Xabier Escalante Elguezabal

Xabier Escalante Elguezabal

Socio in Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados
Madrid, España
  • Current:

    Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados

  • Past:

    Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Nuñez

  • Education:


Job Experience


Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados

April 2010 to Actually working here

Socio de la firma Vallenilla, Escalante & Asociados "Soluciones Integrales" Our services include: (i) the specialized counsel for any study, analysis and elaboration of draft and legal opinions, including the request of Administrative rulings; (II) the study, preparation and procedural filling of administrative and judicial petitions in all stages, and (III) the strategic organization, study, elaboration and evaluation of probable risks for familiar, entrepreneurial or corporative structures in the areas of federal, state and municipal taxes, including the application and counseling on the matter of international treaties to avoid the double taxation and for the protection of investments


Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Nuñez

September 2001 to April 2010

TTP&N is an over 90 years old law firm, and one of the most prestigious of Venezuela, its tax department (Chambers Legal rank top 5 in the country) handles numerous cases before the tax courts and the tax administration authorities, for several multinational and local corporations and individual clients. Corporate Tax, Estate Tax and International planning and drafting opinion on tax law are also very important services provided by the tax team. TTP&N has an strategic association with the U.S; Responsibilities. Handle tax litigation and opinions, Income tax, VAT, tax treaties, advanced tax planning, international taxation focus on Oil & Gas and telecommunications sector taxation.

Tax advisor

SINCOR External Tax

September 2000 to September 2001

SINCOR was a US $ 4 billion French, Norwegian and Venezuelan joint venture, on a heavy oil project on the east coast of Venezuela. Responsibilities: Based on the tax planning and implementation of the original tax structure of the project, as it includes the set up of 2 joint ventures in France and Norway for engineering and procurement work, and Venezuela for construction work. Implementation of Technical Assistance Agreements among the joint venture units, designed taking into account income tax treaties between Venezuela and France, and Venezuela and Norway. Subsequent tax planning requires the technical assistance agreements of engineering work as been required with US, UK and French sub contractors, to comply with local regulations on foreign investments and withholdings regulatory of income tax.

Country Tax Manager

Halliburton Energy Services

January 1999 to January 2000

of the tax department, responsible for tax planning and supervision of tax compliance, litigation and staff management. Responsibilities Final implementation of the tax structure for the merger of Dresser Corporation with Halliburton. Subsequent tax planning and structure implementation of the CONTRINA heavy oil project a similar project and similar responsibilities to that of SINCOR. Review tax reporting to the home offices, in order to ensure proper compliance and reporting for income tax credits purposes, including deferred taxes (FAS-109), and monetary corrections (FAS-52). Supervision of the local compliance due by Halliburton related to the Venezuelan operations. Management of foreign tax credit reporting, including earnings and profits analysis. Management of Value Added Tax credits and incentives. Legal due diligence for the local and federal tax situation for the company. Legal advising in reference to the transfer pricing issues among the Halliburton group. Management of tax litigation, supported by the external legal counsel.


Citibank N

January 1993 to July 1995

Contracts review and analysis related to financing through investments in capital markets, trading, trust, financial leasing. Due diligence for privatization and corporate finance transactions (local and international). Research and delivery of memoranda on legal issues such as corporate liability, investment regulations, tax, and commercial law. Business Contributions: Complete setting for operations of the Citibank N.A. Venezuela Capital Market corporate vehicle, compliance with the local securities commission. Legal structure and corporate organization for planning and compliance of the Bank Debits Tax Act. Corporate legal reports to Citibank headquarters of all cross border corporate vehicles related to Venezuela and the Caribbean

Assistant Attorney

Torres, Plaz & Araujo Law Firm

October 1989 to October 1992

www.tpa.com.ve Prepared documents and by-laws of corporate vehicles, legal research and preparation for several petitions for tax and administrative courts, checked and monitored Supreme Court of Justice, Tax Courts and Administrative Court judicial proceedings, and administrative procedure before the federal and municipal tax administration. Business contributions: Assisted in several major tax cases and other litigation. Assisted in several corporate tax planning with the Polar group (biggest Venezuelan beer and food conglomerate.)



Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (España)

November 2013 to January 2000


Universidad Central de Venezuela (España)

November 2013 to Currently studying

Curso de Experto en Fiscalidad Internacional

[Otra]Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (España)

January 2013 to Currently studying

Graduate Program

Universidad de Salamanca (España)

January 2003 to January 2003


[Otra]Harvard University Law School (España)

January 1997 to January 1998

Master of Laws (LLM)

[Otra]Georgetown University Law Center (España)

January 1995 to January 1996


[Otra]Georgetown University Law Center (España)

January 1995 to January 1995


Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (España)

January 1987 to January 1992



Bilingual / Native


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Other Skills

Corporate Law Tax Law International Tax Tax Treaties Income Tax Strategy Credit Research Staff Management Contract Management Portuguese Investments Finance Corporate Finance Securities VAT Financial Planners English Legal Writing Spanish Transfer Pricing Due Diligence Litigation Legal Research

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