Public law in Venezuela

Altum Abogados, S.C.

The team at Altum Abogados, S.C. has considerable expertise in a variety of public law matters, such as assisting with contracts with public entities, permits and authorisations, administrative and judicial appeals, and consumer protection and pricing policies. Martha Cohén has more than 20 years of experience; she leads the practice, which also includes associate Ariana CabreraMaría Eugenia Reyes is the environment specialist at the firm

Practice head(s):

Martha Cohén

Testimonials

Altum provides a first-rate comprehensive legal service.’

Altum has a high level of technical capacity and even more important is its philosophy of work and 100% delivery for clients.’

Altum’s lawyers are dedicated to the area of ​​public law. They not only stand out for their excellent training, career and professional experience, but also for offering their clients timely, high-quality answers in accordance with their requirements and needs.

Martha Cohén is a lawyer with deep knowledge, a proven practical track record in the area of public law and notable professional expertise in advising multinational companies.

ARAQUEREYNA

Araquereyna covers the full spectrum of public law. It is instructed by clients from the telecoms, aviation and healthcare industries to assist with consumer protection, price and exchange control, and antitrust matters, as well as with environmental law, new technologies, data protection and public contracting. The team, which includes Rodrigo Moncho Stefani, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, and Antonio Canova, also handles expropriation and nationalisation procedures. Pedro Sosa and Gabriel Ruan Santos are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Moncho Stefani

Ayala, Dillon, Fernández, Linares Consultores Jurídicos

Specialist boutique Ayala, Dillon, Fernández, Linares Consultores Jurídicos is noted for its experience in administrative proceedings, privatisations and nationalisations. The key contact is Carlos Ayala Corao, who also assists clients with international law and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ayala Corao

Badell & Grau Legal Consultants

Well-established public law boutique Badell & Grau Legal Consultants covers the full spectrum of related matters. Under the leadership of the experienced Rafael Badell Madrid, the team advises on administrative contracts, tenders and class actions, as well as administrative proceedings before the relevant authorities, expropriations and exchange control matters.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Badell Madrid

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The public law practice at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has considerable experience in public procurement mandates, expropriation processes, price controls and compliance with product origin rules, among other areas. It also advises clients involved in infrastructure, telecoms, transportation, construction and energy projects on their contracts with the government. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón and María Eugenia Salazar, who focuses on the regulatory and environment space, jointly lead the practice. It is completed by senior associate Héctor Martínez and associate María Victoria Díaz.

Key clients

IVC Networks Latin America

El Triunfo Mining Group

Work highlights

  • Advising IVC Networks Latin America on the grant and maintenance of a qualification to produce media.
  • Advised El Triunfo Mining Group on its relationship with the Venezuelan mining ministry for the purposes of developing a gold-mining project.

D'Empaire

Clients from the media, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors regularly approach D'Empaire's team to assist them with nationalisations and expropriations, criminal proceedings regarding regulatory matters, general litigation cases and negotiating with the Venezuelan government. José Valentín González' broad practice covers criminal, constitutional, administrative and pharmaceutical law. He leads the team with disputes and antitrust specialist José Humberto Frías. Francisco Bolinaga is an expert in environmental law. Associate Ornella Bernabei is also an integral member of the group.

Key clients

Premeca

Radio Caracas Television

Radio Caracas Radio (RCR)

Teva

Bristol-Myers

Bayer

Visa

Rosneft

Repsol

Novartis

Work highlights

  • Acting for Premeca in a claim against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and PDVSA for damages for the confiscation of its shipyard in 2009 before the Administrative Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
  • Assisted Radio Caracas Radio with requesting the annulment of the Venezuelan government’s decision not to grant the renewal of the radio concession as a retaliation for its critical position of the Venezuelan regime.
  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on new mechanisms to import drugs to Venezuela under the new regulatory framework.

Dentons

Dentons is noted for advising clients on current topics such as pricing strategies, the negotiation and review of public contracts, exchange control, business ethics and anti-corruption regulation matters. The team works closely with the firm's competition, dispute resolution and energy practices as well as with its international network. Luis Ernesto Andueza leads the team; his broad background covers administrative, constitutional and competition law. Luis Fraga Pittaluga provides tax assistance.

Practice head(s):

Luis Ernesto Andueza

Testimonials

Luis Ernesto Andueza is a specialist in the field.’

Luis Andueza is exceptional for his career, knowledge and professionalism. He is always available and responsive to requirements. He is my greatest external support and his advice is always relentless.’

Key clients

Gold Reserve

CNPC America

Work highlights

  • Advised Gold Reserve on the negotiation and execution of a memorandum of understanding and settlement agreement with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the settlement, payment and resolution of an arbitral award granted by the ICSID in favour of the client.

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco covers a wide range of public law mandates for national and international companies. The team's offering includes advising on regulatory matters, currency exchange controls and expropriation, as well as assisting clients with obtaining permits and providing representation in litigation. Gustavo Adolfo Grau Fortoul and Miguel Mónaco are the names to note.

InterJuris Abogados

InterJuris Abogados' team is experienced in constitutional and administrative law, public procurement procedures and regulatory matters. It provides advisory support but also handles contentious cases for companies from a wide range of industries, such as energy, technology and life sciences, among others. Luis Ortiz Álvarez heads the practice; he combines public law and dispute resolution expertise. Other noted practitioners are María Cecilia Rachadell and associate Fernando Sanquírico Pittevil.

Practice head(s):

Luis Ortiz Álvarez

Key clients

Vinccler

Valle Verde

Geohidra

Axalta

Rosneft

Transban

Merck

Zoetis

Tiburones de la Guaira

Grupo HES

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transba in an ICSID arbitration over exchange control issues relating to an automotive business in Venezuela.
  • Assisted Merck with the design and implementation of a new business model.

Leĝa Abogados' highly regarded public law practice is engaged in administrative proceedings and public procurement mandates. The team can showcase a strong track record in a variety of fields, including transportation, electricity, aviation, education and life sciences, among others. Besides its dispute resolution activity, it also advises on regulatory issues, consumer law and the application for judicial review of administrative matters related to intellectual property. London-based José Gregorio Torrealba heads the practice; his expertise in international arbitration is also noted. The group was enhanced by the arrival of Faustino Flamarique and Carlos García-Soto in April 2019 after the firm's merger with the now-defunct Imery Urdaneta.

Practice head(s):

José Gregorio Torrealba

Key clients

Heinz Company

Duferco

Ciamsa

Airbus

Facebook

Apple

Salini Impregilo

Nestlé

Alstom

Coca-Cola Femsa

Marriott Worldwide Corporation

Work highlights

  • Filed an action for failure to act against the Venezuelan Trademark Office given the fact that none of the cancellation or nullity requests filed by clients have been decided by the administrative entity.
  • Advised Facebook on the determination of the legal requirements related to licences and restrictions for merchandising, as well as a review of all the regulatory legislation.
  • Advised Andrade Gutierrez on its construction contract with the state-owned company Siderúrgica Nacional for the construction, assembly and implementation of a steel manufacturing factory in the state of Bolívar.

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

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Paez Pumar & Cia. advises on a wide range of public law-related matters, such as price controls and consumer protection, exchange control, foreign investments and expropriations. Another core area for the team is advising contractors on dealing with public institutions. Carlos Eduardo Acedo is a regulatory specialist, while Esteban Palacios is experienced in contentious constitutional matters; together they lead the practice. María Genoveva Páez Pumar and sanctions expert Luisa Lepervanche are also noted.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Servicios de Venezuela

MSD Farmacéutica

Citibank

Munich Re and Munchener de Venezuela

Corporación Grupo Químico

Telefónica Venezolana

Solsica

Work highlights

  • Advised different clients regarding instruments issued by the Constituent Assembly.
  • Advised The Coca-Cola Company, MSD Farmacéutica, Munchener de Venezuela and Olivenca separately on matters relating to foreign exchange control regulation.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez

Led by the experienced Margarita Escudero León, the team at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez handles regulatory compliance matters, administrative and judicial proceedings, and public bidding processes and expropriation claims. Another key practitioner is María Verónica Espina Molina.

Practice head(s):

Margarita Escudero León

Torres, Plaz & Araujo

The team at Torres, Plaz & Araujo advises on the full life cycle of public projects, from formation and development to obtaining permits and licences and handling proceedings before authorities. Practice head Juan Domingo Alfonzo is well versed in regulatory and administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Juan Domingo Alfonzo