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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.

The experienced competition and antitrust practice at Grau García Hernández & Mónaco handles administrative and judicial proceedings, as well as providing consultancy to clients from the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing and hydrocarbons sectors, among others. The team is also well versed in advising on commercial and corporate strategies and management, pursuing a multidisciplinary approach. Miguel Mónaco is highly regarded for his deep understanding of competition law, a sector on which he both publishes and lectures. José Ignacio Hernández González is noted for his intimate knowledge of the legal frameworks of the telecoms and electricity sectors.

The practice group at Lega (formerly Hoet Pelaez Castillo y Duque) has ‘very competent lawyers’ and covers a broad range of competition and antitrust matters including abuse of dominance, cartels, boycotts, exclusionary practices and merger control matters. The ‘brilliant’ José Gregorio Torrealba assisted IBM de Venezuela with the application of the new Agreed Prices Act for its setting and stamping of the prices on its products. The team also has experience representing its clients in investigations carried out by the Venezuelan competition authority. Competition law specialists Rosa Virginia Superlano and Alejandro Gallotti are also noted.

The competition and antitrust practice at Araquereyna advises on fair competition and price control regulations, as well as unfair practices litigation. Department head Antonio Canova is recognised for his ‘good instincts’; he has worked for clients such as Philip Morris International, BSN Medical and General Motors. The practice is supported by Pedro Sosa, who is well versed in corporate and comparative law; and associate Rodrigo Moncho Stefani who has been assisting client Endava with various matters, recently.

Imery Urdaneta Calleja Itriago & Flamarique’s competition and antitrust department is well respected for conducting due diligences and handling administrative cases relating to cartel activity and alleged abuse(s) of dominant position. In order to provide its clients with comprehensive solutions, the team also works closely with consultant economists and other specialists as required. Faustino Flamarique is well positioned to advise clients in highly regulated markets.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides its clients with practical advice concerning antitrust matters. Luis Ernesto Andueza continues to represent AGA Gas and Aserca Airlines before the antitrust authorities; he is supported by senior associate Ana Carolina Serpa. Andueza has also established a reputation for his expertise regarding the planning of strategic defences and negotiations with the authorities. The team’s client base includes companies from the media, pharmaceuticals, and energy sectors.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez is well positioned to act for its clients before the antitrust authorities. Litigator Margarita Escudero León and antitrust specialist María Verónica Espina have been consulted by the likes of Linklaters LLP and recently defended Biotech Laboratorios against antitrust authority findings that the company had agreed to prohibited practices; the pair successfully obtained a favourable decision in the courts.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo impresses with the broad range of antitrust matters it handles; led by Juan Domingo Alfonzo Paradisi the team covers mergers, abuse of dominant position, unfair competition, and cartels. It has represented aviation-sector clients such as Air Europa and Copa Airlines before the courts; in both cases the companies brought an appeal against a resolution of the Venezuelan Antimonopoly Superintendency. Other recent advisory clients include Grupo Transbel, Bacardí Venezuela, and Venco Empaques.

Moreau, González & Asociados has a strong track record of providing preventive advice; as there are so many new regulations in Venezuela, the firm advises its clients on first-instance negotiations with the counterparty so that additional issues cannot be raised by the antitrust authority subsequently. Ana Carolina González Benoit is the key practitioner and provides clients from the food, personal hygiene, and medicine industries with assistance to adapt to the ever-changing regulatory framework.

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