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Venezuela

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados fields a team of experienced lawyers, who advise clients on the securitisation of loans and negotiation of credit facilities, among others. The team has a particularly strong track record with Asian and middle eastern banks, including MUFG Bank and Bank Hapoalim. Practice head Miguel Rivero is an expert in financing transactions in the oil and gas sector; he assisted Suelopetrol Exploración y Producción (SEPSL) with the drafting and negotiating of receivables pledge agreements and loan agreements for the purpose of securing financing for Petrocabimas, an enterprise joint venture between SEPSL and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). Luis López-Durán and José Alberto Ramírez advised Evolvere Capital on the setting up of the first private equity fund to start operations in Venezuela.

Leading individuals

Miguel Rivero - Leĝa Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados has notable strengths handling investigations relating to cartels or market dominance, barriers to entry and merger control work. The team is comprised of London-based practice head José Gregorio Torrealba, as well as Rosa Virginia Superlano and Alejandro Gallotti Urbano. Following the firm's merger with Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique, it was further bolstered by the arrival of competition specialist Faustino Flamarique.

Leading individuals

Faustino Flamarique - Leĝa Abogados

José Gregorio Torrealba - Leĝa Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados impresses with its expertise in complex transactions; the team is particularly knowledgeable in the oil and gas field and was bolstered by the arrival of several lawyers, including Pedro Urdaneta, following the firm's merger with Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique. Juan Enrique Aigster and Luis Eduardo López-Durán jointly head the practice. The latter assisted insurer ProtegeTuViaje with the internationalisation of its operations in Latin America and the incorporation of a Chilean subsidiary. José Alberto Ramírez-León advised Linio's local company on the corporate restructuring process following its international acquisition of Falabella. Aigster and Laura Silva-Aparicio handle a variety of corporate matters for Alpina. Victoria Montero and associate Dubraska Zapiain are also noted.

Leading individuals

Luis Eduardo López-Durán - Leĝa Abogados

Next generation lawyers

José Alberto Ramírez-León - Leĝa Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados handles an impressive range of matters, with particularly noteworthy experience in alternative dispute resolution and commercial litigation.  The group also has additional expertise in IP and maritime proceedings. Practice head Carlos Domínguez also represents clients in white-collar crime cases. Other noted team members include Mark Melilli Silva, José Gregorio Torrealba and Lisette García Gandica.

Leading individuals

Carlos Domínguez - Leĝa Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Lisette García Gandica - Leĝa Abogados

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Led by the experienced Miguel Rivero, the team at Leĝa Abogados stands out for its expertise in advising on international financing structures and regulatory matters in particular. It regularly counsels clients on the development, construction and transactional side of oil-and-gas, power and infrastructure projects. Rivero, together with junior partner José Alberto Ramírez and counsel Simón Herrera, assisted CGG with a potential agreement with PDVSA for the acquisition of marine seismic data concerning the Venezuelan seabed. Other work saw the practice group advise the Venezuelan Association of Gas Processors (AVPG) and Wood Group, among others, on various issues.

Leading individuals

Miguel Rivero - Leĝa Abogados

Next generation lawyers

José Alberto Ramírez - Leĝa Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados has a strong track record in labour and employment disputes, particularly when it comes to advising clients on multiple contract terminations and collective bargaining matters. The team also advises on international contracting issues and labour audits. Carlos Alberto Henríquez has considerable experience defending clients from the energy, banking, construction and retail sectors. John Tucker-Barboza, who specialises in data protection and confidentiality issues, María Elena Subero and Natalia De Paz Garmendia are also part of the team. Pablo Benavente left for Grau García Hernández & Mónaco in December 2018.

Leading individuals

Carlos Alberto Henríquez - Leĝa Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Natalia De Paz Garmendia - Leĝa Abogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados has a standout practice in both contentious public law matters and public procurement, with the team having developed a considerable track record and significant experience across a number of segments including transportation, electricity, oil, aviation and ports, among others. Practice head José Gregorio Torrealba is well versed in this area; his recent work highlights include representing contractor LS Cable & System in legal proceedings against state owned CANTV, which failed to pay invoices after the contractor fulfilled its duties. Torrealba also successfully represented multiple companies -including Google, Prada and Pfizer- in judicial proceedings against the Venezuelan Trademark Office regarding its failure to decide more than 190 cases. Indeed, the firm's capabilities in contentious-administrative matters in the IP sphere has led  (as of June 2019) to an association with leading IP firm Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez to jointly handle such matters. Alejandro Gallotti, Andrés Linares-Benzo and Rosa Virginia Superlano are other key team members.

Leading individuals

José Gregorio Torrealba - Leĝa Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados has a strong offering in the real estate space; the team assists clients with the full life cycle of their residential, retail, office and industrial properties. It has a particularly noteworthy track record in real estate litigation; dispute resolution expert Mark Melilli-Silva is acting for RB Inversiones in an arbitration proceeding against one of its tenants over the tenant's refusal to leave a building owned by the client. Acting for Boston Medical Device, practice head Juan Enrique Aigster negotiated and obtained a review of the lease of its office property. Lisette García-Gandica is well versed in eviction processes and is, together with associate Elias Tarbay, also noted.

Leading individuals

Juan Enrique Aigster - Leĝa Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Leĝa Abogados

Leĝa Abogados has a strong tax practice, which advises on structures, foreign investment and foreign exchange-related matters as well as on litigation and transactions. The impressive client portfolio comprises a mix of financial institutions and local and foreign companies. Experienced practice head Jesús Sol-Gil is assisting the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) with the filing of a judicial remedy against the tax authorities’ refusal to acknowledge the client’s right to income tax exemption. He is also representing CA Química Integrada before the Tax Administration in litigation concerning adjustment in the statement of income for 2009 and 2010 for the application of changes and losses in the determination of sales costs. Other highlighted practitioners are Elina Pou and Nathalie Rodríguez-París. The team was boosted by the firm's merger with Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique in April 2019.

Leading individuals

Jesús Sol-Gil - Leĝa Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Nathalie Rodríguez-París - Leĝa Abogados

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