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Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

SUIPACHA 1111, C1008AAW, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
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Buenos Aires, Ciudad De Neuqunén

Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

During 2017/18, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen suffered the departures of highly rated younger partners Federico Wilensky, who left for an in-house role at TGLT, and José Martínez de Hoz (n), who joined splinter firm Martínez de Hoz & Rueda. However, the firm’s senior firepower remains intact, with practice head Diego Serrano Redonnet, who is regarded ‘among the best in his field’, and Mariano Grondona both recommended for banking matters. Recent highlights include advising the dealer managers and the local placement agents on a $210m bond offering by the Province of Jujuy and also advising China Development Bank on a $150m loan to Banco de Inversión y Comercio Exterior.

Leading lawyers

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 is best known for representing lenders, creditors, bondholders and trustees in bankruptcy cases – although it also has experience in advising debtors and acquirers of distressed assets. Litigator Guillermo Quiñoa is a key contact and brings to bear a strong record in real estate issues. Luis Incera and Lautaro Ferro are also names to note.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s competition practice continues to be led by seasoned specialist Luis Barry, who is widely recognised as a market leader. Areas of expertise include antitrust filings, competition litigation, behavioural matters and compliance issues and the team routinely acts for major domestic and multinational corporations. During 2017, it undertook notifications of nineteen economic concentration transactions, including successfully obtaining clearance for BRF’s $80m acquisition of Campo Austral. Other representative clients include Banco Santander, Molinos Río de La Plata and Old World Industries.

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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

Knowledgeable and experiencedPérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen fields a ‘very strong corporate practice’; certainly, the firm’s impressive band of high-profile senior partners and its longstanding reputation as a key player in Argentina’s M&A environment should help to insulate it from the worst effects of its recent partnership split. Founding partner Jorge Perez Alati is a stalwart in the M&A area and maintains an active practice. The ‘extremely commercial and strategicSantiago Daireaux is also a prominent figure and led on several of the department’s deals over the past year, such as advising Victoria Capital Partners on its $230m acquisition of Los Grobo and also assisting A Priori Capital with the $180m sale of a controlling stake in Grupo Zucamor to Arcor. Elsewhere, corporate finance partner Diego Serrano Redonnet advised Genneia on its $40m acquisition of Loma Blanca IV. Mariano Grondona and Pedro Eugenio Aramburu are also key contacts. Notable departures include Federico Wilensky, who left for an in-house role at TGLT, while José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr, Fernando Zoppi and José Martínez de Hoz (n) left to establish new firm Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen has notable expertise in contentious TMT matters. Recent contentious mandates saw Mariano Grondona represent Google before the Supreme Court in a high-profile case regarding internet service provider (ISP) liability. In addition, Lautaro Ferro advised MercadoLibre in another case concerning ISP liability, this one before the Court of Appeals. Luis Incera and Arnaldo Cisilino are also highly regarded for contentious work. In 2018, the group saw the departure of key name José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz Jr as well as partner Francisco Amallo, who both left for Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is defending a major insurance company in six class actions brought by consumer protection associations concerning certain clauses in automobile insurance policies – corporate finance partner Diego Serrano Redonnet and litigator Lautaro Ferro jointly led that work. The team, which also has a strong background in transactional and regulatory matters, counts Aon, AIG and Metlife among its clients. Associate Lucila Guerrero is also noted. Sector specialist Maximiliano Batista6 left to join Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

Next generation lawyers

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 three partner team manages a significant volume of local trade mark portfolios for major multinational clients, such as Google and Red Bull. The firm also has strong experience in patent matters and IP litigation. The names to note are trade mark specialist Fernando Alonso, IP litigation head Julio Lago and Santiago Fiorito.

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

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice is led by prominent tax expert Manuel Benites, who is highly regarded for customs law matters. The firm also has sound experience in export and import issues and trade remedies. In 2018, former department co-lead Cristian Krüger left for Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados, while Martin Lepiane6 joined Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice has robust expertise in collective bargaining agreements, transactional support matters and employee benefits. Employment litigation is a notable sweet spot and the group successfully represented Robert Bosch in a termination dispute brought by five former employees. In another successful representation, it advised Google Argentina in a complex outsourcing case brought by a former employee of Atento Argentina. Julio Stefanoni Zani, Enrique Betemps and Julio Javier Lococo co-lead the department.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice has robust experience across a wide spectrum of real estate law, including property development, land purchases and sales, real estate finance and lease-related matters. Guillermo Quiñoa is the name to note; he recently advised Banco Santander Rio on the $230m sale of land in Buenos Aires – he is also advising the financial institution on the construction of its new headquarters.

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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 acted on several high-profile contentious cases involving the technology sector over the past year. Most notably, regulated industries specialist Mariano Grondona represented Google in a landmark case before the Supreme Court discussing internet service providers’ liability and the image-search legal framework. Other representative clients include Netflix, Telecom Argentina and YouTube. M&A lead Jorge Perez Alati is also active in the area.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen possesses a comprehensive tax practice, which advises on transfer pricing, tax planning, international tax and tax litigation, for a diverse range of clients – including companies in the energy, life sciences and retail sectors. Department co-lead Manuel Benites enjoys a prominent reputation in the market and successfully defended Apache Energía Argentina in a collection action brought by the municipality of Cutral Có. Tax litigation specialist Luis Nuñez is also recommended. Maximiliano Batista left to join Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

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Manuel Benites - Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

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