Established in 1942, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque (HPCD) has been providing high quality advice to local and international clients for 75 years. It is one of the largest and most prominent law firms in Venezuela.
HPCD has built up years of experience in diverse sectors, as well as large and complex transactions. The firm provides clients with practical advice covering all legal issues, while always maintaining a strong business focus. Its practice groups work very closely in order to enable cost-effective services, assisting with navigating complex national risks and obligations.
HPCD provides an outstanding combination of legal expertise and hands-on solutions. The firm also offers prosecution and enforcement services, providing clients with a one-stop service and immediate results, avoiding expensive procedures and enabling the best protection of their rights.
HPCD has grown strategically over the years, attracting a stream of new clients and securing the consolidation of its areas of practice, which confirms its position as a market leader with the strongest international projection. HPCD also has an office in Aruba: HPCD International, which focuses on intellectual property and corporate/commercial services.
Main practice areas:
Banking and finance: Extensive experience assisting foreign banks in Venezuela. The firm also provides assistance in the negotiation of flexible credit options for public agencies and private companies.
Corporate/M&A: Negotiations with both private and public corporations, drafting contracts, conducting due diligence and issuing opinions on contracts and corporate structures.
Energy and natural resources: We provide assistance on a wide range of issues arising from the energy sector and the exploitation of natural resources.
Intellectual property: Protection of IP rights; registration of trademarks and patents, negotiation, protection and defence of author and industrial property rights, as well as licenses and technology transfer.
International trade and foreign exchange control: Advice on protection of investments, international trade agreements and economic integration and exchange control matters.
Labour and employment: Extensive experience representing private sector employers, particularly in collective bargaining agreements, international contracting, labour planning, employee benefits, labour litigation and labour administrative procedures.
Life sciences and healthcare: Comprehensive assistance to clients in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, stem cells, clinic and hospital operations, food, cosmetics, and crop science sectors.
Litigation and alternative dispute resolution: This practice is widely known for its experience in civil, commercial, and criminal litigation, as well as national and international arbitration, and its keen knowledge of the inner workings of ordinary and arbitration courts.
Public law and regulatory: HPCD is renowned for providing expert advice on the most complex and highly sensitive public law matters, including major disputes.
Tax: Advice on national, state and local taxes, as well as tax planning, oil and mining taxes, and strategy, resulting from the application of double taxation treaties. Outstanding experience in complex tax implications of business transactions.
White-collar crime: Extensive experience in anticorruption investigations and compliance, and matters related to IP, foreign exchange crime, white-collar crime, money laundering, fraud, misappropriation, anti-counterfeiting, tax crimes and bankruptcy.
Other important areas of practice: competition and economic regulation; real estate; telecommunications, IT and e-commerce.