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Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

WORLD TRADE CENTER, 8TH FLOOR, OFFICE 8-A, AV. 168 SALVADOR FEO LA CRUZ ESTE-OESTE, NAGUANAGUA 2005, VALENCIA ESTADO CARABOBO, VENEZUELA
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Venezuela

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

As part of a strong, international network, the corporate team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is a popular choice for multinational companies to handle M&A structuring, documentation, due diligence and financing projects. The team is praised for its 'in-depth knowledge and ability to provide state-of-the-art legal solutions to complex business matters, domestically and abroad'. Valencia-based Douvelin Serra assisted Mazda Japan with the corporate restructuring pertaining to the divestiture of the client's affiliate in Venezuela; together with the US team, she also advised GCP Technologies on the sale of its non-Darex construction business to a third party. Jesús Dávila acted for Lincoln Electric on the exit and conclusion of its business activities in Venezuela. María Celis head the department. Associates Adriana Gonçalves and Elsy Castillo are also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Jesús Dávila - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is a key player in the dispute resolution space, particularly for litigation as well as investment and commercial arbitration. Practice head Eugenio Hernández-Bretón has longstanding experience acting as counsel as well as an arbitrator; together with Maria Eugenia Salazar, he is representing Longreef in its $80m investment arbitration proceedings against the Venezuelan government regarding its expropriation. Other clients include Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos and Anglo American. Gabriel De Jesús has additional expertise in corporate matters, alongside civil and commercial procedures. Associates Hector Martinez and Maria Alejandra Ruiz are also noted.

Leading individuals

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Rising stars

Hector Martinez - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. was the first international firm to enter Venezuela over 50 years ago and is deeply experienced in handling commercial and regulatory compliance matters for national and foreign oil-and-gas companies. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón leads the team, with his recent matters including advice to Total and Statoil on various regulatory issues. Other work included assisting Repsol with aspects of the new Constitutional Law on Foreign Investments. Maria Eugenia Salazar counseled Nabors on financial issues and foreign investment. Senior associate Hector Martinez is well versed in advising companies on their relations with the PDVSA and the Venezuela Government.

Leading individuals

Eugenio Hernández-Bretón - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is well versed in developing legal strategies which minimise environmental risks and liabilities. Practice head Manuel Marín, who has more than 25 years' experience in the sector, advised a mining company on legal alternatives to challenge an official letter regarding its environmental compliance status. Another noted team member is Maria Eugenia Salazar.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has experience with clients from the healthcare, consumer and luxury goods sectors, but has also seen increasing demand in the heavy industry sector. Senior associate Laura Rada heads the department; she advises on registration of trade marks, patents, copyright and infringement of IP rights. Together with associate Indira García, Rada handled the portfolio - which included the review of the ownership and status of over 3,000 marks - obtained when a global pharmaceutical company acquired a local business. Senior professional support lawyer Dianne Phoebus is noted.

Leading individuals

Dianne Phoebus - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Next Generation Partners

Laura Rada - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is noted for its 'excellent performance'. It is regularly instructed in employment litigation, restructuring and reorganisation matters. The 'determined and knowledgeable' team is led by Carlos Felce, who has noteworthy experience in negotiating with unions. Companies such as Anglo American, 3M and, recently, Del Monte are on the client roster. Other names to note include associates Daniel Fragiel, Johana De La Rosa, Sebastián Nastari and Carmen García. Gustavo Nieto is currently not active as a partner but provides external counsel.

Leading individuals

Carlos Felce - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Rising stars

Daniel Fragiel - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. is well versed in acting in expropriation processes, and advising on price control, compliance with product origin rules, and public procurement matters. The team is jointly led by Eugenio Hernández-Bretón and Maria Eugenia Salazar, who together continue to advise Sucesión Heemsen regarding the expropriation procedure for its land. Recent work saw the duo assisting IVC Networks with the granting of the qualification as an international producer of audiovisual services. Associates Héctor Martínez and María Victoria Díaz are also noted.

Rising stars

MarĂ­a Victoria DĂ­az - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has considerable experience in assisting clients in real estate transactions and providing advice on double taxation, as well as on the environmental and regulatory implications of real estate acquisitions. The group's close co-operation with the firm's corporate and tax department adds value. Practice head María Celis has been active in the field for more than 20 years, while Gabriel De Jesús and associate María Alejandra Ruiz bring commercial and dispute resolution expertise to the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has noteworthy experience in corporate taxation, wealth management structuring, and determining and forecasting risks; the team is regularly instructed by national and international clients, particularly from the healthcare, energy and telecoms sectors, and it works closely with the firm's corporate department, which it provides with tax advice on corporate transactions. Practice head Ronald Evans, José Barnola and Oscar Morean are the key practitioners at the firm.

Leading individuals

Ronald Evans - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

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