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Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s energy and natural resources practice is a growing force. Although traditionally better known for its oil-and-gas capability, the firm’s power offering has made great gains in recent years, with the 2015 hire of regulatory expert Ignacio Minorini from Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal really cementing its ambitions in this area. Transactional specialist Mariano Luchetti co-leads the group alongside Minorini and enjoys a strong market profile. The firm stood out as a key player in Argentina’s recent renewable energy programme, representing domestic and multinational clients in 18 tenders, accounting for around 1300 MW worth of projects out of the total 6300 MW on offer. The firm also advises Sociedad Argentina de Energía, the largest power-generating company in the country, on day-to-day matters, including corporate, regulatory and contractual issues. Other representative clients include Canadian Solar, Dax Energy and Mainstream Renewable Power. Administrative and regulatory law head Ignacio Sanz and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also active in this space.

M & M Bomchil’s power practice is well weighted between transactional and regulatory expertise, with contentious work standing out as a particular sweet spot. Department head and administrative law expert Guido Tawil is widely acclaimed for his regulatory prowess and brings to bear an enviable track record in power-related arbitrations. María Inés Corrá and Francisco Gutiérrez are also key names for regulatory matters. Among its highlight contentious cases, the team is defending an Argentine gas producer in a $250m ICC arbitration brought by a Chilean gas distributor. It also represents Siemens in contractual conflicts arising out of the supply, installation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant. On the transactional side, the firm is advising a local renewable energy group in a major wind power project in Southern Patagonia. Compañía Eléctrica San Isidro, Hidroeléctrica El Chocón and Termoeléctrica General Belgrano are also on the department’s books.

Estudio O'Farrell is ‘simply the best for client service’ and scores highly for its ‘good responsiveness’ and ‘sound knowledge of the area’. Led jointly by senior partner Uriel O´Farrell, who has ‘deep sector expertise’, and ‘excellent’ public law expert Agustín Siboldi, the practice has a strong bent towards regulatory work. Recent mandates include advising Edenor on its concession renegotiation agreement relating to electricity distribution in Buenos Aires. The firm also provides ongoing advice to various electricity generating companies (including Central Térmica Güemes and Hidroeléctrica Los Nihuiles) on regulatory issues. On the transactional side, the firm advised Pampa Energía on the auction proceedings to award new power electricity generation plants and also on turbine acquisition and installation agreements. María Agustina Fanelli Evans and Fernando García Pullés are also active in power matters.

Beccar Varela garners strong praise for its ‘immediate response times’, ‘full knowledge of the national electricity environment’ and ‘thorough and precise advice’. The multi-disciplinary practice draws on the firm’s administrative law, project finance, tax, corporate, and labour departments to provide comprehensive coverage of all stages of the electricity life cycle. Junior partner José Carlos Cueva is ‘attentive and dedicated’ and provides ongoing advice to UK-based Hive Energy on the development of solar power plants in Argentina. Corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati is also regularly involved in energy deals and advised Eren Groupe in tendering for several wind and solar projects as part of the National Government’s bidding process to award power purchase agreements. Key senior associate Marcos Moreno Hueyo has extensive experience and a postgraduate mining qualification from Chile, as well as over a decade practicing in Argentina. Since research concluded, Diego Parravicini has left the firm to move in-house at Pan American Silver.

Widely regarded as a heavyweight in the power area, Díaz Bobillo, Sigwald & Vittone Abogadosknows the industry inside out’ and is particularly sought-after for regulatory and compliance matters. In addition, while it may be smaller than many of its competitors, it can still provide supplementary expertise in environmental, corporate, tax and labour law matters. Victor Diaz Bobillo is considered by many as a ‘market leader’ due to his ‘deep involvement in the sector’, notably he brings significant in-house experience to his role, following a five-year stint as legal director of the largest electric power group in Argentina. Carolina Sigwald is also a power specialist and is highly recommended. Key clients include Isolux Corsán and Sociedad Argentina de Electricidad.

The energy group at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is ‘second-to-none’, according to its satisfied clients who also highlight its ‘unmatched efficacy and efficiency’. Combining strong capability in tenders and generation projects, with a solid background in electricity regulation, the team is regularly instructed by multinational clients in high-profile transactions. Key contact Francisco Macías is a ‘skilful negotiator’ and ‘very reliable under pressure’; he is working hand-in-hand with the public law and corporate teams to advise Chinese investors on regulatory power issues and contract negotiation related to the $4.7bn construction of the largest hydroelectric project currently being developed in Argentina. On the nuclear-energy side, he is advising Chinese nuclear companies on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Buenos Aires. Associate Gonzalo Santamaria is also extremely active in this area.

The ‘responsive and committed’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s power practice has strong experience in transactional matters but it also regularly handles commercial, regulatory and contentious matters for an enviable mix of domestic, regional and multinational clients. Led by José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr, the group also calls on the services of ‘very competent and dedicated’ energy specialist Pablo Rueda and public law partner Juan Cruz Azzarri. Recent work includes advising Sinopec in regulatory matters relating to the installation of a gas-fired power plant. The firm is also representing Duke Energy in a $105m dispute arising from the accidental opening of a dam gate, which resulted in the application of a severe penalty by the Argentine gas authorities.

Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani – Abogados leverages its robust banking and finance practice to specialise in advising energy companies on project finance deals. In a recent example, the firm advised Generación Mediterránea in a $60m secured syndicated credit facility to finance investments in thermoelectric power stations located in la Rioja and Córdoba. The department also houses a distinct regulatory capability – Nicolás Eliaschev has a first class practice in this area and recently advised SoEnergy on several power purchase (PPAs) agreements with CAMMESA (Wholesale Electricity Market Administration Company) and ENARSA (Energía Argentina Sociedad Anónima).

Administrative and public law boutique Cassagne Abogados is a respected name for regulatory matters. The firm advises on a broad spread of commercial, corporate and contentious work including permits and licences, concession agreements, and project finance. Name partner and senior statesman Juan Carlos Cassagne retains a strong profile in the market; experienced partners Máximo Fonrouge and Julio Durand are more active on day-to-day matters.

Estudio Ortiz & Asociados’ nascent energy practice has hit the ground running following the arrival of department head Florencia Ortiz Freuler in 2015. Ortiz joined the firm after seven years spent working as a lawyer in Brazil, which included an in-house role at Invepar where she oversaw the financing of new infrastructure projects. The firm has been highly active in renewable energy projects over the past year, and it also routinely advises power companies on M&A deals, joint ventures, finance issues and regulatory matters.

Industry stalwart Pozo Gowland Abogados maintains its active presence in the power sector, due to its specialist skill set in public utilities matters. Under the leadership of administrative law specialist Héctor Pozo Gowland, the team regularly advises on the negotiation and performance of administrative contracts relating to the operation of public utilities. Representative clients include Petrobras, Transener and Transportadora de Gas del Sur.


Mining

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    • Matias Olcese - Heredia, Lede Pizzurno & Terrel Abogados (HOLT)
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The arrival of high-profile practitioner Florencia Heredia to co-lead the mining practice at Allende & Brea at once reflects a certain expectation of renewed activity in the sector and consolidates a practice with a considerably broader service offering than was on offer at Heredia’s former boutique, HOLT Abogados. Praised as a ‘fantastic lawyer’, Heredia is acclaimed as ‘a genuine expert in the area’, who also has ‘strong commercial knowledge and business savvy’; her recent highlights include acting for emerging lithium producer LSC Lithium on its listing on Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange, and in ongoing work, advising First Quantum Minerals with regard to its mammoth Taca Taca mining project. Heredia joins a practice hitherto led by Juan Martín Allende and which is recognised for both its strong transactional capability and for its advice on project development and regulatory issues. Among its work in the latter area, the team represented Minera del Altiplano in negotiations with the Province of Catamarca to settle a dispute on water fee payments. On the transactional side, the practice advised Goldcorp subsidiary Oroplata on the financial restructuring of its Cerro Negro gold project. Of counsel Carlos García Díaz is also recommended.

The ‘top-class team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is considered ‘within the top rank of mining firms in Argentina’ due to its ‘excellent, balanced and robust team of lawyers’. As the largest mining group in the market, the team brings to bear a broad spread of specialist expertise and regularly advises on exploration, project development, operational matters, M&A and litigation. The firm’s mining services are also complemented by the firm’s strength in corporate finance, environmental law and tax. Group head Luis Lucero is widely revered as a market leader and provides ongoing advice to Oroplata on operational matters regarding its Cerro Negro gold and silver mine. He is also representing Glencore subsidiary Pachón in its $200m dispute with Minera Los Pelambres concerning a waste dump built by Minera Los Pelambres on Glencore’s property in Argentina. Leonardo Rodríguez demonstrates a ‘deep knowledge of the mining industry’ coupled with ‘strong understanding of the ever-evolving Argentine political and legal paradigms’; he advised Fortuna Silver Mines on its $100m acquisition of Goldrock Mines. Senior associate Andrés Villarreal is also recommended for mining M&A. AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and Pan American Silver are also on the department’s books.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘highly professional’ team scores points for its ‘tailored responses’ and ‘pragmatic opinions that reflect a strong knowledge of the industry’. Experienced group head Adolfo Durañona attracts particular praise for his ‘deep knowledge of the mining sector’ as well as his ‘good ability to understand the unique characteristics of his clients’. Among Durañona’s recent mandates, he advised Trident Southern Explorations on its bid for the mining rights of the Andacollo gold project. In addition to transactional matters, the firm also receives a steady stream of cases concerning tax, labour, environmental and regulatory issues. Roberto Grané is another key name in a team that also counts Vale and Rockwood Litio as clients.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s mining practice is co-led by Sebastián Vedoya and Sergio Arbeleche; both are active across the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also possess significant environmental law expertise. The firm provides ongoing advice to an impressive list of mining majors, most notably assisting Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals with their day-to-day Argentine operations, including regulatory and environmental matters. On the transactional side, the firm is advising on the development of an energy grid for two major mining projects in Argentina, and it also advised Troy Resources on the sale of part of its interest in the Casposo mine to Austral Gold. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Minas Argentina, Hecla Mining and Patagonia Gold.

A very capable boutique, Zaballa – Carchio Abogados’ ‘great understanding of the industry’ and ‘deep and broad experience’ ensures it remains a prominent player in the country’s mining scene. The group acts for start-ups through to major mining companies and is well-versed in the full life cycle of mining law, including exploration, M&A, project development and regulatory matters. Recent headlines include advising Canada’s AbraPlata Resource Corp in its acquisition of the Diablillos mining project from Silver Standard. It also represented new client Goldinka Energy in several commercial and regulatory issues over the past year. Hernán Zaballa stands out as a ‘true expert in the mining area’.

At Beccar Varela, corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati has ‘ample mining experience and strong negotiation skills’; he is the primary contact for a mining practice that is ‘well equipped to advise on a wide variety of day-to-day issues, including labour, civil law and tax’. The group also includes senior associate Diego Parravicini, who has ‘good experience in all types of contract negotiations and knows the industry well’. Southern Copper is a key client and the firm advises it on regulatory matters relating to its exploration projects, as well as general corporate and commercial issues. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Esco, Minera Don Nicolás and Saint Gobain Argentina.

Mining is a core practice area at Beretta Godoy, under the joint guidance of project finance expert Federico Godoy and natural resources head Juan Sonada. Although transactional work comprises the bulk of instructions, the firm handles a diverse mix of M&A, finance, joint ventures, environmental, tax and administrative law matters. Among its recent mandates, the group advised Minas Argentinas on the review of the stability certification of its Gualcamayo project before the Argentine Secretariat of Mining.

The ‘responsive’ group at Hope, Duggan & Silva is ‘very active in the mining sector’. The team, which includes key contacts Javier Zapiola and Hugo Vivot, has a broad focus that encompasses regulatory matters, M&A, joint ventures and tax issues. It recently represented a mining company in a joint venture with a significant oil and gas producer for the supply of “frac” sand.

A strong year for Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ mining practice saw the group advise on a string of acquisitions, as well as public tenders, tax issues and general regulatory and compliance matters. Nicolás Perkins and Eduardo Koch co-lead a team that counts Pampa Exploración as a key client.

At Quevedo Abogados, Ignacio Celorrio is the key contact for mining law. The compact practice enjoys a strong reputation for its experience in project development and operational matters, and it also shines in regulatory issues. Clients include major regional and multinational mining companies such as Lithium Americas, Pan American Goldfields and Malbex Resources.


Oil and gas

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The ‘well-informed, responsive and user-friendly’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s oil and gas practice is ‘simply outstanding’. Combining regulatory prowess with corporate firepower, the team strikes the right note with its ‘wide knowledge of oil and gas law’ and its ability to put forward ‘strong, dedicated lawyers’. José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr is ‘at the top of his game’ and is regarded by many as the ‘go-to lawyer for oil and gas in Argentina’; he has a distinguished record in energy arbitrations and is representing two ExxonMobil subsidiaries against the Republic of Argentina in the annulment phase of an international investment arbitration, as well as representing YPF in a high-value ICC arbitration against a Brazilian natural gas importer. Elsewhere, Juan Cruz Azzarri advised YPF, Capex, YSUR and Wintershall on legal actions looking to declare as unconstitutional the imposition of a special charge brought in by an executive decree on natural-gas tariffs. Transactional highlights included Mariano Grondona’s counselling Petrobras Brasil and Petrobras Argentina on the $101m sale of certain hydrocarbon assets to Compañía General de Combustibles. The group also calls on the services of highly-rated sector expert Pablo Rueda and administrative law specialist Jimena Vega Olmos.

Alliani & Bruzzon’s senior partner Pablo Alliani is ‘a major market figure’ and clients highlight his ‘great experience’ and ‘deep knowledge of the industry’; the practice group also draws on the expertise of knowledgeable Fernando Brunelli, Cristian Galansky, and of counsel Alejandro D’Onofrio. The firm’s broad oil-and-gas expertise spans the full gamut of M&A, joint ventures, project development and regulatory matters, and it also fields supplementary strength in environmental, employment and tax issues. Current matters see the firm continue to act for Chevron on its agreement with YPF in Vaca Muerta, which relates to the operation of 474 wells at the Loma Campana concession. In other headline work, the team represented Pan American Energy on a farm-in agreement with Madalena Ventures, and it also advised Disvol Energia on its proposed acquisitions of major assets in the downstream sector. Other representative clients include Statoil, KBR and The Carlyle Group.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘among the best in the market’ and impresses with the ‘total availability of its partners and associates at all times, going way beyond the level of service offered at other firms’. Energy head Javier Rodríguez Galli secures superlative praise from domestic and multinational companies alike as ‘probably the most competent professional in Argentina for oil and gas law’ due to his ability to ‘understand the industry not only from a legal, but also from a commercial and technical viewpoint’. The group also benefits from the expertise of several senior associates including Exequiel Buenaventura, Evangelina González Soldo and Santiago Balbi, who is an ‘excellent lawyer for local work’. The firm’s sharpened focus on oil and gas matters over recent years has translated into an enviable client list and it is currently representing Petronas in the La Amarga Chica project and Gazprom in the Estación Fernández Oro project – both in association with YPF. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Pan American Energy in an arbitration against Transportadora de Gas del Sur regarding natural gas processing agreements.

Over the past year, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘consistently exceptional’ group reinforced its position as a leading firm for oil and gas M&A, winning key roles on a string of high-profile deals. Among headline mandates, it advised Petrobras on the local aspects of the $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía –department head and ‘skilful negotiatorFrancisco Macías led the oil and gas advice on that deal. In another highlight transaction, it advised a group of investors on the $241m acquisition of a 50% stake in Transportadora de Gas del Sur – Ricardo Beller was the energy point man on that piece of work. On the contentious side, the firm is defending Total Austral in an arbitration brought by Metrogas relating to the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. The team has also recently advised on project development matters and farm-out agreements. Counsel Arturo Pera is ‘very well known in the market’ and has ‘ample experience in the oil sector’; Pedro Serrano Espelta is also recommended.

Estudio O'Farrell is ‘Among the best’ and the broad team scores highly for its ‘valuable, effective and expedient legal advice across public law, commercial matters, tax and litigation’. Under the leadership of joint department heads Uriel O´Farrell and Agustín Siboldi, the group is a leading player in regulatory matters, enjoying a close relationship with state-controlled YPF. Among its other key clients, Siboldi provides ongoing advice to Axion Energy on various regulatory and antitrust issues, including successfully representing it in an investigation into alleged price fixing. María Agustina Fanelli Evans is also highly regarded for energy regulation and is advising Metrogas in several judicial proceedings challenging the implementation of a new rating scheme. The group’s transactional capability is also significant and it advised YPF on a credit and acquisition agreement with Pampa Energía, whereby YPF provided a $140m loan in return for certain exploitation concessions, including a 33% stake in the Rio Neuquén block and an 80% share of the Aguada de la Arena block. Fernando García Pullés is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s oil-and-gas group has a focus on transactional work but it also advises on regulatory and compliance issues and commercial litigation. Transactional partner Adolfo Durañona heads the team and advised Madalena Energy on a $5m asset swap. Roberto Grané also dedicates a significant part of his practice to oil-and-gas work and represented Neos Geosolutions on its acquisition of shares in exploration and production (E&P) company Energicon. Senior associate Ezequiel Artola is a name to watch and advised Madalena Energy on the sale of a 55% interest in the Coiron Amargo Sur Este block to Pan American Energy.

Oil and gas stalwart Bazán Cambré & Orts remains a distinguished brand for energy work in Argentina, due to its ‘deep experience in the sector’ and ‘very strong partners’. The firm houses a broad practice with expertise across the full industry life cycle, including oil permits, concession bids, E&P contracts, M&A and associated regulatory and compliance matters. Senior figure Mario Orts is widely admired as being among the foremost oil-and-gas experts and the group also includes noted names Jaime Sánchez de la Puente and Nicolás Dilernia. Key clients include Chevron Argentina, Enap Sipetrol Argentina and San Jorge petroleum.

Beccar Varela’s oil and gas practice is led by corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati, who brings to bear a strong record in project finance and development. In a recent example of his work in this area, Fortunati advised American Energy Partners on its initial agreements with YPF for the exploration and development of the Vaca Muerta formation in the Neuquén Basin, worth over $500m over the next three years. He also advised Enap Sipetrol on the bidding process for the construction of oil and gas installations in the South Atlantic Ocean. Junior partner José Carlos Cueva is also recommended and represented Petróleos Sudamericanos on a YPF tender process for certain E&P concessions.

Specialist boutique Martelli Abogados sets out its stall as a one-stop-shop for oil and gas and mining companies, with capability in exploration and production, service agreements, joint ventures and M&A, as well as supplementary expertise in environmental regulations, administrative law, employment and tax. Founding partner Hugo Martelli is a respected arbitrator and enjoys a strong profile in the market. Other key names include Pablo de Rosso, who specialises in transactional matters, and Florencia Hardoy, who is recommended for regulatory and contentious work. Compañía General de Combustibles, Petro Andina Resources and Pioneer Natural Resources are all on the firm’s books.

Acting on a healthy balance of transactional and regulatory matters, Nicholson y Cano Abogados impresses with its ‘great all-round technical knowledge’. The team draws on the oil-and-gas expertise of five partners, with Marcelo Lamesa highlighted as ‘extremely solid’. Among other matters, Miguel Blaquier advised High Luck Group on its acquisition of an additional 30% stake in the Palmar Largo oil and gas concession to reach a 68.15% interest. Pluspetrol, Enap Sipetrol and YPF are also representative clients.

Abeledo Gottheil Abogados attracts praise for its ‘strong knowledge of the industry’ and ‘extremely committed lawyers’. In particular, regulated industries specialist Luis Erize is ‘very strategic and informed’. The firm blends its broad energy expertise with a robust litigation capability to specialise in regulatory and contentious oil-and-gas matters, with notable firepower in energy arbitration cases. Recent matters saw the team successfully represent a global energy company in an arbitration brought against the government under a bilateral investment protection treaty.

Alfaro-Abogados leverages its representative office in Beijing to occupy a strong market niche in advising China-based oil and gas companies on local matters. Recent highlights include advising CPTDC on the establishment of its Argentine branch. Carlos Alfaro is the key contact for a group that also counts Sinopec, Cheniere and Andes Energia as clients.

Beretta Godoy handles a steady stream of transactional and tax matters for domestic and multinational energy clients, and has up-to-date experience in concessions, pipeline construction and specialist energy-related tax matters. Recent work includes advising Ensign Energy on several tax and foreign exchange control-systems cases involving the import of machinery for E&P purposes. Juan Sonoda heads the litigation and energy and natural resources departments, while Federico Godoy is the key name for project finance.


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