One of Venezuela’s largest full-service firms, Travieso Evans, has a particular reputation for its client care.
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$0.1 billion*
- Treaty cases:
It was founded by New York-trained lawyers about 80 years ago, initially focusing on petroleum clients before branching into mining. Arbitration practice head Pedro Rengel Nuñez helped to found the arbitration committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and a local chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club. The team is working for several international companies pursuing claims against the Chávez government as local co-counsel – including ExxonMobil. The firm is working with Covington & Burling in ICSID and ICC cases – each worth US$7 billion – and with Milbank Tweed on another ICSID expropriation claim against the state by telecoms investor Brandes.
In 2009, the disputes practice lost head Andrés Mezgravis who has set up his own firm. ExxonMobil heard in June that its ICSID claim will be able to go forwards in a slightly reduced form.