OUR TEAM


Isabel Victoria Márquez

PARTNER

+58 (212) 952 73 71


ivm@mezgravis.com



Since 1988, she handles the area of foreign investments, including their registration, and contracts of technical assistance, trademarks and patents; incorporation, legal structuring, merger and winding up of investment vehicles; mercantile documentation and contracts, and all aspects related to the legal management and advice to companies, not only for local clients but also and particularly for foreign entities, with absolute fluency in the English language, due to her B.A. degree (English major, magna cum laude) in New Jersey, U.S.A. Her professional activity has been enhanced by her involvement in numerous due diligences and through the negotiation, coordination and closing of M&A transactions and the formation of joint ventures, as well as local and international high profile real estate deals, in which her attention to detail complements the practical approach required by the client.

Together with her vast experience in this area, her wide knowledge of competition and consumer protection laws has added great value to her professional practice. She also advises clients in the pharmaceutical sector, both from the corporate perspective as well as in the regulatory and compliance fronts.

Before founding MEZGRAVIS & ASOCIADOS, she was a partner of Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz.

Isabel is also a licensed legal translator, which has allowed her to develop her expertise in that area, becoming one of the most recognized professionals of the country in said activity.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Participation in the process of acquisition of part of the stock package of the Venezuelan State-owned telephone company in representation of one of the two foreign entities involved in the bidding process (1991).

Due diligences and processes of acquisition of leading companies in the consumer product market, food sector (1994-1997).

Due diligence and stock purchase of local company which manufactures writing products, by multinational entity (1997).

Due diligence and purchase of group of companies in the industrial manufacturing sector (1997).

Assignment as in-house counsel for group of oil companies (1997-1998), including organization of its corporate structure.

Representation of manufacturer of parts for industrial plants in the denunciation filed by the same before the Superintendence for the Promotion and Protection of Free Competition (Procompetencia) against local commercializing company (1998).

Assignment as in-house counsel for manufacturer of consumer products in the food sector (1999).

Assistance in the process of merger and restructuring of subsidiaries of foreign group which commercializes consumer products in the food sector (2002).

Negotiation of purchase of consumer product line in the personal care sector, as part of a worldwide deal between foreign parent companies (2003).

Advice in economic concentration operations and other competition law matters for companies in the manufacturing and consumer product sectors (1992-2009).

Local implementation of loan refinancing agreements and pledges on the shares of manufacturing company, and subsequent stock sale transaction with respect to same (2003-2008).

Legal management of real estate lease portfolio of multinational company in the telecommunications sector (1993-2009).

Legal assistance in the lawsuit filed by local company against manufacturer of parts for industrial plants in Ohio, U.S.A. (2005), which ended with a judgment in favor of client (as defendant).

Advice to electric product manufacturer with respect to possible recall of defective products from the market, and handling of the pertinent notification to the regulatory agency (2005).

Representation of consumer products importer in a procedure filed by Procompetencia due to a denunciation of alleged false and misleading advertising, as well as in the nullity appeal filed before the courts in contentious administrative matters (1998-2009) and which ended with a judgment partially favorable to the client.

Participation in the negotiation for the formation and expansion of a joint venture among local and foreign companies of the food sector (2003-2007).

Local implementation of worldwide merger of pharmaceutical companies (2008).

Member of the Bar Association of the Federal District.

Member of the International Bar Association.

CONFERENCES

Speaker at the Seminar on the New Law of Consumer and User Protection, sponsored by VenAmCham, Maracaibo, July 2004.

Speaker at the Seminar on Distribution Contract Laws, sponsored by McConnell Valdés LLC, member of the Club de Abogados, Miami, Florida, November 2007.

RECOGNITIONS

Magna cum laude - Caldwell College, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society – 1981-1982

Dean's List - Caldwell College, New Jersey, U.S.A. for 4 years (GPA over 3.85/4.00).

Vincent Visceglia Award for excellence in studies of Italian (Caldwell College, New Jersey, U.S.A.).

     

PRACTICE AREAS

Mergers and Acquisitions

Due diligences

Contracts

Foreign Investments

Joint Ventures

Real Estate Law

Consumer Protection Law

Competition Law

EDUCATION

Specialization in Mercantile Law, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas 1993

Lawyer, Universidad Santa María, Caracas 1988

Bachelor in Arts, English Major, Caldwell College. New Jersey, U.S.A. 1982

LANGUAGES

Spanish

English

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Partner of Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz, Caracas 1986-2009

 

 
 
 
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