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Leĝa Abogados

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Managing Partners Corporate & Commercial: Luis E Lopez and Carlos Dominguez
Number of lawyers: 35 (including 2 consultants)
Languages:  English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview: 
Lega Abogados has been providing high quality advice to local and international clients for more than 70 years. It is one of the largest and most prominent law firms in the country, rendering services to many leading Venezuelan companies, as well as foreign companies and banks doing business in Venezuela.

Lega Abogados's main goal is to bring value to its clients, identifying solutions to complex problems in an efficient and timely fashion, with a strong focus on quality and international standards. Lega Abogados has built up years of experience in diverse sectors, as well as large and complex transactions. The firm provides clients with practical advice covering all legal issues, while always maintaining a strong business focus. The firm’s practice groups work very closely in order to enable cost-effective services. Attorneys are also able to communicate with international clients in their own languages, assisting with navigating complex national risks and obligations.

Lega Abogados provides an outstanding combination of legal expertise and hands-on solutions. A comprehensive compliance department provides cost-effective legal and paralegal assistance to comply with corporate, labour, tax, foreign exchange, IP, foreign investment and other regulations. The firm also offers prosecution and enforcement services covering administrative, criminal and civil actions, providing clients with a one-stop service and immediate results, avoiding expensive procedures and enabling the best protection of their rights.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
The firm has extensive experience assisting foreign banks in their business activities in Venezuela. The practice group also assists with the negotiation of credit facilities for public agencies and corporations and private companies and advises on capital markets and exchange control regulation.

Corporate/M&A:
Lega Abogados assists clients in negotiations with both private and public sector corporations, representing and providing advice, drafting contracts, conducting due diligence and issuing opinions on contracts and corporate structures. The firm also provides day-to-day advice to a long list of major multinationals.

Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
This practice group has long been recognised for its outstanding experience in commercial and IP litigation, whether in court or before the administrative authorities. It handles litigation relating to all civil law matters, as well as actions against acts of the public administration. Lega Abogados also has market leading experience in both local and international arbitration, and played a lead role in the establishment of the Venezuelan Association of Arbitration.

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm has a wide range of expertise in this sector, encompassing upstream, midstream and downstream work in the oil and gas sector, the development, construction and financing of major oil and gas and power projects, the design of complex international financing structures and matters relating to public utilities.

Intellectual Property:
Lega Abogados has market leading experience in the protection of clients’ IP rights both in Venezuela and abroad, handling the registration of trademarks and patents, negotiation, protection and defence of author and industrial property rights, as well as licenses and technology transfer. Clients are increasingly using the firm as a hub to protect their IP rights not only in Venezuela but also across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Labour & Employment:
The firm has extensive experience representing both public and private sector employers in the complete range of employment matters. The firm’s expertise in collective bargaining agreements, international contracting, labour planning and employee benefits is a key element in supporting its clients’ activities in Venezuela. Regarding litigation, Lega Abogados represents companies in cases resulting from the termination of work relationships and work-related accidents. It also handles administrative labour procedures before government agencies.

Life Sciences:
The firm has a multi-disciplinary life sciences and healthcare practice group, which successfully combines the best of the firm’s corporate and transactional capability with tax (including customs and trade), labour, regulatory, consumer protection, product liability, competition and intellectual property expertise to serve its clients in the sector. The firm has developed outstanding industry knowledge, advising pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and suppliers, as well as stem cell laboratories, biotechnology companies, hospitals operators, private health insurers and agribusiness companies on Venezuela’s constantly changing regulatory framework.

Public Law:
Lega Abogados specialises in a wide range of public law-related matters that are key to doing business in Venezuela. The firm has market-leading experience in public procurement and acts on behalf of clients before local courts and national and international arbitral tribunals.

Tax:
The firm handles a wide range of complex matters relating to national, state and local taxes. It assists clients with tax planning, oil and mining taxes and strategy resulting from the application of double taxation treaties and is renowned for handling the complex tax implications of business transactions.

Trade & Investment:
The firm advises on all aspects of the protection of investments, competition, unfair competition, international trade and economic integration. Lega Abogados also advises clients on financial, banking, insurance, capital markets and exchange control matters.

Real Estate:
The firm handles the complete range of real estate matters, including advising on, and the drafting and negotiation of acquisition and disposition agreements, as well as short and long-term leasing, financing, securitisation, construction, development, land use regulation and management of all types of properties