Professional Notice

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar y Cía


MENPA – Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía, founded in 1945, with offices at Caracas and Valencia, is one of the top and most experienced providers of legal services in Venezuela, representing and advising local and international corporations, and national and foreign individuals regarding many different, high-impact and complex legal matters. 

The firm advises its clients in many traditional and emerging legal areas, including banking and finance, corporate governance, commercial law, labour and employment, civil law, project financing and debt restructuring, public law, insurance and reinsurance, tax, energy and natural resources, sports and entertainment, life sciences, real estate, and inheritance and tax planning. Additionally, the firm is very strong in dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration. Its experienced litigation department has handled up to 2,000 court cases at a time, which makes it one of the largest and most efficient litigation departments in Venezuela. 

MENPA’s involvement in commercial arbitration is very significant, both in national and international jurisdictions. Some of our lawyers have adjudicated as arbitrators in important cases. The firm has successfully represented its clients in arbitration procedures, locally and internationally, in places such as Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

MENPA is recognised for its values of transparency, diversity and integrity. Its teams are carefully integrated for each case, and include legal experts, as well as – depending on specific requirements – litigators and/or lawyers with a business and administration background, for the provision of a comprehensive service.

An important part of the firm’s work is its M&A practice, starting with due diligence processes regarding the target company, focusing, among other matters, on labour issues, procedures and liabilities, which are crucial for the approval of specific transactions; and then advising on negotiations, drafting agreements and further implementation. It also has a very strong national and international banking practice, with particular emphasis on compliance issues, regulatory and contractual matters. Additionally, they advise international lenders regarding important project financing and debt restructurings. Insurance and reinsurance are one of the firm’s most important work areas. MENPA advises the Venezuelan Chamber of Insurers, as well as international reinsurers and insurers with regard to their activities in Venezuela and is widely recognised for the expertise of its attorneys.

The firm currently works with financial entities in projects related to the energy industry, keeping a close look at legislation changes and developments in the oil, petrochemical, electricity and cement sectors. In anticipation of market growth, MENPA assists private equity and other clients in energy-related M&A transactions.

One of MENPA’s major skills is negotiation, especially in labour matters. They negotiate with union representatives and/or with individual workers, seeking a balanced working relationship that shall endure, or to help them end cordially. Its hands-on experience in the labour courts is key to its success in the design of corporate strategy regarding hiring personnel, terms of engagement, termination policies, etc.

The firm is committed to social responsibility. By conducting pro bono work for non-profit institutions, universities and NGOs, MENPA hopes to contribute to a fairer and better society.
Torre ABA, pisos 1 y 2, Av. Veracruz, Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela.
Tel: +58 212 909 1600/1611

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