Admitted to Bar, 1982; joined Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía. in 1982. Partner since 1994.
Advises clients on civil and commercial law (contracts, torts, property law and corporations), insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance, project financing and debt restructuring, energy and natural resources, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance, exchange controls regulations, securities, public law and regulatory matters, among others. Also performs pro-bono work.
Represents clients in dispute resolution and is a sought-after arbitrator before Centro Empresarial de Conciliación y Arbitraje, CEDCA, and Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Caracas, CACC. Was a member and then the coordinator of CEDCA’s consultative council (2011-2019).
From 1989 to 1992, was professor of Contractual Liability and Torts, in the Corporate Law Postgraduate Courses, Universidad Central de Venezuela.
From 1991 to 1994 was Auxiliary Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Justice
From 1994 to 1995 was ad honorem Legal Assistant to the Minister of Finance.
From 1998 to 2011 was Director and then Vice-President of the Venezuelan Association of Insurance Law, AVEDESE.
Was director of several corporations, such as Seguros Orinoco and its affiliates Seguros Canaima and La Continental de Seguros (1988-2001)
Currently, Director of the Venezuelan Association of Private Law and Munchener de Venezuela (Munich Re).
Member of the Venezuelan Society of Commercial Law, French Society of Doctors of Law, Venezuela–United States Businessmen Council (CEVEU), and Asociación Franco-Venezolana de Juristas (Jurisfraven).
Since, 2017, Member of the Academy of Political and Partnerl Sciences (Individuo de Número de la Academia de Ciencias Políticas y Partnerles).
Author of three books called La Función de la Culpa en la Responsabilidad por Hecho Ilícito (doctoral thesis), Temas de Derecho de Seguros (with co-author Manuel Acedo Mendoza) and Cláusulas Abusivas y Contratos de Adhesión (work presented when he was received at the Academy); and 63 articles on contracts, torts, insurance, banking, corporate law, exchange controls, arbitration and other legal subjects.
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Lawyer, "Cum Laude", 1982).
University of Paris 2 (Specialization Diploma on Civil Law, with honors: "Mention Bien", 1986).
University of Paris 2 (Diploma of Doctoral Studies, with honors: "Mention Très Bien", 1988).
Spanish, English and French.
Awards and recognitions
Recognized by Chambers Global in Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution-Most in Demand Arbitrators. First ranked in 2000.
Recognized by Chambers Latin America in Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution-Most in Demand Arbitrators. First ranked in 2009.
Recognized by The Legal 500 as Leading Individual in Banking and Finance, and Dispute Resolution; and recommended in Corporate, M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Law.
Recognized by IFLR as Highly Regarded in Capital Markets, Banking, Project Finance, and M&A.
Recognized by Latin Lawyer as Key Partner in Insurance and Reinsurance, Energy and Arbitration, and recommended in Administrative Law and Corporate and M&A. Has been recognized in the area of Sports and Entertainment (no longer covered for the country).
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Arbitration and Mediation (Lawyer of the Year 2019), Corporate Law and M&A, Insurance Law and Banking Law.