Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque

 Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque traces its origin to the founding in 1942 of an office dedicated to Intellectual Property matters. Today, in addition to being one of the oldest, largest and leading full practice law firms in Venezuela, it serves many of Venezuela’s top of the line private companies and public corporations along with a large number of foreign companies and financial institutions doing business in the country.


In 1942, Mr. Jacobo Bentata founded the Agencia de Propiedad Intelectual J. Bentata [Agency of Intellectual Property J. Bentata], which was focused on the registration of trademarks in Venezuela.

Afterwards, the agency expanded its services by incorporating the revision of distribution contracts.

At the beginning of the 70s, the agency started looking for foreign clients (international projection).

Claudio Bentata, youngest son of Mr. Jacobo Bentata, met Atty. Franklin Hoet, who joined the Firm shortly after.

In 1976, Atty. Fernando Peláez formally joined the Firm, at that time named Estudio Bentata.

In 1979, Estudio Bentata formally became a law firm.

In 1982, Victor Bentata left the Firm, which was named Estudio Bentata Hoet y Asociados at that time.

In 1999, the connections with the Betata family were finally terminated; and the law firm once again changed its name and finally became Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque.

Since its beginnings, Hoet Peláez Castillo & Duque has consolidated its role as one of the leading firms of Venezuela because of its reach, international projection and professional excellence.