José P. Barnola, Jr.


Baker & McKenzie, S.C.
Avenida Principal de Las Mercedes
Caracas 1060

Tel: +58 212 276 5096


Jose P. Barnola Jr. practices mainly in the area of tax law, particularly as it relates to the e-commerce, manufacturing, consumer product, finance, and oil & gas industries, telecommunications and mergers and acquisitions. He also assists clients in trust, probate and estate planning on a regular basis.

Mr. Barnola Jr. was admitted to the Caracas Bar Association in 1993, and currently serves as member of the International Fiscal Association, the Venezuelan Association on Tax Law and the Venezuelan Association on Financial Law. Mr. Barnola Jr. also teaches tax law at the Universidad Metropolitana and the Universidad Central University de Venezuela. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1996.

Mr. Barnola Jr. advises clients on federal, state and municipal taxation, income tax, VAT and international taxation matters. He handles tax and transfer pricing planning and litigation, and has extensive experience representing clients before the Venezuelan Tax Courts and the Supreme Court. Mr. Barnola Jr.’s clients include Venezuela’s largest mining company, several oil profit-sharing associations and oil service companies and several multinational companies with operations in Venezuela.

Wealth Management Practice:

Our wealth management practitioners advise clients on preserving, managing and transferring wealth in core investment centers and new wealth management jurisdictions around the world. Acting as true advisors, we develop global wealth management strategies that account for all of the applicable regulatory requirements and commercial issues. We also monitor developments in tax regimes around the world to help clients anticipate and respond to changes in tax enforcement.

Our multi-disciplined wealth management teams also advise on the best course of action for estates and trusts structuring, business succession, litigation and dispute resolution, documentation and reporting obligations in high-value, cross-border transactions.

About Baker McKenzie in Venezuela:

Our Venezuela lawyers advise clients on some of the most complex and significant matters in the country. With more than 60 years of experience in the local market, we are the go-to firm for Venezuelan businesses, leading multinationals and financial institutions seeking domestic and cross-border advice.

As the largest law firm in Venezuela, we are market leaders in Corporate Finance, Dispute Resolution, and Labor and Regulatory — all ranked Band 1 by Chambers Latin America. We also received a Client Service Award from Chambers Latin America for client service excellence, and have advised more than 30 Fortune 500 companies on doing business in the country.

We advise on corporate and commercial matters in industries including automotive, food, health, agro-industrial, tobacco, liquor, telecommunications, construction and oil. No matter the issue, we collaborate with colleagues across our Latin America offices to help clients achieve their objectives and succeed in Venezuela’s complex economic, social and political environment.