Firm Profile > ARAQUEREYNA > Caracas, Venezuela


Real estate Tier 1

ARAQUEREYNA fields a team of dedicated lawyers, which is not also involved in real estate matters but also in the construction sector. Practice head María del Pilar Aneas continues to be involved in the 'Construyendo la Venezuela que queremos' project, for which she drafted a legal framework allowing the reactivation of the construction sector by promoting the implementation of key public policies to ensure industry growth. The team is also acting as lead counsel for a construction company in drafting sales and leasing contracts relating to a shopping centre. Manuel Reyna is well versed in financing matters. Associates Federica Mena and Alessandra Corona are also names to note.

Banking and finance Tier 2

The team at ARAQUEREYNA covers the full gamut of work in this area, advising on banking and finance matters, as well as capital markets and insurance issues. Other areas of expertise include developing programmes for the prevention and control of money laundering as well as foreign investment matters. Practice head Pedro Planchart has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and project financing area. Gustavo Reyna combines corporate and finance expertise. Pedro Sosa is another name to note.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

ARAQUEREYNA's team consists of Antonio CanovaPedro Sosa and associate Rodrigo Moncho Stefani. The group advises on free and unfair competition as well as on anti-dumping law.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Full service firm ARAQUEREYNA has a strong cross-department offering, which enables the team to also advise on the tax, labour and immigration aspects of transactions. In the corporate space, it handles M&A, foreign exchange regime and corporate governance issues, among others. Manuel Reyna leads the group and has more than 30 years of experience. Pedro Sosa is a key contact for joint ventures and private equity and Pedro Planchart is another name to note.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ARAQUEREYNA's dispute resolution team specialises in civil, commercial and IP litigation as well as in ADR. Key practitioners include Rafael Aneas Rodríguez, who has more than 30 years of experience in the field; founding partner Luis Alfredo Araque, who is a popular choice for contentious labour matters; Marcos Carrillo, who specialises in disputes in the construction, international contracting, insurance, and oil space; and Pedro Sosa, whose practice is focused on real estate and finance-related matters. Associate Guido Mejía is also noted.

Labour and employment Tier 2

ARAQUEREYNA has a strong labour and employment practice, which is noted for its experience in handling the negotiation of individual and collective agreements; advising on the prevention of labour risks; and assisting with administrative and judicial procedures. Rodrigo Moncho Stefani was instructed by Turkish Airlines to advise on compliance with local labour agencies and industrial safety and social security regulations. Other work saw Pedro Sosa and associate Patricia Lozada Pérez advising Domino's Pizza on the health and safety risks arising from the delivery activity of its employees. The practice is led by Luis Alfredo Araque, who has more than 40 years' experience. Fabiana Benaím left for a position at Vocem.

Public law Tier 2

ARAQUEREYNA's team is experienced in the full gamut of public law matters, advising on consumer protection, price control, exchange control, and environmental law, as well as new technologies, data protection, public contracting and antitrust. Clients from the telecoms, aviation and healthcare sectors also entrust the firm to assist them with expropriation and nationalisation procedures. Practice head Antonio Canova and associate Rodrigo Moncho Stefani are the key practitioners.

Tax Tier 2

ARAQUEREYNA's areas of expertise lie within tax planning, transactional support and disputes. The key contacts at the firm are Gabriel Ruan Santos, who is often instructed to assist on contentious matters, and María Carolina Cano and Ingrid García Pacheco; they are well versed in structuring mandates and wealth and heritage tax planning, respectively.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

The team at ARAQUEREYNA advises primarily prvate sector clients on corproate matters in the oil segment. The team handles project finance and advisory work for a diverse client roster including  international companies, traders, regulators and investors. Roberto Strauss is well versed in commercial and corporate aspects in the hydrocarbons area.  Pedro Planchart and Pedro Sosa are other contacts in the practice group.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

D'Empaire represents Venezuelan and international companies in arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC rules; José Humberto Frías is the main contact. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. acts as counsel as well as arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Luis Alfredo Araque at ARAQUEREYNA is also a name to note.


ARAQUEREYNA offers a unique practical, creative and efficient approach as the basis of its legal services. The firm deals with all issues with the utmost sense of duty, by understanding the needs and objectives of each individual client and maintaining close lawyer-client relationships. Because of this, the firm is a valued adviser and a first-hand helper in its clients’ businesses.

The firm: Founded in 1986, the firm was conceived to provide integrated legal counseling for its clients, which are mostly private institutions. Among its clients are prominent national and international companies, private foundations, multilateral agents, financial institutions and Venezuelan active professional associations.

With a clear business understanding and orientation, the firm’s professional team is integrated by widely recognized specialists in different areas of practice, which enables the firm to render legal services within the highest standards of excellence, providing its clients with effective, creative and timely legal solutions in a complex and changing legal business environment.

The members of the firm, partners as well as associates, exclusively commit to clients’ requirements and a representative group of lawyers from the firm share their professional activities with academic and educational activities in most of the major law schools, including the Venezuelan Central University (UCV), Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB), Monteavila University (UMA), Metropolitan University (UNIMET) and Carabobo University (UC). In addition, several lawyers from the firm contribute intensively to legal doctrine development, through important law publications.

Several members of the firm are on the list of arbitrators of the most important centers of arbitration in the country, namely: the Arbitration Center of The Caracas Chamber of Commerce (related to ICC) and the Center of Conciliation and Arbitration (CEDCA), related to the Venezuelan and American Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Venamcham).

On the grounds of international relationships, the firm has built up excellent reciprocal relations, working with a considerable number of law firms in many different countries, mainly in the US, Latin America and Europe, which allows it a solid understanding of its multinational clients and their investments in Venezuela and also in a variety of cross-border operations.

Practice areas: Currently, the firm has 38 full-time lawyers with practices in most areas of law, such as: corporate law and planning, corporate finance, project finance, capital markets, insurance and banking, private international law, international and domestic contracts, international and domestic taxation, regulatory and administrative law, real estate, labor law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, antitrust and consumer protection law, and energy. This structure enables the firm to have the flexibility and dynamism demanded by clients while securing the quality and consistency needed in multi-disciplinary transactions and legal cases. Co-operation between practice groups is encouraged and supervised, leading the way towards an understanding of emerging legal areas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and planning Manuel Reyna P
Corporate and planning Pedro Planchart
Corporate and planning Pedro Sosa
Corporate and planning Gustavo J Reyna
Labor and employment Fabiana Benaim
Labor and employment David Sanoja
Labor and employment Rosario Lai
Tax and corporate planning María C Cano
Tax and corporate planning Igrid Garcia P
Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Rafael Aneas R
Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Luis Alfredo Araque
Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Rosario Lai
Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Marcos Carrillo
Administrative, economic and regulatory law Antonio Canova
Intellectual property, new technologies and telecommunications Pedro Sosa
Energy/natural resources Roberto J Strauss
Total staff : 30
Partners : 17