Firm Profile > D'Empaire > Caracas, Venezuela

D'Empaire
EDIFICIO BANCARACAS, P.H
PLAZA LA CASTELLANA
CARACAS 1060
Venezuela

Banking and finance Tier 1

D'Empaire has a strong reputation in the market for its banking and finance practice. It covers, on the one hand, transactions and financings, such as asset-backed loans, syndicated loans and foreign exchange transactions, but also advises on regulatory and compliance issues for local and foreign financial institutions. Fulvio Italiani is noted for his broad expertise in finance, corporate and energy matters; he jointly leads the practice with restructuring and sovereign debt expert Carlos Omaña. The team was enhanced by the arrival of Roland Pettersson from LEC Abogados in June 2019.

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Key clients

Credit Suisse

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

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.

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Key clients

Henkel

Liberty Mutual

Zurich Insurance

Bayer

Alimentos Polar

Visa

Eagleburgmann

Progress Software

Circor International

Excellence Logging Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 1

D'Empaire has a strong track record in civil and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration proceedings under various rules; one of its specialist areas is nationalisation cases. The client portfolio includes large corporations, family offices and individuals, and the team is also active in white-collar crime mandates. José Humberto Frías is the key contact in commercial and investor-state arbitration, while Pedro Perera is well versed in litigation. Dubraska Galarraga is also noted.

Key clients

Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV)

Visa

Economic regulation Tier 1

Clients engage the team at D'Empaire to assist them with the competition law aspects of transactions and investigations. Under the leadership of the experienced José Humberto Frías, the practice also handles general regulatory advice, permits and authorisations.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

D'Empaire has particular strength in the corporate and finance areas, which it draws on to assist various companies from the oil and gas sector. The team also advises on contract negotiations, joint ventures and bidding rounds for oil fields. Practice head Fulvio Italiani is a highly regarded practitioner in the market. Corporate specialists Roberto Mas and Arnoldo Troconis, and Carlos Omaña, who is experienced in handling banking and finance mandates, are also integral members of the team.

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Key clients

Maurel & Prom

Chevron

Rosneft

Eni

Repsol

Pampa Energia

Weatherford

Inepetrol

Seadrill

Labour and employment Tier 1

The team at D'Empaire is noted for covering a wide range of labour and employment matters; it has strong expertise in collective contract negotiations, conflict management with labour unions, and supporting the corporate team in transactions and restructuring. The client portfolio includes prominent names from the banking and finance, energy and consumer product sectors, among others. Practice heads Victorino Márquez and Alejandro Disilvestro have longstanding experience in the area. Associates Aixa Añez and Biba Arciniegas complete the team.

Key clients

Linde-Praxair

Bimbo

Thomson Reuters

Visa

Maurel & Prom

Bristol Myers-Squibb

Tetra Pak

Syngenta

Marubeni

EagleBurgmann

Public law Tier 1

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

Tax Tier 1

The team at D'Empaire is highly regarded for its capabilities in the tax arena, particularly in corporate tax and international taxation. The team also represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. Its client portfolio consists of international companies, financial institutions and private equity funds, and the group also impresses with a strong wealth management practice. The experienced Alberto Benshimol and Humberto Romero-Muci jointly lead the group, in which José Valecillos is also highlighted.

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

Weatherford

American Airlines

The Kraft Heinz Company

Mapfre

Navent Group

V6 Holdings

SNC-Lavalin

Ubii Pagos

Tenaris

Real estate Tier 2

D'Empaire's client roster includes private equity firms, real estate investment funds and companies; the team is skilled in advising on a wide range of matters, such as the purchase, sale, construction, financing, development and acquisition of commercial real estate. Led by Inés Parra, the group also handles transactions and related litigation in the sector.

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V6 Holdings

Equipo Gerencial Con Solidez

Intellectual property Tier 3

As part of its full-service offering, D'Empaire is particularly active in contentious IP matters. It handles litigation regarding patents, copyright and trade marks, predominantly for clients from the pharmaceutical and media sectors. The key practitioners are José González and Pedro Perera.

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D’Empaire is a full-service law firm founded in 1972. It provides legal services in Venezuela’s complex business environment, with the goal of being the premier firm for clients facing the most challenging transactions, matters or disputes in Venezuela.

D’Empaire’s 35 attorneys, including its 17 partners, have completed graduate studies in diverse fields of law and some are part-time law professors at leading Venezuelan universities. All are admitted to practice in Venezuela, and several are also admitted to practice in the State of New York. Most of the partners began as associates and most of the associates have developed their entire legal careers at D’Empaire. This has allowed the firm to develop a strong sense of compromise and team work.

D’Empaire is one of the top-tier Venezuelan law firms. It is the law firm of choice for complex matters in all sectors of the economy and fields of law. Its clients include multinationals, major Venezuelan companies and international investment banks. It works for companies engaged in virtually all business sectors of the Venezuelan economy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate; mergers and acquisitions Fulvio Italiani fitaliani@dra.com.ve
Corporate; mergers and acquisitions Carlos Omaña comana@dra.com.ve
Corporate; mergers and acquisitions Inés Parra iparra@dra.com.ve
Corporate; mergers and acquisitions Arnoldo Troconis atroconis@dra.com.ve
Oil and gas, energy, mining and petrochemical projects Fulvio Italiani fitaliani@dra.com.ve
Oil and gas, energy, mining and petrochemical projects Carlos Omaña comana@dra.com.ve
Oil and gas, energy, mining and petrochemical projects Inés Parra iparra@dra.com.ve
Oil and gas, energy, mining and petrochemical projects Arnoldo Troconis atroconis@dra.com.ve
Oil and gas, energy, mining and petrochemical projects Roberto Mas rmas@dra.com.ve
Finance; restructuring; banking; capital markets; sovereign debt Carlos Omaña comana@dra.com.ve
Finance; restructuring; banking; capital markets; sovereign debt Fulvio Italiani fitaliani@dra.com.ve
Finance; restructuring; banking; capital markets; sovereign debt Roland Pettersson rpettersson@dra.com.ve
Tax Humberto Romero-Muci hromeromuci@dra.com.ve
Tax Alberto Benshimol abenshimol@dra.com.ve
Tax José Manuel Valecillos jvalecillos@dra.com.ve
Labor and human resources Alejandro Disilvestro adisilvestro@dra.com.ve
Labor and human resources Victorino Márquez vmarquez@dra.com.ve
Public law, competition, antitrust José Valentín González jgonzalez@dra.com.ve
Public law, competition, antitrust José Humberto Frías jfrias@dra.com.ve
Litigation, arbitration Pedro Perera pperera@dra.com.ve
Litigation, arbitration José Humberto Frías jfrias@dra.com.ve
Telecommunications and media Arnoldo Troconis atroconis@dra.com.ve
Intellectual property José Valentín González jgonzalez@dra.com.ve
Environmental Francisco Bolinaga fbolinaga@dra.com.ve
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Geraldine D'Empaire photo Ms Geraldine D'Empaire Partner
Mr Alejandro Disilvestro  photo Mr Alejandro Disilvestro Specializes in labour and human resources. He has negotiated several collective labour…
 José Humberto Frías  photo José Humberto Frías José Humberto specializes in competition/antitrust and public law matters. He has participated…
Ms Dubraska Galarraga  photo Ms Dubraska Galarraga Specializes in litigation and ADR
 José Valentín González  photo José Valentín González Specializes in constitutional, administrative, criminal, pharmaceutical and IP law, as well as…
Mr Fulvio Italiani  photo Mr Fulvio Italiani Specialises in corporate matters. He has extensive experience in major M&A, financing,…
Mr Roberto Mas  photo Mr Roberto Mas Specialises on general corporate law matters, oil and gas matters, mergers and…
 Carlos Omaña  photo Carlos Omaña Specializes on Venezuelan sovereign and quasi-sovereigns international financings, corporate law, oil and…
Ms Ines Parra  photo Ms Ines Parra Specializes in corporate law, M&A, capital markets, exchange controls, insurance and real…
Mr Pedro Perera  photo Mr Pedro Perera Specialises in litigation and ADR.
Mr Roland Pettersson photo Mr Roland Pettersson Specialises on corporate finance, financing transactions, insolvency and debt restructuring, M&A and…
Mr Arnoldo Troconis  photo Mr Arnoldo Troconis Specializes in corporate law, telecommunications, aviation law and M&A. He represented Telecom…
Mr José Manuel Valecillos  photo Mr José Manuel Valecillos Advises major corporations on a broad range of tax matters. He also…
Total staff : 35
Partners : 17