Corporate and M&A in Venezuela

D'Empaire

D'Empaire is well established as a go-to practice for complex transactions such as mergers, sales and acquisitions. Its client portfolio is predominantly made up of international companies, which also approach the firm for advice on general corporate and governance matters, joint ventures and restructurings. Practice head Fulvio Italiani has a stellar reputation in the market, Arnoldo Troconis is well versed in matters in the telecoms and aviation sectors, and Roberto Mas is also a name to note. Paula Serra left for a legal counsel position at Artelia Group in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Fulvio Italiani

Key clients

Henkel

Liberty Mutual

Zurich Insurance

Bayer

Alimentos Polar

Visa

Eagleburgmann

Progress Software

Circor International

Excellence Logging Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Henkel as Venezuelan counsel in its acquisition of Grace Venezuela from GCP Applied Technologies.
  • Acted for Liberty Mutual in the sale of its Venezuelan subsidiary to a Chilean investor.
  • Acted for Zurich Insurance in the sale of its Venezuelan subsidiary Zurich Seguros to local investors.

Leĝa Abogados' corporate and M&A practice has an excellent reputation in the market and is instructed by national and international companies from a wide range of industries, such as life sciences, energy, telecoms, infrastructure, and banking and finance, as well as an increasing number of entrepreneurs. The team has experience in large-scale M&A, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as matters relating to corporate governance and debt and equity capital markets. In the latter area, the key contact is Pedro Urdaneta. He leads the team with Juan Enrique Aigster, who has expertise in corporate finance. Managing partner Luis Eduardo López-DuránJosé Alberto Ramírez-LeónVictoria Montero and associate Dubraska Zapiain are also prominent practitioners.

Testimonials

Experience is what distinguishes the corporate team. It is active daily which makes it highly up to date on the latest government trends and requirements.’

Leĝa Abogados‘ corporate team is excellent. It stands out in size and quality. The members give quick answers and solutions, and are always available and flexible to negotiate fees. The price-value ratio is very positive.’

José Alberto Ramírez is an excellent lawyer, who understands his client’s needs and offers practical, fast and efficient solutions.’

Key clients

Bayer

Alpina

IBM

Nestlé

Cerveceria Regional

Samsung Electronics Latin America

Reckitt Benckiser

Coca-Cola Femsa

Scania

Mercado Libre

Bloomberg

Rolex

Sinopec USA

Aspen Pharma

Global Uno Logistics

Arcelor-Mittal

Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia

Nouryon Chemical International

Rovimeca

Work highlights

  • Advised Alimentos Caesura Line on its merger with Grupo Terra Natura.
  • Assisted Linio with its corporate restructuring.
  • Advising companies such as Rolex Group, Tetra Technologies, Sinopec USA and EFG Capital Holdings on their divesture and winding-up processes.

ARAQUEREYNA

The key contacts in the corporate team at Araquereyna are senior adviser Manuel ReynaPedro Sosa and Pedro Planchart. They combine expertise in various areas of law, such as finance, tax and labour, so that corporate clients are provided with comprehensive advice. The group is experienced in M&A, corporate governance, foreign investments and commercial matters.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Besides a variety of transactions, the team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. also assists clients with due diligence, corporate and tax structuring mandates, and the drafting and negotiating of agreements. The team's close collaboration with the firm's international network adds value for foreign clients. Jesús Dávila has expertise in antitrust and foreign investment matters, while María Celis is particularly well versed in matters in the real estate sector. Together with Douvelin Serra, who is based in Valencia, they head up the practice.

Dentons

The corporate practice at Dentons frequently handles transactions, often between international companies, corporate reorganisations, the drafting of agreements and the negotiation of contracts. The team also has considerable expertise in advising companies on sanctions, an area which has seen an increase in demand. Sergio Casinelli is highly experienced in foreign investment matters; Daniela Jaimes and Natalija Vojvodic are well versed in matters in the energy sector, and are key contacts for clients in this area; and Rubén Eduardo Luján combines corporate and banking experience.

Key clients

Compañía General de Combustibles

Cielemca

Magnabyte

Mead Johnson Nutrition

Cisco Systems

Mitsubishi

Work highlights

  • Advising Compañía General de Combustibles on ongoing corporate matters.
  • Providing continuous legal advice in connection with the participation of Cielemca in a project for the development and provision of technology in Spain.
  • Assisting Magnabyte in connection with its operations in Venezuela, including the performance of certain contracts with local entities for the provision of IT equipment.

InterJuris Abogados

InterJuris Abogados is an experienced adviser to clients from a variety of industries, such as energy and natural resources, IT, engineering and construction, pharmaceuticals, services and hospitality. The team, which is led by Juan José DelgadoMaría Cecilia Rachadell and Carlos Delgado, acts for purchasers and sellers alike in transactions including M&A, divestitures, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. The firm has opened offices in Miami and Madrid, which brings more exposure to foreign companies. María Leticia Perera Díaz is also noted.

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Venezolana de Inversiones y Construcciones Clerico (Vinccler)

Nodus International Bank

Mabe

Eaton

Goddard

Pfizer

Accenture

Lenovo

Experian

Merck

HES Group

Tangerix

MT 2005

Cunapro Financial Services

Sidoni Group

Work highlights

  • Advised HES Group on its $55m acquisition of the Embassy Suites by Hilton in the city of Santo Domingo.
  • Developed the restructure of the ultimate beneficial owners’ holdings of Optica Caroni.
  • Assisted Hewlett Packard with the acquisition of Hewlett Packard Financial Services’ local subsidiaries and the subsequent merger.

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Paez Pumar & Cia.

The team at Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Paez Pumar & Cia. advises various Venezuelan subsidiaries of global players on general corporate matters, M&A, due diligence and foreign investment. The scope of the practice also includes exchange control and private equity-related agreements. Manuel Acedo Sucre has experience in corporate governance and finance, while Luisa Acedo is well versed in company law. They jointly lead the group with Carlos Eduardo AcedoLuisa Lepervanche has experience in sanctions topics and Diego Lepervanche is also noted.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company and its Venezuelan subsidiary Coca-Cola Servicios de Venezuela

MSD Farmacéutica

Miranda Capital Partners

Telefónica and Telefónica Venezolana

Grupo Perret

Grupo Químico and Intequim

Solsica

Grupo Formiconi

Work highlights

  • Provided comprehensive corporate advice to Corporación Grupo Químico and its affiliates.
  • Handling the formal corporate documentation for the subsidiaries and distributors of international companies.
  • Acted for the selling shareholder of 50% of the equity of an exclusive local distributor of a major multinational alcoholic beverages company.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez offers comprehensive support on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring mandates; the team also handles a wide range of commercial matters and advises national and international clients on currency exchange control. The team is led by René Lepervanche Orellana and also includes Hans Sydow Guevara and senior associates César Lepervanche Mendoza and Francisco Alemán Planchart.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Led by Olga Nass de Massiani, the team at Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz focuses its practice on M&A, foreign exchange, franchising and investment matters, as well as joint ventures and project finance contracts. Simón Guevara Camacho, who is well versed in matters in the energy field, and tax specialist Eduardo Travieso Uribe are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Olga Nass de Massiani

Altum Abogados, S.C.

Altum Abogados, S.C. advises national and international clients on a variety of corporate matters. Its offering includes, among other areas, assistance with M&A, the incorporation of Venezuelan entities and amendments to their by-laws, corporate structures for asset and investment protection purposes, and corporate restructuring. The key contacts are María Eugenia ReyesÁlvaro Posada Sessarego and Alfonso Porras Machado.

BNM ONTIER

Clients approach the team at BNM Ontier for comprehensive assistance with matters including the tax, competition and commercial aspects of selling and acquiring corporate and business assets. It also advises on due diligence and agreements. José Rafael Bermúdez has experience in tax and corporate matters. Carlos Nevett Gimón also regularly advises on joint ventures and foreign investments.

LEC Abogados

LEC Abogados' team assists clients with the structuring of businesses and organisations, foreign investment, corporate financing, M&A, divestments and corporate restructuring. Rodolfo Belloso is also an able adviser on matters relating to corporate finance and insolvency. Other prominent practitioners are Leopoldo Cadenas and Jorge Paúl.

Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz

The corporate team of Raffalli de Lemos Halvorssen Ortega y Ortiz handles transactions, restructurings and distribution as well as insolvency matters, working closely with the firm's other practice groups. The practice is jointly led by Jose Manuel Ortega Sosa and Rafael de Lemos Matheus.

Rodríguez & Mendoza

Rodríguez & Mendoza's key contacts are Francisco Utrera and Reinaldo Hellmund; they advise national and international companies on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, such as document preparation, corporate restructuring, due diligence and foreign investment.

Torres, Plaz & Araujo

The team at Torres, Plaz & Araujo covers the full gamut of corporate and M&A matters, ranging from transactions, investment structuring, and corporate finance and restructuring to contracts and agreements. The team is led by managing partner Guillermo de la Rosa StolkValentina Cabrera is well versed in international trade and tax matters, and Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco is the key contact for commercial law.