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Mersan Abogados provides an ‘excellent’ service in the tax area, advising clients from a broad range of industry sectors across tax planning, consultancy, administrative processes and litigation. Recent work includes defending UABL Paraguay against higher VAT percentage claims from the State Undersecretariat of Taxation, and arguing against a VAT levy on organisations which generate income for retirement funds. The expertise of senior partner Carlos Mersán is acknowledged by peers and clients alike, and other names to note are the highly regarded Diego Zavala and Pablo Cheng Lu. Clients include Banco Itaú Paraguay, Citibank, Pepsico del Paraguay and Farmacenter.

Focusing exclusively on tax matters, boutique firm Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market, thanks in part to the profile of founding partner Nora Ruoti. The firm covers the whole range of tax matters, including tax audits, tax planning, investment advice and international matters, and has a strong track record in tax litigation. It acts for clients including Agrofertil, American Airlines Paraguay, Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol, Grupo Silva Berg, Paraguay Trading and Tecnomyl. Mauro Mascareño is now with Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors.

One of the leading providers of tax services in the country, Olmedo Abogados stands out for its contentious practice, but also covers tax planning, customs matters and the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Highly regarded name partner Gustavo Olmedo represented Codiel in administrative proceedings against the National Customs Office relating to withheld tax; and acted for domestic as well as international clients, such as MSU Agropy and Ultrapar, in administrative claims against the tax authorities. The seven-strong team includes Victor Agüero, Verónica Escobar, Fernando Gadea and Rodrigo Muñoz.

With a practice spanning tax planning, cross-border transactions, investment and tax incentive schemes, and litigation, Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors further strengthened its practice with the hire of the well-regarded Mauro Mascareño, previously of Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados. The firm acts for Monsanto on day-to-day and strategic tax matters, recently advising on the possible tax consequences of an equity compensation reimbursement agreement, while other clients include Banco Continental, Puente Casa de Bolsa, Cargill Paraguay, MicroVest Capital Management, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and La Bodega del Mundo. Federico Valinotti heads the six-strong team.

Ferrereoffers answers in a timely manner based on the experience and knowledge of the whole team’. The firm, in cooperation with accounting specialists from CPA Ferrere, advises national and multinational clients from a wide range of sectors, such as finance, telecoms, energy, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness and manufacturing, on the full range of tax matters. Recent highlights include representing Bunge Paraguay and Agrotec in VAT recovery claims, as well as advising Petrobras on various matters. The team includes managing partner Néstor Loizaga, Erika Bañuelos and Federico Silva, and is praised for its ‘excellent academic background combined with years of experience and professionalism’. Sodrugestvo Paraguay, ThyssenKrupp, Avianca and Unilever are clients.

Vouga Abogados assists national and international clients in relation to tax audits, tax planning, tax returns and efficiency. Its recent work includes advising Unión Industrial Paraguaya on tax reforms, and assisting Amaggi International on a range of issues including risks, assessments, evaluations and planning, while other clients include Prosegur Paraguay, Sodrugestvo Group, South American River Company and Archer Daniels Midland. The highly regarded Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga and Brazilian tax expert Mariana Montenegro Reis are key figures in the team, which was strengthened by the hire of Andres Vera, a former member of the Paraguayan Finance Ministry.

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