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Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo’s bankruptcy practice is ‘the jewel in its crown’. Certainly, the firm is widely acclaimed as a ‘top choice for complex or multi-faceted cases’, due in no small part to the eminent reputation of founding partner Héctor Alegría. Other key names include Pablo Buey Fernández and Gabriel Fissore, who are highlighted together as ‘true experts in their field’. Debtor-side mandates comprise the bulk of instructions and the team is currently advising Grupo Plaza entities Ecotrans and Transporte Plaza in their bankruptcy proceedings. In a notable loss, Rodrigo Alegria left to join Allende & Ferrante in 2017.

Equally adept in acting for both debtors and creditors, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi maintains its impressive track record in headline restructurings. Senior specialist Carlos Rotman is a ‘strong lawyer’ and his team also includes Francisco Cárrega, Leandro Caputo and Martín Beretervide. In a key recent case, the group successfully represented railway operator América Latina Logística Argentina in its business restructuring following the government’s termination of its railfreight concessions agreement. On the creditor side, the firm was instructed by publishing house Editorial Atlántida to represent it in the bankruptcy proceedings of printing company RR Donnelley Argentina. Other representative clients include Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Deutsche Bank and IDB.

The ‘amazing team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal provides ‘assertive legal advice coupled with wise business recommendations’. Lawyers are highlighted as ‘outstanding’, with renowned of counsel Martín Campbell singled out for his ‘broad experience in bankruptcy’, while Gonzalo Fontana is ‘very committed and proactive in anticipating issues’. The group also benefits from the expertise of team head Fernando Hernández, who brings over fifteen years’ experience in restructuring matters to his role, and Ricardo Beller. Among recent creditor-side work, the team advised Credit Suisse, TWM Capital and Capital Markets Argentina in Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s contentious restructuring. In a debtor highlight, it is representing Supercanal in its headline corporate reorganisation, which involves AR$1.7bn of unsecured debt and around $104m of secured debt.

At specialist boutique Rivera & Asociados, Julio César Rivera is held up as ‘among the best for bankruptcy law’ due to his ‘strong technical knowledge’ and ‘deep immersion in the area’. The group also calls on the services of Beltrán Louge, Gustavo Giatti, Gustavo Parodi and Julio César Rivera (h) – all are highly sought-after for insolvency and restructuring matters. The firm retains its long-standing role advising the liquidation committee on the headline Compañía Azucarera Tucumana bankruptcy. It is also acting for Molinos Tassara in its AR$90m restructuring. On the creditor side, the group acted for Cargill in Rasic’s insolvency proceedings.

Aguirre Saravia & Gebhardt has a well-established reputation for insolvency issues, with strong experience in reorganisations, distressed M&A and contentious matters. Marcelo Gebhardt is widely regarded as a reference in the area and regularly represents both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Naveira, Truffat, Martínez, Anido, Lorente & López Abogados specialises in bankruptcy law and associated areas, notably bringing supplementary strength in restructuring-related labour and tax issues. Senior names Jorge López and Javier Armando Lorente are both highly recommended for their broad insolvency practices, which encompass pre-bankruptcy proceedings, and both debt and out-of-court restructurings. Edgardo Daniel Truffat is a key name for contentious work.

Abeledo Gottheil Abogados’ restructuring practice, led by Hernán Oriolo, is particularly well known for contentious cases, but also handles out-of-court restructurings. Among current key matters, the team is representing a local subsidiary of a multinational retail chain on its bankruptcy filing.

Enrique Cristian Fox heads a group at Allende & Brea that acts for debtors, creditors and acquirers on the full range of bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed M&A matters. The firm has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional cases and it is currently advising the Argentine companies of the Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt. In another highlight, it advised Desmet Ballestra Group on the debt restructuring of Desmet Ballestra Argentina.

The team at Beccar Varela demonstrates ‘great team work, which ensures that all key lawyers are aware of the issues’. Martín Gastaldi heads a ‘client-oriented’ practice group that also includes senior associate Federico Sosa, who is ‘very committed with a strong ability to handle difficult situations’. Although the department does act for debtors, it is particularly active on creditor-side representations in bankruptcy cases. Recent highlights include advising Banco de Galicia on the AR$31m reorganisation of Magnacom.

Best known for its experience in advising creditors, Bulló Abogados sets itself apart through its ‘proactive and responsive’ approach. Group head Francisco Roggero displays a ‘deep knowledge of both the judicial system and the financial market’ and leads a team that ‘inspires confidence in highly sensitive cases’. The firm represented HSBC Bank Argentina as creditor in Banco General de Negocios’ bankruptcy case.

Hope, Duggan & Silva houses a well-balanced insolvency practice, which regularly advises both debtors and creditors on restructurings and contentious bankruptcy cases. In a highlight, department co-head Hugo Maciel paired up with José María Bo to represent Establecimiento Río Grande in its bankruptcy proceedings, which involved $20m of liabilities. Juan Duggan co-leads the group and acted with Maciel and Bo to advise JP Morgan in a series of civil actions connected to the the bankruptcy of Banco General de Negocios.

Led by Tomás Araya, M & M Bomchil’s ‘committed and professional team’ strikes the right note with its ‘strong business knowledge’. Araya recently paired up with Néstor Belgrano to advise Banco Bisel and BERSA (affiliates of Crédit Agricole) on their bankruptcy proceedings. On the creditor side, it represented Banco Macro in the bankruptcy cases of Grupo Plaza entities Ecotrans and Transporte Plaza.

The insolvency group at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr calls on the expertise of six partners including litigator Guillermo Quiñoa and corporate finance specialists Alan Arntsen and Diego Serrano Redonnet. The team represents the full spread of creditors and bondholders, debtors and issuers, and financial advisers and dealer managers in insolvency cases, and has robust capability in both judicial and out-of-court restructurings. The team is currently representing an Exxon Mobil subsidiary in the reorganisation of Refinadora Neuquina.

Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán’s recent bankruptcy caseload includes the representation of Emegé in its successful reorganisation. The practice also acts for creditors (including financial institutions, companies and committees), lenders and acquirers of distressed assets in debt restructurings and insolvencies. Damián Burgio and Germán Wetzler are the names to note.

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