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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Lawyers at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr are ‘among the best’, due to their ‘strong knowledge’ and their ‘very good understanding of the commercial drivers behind cross-border transactions’. Considered by some as ‘the first port of call for multi-jurisdictional work’, the increasingly prominent banking and finance group covers all the bases with capital markets, commercial lending, project finance, export and trade finance and structured finance all standing out as solid areas of experience. Practice head Diego Serrano Redonnet is a ‘clear leader in the area’ and acted for the underwriters in real estate developer IRSA Propiedades Comerciales’ $210m notes issuance. José Martínez de Hoz (n) is a ‘fantastic younger partner’ and teamed up with Redonnet to advise the underwriters in a $650m issuance of hydrocarbon-secured bonds by the province of Chubut. In another high-profile bank-side mandate, Alan Arntsen advised IFC on a $400m loan to Telecom Personal, which represented its largest investment in Latin America’s telecoms sector. The firm also shines on the borrower side and Martínez de Hoz advised Axion Energy on a $420m loan from IFC and a group of commercial banks. The ‘top-notch’ Mariano Grondona and the ‘up-and-comingFederico Wilensky are also highly rated. Other representative clients include Banco Santander, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.

Leading lawyers

Diego Serrano Redonnet - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Next generation lawyers

Federico Wilensky - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

José Martínez de Hoz (n) - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The insolvency group at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr calls on the expertise of six partners including litigator Guillermo Quiñoa and corporate finance specialists Alan Arntsen and Diego Serrano Redonnet. The team represents the full spread of creditors and bondholders, debtors and issuers, and financial advisers and dealer managers in insolvency cases, and has robust capability in both judicial and out-of-court restructurings. The team is currently representing an Exxon Mobil subsidiary in the reorganisation of Refinadora Neuquina.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Under the leadership of Luis Barry, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr acts for an enviable mix of domestic, regional and multinational clients on competition and antitrust matters. Merger filings, competition litigation and investigations are all areas of activity, and the team regularly acts for clients in the telecoms, life sciences, technology, agribusiness and automotive industries. In a recent landmark case, the practice successfully represented BRF in seeking to overturn a request to notify its acquisition of certain trade marks from Molinos Río de la Plata, which constituted the first court ruling stating that the acquisition of trade marks should not trigger a filing. It also advised Cerberus Group on the merger-notification aspects of its acquisition of Reydel Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Luis Barry - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr secured key roles on several prominent cross-border deals over the past year, with an extremely strong showing in private equity. Arguably, the most high-profile mandate was its advice to Duke Energy on the local aspects of the $1.2bn sale of its capital stock in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru to I Squared Capital – energy specialist Pablo Rueda led that transaction. Founding partner Jorge Perez Alati continues to head the practice and remains extremely active in deals; he teamed up with Guillermo Quiñoa to advise Techpack on the $435m sale of its flexible-packaging unit to Amcor Flexible. José Martínez de Hoz (n) had a strong year and acted with corporate finance partner Fernando Zoppi to represent both Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Panasonic Healthcare (a joint venture between KKR and Panasonic) on the latters $1.1bn acquisition of Bayer’s diabetes healthcare assets. In another private equity highlight, key contact Santiago Daireaux acted for private equity fund Piedrabuena on the acquisition of a controlling interest in oilfield service company Prodeng. Younger partner Federico Wilensky is establishing a solid reputation in the market and teamed up with Diego Serrano Redonnet to advise private equity fund PointArgentum on its $105m acquisition of an ownership interest in Genneia.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr has a comprehensive dispute resolution practice that shines in several niche areas, particularly energy where it leverages its market-leading oil-and-gas practice to pack a punch representing energy companies in high-stakes cases. For arbitration and international litigation work, José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr is considered among the market leaders; he recently represented YPF in a $1.6bn ICC arbitration brought by a Brazilian natural gas importer, a Brazilian power generator and an Argentine natural gas transportation company. In another high-profile case, he is representing two affiliates of Exxon Mobil against the Republic of Argentina in the annulment phase of an international investment arbitration before ICSID. On the litigation side, Mariano Grondona successfully represented Google in a landmark $100m case, which ruled that search engine websites are generally not responsible for third-party content that appears in online search results. Other senior litigators include Guillermo Quiñoa, Pablo Rueda and department head Luis Incera. ‘Very committed’ younger partner Jimena Vega Olmos is also recommended for administrative law matters.

Leading lawyers

José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s ‘excellent team’ scores highly for its ‘in-depth knowledge of insurance regulations’ and its ability to ‘creatively search for the best solutions’. Sector specialist Maximiliano Batista stands out for his ‘strong analytical skills and ability to always provide alternatives’; he recently defended a global insurance company in numerous class actions brought by consumer protection associations alleging it overcharged on credit life insurance premiums. On the transactional side, the firm acted for RSA on the £403m sale of its two Argentine subsidiaries to Suramericana de Seguros. Associate Lucila Guerrero is also a highly active member of the group.

Next generation lawyers

Lucila Guerrero - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s specialist IP unit PAGBAM IP is now led solely by Fernando Alonso, following the departure of former co-head Dámaso Pardo, who was appointed president of the Argentine Trademarks and Patents Office in 2016. However, the promotions of Julio Lago and Santiago Fiorito to partner go some way to fill the gap at top level. Highlights included successfully defending Laboratorios Beta in patent case brought by Eli Lilly, which led to the country’s first annulment of a patent for a pharmaceutical product. On the trade mark side, the firm manages Google and Red Bull’s trade mark portfolios in Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Dámaso Pardo - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s practice, which is jointly led by tax specialist Manuel Benites and corporate partner Cristian Krüger, regularly handles the full array of international trade, foreign exchange matters, customs regulations and related litigation. Among its customs highlights, the firm represented LDC Argentina in administrative proceedings against the government arising from its modification of the Agricultural Goods Export Act. It also represented Honda in a case arguing that the customs administration does not have jurisdiction in foreign exchange matters. On the antidumping side, the team represented Merial Argentina in an antidumping investigation into imports of veterinary vaccines from the US and France. Senior partner Martin Lepiane is also recommended for trade finance matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The team at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr is active across a broad range of transactional support matters, collective bargaining agreements, compliance issues, immigration and employment litigation. Enrique Betemps is a key contact and handles both litigious and contentious matters; notably, he successfully represented Posnet in a claim brought by the Argentina Federation of Travelling Agents of the Argentine Republic and the Association of Travelling Sellers of the Argentine Republic of Industry, Commerce and Services, which sought payment of contributions equivalent to 2% of employees salaries. Google, Robert Bosch and United Airlines are also key clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr is known for its expert handling of land acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, project development and finance transactions. Guillermo Quiñoa heads the practice and recently advised Santander Río on the sale of an important piece of land in Buenos Aires, as well as on the construction of its new headquarters. Santiago Daireaux is noted for his reputation in agribusiness-related transactions and acted for El Tejar on the $55m sale of all of its real estate farming assets in Bolivia. Grupo Cencosud, Patagonia Brewing and Sura Seguros are also key clients.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Quiñoa - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s TMT group is particularly active in transactional matters, under the joint leadership of M&A head Jorge Perez Alati and corporate finance and regulated industries specialist Mariano Grondona. In a recent headline deal, the team advised Monotype Imaging on its $130m acquisition of Olapic. It also acted for IFC on its $400m loan to Telecom Personal for the expansion of its 4G high-speed wireless broadband network.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr scores highly for its ‘very responsive service’ and for its ‘strong partner involvement in all cases’. High-profile tax specialist Manuel Benites is ‘knowledgeable and dedicated’ and leads a three-partner group that also draws on the expertise of respected tax litigator Marcelo Núñez and Maximiliano Batista, who has ‘good technical knowledge of the tax environment in Argentina’. Transactional highlights include advising Cerámica San Lorenzo on the tax aspects of the sale of its ceramic business in Latin America. On the contentious side, it advised United Airlines on a tax authority challenge to its tax-free reorganisation process. Other representative clients include BRF, Sinopec and Total Austral.

Leading lawyers

Manuel Benites - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The ‘responsive and committed’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s power practice has strong experience in transactional matters but it also regularly handles commercial, regulatory and contentious matters for an enviable mix of domestic, regional and multinational clients. Led by José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr, the group also calls on the services of ‘very competent and dedicated’ energy specialist Pablo Rueda and public law partner Juan Cruz Azzarri. Recent work includes advising Sinopec in regulatory matters relating to the installation of a gas-fired power plant. The firm is also representing Duke Energy in a $105m dispute arising from the accidental opening of a dam gate, which resulted in the application of a severe penalty by the Argentine gas authorities.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The ‘well-informed, responsive and user-friendly’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s oil and gas practice is ‘simply outstanding’. Combining regulatory prowess with corporate firepower, the team strikes the right note with its ‘wide knowledge of oil and gas law’ and its ability to put forward ‘strong, dedicated lawyers’. José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr is ‘at the top of his game’ and is regarded by many as the ‘go-to lawyer for oil and gas in Argentina’; he has a distinguished record in energy arbitrations and is representing two ExxonMobil subsidiaries against the Republic of Argentina in the annulment phase of an international investment arbitration, as well as representing YPF in a high-value ICC arbitration against a Brazilian natural gas importer. Elsewhere, Juan Cruz Azzarri advised YPF, Capex, YSUR and Wintershall on legal actions looking to declare as unconstitutional the imposition of a special charge brought in by an executive decree on natural-gas tariffs. Transactional highlights included Mariano Grondona’s counselling Petrobras Brasil and Petrobras Argentina on the $101m sale of certain hydrocarbon assets to Compañía General de Combustibles. The group also calls on the services of highly-rated sector expert Pablo Rueda and administrative law specialist Jimena Vega Olmos.

Leading lawyers

José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Next generation lawyers

Juan Cruz Azzarri - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

M & M Bomchil’s experienced head of arbitration Guido Tawil has an impressive network of contacts and strong technical knowledge. He regularly represents multinationals in disputes with the state, recently handling cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Spanish utility company Endesa is a key client. Rivera & Asociados’ key contact Julio César Rivera has been particularly active in energy-related disputes. Abeledo Gottheil Abogados represents investors in investment treaty arbitrations, and also acts for international as well as domestic parties in commercial disputes, including those heard in the ICC. Luis Alberto Erize and Hernán Martín Oriolo are recommended. Recent highlights for José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.), head of arbitration and international litigation at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr, include representing Exxon Mobil affiliates in defending an ICSID arbitration award which the government of Argentina is seeking to annul, and acting for YPF in a $1.6bn ICC case relating to a natural gas export contract. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has been active in several ICC cases, including representing Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, with Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and Ignacio Minorini Lima acting. At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Ricardo Ostrower is ‘a seasoned litigator with deep knowledge of arbitration procedures’. He is acting for Total Austral in its high-profile dispute with Metrogas (Chile) arising from the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. Independent arbitrator Raúl Emilio Vinuesa adjudicates on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Lawyers at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr are ‘among the best’, due to their ‘strong knowledge’ and their ‘very good understanding of the commercial drivers behind cross-border transactions’. Considered by some as ‘the first port of call for multi-jurisdictional work’, the increasingly prominent banking and finance group covers all the bases with capital markets, commercial lending, project finance, export and trade finance and structured finance all standing out as solid areas of experience. Practice head Diego Serrano Redonnet is a ‘clear leader in the area’ and acted for the underwriters in real estate developer IRSA Propiedades Comerciales’ $210m notes issuance. José Martínez de Hoz (n) is a ‘fantastic younger partner’ and teamed up with Redonnet to advise the underwriters in a $650m issuance of hydrocarbon-secured bonds by the province of Chubut. In another high-profile bank-side mandate, Alan Arntsen advised IFC on a $400m loan to Telecom Personal, which represented its largest investment in Latin America’s telecoms sector. The firm also shines on the borrower side and Martínez de Hoz advised Axion Energy on a $420m loan from IFC and a group of commercial banks. The ‘top-notch’ Mariano Grondona and the ‘up-and-comingFederico Wilensky are also highly rated. Other representative clients include Banco Santander, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.

Leading lawyers

Diego Serrano Redonnet - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Next generation lawyers

Federico Wilensky - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

José Martínez de Hoz (n) - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The insolvency group at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr calls on the expertise of six partners including litigator Guillermo Quiñoa and corporate finance specialists Alan Arntsen and Diego Serrano Redonnet. The team represents the full spread of creditors and bondholders, debtors and issuers, and financial advisers and dealer managers in insolvency cases, and has robust capability in both judicial and out-of-court restructurings. The team is currently representing an Exxon Mobil subsidiary in the reorganisation of Refinadora Neuquina.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Under the leadership of Luis Barry, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr acts for an enviable mix of domestic, regional and multinational clients on competition and antitrust matters. Merger filings, competition litigation and investigations are all areas of activity, and the team regularly acts for clients in the telecoms, life sciences, technology, agribusiness and automotive industries. In a recent landmark case, the practice successfully represented BRF in seeking to overturn a request to notify its acquisition of certain trade marks from Molinos Río de la Plata, which constituted the first court ruling stating that the acquisition of trade marks should not trigger a filing. It also advised Cerberus Group on the merger-notification aspects of its acquisition of Reydel Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Luis Barry - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr secured key roles on several prominent cross-border deals over the past year, with an extremely strong showing in private equity. Arguably, the most high-profile mandate was its advice to Duke Energy on the local aspects of the $1.2bn sale of its capital stock in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru to I Squared Capital – energy specialist Pablo Rueda led that transaction. Founding partner Jorge Perez Alati continues to head the practice and remains extremely active in deals; he teamed up with Guillermo Quiñoa to advise Techpack on the $435m sale of its flexible-packaging unit to Amcor Flexible. José Martínez de Hoz (n) had a strong year and acted with corporate finance partner Fernando Zoppi to represent both Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Panasonic Healthcare (a joint venture between KKR and Panasonic) on the latters $1.1bn acquisition of Bayer’s diabetes healthcare assets. In another private equity highlight, key contact Santiago Daireaux acted for private equity fund Piedrabuena on the acquisition of a controlling interest in oilfield service company Prodeng. Younger partner Federico Wilensky is establishing a solid reputation in the market and teamed up with Diego Serrano Redonnet to advise private equity fund PointArgentum on its $105m acquisition of an ownership interest in Genneia.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr has a comprehensive dispute resolution practice that shines in several niche areas, particularly energy where it leverages its market-leading oil-and-gas practice to pack a punch representing energy companies in high-stakes cases. For arbitration and international litigation work, José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr is considered among the market leaders; he recently represented YPF in a $1.6bn ICC arbitration brought by a Brazilian natural gas importer, a Brazilian power generator and an Argentine natural gas transportation company. In another high-profile case, he is representing two affiliates of Exxon Mobil against the Republic of Argentina in the annulment phase of an international investment arbitration before ICSID. On the litigation side, Mariano Grondona successfully represented Google in a landmark $100m case, which ruled that search engine websites are generally not responsible for third-party content that appears in online search results. Other senior litigators include Guillermo Quiñoa, Pablo Rueda and department head Luis Incera. ‘Very committed’ younger partner Jimena Vega Olmos is also recommended for administrative law matters.

Leading lawyers

José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s ‘excellent team’ scores highly for its ‘in-depth knowledge of insurance regulations’ and its ability to ‘creatively search for the best solutions’. Sector specialist Maximiliano Batista stands out for his ‘strong analytical skills and ability to always provide alternatives’; he recently defended a global insurance company in numerous class actions brought by consumer protection associations alleging it overcharged on credit life insurance premiums. On the transactional side, the firm acted for RSA on the £403m sale of its two Argentine subsidiaries to Suramericana de Seguros. Associate Lucila Guerrero is also a highly active member of the group.

Next generation lawyers

Lucila Guerrero - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s specialist IP unit PAGBAM IP is now led solely by Fernando Alonso, following the departure of former co-head Dámaso Pardo, who was appointed president of the Argentine Trademarks and Patents Office in 2016. However, the promotions of Julio Lago and Santiago Fiorito to partner go some way to fill the gap at top level. Highlights included successfully defending Laboratorios Beta in patent case brought by Eli Lilly, which led to the country’s first annulment of a patent for a pharmaceutical product. On the trade mark side, the firm manages Google and Red Bull’s trade mark portfolios in Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Dámaso Pardo - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s practice, which is jointly led by tax specialist Manuel Benites and corporate partner Cristian Krüger, regularly handles the full array of international trade, foreign exchange matters, customs regulations and related litigation. Among its customs highlights, the firm represented LDC Argentina in administrative proceedings against the government arising from its modification of the Agricultural Goods Export Act. It also represented Honda in a case arguing that the customs administration does not have jurisdiction in foreign exchange matters. On the antidumping side, the team represented Merial Argentina in an antidumping investigation into imports of veterinary vaccines from the US and France. Senior partner Martin Lepiane is also recommended for trade finance matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The team at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr is active across a broad range of transactional support matters, collective bargaining agreements, compliance issues, immigration and employment litigation. Enrique Betemps is a key contact and handles both litigious and contentious matters; notably, he successfully represented Posnet in a claim brought by the Argentina Federation of Travelling Agents of the Argentine Republic and the Association of Travelling Sellers of the Argentine Republic of Industry, Commerce and Services, which sought payment of contributions equivalent to 2% of employees salaries. Google, Robert Bosch and United Airlines are also key clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr is known for its expert handling of land acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, project development and finance transactions. Guillermo Quiñoa heads the practice and recently advised Santander Río on the sale of an important piece of land in Buenos Aires, as well as on the construction of its new headquarters. Santiago Daireaux is noted for his reputation in agribusiness-related transactions and acted for El Tejar on the $55m sale of all of its real estate farming assets in Bolivia. Grupo Cencosud, Patagonia Brewing and Sura Seguros are also key clients.

Leading lawyers

Guillermo Quiñoa - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s TMT group is particularly active in transactional matters, under the joint leadership of M&A head Jorge Perez Alati and corporate finance and regulated industries specialist Mariano Grondona. In a recent headline deal, the team advised Monotype Imaging on its $130m acquisition of Olapic. It also acted for IFC on its $400m loan to Telecom Personal for the expansion of its 4G high-speed wireless broadband network.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr scores highly for its ‘very responsive service’ and for its ‘strong partner involvement in all cases’. High-profile tax specialist Manuel Benites is ‘knowledgeable and dedicated’ and leads a three-partner group that also draws on the expertise of respected tax litigator Marcelo Núñez and Maximiliano Batista, who has ‘good technical knowledge of the tax environment in Argentina’. Transactional highlights include advising Cerámica San Lorenzo on the tax aspects of the sale of its ceramic business in Latin America. On the contentious side, it advised United Airlines on a tax authority challenge to its tax-free reorganisation process. Other representative clients include BRF, Sinopec and Total Austral.

Leading lawyers

Manuel Benites - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The ‘responsive and committed’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s power practice has strong experience in transactional matters but it also regularly handles commercial, regulatory and contentious matters for an enviable mix of domestic, regional and multinational clients. Led by José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr, the group also calls on the services of ‘very competent and dedicated’ energy specialist Pablo Rueda and public law partner Juan Cruz Azzarri. Recent work includes advising Sinopec in regulatory matters relating to the installation of a gas-fired power plant. The firm is also representing Duke Energy in a $105m dispute arising from the accidental opening of a dam gate, which resulted in the application of a severe penalty by the Argentine gas authorities.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

The ‘well-informed, responsive and user-friendly’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr’s oil and gas practice is ‘simply outstanding’. Combining regulatory prowess with corporate firepower, the team strikes the right note with its ‘wide knowledge of oil and gas law’ and its ability to put forward ‘strong, dedicated lawyers’. José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr is ‘at the top of his game’ and is regarded by many as the ‘go-to lawyer for oil and gas in Argentina’; he has a distinguished record in energy arbitrations and is representing two ExxonMobil subsidiaries against the Republic of Argentina in the annulment phase of an international investment arbitration, as well as representing YPF in a high-value ICC arbitration against a Brazilian natural gas importer. Elsewhere, Juan Cruz Azzarri advised YPF, Capex, YSUR and Wintershall on legal actions looking to declare as unconstitutional the imposition of a special charge brought in by an executive decree on natural-gas tariffs. Transactional highlights included Mariano Grondona’s counselling Petrobras Brasil and Petrobras Argentina on the $101m sale of certain hydrocarbon assets to Compañía General de Combustibles. The group also calls on the services of highly-rated sector expert Pablo Rueda and administrative law specialist Jimena Vega Olmos.

Leading lawyers

José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

Next generation lawyers

Juan Cruz Azzarri - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr

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Latin America: International firms

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M & M Bomchil’s experienced head of arbitration Guido Tawil has an impressive network of contacts and strong technical knowledge. He regularly represents multinationals in disputes with the state, recently handling cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Spanish utility company Endesa is a key client. Rivera & Asociados’ key contact Julio César Rivera has been particularly active in energy-related disputes. Abeledo Gottheil Abogados represents investors in investment treaty arbitrations, and also acts for international as well as domestic parties in commercial disputes, including those heard in the ICC. Luis Alberto Erize and Hernán Martín Oriolo are recommended. Recent highlights for José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.), head of arbitration and international litigation at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr, include representing Exxon Mobil affiliates in defending an ICSID arbitration award which the government of Argentina is seeking to annul, and acting for YPF in a $1.6bn ICC case relating to a natural gas export contract. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has been active in several ICC cases, including representing Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, with Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and Ignacio Minorini Lima acting. At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Ricardo Ostrower is ‘a seasoned litigator with deep knowledge of arbitration procedures’. He is acting for Total Austral in its high-profile dispute with Metrogas (Chile) arising from the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. Independent arbitrator Raúl Emilio Vinuesa adjudicates on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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