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María Cecilia Rachadell

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InterJuris Abogados

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Banking & Finance

Corporate and M&A


Co-Managing Partner / Executive Committee Member


Maria Cecilia Rachadell is Co-Managing Partner of InterJuris Abogados, S.C. and a Foreign Legal Consultant for DLA Piper based in Miami.

Maria Cecilia focuses on corporate and financial matters related to the structuring and implementation of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, project financings and debt financings. She also has substantial experience in banking and capital markets transactions.

She advises both local and multinational corporations doing business in Venezuela in the corporate, contractual and regulatory aspects of their activities. She drafts and negotiates corporate and financial documents, and supervises corporate due diligence.

Before founding InterJuris Abogados, S.C., Ms. Rachadell was Of Counsel to an international law firm and worked as associate at a leading Venezuelan law firm. She also joined DLA Piper LLP as Foreign Legal Consultant, Not Admitted to Practice Law in Florida. She is a Certified Public Interpreter in English.

She has been recognized for her achievements in the corporate and financial field, including mentions in Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Latin Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers, Latinvex Top 100 female Lawyers and The World Leading Project Finance Lawyers. Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business cites her for her Corporate/M&A and Banking & Finance practices, commenting on her “experience and know-how” and noting that she “excels in international finance matters and is applauded for her proactive approach and negotiation skills”. She is also praised for “keeping in touch with the client at all times and providing clear communications”.

Chambers Global also recognized her for Corporate/M&A and Banking and Finance matters in Venezuela. She is also listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers recognizing her as an Authority on Project Finance and by Best Lawyers for her capital markets practice.

Ms. Rachadell has been invited as speaker in several events on corporate, constitutional, banking and Insurance matters in Venezuela and Colombia. She was Assistant Professor on Contracts and Teaching Fellow on Constitutional Law and Administrative Law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. She is a member of the advisory board of the NGO Fundación Autismo en Voz Alta.


Author of El Decreto-Ley sobre Mensajes de Datos y Firmas Electrónicas (Data Messages and Electronic Signatures Act), published by Fundación de la Asociación Venezolana de Derecho de Seguros (AVEDESE-AIDA), under the coordination of Professor Alberto Baumeister-Toledo for Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.


  • Awarded Venezuela Lawyer of the Year in May 2018, by the Chambers Women in Law Awards
  • Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America, by Latinvex in May 2016.
  • Awarded Best Lawyers’ 2015 Caracas Project Finance and Development Practice “Lawyer of the Year”
  • The Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers recognizing her as an authority on Project Finance
  • Awarded Best finance Lawyer in Latin America, by the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2015





Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

International Fiscal Association (IFA)

International Bar Association (IBA)

Corporate Finance Committee of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce and Industry

List of Arbitrators of the Arbitration Center of the Caracas Chamber of Commerce (ICC Venezuelan Chapter)


Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School, 1996

J.D., summa cum laude, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1994


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

InterJuris Abogados' team has 'a very unique set of skills and knowledge' and stands out for its 'experience, commitment and devotion to ensure clients' expectations are fully met'. The group assists clients with the creation of funds, the incorporation of financial institutions, M&A-related banking matters, and syndicated loans. Juan José Delgado and energy specialist Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado are advising CPVEN on the financing of three service contracts in Ecuador for three different oil fields. María Cecilia Rachadell and Delgado, who jointly lead the practice, assisted Alaluz Capital with the structuring of private equity funds with clients in Latin America.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

InterJuris Abogados provides 'a high-quality service accompanied by its deep knowledge, experience and negotiating capacity'. The group advises on the full gamut of corporate matters, including restructurings, acquisitions, and share transfers. María Cecilia Rachadell is 'a highly committed lawyer'; she and Carlos Delgado assisted Pfizer with the strategic review and due diligence report of a transaction with a potential acquirer.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Praised for being an 'extremely experienced team with a broad understanding of the energy market', InterJuris Abogados is 'capable of handling any deal in the industry, from upstream to downstream, as well as project finance'. The practice is led by Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado, who is considered an 'outstanding attorney' and has 'hands-on experience in the industry'. Together with the 'extremely knowledgeable' Juan José Delgado, she assisted Paul Hastings LLP with the review and audit of oil-and-gas agreements for Ecopetrol. The team's impressive client portfolio also includes Sinoconst and Rosneft. María Cecilia Rachadell is 'one of the brightest lawyers in Venezuela'. Other noted practitioners are Luis Ortiz Álvarez, Houston-based José María Rivas, Adriana Lezcano Huncal in Switzerland and Ira Vergani Bertozzi in Canada. All lawyers are currently based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

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