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Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC handles a range of financing and capital markets transactions for its international corporate clients. It is experienced in advising foreign banks on cross-border transactions, increasingly assists companies in exchange control matters, and also designs and implements corporate finance structures. Maritza Mészáros is advising Oxiteno Andina on acquisition financing, financial regulations, and exchange and price control regulations. Alvaro Posada handled various matters for Toyota Financial Services Venezuela, including assisting in the design of a new product for dealer financing and advising on an issuance of bonds. Pedro Crisafulli provides financing advice to Pernod Ricard. Alfonso Porras is also noted.

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Maritza Mészáros - Baker McKenzie SC

Next generation lawyers

Pedro Crisafulli - Baker McKenzie SC

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

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC is appreciated for its ability to provide both ‘local and international services’, and has an excellent reputation for handling the life cycle of transactions for international clients, working closely with the firm’s tax and finance teams. Maria Eugenia Reyes, who takes ‘a very strategic’ approach, advised RR Donnelley Holdings Venezuela on a business transfer from a foreign investor to its local subsidiary, namely Moore Canada Corporation’s sale of shares in the company to Moore de Venezuela. Other highlights included acting as local counsel to Emerson Electric on a global restructuring and the spin-off of its Network Power business, in a deal led by the firm’s London office. Carlos Delgado is highly regarded, and Jesús Dávila is also noted. Luis Miguel Vicentini has retired. Since research concluded, Delgado has moved to InterJuris Abogados.

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Jesús Dávila - Baker McKenzie SC

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC’s team is regularly engaged in high-stakes investment treaty arbitration against the Venezuelan government. The group is representing Longreef Investors in an ICSID investment arbitration under the Netherlands-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty (BIT). Practice head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón has considerable expertise in the oil and gas sector, and is serving as Venezuelan legal expert to PetroSaudi Oil Services Venezuela in its arbitration with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela concerning a public procurement contract between the client and state-owned PDVSA. Maria Eugenia Salazar and Gabriel de Jesús are also noted. José Henrique D’Apollo has retired.

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Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker McKenzie SC

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Gabriel de Jesús - Baker McKenzie SC

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

Baker McKenzie SC

The well-respected energy and natural resources practice at Baker McKenzie SC has particular strength in both oil and gas, and mining work. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón, who is ‘a reference in the country for all legal and multinational (energy) corporate law matters’, is currently leading advice to Anglo American in a $600m ICSID investment arbitration case against the Republic of Venezuela under the UK-Venezuela BIT agreement, among a number of headline cases. In other work, Maria Eugenia Salazar and senior associate Hector Martinez are advising drilling contractor Nabors Industries on contract negotiations with PDVSA. Additional clients include Total and Eni Venezuela.

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Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker McKenzie SC

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Hector Martinez - Baker McKenzie SC

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Environment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC has an outstanding reputation for environmental mandates, and advises an array of clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, mining and agrochemical sectors, among others. It is a popular choice for due diligence exercises, environmental regulatory compliance, and administrative and jurisdictional appeals. Practice head Maria Eugenia Reyes’ environmental practice closely overlaps with her real estate work, and she is experienced in advising on the environmental implications of real estate acquisitions. Martha Cohen and senior associate Jose La Riva are also noted.

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Maria Eugenia Reyes - Baker McKenzie SC

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Martha Cohen - Baker McKenzie SC

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC’s IP team primarily handles brand protection matters for international clients, and benefits from the firm’s global network, both as a source of work and as a personnel resource. It also partners with the corporate team to handle franchising and licensing work. The group has considerable expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, and practice head Dianne Phoebus and senior associate Laura Rada were part of a team acting for a global pharmaceutical company in negotiating a co-existence agreement with a Brazilian company that filed a contrasting mark. The practice covers the management of trade mark portfolios, and patent and copyright matters.

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Dianne Phoebus - Baker McKenzie SC

Laura Rada - Baker McKenzie SC

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC’s team is able to leverage the firm’s considerable global footprint to act for an impressive list of clients, including AstraZeneca, IMS Health and Telefónica. Recent work includes handling collective bargaining negotiations, employment litigation, labour audits, and the employment aspects of global M&A for corporations operating in Venezuela. The group also has notable expertise advising on privacy issues and implementing whistleblowing hotlines for its international clients. Practice head Carlos Felce, who also serves as chair of the firm’s Latin American employment and compensation group, is highly regarded for restructuring and downsizing matters. Mariana Roso is recommended for employment mobility matters, including executive transfers; and Gustavo Nieto is a key name for collective bargaining and employment litigation. Senior associates Andreina Ortega and Daniel Fragiel are also recommended.

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Carlos Felce - Baker McKenzie SC

Next generation lawyers

Andreina Ortega - Baker McKenzie SC

Daniel Fragiel - Baker McKenzie SC

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC has extensive experience advising corporate clients on Venezuela’s changing regulatory landscape, including assisting clients affected by expropriation measures and price control regulations. María Fernanda Zajía, who heads the firm’s government relations and contracts group, and Martha Cohen are advising Elca Cosméticos on the marking of prices and the cap on profit margins enforced by the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socio Economic Rights. Other work included assisting Oracle in identifying and addressing compliance risks.

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María Fernanda Zajía - Baker McKenzie SC

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC’s practice covers acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, commercial and portfolio leasing, and mixed-use and industrial developments. Department head Maria Eugenia Reyes has notable expertise in the agriculture sector, and handles environmental matters alongside her real estate work. Maria de los Angeles Celis, who was formerly a partner in the firm’s corporate and M&A team, transferred to the real estate group in January 2017. Martha Cohen and Alfonso Porras are the other key names.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie SC

Baker McKenzie SC’s ‘unquestionably top-tier’ tax practice has a superlative reputation and is well known for handling regional as well as domestic mandates. The ‘excellent’ group covers tax planning and consultancy, wealth management, tax litigation, and the tax aspects of corporate restructuring, advising mainly foreign clients. Practice head Ronald Evans is ‘very well respected’, and Jorge Jraige and José P Barnola Jr are also noted.

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Ronald Evans - Baker McKenzie SC

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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 “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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  • EU and Malta Securitisation Market

    Following the US subprime crisis that began in 2007, the notion of securitisation has suffered from bad press that tainted its reputation. However, securitisation is still considered as an essential component to continued economic recovery and for well-functioning financial markets.

  • DOJ Makes the Pilot Program Permanent and Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

    The US Department of Justice ("DOJ") had announced a pilot program [1] ("Pilot Program") on April 5, 2016, which created new mitigation opportunities for companies that (i) voluntarily self-disclosed, (ii) cooperated fully, and (iii) took timely and appropriate remedial actions in FCPA matters that fell within the Fraud Section's mandate. The Pilot Program was to remain in effect for 1 year, starting from the day of its announcement. On March 10, 2017, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kenneth A. Blanco, announced in a speech that the Pilot Program would continue in full force until the DOJ reached a final decision on whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, should be made to it. [2] The evaluation period of the Pilot Program ended on November 29, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new FCPA Enforcement Policy ("Policy"), which effectively makes the Pilot Program permanent with some revisions. According to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures during the time period that the Pilot Program was in force, as opposed to 18 voluntary disclosures that were received during the previous 18-month period. The Policy has been incorporated into the United States Attorneys' Manual in order to "be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors" as opposed to being promulgated in memorandum format. [3]
  • Effects of State of Emergency Law in Turkey On Prison Sentences Under Criminal Execution Laws

    With the Statutory Decree No.671 dated August 17, 2016, and the recent changes with Regulations No.29987 and No.29824 on Regulation Regarding an Amendment on Placement to Open Punishment Execution Facilities effecting execution of the Law No.5275 on Punishment Execution Law has introduced significant changes.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Supreme Court Affirms Lower Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign ...

    Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign Exchange Report on Incorporation of Offshore Subsidiary by an Offshore Company
  • Disputes on Health-Related Commercial Advertisements under Consumer Law

  • [SOUTH KOREA] New Administration’s Key Environmental Policies

    To step forward as an environment-friendly government, the Moon Jae-in Administration has announced its key environmental policies, including improving safety in chemical substances and household chemical products, and reinforcing implementation measures of the Paris Agreement.  Under the “sustainable development” paradigm, the new administration will continually promote new regulations to protect the environment and strengthen its enforcement of environmental regulations.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an ...

    Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an Ordinary Wage Case 
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Crowdfunding - The Path towards a regulatory Framework

      The importance and feasibility of crowdfunding platforms is increasing in stature and importance for current and future the entrepreneurs. Malta has recently acceded to the rising trend by creating its first crowdfunding platform, ZAAR, a reward-based crowdfunding platform who has recently been awarded with the first prize in its section at the National Enterprise Support Awards 2016 also as well as being one of the local projects that have represented Malta at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2016, held in Slovakia. Nonetheless start-ups based in Malta with global aspirations often rely on international platforms. An increase in interest has emerged amongst the art and culture community as well in social entrepreneurship projects. Crowdfunding in Malta is still at the early stages of development. Despite this, there are endless opportunities for local entrepreneurs and the local business community. Research has shown that through international crowdfunding platforms, monies have been raised for projects in the field of gaming consoles, apps and software as well as for artistic projects.  Testimony to this is a new game design studio in Malta, that launched its first game, Politicks, raised financing through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.