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    17 August 2012

    As one of the most important steps in the strategic plan of growth and development we have been executing in the last year, we are pleased to announce the addition of Antonio Canova G. and Luis Alfonso Herrera O. as partners of the Firm, and Giuseppe Graterol S. as an associate, who together constituted the team responsible for the Public Law practice area of Bolinaga, Levy, Marquez & Canova.

    As a result of these additions to ARAQUEREYNA’s professional team, our Administrative, Economic and Regulatory Law Department is now composed of Partners Gabriel Ruan S., Antonio Canova G., Luis Alfonso Herrera O., and associates Rodrigo Moncho S., Nizar El Fakih E. and Giuseppe Graterol S., with their respective legal assistants. All the referred Partners enjoy high national and international recognition, not only advising clients in their professional practices, but also stand out in the academic field as University professors and prolific contributors to national legal doctrine through manifold publications. In the same sense, the three referred associates are recognized in their respective academic groups as promising leaders in the public and administrative law area. The entire team has extensive experience in amparo, constitutional and contentious-administrative proceedings.

    In this manner, our strategic planning reaches a new and very important objective, which joins the other developments that have taken place in the last year, with the addition of María Carolina Cano as Partner of the Tax Law Department; the merger with Aguirre & Moschiano, a Law Firm specializing in labor law and labor safety, deriving in the hiring of Alexis Aguirre and Evelyn Moschiano, as Partner and Associate, respectively, of the Labor Department; and the incorporation of Rafael Aneas R. as Partner of the Litigation Department.

    These additions to ARAQUEREYNA’s professional team represent a significant value added that confirms our commitment to provide excellence based legal services, both in Venezuela and globally, forging a solid platform on which we build a proper and orderly growth. We remain committed to the continuous improvement of our Institution and the strengthening of our leadership in the Venezuelan legal community.


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  • 09/27/12--15:23: Canova G., Antonio I.
  • Partner Caracas
    Education: 
    Catholic University Andrés Bello (Lawyer, 1991); Central University of Venezuela (Extension Course in Procedural Law, 1995); (Master in Administrative Law, 1995); Carlos III University of Madrid, (Diploma of Advanced Studies, Master in Constitutional Law, 2002); (Juris Doctor, 2007).
    Profesional Experience: 

    Mr. Canova has gained significant professional experience in the field of the Judiciary in Venezuela. He was reporter and assistant lawyer of the Political and Administrative Chamber and the Plenary Chamber of the former Supreme Court of Justice, as well as reporter of the First Contentious Administrative Court.

    In addition, he has stood out as a legal consultant of the Commission of the Supreme Court of Justice for the elaboration of the Constitutional Justice Law and for the preparation of the Constitutional Jurisdiction Bill, in the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.

    Mr. Canova has extensive experience in providing legal advice to social programs and to the Municipal Engineering Bureau of the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao Municipality. From 2002 he was the Partner in charge of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Department of the Firm Bolinaga, Levy, Márquez & Canova, where he was regarded as one of the most recognized figures in Public Law in Venezuela, exercising his professional practice before the courts and the Higher Court and providing constant optimal counseling to national and international clients.

    He joined ARAQUEREYNA in 2012 as Partner of the Administrative, Economic and Regulatory Law Department.

    He has published various legal books and articles, including “Reflections on the reform of the Venezuelan contentious-administrative system”, which was awarded the National Prize of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences in 1997; “The reality of Venezuelan contentious-administrative litigation (A call to attention vis-à-vis the devastating statistics of the Political-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice in 2007 and first half of 2008)”, which was awarded a Special Mention of the same prize in 2009; and his most recent publication: “The Iberoamerican model of Constitutional Justice. Characteristics and originality”, 2012.

    Academic Activity: 
    Mr. Canova is Professor Instructor at the Faculty of Law of the Andrés Bello Catholic University, and Professor of the Master in Administrative and Procedural Law at the Central University of Venezuela and the Andrés Bello Catholic University. Additionally, he teaches in the Master in Procedural Constitutional Law at the Monteávila University and in the Specialization Course on Human Rights of the Andrés Bello Catholic University.
    Memberships & Associations: 
    Member of the Venezuelan Association of Administrative Law (AVEDA), Caracas (2001); founder member of the Council of Merit of the Venezuelan Institute of Procedural Law Studies (1998). He formed part of the editorial board of the “Public Law Journal”, published by Editorial Jurídica Venezolana, Caracas (2004) and of the Scientific Advisory Council of the “Administrative Law Journal” and the “Constitutional Law Journal”, in Caracas. He is also member of the Advisory Council of “ERGA OMNES”, legal journal of the Municipal Attorney General’s Office of the Chacao Municipality, published by the Chacao Municipality of Miranda State (2007). He is the Director General of the Civil Association “The Rule of Law” and member of the Capital District Bar Association.
    Languages: 
    English and Spanish

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  • 09/27/12--15:33: Herrera O., Luis A.
  • Partner Caracas
    Education: 
    Central University of Venezuela (Lawyer, Summa cum laude, 2002); Central University of Venezuela (Licentiate of Philosophy, 2000); Central University of Venezuela (Master in Administrative Law, 2006); Andrés Bello Catholic University (Specialization Course of Advanced Studies in Constitutional Law, 2007).
    Profesional Experience: 

     Mr. Herrera gained significant experience in the Judiciary; he served as a reporter in the First Contentious Administrative Court from 2001 to 2002, and as Lawyer II in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, between 2002 and 2005.

    In 2005 he joined the firm Bolinaga, Levy, Márquez & Canova as an associate, where he played an important role in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Department, covering lawsuits of this nature and forming part of the advisory team of prominent private sector companies and municipalities in Venezuela.

    He is the author of more than 40 articles published in Venezuelan legal journals and textbooks.

    In 2012 Mr. Herrera joined ARAQUEREYNA’s Administrative, Economic and Regulatory Law Department as a Partner.

    Academic Activity: 
    Professor of Procedural Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, since 2009; and Professor, selected through a public competition process (concurso de oposición), scoring the highest marks, of Administrative Law in the School of Law, Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Central University of Venezuela (since 2008). He has been a Professor of the subjects: “Deepened Administrative Law” and “Case Law Trends and Argumentation in Contentious Administrative Litigation”, in the Master in Administrative Law at the Central University of Venezuela, and Professor of Contentious-Administrative Procedure in the Master in Administrative Law at the Los Andes University, State of Mérida, Venezuela. In 2008, he taught in the Seminar: “Liberalism and Republicanism: two ways of understanding freedom”, in the School of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Central University of Venezuela.
    Memberships & Associations: 
    He is a founding member of the Civil Association “The Rule of Law” and member of the Capital District Bar Association.

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  • 11/13/12--07:39: Caraballo Mora, Yessica
  • Associate Caracas
    Education: 
    Andrés Bello Catholic University (Lawyer, 2012).
    Profesional Experience: 

    Yessica Caraballo formed part of the Legal Department of Seguros Guayana, where she served as an assistant in 2011. That same year she joined ARAQUEREYNA as a legal assistant of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Department, and since then she developed her professional practice in the field of civil and commercial lawsuits. In 2012 she was incorporated as an Associate of the Firm.


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    (58-241) 617 84 22
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    (58-241) 842 24 51.

     


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    20 May 2013

     With 27 years of proven experience in Venezuela and keeping the city of Caracas as its base of operations, ARAQUEREYNA announced the opening of its offices in the industrial city of Valencia, Carabobo State, as part of its strategic project of national expansion. This will represent a major geographical coverage for its capacity to assist clients, while maintaining the same levels of professional excellence guiding its professional activity.

    This expansion will also result in significant competitive advantages in terms of cost and efficiency for its clients, who will have the opportunity to receive the same professional attention, with lawyers of recognized experience and reputation in the central area of the country, in all law practices.

    This new office is the product of the integration at a regional level with the prestigious law firm Sanoja Lai & Asociados. “We have been developing a strong professional relationship with its members for over ten years, which has allowed both firms to identify themselves in terms of their fundamental values and synergy abilities or reciprocal complementation, materializing the alliance announced today”, added Pedro I. Sosa, partner of the firm.

    ARAQUEREYNA Valencia offers its clients a direct and comprehensive service in the same practice areas as its Caracas office, standing out an important capability in the labor law and social security areas.

    Lawyers David Sanoja, Rosario Lai and Juan Aranda are the partners leading the Valencia office, whose practice is based in a cohesive team consisting of four associate attorneys, who are outstanding for their high academic performance, and have a clear recognition and experience in the Carabobo State and the central region.

    David Sanoja is an attorney graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and specialized in labor law at the same university. He has taken Negotiation studies at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), and has been Labor Legal Consultant to the Venezuelan Association of Five-Star Hotels (AVECINTEL). He also served as an Associate Judge of the Sixth Court of First Instance in Labor Matters of the Judicial Circuit of the Caracas Metropolitan Area (1998) and of the First Superior Court in Labor Matters of the same circuit. He has also been a guest lecturer at IESA, on the subjects of Labor Legislation, Collective Bargaining Agreements and Negotiation in Conflicting Environments.

    For her part, Rosario Lai is an attorney graduated with highest honors (summa cum laude) from Universidad Arturo Michelena, and specialized in Procedural Labor Law at the same university. She earned a Master’s Degree in Labor Law from the University of Carabobo. She shares her professional practice with teaching, being a professor at the University of Carabobo and Universidad José Antonio Páez.

    Juan Aranda is an attorney graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He is Legal Counsel to the Association of Executives of Carabobo State (AEEC), and has worked as Legal Consultant to Ford Motor de Venezuela and Unilever Andina Venezuela, S.A. “The formalization of this merger process, which we are sure will strengthen our leadership in the national market, will allow us to offer a more comprehensive and specialized service to our clients”, said David Sanoja about the alliance.

    “This integration is reported to be one of the most important developments contemplated in the strategic planning of ARAQUEREYNA, which has been consistently progressing for the past two years and includes new advances always founded on a clear vision of excellence and personalized attention that guide the Firm”, concluded Manuel Reyna, ARAQUEREYNA partner.


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  • 06/19/13--13:41: Sanoja Rial, David
  • Partner Valencia
    Education: 
    Andrés Bello Catholic University (Lawyer, 1992); Andrés Bello Catholic University (Master in Labor Law, 1996); Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) (Negotiation Course).
    Profesional Experience: 

     Mr. Sanoja has focused his professional practice on advising companies engaged in the insurance, hotel, capital markets, services, banking, multiple ownership and timeshare, communications, tourism, mass consumption products, and industry activities, among others; as well as on the planning of Mergers and Acquisitions.

    He served for ten years as an associate attorney at the Law Firm of Villalba & Asociados, in Valencia, Carabobo State, and for seven years at the Law Firm of Calcaño-Vetancourt, in Caracas. He was a Legal Consultant to the Venezuelan Association of Five-Star Hotels (AVECINTEL) between 1992 and 1999.

    In 2009, Mr. Sanoja established Sanoja Lai & Asociados in Valencia.

    He served as an Associate Judge of the Sixth Court of First Instance in Labor Matters of the Judicial Circuit of the Caracas Metropolitan Area in 1998, and of the First Superior Court in Labor Matters in the same judicial circuit.

    He collaborated on the drafting of the Integrated Social Security System Bill in 1999; he was involved as a guest and a participant in the Round of Discussions on the Health Subsystem and Labor Risks, and also worked on the drafting of the Bill on the Health Subsystem, Prevention Regime and Workplace Risks.

    Academic Activity: 
    Since 2006, Mr. Sanoja serves as a guest professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), in the Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo branches, on the subjects of Labor Legislation, Collective Bargaining and Negotiation in Conflicting Environments. He was an assistant professor of Labor Legislation at the Faculty of Economics of the Santa María University, between 1997 and 1998. He has also been a professor of Labor Procedural Law of the Department of Postgraduate Studies at that university. He has taken part as a speaker and assistant professor in various forums and workshops, including the Forensic Updating Workshops on the new Organic Procedural Labor Law at the Forensic Training Center “Dr. Luis Loreto” of the Juridical Studies Institute of the Carabobo Bar Association. He also participated in the European Conference (Malta, 2005) and the Latin American Regional Conference (Montevideo, 2005) of the Geneva Group International (GGI).
    Memberships & Associations: 
    Member of the Caracas Bar Association and the Carabobo Bar Association.
    Languages: 
    English and Spanish

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  • 06/19/13--14:07: Lai De Sousa, Rosario
  • Partner Valencia
    Education: 
    Arturo Michelena University (Lawyer, Summa cum laude, 2006); Arturo Michelena University (Master in Procedural Labor Law, 2009); University of Carabobo (Master in Labor Law, 2010).
    Profesional Experience: 

    Ms. Lai served as an attorney at the Law Firm of Fumero, Polo & Asociados from 2006 to 2009, in which year she established together with David Sanoja Rial the Valencian Law Firm of Sanoja Lai & Asociados.

    She focuses her professional practice on advising companies engaged in the import, mass consumption products, industry, and transport activities, among others. She assumes the coordination and prosecution of administrative and judicial labor proceedings, as well as the planning and implementation of policies on personnel recruitment, employment benefits, and human resources. She provides advice on labor matters in connection with union affairs and conflicts, and acts as a representative in collective bargaining agreements of major national and multinational companies. She has also focused her practice on the incorporation and registration of companies.

    Academic Activity: 
    Ms. Lai teaches Mining, Oil and Environmental Law at the University of Carabobo since 2008, and Human Rights at the José Antonio Páez University since 2007. She was a member of the Organizing Committee of the I Conference of Constitutional Law at the Arturo Michelena University in 2006. She was a Coordinator of the Evidence in Contemporary Civil Proceedings course at the Juridical Studies Institute of the Carabobo Bar Association. She has been a speaker at conferences, workshops and lectures on legal matters.
    Memberships & Associations: 
    Member of the Carabobo Bar Association. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Juridical Studies Institute “Dr. José Angel Castillo Moreno” of the Carabobo Bar Association, from 2008 to 2010.
    Languages: 
    English and Spanish

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  • 06/19/13--14:51: Aranda Perozo, Juan R.
  • Partner Valencia
    Education: 
    Andrés Bello Catholic University (Lawyer, 2005); Andrés Bello Catholic University (Master in Commercial Law, in progress). Austin Learning Center, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies (Basic and Pre-Intermediate English Course).
    Profesional Experience: 

    Mr. Aranda’s professional practice focuses on providing counseling on corporate, labor, contractual, commercial, and human resources matters to companies engaged in the production of goods, services and food, import, industry, transport, and tourism activities, among others; conducting negotiations, prosecuting administrative and judicial proceedings, discussing and negotiating collective bargaining agreements, as well as lists of demands and labor conflicts. He served as a Legal Counsel to Ford Motor de Venezuela, S.A., between 2008 and 2012, Molinos Nacionales (Monaca), between 2009 and 2012, and Unilever Andina Venezuela, between 2009 and 2012. He also worked as an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Feo La Cruz & Asociados, from 2008 to 2012.

    He was a Legal Assistant and Attorney at Banco Casa Propia E.A.P. between 2004 and 2005; and an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Ortega Mata & Asociados in 2006.

    He joined Sanoja Lai & Asociados as a partner in 2013.

    Academic Activity: 
    Mr. Aranda is a Professor of Administrative Law II at the University of Carabobo since 2012.
    Memberships & Associations: 
    He is a Legal Consultant to the Carabobo State Executives Association (AEEC); Member of the Carabobo Bar Association.
    Languages: 
    English and Spanish

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  • 08/08/13--11:17: The Merger Control Review
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    26 September 2013

    Since September 11 of this year, applications for registration of trademarks, advertising slogans, trade names, invention patents, industrial designs and improvements must be accompanied with a 10 tax unit (T.U.) tax stamp. Therefore, in addition to the fees normally charged, applicants must pay for the application for a trademark or patent the amount of Bs. 1,070 (US$ 169.84), equivalent to this date to 10 T.U.

    The foregoing in accordance with the Official Announcement issued by the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service (SAPI) last September 11, in accordance with the Special Tax Stamp Law for the Capital District.

    Thus, for the application of a trademark, advertising slogan, trade name, invention patent, industrial designs and improvements, the applicant shall pay:

    •  Application fee provided for in the Industrial Property Law: 0.1 T.U., equivalent to Bs. 10.70 (US$ 1.69).
    •  Application fee provided for in the Special Tax Stamp Law for the Capital District: 10 T.U., equivalent to Bs. 1,070 (US$ 169.84).
    •  National Tax Stamp: 0.02 T.U., equivalent to Bs. 2.14 (US$ 0.33).
    •   Form FM02 (trademarks) or FP-01 (patents): Bs. 69 (US$ 10.95).
    •   Folder: Bs. 57 (US$ 9.04).

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    6 December 2013

    This month ARAQUEREYNA and Bolet & Terrero announced their strategic alliance to strengthen their Intellectual Property services.

    From now on, Bolet & Terrero will support and directly assist ARAQUEREYNA´s clients in Intellectual Property matters, and will work in conjunction with the Corporate and Litigation departments of ARAQUEREYNA, in the dealing with matters related to IP.

    ARAQUEREYNA is a full service firm, who keeps forward in its strategic process of growing and consolidation, offering an integral service with assistance in all the areas of the law, with 35 lawyers specialized in corporate, labor, taxes, administrative, economic and regulatory law, litigation, alternative conflict resolution, and intellectual property and new technologies.

    For over two years, ARAQUEREYNA has been strengthening their services in the Intellectual Property Department with the support from Bolet & Terrero, as a leading and well recognized firm. 

    Bolet & Terrero is a long standing firm in Venezuela, exclusively dedicated to Intellectual Property services since almost 100 years (founded in 1915).

    Now managed by partner Manuel Polanco F., this firm has a professional team of specialized lawyers, engineers and qualified technicians.

    “Both firms are very enthusiastic and excited with this integration. We are sure this will generate more benefits for our clients, moving forward in a significant way toward the seeking of excellence in our services” was stated by Pedro I.Sosa, partner at ARAQUEREYNA.

     

     

     

     


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    13 December 2013

    Season´s Greetings from ARAQUEREYNA!

    ARAQUEREYNA les desea ¡Felices Fiestas!


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  • 01/15/14--12:22: Product Recall 2014
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  • 03/10/14--07:54: Cervelo Calviño, Andrea
  • Associate Caracas
    Education: 
    Andrés Bello Catholic University (Lawyer, 2009); IE Law School, Madrid, Spain (Master in Corporate Legal Advice, MBA Module, 2011); Escuela de Negocios y Dirección, Madrid, Spain (Master in Tax and Accounting Consulting, 2012).
    Profesional Experience: 

    Ms. Cervelo has focused her professional practice in the area of Corporate Law and Taxation. She served as a lawyer at the Law Firm of Lares Martinez & Asociados.

    She performed Legal Advice Practices at the Fondo Creación of Mexico D.F., Mexico, being responsible for the management and control of financial lease agreements and credit files, as well as for monitoring compliance with CONDUSEF’s regulations.

    Ms. Cervelo served as a legal assistant in the litigation department of the Venezuelan law firm of Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez-Pumar & Cia.

    She joined ARAQUEREYNA as an Associate in 2013.

    Memberships & Associations: 
    Member of the Madrid Bar Association and the Caracas Bar Association.
    Practice Areas: 
    Languages: 
    English and Spanish

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