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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos

Partner
Caracas

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos

For more than 25 years, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos has advised domestic and multinational corporations on investing and doing business in Venezuela and Latin America. He focuses on complex oil and gas infrastructure projects, international financial transactions for the oil industry, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Latin America. He is licensed to practice law in Venezuela and New York., Gonzalo grasps the issues in complex transactions that involve common and civil law.

Gonzalo represents clients in the oil and gas, electricity, petrochemical, consumer product, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and telecommunications industries. He is also active in international arbitrations, has represented energy clients and a sovereign state, and has served as an expert witness.

Gonzalo taught civil law contracts for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he was a partner at a prominent Venezuelan law firm.

"[He] enters the rankings on the back of solid market recognition. Interviewees describe him as 'excellent in banking,' adding, 'I see him as very active.' He has a focus on project financing and is also qualified to practice in New York."

Chambers Latin America 2016

Representative Experience

Represented PDVSA in negotiation of EPC contracts for construction and revamping of three refineries in Venezuela with Korean and Chinese contractors.

Represented PDVSA in complex financial transactions, including several Rule 144A/Reg. S international bond offerings.

Represented an Ecuadorean state-owned company in the negotiation of the EPC contract for the Coca Codo Sinclair Hydroelectric plant in Ecuador.

Represented PDVSA in an ICC arbitration on the termination of a water treatment and injection contract with a UK contractor.

Represented Venezuela in three investment arbitrations brought by investors under investment protection treaties.

Education and admissions

Education

  • Masters, New York University School of Law, 1990
  • Diplôme Superieur de l'Université in Civil Law, Université de Droit, Economie st Sciences Sociales de Paris, 1989
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1988

Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Venezuelan-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Country Coordinator for Venezuela, Inter-American Law Subcommittee of the Business Law Section, American Bar Association 
  • Member, Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Federal
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member, International Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice President, Jurisfraven: Venezuelan French Attorneys Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • Venezuela

2015

Named to the 2015 Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) list of recommended lawyers - Capital Markets

2009-2010

Chambers Global, Venezuela: Corporate/M&A,

2009-2011

Chambers Latin America, Corporate/M&A

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