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Leading individuals

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    • Carlos Mersán - MERSAN Abogados
    • Carlos Mersán - MERSAN Abogados
    • Gustavo Olmedo - Olmedo Abogados
    • Gustavo Olmedo - Olmedo Abogados
    • Nora Ruoti - Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados
    • Nora Ruoti - Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados

Next generation lawyers

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Rising stars

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    • Erika Bañuelos - FERRERE
    • Erika Bañuelos - FERRERE

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The well-regarded tax practice at BKM | Berkemeyer is noted for its wide-ranging expertise on tax planning, cross-border transactions, tax incentive regimes and export/import matters. The five-strong team 'not only understands the legal framework, but also the real impact of taxes from a business perspective'. Typical instructions also include representing domestic and international clients in litigious tax matters at all administrative and judicial levels. Practice head and 'tax expert' Federico Valinotti is currently assisting INCADE- Universidade Americana with the exoneration of a real estate tax. The team also provides ongoing advice to Spanish construction company Sacyr on tax matters in connection with PPP projects. Mauro Mascareño is another noteworthy practitioner. The group has been further strengthened with the arrival of experienced associate Carlos Vargas, who joined from Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados in June 2018.

MERSAN Abogados fields one of the most established tax practices in the country, which is regularly instructed by joint ventures and domestic and multinational companies to review all fundamental aspects of transactions which demand a tax and multidisciplinary focus. Renowned senior partner Carlos Mersán leads the team that is recurrently mandated on tax planning, administrative processes, special regimes and other tax incentives. The department also draws on a wealth of experience handling contentious tax matters. Other noteworthy practitioners include Diego Zavala, Pablo Lu and associate Tomás Mersan Riera.

Tax boutique Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados is one of the key players in the country's fiscal legal sector. The practice group, which operates under the leadership of highly-rated partner Nora Ruoti, provides sophisticated advice to high-profile domestic and international clients on tax audits, tax planning, fiscal incentives, compliance matters and litigation. Notable clients include Agrofertil, Axion Energy Paraguay, Cargill and Tecnomyl. Associate Carlos Vargas moved to BKM | Berkemeyer in June 2018.

FERRERE's tax practice advises a predominantly international roster of companies in connection with their local operations and transactions. The service offering encompasses advice on tax structures, customs, preferential tariff programs, public tenders and contentious matters. Recent work saw practice head Néstor Loizaga and Erika Bañuelos assist Voith Hydro with the tax implications of an international tender call by Entidad Binacional Yacyreta (EBY); advice spanned the importation of goods, tax refunds, tax incentives and EBY's tax exemptions. Representative clients include Bunge, Cargill and Bimbo.

Olmedo Abogados' tax team has a particularly impressive track record handling litigious fiscal matters. Under the joint leadership of the very well-regarded Gustavo Olmedo and José Olmedo, the seven-strong team offers advice on national and international tax planning, fiscal aspects of complex transactions, customs audits, tax incentives and special regimes, as well as double taxation. Junior partner Víctor Agüero, who specialises in customs law, administrative matters and privatisations, is also active in the department. Departmental clients include Syngenta and Puma Paraguay.

Vouga Abogados fields a solid tax department that demonstrates 'extensive experience' advising national and international corporate clients on matters including establishing their businesses in Paraguay, tax strategy structures, tax-efficient practices in cross-border transactions, special regimes, fiscal audits and contentious matters. Standout work saw the team assist Prosegur with the tax matters aspects of its purchase of the local assets of one of its biggest competitors (G4S). The practice also counselled John Deere Financial Chile on withholding tax payments in relation to multiple cross-border loans to Paraguayan farmers and construction companies. 'In a context of constant regulatory changes' co-head Andrés Vera 'always provides great interpretations of regulations'. Copetrol, SARCOM and British American Tobacco also feature in the team's client portfolio.

The 'well organised and informed' tax practice at Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja advises on tax planning and fiscal strategies, tax benefits, free trade zones and special regimes. The department is often involved in administrative tax claims and sector-related litigation, as evidenced by its recent assistance to Mercopar in relation to a claim regarding improperly-cleared customs' duties; the 'available and proactive' partner Marcos Peroni led the matter in conjunction with Juan Carlos Boggino. The well regarded Eduardo Alfaro Parot assisted Terminal Occidental (TOSA) with the obtaining of a concession for the first services Free Trade Zone in Paraguay and associated tax benefits under investment law. Clients also include Vemarcorp and P&O Maritime Services Paraguay.

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