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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has an established financing practice and a strong track record advising foreign insurers on insuring risks in Venezuela, as well as assisting in relation to offshore insurance products. Rubén Eduardo Luján, who co-heads the Latin American banking and finance practice and divides his time between Toronto and Caracas, has extensive experience in energy and asset-based financing. Natalija Vojvodic handles project financing, and is a key name for insurance and reinsurance matters; and Daniela Jaimes’ experience includes energy, commodities, trade and shipping financing. AXA, Allianz and Bank of Montreal are among its clients.

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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 has notable expertise in administrative and judicial proceedings involving competition matters. Luis Ernesto Andueza is acting for Aga Gas in challenging the antitrust authority’s decision to impose sanctions on the client for alleged exclusionary practices. Andueza is also part of a team representing Aserca Airlines in challenging sanctions imposed by the antitrust authority over alleged collusion to increase fares.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright has the capacity to handle high-profile cross-border M&A transactions, as well as advising on joint ventures, contractual matters and compliance. Ramón Ignacio Andrade Monagas, who heads the firm’s Latin American technology and innovation practice, is handling various matters for Fox Channels, including assisting with product placement issues and advising on advertising content transmitted through the client’s signals. Energy specialist Natalija Vojvodic regularly advises Shell Oil Company in relation to its Venezuelan operations. Sergio Casinelli has a superlative reputation for transactions in sectors including energy, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Rubén Eduardo Luján, who is based in Toronto, and Daniela Jaimes are the other names to note.

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Sergio Casinelli - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is well-versed in a wide range of litigation and arbitration disputes. Ramón Alvins and Pedro Saghy are acting for Consorcio B&P in a contractual dispute that marks the first time two consortia will be parties in an international arbitration involving Venezuela. Alvins and Bernardo Wallis are representing Venezuelan Heavy Industries in an arbitration with Dynamic Industries International before the Business Conciliation and Arbitration Centre arising from a contractual dispute.

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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 has a strong track record in oil and gas projects, and its impressive client list includes Chevron, Schlumberger and China National Petroleum Corporation. The practice works closely with the firm’s tax, administrative law and dispute resolution teams. Sergio Casinelli has extensive experience in financing, dispute resolution and regulatory issues in the energy space. Financing specialist Rubén Eduardo Luján, Daniela Jaimes and Natalija Vojvodic are other names to note.

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Sergio Casinelli - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ team has extensive advocacy experience, and secured several notable successes before the employment courts and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice over the course of 2016. Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez and Yanet Aguiar represented MRW Mensajero Radio Worldwide before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice in a dispute with the owner of a contractor who had alleged the existence of an employment relationship rather than a business partnership; the court ruled in favour of the client. Pró-Rísquez, Aguiar and Esther Cecilia Blondet were part of a team acting for Comercializadora Snacks & Pepsico Alimentos before the social cassation chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice; the firm successfully secured the ratification of the decision of an appeal court which held that overtime pay did not apply as the workforce was not limited by a regular work schedule. A further area of strength for the team is negotiating collective bargaining agreements; in one recent example, the team assisted Aga Gas in averting a strike without ceding to union demands; Pró-Rísquez and Eirys Mata Marcano led the advice. Other clients include Chevron 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 refocused its practice in recent years away from the public law aspects of M&A onto a broader range of regulatory issues. Practice head Luis Ernesto Andueza is part of a team handling various matters for Delta Air Lines concerning its decision to cancel inbound and outbound flights to Venezuela, including assisting the client in relation to inspections and audits undertaken by state entities. The team has also advised broadcaster Fox on the applicability of pricing law and other matters.

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Luis Ernesto Andueza - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Ramón Ignacio Andrade Monagas - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Venezuelan office of Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad practice ranging from tax consultancy to litigation. Managing partner Carlos Fernández-Smith focuses on tax and financial planning, but also has experience in VAT, income tax and municipal tax disputes. Fernándo Fernández Barroso, who has over 30 years’ experience, leads the firm’s oil and gas, mining, construction and services tax practice, while Leopoldo Escobar is the key name for international tax matters. The team’s impressive client roster includes Chevron, Colgate-Palmolive, Toyo Engineering Corporation and Statoil.

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Carlos Fernández-Smith - Norton Rose Fulbright

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