Office Address

Phone Number

+58 212 951 3333

Fax Number

+58 212 951 2851

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Palacios, Ortega & Asociados

Main Office Address

Calle Guaicaipuro con Av. Ppal. Las Mercedes
Torre Forum, Piso 6, Ofic. A,
Urb. El Rosal
Caracas, 1010-A

Office Locations

Caracas, Venezuela; Toronto, Canada

Firm Phone Number

+58 212 951 3333

Firm Fax Number

+58 212 951 2851

Personal Background

Education: New York University, MCJ 1958. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Doctor of Law 1956. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Lawyer '56.

Experience: Currently, Dr. Palacios is a founding partner of Palacios, Ortega y Asociados. He is Director of Fundación Scout; Alternate Director of Banco Mercantil, C.A. (Banco Universal) and Mercantil Servicios Financieros; Vice President of Comité Venezolano de Arbitraje.

Dr. Palacios advises basically in the area of corporate law, banking law and capital markets. Likewise, he has participated in a number of financing transactions through bank syndicates and project financing.

Dr. Palacios has been Assistant Secretary of the Board of Directors of Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Federal (the Attorneys' Bar Association of the Federal District), and Former President of Montepío de Abogados (the Venezuelan Attorney's Fund). He has been Professor of Law in Labor Law at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Likewise, he was the assistant to the President of Banco Central de Venezuela.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Firm Background

Palacios Ortega & Asociados was founded by Luis Esteban Palacios and José Manuel Ortega in 1999 based on their many years of successful experience and booming professional career in an important law firm in Venezuela. The practice addresses the needs of both the medium-to-large corporate client, as well as the particular challenges of the individual and family group.

All our attorneys have been trained in the civil law system, and most of them have conducted graduate studies abroad, or have been exposed to other foreign legal systems and cultures. Most of the firm's attorneys are fluent in English, and a number of them speak other foreign languages as well. Palacios, Ortega & Asociados, in its short but successful existence, has been ranked among the best law firms in Venezuela. Prestigious researchers such as Chambers and Partners and Latin Lawyer, have rated Palacios Ortega & Asociados among the best and most recommended law firms in Venezuela. Likewise, the international network, International Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers -IGAL and the Employment Law Alliance, ELA, recommend Palacios, Ortega & Asociados legal services in Venezuela.

Palacios, Ortega & Asociados is member of FTAA Consulting Inc., a coordination and consolidation center for the legal work generated in the area of international business, trade and investments by companies operating in Latin America, especially multinationals. This center has started a contractual relationship with the Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas, a multilateral, non-governmental organization founded upon the 1994 Summit of the Americas in order to serve as a center for alternative disputes resolution of business between Inter American private and/or public persons in Miami or any local headquarters in Latin America. As a general practice firm, Palacios, Ortega & Asociados' members have been engaged in a variety of transactions, both domestic and international, involving all types of business entities. 

Firm Practice Areas

  • Banking Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Capital Markets
  • Financing
  • Project Financing
  • Foreign Investment
  • International trade regulations, antidumping, Andean Pact law, antitrust law, and consumer protection law
  • IT Industry
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Oil & Gas
  • Taxation and Tax Planning
  • Telecommunications
  • Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration
  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Corporate and Personal Matters