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Sources report that Bruchou, FernĂĄndez Madero & Lombardi provides ‘excellent service’ and the team ‘works well together’ displaying ‘a deep knowledge’ of the dispute resolution area. The department can count on the enormous experience of former members of the judiciary, including ex-judges, who are today renowned private practitioners, namely Carlos Rotman, Francisco CĂĄrrega, Rodolfo RamĂ­rez, MartĂ­n Beretervide and Leandro Caputo. The team excels in all aspects of dispute resolution, including local and international arbitration and commercial litigation. On the litigation front, the team is acting for Aerodoc in a complex case concerning the theft of trade secrets in the satellite telecommunication sector, and power generator and distributor SADESA Group in shareholder litigation. The team has also been very busy with arbitral matters, and headline work saw Rotman and Caputo lead the representation of Prescription Data in proceedings (under ICC rules) against IMS Health and a number of its Latin American subsidiaries for alleged breach of a non-compete agreement in Brazil. Other cases include acting for Isolux CorsĂĄn in arbitration against LDC, again under ICC rules, and concerning the non-fulfilment of an EPC agreement related to a biodiesel plant; and in the oil-and-gas sector, assisting Petrobras Argentina in cases under the rules of the ICC and the General Arbitration Tribunal of the Buenos Aires stock market. Other notable mandates include representing Papel del TucumĂĄn (which is subject to bankruptcy proceedings) in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of Argentina. The team is also very active advising major local financial entities (including BBVA FrancĂ©s, Banco Santander and Banco Macro) and other companies in class action cases filed against them. Caputo is highly praised by clients and considered ‘an excellent strategist’ and ‘very capable in arbitration matters’.

The experienced and renowned Guido Tawil and his team at M & M Bomchil have considerable prestige and are undoubtedly at the forefront of dispute resolution work. The practice is particularly known for its expertise in local and international arbitration, regulatory and administrative law disputes, class actions and disputes related to energy exports. In current matters, Tawil and Francisco Gutiérrez are assisting a local utilities company in litigation and other matters related to the process of transferring services from the Federal State to a local jurisdiction. Other representative matters include acting for Genneia in a contractual conflict with regard to the fulfilment of a supply-and-installation agreement and a service-and-maintenance agreement for more than 40 wind turbine generators; and assisting Peugeot Citroën and BMW in several product liability claims under consumer protection laws. The team was strengthened with the internal promotion of Federico Campolieti whose experience in international arbitration saw him involved in the representation of a major multinational in claims brought by local subcontractors (under ICC, UNCITRAL and domestic arbitral rules) and concerning state contracts terminated by the Government. María Inés Corrå is also active on the arbitration side, and other key figures include managing partner Javier Petrantonio and counsel Rafael Manóvil who is deeply experienced in partnership disputes.

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal is ‘the first choice in Argentina for strategic and highly complex matters’, clients report. With over 60 lawyers and nine partners –including HĂ©ctor Mairal, MartĂ­n Campbell and departmental head Alberto Molinario– the practice is constantly sought after by a stellar list of clients (including Hyundai, Barclays Bank, Cargill and Repsol) for its advice on highly sensitive litigation and arbitration cases. Headline work includes advising and representing Citibank in administrative summary proceedings and legal actions involving the Argentine government and other public authorities in relation to the litigation activity of the Argentine public debt “holdouts” in New York. Another notable mandate saw a team led by Mairal advise Shell Compañía Argentina de PetrĂłleo and Esso Petrolera Argentina in litigation with the Argentine government and YPF regarding the validity of a surcharge on the price of jet-fuel sales for international flights during the 1980s, obtaining a notable reduction in the financial judgments against its clients. In other matters, Campbell and Facundo Viel Temperley are defending Credit Suisse in a class action related to the Madoff fraud on the grounds of alleged liability resulting from negligence in its advisory services to clients. Leandro Castelli is representing Ingredion in two environmental cases filed by 189 plaintiffs who claim to have suffered damages as a result of contamination generated by one of the client’s industrial facilities. Ricardo Ostrower, Gabriel Matarasso and ElĂ­as Bestani are also noted and considered ‘a pleasure to work with’.

Rivera & Asociados’ Julio CĂ©sar Rivera is considered a ‘first class professional’ and an ‘indisputable leader in the subject matter’. The firm stands out for its representation of local and international clients on civil and commercial litigation as well as on local and international commercial arbitration cases. Headline work includes acting for Pan American Energy (as co-defendant) in an arbitration concerning an alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. Other notable practitioners include Julio CĂ©sar Rivera (h), BeltrĂĄn Louge, Gustavo Parodi and Gustavo Giatti.

A team of nine partners led by Eduardo GĂŒemes, Gonzalo GarcĂ­a Delatour and MartĂ­n Gastaldi is responsible for the contentious practice at Estudio Beccar Varela. The team excels in both domestic and international arbitration arenas, as well as in litigation and commercial disputes and white-collar and corporate crime matters. On the arbitration side, Emilio Vogelius is currently defending a pharmaceutical industry client in arbitration under UNCITRAL rules; and a client in the automotive sector in an ICC case. Vogelius and GarcĂ­a Delatour are also very active in arbitral matters before the General Arbitration Tribunal of the Buenos Aires stock exchange.

Name partner JosĂ© Alfredo MartĂ­nez de Hoz (h) (‘an irrefutable leader in arbitration matters’) is among the key figures in PĂ©rez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & MartĂ­nez De Hoz, Jr’s disputes practice, particularly for energy sector matters, be they arbitral or litigious. Guillermo Quiñoa, Mariano Grondona, Pablo Rueda and departmental head Luis Incera are other key members of the team. The practice has experience of investment arbitration as well as international and domestic commercial arbitration cases (under ICC, AAA/ICDR/LCIA and other arbitration rules) where it has acted for clients including El Paso Energy International Company, Exxon Mobil and Louis Dreyfus Commodities Argentina. On the litigation side, Grondona successfully represented Google in a landmark case before the Argentine Supreme Court, obtaining a ruling denying the responsibility of search engine websites for third party content in online search results. Other matters saw a team led by Julio Stefanoni Zani win a landmark case for Hospital Italiano –again before the Argentine Supreme Court– reversing a decision by the Labour Court of Appeals which would have impacted on the entire health system. Lautaro Ferro and recently promoted Jimena Vega Olmos are also noted.

The experienced practice at Abeledo Gottheil Abogados is led by ‘excellent litigators’ including Hernán Oriolo, Luis Erize and Sergio Porteiro. The firm has a strong practice focused on international arbitration and litigation, mainly attending highly complex international and domestic conflicts in the construction, power and oil- and gas-sectors. Representative matters include advising Gaz de France regarding possible ICSID arbitration cases related to the distribution of gas in Argentina. Other clients include Total, Shell, Edesur and Vivendi.

Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernåndez, Fissore y Montemerlo is best known for its expertise in judicial bankruptcy procedures but is also noted for assisting clients on complex litigation cases derived from a variety of corporate and commercial law disputes. In representative matters, the team defended Chevron in a high profile case derived from a multibillion-dollar judgement in Ecuador; and YPF in arbitration against Compañía Mega. The firm can call on the expertise of the very capable and experienced Pablo Buey Fernåndez and Gabriel Fissore, as well as eminent figure Héctor Alegría.

The disputes practice at Allende & Brea is highly recommended and ‘provides excellent services, timely responses and great in-depth advice’. Under the ‘outstanding management’ of David Gurfinkel the team has a steady flow of work representing clients on the broad range of litigation, arbitration and corporate disputes across different sectors. The ‘very solid’ Gurfinkel ‘provides great solutions to the cases he handles’ and in recent highlights assisted Syngenta Agro in a case concerning alleged environmental damage derived from the use of PET packaging; and acted for Solvay Indupa in a case brought by former plant employees of claiming alleged environmental damages to the community. The team was also called upon by HBO to provide advice regarding a damages suit filed by a local cable operator and arising from the termination of a license agreement. In the insurance sector, Gurfinkel is representing Juncal Cía. de Seguros in two claims filed against Argentina’s National Reinsurance Institute. Cristián Fox, who frequently acts as a sole arbitrator, is also noted.

Baker McKenzie has a very competent litigation practice that regularly advises clients on civil, commercial and administrative litigation matters and is also well regarded for its participation in domestic and international arbitration cases. After the recent retirement of Gonzålo Cåceres, the team is now led by administrative and constitutional law specialist Luis Dates; Santiago Capparelli, who focuses on civil, commercial and environmental litigation; and head of the white-collar crime team Fernando Goldaracena. A notable portfolio of clients includes Wal-Mart Argentina, Baush & Lomb Argentina, Yahoo and AIG Compañía Financiera Argentina. Senior associate Santiago Maqueda Fourcade, who has a focus on contentious administrative matters, recently returned to the firm after working as visiting attorney in the Houston office of King & Spalding LLP.

Juan Sonada and Federico Godoy are the key names in the dispute resolution practice at Beretta Godoy. Best known for its experience in mining and oil-and-gas matters, the team is currently representing a subsidiary of Yamana Gold in a commercial dispute before the commercial courts of Argentina and concerning the interpretation of a right-of-first-refusal and a non-compete clause. The team is also assisting Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos in a product liability claim for an alleged injury attributable to a defect in one of its products. Other matters include the representation of German trading company Argentimport in an international trade dispute with a local organic wheat producer and involving customs and international transport matters.

The civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice at Estudio O’Farrell is spearheaded by Daniel Calatrava and Francisco Astolfi. The team has a particular expertise in the automotive sector and represents Ford Argentina in all judicial cases brought against it in the country. In other matters, the team is assisting several companies in the energy and natural resources sector –including YPF, Transener, Pampa Energía and Gas Natural Ban– in complex litigation cases. Astolfi’s current mandates include assisting YPF in a class action in which the plaintiffs are seeking the annulment of an international tender for the purchase of liquified gas. Other clients include Grupo Concesionario del Oeste, Constructora Andrade Gutierrez, Nextel Communications and Farmacity.

The dispute resolution practice at Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler MalbrĂĄn is led by DamiĂĄn Burgio and GermĂĄn Wetzler, experienced professionals with a long track record in both the judicial and private spheres. Apart from their participation in banking and finance matters, Burgio and Wetzler focus their respective practices on litigation, commercial arbitration and commercial law disputes. In notable recent cases, Wetzler is leading the team representing OrĂ­genes Seguros de Vida (as a defendant) in a collective action brought by a non-profit association for the protection of insurance companies’ clients. Burgio’s advice was sought by Central TĂ©rmica Loma La Lata to analyse the options for enforcing a favourable award granted against Isolux CorsĂĄn. In other work the team is assisting New Arrecife and Giesso as plaintiffs in two separate suits against the Republic of Argentina, seeking that the tax authorities’ regulations impeding the importation of goods be declared unconstitutional. Other clients include Pampa EnergĂ­a, Petrolera Pampa and Grupo Dolphin.

Best known for its strength in the insurance area, the dispute resolution department at BullĂł Abogados is also recognised for its experience in class actions, product liability matters, complex commercial litigation and local and international arbitration proceedings. The team is currently handling a large portfolio of lawsuits, including 45 consumer class actions in the telecommunications sector, 27 class actions related to the banking industry and 32 class actions against insurance companies. Headline work includes defending TelefĂłnica de Argentina in a case brought by the Argentine state claiming that resources received at the time of privatization be paid back. GastĂłn GĂłmez BuquerĂ­n, Mariano de Estrada, Diego Alonso and Gustavo Torassa are the key names.

Very experienced Hope, Duggan & Silva partners Juan Duggan and Gustavo Vayo dedicate a significant part of their time advising clients on litigious matters, including complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Notable mandates include successfully representing TelefĂłnica de Argentina in a claim brought by a former agent claiming breach of contract due to the termination of an agency agreement; acting for JP Morgan Chase Bank (Buenos Aires), in a claim brought against the Argentine Central Bank; and assisting Cinter in local arbitration proceedings brought by the local subsidiary of a Japanese automobile manufacturer regarding the alleged breach of a construction contract. Hugo Maciel is the key contact for arbitration matters.

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