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Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

As part of a strong, international network, the corporate team at¬†Baker & McKenzie, S.C.¬†is a popular choice for multinational companies to handle¬†M&A structuring, documentation, due diligence and financing projects. The team is praised for its 'in-depth knowledge and ability to provide state-of-the-art legal solutions to complex business matters, domestically and abroad'. Valencia-based¬†Douvelin Serra¬†assisted¬†Mazda Japan with the corporate restructuring pertaining to the divestiture of the client's affiliate in Venezuela; together with the US team, she also advised¬†GCP Technologies on the sale¬†of its non-Darex construction business to a third party.¬†Jes√ļs D√°vila¬†acted for¬†Lincoln Electric on the exit and conclusion of its business activities in Venezuela.¬†Mar√≠a Celis¬†head the department. Associates¬†Adriana Gon√ßalves¬†and¬†Elsy Castillo¬†are also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Jes√ļs D√°vila - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.¬†is a key player in the dispute resolution space, particularly for litigation as well as investment and commercial arbitration. Practice head¬†Eugenio Hern√°ndez-Bret√≥n¬†has longstanding experience acting as counsel as well as an arbitrator; together with¬†Maria Eugenia Salazar, he is representing Longreef in its $80m investment arbitration proceedings against the Venezuelan government regarding its expropriation. Other clients include Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos and Anglo American.¬†Gabriel De Jes√ļs¬†has additional expertise in corporate matters, alongside civil and commercial procedures. Associates¬†Hector Martinez¬†and¬†Maria Alejandra Ruiz¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Rising stars

Hector Martinez - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. was the first international firm to enter Venezuela over 50 years ago and is deeply experienced in handling commercial and regulatory compliance matters for national and foreign oil-and-gas companies. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón leads the team, with his recent matters including advice to Total and Statoil on various regulatory issues. Other work included assisting Repsol with aspects of the new Constitutional Law on Foreign Investments. Maria Eugenia Salazar counseled Nabors on financial issues and foreign investment. Senior associate Hector Martinez is well versed in advising companies on their relations with the PDVSA and the Venezuela Government.

Leading individuals

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is well versed in developing legal strategies which minimise environmental risks and liabilities. Practice head Manuel Marín, who has more than 25 years' experience in the sector, advised a mining company on legal alternatives to challenge an official letter regarding its environmental compliance status. Another noted team member is Maria Eugenia Salazar.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has experience with clients from the healthcare, consumer and luxury goods sectors, but has also seen increasing demand in the heavy industry sector. Senior associate Laura Rada heads the department; she advises on registration of trade marks, patents, copyright and infringement of IP rights. Together with associate Indira García, Rada handled the portfolio - which included the review of the ownership and status of over 3,000 marks - obtained when a global pharmaceutical company acquired a local business. Senior professional support lawyer Dianne Phoebus is noted.

Leading individuals

Dianne Phoebus - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next Generation Partners

Laura Rada - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is noted for its 'excellent performance'. It is regularly instructed in employment litigation, restructuring and reorganisation matters. The 'determined and knowledgeable' team is led by Carlos Felce, who has noteworthy experience in negotiating with unions. Companies such as Anglo American, 3M and, recently, Del Monte are on the client roster. Other names to note include associates Daniel Fragiel, Johana De La Rosa, Sebastián Nastari and Carmen García. Gustavo Nieto is currently not active as a partner but provides external counsel.

Leading individuals

Carlos Felce - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Rising stars

Daniel Fragiel - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is well versed in acting in expropriation processes, and advising on price control, compliance with product origin rules, and public procurement matters. The team is jointly led by Eugenio Hernández-Bretón and Maria Eugenia Salazar, who together continue to advise Sucesión Heemsen regarding the expropriation procedure for its land. Recent work saw the duo assisting IVC Networks with the granting of the qualification as an international producer of audiovisual services. Associates Héctor Martínez and María Victoria Díaz are also noted.

Rising stars

María Victoria Díaz - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The team at¬†Baker & McKenzie, S.C.¬†has considerable experience in assisting clients in real estate transactions and providing advice on double taxation, as well as on the environmental and regulatory implications of real estate acquisitions. The group's close co-operation with the firm's corporate and tax department adds value. Practice head¬†Mar√≠a Celis¬†has been active in the field for more than 20 years, while¬†Gabriel De Jes√ļs¬†and associate¬†Mar√≠a Alejandra Ruiz¬†bring commercial and dispute resolution expertise to the team.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has noteworthy experience in corporate taxation, wealth management structuring, and determining and forecasting risks; the team is regularly instructed by national and international clients, particularly from the healthcare, energy and telecoms sectors, and it works closely with the firm's corporate department, which it provides with tax advice on corporate transactions. Practice head Ronald Evans, José Barnola and Oscar Morean are the key practitioners at the firm.

Leading individuals

Ronald Evans - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the ‚ÄúLease Law‚ÄĚ) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the ‚ÄúObligations Code‚ÄĚ). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the ‚ÄúNew Obligations Code‚ÄĚ), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 
  • Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (‚Äú CMB ‚ÄĚ) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqu√© on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (‚Äú Communiqu√© ‚ÄĚ), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqu√© entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (‚ÄúFTS‚ÄĚ) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept.¬†
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the ‚ÄúDanish Beneficial Ownership Cases‚ÄĚ, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.