• Legal aspects of doing business in Venezuela in the current situation. A talk by Diego Lepervanche and Luisa Lepervanche.

    VenAmCham, AmCham Colombia, KPMG and MENPA
    10/11/2022


    Invited by the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VenAmCham), our partners Diego Lepervanche and Luisa Lepervanche shared with the invited members of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Colombia) their perspective of the legal context of doing business in Venezuela. Many thanks to the attendees for their participation, to KPMG for their attention and to Luis Vicente García (Venamcham) for the invitation.


  • The Legal 500 recognizes MENPA and its attorneys in Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Energy and Natural Resources, Labour and Employment, Public Law, Real Estate and Tax.

    Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Rosemary Thomas, Alfonso Graterol, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo, María Genoveva Páez Pumar, Diego Lepervanche, Luisa Lepervanche, Carlos Páez Pumar and María del Carmen López.
    26/10/2022

    We thank our clients for their trust in our team, which made possible this recognition by The Legal 500: Manuel Acedo Sucre was designated "Leading Individual" in Corporate and M&A, Real Estate; and recognized in Banking and Finance and Tax. Carlos Eduardo Acedo was designated "Leading Individual" in Banking and Finance, and in Dispute Resolution; and recognized in Corporate and M&A, Energy and Public Law. Rosemary Thomas was designated in the area of Dispute Resolution, with a special mention in Cassation. Alfonso Graterol was recognized in Dispute Resolution and Labour and Employment. Esteban Palacios was recognized in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment, Energy and Public Law. Luisa Acedo in the areas of Corporate and M&A, Real Estate and Banking and Finance. María Genoveva Páez Pumar was recognized in the area of Tax. Diego Lepervanche was recognized in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Real Estate and Tax. Luisa Lepervanche was designated “Next Generation Partner” in Banking and Finance, and recognized in Energy. Carlos Páez Pumar was recognized in Labour and Employment; and María del Carmen López was recognized in Dispute Resolution and Real Estate.

    https://www.legal500.com/c/venezuela/banking-and-finance/

  • Chambers Latin America ranks MENPA in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, Tax, Dispute Resolution and Most In Demand Arbitrators

    In Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Most In Demand Arbitrators
    26/08/2022


    MENPA and its partners have been recognized by Chambers in its annual rankings for Latin America, in the areas of Banking & Finance (Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo), Corporate/M&A (Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Diego Lepervanche, Luisa Acedo and Manuel Acedo Sucre), Dispute Resolution (Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Esteban Palacios), Most in Demand Arbitrators (Carlos Eduardo Acedo), Labour & Employment (Esteban Palacios), and Tax (María Genoveva Páez Pumar).

    Carlos Eduardo Acedo has been ranked in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Most in Demand Arbitrator. Luisa Acedo has been ranked in Banking & Finance and in Corporate/M&A. Esteban Palacios has been ranked in Dispute Resolution and in Labour & Employment. Manuel Acedo has been ranked in Corporate/M&A. María Genoveva Páez Pumar has been ranked in Tax. Diego Lepervanche has been ranked in Corporate/M&A.


  • Latin Lawyer highly recommends MENPA in Corporate and M&A, Administrative Law, Energy, Real Estate & Tourism, Litigation, Anti-corruption Investigations and Compliance, Tax, Labor, Arbitration, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Pro bono

    Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Esteban Palacios, Diego Lepervanche, Luisa Acedo, Alfonso Graterol, María Genoveva Páez Pumar, Luisa Lepervanche and Rosemary Thomas are recognized.
    18/08/2022

    Latin Lawyer again recognizes MENPA in the “highly recommended” category, in its annual rankings of the Venezuelan legal practice. 1) Corporate and M&A: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Luisa Lepervanche, Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Diego Lepervanche. 2) Administrative Law: Esteban Palacios, María Genoveva Páez Pumar, Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Manuel Acedo Sucre. 3) Energy: Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Manuel Acedo Sucre and Esteban Palacios 4) Real Estate & Tourism: Luisa Acedo, Manuel Acedo Sucre and Diego Lepervanche 5) Litigation: Rosemary Thomas, Alfonso Graterol and Esteban Palacios. 6) Anti-corruption investigations and compliance: Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche 7) Tax: Manuel Acedo Sucre and María Genoveva Páez Pumar 8) Labor: Esteban Palacios and Alfonso Graterol. 9) Arbitration: Carlos Eduardo Acedo. 10) Insurance and Reinsurance: Carlos Eduardo Acedo.

    https://latinlawyer.com/rankings/latin-lawyer-250/profile/firm/mendoza-palacios-acedo-borjas-paez-pumar-y-cia

  • Diego Lepervanche on the benefits and challenges of the Organic Law of Special Economic Zones

    Breakfast with Ecoanalítica – Tuesday, August 30, 2022 – 8:00 a.m.
    17/08/2022


    Diego Lepervanche shall join Luis Bárcenas of Ecoanalítica in the analysis of the Organic Law of Special Economic Zones (LOZEE), to be held on August 30, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the JW Marriot Hotel in Caracas. Our partner shall review the perceived advantages to investors, as well as the challenges, legal and practical, to the implementation of the special economic zones, the next steps in the process of creation of the specific zones which have been announced, and other relevant issues.


  • IFLR 1000 recognizes MENPA in Financial and Corporate, and in Project Development

    Manuel Acedo Sucre and Carlos Eduardo Acedo “highly regarded” in several areas.
    08/08/2022

    The International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) has recognized MENPA in the two areas reviewed in Venezuela: Financial and Corporate, and Project Development. In addition, two of our partners have been certified as “highly regarded”: Manuel Acedo Sucre, in the areas of Capital Markets, Banking, M&A; and Carlos Eduardo Acedo in Capital Markets, Banking, Project Finance, M&A. We would like to thank all our clients, and to congratulate our team.


  • Preliminary consideration regarding the Organic Law of Special Economic Zones

    Article by Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche, assisted by José Antonio Román.
    08/08/2022

    Our partners, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche, with the assistance of our associate José Antonio Román, have reviewed the new Organic Law of Special Economic Zones, published in the Official Gazette N° 6,710 (E), of July 20, 2022. The law represents an opportunity for national and foreign investment, in specific locations and regarding certain economic sectors and activities, which are of interest for expansion and development under special rules.


  • The Venezuelan Chapter on Restructuring and Insolvency, by Luisa Acedo and Manuel Acedo Sucre

    Published by Lexology GTDT- Market Intelligence
    31/03/2022


    Our partners, Luisa Acedo and Manuel Acedo Sucre, with the collaboration of our associate, José Antonio Román, wrote the Venezuelan Chapter on Restructuring and Insolvency, in the legal magazine Lexology GTDT- Market Intelligence.

    https://www.lexology.com/gtdt/intelligence/r-and-i/venezuela

  • Chambers Global ranks MENPA and Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche

    In Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Most In Demand Arbitrators
    17/02/2022

    Chambers and Partners, in its Global yearly rankings, recognized MENPA and its attorneys, as follows: · - Banking & Finance: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo. · - Corporate/M&A: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche · - Dispute Resolution: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Esteban Palacios · - Most In Demand Arbitrator: Carlos Eduardo Acedo. We thank our clients for their support and confidence. Congratulations to our team!


  • MENPA and its attorneys recognized by The Legal 500 in Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Energy and Natural Resources, Labour and Employment, Public Law and Tax

    Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Rosemary Thomas, Alfonso Graterol, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo, María Genoveva Páez Pumar, Diego Lepervanche, Luisa Lepervanche, Carlos Páez Pumar and María del Carmen López
    21/10/2021

    We thank our clients for their trust in our team, which made possible this recognition by The Legal 500: Manuel Acedo Sucre was designated "Leading Individual" in Corporate and M&A, Real Estate; and recognized in Banking and Finance and Tax. Carlos Eduardo Acedo was designated "Leading Individual" in Banking and Finance, and in Dispute Resolution; and recognized in Corporate and M&A, Energy and Public Law. Rosemary Thomas was designated in the area of Dispute Resolution, with a special mention in Cassation. Alfonso Graterol was recognized in Dispute Resolution and Labour and Employment. Esteban Palacios in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment, Energy and Public Law. Luisa Acedo in the areas of Corporate and M&A, Real Estate and Banking and Finance, with a special mention in International Sanctions. María Genoveva Páez Pumar was recognized in the area of Tax. Diego Lepervanche was designated "Next Generation Partner" in the area of Dispute Re


  • Chambers Latin America recognizes MENPA in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Most in Demand Arbitrators, Labour & Employment and Tax

    Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo, María Genoveva Páez Pumar and Diego Lepervanche
    26/08/2021

    Chambers Latin America, the international legal directory, has recognized MENPA - Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía. and its attorneys in most of its ranked areas: - Banking and Finance: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo. - Corporate/M&A: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche. - Litigation: Carlos Eduardo Acedo (who is also recognized as Most in Demand Arbitrator) and Esteban Palacios. - Labor & Employment: Esteban Palacios. - Tax: María Genoveva Páez Pumar. We thank our clients for their trust and congratulate our attorneys.


  • The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association again recognizes Manuel Acedo Sucre and Rosemary Thomas

    “LACCA Approved” in Corporate and M&A, and Litigation, respectively.
    23/08/2021

    Our partners, Manuel Acedo Sucre and Rosemary Thomas, are again recognized by LACCA, The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, as “LACCA Approved”. This is a significant award, since it is a list of the most voted attorneys, chosen by the region’s leading corporate counsel. MENPA is greatly honored by the selection of Manuel Acedo Sucre in Corporate and M&A, and of Rosemary Thomas in Litigation. We thank our clients’ internal counsel for their vote of confidence.


  • The International Financial Law Review recognizes MENPA in the areas of Project Development, and Finance and Corporate

    Manuel Acedo Sucre and Carlos Eduardo Acedo are “Highly Recommended”.
    05/08/2021

    MENPA has been recognized once again by IFLR-1000 (the International Financial Law Review’s rating in more than 120 jurisdictions worldwide) in the areas of Project Development, and Finance and Corporate, which are the ones assessed for Venezuela. In addition, IFLR has recommended, as ‘‘highly regarded’’, our partners: Manuel Acedo Sucre (in Banking, Capital markets, and M&A) and Carlos Eduardo Acedo (in Banking, Capital markets, M&A, and Project finance). We thank all our clients for their vote of confidence in our team.


  • Conference by Diego Lepervanche in the Caracas Chamber: “International business. Implications and restrictions”

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10.00 a.m.
    22/04/2021


    Our partner, Diego Lepervanche, shall be a speaker in the conference on the implications and restrictions which impact international business, which is being organized by the Caracas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services. To register, please write to camaradecaracas@gmail.com.


  • Chambers Global recognizes MENPA and its attorneys, Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche

    In the areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Most In Demand Arbitrators.
    18/02/2021

    Chambers Global yearly rankings recognized our firm and individual attorneys: · Banking & Finance: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo. · Corporate/M&A: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche · Dispute Resolution: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Esteban Palacios · Most In Demand Arbitrator: Carlos Eduardo Acedo. We thank our clients for their support and confidence. Congratulations to our team!


  • Decree on baseline for the payment of 2020 income tax

    Over 5,000 tax units.
    03/02/2021

    As provided in Decree N° 4,420, published in Official Gazette N° 42,049 of January 18, 2021, individuals residing in Venezuela must pay income tax only on amounts which exceed 5,000 tax units. The limit applies to taxable net enrichments from territorial source obtained during the 2020 fiscal year. Taxpayers, who have already declared and paid 2020 income tax without taking such baseline into account, will receive a tax credit to be applied to subsequent fiscal years.


  • The New Year starts with the extension of the ban on worker layoffs

    For the next two years, workers may not be dismissed, according to Decree N° 4,414.
    22/01/2021

    The decree was published in the Official Gazette dated December 31, 2020. It extends the protection granted to workers regarding dismissal, for a two year period, and applies to all workers, both in the public and private sectors. Workers protected by this decree cannot be fired, or have their situation changed for the worse, or be transferred, unless the Labor Inspector previously qualifies such actions as due to a "fair cause". Workers in management position, and seasonal or occasional workers are excluded from this protection.


  • The New Year starts with the extension of the ban on worker layoffs

    For the next two years, workers may not be dismissed, according to Decree N° 4,414.
    22/01/2021

    The decree was published in the Official Gazette dated December 31, 2020. It extends the protection granted to workers regarding dismissal, for a two-year period, and applies to all workers, both in the public and private sectors.

    Workers protected by this decree cannot be fired, or have their situation changed for the worse, or be transferred unless the Labor Inspector previously qualifies such actions as due to a "fair cause".

    Workers in a management position and seasonal or occasional workers are excluded from this protection.


  • Happy Holidays!

    And a joyful and prosperous New Year
    16/12/2020



  • MENPA shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Latin America 2020

    The sole Venezuelan firm, among 13 Latin American selected firms.
    12/11/2020


    This nomination confirms MENPA’s long history of inclusion and diversity, which was also recognized by Chambers in 2019, when our partner, Luisa Lepervanche, won the "Chambers Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year – Venezuela" award.


  • MENPA shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Latin America 2020

    The sole Venezuelan firm, among 13 Latin American selected firms.
    12/11/2020


    This nomination confirms MENPA’s long history of inclusion and diversity, which was also recognized by Chambers in 2019, when our partner, Luisa Lepervanche, won the "Chambers Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year – Venezuela" award.


  • Manuel Acedo Sucre and Rosemary Thomas are recognized by The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association

    “LACCA Approved” in Corporate and M&A, and Litigation, respectively.
    27/10/2020

    Our partners, Manuel Acedo Sucre and Rosemary Thomas, are recognized by LACCA, The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, as “LACCA Approved”. This is a significant award, since it is a list of the most voted attorneys, chosen by the region’s leading corporate counsel. MENPA is greatly honored by the selection of Manuel Acedo Sucre in Corporate and M&A, and of Rosemary Thomas in Litigation. We thank our clients’ internal counsel for their vote of confidence.


  • MENPA and its attorneys were recognized by The Legal 500

    In Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Conflict Resolution, Energy and Natural Resources, Labour and Employment, Public Law, Real Estate and Tax.
    14/10/2020

    We thank all our clients for their trust in our team, which made possible this recognition by The Legal 500: Oswaldo Páez Pumar, in Tax. Manuel Acedo Sucre was named "Leading Individual" in Corporate and M&A, and in Real Estate; and recognized in Banking and Finance, and Tax. Carlos Eduardo Acedo was named "Leading Individual" in Banking and Finance, and in Conflict Resolution; and recognized for his participation in Corporate and M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Law. Alfonso Graterol was recognized for his practice in Conflict Resolution and Labour and Employment. Esteban Palacios, in the areas of Conflict Resolution, Labour and Employment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Law. Luisa Acedo, in Banking and Finance, and in Corporate and M&A. Our new generation was also favorably reviewed, as follows: María Genoveva Páez Pumar was recognized in the areas of Conflict Resolution, Public Law, and Tax. Diego Lepervanche was designated as a "Nex


  • Chambers Latin America recognizes MENPA in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Most in Demand Arbitrators, Labour & Employment, Real Estate and Tax

    Recommended partners: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo, María Genoveva Páez Pumar and Diego Lepervanche
    04/09/2020

    Chambers Latin America, the international legal directory, has recognized MENPA - Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía. in most of its ranked areas: Banking and Finance: Carlos Eduardo Acedo and Luisa Acedo. Corporate/M&A: Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Luisa Acedo and Diego Lepervanche Litigation: Carlos Eduardo Acedo (who is also recognized as Most in Demand Arbitrator) and Esteban Palacios. Labor & Employment: Esteban Palacios Real Estate: Manuel Acedo Sucre and Diego Lepervanche Tax: María Genoveva Páez Pumar.


  • New doctrine of the Supreme Tribunal’s Civil Cassation Chamber, on the digital presentation of some cassation procedures

    MENPA’s extensive experience in cassation is at our clients’ service.
    01/09/2020

    The decision of the Civil Cassation Chamber, rendered on August 27, 2020, allows the digital submission of some cassation procedures before such Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal, and is based on the Covid-19 pandemic. The procedure establishes that the relevant documents should be sent in PDF format to the Secretary of the Chamber by e-mail. The sender must explain his/her accreditation, and commit to deliver the original document to the Secretary of the Chamber, at the first opportunity. Once the electronic formalization has been made, the Chamber shall notify the other party by electronic, telephone or digital means, so that the latter, by the same electronic means, may challenge or answer the claim. The Secretary of the Chamber shall reflect these actions expressly in the file.


  • New doctrine of the Supreme Tribunal’s Civil Cassation Chamber, on the digital presentation of some cassation procedures

    MENPA’s extensive experience in cassation is at our clients’ service.
    01/09/2020

    The decision of the Civil Cassation Chamber, rendered on August 27, 2020, allows the digital submission of some cassation procedures before such Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal, and is based on the Covid-19 pandemic. The procedure establishes that the relevant documents should be sent in PDF format to the Secretary of the Chamber by e-mail. The sender must explain his/her accreditation, and commit to deliver the original document to the Secretary of the Chamber, at the first opportunity. Once the electronic formalization has been made, the Chamber shall notify the other party by electronic, telephone or digital means, so that the latter, by the same electronic means, may challenge or answer the claim. The Secretary of the Chamber shall reflect these actions expressly in the file.


  • Esteban Palacios and Luisa Lepervanche in webinar of the Venezuelan French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

    Thursday, August 13, at 9 a.m. Contractual and labor issues related to Covid-19 in Venezuela.
    10/08/2020


    The Venezuelan French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has organized a webinar regarding the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on contractual and labor relationships, by our partners Esteban Palacios and Luisa Lepervanche. For access:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTbeeX8mBkO6_EluwCyMduPrXoUb-VkhasQMDK4tXDmpUEOA/viewform

  • Covid-19: Force Majeure and Hardship Clauses in Contracts

    Article by Carlos Eduardo Acedo, in the Academy’s publication “Legal Studies on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Decree of the State of Alarm in Venezuela”.
    05/08/2020


    The article “Covid-19: Force Majeure and Hardship Clauses in Contracts”, by our partner, Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre, is part of the work “Legal Studies on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Decree of the State of Alarm in Venezuela”, published by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences jointly with the Editorial Jurídica Venezolana Internacional. This work is available through the website of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences.


  • Carlos Eduardo Acedo moderates panel on Migrants, Pandemic and Politics in Private International Law

    Video conference - July 23, 2020
    15/07/2020


    Our partner, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, shall participate as panel moderator in the video conference on "Migrants, Pandemic and Politics in Private International Law", organized by the Academy of Social and Political Sciences, to be held on July 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., Venezuelan time.


  • The Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice extends the suspension of cases until August 13

    Resolution N° 001-2020 of July 12, 2020
    13/07/2020

    Once again, Resolution N° 001-2020 of the Supreme Court of Justice has been extended. This Resolution provided that no Court would dispatch from March 16 to April 13, 2020, except in the cases established therein. This suspension has been extended every month since then. In this new period, the cases will remain in suspension and the procedural lapses will not run. However, urgent actions may be practiced to ensure the rights of any of the parties, in accordance with the law. With regard to constitutional protection, the days of said period will be considered enabled. In criminal matters, the service will continue only for urgent matters. The courts are ordered to make provisions to guarantee access to justice, in accordance with the objectives of the Resolution, including in certain cases the establishment of shifts.


  • Mixed signals: Public registries and notary offices are open this week, whilst courts remain in suspension

    We at MENPA continue to work in our client’s legal issues
    17/06/2020

    This week, from Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th, registries and notary offices are open for service, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., as confirmed by the regulating agency, SAREN on its website. As part of the general quarantine flexibilization schedule (7 + 7), which establishes that next week said entities will be closed. For its part, the Full Chamber of the TSJ, in Resolution No. 004-2020 of June 12, 2020, extended the suspension of courts’ activities for 30 additional days, except for constitutional protection and the processing of urgent matters, until July 12, 2020. At Menpa we continue to attend all our clients’ legal issues, including documentation and procedures.


  • Thirty-day extension of the Exceptional State of Alarm, until July 12, 2020

    Decree 4.230 was published in the Official Gazette, extraordinary edition of June 12, 2020.
    12/06/2020

    In a repeat action of the extension of the original Decree of State of Alarm (which had been originally issued on March 13, 2020, and was extended on April 12, 2020 for thirty days), the current Decree again provides an extension, this time of the second Decree of State of Alarm, which was issued on May 12, 2020, by stating -in almost identical wording- that such extension is due to the “social order circumstances which put in grave risk” the citizens’ public health and security; and that the National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Thirty-day extension of the Exceptional State of Alarm, until July 12, 2020

    Decree 4.230 was published in the Official Gazette, extraordinary edition of June 12, 2020.
    12/06/2020

    In a repeat action of the extension of the original Decree of State of Alarm (which had been originally issued on March 13, 2020, and was extended on April 12, 2020 for thirty days), the current Decree again provides an extension, this time of the second Decree of State of Alarm, which was issued on May 12, 2020, by stating -in almost identical wording- that such extension is due to the “social order circumstances which put in grave risk” the citizens’ public health and security; and that the National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Presentation on "Covid-19, force majeure and hardship clauses in contracts" by Carlos Eduardo Acedo

    In the forum "Legal aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic", coordinated by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and Universitas Foundation.
    25/05/2020


    On May 26, 2020, a virtual forum was held, organized by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, through the structure of the Universitas Foundation, with the participation of our partner and academic, Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre. The article may be found here:

    http://www.menpa.com/publications

  • New Presidential Decree declaring the State of Alarm to be in force until June 12, 2020

    Decree N° 4.198 was published in the Official Gazette dated May 12, 2020
    13/05/2020

    A new Decree declaring the State of Alarm for thirty days was published in the Official Gazette, following the end of the extension of Decree N° 4.160 of March 13, 2020. The Decree is based on the persistence of the exceptional and extraordinary circumstances which motivated the March Decree, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached "over four million people over the world", and is very similar to such previous Decree. Article 1 decrees the State of Alarm, given the social order circumstances that put at grave risk the citizens’ public health and security, and indicates that the National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Latin Lawyer 250 again recognizes MENPA and its partners in its annual review

    Oswaldo Páez Pumar, Manuel Acedo Sucre, Carlos Eduardo Acedo, Rosemary Thomas, Rosa Elena Martínez de Silva, Alfonso Graterol, Esteban Palacios, Luisa Acedo, María Genoveva Páez Pumar, Diego Lepervanche and Luisa Lepervanche
    13/04/2020

    The international legal directory, Latin Lawyer, made public its annual review of the Venezuelan arena. Our partners were recommended in most areas: from our senior practitioner Oswaldo Páez Pumar (recognized in Energy and Corporate Governance) to our recently promoted partners: María Genoveva Páez Pumar (Tax), Diego Lepervanche (Corporate/M&A), and Luisa Lepervanche (Corporate/M&A and Corporate Governance), and including Manuel Acedo (Administrative Law, Corporate/M&A, Corporate Governance, Real Estate/Tourism, and Tax), Carlos Eduardo Acedo (Insurance, Energy, Administrative Law, Sports/Entertainment, Corporate/M&A, and Litigation), Rosemary Thomas (Litigation and Labor), Rosa Elena Martínez de Silva (Labor), Alfonso Graterol (Labor and Litigation), Esteban Palacios (Energy, Sports/Entertainment, Corporate Governance, and Labor) and Luisa Acedo (Compliance and Real Estate/Tourism).


  • The Exceptional State of Alarm is extended for thirty days

    Decree 4.186 was published in the Official Gazette – extraordinary edition, of Sunday April 12, 2020.
    12/04/2020

    Article 1 of the Decree provides the extension for thirty days of Decree N° 4.160 of March 13, 2020, due to the “social order circumstances which put in grave risk” the citizens’ public health and security. The National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the Covid-19 pandemic. And article 2 provides that the Decree shall be in force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.


  • The Exceptional State of Alarm is extended for thirty days

    Decree 4.186 was published in the Official Gazette – extraordinary edition, of Sunday April 12, 2020.
    12/04/2020

    Article 1 of the Decree provides the extension for thirty days of Decree N° 4.160 of March 13, 2020, due to the “social order circumstances which put in grave risk” the citizens’ public health and security. The National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the Covid-19 pandemic. And article 2 provides that the Decree shall be in force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.


  • The Exceptional State of Alarm is extended for thirty days

    Decree 4.186 was published in the Official Gazette – extraordinary edition, of Sunday April 12, 2020.
    12/04/2020

    Article 1 of the Decree provides the extension for thirty days of Decree N° 4.160 of March 13, 2020, due to the “social order circumstances which put in grave risk” the citizens’ public health and security. The National Executive shall adopt “urgent, effective and necessary measures of protection and preservation of the health of the Venezuelan population, in order to mitigate and eradicate” the Covid-19 pandemic. And article 2 provides that the Decree shall be in force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.


  • The Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice decided to suspend cases from 16 March to 13 April, including both dates

    Courts will not be open in that period of "Constitutional Alarm" and procedural lapses will not run
    20/03/2020

    Resolution N° 001-2020 of the Supreme Court of Justice, in the Full Chamber, is based on "social circumstances that seriously jeopardize the public health and safety of citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic ”. Courts are ordered to make provisions so that the public service for the administration of justice is not suspended. With regard to constitutional protection, the days of said period will be considered enabled. In criminal matters, the service will continue only for urgent matters.


  • MENPA maintains its operations and continues to assist its clients

    Our lawyers will be working remotely, with all the necessary tools. You can contact our lawyers through their emails (available in the “Lawyers” section of this website) and by their mobile phones.
    15/03/2020

    In compliance with international protocols for the protection of staff and citizens in general, the MENPA offices will be closed, but our activities will not stop. On this website, you will find the contact details of our lawyers, who will attend to your affairs efficiently and quickly. We shall notify the reopening of the offices here.


  • A new article on Petros, by Luisa Lepervanche

    Published online, in the Universidad Monteávila’s academic journal: Law and Society
    06/03/2020

    In a further analysis of the petro, our partner, Luisa Lepervanche, published a new article: (link below) Cryptocurrencies, and the petro in particular (although the categorization is debatable), have long been of interest to Luisa Lepervanche, leading to a series of articles, published in national and international venues, of which this is the latest. At MENPA, we are available to assist you in focusing on these matters, directly and by means of conferences and in-house presentations.

    http://www.derysoc.com/blog/analisis-de-ciertos-esfuerzos-del-estado-en-la-promocion-del-petro/

  • The “constitutional decrees” which regard taxation have been published in the Official Gazette, dated January 29, 2020.

    Menpa has reviewed the Organic Tax Code, the Organic Customs Law and the Law that establishes Value Added Tax
    31/01/2020

    The constitutional decree which dictates the Organic Tax Code shall enter into force from February 28, 2020. The text of the decree does not indicate which articles have been modified or added. There are material changes, which include the provisions regarding penalties.