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Excellent in every way’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘simply indispensable group’ attracts superlative praise as ‘the go-to tax practice in Argentina’. Among its key attributes, the team is noted for its ‘great experience in M&A and international transactions’, its ‘enormous talent in negotiations’ as well as its ‘market-leading tax-planning capability’ ¬– the group also shines in tax litigation and day-to-day counselling. Sector specialist Liban Kusa sets himself apart through his ‘deep expertise in tax law’ coupled with a ‘strong commitment to the client’s business outcomes’; he is defending HSBC Bank in a $90m case relating to alleged tax evasion. Matías Olivero Vila heads the department and acted with Kusa to represent Bunge on a transfer pricing case. On the transactional front Ezequiel Lipovetzky, who ‘differs from other tax lawyers in his ability to translate technical know-how into practical application’, led the team’s advice to Inchcape on its $290m acquisition of the 16 companies of Empresas Indumotora and Indumotora Corp. Senior counsel Jorge Damarco also enjoys a strong reputation for tax matters. The ‘very deep and broad department’ also benefits from an impressive second line of younger specialists, with newly promoted partners Daniela Rey (‘extremely professional’) and Javier Malamud (‘committed and results-oriented’), as well as ‘very technical and responsive’ senior associate Nicolás Nogueira Castellini all singled out by sources.

Responsive, committed and collaborative’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s tax unit scores highly for its ability to provide ‘different alternatives with deep analysis of the relative risks and advantages involved’. The group, which handles a broad spread of transactional, consultancy and contentious matters, is particularly noted for its ‘comprehensive service’ and ‘deep understanding of business implications’. Among the names to note, Gabriel Gotlib is a ‘leading light in the tax arena’ and advised Terrifico Capital on the creation of a foreign private fund to invest in cryptocurrency and ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). Walter Keiniger is ‘very professional, client-oriented and analytical’ and advised Loma Negra on its $1bn IPO on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and NYSE. Among the department’s contentious cases, Keiniger successfully represented Loma Negra in a case discussing whether delays by the public registry of commerce can affect the tax-free status of a corporate reorganisation. The group also benefits from the senior expertise of high-profile tax litigator Horacio García Prieto, ‘very experienced tax expert’ María Inés Brandt and Fernando Vaquero. Senior associates Maria Soledad Gonzalez and Tomás García Botta are also well regarded. In 2017, Juan Pablo Rothschild made partner.

Responsive and highly knowledgeable’, Baker McKenzie maintains its strong market position in contentious transfer pricing cases and also demonstrates robust experience in tax planning, international tax and M&A-related issues ¬– it is particularly sought after for its ‘unrivalled expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters’. Department lead Martin Barreiro is an ‘effective problem-solver’ and handles both tax litigation and transactional tax matters; he recently teamed-up with fellow tax partner Juan Pablo Menna to advise Vestas on the tax incentives granted for the generation of energy through renewable resources. On the litigation front, the same team successfully represented Archer Daniels Midland in its challenge to a tax assessment. The group has also recently undertaken work for Alfred C. Toepfer, Federal Express and Walmart.

Sophisticated tax boutique Bulit Goñi & Tarsitano enjoys a strong reputation in the market, largely due to the pre-eminence of co-founding partners Enrique Bulit Goñi (‘a seasoned statesman’) and Alberto Tarsitano (‘a noted tax star in Argentina’). The group also draws upon the expertise of ‘extremely strong’ sector specialist María Inés Giménez. Highlighted as a popular choice for contentious matters, the firm also advises domestic and multinational clients on tax planning, consultancy matters and criminal proceedings. Although it is active across a wide spread of industries, it is particularly well known for its expertise in energy and natural resources-related tax and representative clients include Chevron, DuPont Argentina and YPF.

Rosso Alba, Francia & Asociados’ signature tax practice now fields four partners dedicated to the area following the promotion of transfer pricing and controversy specialist Juan Marcos Rougès. Among the senior names to note, Cristian Rosso Alba is a ‘simply fantastic tax expert’ and brings to bear an impressive record in US tax and transfer pricing, while Juan Manuel Soria is recommended for his expertise in tax litigation. In a recent high-profile matter, the team successfully represented Vicentin before the Federal Court of Appeals in a case that confirmed the unconstitutionality of set transfer pricing standards enacted by the former government. Pan American Energy also instructed the firm to assist with its response to an income tax assessment related to the export price on cross-border sales of crude oil, propane and butane.

Highly sophisticated tax boutiqueTeijeiro & Ballone, Abogados is widely lauded for its ‘extremely professional and experienced partners’. In particular, Guillermo Teijeiro is ‘second-to-none for tax law in Argentina’ and is noted for his ‘deep expertise in transfer pricing matters’ – he also handles transactional-related tax issues and tax litigation. In addition, the firm can count upon the expertise of co-founding partner and tax planning expert Mariano Ballone and Gloria Gurbista. Over the past year, the firm advised on a string of major transfer pricing disputes. It also routinely advises on corporate finance and private equity-related work.

Midsize law firm Asorey & Navarrine houses a capable tax practice, which handles tax planning, transfer pricing, tax-free reorganisations, transactional support matters and tax litigation. Department lead Ruben Asorey is widely hailed as a ‘leader in the market for international taxation’ – he is also acclaimed for his strong academic credentials. The group’s client roster includes many major multinational corporations including Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Burger King.

M & M Bomchil’s tax group ‘exceeds expectations’, with its ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘strong analytical skills’ roundly praised by sources. The department, which acts on a good balance of contentious and non-contentious maters, is led by the ‘client-focused and highly knowledgeableAlejandro Messineo and also includes ‘effective tax litigatorAriadna Artopoulos. Recent headline matters include advising Nestlé Waters Argentina on the tax aspects of the sale of its home delivery business to Culligan Argentina. On the litigation front, the team is particularly active in transfer pricing cases.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen possesses a comprehensive tax practice, which advises on transfer pricing, tax planning, international tax and tax litigation, for a diverse range of clients – including companies in the energy, life sciences and retail sectors. Department co-lead Manuel Benites enjoys a prominent reputation in the market and successfully defended Apache Energía Argentina in a collection action brought by the municipality of Cutral Có. Tax litigation specialist Luis Nuñez is also recommended. Maximiliano Batista left to join Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

The ‘outstandingEstudio O'Farrell impresses with its ‘valuable, effective and expedient advice’. Under the leadership of ‘exceptional advisor’, Miguel Tesón, the tax group has a broad focus that spans transfer pricing, transactional matters and tax litigation. Recent work includes advising the federal government on the local, provincial and federal tax aspects of a PPP project to develop and improve water resources. The growing prominence of the firm’s tax practice was recently reflected in the partner promotions of Valeria Estathio and María Celina Valls. Guillermo Lalanne is also a key contact.

Allende & Brea’s recent mandates saw key partner Diego Botana advise Codere on tax and transfer pricing issues. Department head Raúl Fratantoni was kept busy during 2017 advising on a string of domestic and international families and entrepreneurs on tax planning matters. Other representative clients include MetLife, MasterCard and Reckitt Benckiser.

Client-oriented, accurate and timely’, Beccar Varela’s team is comprised of ‘highly qualified professionals that enhance the clientsbusiness with their contributions’. Among the names to note, group lead Santiago Montezanti is commended for his ‘deep knowledge of complex tax issues’ as well as his ability to provide ‘both an expert and practical view to clients’. Senior associate María de los Ángeles Olano also garners substantial praise for her ‘rare ability to simplify complex concepts’. Highlights included advising Deutsche Bank on the tax aspects of the sale of Deutsche Bank Argentina to Banco Comafi.

Co-led by managing partner Omar Beretta and Tomás Balzano, Beretta Godoy’s practice group is highly sought after for its niche expertise in energy and natural resources taxation. Other strings to its bow include transfer pricing, tax litigation and double taxation treaties. The firm acts for a significant volume of companies operating in the mining, oil and gas and power sectors such as Goldcorp, Sinopec and Yamana Gold.

Deloitte & Co. S.A. sets itself apart through its ‘speedy and concrete advice’ and its ‘excellent cost-effectiveness’. The group handles an array of tax litigation cases, consultancy issues, corporate support matters and tax planning. Department head Cynthia Calligaro has ‘extensive knowledge’ and is recommended for contentious work; she recently advised several clients in cases relating to the constitutionality of Argentina’s turnover tax. Transfer pricing, double tax treaties, minimum presumed income tax and the voluntary disclosure programme are also strong areas of expertise.

Luna Requena Abogados Tributaristas was established in 2017 by Álvaro Carlos Luna Requena, following his departure from legacy firm Luna Requena & Fernández Borzese Abogados. The team, which ‘works with celerity, pragmatism and very good knowledge of business’, is particularly admired for its experience in challenging tax litigation cases and it also handles tax planning and transactional support matters. Among its recent work, the department obtained judicial injunctions resulting in tax savings for Mastellone Hnos and Sancor Cooperativa, respectively the largest and second-largest milk companies in Argentina.

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ ‘deep knowledge of tax legislation and judicial processes’ combined with its ‘strong commitment to the client’ mark it as an ‘excellent partner’. Department head Corina Laudato is ‘very collaborative and experienced’ and routinely advises on tax litigation and non-contentious matters; she is currently advising Tenaris on a transfer pricing case in Denmark involving a corporate subsidiary. On the transactional side, Laudato advised AT&T on the tax aspects of a local joint venture.

Referral favourite Salaberren & Lopez Sanson (SyLS) fields a ‘small but effective’ tax practice, which receives a steady stream of instructions from US and UK law firms on cross-border matters. The energy, technology, food and beverage and agribusiness industries are key sources of instructions, and the team advises on a broad range of contentious, consultancy and transactional issues. Highlights included assisting Citromax with the reorganisation of its operations in Argentina. Group lead Sebastián López Sansón is a ‘sharp and savvy tax expert’.

Wiener Soto Caparrós’ ‘swift response times’, ‘excellent knowledge of the law and business practices’ and ‘strong depth of team resources’ ensures that it ‘instils confidence’, say clients. The firm possesses broad capability in tax matters, with its expertise encompassing customs tax, transfer pricing, foreign exchange regulations and local and international tax planning. Senior of counsel Alfredo Bisero Paratz is the key contact in a group that counts Coca-Cola Andina, Enercon and McCain Foods as clients.

In 2017, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados bolstered its tax offering with the hire of the ‘vastly experienced, proactive and problem-solving’ Diego Embón from Brons & Salas. He now heads a tax team that differentiates itself through its ‘personalised senior attention’ and its ‘committed, responsive and efficient approach’. Recent work includes advising a real estate company on administrative litigation stemming from a tax assessment concerning municipal taxes. The group also has robust experience in tax planning, transactional support matters and corporate restructurings.

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