Managing Partners Corporate & Commercial: Luis E Lopez and Carlos Dominguez
Number of partners: 26
Number of lawyers: 53
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
LEĜA is a leading law firm in the Venezuelan market and internationally renowned. The firm has a modern approach to the practice of law, supported by the use of technology and based on the values of excellence, tenacity, integrity, empathy, innovation and versatility. The firm brings together more than 500 years of experience in the practice of law and, in 2018, its partners decided to give it greater dynamism, a new image and its current name, LEĜA, coming from Esperanto. LEĜA has 38 service areas, divided into 15 practice areas, covering all branches of law, and 23 industry areas, created on the basis of the extensive experience of its team in those business sectors. LEĜA is the largest law firm in Venezuela and its lawyers have accumulated more than 40 awards, granted by the world’s most important legal publications, which have also certified the high quality of all its practice groups. With a strong international focus, LEĜA is the preferred law firm of a high number of multinational clients in Venezuela. The firm is the exclusive member for Venezuela of LEX MUNDI, the world’s most important network of independent law firms, of WORLD SERVICES GROUP, a global network that also brings together accounting and investment banking firms, and other international networks focused on specialized practices or particular jurisdictions. In Venezuela, LEĜA has been a key participant in academic associations and its lawyers have been involved in leadership roles in many of them. LEĜA’s mission is to provide clients with high-level legal advice, aimed at obtaining results in a cost-efficient manner and based on the use of technology.
Main Areas of Practice:
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Negotiation in complex disputes for reaching favorable settlement agreements. Mediation and conciliation proceedings as counsel, mediators or conciliators. Arbitration: International arbitration under UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICDR and ICC rules, and the most complex arbitration cases in the national arena under the arbitration rules of CACC and CEDCA.
Banking & Finance:
Assistance to foreign banks in their business activities in Venezuela. Negotiation of credit facilities for public agencies and corporations and private companies and capital markets.
Representation in investigations carried out by the Competition Authority on the grounds of cartel, dominance, barriers of entry, and merger control.
Development of compliance programs and advice on actual or potential investigations into business ethics, anticorruption, data privacy, healthcare, environmental regulations and other matters, trade controls, customs, document management, procurement, and hazardous materials.
Advice, drafting contracts, conducting due diligence and issuing opinions on contracts and corporate structures and day-to-day advice.
Upstream, midstream and downstream matters in the oil and gas sector, development, construction and financing of major oil and gas and power projects, and design of complex international financing structures.
Foreign Currency Exchange Control:
Foreign currency exchange control regulations relating to exportation, importation, payment of royalties, dividends and the criteria to be applied to accountancy recording.
Advice on the relocation of expats in Venezuela. Assistance to Venezuelan clients with their settlement in other jurisdictions.
Bilateral Investment Treaties, and local regulations for the full enforceability of the rights of international investors in Venezuela.
International Trade & Customs:
Application of The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG; the Vienna Convention), and advice on regulations applicable to Venezuelan customs and related tariffs.
Labour & Employment:
Bargaining with unions, international contracting, labor planning and employee benefits and acting for companies before the courts and government agencies in labor matters.
Advice to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and suppliers, as well as stem cell laboratories, biotechnology companies, private health insurers and agribusiness companies, based on outstanding industry knowledge.
National and international commercial, civil, maritime, and IP litigation.
Public Law & Regulatory:
Public procurement, administrative law and applications for judicial review of administrative matters and other claims before local courts and international arbitral tribunals.
Drafting and negotiation of acquisition and disposition agreements, short and long-term leasing, financing, securitization, construction, development, land use regulation and management of all types of properties. Real estaterelated litigation.
National, state and local taxes, tax planning, oil and mining taxes, and strategy resulting from the application of double taxation treaties. Handling complex tax implications of business transactions. Tax litigation.
White Collar Crime:
Advice on avoiding criminal sanctions for the development of businesses. Criminal investigations and litigation. LEĜA is one of the few full-practice law firms in Venezuela that specializes in white collar criminal matters. LEĜA’s main practice groups also act together with its highly specialized industry areas, including infrastructure and construction, digital economy, aviation, insurance and reinsurance, mining, sports, entertainment, entrepreneurship, fashion, logistics, technology, telecoms, and tourism, in order to ensure that clients receive the best possible legal advice.