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Fernando F. Fernández Barroso

Senior Partner

Despacho de Abogados Miembros de Norton Rose Fulbright, S.C.

Fernando F. Fernández Barroso



Fernando Fernández Barroso has more than 30 years of experience in tax advice, tax compliance and tax consulting.

Mr. Fernández Barroso has extensive experience in Latin American tax consulting. He specializes in tax litigation and tax consulting/planning, with emphasis on financial and accounting matters, specifically as applied to corporate reorganizations and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, international double taxation, services joint ventures and consortia, cross-border leasing and financing structures, mainly in the oil and gas, telecommunications, utilities, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Before joining our Caracas office in 2005, Mr. Fernández Barroso was admitted to a leading international tax consulting firm as a tax partner in 1985, after heading the tax practices of two other major international tax firms in Venezuela where he acted as regional partner in charge of the tax practices of the Andean countries. Mr. Fernández Barroso is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in cross-border structuring in Venezuela by World Tax 2006, the comprehensive guide to the world’s leading tax firms. He is also listed as a leading practitioner in the Chambers Global publication The World’s Leading Lawyers.


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  • Education

    Law degree, Universidad Santa Maria de Venezuela, 1976
    Tax Specialization, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1979

  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Latin America, Venezuela 2017: Band 1: Tax. (Ranked since 2013 edition)
    • Latin America Corporate Counsel Association, 2015, 2016: Tax
    • IFLR1000: Latin America, 2016 – Leading lawyer in Tax (Ranked since 2013 edition)
  • Publications
    • Author and co-author of articles for various national newspapers such as “The 1986 Income Tax Reform,” “The Novel Tax Adjustment for Inflation” in connection with the 1991 income tax reform.
  • Speaking engagements
    • Speaker at various international and Venezuelan forums, chambers of commerce and trade associations
  • Memberships and activities

    • Professor, Tax, Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello, School of Economics and Business Administration
    • Capital District Bar Association

  • Publications

    Sanctioning tax unit

    On December 21, 2017, a “Constitutional Law” was enacted by the National Constituent Assembly that created the sanctioning tax unit, as published in Official Gazette No. 41,305..

    December 21, 2017

    Venezuela reduces VAT rate on electronic payments

    On September 19, 2017, under the framework of the National Economic Emergency Decree, the President of the Republic passed Decree No. 3,085 published in Official Gazette No. 41,239 by which value added tax (VAT) rate reductions of 3% and 5% were established for the following sales of movable goods and services rendered to individuals and legal entities, when paid through electronic means:.

    September 28, 2017

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