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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The banking and finance department at Norton Rose Fulbright has strong expertise in the sector and acts for longstanding clients such as Credit Suisse and BUPA. Recent active clients include Barclays Bank and Intermedia Capital Group, and the team is frequently approached regarding complex currency-exchange regulatory matters as well as non-traditional and indirect currency conversion mechanisms (for instance gold and cryptocurrencies). Rubén Eduardo Luján, who is also the co-head of the firm’s Latin American banking and finance practice, has particularly strong knowledge of energy financing. Natalija Vojvodic and Daniela Jaimes are also key names.

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Rubén Eduardo Luján - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides its clients with practical advice concerning antitrust matters. Luis Ernesto Andueza continues to represent AGA Gas and Aserca Airlines before the antitrust authorities; he is supported by senior associate Ana Carolina Serpa. Andueza has also established a reputation for his expertise regarding the planning of strategic defences and negotiations with the authorities. The team’s client base includes companies from the media, pharmaceuticals, and energy sectors.

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Luis Ernesto Andueza - Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Despite the country’s economic situation, Norton Rose Fulbright has a busy corporate and M&A practice with an impressive client base including big names like Philips, Fox Channels, and Cisco Systems. Sergio Casinelli specialises primarily in corporate and commercial law and handles mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and corporate restructurings. Rubén Eduardo Luján and Daniela Jaimes are particularly knowledgeable regarding corporate matters in heavily regulated industries, such as the banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals and the food sector, while Natalija Vojvodic excels in due diligence reviews and the drafting of contracts and documents.

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Sergio Casinelli - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Natalija Vojvodic - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognised for its strong arbitration practice. Ramón Alvins is very experienced in all forms of dispute resolution and acts for clients such as Chevron, LG Electronics Panama, and Consorcio B&P. Alvins represented the latter against a consortium of two international construction companies. Acting mainly for international clients, Pedro Saghy provides advice on dispute avoidance. The team handles the most cases under ICSID and ICC enforcement currently pending against Venezuela.

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Ramón Alvins - Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy and natural resources department has a ‘strong comprehension’ of the area and is active with major clients such as Chevron and Mitsubishi. The firm also acts for mining company Gold Reserve, positioning it well in the market as the government’s focus for investment has broadened from oil and gas towards other natural resources. The ‘very reliableDaniela Jaimes has handled matters for China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) over the past year. Thanks to his corporate and commercial law background, department head Sergio Casinelli is also able to advise companies in the energy sector on regulatory and financing questions.

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Sergio Casinelli - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Daniela Jaimes - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘superior’ labour and employment practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is known for covering all contentious and non-contentious employment matters. ‘Trustworthy’ department head Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez had a successful year; together with labour litigator Eirys Mata Marcano he represented Johnson & Johnson in negotiations with contractors and contractors’ employees before the Office of the Labour Inspector regarding an outsourcing procedure. The team was able to terminate a number of its clients’ contracts without triggering legal consequences. Esther Cecilia Blondet has experience with collective bargaining agreements and Yanet Aguiar successfully represented Vetra Energía. The team was also active on behalf of Cigarrera Bigott, Schlumberger, and American Airlines.

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Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a track record of advising on public contracting and exchange control. The team is frequently chosen to handle complex matters and recent work saw Luis Ernesto Andueza advise Gold Reserve on regulatory instruments and exchange control input, among other issues. The practice continues to act for Delta Airlines, which required sophisticated counsel following its commercial decision to cease flights to-and-from Venezuela; including regulatory and administrative proceedings opened as a result, along with inspections and audits. Senior associate Ana Carolina Serpa provided essential assistance in all matters; she has a specialist focus on consumer protection and pricing regulation.

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Luis Ernesto Andueza - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on the complex legal framework posed by lease-related queries. The team handles real estate litigation; and with several of its clients interested in investing in real estate, the department is also in demand for investment planning and structuring advice. With the departure of Ramón Andrade to work for Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) in Panama; the practice is now led by Sergio Casinelli, Natalija Vojvodic, and Daniela Jaimes.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Carlos Fernández-Smith - Norton Rose Fulbright

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  • Korean Financial Regulators Advance Legislation to Introduce Regulatory Sandbox to Spark FinTech

    The 2018 year in review in Korea was notable for the sluggish overall economy, uncertainty surrounding the geo-politics and impact on Korea due to the global trade wars, on-going concerns related to the lack of jobs and unemployment, increased taxes and burdens for businesses and families, and no meaningful improvement or clarity in the current situation for 2019. In response, the Korean National Assembly passed a legislation called the Financial Innovation Support Act (the “FinISA”) on December 7, 2018 to spark the financial services industry in conjunction with FinTech products and services. The FinISA, which will soon take effect in March 2019, is intended to lay the legal foundation to introduce a regulatory sandbox for innovative financial services, where FinTech firms test their new products and services without certain regulatory oversight pursuant to exemptions for a limited period of time (“Sandbox”). As the FinISA exempts or defers application of existing finance-related regulations for new financial technology, products or services with the purpose of fostering the creation of innovative and new financial products and services, it will also support the stabilization of such services in the financial services market at the end of the testing period and is expected that the FinISA will support a revitalization of the FinTech industry which experienced sluggish growth in recent times. In particular, as companies and investors become more interested in security tokens and Security Token Offerings (“STO”) which are regulated by the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the “FSCMA”), there have been on-going discussions and debates as to whether the FinISA could lead to a breakthrough in the crypto-asset industry based on blockchain technology. Crypto assets encompasses those assets which utilize blockchain technology where the asset is digitalized by utilization of cryptography, peer-to-peer networks and a public ledger of verified transactions resulting in a ‘units’ of such a crypto asset without any involvement by middle-persons or brokers (e.g., cryptocurrency.

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  • ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

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  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

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  • BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

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  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

    Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.