Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque (“HPCD”), established in 1942, is one of the largest and most prominent law firms in Venezuela. HPCD renders services to many top Venezuelan companies and a number of foreign corporations and banks doing business in Venezuela, while complying with international standards.
HPCD’s lawyers have built years of experience in diverse business environments, as well as in major complex transactions. They provide clients with effective responses covering all legal issues while maintaining a business perspective. Its practice areas work very closely in order to enable cost- effective assistance, and offer clients an excellent combination of expertise and hands-on solutions. A comprehensive compliance department provides cost-effective legal and paralegal assistance to comply with corporate, labor, tax, foreign exchange, IP, foreign investment and other regulations at national and international levels.
As one of the leading Venezuelan law firms, HPCD offers prosecution and enforcement services covering administrative, criminal and civil actions, providing clients with one-stop service and immediate results, avoiding expensive procedures and enabling the best protection of their rights. Quality and efficiency are always present in the firm’s professional relations with clients.
HPCD has grown strategically over the years, attracting a stream of new clients and securing the consolidation of its areas of practice, which confirms its position as a market leader with the strongest international projection. In 2015, HPCD opened an office in Aruba: HPCD International, which focuses on intellectual property and corporate/commercial services in the Caribbean, specifically in Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and St. Martin.
The firm was recognized as Top Tier Firm by Chambers and Partners, and its lawyers are consistently recommended by reputable publications as leaders in their field for their commitment and unique understanding of Venezuela’s complex legal environment. HPCD’s areas of expertise include: banking, finance, insurance and reinsurance; competition; contracts, mergers and acquisitions; energy and natural resources; intellectual property; international trade and foreign exchange control; labor; life sciences and healthcare; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; public law; real estate; tax; telecommunications; and white-collar crime.
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