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Allende & Brea impresses with its ‘unrivalled market knowledge’ and ‘fine-tuned expertise in all insurance-related matters’. Group head Martín Argañaraz is widely respected for his ‘outstanding understanding of both the industry and client needs’ and directs a team that acts for an enviable list of major multinational insurers and reinsurers, including Zurich, Munich Re and Assicurazioni Generali. On the transactional front, Argañaraz teamed up with the corporate, banking and antitrust departments to advise Fairfax on the local aspects of its $240m acquisition of AIG’s regional insurance business. Contentious highlights saw the team represent a global insurer in a $20m environmental D&O claim. The practice group also shines in compliance issues and provides ongoing advice to several insurance companies on day-to-day regulatory matters. Other names to note include Laura Santanatoglia, who is a ‘very capable insurance specialist’, and ‘up-and-coming’ associate Laura Kurlat. Pablo Louge left to become an independent practitioner.

Simply put, Bulló Abogados is ‘out-and-out brilliant’ and its lawyers are roundly praised for providing ‘high-level commercial advice’. Insurance is a firm sweet spot and the department’s ‘broad and in-depth knowledge of the industry’ and ‘deep bench of experts’ place it ‘at the top of the market’, according to sources. The practice group has established itself as a one-stop-shop for insurance matters and its experience spans insurance claims handling, regulatory issues and corporate transactions – for many of the major domestic and global giants in the sector, such as AXA, Chubb and Allianz. Carlos Alberto Estebenet is a ‘highly specialised expert’ and leads a team that also includes Javier Santiere (‘great ability to make connections’), Daniel Guffanti and Daniel Russo. On the contentious side, the firm represented Mapfre Argentina Seguros in a $1.5m shipping-related claim. In a regulatory highlight, the firm represented the Argentine Association of Insurance Companies in negotiations with the state supervisory body regarding the future Argentine insurance and reinsurance legal framework.

Several steps ahead of the rest’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal provides ‘first-class service’, which is ‘timely, knowledgeable and cost-effective’. In particular, department head Pablo Cereijido is widely lauded as a ‘reference in the Argentine market’ and ‘probably the best insurance lawyer in the country’. Elías Bestani, who is ‘very knowledgeable in marine, aviation and litigation matters’, is also highly rated. The comprehensive practice encompasses corporate, regulatory and contentious matters and it is regularly called upon by insurers and reinsurers to advise on key strategic files, such as its representation of Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías in a $16m claim brought by the Argentine government testing the application of certain insurance provisions against the government. In another contentious case, the team represented Zurich Argentina Compañía de Seguros on various collective actions brought by consumers’ associations for allegedly mis-selling life insurance protections. Counsel Alberto Cappagli is also very well regarded.

Beccar Varela is valued for its ‘strong professionalism’ combined with ‘great market and business knowledge’. In a notable development, Daniel Seoane now heads the group, following his arrival from Suramericana where he was regional legal vice president. Other key contacts include former department head Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutell, who retains an active role in the group, and ‘very strong’ senior associate Agustín Duarte. The practice acts on a solid mix of corporate, contentious and regulatory matters for a diverse portfolio of local and global insurers and reinsurers. Highlights included advising Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera and Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina on the formation and licensing of a broker insurance company.

Beccar Varela - Spanish translation: Beccar Varela es valorado por su "fuerte profesionalismo" combinado con un "gran conocimiento del mercado y los negocios". En un acontecimiento notable, Daniel Seoane ahora encabeza el grupo, luego de su llegada de Suramericana, donde fue vicepresidente jurídico regional. Otros contactos clave incluyen al exjefe del departamento, Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutell, que mantiene un rol activo en el grupo, y al "muy sólido" asociado sénior Agustín Duarte. El despacho trabaja en una sólida combinación de asuntos corporativos, contenciosos y regulatorios para una cartera diversa de aseguradoras y reaseguradoras locales y globales. Entre los aspectos más destacados se incluyó el asesoramiento a Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera y Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina en la formación y concesión de licencias de una compañía de seguros intermediaria.

Led by financial services specialist Néstor Belgrano, Bomchil’s insurance practice acts on a good balance of transactional and contentious matters. Recent non-contentious work saw the group advise an international reinsurance broker on the establishment of its local operations. On the litigation front, the team represented a France-based insurance company in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute arising from a serious disaster. Experienced counsel Rafael Manóvil, who brings to bear a strong record in dispute resolution, is also recommended. Representative clients include Caixa Seguros, Latinbroker International and Sancor.

Business-friendly and very responsive’, Nicholson y Cano Abogados houses a robust insurance practice, which is well known for its adept handling of an array of insurance litigation, regulatory issues, product development and M&A-related work. Department co-lead María Fraguas is ‘undoubtedly a leader in the insurance space’ and has a strong focus on corporate and contractual matters. Group co-head Juan Carlos Etchebehere is also recommended for his senior experience in contentious matters. Assurant, Prudential and Zurich are all on the firm’s books.

At the end of 2017, London-headquartered insurance specialist Kennedys announced that Buenos Aires-based insurance boutique Alberto Bunge & Associates had graduated from an associate office to a fully-fledged member of the firm. The group has a focus on complex insurance matters, including coverage, defence and policy wording, with a strong showing in the casualty, property and financial areas.

Lopez Saavedra & Villarroel’s strong standing in the market is largely due to the prominent reputation of specialist consultant Domingo López Saavedra. The boutique firm handles the full gamut of insurance and reinsurance matters, with particular expertise in contentious work, including arbitration and mediation. The group also routinely advises on contract drafting and regulatory issues. Representative clients include Allianz and Swiss Re.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is defending a major insurance company in six class actions brought by consumer protection associations concerning certain clauses in automobile insurance policies – corporate finance partner Diego Serrano Redonnet and litigator Lautaro Ferro jointly led that work. The team, which also has a strong background in transactional and regulatory matters, counts Aon, AIG and Metlife among its clients. Associate Lucila Guerrero is also noted. Sector specialist Maximiliano Batista6 left to join Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

The insurance practice at midsize firm Petersen & Asociados is well weighted between insurance litigation and non-contentious matters, with strong skills sets in claims processing, consumer actions, contractual matters and corporate work. Key contact Patricio Petersen is ‘extremely well known in the market’ and litigator Rosalía Silvestre Mirás is also highly regarded. Liberty Seguros and Caja de Seguros are on the firm’s books.

Insurance-focused boutique Zapiola Guerrico & Asociados advises on a comprehensive spread of insurance matters, with contentious work standing out as a notable sweet spot. Name partner Martín Zapiola Guerrico is held up for his ‘strong knowledge of the insurance industry’ and is sought after for civil and commercial litigation. Representative clients include Consolidar and La Meridional Argentina de Seguros.

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