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Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘a benchmark in the Argentine market’ and is believed by many to be ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. Among the names to note, department head Eduardo Mallea is ‘best in class’ and highly sought-after for his ‘comprehensive top-tier experience in the trade field’; he brings to bear a illustrious record across the full range of antidumping, foreign exchange regulations and contentious matters. The team also draws on the expertise of tax litigation specialist Liban Kusa, who provides ‘knowledgeable and high-quality service’; senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari, who specialises in customs matters; and senior counsel Jorge Damarco. In addition, in 2017 the group was bolstered by the arrival of new partner María Laura Bacigalupo, who joined from respected boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta. On the antidumping side, the firm successfully intervened in several investigations initiated by Argentina, including the investigation into pork meat exports from Brazil and the investigation into certain knives exported from Brazil and China. On the transactional side, the firm leveraged its robust energy practice to advise several oil and gas services companies on customs and foreign trade issues relating to their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation; most notably, it advised Halliburton Argentina on the temporary import of several goods to provide services to YPF, among other operators. The group has also recently undertaken work for Ascensores Schindler, Expro Argentina and Nabors International Argentina.

The ‘attentive, problem-solving, responsive’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal strikes the right note with its ‘dedicated and sincere approach’. Transactional expert Patricia López Aufranc is ‘very smart’ and co-leads the international trade and customs department alongside Pablo Gayol, who has a broad practice spanning antidumping, WTO dispute settlement procedures and import and export regulations. Among its recent work on the investigations side, the team advised importers (Zoetis Argentina and Intervet Argentina) and exporters (Zoetis Belgium and Intervet) on an antidumping investigation into veterinary vaccines from France and the US. It also acted for Hyundai in relation to antidumping measures on transformers from Korea. On the compliance side, the firm advised Adidas on footwear and apparel regulations, including the import prior sworn statement, import certificates and rules of origin. Customs law expert Horacio García Prieto and ‘rising trade starJazmine Daruich are also recommended. Other representative clients include Carestream Health, Lotte International and Oki Data Americas. Since research concluded, customs-side specialist Juan Pablo Rothschild has been raised to the partnership.

Specialist boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta underwent a rebrand in 2016 following the departure of high-profile firm co-founder Hector Guillermo Vidal Albarracín, who left to establish his own practice. Key partners Enrique Carlos Barreira and Jorge Rodriguez Larreta remain, with Barreira in particular standing out as a ‘market leader’. The firm has strong expertise in all the key pillars of customs and trade law including WTO matters, bilateral agreements and administrative and judicial litigation. The firm regularly acts for major multinational corporations and its impressive client list includes names such as Hewlett-Packard and Cargill.

Baker McKenzie’s international trade practice is led locally by sector expert Esteban Rópolo, and also plugs into the wider firm’s globally renowned group. The team is regularly called upon by major multinationals to advise on customs regulations and related litigation, it also acts on trade remedies and general compliance matters. In a recent example of its work in this area, the team represented a global pharmaceutical company in a customs valuation claim concerning alleged undervaluation of exports. It also acted for American Plast in a constitutional protection action against the Argentine customs office. Other key clients include Dart Sudamericana, Vale Logística Argentina and Under Armour. In 2016, highly-rated associate Rufino Beccar Varela left to become a sole practitioner, but associate Francisco Solá is also a trade and customs specialist and provides sturdy support.

Beccar Varela’s ‘excellent team’ is comprised of ‘very dedicated professionals’ and represents ‘great value for money’. The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ Augusto Vechio heads an international trade department that also includes recently appointed partner Guido Krolovetzky (‘results-oriented, analytical and technical’), who spearheads the customs side of the practice, and ‘extremely strong’ senior associate Camila Corvalán. Among its recent antidumping investigations, the group represented Aris Industrial in an antidumping investigation concerning imports of wool fabrics from Peru, Brazil and China, and India-headquartered Somany Ceramics in an antidumping investigation relating to porcelain tiles. Other work included advising Brazilian company Duratex in a sunset review relating to imports of sanitary products from Brazil.

Demonstrating ‘great understanding of the business context’, M & M Bomchil’s ‘impeccable’ group is a ‘top choice for antidumping issues’. The team also handles import licences, tax issues and trade restrictions. Marcelo den Toom heads the department, with ‘knowledgeable, available and effective’ senior associate Mercedes de Artaza providing able assistance. Among its antidumping cases, the firm successfully represented Shell in an investigation concerning chemical products from the US. It also advised a home furnishing retailer on an antidumping investigation relating to porcellanato and porcelain stoneware originating from China. The group also kept busy with import restrictions-related matters and recent work in this area included advising a tobacco company on import restrictions and phytosanitary measures.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s practice, which is jointly led by tax specialist Manuel Benites and corporate partner Cristian Krüger, regularly handles the full array of international trade, foreign exchange matters, customs regulations and related litigation. Among its customs highlights, the firm represented LDC Argentina in administrative proceedings against the government arising from its modification of the Agricultural Goods Export Act. It also represented Honda in a case arguing that the customs administration does not have jurisdiction in foreign exchange matters. On the antidumping side, the team represented Merial Argentina in an antidumping investigation into imports of veterinary vaccines from the US and France. Senior partner Martin Lepiane is also recommended for trade finance matters.

Niche firm Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados focuses exclusively on customs law, currency exchange and import and export law, regularly advising clients on compliance issues, transactional matters and litigation. Customs expert Julio Carlos Lescano is a key contact and is considered a ‘reference in the area’. The team also includes ‘effective and knowledgeable trade specialist’ Adrián Marcelo Miguez. The firm acts for both local and foreign companies across all industry sectors and representative names include Celulosa Argentina, Coca-Cola and Solvay Indupa.

The ‘prompt and professional’ group at Estudio O'Farrell is led by Gustavo Enrique Müller, who has ‘great knowledge in the international trade arena’. Customs matters, antidumping proceedings, import and export regimes and foreign exchange laws are all areas of activity, and the team regularly advises clients in the automotive, telecoms, life sciences and agribusiness industries. Ford Argentina, Araucaria Rail Technology and ASB Technologies are among its key clients.

International commerce boutique Petersen & Cotter Moine advises on unfair practices, customs law, foreign exchanges issues and other key international trade areas, under the leadership of recommended name partner Juan Patricio Cotter. The firm’s enviable client list is comprised of leading national and multinational companies drawn from the energy, financial services, agribusiness and food and beverage sectors – Cadbury, Chubb and Petrobras are representative names.

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados houses a solid international trade practice, with expertise in trade treaties, WTO regulations, import and export issues and antidumping investigations. Maximiliano Krause is the name to note and brings to bear a strong track record in competition-related issues.

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