, Lena and OLX. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very professional’ practice head Margarita Escudero León, the ‘knowledgeable’ María Verónica Espina Molina and the ‘competent’ Nelly Herrera Bond.

Ayala, Dillon, Fernández, Linares Consultores Jurídicos’ public law practice is widely praised by peers for its expertise regarding human rights matters. It also has remarkable experience in public works, urban planning and general administrative law, and regularly acts in public law litigation. A recent highlight is the successful representation of Radio Caracas Television before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, which ordered the Venezuelan government to reinstate the client’s TV concession. Name partner Carlos Ayala is recommended.

The team at Badell & Grau Legal Consultants is known for advising public sector entities as well as private companies and individuals on their relations with the state. Areas of expertise include constitutional law, public procurement, regulated industries, class actions and expropriations. Founding partner Rafael Badell Madrid is highly regarded.

From its offices in Caracas and Maracaibo, Grau García Hernández & Mónaco advises numerous clients on their relations with government agencies, and has particular expertise in public health law matters arising in the food, drugs, and cosmetics industries, as well as in consumer protection and constitutional law. Gustavo Grau and Miguel Mónaco are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly noted for its regulatory expertise in the energy and natural resources sector, as well as for representing clients in expropriation cases and assisting in the design of contingency plans for possible expropriations. It also advises on public procurement, regulation of the food industry, consumer protection, and pricing regulations. Recent work includes representing Delta Air Lines in administrative procedures related to the client’s decision to cancel its flights to and from Venezuela. Other clients include Alstom, Bridgestone Firestone, Cielemca, Ferroven, and Mead Johnson Nutrition. Practice head Luis Ernesto Andueza is praised for ‘in-depth knowledge and a practical approach’.

Araquereyna has extensive experience in the consumer protection and public procurement areas, including regularly handling contentious matters in these fields. Recent work includes the defence of General Motors’ subsidiary ChevyPlan in more than one thousand consumer-protection lawsuits, and advising Microsoft on public procurement regulations. Other clients include Industrias Alimenticias Hermo and BSN Medical. Antonio Canova heads the practice.

Tax and public law boutique Palacios, Torres, Crespo & Korody delivers ‘excellent service with very good value for money’. It is experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters involving price and exchange controls, as well as general administrative law. The team successfully defended Alimentos Heinz in administrative proceeding initiated by the Superintendence of Agricultural Production (SunAgro), and has been representing the Venezuelan Association of Hospitals and Clinics in a procedure demanding annulment of a new price regulation of private healthcare services. Other clients include McDonald’s, Schlumberger and Telefónica. The ‘outstanding’ Leonardo Palacios Márquez, the ‘knowledgeable’ José Gregorio Torres and the ‘pragmatic’ Juan Korody are recommended.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo regularly assists its clients with price control and exchange control matters, handling advisory work and litigation. It also has experience in expropriation cases, consumer protection, and regulatory issues in the telecoms, mining and food sectors. Recent work includes representing Cervecería Polar in administrative procedures regarding importation, acting for PepsiCo in exchange control trials, and advising Turner Broadcasting on telecommunication regulation. Practice head Juan Domingo Alfonzo Paradisi is highly regarded.

WDA legal, S.C.’s public law team regularly advises clients on compliance with price controls and exchange controls, and assists in relation to inspections by officers of the Superintendence of Fair Prices and other government agencies. It has also been defending a client in an administrative procedure regarding alleged breaches of exchange controls. Clients include Baxter, Cargill, Mastercard, and SAP. Hernando Díaz-Candia and Ramón Azpúrua are key contacts.

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