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José Humberto Frías

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Competition Law, Public Law and International Arbitration


Specialises in antitrust, corporate law and international arbitration. He has participated in most of the significant competition/antitrust cases in Venezuela and has represented Telecom Italia Mobile, Continental Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble. He has also represented clients in several arbitrations, including ICC arbitrations


Partner since 2005. He worked with the Venezuelan antitrust authority and as a foreign associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2001.


Spanish and English


Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Metropolitano


Studied law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas (JD, 1993) and McGill University, Montreal (LLM, 2000).

Latin America: International firms

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D’Empaire Reyna AbogadosJosé 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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Competition and antitrust

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José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Within: Competition and antitrust

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.

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Dispute resolution

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José Humberto Frías - D’Empaire Reyna Abogados

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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Public law

Within: Public law

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.

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