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Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque

06 March 2012

With managing partner Peláez-Pier back from his tenure as IBA president, the IA group is back close to full strength

Who’s Who name:
Fernando Peláez-Pier

Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque is one of the longest-established firms in the Venezuelan market, but it is no less innovative than some of the younger practices.

According to our sister publication, the Latin Lawyer 250, it is one of Venezuela’s most forward-thinking firms, with a “a strong international profile”. This is mirrored in its geographically diverse client list, spanning Chinese, Israeli and Canadian companies in addition to those that one might expect from Latin America, Europe and the US. Managing partner Fernando Peláez-Pier was president of the International Bar Association for 2009 and 2010.

The firm has earned itself a reputation for being innovative and “on the ball”, supplying details of new laws to clients within 48 hours of legislative developments and hosting events to discuss their implications. It is also credited with being able to maintain good relations with private clients and the Venezuelan government alike by remaining professionally neutral and avoiding any impression that it is politically driven.

Disputes is a particular area of strength, with the department now being led by young litigation partner Carlos Dominguez. The firm’s past work includes acting for Siemens in arbitration against an insurer.

Recent events

Román Duque-Corredor, an in-demand arbitrator and former justice of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, has had a reduced portfolio of late. However, Peláez-Pier, who no longer has the travelling burden associated with his IBA post, has been re-establishing his presence at the firm’s headquarters in Caracas, working on international arbitrations and transactional matters.

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