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Araquereyna, under María del Pilar Aneas, has a superlative reputation for real estate development projects. Its recent highlights include advising the Millennium Group on the development of the Centro de Compras Merpolara shopping centre, including drafting the condominium deed and rental agreements; and assisting Teguadla in relation to the Centro de Compras Merpoeste development in Caracas. Founding partner Manuel Reyna has notable expertise in the promotion and structuring of real estate transactions, and also advises on construction projects.

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has excellent credentials in the real estate space. Juan Enrique Aigster, who draws on previous in-house experience with a company involved in the construction and management of retail and office buildings, is ‘smart, reactive, well prepared and market oriented’; he jointly heads the team with Mark Melilli-Silva. Highlights included advising food and beverage company Alpina Productos Alimenticios on terminating two leases and subsequently signing a new lease for a building in Guarenas; and assisting Cosméticos Rolda in the lease negotiations for its manufacturing plant in San Antonio de Los Altos.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s client list includes Corporación Tonina and Inversiones Ivalgar. Practice head Ramón Ignacio Andrade Monagas is handling various matters for the latter, including advising on a shopping centre development currently at the planning stage.

Baker McKenzie SC’s practice covers acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, commercial and portfolio leasing, and mixed-use and industrial developments. Department head Maria Eugenia Reyes has notable expertise in the agriculture sector, and handles environmental matters alongside her real estate work. Maria de los Angeles Celis, who was formerly a partner in the firm’s corporate and M&A team, transferred to the real estate group in January 2017. Martha Cohen and Alfonso Porras are the other key names.

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados handles the full gamut of real estate mandates. It recently advised a construction company on developing a luxury real estate residential project; and assisted a shopping centre operator in relation to a lease review, including advising on operating covenants and percentage rent requirements. Inés Parra, Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera are the names to note.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía has a combined real estate and construction practice. Recent work for the team includes assisting the Perret Group in relation to a residential development project in Aruba, with Manuel Acedo Sucre leading the advice. Real estate finance is another area of strength for the firm, and it regularly advises key client Banco Mercantil on financing acquisitions and new developments.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez’s team has been active in real estate transactions, such as Grupo Fernández y Asociados’ acquisition of a land plot in Valencia intended as the site for a shopping centre. René Lepervanche Orellana heads the team.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz acts for developers, builders, lenders and brokerage firms. It is experienced in structuring sales and advising on acquisitions, leases, construction contracts and real estate finance. Pedro Rengel Nuñez is the key contact.

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