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EDIFICIO BANCARACAS, P.H, PLAZA LA CASTELLANA, CARACAS 1060, VENEZUELA
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www.dra.com.ve

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

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has an established financing practice and is well versed in advising creditors and funds in anticipation of a potential default by the Venezuelan Republic or Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as well as restructuring. Fulvio Italiani assisted Banco Exterior with several syndicated loans. Other matters saw the team provide Banco Sabadell and Banco BPI with legal assistance regarding the closing of their branch offices in Venezuela. The firm’s client portfolio also includes BNP Paribas and Visa International Service Association. Highly professional Carlos Omaña is well regarded; newly made-up partner Paula Serra provides additional capability and support.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has notable expertise in investigations of restrictive practices, such as cartels and the abuse of dominant positions, as well as in merger control. As a former antitrust-authority employee, department head José Humberto Frías is well versed in the area; he advised American telecommunications company CenturyLink on its acquisition of Level 3 and also handled the approval procedure for Cable & Wireless’ takeover of Columbus International. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and United Airlines.

Leading lawyers

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

D'Empaire

Full-service law firm D'Empaire has a particular strong corporate and M&A practice and is ‘always on top of matters’; recent mandates include assisting several multinational companies with M&A transactions taking place in Venezuela, as well as global transactions involving a Venezuelan subsidiary. The ‘excellent team’ acted for global insurer Liberty Mutual on the proposed sale of its Venezuelan branch, Seguros Caracas de Liberty Mutual, to a Venezuelan investor. ‘Brilliant adviser’ Fulvio Italiani and the highly regarded Arnoldo Troconis both have extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and transactional work. New non-equity partner Paula Serra is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

Paula Serra - D'Empaire

Roberto Mas - D'Empaire

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has a strong track record for handling both litigation and arbitration cases. It is recognised for providing its clients with ‘business-savvy and strategic advice’. José Humberto Frías represented the García Armas family in a $450m UNCITRAL arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which had allegedly nationalised the client’s investments in Alimentos Frisa. Frías is especially valued for providing ‘very clear advice on complex matters’. Commercial litigation specialist Pedro Perera is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

Pedro Perera - D'Empaire

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

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s ‘very good’ energy and natural resources department is well positioned in the market with the experienced Fulvio Italiani and Roberto Mas in its team. Among its work of the past year, the firm provided legal advice to Chevron regarding the company’s investments in two major oil joint ventures in the Orinoco Belt; it assisted the company with contractual issues, foreign currency controls and investment protection. Recent matters saw the team advise deep-water drilling contractor Seadrill on its relations with a mixed stock company, as well as regarding the closure of one of its Venezuelan branches. Other clients include Weatherford and Rosneft.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has established itself as a key player in the environmental arena and is valued for its ‘excellent level of service’. The firm continued to advise Nestlé, evaluating the environmental legal risk regarding its factories located across Venezuela and simultaneously developing action plans based on those findings. Francisco Bolinaga has a ‘broad and solid knowledge’ of the environmental sector but Giancarlo Selvaggio Belmonte left the firm to work in-house at Rosneft.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Bolinaga - D'Empaire

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s IP team primarily handles litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks, as well as advising pharmaceutical companies, such as R&D Laboratories, on intellectual property matters. Recent matters saw Pedro Perera represent Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) in several copyright infringement claims. Department head José V Gonzalez is widely recognised for his legal experience in the IP field.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

Full-service law firm D'Empaire covers a broad range of labour and employment matters including collective bargaining negotiations, labour due diligence and labour litigation, among others. Recent highlights include assisting infrastructure company Ghella Sogene with the overturning of a reinstatement order; this was followed by a mass dismissal claim from the former employees, requiring the company’s representation before the Labour Ministry. The team is led by Victorino Márquez, who is especially experienced in M&A transactions and restructuring, and Alejandro Disilvestro, a ‘specialist’ in resolving labour disputes. It also counts Thomson Reuters and Dr Reddy’s among its clients.

Leading lawyers

Victorino Márquez - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

Aixa Añez - D'Empaire

Biba Arciniegas - D'Empaire

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire provides ‘exceptional service’ and has arguably unique expertise in handling nationalisation and expropriation-related matters and issues concerning freedom of speech matters, as well as in criminal law. Recent highlights include representing radio station Caracas 92.9, which used humour to express its opposition to the country’s government, after the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information and the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) decided not to renew its broadcasting licence. José Valentín González is recognised for his practical knowledge of public law and making his clients feel ‘very well represented’; and José Humberto Frías is considered to be a ‘highly strategic adviser’. Associate Ornella Bernabei is also noted.

Leading lawyers
Next generation lawyers

Ornella Bernabei - D'Empaire

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s team has been active, recently, advising clients such as Oster de Venezuela regarding potential real estate projects in Caracas. In general, the team handles traditional real estate purchases, joint venture transactions and the lease of real estate; it not only has ‘great knowledge of the local law, but also of the non-legal aspects related to the real estate market’. Inés Parra is the key contact.

Leading lawyers

Inés Parra - D'Empaire

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire takes an ‘accurate and effective approach’ to tax matters such as tax planning and accounting, and advises on tax implications, as well as inheritance and business succession planning. The team represented Coca-Cola Femsa against the tax authorities, successfully obtaining the overturning of a transfer pricing assessment. Department heads Alberto Benshimol and Humberto Romero-Muci are both regarded as ‘excellent lawyers’. New partner José Valecillos and senior associate Eduardo Meier are also essential members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Benshimol - D'Empaire

Humberto Romero-Muci - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

José Valecillos - D'Empaire

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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

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has an established financing practice and is well versed in advising creditors and funds in anticipation of a potential default by the Venezuelan Republic or Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as well as restructuring. Fulvio Italiani assisted Banco Exterior with several syndicated loans. Other matters saw the team provide Banco Sabadell and Banco BPI with legal assistance regarding the closing of their branch offices in Venezuela. The firm’s client portfolio also includes BNP Paribas and Visa International Service Association. Highly professional Carlos Omaña is well regarded; newly made-up partner Paula Serra provides additional capability and support.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has notable expertise in investigations of restrictive practices, such as cartels and the abuse of dominant positions, as well as in merger control. As a former antitrust-authority employee, department head José Humberto Frías is well versed in the area; he advised American telecommunications company CenturyLink on its acquisition of Level 3 and also handled the approval procedure for Cable & Wireless’ takeover of Columbus International. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and United Airlines.

Leading lawyers

[back to top]

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

D'Empaire

Full-service law firm D'Empaire has a particular strong corporate and M&A practice and is ‘always on top of matters’; recent mandates include assisting several multinational companies with M&A transactions taking place in Venezuela, as well as global transactions involving a Venezuelan subsidiary. The ‘excellent team’ acted for global insurer Liberty Mutual on the proposed sale of its Venezuelan branch, Seguros Caracas de Liberty Mutual, to a Venezuelan investor. ‘Brilliant adviser’ Fulvio Italiani and the highly regarded Arnoldo Troconis both have extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and transactional work. New non-equity partner Paula Serra is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

Paula Serra - D'Empaire

Roberto Mas - D'Empaire

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has a strong track record for handling both litigation and arbitration cases. It is recognised for providing its clients with ‘business-savvy and strategic advice’. José Humberto Frías represented the García Armas family in a $450m UNCITRAL arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which had allegedly nationalised the client’s investments in Alimentos Frisa. Frías is especially valued for providing ‘very clear advice on complex matters’. Commercial litigation specialist Pedro Perera is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

Pedro Perera - D'Empaire

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

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s ‘very good’ energy and natural resources department is well positioned in the market with the experienced Fulvio Italiani and Roberto Mas in its team. Among its work of the past year, the firm provided legal advice to Chevron regarding the company’s investments in two major oil joint ventures in the Orinoco Belt; it assisted the company with contractual issues, foreign currency controls and investment protection. Recent matters saw the team advise deep-water drilling contractor Seadrill on its relations with a mixed stock company, as well as regarding the closure of one of its Venezuelan branches. Other clients include Weatherford and Rosneft.

[back to top]

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has established itself as a key player in the environmental arena and is valued for its ‘excellent level of service’. The firm continued to advise Nestlé, evaluating the environmental legal risk regarding its factories located across Venezuela and simultaneously developing action plans based on those findings. Francisco Bolinaga has a ‘broad and solid knowledge’ of the environmental sector but Giancarlo Selvaggio Belmonte left the firm to work in-house at Rosneft.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Bolinaga - D'Empaire

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s IP team primarily handles litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks, as well as advising pharmaceutical companies, such as R&D Laboratories, on intellectual property matters. Recent matters saw Pedro Perera represent Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) in several copyright infringement claims. Department head José V Gonzalez is widely recognised for his legal experience in the IP field.

[back to top]

Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

Full-service law firm D'Empaire covers a broad range of labour and employment matters including collective bargaining negotiations, labour due diligence and labour litigation, among others. Recent highlights include assisting infrastructure company Ghella Sogene with the overturning of a reinstatement order; this was followed by a mass dismissal claim from the former employees, requiring the company’s representation before the Labour Ministry. The team is led by Victorino Márquez, who is especially experienced in M&A transactions and restructuring, and Alejandro Disilvestro, a ‘specialist’ in resolving labour disputes. It also counts Thomson Reuters and Dr Reddy’s among its clients.

Leading lawyers

Victorino Márquez - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

Aixa Añez - D'Empaire

Biba Arciniegas - D'Empaire

[back to top]

Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire provides ‘exceptional service’ and has arguably unique expertise in handling nationalisation and expropriation-related matters and issues concerning freedom of speech matters, as well as in criminal law. Recent highlights include representing radio station Caracas 92.9, which used humour to express its opposition to the country’s government, after the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information and the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) decided not to renew its broadcasting licence. José Valentín González is recognised for his practical knowledge of public law and making his clients feel ‘very well represented’; and José Humberto Frías is considered to be a ‘highly strategic adviser’. Associate Ornella Bernabei is also noted.

Leading lawyers
Next generation lawyers

Ornella Bernabei - D'Empaire

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D'Empaire

D'Empaire’s team has been active, recently, advising clients such as Oster de Venezuela regarding potential real estate projects in Caracas. In general, the team handles traditional real estate purchases, joint venture transactions and the lease of real estate; it not only has ‘great knowledge of the local law, but also of the non-legal aspects related to the real estate market’. Inés Parra is the key contact.

Leading lawyers

Inés Parra - D'Empaire

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire takes an ‘accurate and effective approach’ to tax matters such as tax planning and accounting, and advises on tax implications, as well as inheritance and business succession planning. The team represented Coca-Cola Femsa against the tax authorities, successfully obtaining the overturning of a transfer pricing assessment. Department heads Alberto Benshimol and Humberto Romero-Muci are both regarded as ‘excellent lawyers’. New partner José Valecillos and senior associate Eduardo Meier are also essential members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Benshimol - D'Empaire

Humberto Romero-Muci - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

José Valecillos - D'Empaire

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