José Gregorio Torrealba R.

José Gregorio Torrealba R.

Partner - CEO

Professional Development

José Gregorio has developed his career in highly prestigious Venezuelan law firms, standing out for more than 15 years as a leader in the areas of Public and Regulatory Law, Arbitration and Infrastructure at Lega Abogados, one of the leading firms with a marked international profile. He has vast experience in public procurement, foreign investment protection, competition law, consumer protection, general administrative law, national and international litigation and arbitration. He has an extensive academic and career, has held leadership positions in national and foreign associations and chambers. He is regularly invited to national and international conferences.

A selection of experience

  • Advice to multinational companies on infrastructure projects for mass transportation systems in Venezuela, covering everything from financing contracts, works, joint venture, inspection and other aspects.
  • Assistance to a consortium of multinational companies in an arbitration under ICC rules against a State and a public entity for breach of a contract for the construction of a railway system for an amount exceeding two billion dollars.
  • Representation of a multinational company in an ICC arbitration based in The Hague and under Dutch law against a state company.
  • Assistance to a defense contractor company in an arbitration under the rules of the UNCITRAL (UNCITRAL) against a State for breach of contract, obtaining a award for more than one hundred million dollars.
  • Acting for a contractor in an international arbitration against a multinational oil company for breach of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for oil infrastructure.
  • Acting for more than a hundred clients in contentious-administrative matters related to intellectual property in which jurisprudence was established in administrative procedures and abstentions from the Public Administration.

Admissions

  • Lawyer. Bar Association of the Capital District, Venezuela.
  • Solicitor. Law Society of England and Wales, England and Wales.

Academic training

  • PhD (in progress) at King’s College London
  • Diploma in International Free Competition Practice. The College of Law, International Bar Association, United Kingdom, 2008.
  • Master of Laws. King’s College London, United Kingdom, 2004.
  • Specialist in Administrative Law. Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela, 2002.
  • Universidad Santa María, Venezuela, 1997

Memberships

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Venezuelan Arbitration Association (President 2019-2021)
  • Venezuelan-British Chamber of Commerce (Director)
  • British Venezuelan Society and Chamber of Commerce (Director)

Publications

José Gregorio is Author of more than 60 articles on administrative law, State responsibility, foreign investments, economic regulation, competition law, intellectual property, arbitration and public procurement, published in specialized journals published in Venezuela, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. He is the author of the books “Promotion and Protection of Investments in Venezuela” and “Jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Justice on Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution, Commercial Arbitration, Arbitration and Investment Arbitration.” He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Bar Association’s Construction Law International.

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Academic activity

José Gregorio has developed his academic activity as an undergraduate professor at the Universidad Santa María (1999-2000) and as a postgraduate professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (2003), the Universidad Católica del Táchira (2005) and Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2005- 2019). He has also been a professor of the Diploma in Hydrocarbons at the Universidad Monte ávila and has recently been invited as a professor on International Investment Law and Arbitration in the LL.B. course at Brunel University London.

Awards

Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, Legal500, Latin Lawyer 250, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) have recognized José Gregorio as one of the most outstanding lawyers in the field of Public Law, Arbitration, Competition Law, Life Sciences and Energy and Natural Resources since 2011. More recently, José Gregorio has been included in the exclusive Legal500 Private Practice Powerlist Arbitration Latin America 2023 and was reviewed by Business Today as one of the 10 most influential lawyers in dispute resolution in Venezuela.

Locally, he has received awards from authorities of the Chacao and Guaicaipuro Municipalities, the Honor of Merit award from the Miranda State Bar Association and the Medal from the Caracas Bar Association. He is Honorary President of the Venezuelan Arbitration Association since 2021.

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