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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos

Partner
Caracas
New York

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos
Phone
+58 212 266 5125 (Caracas)
+1 212 918 3571 (New York)
Fax
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Practice Group
Finance

For more than 25 years, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos has advised clients on complex project financing transactions, various model infrastructure contracts, corporate finance, and debt issuances.

He has represented state-owned and foreign investors in the energy, oil and gas, and transport sectors in Latin America, as well as in the United States. He is also active in international arbitrations and has represented energy clients and a sovereign state, both commercial and investor-state.

He has served as counsel on large infrastructure projects such as the project financing and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for the Fertinitro fertilizer plant and the Metor methanol plant, the deep-water conversion project for the Puerto La Cruz refinery, the Santa Inés refinery, the Caracas Metro in Venezuela, Refinería del Pacífico, and the Coca Codo-Sinclair hydroelectric project in Ecuador.

Gonzalo graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello en Caracas, has a postgraduate degree from Université de Droit, Economie et Sciences Sociales de Paris, and a Masters in Comparative Law from New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Venezuela.

"[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 a National Oil Company in negotiation of EPC contracts for construction and revamping of three refineries in Venezuela with Korean and Chinese contractors.

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

Represented a sovereign state 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

2009-2018

Corporate/M&A (Venezuela)

Chambers Latin America

2016-2018

Banking & Finance (Venezuela)

Chambers Latin America

2016-2018

Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela)

Chambers Latin America

2008-2017

Corporate/M&A (Venezuela)

Chambers Global

2016-2017

Banking & Finance (Venezuela)

Chambers Global

2016-2017

Energy & Natural Resources (Venezuela)

Chambers Global

2015

Capital Markets

Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA)

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