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Full-service firm Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown covers arbitration and litigation proceedings, with the 12-strong team representing mainly international clients from various sectors. Head of department Raúl Andrada Nogués recently acted for Petrobras Paraguay Distribución in a $2m compensation claim against Agrocomercial Noreste; the team also represented BBVA Paraguay in several claims for loan foreclosures worth $18m against Frigorífico San Pedro. Other key clients are Petrobras Paraguay, Itaú Bank Paraguay and Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay.

Dispute resolution is the traditional mainstay of full-service firm Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados. Under the leadership of the highly esteemed José Moreno Ruffinelli, who is known for his arbitration experience, the department represents a prestigious and wide-ranging client roster including Sudameris Bank, Bancop and S.A.C.I. H. Petersen. Other notable lawyers are ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ litigator Raúl Fernando Barriocanal and maritime law specialist Carlos Darío Ruffinelli. Recent mandates saw the team represent Compañía de Petróleo y Asfalto in an $18m claim against Petrobras and Petrobras Distribuidora, and Gunder in a $6m claim against Kia Motors.

Olmedo Abogados provides an ‘excellent’ level of assistance. The 25-strong team covers the full array of arbitration and litigation proceedings, with particular strength in labour and financial litigation. The firm also fields a strong criminal department. The highly respected Gustavo Olmedo successfully represented Corporación Mercantil in a four-year fraud case against Paraguay Express worth $6m. Other highlights included representing clients such as Codiel and Ultrapar in administrative claims against the tax authorities. Enrique Zacarías Michelagnoli, Sebastián Olmedo and Martin Riera are names to note.

With a tradition dating back more than a century, Estudio Riera Abogados’ 11-strong team has a comprehensive practice including arbitration as well as litigation, and acts for a wide range of national and multinational clients in high-end civil proceedings. Manuel Riera Escudero stands out for his expertise in arbitration, and is a member of the Paraguayan Arbitration and Mediation Center (CAMP). Other noteworthy individuals are Sebastián Quevedo and Manuel Riera Domínguez.

Praised for its ‘high-level service’ and ‘knowledge of clients’ businesses’, Vouga Abogados’ dispute resolution group represents a broad spectrum of multinational clients in complex proceedings. Recent work saw the renowned Mirtha Dos Santos, together with Rodolfo Vouga, represent Petrobras in a $47m compensation claim. The team also assisted Swiss manufacturer Omega in an $11.5m claim against a local distributor. Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga regularly handles complex litigation and arbitration cases. The firm counts Archer Daniels Midland, Paresa, Prosegur Paraguay, AMX Paraguay and BASF Paraguay among its other clients.

The dispute resolution team at Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors enjoys a solid reputation, thanks in part to the expertise of renowned practice head Carla Sosa. The firm represents a strong roster of domestic and international clients, including The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung del Paraguay and Unilever. Recent work saw the team represent Monsanto Paraguay in a high-value civil action relating to the use of the herbicide Roundup. In cooperation with the firm’s highly regarded IP department, the team successfully assisted Canali Ireland in a nullity action against a trade mark registration by a local citizen; and represented Paraguayan fast food chain Ña Eustaquia in an extra-judicial claim against a local business concerning the use of the name.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja has particular expertise in distribution agreements and claims relating to the shipping and mining sectors. The team handles arbitration and litigation proceedings for national and international clients such as Hidrovias del Paraguay, Medship Paraguay and MSC. Recent highlights include the defence of Sancor Seguros del Paraguay in a $1.2m claim filed by the Ministry of Public Works. The litigation department continues to represent Marubeni America in a $4m claim against a local sugar mill. José Sosa Fracchia and Enrique Sosa Elizeche are recommended.

Described as ‘the best law firm in Paraguay for arbitration matters’, Altra Servicios Juridicos represents a wide range of local and international clients. ICC member José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez, who has been nominated as a member of an ICSID Annulment Committee in an investment dispute between Dutch company Venoklim and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chairs the practice and is highly respected in the market. The firm is also acting for Custodia in a $10m lawsuit against ADM.

Ferrere leverages its capabilities in the corporate and finance arena to represent national and multinational clients in complex litigation, fielding a five-strong team led by the highly rated Néstor Loizaga and Miguel Saguier. The firm recently represented Cargill Alimentos do Brasil in a $9m indemnification claim filed by a local distributor, while other key clients include Akzo Nobel Argentina, AstraZeneca, Unilever, Frutika and Petrobras Paraguay.

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