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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen strikes the right note with its ‘extensive legal knowledge’ combined with ‘practical deal-making experience’, which together ‘ensure effective advice on transactional matters’ — across a broad spread of traditional lending, project finance, capital markets and structured finance. Particular praise is reserved for high-profile group head Diego Serrano Redonnet, who is held up as a ‘truly standout practitioner, whose extensive experience translates into sophisticated advice’. Among Redonnet’s highlights, he advised Banco Santander Río on three notes issuances totalling $653m. On the lender side, Alan Arntsen advised Export-Import Bank of China on amending a credit loan agreement. Mariano Grondona is another key name in a group that also counts BBVA Francés, Genneia and Morgan Stanley among its key clients.

Leading individuals

Diego Serrano Redonnet - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s experience in the restructuring area spans work for creditors, bondholders, debtors, financial advisers and trustees — across a range of judicial and out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings. Among its highlights, the firm advised IMPSA, and its parent company Venti, on aspects of its out-of-court restructuring agreement (APE) — Diego Serrano Redonnet led that work.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

According to clients, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen provides ‘clear, concise and accurate advice’, due to its lawyers’ ‘full understanding of clients’ business’. The practice, which handles antitrust filings, investigations, competition litigation and general compliance issues, also impresses with its ability to ‘prepare comprehensive and strong strategies’. Group head Luis Barry, whose ‘knowledge is key in navigating the complex competition landscape’, advised Trafigura in two filings with the Antitrust Commission relating to both its acquisition of Petrobras’ downstream business and also its sale of some of Petrobras’ downstream business to Pan American Energy.

Leading individuals

Luis Barry - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Strong performerPérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is respected for its ‘strong tradition and track record in the corporate and M&A arena’. The group, which is particularly active in the energy, agribusiness and technology spheres, handles a significant volume of M&A, private equity, restructuring and joint venture transactions, with notable supplementary expertise in tax, antitrust, environmental and regulatory law. On the energy front, corporate finance specialist Diego Serrano Redonnet acted for San Antonio Oil & Gas Services on the $105m sale of San Antonio International Oil & Gas Services and Armadillo Drilling. The firm also secured a steady stream of real estate deals, which included Mariano Grondona advising Equity International and Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of both the Tortugas Open Mall and the Urbana Centro Empresarial complex of buildings, worth around $300m. Elsewhere, Santiago Daireaux, who co-leads the department, advised Lucens Capital on its $11.5m acquisition of Diransa San Luis. Founding partner Jorge Pérez Alati and corporate specialist Pedro Eugenio Aramburu co-lead the department alongside Daireaux. In 2018, associates Pedro Menéndez San Martín and Tomás Pérez Alati were both promoted to counsellor.

Leading individuals

Santiago Daireaux - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Responsive and detail-oriented’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen fields a ‘strong and well-trained team’, which ‘considers both legal and operational issues’. Arbitration is a key area of specialism and the group also handles civil and commercial litigation. Highlights included the ‘very business-minded’ Lautaro Ferro representing MercadoLibre in a leading case before the Court of Appeals concerning ISP liability. Ferro co-heads the department together with Luis Incera and Arnaldo Cisilino.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

The ‘effective’ insurance group at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen provides ‘very thorough service’, according to clients. The multi-disciplinary practice recently advised Argonaut Insurance on its registration in Argentina — corporate specialist Jorge Pérez Alati led that work, with support from talented senior associate Lucila Guerrero. Other representative clients include RSA, Aon and Travelers.

Rising stars

Lucila Guerrero - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice is best known for its record in trade mark portfolio management, particularly on behalf of clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, and food and beverage sectors. The three-partner group also handles a significant volume of patent, advertising and IT law issues. In a notable coup, the firm recently took over the management of Molinos Río de la Plata’s trade mark portfolio, which includes around 4,000 marks worldwide. Fernando Alonso and IP litigation specialist Julio Lago are recommended.

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

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

At Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen, tax specialist Manuel Benites is the key contact for the firm’s customs-focused trade practice. Among his recent work, Benites represented Shell CAPSA in litigation concerning the reimbursement of excess export duties paid in export operations. The team also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, which includes the ‘very smart and commercial’ Germán Martín Quirán and Andrés Galíndez. The department also handles import and export issues, trade remedies and currency control matters.

Rising stars

Germán Martín Quirán - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

The ‘hands-on team’ at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen impresses with its lawyers’ ‘broad range of skills and capabilities’. In particular, sources highlight its ‘special strengths in union negotiations, litigation and complex advisory issues’ — it also handles transactional support matters, social security and immigration law. The practice, which counts Google, United Airlines and Zurich among its clients, is led jointly by Julio Stefanoni Zani (‘amazing knowledge, clarity and service delivery’), Julio Lococo (‘responsive, results-focused and client-oriented’) and Enrique Betemps.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s impressive record in project construction — particularly power projects and gated developments — is supported by strength in asset purchases and sales, real estate finance, investment matters and commercial leasing. Department head Guillermo Quiñoa, who is widely regarded as a leading light, brings to bear strong expertise in both transactional and contentious matters across all asset classes. Among Quiñoa’s recent work, he advised Banco Santander Río on the construction of its new headquarters in Buenos Aires, and also assisted Google Argentina with the negotiation of lease contracts for its offices in Buenos Aires. AB InBev, Ayres Desarrollos and Etex Group are also representative clients.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Quiñoa - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen continues to advise an impressive roster of multinational clients on local telecoms, technology and media law. It is particularly robust on the technology front, where it advises Google and YouTube on regulatory, contractual and contentious matters. Mariano Grondona, who is well known for his expertise in heavily regulated industries, is the name to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

The ‘hard-working and business-savvy’ group at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen secures a significant volume of tax litigation cases and it also has a solid track record in transactional and tax planning matters. The ‘experienced and dedicatedManuel Benites, who is adept in both contentious and non-contentious matters, recently represented Axion Energy Argentina in a gross income tax claim. Luis Nuñez, who is advising on several cases arguing the unconstitutionality of higher tax rates in relation to gross income tax, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Manuel Benites - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

The renovation of Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen's hydrocarbons practice continues apace under the leadership of Francisco Javier Romano, who can draw on over 20 years' in-house experience at leading energy-sector corporates including Bridas, Pan American Energy and Chevron. His February 2018 incorporation was followed by that of senior associates Nicole Jaureguiberry, who focuses on public and administrative law; and Valeria Stemkauskas, a corporate and transactional lawyer who arrived from YPF where she spent over four years as a senior lawyer. Energy-focused associate Ignacio Payarola is also noted on a 13-strong team that also includes three other commercial and transactional partners. Recent mandates include advising Phoenix Global Resources on a $100m expansion of its involvement in Vaca Muerta's shale gas deposits ; and assisting Chevron with the sale of its Rio Negro-located oil-and-gas concessions Puesto Flores and Estancia Vieja to President Petroleum, and Loma Negra and La Yesera to Capex Group. Other recent matters include the purchase of a participating interest in three oil and gas concessions in the Province of Tierra del Fuego and the granting of the first non-conventional hydrocarbon concession in the Province of Mendoza.  Clients include Mercuria Energy Group, San Antonio International, Petrobras, Total, Wintershall Argentina, Sinopec Argentina and Petrolera El Trebol.

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