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Description of the Law Firm:

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian

D’Empaire is one of the top tier Venezuelan law firms. We have a reputation for tireless dedication to our clients. We are committed to providing exceptional legal service in Venezuela’s complex business environment. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging Venezuelan transactions, matters or disputes.

D’Empaire was founded in 1972 and comprises 38 lawyers. Our reputation is confirmed by the awards we have received for our legal work and our rankings in the legal directories.

D’Empaire received the Chambers Venezuela Law Firm of the Year award of 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and the Chambers Clients Service Award of 2011 and 2014. Our partner Fulvio Italiani was awarded the Chambers Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession in 2013. D’Empaire is listed as one of the Latin Lawyer Elite Firms, profiling the 40 leading Latin American law firms.

Our clients include multinationals, major Venezuelan companies and international investment banks. We work for companies engaged in virtually all business sectors of the Venezuelan economy.

Practice Areas:

- Corporative law.

-MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS. D’Empaire is the leading M&A law firm in Venezuela. The firm has participated in most of the significant acquisitions taking place in Venezuela in the last years.

-OIL & GAS, ENERGY, MINING AND PETROCHEMICAL 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. We also render assistance in connection with important infrastructure projects in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. Over the years D’Empaire has assisted foreign companies in numerous projects and transactions in the oil and gas sector including Chevron Repsol, Eni, National Petroleum Consortium, AEI-Williams/Accroven, CNPC Services, among others.

-FINANCE; RESTRUCTURINGS; BANKING. D’Empaire has participated in the largest debt restructurings of Venezuelan companies, and advises Venezuelan companies and banks in connection with financings.

-SOVEREIGN DEBT. D’Empaire has represented the underwriters in most of the sovereign debt offerings and liability management programs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

-CAPITAL MARKETS. D’Empaire is one of the leading capital markets law firms in Venezuela. The firm represents Venezuelan companies and underwriters in connection with equity and debt offerings in Venezuela.

-TAXATION. Our tax group has extensive experience in all aspects of tax law, earning a reputation of providing efficient and practical advice to a diverse client base, including multinational companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and individuals. Our tax expertise is confirmed by the recognitions received and our rankings in the legal directories, such as the “Venezuelan Tax Firm of the Year” of 2014 awarded by International Tax Review.

-LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW. D’Empaire continuously assists clients to reduce litigation risk and ensure legal compliance under employment law. D’Empaire is considered one of the leading Venezuelan law firms in collective contract negotiations and conflict management with labor unions, as well as in planning for and dealing with work stoppages. We have extensive experience assisting multinational and Venezuelan companies in their labor disputes.

-COMPETITION/ANTITRUST. D’Empaire is the leading law firm in Venezuela in competition and antitrust law. Members of D’Empaire worked with the Venezuelan antitrust authority (Procompetencia) before joining the firm, and participated in the special commission that drafted the original Venezuelan Competition Law of 1992. D’Empaire has been considered the best Venezuelan law firm in competition/antitrust by PLC Which Lawyer 2007.

-ARBITRATION. D’Empaire has represented and advised international and Venezuelan clients in arbitrations under several rules systems and arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Caracas Chamber of Commerce and CEDCA. D’Empaire has been considered as one of the best Venezuelan law firms in dispute resolutions by PLC Which Lawyer.