Firm Profile



Transactional heavyweight

LL 250 Elite

Established: 1972

Partners: 17

Lawyers: 34

Female partners: 18%

Partner to associate ratio: 1.1

Work areas

This firm is elite for services in the following work areas.

GxR Data Vis
Listed work areas
LACCA Approved rankings
Large company clients
Strategy and management
Gender balance
P:A ratio
Partner promotions
International training
Pro bono
Track Record
M&A deals
Capital market deals

2021 Latin Lawyer Elite firm

D’Empaire remains a major force in the Venezuela legal market, winning what limited cross-border work there still is thanks to its excellent international reputation and partner-heavy team. High-value M&As are few and far between in Venezuela, but when they do happen D’Empaire is involved. Few firms in the country have been able to pull this off. In a 2020 example, the team helped German on-demand food services business Delivery Hero expand its Latin American operations by launching in Venezuela.

D’Empaire’s commitment to retaining top talent through attractive remuneration packages, promotions and lateral hires helps explain its continued dominance in a market where young lawyers continue to seek opportunities abroad.

D'Empaire’s transactional practices are supported by other highly regarded offerings. Its environment, labour and tax departments are among the best in the market and busy thanks to constantly changing government regulations. It also offers an excellent white-collar crime and compliance offering, a rarity in Venezuela.

Outside the country, the firm’s reputation is strong, and it maintains a high profile thanks to effective marketing strategies and a charismatic partnership. Many of its top partners have experience working at major US firms, and these connections are clearly used to maximise cross-border work. The firm’s senior partnership regularly speaks at international conferences and events.

Alliances and networks

D'Empaire is part of insurance law firm network Insuralex. It is a longstanding member of the World Law Group network and Ius Laboris, which is a global alliance of employment, labour and pension law firms.

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