Jose P. Barnola Jr. practices mainly in the area of tax law, particularly as it relates to the e-commerce, manufacturing, finance, and oil & gas industries, telecommunications and mergers and acquisitions. He also assists clients in trust, probate and estate planning. 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 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 and several oil profit-sharing associations and oil service companies.
Advised on the structuring of extra heavy oil strategic associations.
Acted as tax and legal counsel for several light and medium oil profit sharing associations (association agreements for exploration at risk and profit sharing exploitation) and third round oil operating services agreements.
Acts as general counsel for Venezuela's largest gold mine and a wide variety of other industrial projects.
Advised in the tax litigation before the Venezuelan Tax Courts and Supreme Court (Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana, C.A. v. Treasury, Noble Drilling de Venezuela, C.A. v. Treasury, McCormick de Venezuela, C.A. v. Treasury, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Venezolana, , S.R.L. v. Treasury, Moore de Venezuela, C.A. v. Treasury, Marriot de Venezuela v. Treasury, and Xerox de Venezuela v. Treasury).
- Caracas Bar Association - Member
- International Fiscal Association - Member
- Venezuelan Tax Association - Member
- Venezuelan Institute of Procedural Law - Member
- State of Miranda Bar Association - Member
- Venezuelan Finance Law Association - Member
Central University of Venezuela
(LL.M. Taxation dissertation approved with honors)
Andrés Bello Catholic University
(J.D. cum laude)
Baker & McKenzie SC is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.