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Estudio Jur√≠dico Gross Brown¬†excels in commercial and civil litigious matters, demonstrating particular strength across the full-range of financial disputes, as well as¬†highly-complex commercial cases. Out-of-court services, such as mediation and arbitration, are another key strength of the practice group, which is led by the highly regarded Ra√ļl Andrada Nogu√©s.¬†The team recently acted on behalf of respondent LDS Church in relation to a $1.5m lawsuit brought by a lawyer claiming professional fees. Other standout work included representing Petrobras, as respondent, in a $5.7m compensation claim due to termination of an exclusive distribution contract. BBVA Paraguay, Ericsson del Paraguay and Banco Nacional de Fomento are also part of the team's client roster. Experienced associate Fernando Marecos¬†is also a noted practitioner.

Under the leadership of highy regarded arbitrator José Moreno Ruffineli, the dispute resolution team at Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados stands out in commercial litigation and arbitration, while also offering advice to major local and international clients in relation to contentious labour, banking, distribution and maritime matters, as well as white-collar crime. The  practice's client base includes Sudameris Bank, Bancop and Maersk Line; recent engagements included representing claimant COMPASA in an $18m breach-of-contract and damages claim against Petrobras in the Supreme Court. The team can also count on the expertise of 'recommended' practice co-head Roberto Moreno, who returned to the firm after serving as Solicitor General of the Republic of Paraguay. Judicial unconstitutionality actions' expert Diego Moreno is another key practitioner; and associate Alfredo Gonzalez Palacios joined the practice after serving as delegate attorney at the Office of the Solicitor General.

Olmedo Abogados is a leading force in the dispute resolution market in Paraguay, demonstrating an ability to process a high volume of diverse matters. The practice is instructed by domestic and international clients on civil, commercial, labour, tax, criminal and environmental disputes, as well as international  arbitration. The sizeable department has been particularly active advising banks and financial entities on debt recovery claims: co-heads Enrique Zacarías and Sebastian Olmedo represented Banco Regional in several debt collections, and are counselling the bank on more than 1,000 lawsuits with an aggregate value of $18m. Recent high-profile mandates involved representing Unicentro as claimant in a $10m construction dispute; and advising Financiera Rio in the first litigation in Paraguay brought against a trustee in connection with asset-backed securities' transactions. Co-leader José Olmedo is another key partner in the department. Clients include Puma Energy Paraguay, Syngenta and Banco Nacional de Fomento.

The well-established Estudio Riera Abogados maintains an excellent reputation for its dispute resolution expertise and personalised service offering. Major domestic clients and corporations throughout Latin America continue to instruct the sizeable team on a vast range of contentious work, predominantly in connection with high-profile civil and commercial matters. The highly-regarded Manuel Riera Escudero directs a practice group that is steeped in domestic litigation experience and also has knowledge of international arbitral proceedings. The team excels at handling disputes related to infrastructure and public-private partnerships, and has particular clout in the agribusiness sector. Sebastián Quevedo and Manuel Riera Domínguez are additional names to note.

'One of the most prestigious law firms'¬†in Paraguay, Vouga Abogados¬†is a go-to destination for complex litigation and arbitration, showcasing 'an impeccable trajectory'¬†in the field and a¬†high-profile 'portfolio of national and foreign corporate clients'. Jointly led by Rodolfo G Vouga¬†and the 'highly professional and competent'¬†Mirtha dos Santos, the nine-strong team is well versed in out-of-court proceedings and precautionary matters, while offering representation throughout the entire justice system regarding civil and commercial conflicts, distributorship and agency disputes, and contentious banking, labour, tax, IP and environmental matters. The team is currently representing Paraguay Refrescos in a lawsuit brought forward by a soccer fan in relation to the unauthorised use of his image in an advertising campaign. In other matters, Dos Santos and associate Elio Ag√ľero¬†¬†are leading advice to a consortium of companies, as claimants, in an $8.3m contentious-administrative trial in connection with an abrupt termination of contract. Clients include Prosegur, Equifax, Archer Daniels Midland and Petrobras.

BKM | Berkemeyer fields a litigation, arbitration and mediation practice which covers commercial disputes along with environmental, tax and IP litigation, as well as contentious matters arising from the newly-enacted competition legislation. Litigator Carla Sosa heads the nine-strong team, which demonstrates a strong track record in the processing of executive judgement portfolios and multiple lawsuits on behalf of corporate clients such as Vidriocar, ALK Paraguay and Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation. Associate Natalia Oddone  is leading advice to local motor-dealership Diesa on the processing of approximately 250 collection lawsuits (value: $2.5m). The team is also assisting Rizobacter del Paraguay with five executive trials aimed at collecting sums of money -over $1m- owed by customers.

FERRERE's dispute resolution practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and boasts a strong track record in negotiating settlements. The sizeable team handles a range of dispute resolution formats (litigation, arbitration and mediation) and advises on claims involving distribution and financial contracts, labour disputes and insolvency issues, among other matters. Led by office managing partner Néstor Loizaga (who has niche expertise in distribution law), the department represents a growing list of local clients and multinationals including Unilever, Cargill and British American Tobacco. Other practitioners of note are associate Miguel Saguier, who specialises in commercial, civil and administrative disputes; and labour law expert Marysol Estigarribia.

The litigation and dispute resolution team at Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja is commended for its 'commitment to achieve the best possible solutions' and 'multi-language capabilities which makes it one of the few practices prepared to deal with international subjects'. The 'highly recognised team of lawyers' offers representation to local and international clients before civil, commercial, administrative, family and labour courts. Distribution disputes feature prominently on its recent caseload: the team assisted BASF, as respondent, on a $30m lawsuit in this sub-sector. In on-going work, the department is representing Mercopar on several claims against local petroleum corporation Petropar in relation to a breach of shipping agreement. José Sosa Fracchia is the name to note.

Altra Servicios Juridicos¬†fields a solid dispute resolution practice, which stands out for its market-leading position in the commercial arbitration segment. The team is currently representing¬†Compa√Ī√≠a Paraguaya de Cosm√©ticos in an $8m commercial arbitral proceeding against¬†Colgate-Palmolive de Paraguay regarding the termination of an exclusive trade mark licence agreement. Another on-going mandate involves the representation of a Paraguayan Port facility in a $10m damages claim and contractual lawsuit against¬†Archer Daniels Midland. Practice head¬†Jos√© Antonio Moreno Rodr√≠guez, who is highly experienced in international arbitration, is the key point of contact.

The dispute resolution group at MERSAN Abogados¬†is regularly instructed by national and international companies, financial institutions and investment funds in relation to civil, administrative and commercial contentious matters. Drawing on a wealth of experience in tax law, the practice is particularly active handling fiscal disputes and tax claims. Diego Zavala¬†heads the arbitration team, while Pablo Lu¬†co-leads the litigation department, which recently assisted¬†Banco Ita√ļ Paraguay with several debt collection claims. It also represented AMX Paraguay (CLARO) in relation to insurance disputes and in contentious administrative actions. Other clients include British American Tobacco,¬†Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunci√≥n and¬†Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay.

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