Our Firm

Since 1972 D’Empaire Reyna, one of the country’s leading law firms, has been rendering legal services in Venezuela by offering practical and innovative solutions within a complex and challenging business environment.

D’Empaire Reyna’s 47 attorneys, including its 18 partners, have completed graduate studies in diverse fields of law and some of them are part-time law professors at leading Venezuelan universities. All are admitted to practice in Venezuela, and several are also admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Chambers and Partners awarded D’Empaire with the distinction of Venezuelan Law Firm of 2009, 2010 and 2012 in the first, second and fourth edition of its Latin America Awards for Excellence. In 2011 and 2014, D’Empaire was recognized by Chambers Latin America with the “Client Service Award”, together with other distinguished Latin American law firms.
 

Expertise

D’Empaire continuously assists clients to reduce litigation risk and ensure legal compliance under employment law. Our labour litigation expertise includes assisting large corporations in managing hundreds of cases nationwide.

D’Empaire is considered one of the leading Venezuelan law firms in collective contract negotiations and conflict management with labor unions. We have extensive experience assisting multinational and Venezuelan companies in their labor disputes.

Labour & Employment

Seminars & Training

We sponsor informative seminars and courses to our clients on a wide range employment law issues.

Labour Law

Among other matters, we have assisted:

• The Venezuelan franchisee of McDonald’s, with more than 6,000 employees, in connection with the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement (2010 and 2013)

• Pepsicola de Venezuela, with more than 1,500 employees, in connection with the work stoppage of its Caucagua facility in 2013

• Plumrose Venezuela, a producer of sliced meats with more than 3,000 employees, owned by the East Asiatic Company, in connection with the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement and several labor conflicts (2002-2013)

• DelMonte Venezuela, with more than 800 employees, in connection with the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement and labor disputes, including the 2011 strike (since 2000)

• Sidor Ternium, the largest steel manufacturer in Venezuela, with more than 7,000 employees, in its negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement and labor disputes, since its privatization in 1996 until its nationalization in 2008

• Ferroven de Venezuela, o producer of ferrosilicon, owned by Ferroatlántica España (Ferroven), with more than 300 employees, in connection with the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement since its privatization in 1999

• Cemex Venezuela, the largest cement manufacturer in Venezuela, with more than 2,000 employees, in its negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement and labor disputes, since its purchase in 1993 until its nationalization in 2008

• Electricidad de Caracas, the largest Venezuelan utility, with more than 2,500 employees, then owned by The AES Corporation, in connection with its negotiation of collective bargaining agreement, since its purchase in 2000 until its nationalization in 2007

• Assisted Masisa, a Chilean leading forestry products company with more than 2,300 employees in connection with the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement of its industrial facilities in the Anzoátegui State. (2015).

• Assisted Rolls Royce, in connection with the employment issues surrounding the sale of its Venezuelan assests to Siemens (2014).

• Assisted Mann + Hummel a German industrial filter maker in the local labor aspects of the acquisition of Affinia for USD. 513.1 million. (August 2015)

Compensation & Benefit Plans

We advise our clients on workers compensation and benefit plans, including executive pay. We also have extensive experience in employments contracts terminations and negotiation of settlement agreements.

Litigation

D´Empaire has substantial litigation experience before trial courts, courts of appeals and the Supreme Court on the full range of labor and employment law matters, including wrongful termination, individual employment contracts, and workplace accident litigation. We further assist our clients in proceedings before administrative authorities on labour and employment matters.

Labor and Employment Audits

We also assist our clients in the conduction of labor and employment audits in order to identify potential sources of labor liabilities as well as supply chain audits in order to ensure our clients subcontractor´s compliance with statutory and corporate labor standards. We have recently conducted extensive labor audits for Grupo Polar (the largest Venezuelan private sector company) (2009) and Dycvensa (Dragados y Construcciones Venezuela, S.A, one of the world’s leading infraestructure companies) (2010).

Due Diligence and Restructuring

Together with the corporate team, our attorneys in the labor and employment area have assisted clients in connection with due-diligence reviews and have worked extensively on restructurings and other labor issues in connection with M&A, business and financing transactions. Some of these corporate deals include:

• Siemens, S.A. on executive compensation

• Xignux Group as Venezuelan counsel in its acquisition of Cables de Energía y de Telecomunicaciones S.A (Centelsa)

• Falck in its acquisition of the Venezuelan subsidiary of the EMI Group

• Soldexa in its purchase of Comelven

• Global Crossing as Venezuelan counsel in its merger with Impsat

• General Cable Corporation as Venezuelan counsel in the purchase of Phelps Dodge Corporation for approximately US$735 million

• The Carlyle Group as Venezuelan counsel in the purchase of the Engineered Products Division of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for US$1.475 billion

News & Events

Ius Laboris

Ius Laboris, a global Alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms that provides companies employing an international workforce with first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues.

We are passionate about all aspects of human resources law. From Mobility to Discrimination, and from Restructuring to Pensions, our local experts around the world provide deep market knowledge, wherever they are based.

We understand the challenges of managing an international workforce because that is our single focus. With more than 1,400 employment lawyers in 160 cities, we always bring a genuinely cross-border perspective.

Ius Laboris firms have a distinctive global way of thinking, and with our trained team of project managers on hand to coordinate our offering around the world, we deliver a seamless integrated service to suit your requirements, wherever you need us.

Ours is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative global community. Our culture of friendship and specialisation enables us to navigate all aspects of employing a workforce across borders with ease.

Finally, and most importantly, we are all committed to excellence. With more ranked HR lawyers than our nearest rival (source Chambers Global Guide), in more jurisdictions (source Legal 500), Ius Laboris brings together more leading law firms than any other HR legal services organisation. That’s something we’re extremely proud of.

Our People

Alejandro Disilvestro

Alejandro Disilvestro

Partner

Office:
Caracas
Languages:
Spanish
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English

Alejandro Disilvestro is a partner at D'Empaire Reyna Abogados in Venezuela and specialises in labour and human resources. He has negotiated several collective labour agreements and conflicts and other labor ADR proceedings. He also has extensive experience handling labor litigation.

Alejandro studied law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas (JD, 1984 and LLM in Civil Procedure, 1989).

Victorino  Márquez

Victorino Márquez

Partner

Office:
Caracas
Languages:
Spanish
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English

Victorino Márquez is a partner at D'Empaire Reyna Abogados and specialises in all areas of labour and employment law. He also worked as Chief Legal Counsel of the Intergovernmental Fund for Regional Development and as Regional Director of the Internal Affairs Ministry.

Victorino studied law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas (J.D. 1991) and received an LLM from Harvard Law School, Cambridge (1994).