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    • Nathalie Rodríguez-París - Lega
    • José Valecillos - D'Empaire

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Reputed for its ‘excellent’ service, the tax practice at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is highly regarded and demonstrates ‘practical understanding’ across a broad range of tax matters, particularly tax-planning strategies and tax law interpretation. Department head Ronald Evans has ‘great knowledge’ of tax treaties and José P. Barnola Jr. is also recognised for his expertise in the sector. Newly made-up partner Oscar Moreán brings corporate understanding to the table. Jorge Jraige left the firm to work at Altum Abogados, S.C..

D'Empaire takes an ‘accurate and effective approach’ to tax matters such as tax planning and accounting, and advises on tax implications, as well as inheritance and business succession planning. The team represented Coca-Cola Femsa against the tax authorities, successfully obtaining the overturning of a transfer pricing assessment. Department heads Alberto Benshimol and Humberto Romero-Muci are both regarded as ‘excellent lawyers’. New partner José Valecillos and senior associate Eduardo Meier are also essential members of the practice.

Providing ‘excellent’ and ‘strong, in-depth’ advice, Lega has consolidated its position as a key player in the tax market. The practice obtained a favourable decision in a tax litigation appeal against the tax administration on behalf of appliance-manufacturer Mabe and is also representing pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer, against an appeal filed by the tax authorities. The team is comprised of numerous experienced lawyers; an honorary member of the Venezuelan Association of Tax Law, department head and key contact Jesús Sol-Gil is a specialist in all-things tax. Nathalie Rodríguez-París, Elina Pou, and Gonzalo Capriles are all noteworthy practitioners.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s tax practice provides an ‘excellent quality of service’. It covers all tax-related matters spanning from assistance with tax law interpretation and business strategy planning to conflict resolution. The firm acts for companies such as Colgate, Schlumberger and Statoil and has been particularly active recently advising clients on exchange variations and efficiency-driven re-organisations. Tax planning and consultancy specialist Carlos Fernández-Smith has noteworthy experience; Fernándo Fernández is another key name.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo has an impressive tax department, which is well versed in foreign tax law as well as in the interpretation of local legal and accounting regulations. It is representing Cargill de Venezuela in several matters, including a case before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice concerning the constitutionality of charges collected by the Venezuelan port authority. The practice group’s client list also includes BP Petroleum & Gas, Belcorp, and Sanofi Venezuela. Managing partner Rodolfo Plaz Abreu, Valentina Cabrera Medina, and Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco are the key names.

Araquereyna has a ‘professional’ tax practice, which advises and consults on a broad range of matters. The team consists of department co-heads Gabriel Ruan Santos, who is experienced in arbitration and tax planning, and structuring expert María Carolina Cano, as well as Ingrid García Pacheco, an expert in wealth and heritage tax planning. Clients include Microsoft Venezuela, Sodexo Pass, and BSN Medical; the team is assisting the latter with the development of a new business structure in order to maximise its export activities. Associate Ismael Montealegre Torres also impresses.

Originally founded as a tax boutique, Palacios, Torres & Korody fields an experienced team. It advises clients from various sectors on tax planning, commissioning and litigation, as well as dispute resolution. Recent work highlights include representing Telefónica Venezolana before the tax authority (SENIAT); and providing Schlumberger with assistance in various judicial and administrative appeals, advisory on potential tax implications and assisting with the tax aspects of a $500m financial operation. Founding partner Leonardo Palacios is a very well-regarded figure in tax circles.

Rodríguez & Mendoza advises companies and their shareholders on tax implications and optimisations, the implementation of business structures, and general issues arising from municipal and national taxation. Oswaldo Anzola is well positioned to assist clients from various markets and junior partner Elvira Dupouy Mendoza is experienced in fiscal repairs and tax litigation management.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez handles an impressive range of tax-related matters including consultation and counselling work, tax planning and structuring, and the consideration of tax issues from both financial and accounting perspectives. The team recently acted for Asociación Damas Salesianas in a pro bono case, successfully filing an appeal of the tax authority’s decision not to award the association income tax exemption benefit. Senior partner Alfredo Travieso has enormous experience, and qualified accountant Juan Carlos Castillo Carvajal adds further practical knowledge.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz’ tax practice is well positioned in the market, undertaking litigation on all administrative and judicial levels, tax consultations, proceedings, filing of defences and appeals against tax claims as well as applications for special rulings. In addition, the practice has a special focus on customs law. Eduardo Travieso Uribe and Manuel Iturbe Alarcón are the key points of contact; senior associate Andreína Lusinchi Martínez is also noted.

Established in October 2017 as a spin-off from Baker & McKenzie, S.C., Altum Abogados, S.C. has a broad – if not yet full-service – offering and has particular strength in tax, where co-founding partner Jorge A Jraige R handles both domestic and international tax advisory and tax litigation. The practice was further consolidated with the arrival of international tax specialist Margie E Pirela G in January 2018; she has over 20 years’ experience of fiscal matters and previously spent 15 years at PWC’s Caracas office. Key support comes from mid-level associate Ximena Dugarte Rodríguez.

Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique handles a broad array of tax matters, from implementing corporate and financial structures aimed at achieving tax relief, to preventive tax measures and legal analysis to protect foreign investment. The practice group also has considerable experience in administrative and judicial tax litigation. Marcel Imery provides advice on international, national and municipal taxation, and Jean Itriago is knowledgeable regarding corporate tax planning and litigation.

InterJuris Abogados cover the full array of tax-related matters ranging from transactional structuring to disputes and litigation. The team recently assisted Axalta Coating Systems with the successful design and implementation of a capitalisation for the minimisation of adverse tax effects. Other active clients include Hewlett-Packard and CMEC Engineering. Anadaniella Sucre de Pró-Rísquez represented capital market clients before the tax municipalities; she co-leads the practice with María Leticia Perera Díaz, who focuses on international and domestic (state and municipal) tax matters and has experience regarding tax treaties, corporate planning and reorganizations, income and value-added tax and tax litigation.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía impresses with the broad scope of its practice which includes tax planning and structuring, where the team has considerable experience, as well as litigation. María Genoveva Páez Pumar successfully appealed a tax administration decision regarding the Universidad Metropolitana's tax exemption status; and is advising Venezolana de Pinturas in contentious proceedings regarding a municipal tax assessment. Other work included providing tax assistance to companies like Venoco, Venezolana de Pinturas, and Andritz Hydro. Manuel Acedo Sucre stands out for his understanding of international tax law and Oswaldo Paéz Pumar is also noted.

In addition to representing its clients before the relevant authorities, Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz’s tax practice handles planning, structuring and audits. The firm is also experienced in performing due diligence procedures and advising on the planning of import and export operations to ensure compliance and payment of duties. Tax expert Andrés Luis Halvorssen is the key contact.

Boutique law firm Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados covers matters ranging from tax litigation and the application of double taxation treaties to advice regarding tax and corporate planning. The team acts for clients such as Corporación Digitel, Industrias Oregon, and Galaxy Entertainment de Venezuela, and recently successfully represented Mack de Venezuela in appeals court tax litigation. Practice head Moisés Antonio Vallenilla Tolosa is the key contact.

WDA legal, S.C.’s tax practice advises on succession, wealth preservation and estate planning, as well as on municipal tax issues and assessments. Bernardo Weininger, who has a strong corporate background, leads the team together with tax litigator Luis Fraga Pittaluga.

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