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D'Empaire

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Managing Partner: Fulvio Italiani
Number of partners: 17
Number of other lawyers: 26

Firm Overview:
D’Empaire is one of the leading Venezuelan law firms. Since 1972, the firm has offered practical, innovative and timely business-oriented legal solutions in a complex and challenging business environment. The firm’s team culture ensures that all its expertise and resources are used to achieve the best results for its clients. All of its members have completed graduate studies in diverse fields of law and some of them 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.

Main Areas Of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:
D’Empaire is a leader in M&A transactions in Venezuela. The firm has represented purchasers or sellers in most of the largest private sector acquisitions of Venezuelan companies to date, including unsolicited and negotiated tender offers for companies publicly listed in Venezuela. The firm has also represented sellers in most of the recent nationalisations by the Venezuelan government.

Sovereign Debt, Restructurings, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets:
D’Empaire has represented the underwriters in most of the sovereign debt offerings and liability management programs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. It has participated in the largest debt restructurings of Venezuelan companies, and advises Venezuelan companies and banks in connection with equity and debt offerings (in Venezuela and abroad) as well as tender offers.

Competition Law:
D’Empaire a is a leading Venezuelan law firm in competition matters. The firm has represented domestic and multinational corporations before Venezuela’s competition agency, and has participated in most of the largest and important Venezuelan competition cases to date.

Labour & Human Resources Law:
D’Empaire continuously assists clients in human resources related matters and has worked extensively on restructurings and other labour issues relating to mergers and acquisitions. Its members have participated in collective bargaining negotiations with labour unions, as well as in the prevention and solution of labour conflicts.

Tax:
D’Empaire provides advice on the tax implications of local and cross-border transactions and assists clients in tax litigation. Members of D’Empaire were part of the Venezuelan team that negotiated the USVenezuela Tax Treaty.

Intellectual Property:
D’Empaire provides legal services on intellectual property matters. It represents pharmaceutical companies in patents and confidential data matters in Venezuela and the Andean Community.

Telecommunications & Media:
D’Empaire has represented purchasers or sellers in most of the largest telecommunications transactions to date, and also advises clients in regulatory issues related to the telecommunication sector.

Arbitration:
D’Empaire has represented Venezuelan and international corporations in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the rules of the Caracas Chamber of Commerce and of the Arbitration Center of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce. It has also assisted US law firms in arbitration proceedings conducted in the United States.

Litigation:
D’Empaire conducts general and specialised litigation on corporate, labour, tort, intellectual property, tax and environmental matters. It also provides assistance in litigation conducted in other countries and advises clients on criminal matters. In these cases, D’Empaire provides total support to clients and to the criminal lawyer especially selected to conduct the case.

Oil & Gas, Energy, Mining & Petrochemical Projects; EPC Projects:
D’Empaire renders expert advice in contract negotiations and has represented winners of oil field bidding rounds and in the negotiation of joint ventures and association agreements. It also renders assistance in connection with important infrastructure projects in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. It advises international construction and engineering companies in connection with the execution of EPC turn-key projects.

Banking & Finance:
D’Empaire assists banks and other financial institutions in connection with several negotiations and the restructuring of their loan portfolios.

Insurance:
D’Empaire has represented international insurance companies in the acquisition of local insurance companies and in securing licences to operate. It also advises insurance companies with subsidiaries in Venezuela.

Franchising & Distribution Agreements:
D’Empaire represents leading franchisers and international companies that licence their trademarks and know-how.

Environment Law & Management:
D’Empaire offers a strategic and practical advice to a broad range of clients, including many leaders in the food and agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, energy, mining and other industries.

International Work:
D’Empaire represents leading multinationals, including several Fortune 500 companies, as well as major Venezuelan companies. In connection with transactions relating to Venezuela, D’Empaire has worked with major international financial institutions as well as leading law firms in New York, Houston, Washington DC, London, Paris, Beijing, São Paulo and other international business centres.

Languages:
English, French, Italian.

Clients:
D’Empaire works for companies engaged in virtually all business sectors of the Venezuelan economy such as banking, finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, EPC contractors, petrochemicals, consumer goods, steel, mining, manufacturing and utilities.