Big Law in Venezuela: From Globalization to Revolution

  • Manuel Gómez
  • Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo


This chapter focuses on Venezuelan corporate lawyers during the period 1994–2014, a time in which the country experienced abrupt changes in its political orientation and economic policies. Venezuela has lived through several ups and downs intertwined with the rise, development and growth of the energy sector. As a result, a great capacity to improvise, to adapt to new challenges and also the skills to interact with a politically unstable situation have accompanied Venezuelan business lawyers since the opening of the first law firms in the nineteenth century. Their successors are just putting into practice their seemingly inherited adaptability and skills to navigate in choppy waters, but have also evolved and undergone important transformations influenced by their interaction with foreign lawyers, multinational clients and the overall impact of globalization. This chapter describes how Venezuelan law firms have adapted, and even adopted some features typically present in global law firms, but at the same time have also managed to keep their own identity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Gómez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Universidad MetropolitanaCaracasVenezuela

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