Monday, 15 April 2019 10:05

Venezuela’s LEĜA and Imery Urdaneta announce merger

Venezuelan law firms LEĜA and Imery Urdaneta have merged, incorporating the partners and the entire team of Imery Urdaneta from its three offices in Caracas, Valencia and Barquisimeto, into LEĜA.

Luis López Durán LEGA"The combination with Imery Urdaneta is part of our vision of consolidation of the legal market in Venezuela for the continuous support of our clients,” Luis López-Durán (pictured), co-managing partner of LEĜA, said. 

“It reflects a growth in line with the challenges we are experiencing as well as our vision of the future of Venezuela. We are reinforcing our platform of high-quality legal services, incorporating talented lawyers who are both locally and internationally recognised,” he added.

“The merger also expands our client base, with leading national and multinational corporations, and we are incorporating teams in Valencia and Barquisimeto. All this significantly strengthens our positioning in the market, with an innovative vision focused on multidisciplinary work and specialisation by industrial sector.”

Imery Urdaneta was founded in 1997, specialising in corporate law, tax law, regulatory, labour law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, according to a statement from the firm. 

The firm will bring to LEĜA a varied clientele consisting mainly of domestic and transnational companies, participating in various industries relating to both goods and services, including technology, construction, telecommunications, oil and gas, food, mass consumption, automotive, franchising and pharmaceuticals, the law firm said.

LEĜA has 15 practice areas, covering all branches of law, and 23 industry areas, and is one of the largest law firms in Venezuela. Following the merger, LEĜA will have a team of more than 50 legal professionals, with offices in Caracas, Barquisimeto and Valencia.

In total, LEĜA will have 26 partners, of which 10 will be senior partners, and who include Luis López-Durán, Carlos Domínguez, Miguel Rivero, José Gregorio Torrealba, Jesús Sol Gil, John Tucker, Pedro Urdaneta, Gabriel Calleja, Faustino Flamarique and Pedro Jedlicka. 

Marcel Imery joins as counsel, and Imery Urdaneta’s Carlos García Soto and Luis Azuaje will become partner and junior partner, respectively. Luis López-Durán and Carlos Domínguez will remain as co-managing partners of LEĜA.

Pedro Urdaneta, managing partner of Imery Urdaneta, added: "We are very excited to combine forces, talents and offices with LEĜA, to provide our clients with added value, more practice areas and more hours of experience. With our new partners we share values, quality standards, organisational culture and a deep love for Venezuela.”

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