Maria Eugenia Salazar-Furiati

Baker & McKenzie (Venezuela)

Maria Eugenia Salazar has more than 15 years of experience and became partner in 2010. María Eugenia is very active in investment protection and international arbitration as well as in public law, in particular on telecommunications, data privacy and technology and energy.

According to Chambers María Eugenia is described by market insiders and peers as a key partner very active in the dispute resolution arena, and as a "a very able lawyer."

Legal 500 also recognizes María Eugenia as a key player in investment arbitration; energy and natural resources, environmental and public law. Among the testimonials, Legal 500 includes:

‘The dispute resolution practice is one of the strongest in Venezuela. We have seen first-hand the efficient and positive leadership of Maria Eugenia Salazar Furiati. They offer their clients advice on international arbitration, both commercial and investment.‘

Maria Eugenia Salazar Furiati, who is one of the team leaders, stands out for combining knowledge of arbitration procedures with industry-specific considerations. She is an excellent litigator and negotiator, and always has time for her clients.

Practice focus

María Eugenia Salazar advises a variety of clients on protecting their investments in Venezuela under international bilateral & double taxation treaties. She has significant experience handling international arbitration proceedings before ICSID tribunals and annulment committees, as well as, ad hoc tribunals under UNCITRAL rules. 

She oversees the analysis and negotiation of a wide variety of important local and cross boarders contracts, covering matters related to industries such as: energy and infrastructure; telecommunications, as well as data privacy and cyber security. In the latter, María Eugenia has been recognized by her clients as a trustful source in assisting them on how to collect, manage, handle and transfer personal data.

María Eugenia also has valuable experience dealing with local regulatory bodies, as well as State-owned companies and its affiliates. Finally, she has significant experience litigating at the Venezuelan courts. María Eugenia has also supported her French colleagues in the appeal of arbitration awards related to Venezuela before the Paris Court of Appeal. 
In most recent years, María Eugenia has developed an area of practice in U.S. and the effects on the Venezuelan economy.