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Estudio O'Farrell

AV. DE MAYO 645/651, 1084-BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

Uriel O’Farrell’s team at Estudio O'Farrell is a ‘safe pair of hands for banking work’ due to its ‘solid knowledge’ and ‘diligent lawyers’. The firm continues to advise national oil company YPF on all its local and international bond issuances. In a recent example, O’Farrell teamed up with Sebastián Luegmayer to represent YPF in a $1bn notes offering. John Deere Credit Compañía Financiera is also an active client and Luegmayer acted with associate Marina Laura Quinteiro to advise it on an $18.2m notes issuance.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell’s group, led by public law and economic regulation partner Agustín Siboldi, ‘delivers work in a timely fashion and according to quality requirements’. Recent highlights include advising YPF on the competition aspects of its acquisition of a controlling shareholding of Apache’s assets in Argentina. The team is also advising Axion Energy on several contentious competition matters. Other representative clients include Farmacity, Ford Argentina and I Squared Capital.

Leading lawyers

Agustín Siboldi - O'Farrell, Estudio

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell’s ‘excellent team’ finds favour for its ‘strong professionalism’, ‘good value for money on larger transactions’ and ‘partners’ high involvement in deals’. Uriel O’Farrell co-heads the group alongside ‘experienced lawyer and skilled negotiator’ Ricardo Castañeda. O’Farrell and Castañeda recently teamed up with Sebastián Luegmayer to advise YPF on a credit and acquisition agreement with Pampa Energía, which involved assigning YPF certain exploitation concessions including a 33% stake in the Rio Neuquén block. In another headline energy deal, the group advised I Squared Capital on its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Argentine entities.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

Over the past year, Daniel Calatrava’s team at Estudio O'Farrell remained busy advising on a diverse mix of credit recovery issues, product liability cases and class actions. The automotive sphere is a significant source of instructions and the group has long advised Ford Argentina on all its judicial litigation, including cases relating to product defects. Francisco Astolfi is also recommended and provides ongoing advice to Medicus in its litigation cases, including defending the company in a significant class action. The team has also recently undertaken work for Construtora Andrade Gutierrez, Farmcity and Turkish Airlines.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

The ‘prompt and professional’ group at Estudio O'Farrell is led by Gustavo Enrique Müller, who has ‘great knowledge in the international trade arena’. Customs matters, antidumping proceedings, import and export regimes and foreign exchange laws are all areas of activity, and the team regularly advises clients in the automotive, telecoms, life sciences and agribusiness industries. Ford Argentina, Araucaria Rail Technology and ASB Technologies are among its key clients.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell provides ‘robust and business savvy advice’ under the leadership of department head José Luis Zapata, who ‘really knows the law’. The group also includes ‘very smart’ senior associate Ignacio Agustín Castiglione, who has ‘strong business sense and great availability’. The team’s expertise spans collective bargaining agreements, M&A-related matters and employment litigation, particularly for clients within the energy and insurance industries. Highlights included advising Petrobras Argentina on the labour aspects of its merger with Pampa Energía, including union negotiations.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell is ‘among the best’ and scores highly for its ‘excellent service and response times’. Led jointly by Fernando García Pullés and Jorge Muratorio, the public law practice handles the full spread of administrative law matters with strong showings in the energy, transport and utilities spheres. Among its recent work, the firm advised CELADI (an association of long-haul bus companies) and the Ministry of Transport on the drafting of a new regulatory framework for long-distance passenger transport in Argentina. It also advised Edenor on a concession renegotiation agreement regarding electricity distribution in Buenos Aires.

Leading lawyers

Fernando García Pullés - O'Farrell, Estudio

Jorge Muratorio - O'Farrell, Estudio

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

O'Farrell, Estudio

The TMT practice at Estudio O'Farrell attracts praise for its ‘excellent customer-oriented service’ and ‘strong industry knowledge’. Regulated industries specialist Agustín Siboldi is the key contact and is highlighted as ‘effective and knowledgeable’. The group specialises in regulatory work, particularly for telecoms companies, and recently advised key client Claro Argentina on various matters, including regarding recent amendments to Argentina’s media and telecoms laws and on conflicts arising from the new sites regulation passed by Bariloche Municipality. Other representative clients include Comunicaciones y Consumos, Nextel Communications Argentina and Movistar Argentina. María Agustina Fanelli Evans, Fernando García Pullés and Jorge Muratorio also dedicate a significant amount of time to TMT matters.

Leading lawyers

Agustín Siboldi - O'Farrell, Estudio

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

O'Farrell, Estudio

Satisfied clients of Estudio O'Farrell’s tax group award it the ultimate accolade when they say, ‘we would never go elsewhere’. In particular, the team’s ‘outstanding level of service’ and ability to provide ‘immediate responses based on complete industry knowledge’ are roundly praised. Among the names to note, ‘technically excellent’ group head Miguel Tesón is ‘the global advisor you want close to you in any investment venture in Argentina’, while Guillermo Lalanne has ‘strong experience in provincial and local tax matters’. Valeria Estathio and María Celina Valls are also recommended. Transener recently instructed the team in a landmark tax case relating to loans executed in a foreign currency. The group also advised BRF on two judicial actions and one administrative refund claim challenging the constitutionality of the minimum presumed income tax.

Leading lawyers

Miguel Tesón - O'Farrell, Estudio

Next generation lawyers

María Celina Valls - O'Farrell, Estudio

Valeria Estathio - O'Farrell, Estudio

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell is ‘simply the best for client service’ and scores highly for its ‘good responsiveness’ and ‘sound knowledge of the area’. Led jointly by senior partner Uriel O´Farrell, who has ‘deep sector expertise’, and ‘excellent’ public law expert Agustín Siboldi, the practice has a strong bent towards regulatory work. Recent mandates include advising Edenor on its concession renegotiation agreement relating to electricity distribution in Buenos Aires. The firm also provides ongoing advice to various electricity generating companies (including Central Térmica Güemes and Hidroeléctrica Los Nihuiles) on regulatory issues. On the transactional side, the firm advised Pampa Energía on the auction proceedings to award new power electricity generation plants and also on turbine acquisition and installation agreements. María Agustina Fanelli Evans and Fernando García Pullés are also active in power matters.

Leading lawyers

Uriel O’Farrell - O'Farrell, Estudio

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

O'Farrell, Estudio

Estudio O'Farrell is ‘Among the best’ and the broad team scores highly for its ‘valuable, effective and expedient legal advice across public law, commercial matters, tax and litigation’. Under the leadership of joint department heads Uriel O´Farrell and Agustín Siboldi, the group is a leading player in regulatory matters, enjoying a close relationship with state-controlled YPF. Among its other key clients, Siboldi provides ongoing advice to Axion Energy on various regulatory and antitrust issues, including successfully representing it in an investigation into alleged price fixing. María Agustina Fanelli Evans is also highly regarded for energy regulation and is advising Metrogas in several judicial proceedings challenging the implementation of a new rating scheme. The group’s transactional capability is also significant and it advised YPF on a credit and acquisition agreement with Pampa Energía, whereby YPF provided a $140m loan in return for certain exploitation concessions, including a 33% stake in the Rio Neuquén block and an 80% share of the Aguada de la Arena block. Fernando García Pullés is also recommended.

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