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The ‘very strong’ tax team at Baker McKenzie SC consist of several ‘highly skilled’ individuals. Ronald Evans is a well-known income tax expert, and is very experienced in wealth management matters and tax litigation, as well as advising on the taxation of cross-border transactions, investments, M&A deals and restructurings. José Barnola Jr is particularly noted for his VAT expertise, and advises clients on federal, state and municipal taxation, as well as on international tax matters. He also has extensive experience before the Venezuelan tax courts and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. Jorge Jraige is praised as ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’. Clients include INDULAC, Grupo Industrial Farallón, and Servicios Halliburton de Venezuela.

The ‘excellent’ practice at D’Empaire Reyna Abogados covers tax planning, litigation, transfer pricing, customs, and accounting matters at national, state and municipal levels. It is also experienced in international tax matters, and inheritance and business succession planning. Recent work includes the representation of Coca-Cola Femsa in a multimillion-dollar transfer pricing dispute, assisting Weatherford International with the reorganization of its Venezuelan operations in the context of a tax planning initiative, and advising several of Merrill Lynch’s Venezuelan private clients on tax planning regarding their immigration to the US. Other clients include Bayer, Del Monte, General Electric and United Airlines. Alberto Benshimol and Humberto Romero-Muci are highly regarded tax experts.

The sizeable tax practice at Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque is praised for providing ‘excellent service’. It regularly advises clients on complex tax structures, foreign investments and foreign exchange matters, and is also strong in litigation at all court levels. Recent work includes the successful representation of Cestaticket Accord Services in a tax dispute, the representation of Bayer in a transfer pricing dispute, and representing American Bureau of Shipping in a dispute regarding the right to income tax exemption as a non-profit association. Other clients include IBM, Mitsui, Reckitt Benckiser, and Samsung. Practice head Jesús Sol Gil, Elina Pou Ruan, and Nathalie Rodríguez are highly rated.

The ‘excellent’ tax team at Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly known for its work for oil-and-gas clients. The ‘knowledgeableCarlos Fernández-Smith leads the oil & gas, construction and services tax practice, and is experienced in corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. Fernando Fernández Barroso leads the tax and financial planning practice, and has over 30 years’ experience in tax planning and cross-border transactions. Leopoldo Escobar has expertise in the areas of international tax treaties and estate planning. Clients include Chevron, Baker Hughes, and Statoil.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo sizeable tax practice is noted for its strengths in negotiations with the tax authorities and litigation. The team successfully represented Cervecería Polar in a dispute about municipal tax with the municipality of Plaza (in Miranda state); assisted Toyota with the negotiation of a dispute-settlement agreement with the municipality of Sucre (in Sucre state), and represented Anglo American and Sanofi Aventis in income tax and customs disputes, respectively. BP, Petrosaudi, and Shell are also clients. Practice head Rodolfo Plaz Abreu is recommended along with Juan Carlos Garantón Blanco, Valentina Cabrera, Valmy Díaz Ibarra, and Nelson Borjas Espinoza.

Araquereyna delivers ‘great service at reasonable fees’. The team has experience in tax planning, transfer pricing and exchange-control issues, as well as in litigation. Recent work includes assisting Disan in relation to a tax audit; advising BSN Medical on tax matters related to exports, price control and exchange control matters; and assisting Mycom with import matters. Other clients include General Motors, Universal Music, and Microsoft. Practice head Carolina Cano, Gabriel Ruan, and Ingrid García Pacheco are highly rated.

The ‘excellent’ tax and public law boutique Palacios, Torres, Crespo & Korody is particularly strong on negotiations with the tax authorities and in litigation, from the administrative level up to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. Recent work includes representing Telefónica in 36 different tax disputes, acting for for Empresas Polar and its subsidiaries in three disputes about income tax, and advising Citibank on implications of new tax laws. Other clients include Banco Occidental de Descuento, McDonald’s, Plumrose and Schlumberger. The ‘outstanding’ Leonardo Palacios Márquez, the ‘knowledgeable’ José Gregorio Torres and the ‘pragmatic’ Juan Korody are recommended.

Rodríguez & Mendoza has a large team handling all aspects of tax planning and litigation. It is particularly experienced in providing structuring advice for new ventures, covering national, state and municipal taxes. Oswaldo Anzola is an experienced adviser.

The ‘excellent’ team at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez covers the full range of contentious and advisory tax matters, and is praised as providing ‘the best solutions with a holistic view on tax law and practicability’. The team successfully represented Robert Bosch in a dispute regarding municipal tax. Practice head Alfredo Travieso Passios and the ‘proactive’ Juan Carlos Castillo are recommended.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz is experienced in assisting its clients with tax planning, and has developed niche expertise regarding transactions involving the transfer of tax credits. Customs law is another strong focus for the team, which also handles tax and customs litigation. Eduardo Travieso Uribe is well regarded.

The team at Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique is experienced in the optimisation of corporate and financial structures in light of Venezuelan tax law and double taxation treaties. Marcel Imery has expertise in international, national and municipal taxation, including tax planning, structuring, and litigation. Jean Itriago is also recommended.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía’s practice is equally strong in advisory matters and litigation. It continues to advise Coca-Cola on tax planning, and has successfully represented Venezolana de Pinturas in a dispute regarding municipal tax. Manuel Acedo Sucre is an experienced adviser, while J Oswaldo Páez Pumar and María Genoveva Páez Pumar are noted for their advisory and litigation experience.

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz is noted for its expertise in customs duties and the structuring of import and export transactions. The practice also has experience in estate planning, the taxation of trusts, tax planning, and tax-related administrative proceedings and litigation. Andrés Luis Halvorssen is the key contact.

Tax boutique Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados provides ‘very good service at competitive rates’ and is particularly strong in tax-efficient corporate restructurings. Recent work includes assisting ATB Group with its restructuring and representing Iberoamericana de Seguros in a municipal tax dispute. The ‘outstanding’ practice head Moisés Vallenilla and Oscar Cunto are recommended.

The tax team at WDA legal, S.C. is particularly noted for its expertise in municipal tax matters and its track record in representing various clients in tax disputes. Practice head Luis Fraga is an experienced tax litigator.

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