One of three Venezuelan firms that were included in the GAR 100 for the first time last year (see also Rodner Martínez y Asociados and Travieso Evans Arria Pengel & Paz), Hoet Peláez Castillo Duque is one of the longest-established in the local market but should by no means be considered the traditional option. Researchers for our sister publication, Latin Lawyer 250, say the firm “stands out for its international reach” (managing partner Fernando Peláez-Pier has just finished a two-year term as president of the International Bar Association) and innovative approach to client service – including supplying flash legal reports to core clients within 48 hours of legislative developments, and holding workshops and roundtables to explore their implications.
According to a Brazilian in-house counsel, “they have a professional point of view and are well respected by the government, who do not see them as politically driven.” Over the years, the firm has worked largely for international firms in Venezuela and privately-owned local businesses. When it comes to disputes work, the key partner – Román Duque-Corredor – is a former justice of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and was counsel to the country’s president from 1979 to 1982. He blends expertise in both arbitration and litigation with a focus on energy and administrative law. In addition, three other lawyers regularly advise on arbitration, sources indicate. In response to developments in the wider Venezuelan economy, the firm says its arbitration work has much increased.
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