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Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

CENTRO BANCARIBLE, INTERSECCION, AVENIDA PRINCIPAL DE LAS MERCEDES CON INICIO DE CALLE PARIS, URBANIZACION LAS MERCEDES, CARACAS, 1060, VENEZUELA
Tel:
Work +1 58 2 276 5111
Fax:
Fax +1 58 2 2641532
Email:
Web:
www.bakermckenzie.com

Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

D'Empaire handles a steady stream of commercial arbitration conducted under ICC rules, and is particularly experienced in nationalisation-related ICSID and UNCITRAL cases. Other notable practitioners include Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C., Carlos Domínguez at Lega Abogados and Carlos Lepervanche Michelena at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez.

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Venezuela

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

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Full-service firm Baker & McKenzie, S.C. provides its clients with all-round assistance. The department is known for handling restructurings, post-transaction integrations, and reorganisations as well as dealing with risk mitigation. It also works with businesses in Venezuela regarding improvement of their corporate structures and foreign investment planning. The practice is led by Maria Celis, who also advises clients on real estate matters, and the up-and-coming Jesus Dávila. Valencia-based Douvelin Serra is another key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Jesús Dávila - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. manages high-profile cases and regionally the firm is recognised for its ‘excellent’ arbitration practice. The local team played an integral part in the firm’s successful multimillion-dollar ICSID investment arbitration victory against the Republic of Venezuela. The team has faced the government in other cases as well, for instance in ad hoc investment arbitration proceedings on behalf of the Heemsen family and concerning land expropriated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Practice head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón also leads the firm’s energy and natural resources department and is therefore the key contact for clients from the oil sector, such as Total and PetroSaudi. Civil and commercial law specialist Gabriel de Jesús and María Eugenia Salazar Furiati are other names to note, as is senior associate Hector Martinez.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Gabriel de Jesús - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The energy and natural resources department at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has strong expertise in contract evaluation and negotiation, as well as regulatory compliance work. It advises key players in the oil and gas sector, and has experience undertaking the negotiation or termination of contracts with state-owned company PDVSA. Department head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón and the ‘very knowledgeable’ María Eugenia Salazar Furiati are the names to note. Senior associate Hector Martinez also impresses with his workload.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Hector Martinez - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

At Baker & McKenzie, S.C. the departure of Martha Cohen and María Eugenia Reyes has seen IC&T-specialist Manuel Marín and Maria Eugenia Salazar, who has a certain energy focus to her practice and also litigates, take up co-leadership of the office’s environmental practice. Recent matters include assisting a client with the regulatory aspects of the destruction of controlled substances and advising a multinational on its environmental compliance. The team also handles environmental due diligence and draws clients from the consumer goods, mining, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has a ‘dedicated’ and ‘specialised’ intellectual property practice which covers the full spectrum of IP-related matters, from trade mark portfolio-management and patent registration to IP enforcement and negotiation work in the case of conflict. The team is assisting non-profit organisation Jacinto Convit Foundation with the patenting of a vaccine against breast cancer. The team also handles licences and technology transfer agreements. ‘Committed’ department head Dianne Phoebus also specialises in health law. The firm’s client portfolio includes several high-end brands.

Leading lawyers

Dianne Phoebus - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

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.’s labour and employment practice impresses with its productivity and efficiency. Recent mandates have ranged from reorganisations and the drafting of employment letters to the provision of employment litigation advice. Department head Carlos A. Felce is particularly skilled in labour audits and collective bargaining. Gustavo Nieto is very knowledgeable regarding labour and employment matters. Associates Sebastian Nastari, Daniel Fragiel, and Johana De La Rosa handle an impressive workload. New clients General Motors, HBO Ole, and Tenaris join Telefónica, Sony, and FedEx on the practice’s client roster.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Felce - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

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.’s public law practice is regarded as ‘highly professional’. It covers expropriation processes and price controls, as well as providing its clients with advice on foreign exchange issues. The team challenged the nuances of public procurement before the relevant authorities. María Eugenia Salazar is noted for her ‘great knowledge’ of the area. Department head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón, a ‘committed lawyer’, is also well versed in dispute resolutions. María Fernanda Zajía left to co-found MCZ Legal Consultants.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.’s real estate practice advises local and international investors on the environmental and regulatory implications of acquisitions, as well as handling commercial and portfolio leasing, advice regarding exchange control regulations and the organising and structuring of property ownership. Newly-appointed practice head María de Los Angeles Celis gives tailored advice on how to adapt to the challenging circumstances in the country and has an additional focus on corporate law. Gabriel de Jesús’ litigation and arbitration skills are also in high demand. Former practice head Maria Eugenia Reyes and Alfonso Porras left to join start-up firm Altum Abogados, S.C..

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Reputed for its ‘excellent’ service, the tax practice at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is highly regarded and demonstrates ‘practical understanding’ across a broad range of tax matters, particularly tax-planning strategies and tax law interpretation. Department head Ronald Evans has ‘great knowledge’ of tax treaties and José P. Barnola Jr. is also recognised for his expertise in the sector. Newly made-up partner Oscar Moreán brings corporate understanding to the table. Jorge Jraige left the firm to work at Altum Abogados, S.C..

Leading lawyers

Ronald Evans - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

D'Empaire handles a steady stream of commercial arbitration conducted under ICC rules, and is particularly experienced in nationalisation-related ICSID and UNCITRAL cases. Other notable practitioners include Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C., Carlos Domínguez at Lega Abogados and Carlos Lepervanche Michelena at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez.

[back to top]

Venezuela

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

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Full-service firm Baker & McKenzie, S.C. provides its clients with all-round assistance. The department is known for handling restructurings, post-transaction integrations, and reorganisations as well as dealing with risk mitigation. It also works with businesses in Venezuela regarding improvement of their corporate structures and foreign investment planning. The practice is led by Maria Celis, who also advises clients on real estate matters, and the up-and-coming Jesus Dávila. Valencia-based Douvelin Serra is another key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Jesús Dávila - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. manages high-profile cases and regionally the firm is recognised for its ‘excellent’ arbitration practice. The local team played an integral part in the firm’s successful multimillion-dollar ICSID investment arbitration victory against the Republic of Venezuela. The team has faced the government in other cases as well, for instance in ad hoc investment arbitration proceedings on behalf of the Heemsen family and concerning land expropriated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Practice head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón also leads the firm’s energy and natural resources department and is therefore the key contact for clients from the oil sector, such as Total and PetroSaudi. Civil and commercial law specialist Gabriel de Jesús and María Eugenia Salazar Furiati are other names to note, as is senior associate Hector Martinez.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Gabriel de Jesús - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The energy and natural resources department at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has strong expertise in contract evaluation and negotiation, as well as regulatory compliance work. It advises key players in the oil and gas sector, and has experience undertaking the negotiation or termination of contracts with state-owned company PDVSA. Department head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón and the ‘very knowledgeable’ María Eugenia Salazar Furiati are the names to note. Senior associate Hector Martinez also impresses with his workload.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Hector Martinez - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

At Baker & McKenzie, S.C. the departure of Martha Cohen and María Eugenia Reyes has seen IC&T-specialist Manuel Marín and Maria Eugenia Salazar, who has a certain energy focus to her practice and also litigates, take up co-leadership of the office’s environmental practice. Recent matters include assisting a client with the regulatory aspects of the destruction of controlled substances and advising a multinational on its environmental compliance. The team also handles environmental due diligence and draws clients from the consumer goods, mining, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has a ‘dedicated’ and ‘specialised’ intellectual property practice which covers the full spectrum of IP-related matters, from trade mark portfolio-management and patent registration to IP enforcement and negotiation work in the case of conflict. The team is assisting non-profit organisation Jacinto Convit Foundation with the patenting of a vaccine against breast cancer. The team also handles licences and technology transfer agreements. ‘Committed’ department head Dianne Phoebus also specialises in health law. The firm’s client portfolio includes several high-end brands.

Leading lawyers

Dianne Phoebus - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

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.’s labour and employment practice impresses with its productivity and efficiency. Recent mandates have ranged from reorganisations and the drafting of employment letters to the provision of employment litigation advice. Department head Carlos A. Felce is particularly skilled in labour audits and collective bargaining. Gustavo Nieto is very knowledgeable regarding labour and employment matters. Associates Sebastian Nastari, Daniel Fragiel, and Johana De La Rosa handle an impressive workload. New clients General Motors, HBO Ole, and Tenaris join Telefónica, Sony, and FedEx on the practice’s client roster.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Felce - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next generation lawyers

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.’s public law practice is regarded as ‘highly professional’. It covers expropriation processes and price controls, as well as providing its clients with advice on foreign exchange issues. The team challenged the nuances of public procurement before the relevant authorities. María Eugenia Salazar is noted for her ‘great knowledge’ of the area. Department head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón, a ‘committed lawyer’, is also well versed in dispute resolutions. María Fernanda Zajía left to co-found MCZ Legal Consultants.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.’s real estate practice advises local and international investors on the environmental and regulatory implications of acquisitions, as well as handling commercial and portfolio leasing, advice regarding exchange control regulations and the organising and structuring of property ownership. Newly-appointed practice head María de Los Angeles Celis gives tailored advice on how to adapt to the challenging circumstances in the country and has an additional focus on corporate law. Gabriel de Jesús’ litigation and arbitration skills are also in high demand. Former practice head Maria Eugenia Reyes and Alfonso Porras left to join start-up firm Altum Abogados, S.C..

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Reputed for its ‘excellent’ service, the tax practice at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is highly regarded and demonstrates ‘practical understanding’ across a broad range of tax matters, particularly tax-planning strategies and tax law interpretation. Department head Ronald Evans has ‘great knowledge’ of tax treaties and José P. Barnola Jr. is also recognised for his expertise in the sector. Newly made-up partner Oscar Moreán brings corporate understanding to the table. Jorge Jraige left the firm to work at Altum Abogados, S.C..

Leading lawyers

Ronald Evans - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Austria

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Belgium

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Bahrain

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China

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Chile

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Colombia

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Czech Republic

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Egypt

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Spain

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France

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Hong Kong

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Hungary

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Indonesia

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India

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Japan

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Kazakhstan

Offices in Almaty

London

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Luxembourg

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Myanmar

Offices in Yangon

Morocco

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Mexico

Offices in Juarez, Tijuana, Monterrey, Mexico City, and Guadalajara

Malaysia

Offices in Kuala Lumpur

Netherlands

Offices in Amsterdam

Peru

Offices in Lima

Philippines

Offices in Manila

Poland

Offices in Warsaw and Lodz

Qatar

Offices in Doha

Russia

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South Africa

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Sweden

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Singapore

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South Korea

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Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh and Jeddah

Switzerland

Offices in Zurich and Geneva

Taiwan

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Thailand

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Turkey

Offices in Istanbul and Istanbul

Ukraine

Offices in Kiev

United States

Offices in Washington DC, Palo Alto, New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston

Venezuela

Offices in Valencia and Caracas

Vietnam

Offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Legal Developments by:
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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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  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

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    The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.
  • 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.
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    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.