José Gregorio Torrealba

Senior Partner

jtorrealba@lega.law
+58 212 2772208

 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jose Gregorio joined LEĜA in 2007, and he coordinates the Public and Regulatory Law, Arbitration, and Infrastructure practice areas. He has broad experience in public procurement, foreign investments protection, free competition, administrative law, litigation and national and international arbitration. He has an extensive academic and professional career, and has occupied leadership positions in national and international associations and chambers.
“ Clients recommend the “excellent” José Gregorio Torrealba, by saying: ”He is a very professional, efficient and intelligent lawyer that also knows how to communicate his advice, which is critical for clients.”
Source: Chambersand Partners LatinAmerica. 2018
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AREAS OF PRACTICE & INDUSTRIES

♦ Public and Regulatory Law
♦ Arbitration
♦ Alternative Dispute Resolution
♦ Free Competition

♦ Life Sciences
♦ Health Services
♦ Oil, Gas and Mining
♦ Infrastructure


ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • International Competition Practice Diploma. The College of Law, International Bar Association, United Kingdom, 2008.
  • LL.M. King’s College London, United Kingdom, 2004.
  • Administrative Law Specialist. Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela, 2002.
  • Law Degree. Universidad Santa Maria, Venezuela, 1997

MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Federal District
  • Venezuelan Association of Arbitration

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • English

EXPERIENCE

  • Advice to multinational corporations in infrastructure projects concerning mass transportation systems in Venezuela, covering from the financing of contracts, works and joint ventures, to the final inspection.
  • Successful representation of a defense contractor in a lawsuit against the State for breach of contract, obtaining a ruling valued at over one hundred million dollars.
  • Successful representation in an arbitration against a multinational oil company for breach of contract and indemnification in favor of a foreign contractor.
  • Representation of over one hundred clients in contentious-administrative matters related to intellectual property that set case law in administrative proceedings and abstentions of the Public Administration.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Jose Gregorio has participated in numerous national and international conferences on administrative law, public procurement, arbitration, foreign investments, and free competition, organized by the Foundation for Administrative Law Studies (FUNEDA), the Spanish Arbitration Club, the Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB), the International Chamber of Commerce, the Venezuelan Association of Arbitration (AVA), the American Bar Association, the Venezuelan Association of Administrative Law, and the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration, among others.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

  • Most of his academic activity since 2003 has been dedicated to postgraduate courses in renowned national universities, such as Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad Catolica del Tachira, Universidad Monteavila, and particularly, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, where he has been teaching the Foreign Investments Regime class since 2008 for the Administrative and Commercial Law programs.

RECOGNITIONS

  • Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, have recognized Jose Gregorio as one of the leading lawyers in Venezuela in the areas of Public Law, Arbitration, Competition, Life Sciences, Energy and Natural Resources, since 2012. Locally, he has received awards from the Municipalities of Chacao and Guaicaipuro, the Distinguished Service Award from the Bar Association of the State of Miranda, and the Medal awarded by the Caracas Bar Association.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Jose Gregorio has authored numerous articles on administrative law, State liability, foreign investments, economic regulation, competition, intellectual property, arbitration, and public procurement, published in specialized magazines edited in Venezuela, Spain, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. He is the author of the books “Promotion and Protection of Investments in Venezuela” and “Case Law of the Supreme Court of Justice on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Arbitration, Arbitrament, and Investment Arbitration.” He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Bar Association’s publication Construction Law International.

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