A highly accomplished attorney with broad experience in corporate and financial matters related to the structuring and implementation of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and project financings. Experienced advisor in local and multinational corporations in the corporate, contractual and regulatory aspects of their activities.
Ability to draft and negotiate provisions for complex domestic and international business
Experienced manager and staff coach
Fully Trilingual Spanish, English and German
Foreign Legal Consultant01/2010 to CurrentLobe Ventures, IncMiami, USA, FL
Manages all legal aspects of the operations of the music provider start-up company and reported directly to CEO.
Managed outside counsel in corporate litigation, SEC Regulation compliance, financing and other corporate matters.
Serves as a key member of the management that designs and executes corporate strategies and initiatives for all legal and business aspects of a development stage: Incorporation, design and implementation of the stock ption plan and SEC registration.
Implemented corporate governance procedures for the Company, facilitating investor's relations and capital raising initiates, participating in all project-related development, regulatory and financing activities.
Handles licensing negotiations with the music record labels together with outside counsel getting the Company ready to sign a term sheet.
Executed due diligence to corporate documents from incorporation to confirm compliance with corporate, tax and securities law.
Prepared and organized capitalization table of shareholders.
Reviewed terms of shareholders agreements and other privileges granted to shareholders.
Partner01/2010 to CurrentDLA Interjuris Abogados S.CCaracas, Venezuela
Local Partner of international law firm of over 25 lawyers in Venezuela focused on corporate and financial matters, including risk mitigation structures, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, infrastructure projects, project financing, cross border financing, regulatory matters and banking.
Co-lead the firm's corporate department participating in some country's largest business transactions, assisting clients in drafting and negotiation of contracts, government relationship, due diligence, regulatory matters, exit strategies and investment.
Lead the Venezuelan corporate and legal chapter regarding the sale of the infant nutrition business for $11.9 billion between Wyeth and Nestlé.
Successfully handled governmental audits (tax, exchange control, banking, price control and health regulatory) on behalf of clients according to specially designed strategies implemented to comply with highly regulated market.
Lead spin-off of Pfizer's animal health business in Venezuela into Zoetis, which is today the largest global animal health company.
Executed corporate and legal due diligence of major gas company Gazprom and their projects execution in Venezuela.
Participated in different international commercial and investment Ad-Hoc and ICSID arbitrations filed against the Republic of Venezuela by Valle Verde Sociedad Financiera S.L., Transban Investment, Huntington Ingalls and Blue Bank International & Trust.
Designed and leads the firm's coaching program.
Senior Associate01/2007 to 01/2010SQUIRE, SANDERS & DEMPSEYCaracas, Venezuela
Senior associate in international firm focused in corporate, financial and regulatory matters with close participation in structuring and implementation of project financings, mergers and acquisitions, spin offs, sale of assets, due diligence, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.
Handled and supported relationship of clients with governmental and regulatory authorities Member of legal team that represented private companies during nationalization process carried out by Venezuelan government.
Lead the Venezuelan corporate and legal chapter of the worldwide merger between EDS and Hewlet Packard for $13.9 billions.
Contributed in the acquisition of Lundin Latina de Petróleos, S.A.
for $41 million by PetroFalcon Corporation and successfully handled the authorization process for the change of control by the Ministry.
Participated in the acquisition of financial institutions such as Helm Bank de Venezuela, Caja Caracas, MiBanco and Casa Propia and handled the regulatory filing before authorities.
Represented foreign shareholder, carried out due diligence and drafted all of transactional documents for the nationalization of energy companies SENECA, ELEVAL and CALIFE.
Member of the legal team that represented the Republic of Ecuador in arbitration against Occidental Petroleum before ICSID.
Associate and Legal Assistant01/1999 to 01/2003ARAQUE, REYNA, SOSA, VISO & PITTIER Caracas, Venezuela
Hired as associate of the firm after 4 years as legal assistant.
Advised local and foreign companies on several corporate, tax and regulatory matters.
Prepared legal opinions on commercial, civil and administrative Venezuelan and international legislations and drafted several types of commercial, civil and administrative contracts, motions and other documents, as well as legal criteria to help senior associates and partners advise clients on different matters.
Supervised several paralegals and legal assistants within different divisions.
Researched and collaborated in drafting the Doing Business in Venezuela publication.
Participated in the evidence collection process for lawsuit against Tobacco Company Philip Morris filed by Venezuela.
Temporarily assigned to Venezuelan biggest food company, Alimentos Polar Group, to assist in corporate matters and carry out due diligence.
Managed hundreds of cases and files in the Republic of Venezuela Supreme Court, civil and administrative courts and government agencies.
Masters: International Business Law2006ESADE Business & Law SchoolBarcelona, SpainInternational Business Law
Masters: Law2005Albert Ludwigs University of FreiburgFreiburg im Breisgau, GermanyLaw
Law Degree2003Catholic University Andres Bello Law SchoolCaracas, Venezuela
Personal Affiliations and Distinctions
Member of the Caracas Bar Association
Member of the Corporate Finance Committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce (Venamcham)
Ranked lawyer in Corporate and M&A by Chambers and Partners since 2013
Youngest Venezuelan lawyer listed in the Up & Comers list published by Chambers and Partners for the 2014 and 2015 editions.