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AraqueReyna

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Managing Partner: Maria del Pilar Aneas (Maripi Viso)
Senior Partners: Manuel Reyna, Pedro Sosa, Luis Araque, Gabriel Ruan, Pedro Planchart, Maria del Pilar Aneas, Maria Carolina Cano, Rafael Aneas, Marcos Carillo, Antonio Canova, Gustavo J Reyna, Ingrio Garcia
Number of partners worldwide: 16
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 35

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1986 with offices in Caracas and Valencia, ARAQUEREYNA is one of the leading and most recognised full practice law firms of the legal and business communities in Venezuela, serving a variety of institutional clients both national and multinational, including some multilateral agents and nonprofit organisations. With a clear business understanding and orientation, its professional team is integrated by widely recognised specialists in the different areas of practice, that enables the firm to render legal services within the highest standards of excellence, providing its clients of effective, creative and timely legal solutions in a complex and changing legal business environment. Lawyers at ARAQUEREYNA enjoy, not only a solid multilingual legal education with specialised graduate studies in the different legal fields, but a consistent practical experience and adapting capabilities to the frequent changes and challenges, having constantly in mind its client’s particularities and needs.

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative, Economic & Regulatory Law:

The firm includes a solid team in administrative and public law representing its clients in their interactions with the public sector, upholding their interests with administrative, legislative and judicial authorities, and providing general assistance in economic and regulatory matters.

Banking, Finance, & Insurance:
The firm counts with a long term experience in banking, finance, project finance and capital markets; as well as insurance and reinsurance, including litigation.

Corporate & Planning:
This department acts as a hinge of all units of the firm. It covers: civil and mercantile law, M&A, project finance, banking, corporate governance, franchising, infrastructure and real estate operations, energy, oil, gas and mining, insurance and capital markets, exchange control regime, foreign investments.

Family Law:
Along with the litigation department, the firm has developed an important practice in family law. In this area the firm has a well recognised practice in family and pre wedding estate planning, divorces and mediation in conflicts.

Immigration Law:
The firm has strengthened its capabilities in immigration law, not only in Venezuela, but also in the United States. ARAQUEREYNA partnered with Maggio-Kattar PC, the highly reputed boutique law firm located in Washington DC, with over 30 years of experience in immigration and naturalisation within the United States. Through this alliance with Maggio-Kattar PC, the firm is able to assist the clients interested in relocating to the United States.

Intellectual Property, New Technologies & Telecommunications:
This unit provides services in the fields of intellectual property and copyright, including trademark, licenses and copyrights filings, with emphasis on infractions both at judicial and administrative level. In accordance to the strategic alliance between ARAQUEREYNA and Bolet & Terrero.

Labour & Employment:
The firm’s team of specialists is highly experienced in the realm of labour law and occupational risks, predominantly in the areas of consultancy, planning, collective bargaining, human resources and administrative/judicial litigation. It has been widely recognised as a leading team amongst the most important Venezuelan law firms.

Litigation, Arbitration & ADR:
Litigation is one of the main areas of practice, whose members act as attorneys for defendants or plaintiffs in a variety of cases. The firm is very active covering both domestic and international arbitration. A number of lawyers of the firm have been very active in the promotion of the most important centres for arbitration in Venezuela as well as in international arbitration.

Real Estate:
There are several characteristics that make ARAQUEREYNA’s real estate department stand out from the crowd: a long term experience in real estate promotion, construction, planning and selling of all kinds of housing, shopping malls and office buildings, an outstanding portfolio of solid clients, a strong network of contacts within the most important practice related organisations and an extensive participation in law discussion and drafting.

Tax:
The firm’s tax law department consists of highly qualified professionals in the field of tax law and public finance, covering all areas of planning, tax advising, administrative procedures and litigation.

Energy & Natural Resources:
The vast corporate experience in oil and gas and infrastructure of Manuel Reyna, Pedro I. Sosa, María Carolina Cano, Pedro L. Planchart, Gustavo J. Reyna and Marcos Carrillo, provides the credentials and strength needed to consolidate the firm’s energy and natural resources practice, after the incorporation of Roberto. J. Strauss.

Languages:
Spanish, English, French, Italian.

Clients:
General Motors Venezolana C.A.
Turkish Airlines
Consorcio Contuy Medio
Dragados, S.A.
Mercantil Servicios Financieros C.A.
Floserve de Venezuela CCA
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Venezuela S.A.
Pepsico Alimentos S.C.A.
Sodexho Pass Venezuela C.A.
Nutresa Group Cemex S.A.B de C.V Nokia Solutions and Networks Venezuela C.A.
Telefónica Venezolana C.A.
Domino´s Pizza Venezuela
Sulzer Pumps Venezuela
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Ceragon Telecomunicaciones
Cable & Wireless Columbus Network Venezuela
Hias Venezuela
Otaola Ingeniería C.A.
Chubb Insurance
Pizzolante Comunicación Estratégica C.A.
Universal Music Colombia SAS
Universal Music Venezuela S.A.
Kennedys CMK