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Maria de Los Angeles Celis

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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 corporate reorganization and M&A matters. She heads the Venezuela office Diversity & Inclusion committee and she was awarded as a highly commended lawyer in the category “Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year Venezuela” by Chambers and Partners in the Latin America Awards 2019. In addition, she is member of the Sustainability committee of the Venezuela office and represents Venezuela in the Real Estate and M&A Latin America Steering Committees.

The Central Bank of Venezuela issued Resolution No. 21-08-01 of 6 August 2021, containing the Regulations Governing the New Monetary Expression. The Resolution entered into force on 16 August 2021. However, the new monetary expression will apply as of 1 October 2021.

The Office of the National Superintendent of Securities authorized the issuance of a minimum of 20 million investment units and a maximum of 40 million with a nominal value of VEF 100 and with a minimum investment amount of VEF 100,000 of the first collective investment entity specialized in the real estate sector, called Fibra One, which is promoted by Fintech Valores Sociedad de Corretaje.

In brief On 19 January 2020, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) issued new rules on the constitution of legal reserves of banking institutions (“Resolution”).1  The Resolution entered into force on 20 January 2020 and repealed the Resolution No. 20-03-01 (Official Gazette No. 41,840 of 30 March 2020). The legal reserve…

The Office of the National Superintendent of Securities (SUNAVAL) has authorized the Decentralized Stock Exchange of Venezuela, S.A. (BDVE) to act as a decentralized stock exchange as of 19 January 2021 (“Guidelines”),1 after the trial period of 90 days under Guidelines No. 146.

On 21 January 2021, the Office of the National Superintendent for Banking Sector Institutions (SUDEBAN) issued a notice that prohibits banking institutions from carrying out credit operations using foreign currency, without prior authorization from SUDEBAN and the Central Bank of Venezuela (“BCV”) (“Notice”).1

On October 9, 2020, the Central Bank of Venezuela (“CBV”) ordered the suspension of products and services offered by universal and microfinance banks that facilitate the payment in foreign currencies for goods and services in Venezuelan (“Notice”).1  

In brief On October 9, 2020, the Central Bank of Venezuela (“CBV”) ordered the suspension of products and services offered by universal and microfinance banks that facilitate the payment in foreign currencies for goods and services in Venezuelan (“Notice”).1 In further detail 1.    Authorized banking operations. The Notice reiterated that…

On September 15, 2020, the Office of the Superintendent of Banking Sector Institutions (“SUDEBAN”) issued Resolution No. 041.20, which established temporary measures for evaluating credit portfolios, the creation of provisions in risk categories, the execution of guarantees and special conditions for credits granted before the entry into force of the Decree No. 4.1681 of March 23, 2020 (“Resolution”).2 The Resolution entered into force on September 15, 2020.

The Office of the National Superintendent for Securities (NSS) issued Notice No. DSNV/CJU/00520 of June 14, 2020,[1] whereby it established the guidelines to continue the activities of the securities market, under the Easing Measures for the National Quarantine Plan (7+7) and the Constitutional State of Alarm generated by the COVID-19 pandemic (“Notice”).

The Notice applies to security brokers, brokerage houses, stock exchanges and other subjects regulated by the Decree with Rank, Value and Force of Securities Market Law (“Subjects”).

The 7+7 easing timetable consists of a cycle of seven quarantine days and seven easing days, until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. The Subjects will work and have customer service activities solely in a determined schedule within the seven easing days. The 7+7 easing timetable may be subject to change by the National Executive.

The  Autonomous Service of Registries and Notaries (“SAREN”) published on June 14, 2020 in its website’s news section and in its social media1 an announcement about the incorporation of Commercial Registries, Public Registries, Public Notaries and Principal Registries (“Registries and Notaries”) to the 7+7 easing timetable established by the National Executive.

The 7+7 easing timetable consists of seven quarantine days per seven easing days, until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. Registries and Notaries will only open in specific work hours within the seven days of the easing period.

To this date, no regulation in this respect has been published through an Official Gazette.