Roberto Mas > D'Empaire > Caracas, Venezuela > Lawyer Profile

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Corporate, Oil and Gas, Mergers and Acquisitions, Foreign Currency Exchange Control Regulations, Real Estate and Tax Planning




Before joining D’Empaire in 2012, Roberto worked as a senior associate at Romero-Muci & Asociados (a member firm of Deloitte) from 2002 to 2012, and junior associate at Andersen Legal from 2000 to 2002.

Roberto’s practice focuses on general corporate law matters, oil and gas matters, mergers and acquisitions, foreign currency exchange control regulations and real estate related transactions. He also advises Venezuelan private companies and high-net-worth individuals on corporate restructurings and tax planning matters.

His representations include:

  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in its acquisition of Grace Venezuela from GCP Applied Technologies.
  • A major European oil and gas company in the negotiation of a multi-million dollar drilling contract with a Venezuelan state-owned company.
  • Maurel & Prom in its acquisition of a 40 percent equity participation in Petroregional del Lago from Shell.
  • Bayer, as Venezuelan counsel providing ongoing legal advice on corporate law matters.
  • A US private equity firm in the acquisition of an office building in Caracas and several residential properties.
  • Pirelli in the sale of its Venezuelan subsidiary.
  • Rosneft on several matters concerning its oil and gas projects in Venezuela.
  • Sojitz Corporation in the sale of its promissory notes issued by Venezuela in connection with the acquisition of Corporación Venezolana de Guayana (CVG) by the Government of Venezuela.
  • Chevron in several matters concerning its oil and gas projects in Venezuela.
  • Weatherford in its reorganization and capitalization plan for its Venezuelan subsidiaries.
  • Marubeni Corporation in the partial implementation of a crude oil sale agreement with PDVSA.
  • Sojitz Corporation in matters concerning the collection of amounts due under certain promissory notes issued by Venezuela in connection with the acquisition of CVG.
  • A Venezuelan private investor in the sale of a real estate property to the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Caracas.
  • A Venezuelan private investor in a joint venture for the potential development of one of Caracas largest shopping center.
  • Seguros Mercantil in its acquisition of Seguros Orinoco.

Roberto is currently ranked as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by The Legal 500 (2018 Venezuela Corporate/M&A Rankings).


Spanish and English


Bar Association of the Capital District, Caracas, Venezuela.


Roberto received a J.D. from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in 2000.

Lawyer Rankings

Venezuela > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Roberto MasD’Empaire

D’Empaire‘s corporate and M&A practice has a strong track record of participating in major transactions resulting from the dollarisation of the market in Venezuela. In addition, the firm frequently collaborates with international law firms to advise global clients on cross-border transactions. Fulvio Italiani heads the team and is an experienced practitioner in M&A; his recent work highlights include assisting Brown-Forman with its acquisition of the Diplomático Rum brand and related assets. José Humberto Frías, Victorino MárquezRoberto Mas and Inés Parra are active transactional lawyers, while Carlos Omaña has notable expertise in acquisitions in the onshore oil drilling sector. Associate Giancarlo Carrazza provides key support.

Venezuela > Banking and finance

D’Empaire‘s banking, finance and restructuring team is instructed by international and domestic financial institutions to represent them in complex financial transactions and regulatory matters. One of the firm’s standout recent highlights involved advising Meta on the application of legal and regulatory regimes in Venezuela in connection with its provision of non-fungible tokens (NFT) services; Roberto Mas and Daniel Bustos led the work. Carlos Omaña, who is focused on Venezuelan sovereign and quasi-sovereign international financings, leads the practice with Fulvio Italiani, whose areas of expertise include finance, restructuring, energy and sovereign debt. Roland Pettersson is experienced in insolvency and debt restructuring, and is noteworthy for being the only Venezuelan member of the International Insolvency Institute and INSOL International. Associate Miguel Zajía is a name to watch, owing to his work in representing international and domestic clients in transactions including financings and sovereign debt offerings.

Venezuela > Energy and natural resources

D’Empaire is widely recognised for its oil and gas practice, which combines its knowledge and experience in the sector with its M&A and finance expertise. The firm has assisted foreign companies with energy-related projects and transactions, including advising international construction and engineering companies in connection with the execution of EPC turn-key projects. ‘Excellent advisersCarlos Omaña, an expert in oil and gas projects, and Fulvio Italiani, who is experienced in major energy-related transactions, lead the team, while José Valecillos, José Humberto Frías, Arnoldo Troconis and Roberto Mas are also key names in the practice.

Venezuela > Real estate

D’Empaire advises on real estate-related transactions such as the purchase, sale, construction, financing and development of various real estate projects, including industrial facilities, retail stores, hotels, shopping malls and office buildings. Clients include private equity firms and real estate investment funds. Inés Parra and Roberto Mas sit at the head of the practice and handle complex real estate transactions.