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Maria de Los Angeles Celis

Maria Celis joined the Firm in 1997 and became partner in 2008. She has 20 years of experience working in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, telecommunication, real estate, and anti-trust matters and works with important national and international companies on all corporate reorganization and M&A matters. She heads the Diversity & Inclusion committee of the Caracas office.

To close the LGBT+ Pride month and our mini-series called “Breaking Down Prejudices”, we had the opportunity to talk with Robinson Colls, a Venezuelan who emigrated to Santiago de Chile. Robinson is a Telecommunications Engineer and is part of our global team in the position of Global Voice Engineer.
In this episode he told us a bit about his experience as a member of the LGBT+ community, about the existing prejudices against the community, the differences he has perceived in the work environment and his perception about the existing challenges for organizations to create a better work environment for the community. Podcast available in Spanish only.

Continuing in “Breaking down prejudices” series, is a discussion with Juan David Castaño, a practicing attorney and associate in Baker McKenzie’s Bogotá office. As a passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion issues and a member of the LGBTI+ community, he talked to us about his experience, the approach that employers are giving to their companies on diversity and inclusion issues, and the harassment that members of this community often suffer.

On 2 May 2022, the National Assembly published the Partial Reform Law with the Rank, Value and Force of Law Against Corruption (“Reform”).
The Reform introduced, among others: (i) a broader definition of “Public Patrimony”; (ii) the obligation for electronic filing of the Sworn Statement of Net Worth through the creation of an automated system under the direction of the Office of the General Comptroller of the Republic; (iii) the annual update of the Affidavit; (iv) an increase in the sanctions by changing the Tax Unit for the official exchange rate of the currency of the highest value published by the Central Bank of Venezuela at the time of the payment; and (v) the unpaid suspension term for public officers.