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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 represents Venezuelan and international companies in arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC rules; José Humberto Frías is the main contact. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. acts as counsel as well as arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Luis Alfredo Araque at ARAQUEREYNA is also a name to note.

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Venezuela

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

The highly regarded team at¬†D'Empaire¬†is regularly instructed by foreign banks and other financial institutions to handle restructurings and financing matters. Recent work saw the group advise¬†Maurel & Prom on a financing transaction regarding a re-development plan pertaining to the increase of oil production following its acquisition of Shell‚Äôs stake in joint venture Petroregional del Lago. Fulvio Italiani¬†assisted various banks, including BNP, Banco BPI and¬†Banco Sabadell, with the closure of their representative offices in Venezuela.¬†Carlos Oma√Īa¬†is another name to note. Roland Pettersson¬†was a new hire in June 2019 from¬†LEC Abogados.

Leading individuals

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

At D'Empaire, competition law specialist José Humberto Frías is the key name. He is experienced in advising on the competition-related regulatory aspects of transactions, investigations and unfair competition.

Leading individuals

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

D'Empaire

D'Empaire¬†has a highly regarded corporate and M&A practice, which frequently assists international clients with transactions. Recent work saw the team advising both parties, through a Chinese wall arrangement, on Sommers' acquisition of the Venezuelan subsidiary of Pirelli;¬†Fulvio Italiani¬†assisted the former, and¬†Arnoldo Troconis¬†led the advice to the latter. In another work highlight, Italiani and Carlos Oma√Īa¬†acted as co-counsel for¬†Maurel & Prom, which acquired Shell‚Äôs stake in a joint venture with state-owned oil group PDVSA. The group also assisted Zurich with the sale of its local operations to a Venezuelan investor. Other noted team members include¬†In√©s Parra, Geraldine D‚ÄôEmpaire,¬†Paula Serra¬†and¬†Roberto Mas.

Leading individuals

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

The team at D'Empaire is noted for its experience in civil and commercial proceedings, in which it acts for clients from a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing and media. It is also involved in various ICSID and ICC arbitrations, in which practice head José Humberto Frías is particularly well versed. Together with associate Daniel Bustos, he is acting for Tenaris in the execution of a $230m arbitration award against Venezuela concerning the nationalisation of a foreign-owned company. Pedro Perera and Dubraska Galarraga represent Radio Caracas Televisión in a copyright infringement dispute concerning several soap operas.

Leading individuals

Pedro Perera - D'Empaire

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

With the backing of its reputed corporate practice,¬†D'Empaire¬†is regularly involved in significant transactions in the oil-and-gas sector. Recent mandates saw Carlos Oma√Īa¬†and¬†Fulvio Italiani¬†lead a team advising¬†Maurel & Prom on its acquisitions of Shell‚Äôs stake in joint venture Petroregional del Lago. Other work saw the 'ever-active' Italiani and¬†Roberto Mas¬†assisting Chevron with the restructuring of an oil joint venture in the Orinoco Belt; while Arnoldo Troconis¬†and dispute resolution expert¬†Jos√© Humberto Fr√≠as¬†were instructed by Repsol in connection with an ICC arbitration involving an EPC contract.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire is instructed by clients from a variety of industries, such as the food and agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, energy and mining sectors, among others. The team's strengths include advising on liabilities and regulatory compliance, as well as handling environmental due diligence and disputes. The recommended Francisco Bolinaga continues to provide strategic advice to Nestlé regarding the obtaining of different permits. Other clients are Alimentos Polar and Industrias Alimenticias Hermo de Venezuela.

Leading individuals

Francisco Bolinaga - D'Empaire

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

D'Empaire

D'Empaire's team covers particularly contentious matters; it defends clients from the pharmaceutical and media sectors, among others, in litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks. José González heads the practice and is supported by dispute resolution expert Pedro Perera.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

The highly reputed team at¬†D'Empaire¬†covers a variety of employment matters, including collective bargaining, compensation and benefits as well as conflict management. Practice heads¬†Alejandro Disilvestro¬†and¬†Victorino M√°rquez¬†act for an impressive client portfolio, which includes companies such as¬†21st Century Fox,¬†Citibank,¬†American Airlines and new client Bimbo. Associates¬†Aixa A√Īez¬†and¬†Biba Arciniegas¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Victorino M√°rquez - D'Empaire

Rising stars

Aixa A√Īez - D'Empaire

Biba Arciniegas - D'Empaire

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire enjoys an excellent market reputation and is regularly instructed by clients from the pharmaceutical, automotive and media industries. The team is particularly experienced in expropriations and nationalisations as well as in criminal matters relating to regulatory cases. Practice co-head José Humberto Frías and corporate partner Arnoldo Troconis advised United Airlines on the regulatory aspects of its decision to cancel all flights to Venezuela. José Valentín González, who leads the team together with Frías, is assisting Bristol Myers Squibb with all its contracts with the Venezuelan social security administration, as well as with regulatory queries. Associate Ornella Bernabei is another name to note.

Leading individuals
Rising stars

Ornella Bernabei - D'Empaire

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D'Empaire

D'Empaire covers the full gamut of real estate matters, from the financing, development and construction of a project to the purchase, sale or acquisition of office buildings, industrial facilities, retail stores, hotels and shopping centres. The team also has experience in contentious matters. Inés Parra recently advised Banco Sabadell on obtaining all of the necessary authorisations and certificates regarding the sale of the bank’s offices in Caracas. Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera are other key practitioners in the group.

Leading individuals

Inés Parra - D'Empaire

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has a highly reputed tax team, which is experienced in transfer pricing disputes and advising on the tax implications of transactions, as well as inheritance planning and business succession planning. Alberto Benshimol assisted Kraft Heinz in a corporate reorganisation involving its Venezuelan and Mexican subsidiaries; he also advises BMS Venezuela on all of the tax implications of its operations in Venezuela. Humberto Romero-Muci continues to represent Weatherford in tax litigation relating to an income tax assessment levied to one of its Venezuelan subsidiaries for previous fiscal years. José Valecillos made partner in 2018; he leads the practice together with Benshimol and Romero-Muci.

Leading individuals

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 represents Venezuelan and international companies in arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC rules; José Humberto Frías is the main contact. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. acts as counsel as well as arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Luis Alfredo Araque at ARAQUEREYNA is also a name to note.

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Venezuela

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

The highly regarded team at¬†D'Empaire¬†is regularly instructed by foreign banks and other financial institutions to handle restructurings and financing matters. Recent work saw the group advise¬†Maurel & Prom on a financing transaction regarding a re-development plan pertaining to the increase of oil production following its acquisition of Shell‚Äôs stake in joint venture Petroregional del Lago. Fulvio Italiani¬†assisted various banks, including BNP, Banco BPI and¬†Banco Sabadell, with the closure of their representative offices in Venezuela.¬†Carlos Oma√Īa¬†is another name to note. Roland Pettersson¬†was a new hire in June 2019 from¬†LEC Abogados.

Leading individuals

Fulvio Italiani - D'Empaire

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

At D'Empaire, competition law specialist José Humberto Frías is the key name. He is experienced in advising on the competition-related regulatory aspects of transactions, investigations and unfair competition.

Leading individuals

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

D'Empaire

D'Empaire¬†has a highly regarded corporate and M&A practice, which frequently assists international clients with transactions. Recent work saw the team advising both parties, through a Chinese wall arrangement, on Sommers' acquisition of the Venezuelan subsidiary of Pirelli;¬†Fulvio Italiani¬†assisted the former, and¬†Arnoldo Troconis¬†led the advice to the latter. In another work highlight, Italiani and Carlos Oma√Īa¬†acted as co-counsel for¬†Maurel & Prom, which acquired Shell‚Äôs stake in a joint venture with state-owned oil group PDVSA. The group also assisted Zurich with the sale of its local operations to a Venezuelan investor. Other noted team members include¬†In√©s Parra, Geraldine D‚ÄôEmpaire,¬†Paula Serra¬†and¬†Roberto Mas.

Leading individuals

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

The team at D'Empaire is noted for its experience in civil and commercial proceedings, in which it acts for clients from a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing and media. It is also involved in various ICSID and ICC arbitrations, in which practice head José Humberto Frías is particularly well versed. Together with associate Daniel Bustos, he is acting for Tenaris in the execution of a $230m arbitration award against Venezuela concerning the nationalisation of a foreign-owned company. Pedro Perera and Dubraska Galarraga represent Radio Caracas Televisión in a copyright infringement dispute concerning several soap operas.

Leading individuals

Pedro Perera - D'Empaire

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

With the backing of its reputed corporate practice,¬†D'Empaire¬†is regularly involved in significant transactions in the oil-and-gas sector. Recent mandates saw Carlos Oma√Īa¬†and¬†Fulvio Italiani¬†lead a team advising¬†Maurel & Prom on its acquisitions of Shell‚Äôs stake in joint venture Petroregional del Lago. Other work saw the 'ever-active' Italiani and¬†Roberto Mas¬†assisting Chevron with the restructuring of an oil joint venture in the Orinoco Belt; while Arnoldo Troconis¬†and dispute resolution expert¬†Jos√© Humberto Fr√≠as¬†were instructed by Repsol in connection with an ICC arbitration involving an EPC contract.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire is instructed by clients from a variety of industries, such as the food and agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, energy and mining sectors, among others. The team's strengths include advising on liabilities and regulatory compliance, as well as handling environmental due diligence and disputes. The recommended Francisco Bolinaga continues to provide strategic advice to Nestlé regarding the obtaining of different permits. Other clients are Alimentos Polar and Industrias Alimenticias Hermo de Venezuela.

Leading individuals

Francisco Bolinaga - D'Empaire

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

D'Empaire

D'Empaire's team covers particularly contentious matters; it defends clients from the pharmaceutical and media sectors, among others, in litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks. José González heads the practice and is supported by dispute resolution expert Pedro Perera.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

The highly reputed team at¬†D'Empaire¬†covers a variety of employment matters, including collective bargaining, compensation and benefits as well as conflict management. Practice heads¬†Alejandro Disilvestro¬†and¬†Victorino M√°rquez¬†act for an impressive client portfolio, which includes companies such as¬†21st Century Fox,¬†Citibank,¬†American Airlines and new client Bimbo. Associates¬†Aixa A√Īez¬†and¬†Biba Arciniegas¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Victorino M√°rquez - D'Empaire

Rising stars

Aixa A√Īez - D'Empaire

Biba Arciniegas - D'Empaire

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire enjoys an excellent market reputation and is regularly instructed by clients from the pharmaceutical, automotive and media industries. The team is particularly experienced in expropriations and nationalisations as well as in criminal matters relating to regulatory cases. Practice co-head José Humberto Frías and corporate partner Arnoldo Troconis advised United Airlines on the regulatory aspects of its decision to cancel all flights to Venezuela. José Valentín González, who leads the team together with Frías, is assisting Bristol Myers Squibb with all its contracts with the Venezuelan social security administration, as well as with regulatory queries. Associate Ornella Bernabei is another name to note.

Leading individuals
Rising stars

Ornella Bernabei - D'Empaire

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D'Empaire

D'Empaire covers the full gamut of real estate matters, from the financing, development and construction of a project to the purchase, sale or acquisition of office buildings, industrial facilities, retail stores, hotels and shopping centres. The team also has experience in contentious matters. Inés Parra recently advised Banco Sabadell on obtaining all of the necessary authorisations and certificates regarding the sale of the bank’s offices in Caracas. Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera are other key practitioners in the group.

Leading individuals

Inés Parra - D'Empaire

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D'Empaire

D'Empaire has a highly reputed tax team, which is experienced in transfer pricing disputes and advising on the tax implications of transactions, as well as inheritance planning and business succession planning. Alberto Benshimol assisted Kraft Heinz in a corporate reorganisation involving its Venezuelan and Mexican subsidiaries; he also advises BMS Venezuela on all of the tax implications of its operations in Venezuela. Humberto Romero-Muci continues to represent Weatherford in tax litigation relating to an income tax assessment levied to one of its Venezuelan subsidiaries for previous fiscal years. José Valecillos made partner in 2018; he leads the practice together with Benshimol and Romero-Muci.

Leading individuals

Alberto Benshimol - D'Empaire

Humberto Romero-Muci - D'Empaire

Next generation lawyers

José Valecillos - D'Empaire

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