Energy and Mining Law.
Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz originated as an energy firm in the 1920’s. We represented a large number of oil companies until the nationalization of the oil industry in 1976 and oil industry service providers thereafter
Then, during the oil industry opening that took place in the 90s, we represented several operating companies, investors, creditors, and companies that offer services related to the development of new areas, profit sharing agreements, marginal fields, strategic associations, (Orinoco Basin extra heavy crude projects), petrochemical ventures, construction of infrastructure, gas or oil offshore developments, gas industry opening, LNG projects, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts (EPC), opening of the hydrocarbon domestic market, etc.
We actively participated in corporate organization, bidding and tax planning, and in the proposal of drafts of laws related to the opening of the oil and petrochemical industry.
Following the migration of Strategic Associations, Profit Sharing Agreements and Operating Agreements to the structure of mixed companies in 2007, we continued advising many of our clients in negotiating the conversion agreements and also as shareholders of such mixed companies in various fields. Likewise, we have represented clients in large infrastructure development projects of the energy sector.
Our Firm has been historically associated with mining activities in Venezuela, starting with our representation of US Steel’s Cerro Bolívar iron development in the Puerto Ordaz area in the 1950’s. We continue to assist clients in the formation of mining companies and in all steps required to obtain the proper authorization for carrying out mining activities. Our work involves consultations regarding mining laws, tax issues, incorporation of mining rights into assets and negotiation of mining concessions. We represent mining companies before all relevant government agencies.
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