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The ‘seriously good practice’ at Allende & Brea finds favour for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and ‘strong and supportive lawyers’. The firm is well known for its representation of major multinational insurers and reinsurers, including leading names such as Axis Re, Allianz, Chubb, Lloyd’s of London and Swiss Re. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Martín Argañaraz heads the department and is regarded by many as a ‘stand-out leader for transactional and regulatory insurance work’ – he also handles contentious matters. Recent group highlights include representing Zurich on a high exposure E&O claim as well as advising Lloyd’s of London on various local regulatory issues. Pablo Louge and Laura Santanatoglia are also recommended and together feature as part of a multi-disciplinary group that provides ongoing advice to MetLife on various issues, from day-to-day corporate matters through to consumer class actions.

Providing ‘good value in a difficult environment’, Bulló Abogados sets itself apart through its ‘excellent industry knowledge’, ‘flexibility to adapt to the client’s needs’ and ‘strong commitment to the end goal’. The deep and broad practice acts for an impressive roster of regional and global insurance companies, including RSA, SURA Argentina and Zurich, and packs a punch in public and civil liability, regulatory issues and dispute resolution and arbitration. Singled out as a ‘star insurance lawyer’, group head Carlos Alberto Estebenet is ‘very dedicated and technically excellent’. The team also includes Javier Santiere (‘combines deep knowledge of the subject with strong industry relationships’), Daniel Russo (‘excellent service and advice on insurance issues’) and Daniel Guffanti. Highlights included defending a group of insurers (Mapfre Argentina, QBE La Buenos Aires and Liberty Seguros among them) in a class action alleging they used unfair clauses and practices.

Demonstrating ‘absolute professionalism’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s insurance group attracts praise from all quarters for its ‘great knowledge of complex litigious issues’ and ‘excellent process handling skills’. Department lead Pablo Cereijido is a ‘step ahead’ and ‘understands the problems of the industry, so can proactively contribute to find innovative solutions’. Among his recent work, Cereijido advised Banque PSA Finance on its joint venture with Cardif to incorporate a new insurer in Argentina, and he also represented RSA Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías in a landmark case brought by the Argentine government testing the application of certain insurance provisions against the government. Elías Bestani, who brings to bear a strong track record in transport matters, is a ‘go-to partner for aviation insurance work’; he also has strong expertise in maritime law and advised RSA on coverage issues related to a $1.8m claim brought by a shipyard against a port terminal reinsured by the client. Leandro Castelli and experienced counsel Alberto Cappagli are also recommended.

Beccar Varela’s ‘prompt and responsive’ group handles a comprehensive mix of corporate, contractual, regulatory and litigious matters for clients such as Supervielle Group, Arch Insurance Europe and Bradesco Seguros. Team head Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutellinspires trust’, according to clients, and is advising Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera and Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina on the formation and license of a broker insurance company. He also advised BNP Paribas on its joint venture with Banque PSA Finance to create Peugeot Citroën Argentina Compañía de Seguros. Senior associate Agustín Duarte is also a key member of the team.

In 2016, Lopez Saavedra & Villarroel was born following a split in long-established legacy firm López Saavedra, Armando, Esnaola & Vidal Raffo, which saw Ignacio Villarroel join the masthead alongside ‘market doyen’ Domingo López Saavedra, while three name partners (including highly-rated insurance expert Germán Armando) left the firm. The team retains its close links with major insurers and reinsurers, including Allianz, Boston Seguros and Swiss Re, and its expertise across a broad range of regulatory, commercial and contentious matters should stand it in good stead going forward. Transport-related work, particularly marine insurance, is a notable specialism.

M & M Bomchil’s insurance group sits within the firm’s financial services department and regularly acts for underwriters, brokers and insured parties in corporate, regulatory, commercial and contentious matters. Department head Néstor Belgrano maintains a solid all-round practice with a focus on transactional matters, while senior counsel and respected disputes specialist Rafael Manóvil is a key name for complex contentious matters including arbitration. Highlight work included representing two French insurance companies in class actions relating to collective life insurance claims, and advising an international reinsurance broker on establishing its local operations.

At Nicholson y Cano Abogados, group co-head María Fraguas is a highly-regarded insurance specialist, sought-after for her ‘strong combination of regulatory knowledge and transactional savvy’. The ‘responsive and client-oriented group’ also includes department co-lead Juan Carlos Etchebehere, who specialises in handling claims relating to life insurance, civil responsibility, personal injury and workplace accidents. Among its recent work, the team advised Ace Seguros and Chubb Seguros on the local integration process following their international merger. The firm also advised a string of major insurance companies (including BBVA Consolidar Seguros, Prudential Seguros and HSBC Seguros de Vida) on the preparation and review of all new insurance products that were filed for approval with the Superintendence of Insurance.

Insurance remains a cornerstone at Estudio Bunge (Bunge, Smith & Luchia Puig – Abogados) and it maintains a robust practice with strong skill sets in regulation, corporate matters and litigation. Donaldo Smith Sánchez is the key contact and is recommended for both transactional and contentious work, particularly work involving a cross-border aspect such as the drafting and adapting of insurance plans to local law. Representative clients include Bristol Group, Grupo Juncal and La Construcción Compañía de Seguros.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s ‘excellent team’ scores highly for its ‘in-depth knowledge of insurance regulations’ and its ability to ‘creatively search for the best solutions’. Sector specialist Maximiliano Batista stands out for his ‘strong analytical skills and ability to always provide alternatives’; he recently defended a global insurance company in numerous class actions brought by consumer protection associations alleging it overcharged on credit life insurance premiums. On the transactional side, the firm acted for RSA on the £403m sale of its two Argentine subsidiaries to Suramericana de Seguros. Associate Lucila Guerrero is also a highly active member of the group.

Insurance is a core practice area at midsize firm Petersen & Asociados and it regularly advises insurers and reinsurers on claims processing, audits, consumer actions, and transactional and contractual matters. Seasoned specialist Patricio Petersen is the key contact and the group also includes Rosalía Silvestre Mirás, who is recommended for insurance litigation. Liberty Seguros and Caja de Seguros are among its key clients.

Insurance stalwart Zapiola Guerrico & Asociados enjoys a solid reputation in the market, due in no small part to the eminent profile of name partner Martín Zapiola Guerrico, who is a ‘strong lawyer who understands the industry very well’. Niche-specialists, the firm handles a broad spread of work for insurance and reinsurance companies, with notable skills in litigious cases including loss-related matters, administrative proceedings, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Representative clients include Consolidar and La Meridional Argentina de Seguros.

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