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Electricity

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Estudio O'Farrell’s practice, which demonstrates broad capability in both regulatory and transactional matters, is commended for its ‘strong commitment to the client’. The ‘creative and problem-solving’ team is led jointly by the ‘very experienced’ Uriel O´Farrell and economic regulation specialist Agustín Siboldi; it also benefits from the senior experience of ‘fantastic administrative law partner’ María Agustina Fanelli Evans and Fernando Raúl García Pullés. Recent highlights include advising Argentina’s largest electricity distributor, Edenor, on the renegotiation of the electricity distribution concession agreement for the City of Buenos Aires and the north of Buenos Aires province. It is also assisting Pampa Energía with the auction proceedings for three new power electricity generation plants. Compañía General de Electricidad, Energy Consulting Services and YPF Energía Electric are also on the department’s books.

‘Responsive and cost-effective’ Beccar Varela has ‘good knowledge on issues facing electricity clients’. Among the names to note, junior partner José Carlos Cueva is ‘easily reachable and provides practical responses to questions’; he recently advised Hive Energy (UK) on its plans to develop solar power plants in Argentina, which included corporate matters and participation in provincial tenders. Project finance expert Roberto Fortunati is also active in the power space and advised Total Eren on a $167m loan to finance a wind project awarded under the RenovAr programme.

A ‘top-notch Argentine firm’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi impresses with its ‘great response times and strong legal knowledge’. Mariano Luchetti is a ‘great guy and a great lawyer’ and co-leads the power department alongside Ignacio Minorini Lima and Exequiel Buenaventura. Renewable energy is a notable area of expertise and the firm has recently advised a string of multinationals on their bids for round 2 of Argentina’s renewable energy programme, RenovAr. It also advises Amec Foster Wheleer on its greenfield projects for wind farms in Argentina. Other representative clients include Alstom, Canadian Solar and Dax Energy.

The market consensus is that Díaz Bobillo, Sigwald & Vittone Abogados is a ‘leader in Argentina for regulatory law in the power sector’ ¬– the firm also has sound experience in transactional matters and power disputes. Key contact Víctor Díaz Bobillo is widely lauded as ‘second-to-none in his field’ and brings to bear a distinguished record in power matters, including a period spent as legal director of the largest electric power group in the country. In 2017, experienced partner Carolina Sigwald left to become executive director of legal affairs at Pampa Energía.

M & M Bomchil’s power practice, which is well known for its track record in energy disputes, is led by high-profile arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law head Guido Tawil. Other key names include María Inés Corrá and Francisco Gutiérrez – both of whom are also well known for their strong regulatory skill-sets. Recent headline mandates saw the team represent Siemens in a $120m dispute arising out of the supply, installation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant. The practice also counts Electroandina, Termoeléctrica Manuel Belgrano and Transelec as clients.

Under the leadership of energy and natural resources head Francisco Macías, the team at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is particularly active in transactional matters. Macias recently led advice to Senvion on the construction and operation of the $150m Vientos Los Hércules wind farm, which is co-owned by Eren and Total, and he is also advising Chinese nuclear energy companies on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Buenos Aires. Additionally, the department possesses significant regulatory expertise, with public and administrative law associate Gonzalo Santamaria particularly recommended for work in this sector.

‘Highly knowledgeable and experienced’, Pozo Gowland Abogados impresses with its ‘unrivalled expertise in public utility issues’. The firm’s regulatory prowess is particularly lauded – although it also has supplementary capability in corporate, construction, litigation and labour law – and it regularly advises on tariff issues and government contracts. Héctor Pozo Gowland has an eminent reputation for administrative law matters and is the key contact for a department that counts Petrobras, Transener and Transportadora de Gas del Sur among its clients.

Boutique firm Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani shines in project finance deals, in line with the firm’s signature strength in banking and finance matters. In a recent example, regulatory energy expert Nicolás Eliaschev paired up with corporate finance partner Federico Salim to advise MSU Energy on the $230m financing of the construction and operation of two thermoelectric power plants. On the lender side, Marcelo Tavarone advised UBS on a $300m credit facility for the acquisition of shareholdings in Empresa Distribuidora de Energía Atlántica and Empresa Distribuidora La Plata.

Lawyers in Baker McKenzie’s power practice strike the right note for being ‘extremely focused on the business’. Led by Adolfo Durañona, the group also draws upon the expertise of Roberto Grané and Ezequiel Artola, who are highlighted together as ‘extremely warm, attentive and focused’. Over the past year, the team kept busy advising on the regulatory and commercial aspects of several potential energy projects – among other matters. Clients include Bunge Argentina, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas and the Japanese Institute for Overseas Investment.

Cassagne Abogados’ specialist focus on administrative law and economic regulation translates into a steady stream of power-related mandates, and the firm is regularly instructed by power companies, financial institutions and public bodies to advise on electricity-related work. Name partner Juan Carlos Cassagne is a ‘doyen in the administrative law sphere’ and the group also benefits from the expertise of senior specialists Máximo Fonrouge and Julio Durand.

Córdova Francos Abogados' power practice, which acts for EPC contractors, project sponsors and investors, handles a good mix of corporate finance and development matters. Sebastián Córdova-Moyano heads the group and recently advised Rio Energy on the financing for the construction of a thermal power plant. Other key clients include Carval Investors, Desarrolladora Energética and Luft Energía.

At Martínez de Hoz & Rueda arbitration specialist José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr enjoys a strong reputation for his record in contentious power matters. In addition, Pablo Rueda is well versed in regulatory issues, while José Martínez de Hoz (n) routinely handles project finance deals in the power sector. Representative clients include Duke Energy and Endesa Latin America.

The ‘responsive and business-oriented’ group at Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados is commended for its ‘strong knowledge of Argentine renewable energy regulation’. In particular, key contact Horacio Ruiz Moreno is lauded for his ‘strong ability to distinguish between material and non-material issues’. Highlights included advising Soenergy on the negotiation of a $190m power purchase agreement with CAMMESA (Wholesale Electricity Market Administration Company) relating to the construction of two power plants.

Estudio Ortiz & Asociados is highly regarded for its broad expertise in renewable energy and it routinely advises investors and developers on the development, financing and construction of renewable energy projects. Dual-qualified Florencia Ortiz Freuler is a key contact and is well known for her strong record in Brazilian-related energy matters – she also chairs the wider firm’s Brazilian desk.


Mining

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‘Excellent in all respects’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s mining practice garners strong praise for its ‘unrivalled breadth of expertise across many practice areas’ and its ‘excellent client service’. The group’s ‘strong business mindset’ also finds favour, with key partner Leonardo Rodríguez highlighted as a ‘multifaceted lawyer who displays strong commitment to the client’s corporate aims’. Rodríguez recently advised Minera Hochschild Argentina on several issues, including exploration operations, environmental matters and the acquisition and maintenance of mining rights. Department head Luis Lucero is a ‘stand-out expert in his field’ and leads the firm’s representation of Oroplata, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldcorp, on day-to-day matters relating to its Cerro Negro mine – a multibillion-dollar gold and silver operation. On the litigation front, Lucero represented Pachón (a wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore) in its $300m dispute with Minera Los Pelambres concerning a waste dump built by Minera Los Pelambres on Glencore’s property in Argentina. Senior associate Andrés Villarreal is also a key contact.

In a major coup, Allende & Brea hired high-profile mining specialist Florencia Heredia in 2017 – she was previously senior partner at Heredia, Lede Pizzurno & Terrel Abogados. The group also benefits from the experience of transactional energy and natural resources specialist Juan Martín Allende and project development and finance partner Marcos Patrón Costas. The firm covers all the bases in mining law, with strong skill sets in regulatory issues, project development, M&A and environmental matters. It is particularly prominent in the lithium space, where it acts for clients such as FMC and Galaxy Resources. Highly rated of counsel Carlos García Díaz left to become an independent practitioner.

Baker McKenzie’s mining group, which is well weighted between regulatory and transactional issues, is led by ‘very knowledgeable’ energy partner Adolfo Durañona. The firm’s enviable multi-jurisdictional expertise, combined with its growing profile in the lithium market, saw it recently add Qingdao Qianyun High-tech New Material Co. to its client roster. It also counts Vale, Trident Southern Explorations and Albemarle among its key clients. Recent mandates saw the team advise Albemarle on the development of Project Antofalla, a major lithium project in Catamarca Province. Roberto Grané is also routinely involved in mining matters.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s mining practice is led jointly by the ‘very dedicated’ Sebastián Vedoya and fellow sector specialist Sergio Arbeleche. The group acts for an impressive portfolio of major mining companies, with First Quantum Minerals and Yamana Gold featuring among the key names. Most notably, the firm provides ongoing advice to Barrick Gold, and its subsidiaries, on day-to-day matters in Argentina; among its recent work for the Canadian mining giant was advice on the $960m sale of a 50% stake in its Veladero mine to Shandong Gold Mining.

‘Knowledgeable and steeped in the industry’, Zaballa - Carchio Abogados attracts strong praise for its compact practice that is staffed by ‘extremely competent lawyers who understand the mining sector inside-out’. Its broad expertise ensures it is routinely involved in a diverse spread of matters, with robust experience in exploration, project development, M&A and regulation. Representative clients include McEwen Mining, Ling Cheng Mining and YPF. Name partner Hernán Zaballa enjoys a strong profile in the market and brings to bear a comprehensive record in both transactional and regulatory issues.

Beccar Varela’s mining group, led by Roberto Fortunati, routinely advises on a wide range of finance, corporate, tax and regulatory matters. Recent work includes acting for Southern Copper on regulatory and community matters regarding its exploration projects in Argentina. Other representative clients include Minera Don Nicolás, Saint Gobain Argentina and Esco Servicios Mineros. Senior associate Marcos Moreno Hueyo is also a key contact. Highly rated senior associate Diego Parravicini left for an in-house role at Pan American Silver.

Beretta Godoy houses a strong corporate mining practice which specialises in advising mining companies on corporate finance issues, M&A, joint ventures and tax issues – it also has significant administrative law capability. Among its recent matters, the firm assisted Barranca Sur Minera with its filings to acquire the final title for two coal mines. Project finance and arbitration specialist Federico Godoy and foreign investment partner Juan Sonada are the names to note.

‘Responsive, analytical and committed’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados is a new entrant to the mining ranking following the addition of a sizeable team from legacy mining heavyweight Heredia, Lede Pizzurno & Terrel Abogados. Among the new arrivals are former name partner Laura Lede Pizzurno (‘deep industry knowledge’), senior counsel María Paula Terrel and impressive senior associate Matias Olcese (‘provides practical and strategic solutions’). In a key highlight, the firm advised Toyota Tsusho Corporation on its A$292m strategic investment in lithium producer Orocobre to fund the expansion of the Olaroz Project.

In 2018, Alfaro-Abogados boosted its mining practice with the hire of a team from Quevedo Abogados, which included seasoned mining experts Ignacio Celorrio and Hernan Celorrio. Corporate, finance and regulatory law are all areas of expertise and the firm leverages its China desk to secure a significant volume of China-based clients.

Hope, Duggan & Silva provides ongoing advice to several mining companies on day-to-day operational matters, including advising on the acquisition of mining interests, rights of way issues, tax matters and joint venture agreements. Recent work includes assisting a mining company with a joint venture with a major domestic oil and gas producer for the supply of "frac" sand. Javier Zapiola and Hugo Vivot are the key contacts.

Traditionally better known for its oil and gas practice, Nicholson y Cano Abogados fields a capable mining department with broad experience in financings, exploration issues, project development, M&A and regulatory matters. Energy and natural resources partner Nicolás Perkins is recommended for his solid track record in transactional matters.

Among Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados’ recent work, key partner Amalia Sáenz teamed up with associate Nicanor Berola to advise Hoyada Mining on exploration and supplier contracts related to a copper and gold mining property in Catamarca. Other representative clients include Austral Gold and Shandong Gold Group.


Oil and gas

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‘Fantastic boutique’ Alliani & Bruzzon impresses clients and peers alike with its ‘specialist knowledge’ and ‘deep industry expertise’. In particular, Pablo Alliani is widely revered as a ‘stand-out expert in the market’, with his ‘deep and broad experience’ attracting strong praise from sources. The group also benefits from the specialist capabilities of Fernando Brunelli, Cristian Galansky and of counsel Alejandro D’Onofrio. The firm is regularly called upon by multinational oil companies to advise on strategic issues, with notable expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters. Chevron is a key client and it recently advised the oil major on its bid for the Loma del Molle exploration block in Neuquén. It also advises Chevron on issues connected to its agreements with YPF to develop the Loma Campana and Loma la Lata blocks. Other work highlights, include assisting Statoil with regulatory and contractual matters related to its farm-out agreement with YPF for the Bajo del Toro area.

Martínez de Hoz & Rueda's oil and gas practice, which transferred in its entirety from the former Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr, ranks among the market leaders due to its broad and deep coverage of the hydrocarbons area. The firm’s senior firepower in energy arbitration is a key draw, with José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr highly sought after for his impressive track record in some of Argentina’s most high-stakes oil and gas disputes; he recently represented YPF in an ICC arbitration filed by a natural gas importer and a natural gas transportation company, which eventually settled for $60m – less than 5% of the original $1.5bn claim. The department also houses formidable transactional expertise and Martínez de Hoz Jr led the firm’s recent advice to Trafigura on the $145m acquisition of the majority of the downstream business of Pampa Energía. The practice group also benefits from the expertise of senior specialist Pablo Rueda, Neuquén office managing partner Tomás Lanardonne and Juan Cruz Azzarri.

The oil and gas practice at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal strikes an enviable balance between corporate and contentious matters, with a strong recent showing in major energy arbitrations. As a case in point, transactional specialist Ricardo Beller acted hand-in-hand with the firm’s litigation department to successfully represent Total Austral in a high-profile arbitration brought by Metrogas stemming from the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. In another example of the firm’s ability to leverage its extensive resources to provide multidisciplinary advice, department head Francisco Macías teamed up with the corporate and tax groups to advise BP on a joint venture with Bridas and CNOOC to form Pan American Energy Group. Macías also led the oil and gas aspects of the firm’s advice to Total on the Argentine leg of its €237.5m multi-jurisdictional acquisition of a minority stake in Eren. Other recommended names include experienced counsel Arturo Pera and Pedro Serrano Espelta.

Energy law is a sweet spot at Bazán Cambré & Orts and the firm brings to bear over thirty years of specialised experience in the sector. The group handles the full life cycle of oil and gas matters, from assisting with bidding rounds, through to M&A matters and regulatory issues. Multinational clients provide the bulk of instructions and representative names include Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Enap Sipetrol Argentina. Mario Orts – who is widely regarded as a pioneer in Argentina’s energy market – Jaime Sánchez de la Puente and Nicolás Dilernia are the key contacts.

‘Dedicated and always available’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi provides ‘excellent service, which is comparable to international law firms’. Javier Rodríguez Galli, who leads the group, combines ‘outstanding client commitment’ with ‘deep industry experience’, while corporate partner Exequiel Buenaventura demonstrates ‘great M&A expertise’. The team also benefits from a capable band of senior associates with Santiago Balbi and Nicolás Dulce highlighted together as ‘very productive and responsive’. Recent highlights include advising Petronas E&P Argentina on the second phase of its joint venture agreement with YPF for the development of the La Amarga Chica field. Gazprom EP International, Pentanova Energy and Vista Oil & Gas are other representative clients.

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ ‘strong and specialist’ energy group enjoys a healthy profile for oil and gas law. The practice, which is composed of ‘very knowledgeable lawyers’, spans a comprehensive range of regulatory and transactional matters, with particular expertise in exploration, transportation, permitting, joint ventures and M&A. The team also leans on the firm’s robust environmental law department. Miguel Blaquier and ‘very business savvy’ transactional specialist Marcelo Lamesa are the key contacts. Representative clients include Enap Sipetrol, High Luck Group and YPF.

Estudio O'Farrell’s oil and gas practice, which sits within the firm’s public law and economic regulation department, has a strong focus on regulatory and contentious issues. Led jointly by Uriel O´Farrell and Agustín Siboldi, the team covers a wide range of upstream and downstream matters including exploration, transportation and distribution. The firm’s strong links to YPF ensures key roles on major projects and in one notable mandate it is representing YPF on its joint venture with Petronas to develop the La Amarga Chica concession. The group also recently advised Gas Natural Ban on the renegotiation of the license agreement for natural gas distribution in Buenos Aires and the north of Buenos Aires province.

Alfaro-Abogados provides regulatory and day-to-day corporate advice to a string of domestic and multinational oil and gas companies but it is particularly well known for its close links to Chinese clients. Among its recent matters, the firm assisted China Petroleum Technology and Development Corporation with the establishment of an Argentine branch. Carlos Alfaro heads a group that also counts Andes Energia, Parker Drilling and Sinopec as clients.

‘Very knowledgeable and fast’, Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself through its ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘strong understanding of the business reality’. The group acts for an impressive roster of multinational clients, mainly on the oil and gas services side, and it recently advised Eco-Stim Energy Solutions on the structuring of its local operations. Adolfo Durañona is singled out for providing ‘tailor-made advice’ and co-leads the department alongside Roberto Grané. The group also includes newly made-up partner and ‘impressive talent’ Ezequiel Artola.

Under the leadership of senior corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati, the practice at Beccar Varela continues to raise its profile in the oil and gas arena. Over the past year, the group advised on bidding processes, concession agreements, operational contracts and corporate matters. It can also draw upon supplementary expertise in environmental, administrative and employment law. Highlights included advising American Energy Partners on its initial agreements with YPF for the exploration and development of two projects in the Vaca Muerta formation. Junior partner José Carlos Cueva is also a key contact.

The energy department is a central pillar of Martelli Abogados’ firmwide practice, with name partner Hugo Martelli consistently named among the market’s leading oil and gas lawyers. The compact two-partner team is particularly well versed in regulatory and contentious matters, with expertise in permitting, exploitation and transportation concessions and operation agreements – it also has experience in M&A and project development. Pablo de Rosso, who handles transactional matters, is also highly regarded.

At Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, high-profile regulated industries expert Luis Erize stands out as a ‘leader for oil and gas regulation’. Erize is a particularly prominent name for energy arbitration and represented a major energy company in a long-running arbitration brought against the government under a bilateral investment protection treaty – the case finally settled in 2017. The group also draws upon the expertise of infrastructure partner Sergio Porteiro.

Allende & Brea’s practice, which is led jointly by Marcos Patrón Costas and Juan Martín Allende, acts for a mix of oil and gas companies and oilfield service providers. Notably, it provides ongoing advice to TechnipFMC and Weatherford on day-to-day matters, including contractual issues, foreign exchange matters and litigation. Sabre Drilling Argentina, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Axion Energy are also on the department’s books.

Beretta Godoy’s broad experience in oil and gas encompasses environmental planning, project development, corporate finance, tax matters and regulatory issues. Among its recent work, it advised BHP Petroleum Argentina on tax structuring. Juan Sonoda, who leads both the litigation and energy and natural resources departments, is a key contact.

Over the past year, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados handled a steady stream of regulatory, commercial and corporate matters in the oil and gas space. Department lead Amalia Sáenz maintains a broad energy and natural resources practice and recently advised key client Profertil on the long and short-term supply of natural gas to fuel its production processes.


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