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Leading lawyers

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    • Héctor Alegría - Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo, Estudio
    • Pablo Buey Fernández - Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo, Estudio
    • Martín Campbell - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal
    • Marcelo Gebhardt - Aguirre Saravia & Gebhardt
    • Jorge López - Naveira, Truffat, Martínez, Anido, Lorente & López Abogados
    • Julio César Rivera - Rivera & Asociados
    • Carlos Rotman - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

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Stand out restructuring firmEstudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo is highlighted by many as ‘among the most experienced bankruptcy shops in Argentina’. The firm’s ‘strong expertise in complex cases’ is a recurring theme among sources, who single out Pablo Buey Fernández for his ‘strong technical mindset’. Gabriel Fissore and seasoned veteran Héctor Alegría are also prominent figures in the group. The firm is widely lauded as a ‘first port of call for debtors’ and it notably represented Grupo Plaza entities Ecotrans and Transporte Plaza in their bankruptcy proceedings.

Knowledgeable and reliable’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi houses a market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring group that is particularly active on behalf of creditors. Among its recent work, ‘capable litigator’ Martín Beretervide represented IDB on the restructuring of renewable energy group Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona. In a rare debtor-side mandate, Beretervide teamed up with ‘well known bankruptcy expertCarlos Rotman to advise Grupo ALL Argentina on the successful restructuring of its business in the country, following the government’s termination of its railways freight concession agreement. Leandro Caputo is also a key contact.

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s sizeable bankruptcy department is further supported by well-staffed corporate, banking and litigation groups, which ensures it has the capacity to resource large and complex restructuring transactions. Among the names to note, of counsel Martín Campbell is widely regarded as a reference in the restructuring space and the team also draws upon the senior experience of group head Fernando Hernández. On the creditor side, the firm is representing Credit Suisse, TWM Capital and Capital Markets Argentina in Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s contentious restructuring case. Debtor-side work includes representing RR Donnelly de Argentina in its bankruptcy proceedings.

Satisfied clients of Rivera & Asociadosrecommend the team without reservation’, drawing particular attention to its ‘strong productivity’ and ability to ‘bring a problem-solving approach to difficult cases’. Lawyers are ‘true specialists in the restructuring and bankruptcy area’, with Julio César Rivera hailed as a ‘market leader’. Other names to note include Beltrán Louge (‘very creative and service-oriented’) and Julio César Rivera (h). Among its recent work, the firm continues to advise the liquidation committee in the Compañía Azucarera Tucumana bankruptcy case. It is also representing Molinos Tassara in its AR$90m restructuring.

Insolvency work is a cornerstone at Aguirre Saravia & Gebhardt and the firm routinely advises both debtors and creditors in corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, with notable expertise in highly contentious cases. The multidisciplinary group also handles distressed M&A and recapitalisations. Marcelo Gebhardt is the key contact.

Compact but sophisticated firm’, Naveira, Truffat, Martínez, Anido, Lorente & López Abogadospunches above its weight in the restructuring area’. Despite its boutique model, the firm houses a sizeable insolvency department, which draws upon the expertise of several sought-after senior names including Jorge López, Javier Armando Lorente and Daniel Truffat. Debtor-side work comprises the bulk of instructions, but it also advises on distressed M&A.

Allende & Brea’s comprehensive practice, which is led by Enrique Cristian Fox, is equally adept at advising both debtors and creditors on insolvency matters. Among its recent work for the former, it advised the Argentine companies of Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt. Among the team’s creditor mandates, it represented Standard Chartered Bank on the liquidation of Banco General de Negocios.

Led by Martín Gastaldi, Beccar Varela’s insolvency group acts for both domestic and foreign clients in corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, with notable experience in highly contentious cases. Creditor-side work is the mainstay of the practice, such as its recent advice to Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires on Magnacom’s AR$31m reorganisation proceedings. Senior associate Federico Sosa is an ‘impressive younger lawyer’.

Creditor representations dominate the caseload of Bulló Abogados’ restructuring practice, which routinely advises financial institutions on credit recovery issues, asset auctions and the structuring of bankruptcy transactions. Banco Itaú Argentina is an active client and the team represented it in several proceedings over the past year, including in the AR$20m bankruptcy of Carboclor and the AR$18m bankruptcy of Prifamon. With the departure of Francisco Roggero to Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados in June 2018, Gustavo Torassa is the key contact.

Hope, Duggan & Silva’s insolvency practice is recognised for its capability in both out-of-court restructurings and contentious bankruptcy cases – for both debtors and creditors. Among its debtor-side highlights, group co-lead Hugo Maciel, together with José María Bo, advised Establecimiento Río Grande on its composition proceedings, which involved liabilities of around $20m. Juan Duggan co-heads the department.

M & M Bomchil’s broad expertise in the bankruptcy area spans corporate restructurings, contentious proceedings and distressed M&A. Department head Tomás Araya, who is ‘very professional and committed’, continues to act alongside Néstor Belgrano to represent Banco Bisel and BERSA (affiliates of Crédit Agricole) in their bankruptcy proceedings. The firm also acted for Carrefour on the acquisition of assets from Formatos Eficientes and Comercios Rioplatenses – both are in reorganisation proceedings.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is best known for representing lenders, creditors, bondholders and trustees in bankruptcy cases – although it also has experience in advising debtors and acquirers of distressed assets. Litigator Guillermo Quiñoa is a key contact and brings to bear a strong record in real estate issues. Luis Incera and Lautaro Ferro are also names to note.

Salaverri, Burgio & Wetzler Malbran’s multidisciplinary insolvency practice, which enjoys particularly strong relationships with creditors, spans corporate restructurings, contentious bankruptcy cases and distressed M&A. Damián Burgio and Germán Wetzler are the key contacts for a department that is particularly proficient in energy and real estate-related matters.

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