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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.
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).
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).
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.
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De Sola Pate & Brown is a general practice, business law firm based in Caracas, Venezuela, the origins of which date back to 1944. Its unique and qualified team of attorneys and counselors offer clients an array of globalized legal services to help promote efficient and successful business ventures in Venezuela and its neighboring countries. De Sola Pate & Brown is an active member of a number of professional associations in Venezuela, Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia, including two international legal networks with member firms in over seventy countries: the International Business Law Consortium and the L2B Aviation Group. Accordingly, De Sola Pate & Brown is one of the leading firms in Venezuela engaged in international business and cross-border transactions, having built a strong reputation after more than sixty years of experience in rendering personalized professional, ethical and cost-efficient legal services.
General Practice Areas
De Sola Pate & Brown primarily works in the commercial and corporate law areas, and has particular strengths in the fields of intellectual property (including trademarks, patents and copyrights), foreign investment, technology licensing, franchising, international banking and finance, secured transactions, capital markets, taxation, complex contract negotiations, aviation, telecommunications, cyber law, environmental regulation, employment law, commercial arbitration and conciliation, civil and commercial litigation (including administrative litigation), and related areas. De Sola Pate & Brown also has accumulated experience in other legal areas over the years, such as insurance, basic industries, customs and international trade, energy, professional sports, entertainment and fine arts.
De Sola Pate & Brown has a strong international orientation and traditionally most of its clients are multinational companies, international financial institutions and other foreign entities, principally from the United States, Europe, Asia and other Latin American countries. At the same time, the Firm represents a number of leading Venezuelan private sector companies and organizations. Additionally, the Firm enjoys close working relationships with many of the leading law firms around the world on behalf of the interests of our mutual clients.
The Firm Today.
De Sola Pate & Brown presently consists of a group of talented attorneys, including partners, associates and counselors, in addition to a number of paralegals and administrative staff to better serve our clients. Most of our attorneys have, or are currently pursuing, post-graduate degrees in various legal specialties. Also, a majority of our attorneys have degrees from prestigious law schools in the United States (including Harvard, Columbia, Boston University, New York University, American, and the Franklin Pierce Law Center) and Europe (including the University of Paris – Sorbonne, University of Barcelona and the University of Pompeu Fabra), and more than half our attorneys have multiple post-graduate degrees. In addition to our professional practice, members of the Firm are active in multiple Venezuelan and international legal and civic associations, holding leadership positions in many of these. Moreover, members of the Firm have been, or continue to be involved in academics, give occasional lectures to business and professional audiences, and author publications on a broad range of legal subjects.