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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados’ José Humberto Frías is particularly experienced in nationalisation-related ICSID and UNCITRAL cases, and also regularly handles commercial arbitrations conducted under ICC rules. Other names to note are Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque’s José Gregorio Torrealba; and Carlos Lepervanche Michelena, who heads the dispute resolution practice at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez.

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Venezuela

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados handles headline financing transactions in the Venezuelan market, acting for an outstanding roster of international banks. Its banking and finance practice extends to capital markets transactions, with Carlos Omaña and Fulvio Italiani recently advising Haitong Bank, as dealer manager, on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s $5bn bond issue, due 2036. Other work included handling regulatory matters for BNP Paribas, and advising Royal Bank of Scotland on winding down its operations in Venezuela. Senior associate Paula Serra is also noted.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is consistently recognised for the quality of its competition and antitrust practice, and has handled some of the highest-profile merger control matters in Venezuela. It combines merger control experience with particular expertise in the telecoms sector, recently handling the competition aspects of Cable & Wireless Communications’ purchase of Columbus International, which is pending subject to regulatory approval. Other work included advising on the merger control aspects of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV. In addition to its merger control work, the group represents clients in relation to investigations into restrictive practices. José Humberto Frías and José Valentín González are highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is one of the major corporate players in the Venezuelan market, and attracts a flow of referral work from UK and US law firms. It handles an impressive variety of buy- and sell-side transactions, despite the relative paucity of deals in the market, and remains very active in transactions in the insurance sector. Fulvio Italiani led a team acting as Venezuelan counsel to Fairfax on the acquisition of AIG’s Venezuelan subsidiary, which included handling a due diligence exercise; the group is currently assisting the client in obtaining regulatory approval for the transaction. Other highlights included handling the Corimon Group’s purchase of Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas; and assisting Liberty Mutual in divesting Seguros Caracas de Liberty Mutual, its Venezuelan subsidiary. Alongside its transactional expertise, the team regularly advises on corporate governance matters. Arnoldo Troconis is advising Level 3 Communications in relation to Venezuela’s telecoms operations, and is also assisting Pirelli regarding its general operations in the country. Inés Parra, Roberto Mas and senior associate Paula Serra are also noted.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Paula Serra - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Roberto Mas - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is involved in high-profile arbitration across a range of forums, but also has an impressive commercial litigation practice. Pedro Perera is representing Venezuelan cable television network RCTV International in a copyright claim regarding a soap opera. José Humberto Frías is noted for nationalisation-related ICSID disputes, with his recent work in this area including acting for Serafín García Armas in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the nationalisation of Venezuelan importer Alimentos Frisa.

Leading lawyers

José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Pedro Perera - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has consolidated its position as a key player for oil and gas in Venezuela with several headline mandates. Fulvio Italiani is advising Rosneft on its various projects in Venezuela; and, together with Roberto Mas, is assisting Chevron in relation to its investments in joint ventures in the Orinoco Belt and other areas of Venezuela. Arnoldo Troconis is advising Seadrill on a drilling services contract. Carlos Omaña is also recommended. Roberto Strauss Perera was a new arrival in 2017.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has extensive experience acting for international corporations operating industrial facilities in the country. It is regularly entrusted to handle environmental mandates for Nestlé Venezuela, with recent highlights including advising the client on obtaining authorisation for the use of treated waste water for landscape irrigation for a factory in El Tocuyo; practice head Francisco Bolinaga and Giancarlo Selvaggio Belmonte, who is also an environmental consultant, led the advice. The duo also conducted a review of an environmental impact study for Cervecería Polar concerning the installation of a water well field on one of its sites, and assisted in obtaining the associated environmental permits. The firm also represents clients in environmental disputes before administrative authorities and the courts, and handles environmental due diligence and audits.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Bolinaga - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has an impressive track record in high-stakes litigation. In one recent highlight, Victorino Márquez, supported by associate Biba Arciniegas, is representing the US Department of Justice in a test case before the employment courts involving state immunity issues. The team is also highly regarded for collective bargaining mandates, thanks in part to the presence on the team of Alejandro Disilvestro, who is a specialist in the area and is currently assisting wood products company Masisa in relation to a collective bargaining procedure to settle disputes over benefits and working conditions. Other work included negotiating the termination of Guardian Industries’ workforce following the decision to wind-up its operations in Venezuela, and advising Rosneft on amendments to its compensation scheme. Associate Aixa Añez is another name to note.

Leading lawyers

Victorino Márquez - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Aixa Añez - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Biba Arciniegas - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados impresses with the scope of its public law practice; it acts for clients affected by expropriation measures and nationalisation, advises on freedom of speech matters, and also handles economic crime matters involving regulatory breaches. It also has notable expertise acting for broadcasting clients, and José Valentín González is part of a team representing Radio Caracas Radio – a broadcaster openly critical of the government – in challenging a fine imposed by the Venezuelan telecoms agency for alleged violations of social responsibility laws by one of its talk show hosts. José Humberto Frías is also noted.

Leading lawyers

José Valentín González - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados handles the full gamut of real estate mandates. It recently advised a construction company on developing a luxury real estate residential project; and assisted a shopping centre operator in relation to a lease review, including advising on operating covenants and percentage rent requirements. Inés Parra, Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera are the names to note.

Leading lawyers

Inés Parra - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has a highly regarded practice, providing a full range of tax advisory and litigation services to its corporate clients, and also stands out for its tax planning advice to high-net-worth individuals. The group has been active advising on the tax implications of the country’s foreign exchange control regulations; among its recent instructions, Alberto Benshimol and José Valecillos assisted Level 3 Communications in relation to the deduction of foreign exchange losses as a result of the devaluation of Venezuela’s currency. Other work included handling VAT and income tax issues for Bristol-Myers Squibb Venezuela, with Humberto Romero-Muci leading the advice. Weatherford and Rolex are also clients.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Benshimol - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Humberto Romero-Muci - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

José Valecillos - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados’ José Humberto Frías is particularly experienced in nationalisation-related ICSID and UNCITRAL cases, and also regularly handles commercial arbitrations conducted under ICC rules. Other names to note are Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque’s José Gregorio Torrealba; and Carlos Lepervanche Michelena, who heads the dispute resolution practice at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez.

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Venezuela

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados handles headline financing transactions in the Venezuelan market, acting for an outstanding roster of international banks. Its banking and finance practice extends to capital markets transactions, with Carlos Omaña and Fulvio Italiani recently advising Haitong Bank, as dealer manager, on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s $5bn bond issue, due 2036. Other work included handling regulatory matters for BNP Paribas, and advising Royal Bank of Scotland on winding down its operations in Venezuela. Senior associate Paula Serra is also noted.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is consistently recognised for the quality of its competition and antitrust practice, and has handled some of the highest-profile merger control matters in Venezuela. It combines merger control experience with particular expertise in the telecoms sector, recently handling the competition aspects of Cable & Wireless Communications’ purchase of Columbus International, which is pending subject to regulatory approval. Other work included advising on the merger control aspects of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV. In addition to its merger control work, the group represents clients in relation to investigations into restrictive practices. José Humberto Frías and José Valentín González are highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is one of the major corporate players in the Venezuelan market, and attracts a flow of referral work from UK and US law firms. It handles an impressive variety of buy- and sell-side transactions, despite the relative paucity of deals in the market, and remains very active in transactions in the insurance sector. Fulvio Italiani led a team acting as Venezuelan counsel to Fairfax on the acquisition of AIG’s Venezuelan subsidiary, which included handling a due diligence exercise; the group is currently assisting the client in obtaining regulatory approval for the transaction. Other highlights included handling the Corimon Group’s purchase of Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas; and assisting Liberty Mutual in divesting Seguros Caracas de Liberty Mutual, its Venezuelan subsidiary. Alongside its transactional expertise, the team regularly advises on corporate governance matters. Arnoldo Troconis is advising Level 3 Communications in relation to Venezuela’s telecoms operations, and is also assisting Pirelli regarding its general operations in the country. Inés Parra, Roberto Mas and senior associate Paula Serra are also noted.

Leading lawyers

Fulvio Italiani - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Paula Serra - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Roberto Mas - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados is involved in high-profile arbitration across a range of forums, but also has an impressive commercial litigation practice. Pedro Perera is representing Venezuelan cable television network RCTV International in a copyright claim regarding a soap opera. José Humberto Frías is noted for nationalisation-related ICSID disputes, with his recent work in this area including acting for Serafín García Armas in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the nationalisation of Venezuelan importer Alimentos Frisa.

Leading lawyers

José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Pedro Perera - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has consolidated its position as a key player for oil and gas in Venezuela with several headline mandates. Fulvio Italiani is advising Rosneft on its various projects in Venezuela; and, together with Roberto Mas, is assisting Chevron in relation to its investments in joint ventures in the Orinoco Belt and other areas of Venezuela. Arnoldo Troconis is advising Seadrill on a drilling services contract. Carlos Omaña is also recommended. Roberto Strauss Perera was a new arrival in 2017.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has extensive experience acting for international corporations operating industrial facilities in the country. It is regularly entrusted to handle environmental mandates for Nestlé Venezuela, with recent highlights including advising the client on obtaining authorisation for the use of treated waste water for landscape irrigation for a factory in El Tocuyo; practice head Francisco Bolinaga and Giancarlo Selvaggio Belmonte, who is also an environmental consultant, led the advice. The duo also conducted a review of an environmental impact study for Cervecería Polar concerning the installation of a water well field on one of its sites, and assisted in obtaining the associated environmental permits. The firm also represents clients in environmental disputes before administrative authorities and the courts, and handles environmental due diligence and audits.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Bolinaga - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has an impressive track record in high-stakes litigation. In one recent highlight, Victorino Márquez, supported by associate Biba Arciniegas, is representing the US Department of Justice in a test case before the employment courts involving state immunity issues. The team is also highly regarded for collective bargaining mandates, thanks in part to the presence on the team of Alejandro Disilvestro, who is a specialist in the area and is currently assisting wood products company Masisa in relation to a collective bargaining procedure to settle disputes over benefits and working conditions. Other work included negotiating the termination of Guardian Industries’ workforce following the decision to wind-up its operations in Venezuela, and advising Rosneft on amendments to its compensation scheme. Associate Aixa Añez is another name to note.

Leading lawyers

Victorino Márquez - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Aixa Añez - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Biba Arciniegas - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados impresses with the scope of its public law practice; it acts for clients affected by expropriation measures and nationalisation, advises on freedom of speech matters, and also handles economic crime matters involving regulatory breaches. It also has notable expertise acting for broadcasting clients, and José Valentín González is part of a team representing Radio Caracas Radio – a broadcaster openly critical of the government – in challenging a fine imposed by the Venezuelan telecoms agency for alleged violations of social responsibility laws by one of its talk show hosts. José Humberto Frías is also noted.

Leading lawyers

José Valentín González - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados handles the full gamut of real estate mandates. It recently advised a construction company on developing a luxury real estate residential project; and assisted a shopping centre operator in relation to a lease review, including advising on operating covenants and percentage rent requirements. Inés Parra, Roberto Mas and Pedro Perera are the names to note.

Leading lawyers

Inés Parra - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

D’Empaire Reyna Abogados has a highly regarded practice, providing a full range of tax advisory and litigation services to its corporate clients, and also stands out for its tax planning advice to high-net-worth individuals. The group has been active advising on the tax implications of the country’s foreign exchange control regulations; among its recent instructions, Alberto Benshimol and José Valecillos assisted Level 3 Communications in relation to the deduction of foreign exchange losses as a result of the devaluation of Venezuela’s currency. Other work included handling VAT and income tax issues for Bristol-Myers Squibb Venezuela, with Humberto Romero-Muci leading the advice. Weatherford and Rolex are also clients.

Leading lawyers

Alberto Benshimol - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Humberto Romero-Muci - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Next generation lawyers

José Valecillos - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

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