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The ‘incredibly specialised’ Estudio AlegrĂ­a, Buey FernĂĄndez, Fissore y Montemerlo is regarded by some as ‘the number one restructuring group in the market’. The ‘gold-standard practice’, best known for its high-profile debtor-side work, is widely commended as ‘the go-to firm in Argentina for distressed companies’. Seasoned veteran, and founding partner, HĂ©ctor AlegrĂ­a spearheads a team that also benefits from the senior expertise of ‘market leader’ Pablo Buey FernĂĄndez and prominent specialist Gabriel Fissore. Among its recent highlights, it advised retail company Carsa on its successful $33m debt restructuring.

‘A one-stop shop for corporate restructuring’, Bruchou, FernĂĄndez Madero & Lombardi leverages its leading finance practice, and close lender relationships, to remain a popular choice for creditors. In a recent example, litigator MartĂ­n Beretervide — highlighted as an ‘expert in corporate restructuring law’ — advised Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the restructuring of renewable energy group Industrias MetalĂșrgicas Pescarmona. The firm also secures a steady stream of headline debtor-side mandates, such as advising railway operator Grupo ALL Argentina on the restructuring of its business in the country, following the government’s termination of its railways freight concession agreement — group head Carlos Rotman acted alongside Beretervide and the corporate department to lead that work.

‘Top-tier firm’ Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal impresses with its ‘deep and strong experience in all types of restructuring cases’. The well-balanced group acts for a broad range of creditors, shareholders, debtors and trustees — in both out-of-court restructurings and contentious bankruptcy cases. Senior of counsel MartĂ­n Campbell is widely regarded as a leading light; he teamed up with department head Fernando HernĂĄndez and finance specialists Ricardo Beller and Cecilia Mairal to advise the creditors’ committee on the implementation of Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s reorganisation plan. Moreover, in July 2019 the firm announced its absorbtion of the former Rivera & Asociados, long a noted disputes boutique and 'one of the market’s leading debtor shops’ for restructuring matters, particularly those with complex contentious proceedings. Founding partner Julio CĂ©sar Rivera was appointed as a “supplementary judge” (“conjuez”) of the National Supreme Court in 2018 and becomes an honorary partner at Marval. The team also includes litigations specialist Julio CĂ©sar Rivera (h), who also becomes a partner, and four associates. While it remains too early to evaluate the merger in full, early indications suggest this to be -in the words of one client- a 'win-win situation', boosting Marval's contentious and restrucuturing capabilities significantly. Other representative clients include Arla Foods Ingredients and Supercanal.

Bankruptcy law is a notable sweet spot at Aguirre Saravia & Gebhardt and the firm houses a specialist multi-disciplinary department, which draws on a comprehensive spread of litigation, banking and corporate expertise. Key figure Marcelo Gebhardt recently acted alongside Jorge Aguirre Saravia to lead the firm’s advice to IMPSA on certain aspects of its high-profile restructuring.

Sophisticated boutique Naveira, Truffat, Martínez, Anido, Lorente & López Abogados routinely handles a mix of contentious and out-of-court corporate reorganisations and debt restructurings, with notable experience in cross-border proceedings. Among the names to note, Jorge López, Javier Armando Lorente and Daniel Truffat are all well versed in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. The firm’s client roster is dominated by debtors but it also acts for creditors and acquirers of distressed assets.

The ‘great team’ at Allende & Brea is distinguished by its ‘deep legal knowledge’, ‘great response times’ and ‘strong partner availability’. The practice, which acts for both debtors and creditors, is also highlighted by sources for its ‘increasing profile in the bankruptcy area’. Respected group head Enrique Cristian Fox ‘delivers excellent results’ and advised Desmet Ballestra Group on the debt restructuring of Desmet Ballestra Argentina. Elsewhere, Diego Botana advised the Argentine companies of Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt.

Beccar Varela’s ‘excellent team’ scores highly due to its ‘deep experience and knowledge’. The creditor-focused practice secures a comprehensive spread of bankruptcy, insolvency and debt restructuring-related matters — it also occasionally acts for debtors. Group head Martín Gastaldi continues to advise Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires in Magnacom’s reorganisation proceedings. Senior associate Federico Sosa is also a key contact.

Bomchil houses a diverse insolvency practice, which counts creditors, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets among its clients. The department is led jointly by Tomås Araya and newly promoted partner Martín Torres Girotti; together, they are advising Banco Macro as creditor on several bankruptcy proceedings before local courts, including in the bankruptcy proceedings of Grupo Plaza entities.

Bulló Abogados leverages its close relationship with trophy client HSBC Bank Argentina to specialise in creditor representations. Notable recent matters include advising HSBC, and a prominent insurer, on the bankruptcy proceedings of real estate developer Ribera Desarrollos. Esteban Gramblicka and Gustavo Torassa are the names to note.

Insolvency is a cornerstone at Hope, Duggan & Silva and the firm handles a steady stream of mandates on behalf of creditors, debtors and directors of bankrupt companies. On the creditor front, the group is advising Central National Argentina in Papelera Sarandí’s composition proceedings. Among its work for debtors, it continues to advise Establecimiento Río Grande on its composition proceedings. Juan Duggan is a key contact.

PĂ©rez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s experience in the restructuring area spans work for creditors, bondholders, debtors, financial advisers and trustees — across a range of judicial and out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings. Among its highlights, the firm advised IMPSA, and its parent company Venti, on aspects of its out-of-court restructuring agreement (APE) — Diego Serrano Redonnet led that work.

Finance specialist Salaverri, Burgio & Wetzler Malbran combines its banking prowess with an increasingly prominent litigation offering to handle a broad range of judicial and extrajudicial restructurings and debt refinancing transactions. Creditors provide the bulk of instructions but it also acts for debtors and investors. Damiån Burgio and Germån Wetzler Malbrån are recommended.

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados has hit the ground running, following the arrival of new group head Francisco Roggero from BullĂł Abogados in 2018. Among its creditor representations, Roggero advised Banco Hipotecario in Ribera Desarrollos’ restructuring proceedings. On the distressed M&A front, Roggero acted alongside the M&A department to advise Destileria Argentina De Petroleo on its acquisition, jointly with YPF, of certain assets out of Oil Combustibles’ bankruptcy process.

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