Luis Alfredo Araque

Luis Alfredo Araque is a founding partner of ARAQUEREYNA. For more than 40 years he has focused his professional practice both on Civil Law, serving as a professor at the Andrés Bello Catholic University since 1971 and the Monteávila University since 2008, as well as on Labor Law. He has also stood out in resolution of civil and business disputes, both in the judicial field as well as through alternative dispute resolution methods (conciliation and arbitration).

In the Labor Law field, Mr. Araque has played a leading role in Venezuela, having led several cases of national impact. He is responsible of the Labor Law Department of the Firm and has served as a Legal Adviser of the bicameral commission for the reform of the Venezuelan Labor Law, from 1985 through 1991, and as a consultant of the Tripartite Committee (government, employers’ and workers’ representatives) for the reform of the 1997 Labor Law. He has advised the representation of the business private sector in the discussions of various laws of a labor and social nature, including the last labor law reform of May 7, 2012. He has also represented the Venezuelan business sector in different annual meetings of the International Labor Organization.

His Litigation and Arbitration practice encompasses different sectors: construction and engineering, public works, telecommunications, and protection of foreign investments, among others. Mr. Araque has taken part in important judicial and arbitration procedures, both national and international. He has served as an arbitrator in arbitration procedures, under the arbitration regulations of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Arbitration Center of the Caracas Chamber and the Business Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (CEDCA).

Mr. Araque has served as a Director of numerous companies and organizations, such as the Venezuelan Executives Association (AVE), the Caracas Chamber of Commerce and the Caracas Stock Exchange. Currently, he is an external advisor of the Federation of Chambers and Associations of Commerce and Production of Venezuela (Fedecámaras) and of the Caracas Chamber of Commerce.

He has published several books on legal matters, the last one being entitled Manual de Arbitraje Comercial (Commercial Arbitration Manual) (2011), which has two editions printed.

The main international legal directories (Chambers and Partners, Latin Lawyer, Practical Law, Who’s Who of Lawyers) qualify him as a reference lawyer in Venezuela, in the fields of Labor Law and Arbitration.

Luis Bottaro

Luis Bottaro advises Venezuelan and Latin American companies in the oil, gas, petrochemical, and telecommunications sectors on matters related to energy, dispute resolution, and general corporate law.

He advises clients on regulatory energy matters, particularly regarding hydrocarbons and gaseous hydrocarbons laws, administrative law, civil and commercial codes, tax law, commercial and investments arbitrations, government contracting matters, and foreign investments protection law.

He negotiates complex government and commercial contract/licensing transactions, and advises clients concerning engineering, procurement and construction, transfer of technology, construction, and management of contracts.

Luis has been involved in numerous international arbitration procedures as in-house and external consultant, arbitrator, and expert witness. He has been included in the Arbitrators list of the Cámara de Comercio de Caracas corresponding to the ICC Paris Chapter. He is a member of the ICC Arbitrator Counsels Panel based in Caracas and is also listed as an Arbitrator in the Bolivian Arbitration Chamber.


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Jacqueline Moreau Aymard

Jacqueline Moreau Aymard, founding partner of MGA, has over 15 years’ experience in the Intellectual Property field. She has handled a wide portfolio of clients providing legal advice to domestic and international companies in the industries of food, beverage, pharmaceutical, mass consumption goods, banking and media.

She is a member of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), where she currently holds the position of National Delegate for Venezuela; she is also a member of the Education Committee where she serves as Secretary. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Venezuelan Association of Industrial Property Agents (COVAPI), where she serves as Vice President.

Moreau Gonzalez & Asociados:

MGA is a firm highly specialized in the practice of Intellectual Property, Economic, Regulatory, Administrative and Corporate Law, whose mission is to provide excellence-oriented services to its clients in a timely and efficient way.

At MGA we have a highly qualified team composed of specialists with extensive experience in the legal and economic fields. In addition, we make available to our clients an important and extensive international network of correspondents to facilitate their business in other markets, as well as investments by foreign investors in Venezuela. We serve organizations in major sectors of the economy such as food and beverage, oil and gas, financial services, chemical-pharmaceutical industry, media and entertainment.

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John Pate

John Pate has been a member of De Sola Pate & Brown since 1981 where he chairs the international corporate and business transactions practice. His principal areas of expertise are in negotiating international business transactions, commercial and corporate law, foreign investment, licensing, franchising, international banking, project finance, commercial aviation and secured transactions.

John is the liaison of the firm with the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) and L2B Aviation Group, two of the law firm networks of which De Sola Pate & Brown is a member.
John is registered as an International Advisor in Corporate Finance with the Bar Association of Caracas. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (1969) and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

● Education : John received an A.B. from Brown University (1966) and his J.D. from Boston University (1969). He has also received an M.A. and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (1971 and 1972, respectively).

● Professional Affiliations: John is a member of the Bar of Massachusetts. He is active in the International (in which he is Vice Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Law Committee) and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Inter-American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (in which he is Corresponding Editor of International Legal Materials), the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Advisory Committee of the Tulane Latin American Law Institute. John is a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria), a Director of the Entrepreneurial Center for Conciliation and Arbitration – CEDCA, Director and Secretary of the Venezuelan-American Friendship Association – AVAA, Director of the Centro Venezolano Americano – CVA, a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of VenAmCham, and Director and Secretary of the Valle Arriba Golf Club.

● Previous Affiliations (in Caracas): Before joining the firm John was a professor of International Business and Latin American Integration at the Institute for Higher Administration Studies (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración – IESA, 1974-1977), manager of the Andean Integration Department at KPMG (previously Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., from 1977-1978), and director of GRANLAW Consultores (1978-1981).

● Publications : Since the 1970’s John has authored a number of articles and given conferences mainly on Venezuelan and Andean business topics. Among some of his more recent publications are the following: “Venezuela: The Law on Secured Transactions” (co-author), in Secured Transactions in International Practice (Oceana) and as “Venezuela: Normas Sobre Transacciones con Garantía” en Trabajos Jurídicos (VenAmCham, Vol. I); “Venezuela: Real Property Security” (co-author) in Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, 2006 (Kluwer); chapters on Venezuela in Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement, and in Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights (Sweet & Maxwell); and the Venezuelan section in “International Legal Developments in Review: 2005” in The International Lawyer. He is also a regular contributor to Latin American Legal Developments, a monthly electronic newsletter published by the Latin American and Caribbean Law Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association.

● Languages: English and Spanish.