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Baker McKenzie


Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, group head Gabriel Gómez Giglio brings to bear a strong record in both transactional and regulatory banking issues, with notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters. In a recent example, he paired up with Francisco Fernández Rostello to advise Wells Fargo on an $8.5m loan to Sullair. On the borrower side, the same team advised Medanito on an $80m syndicated loan. Among its recent regulatory work, the firm advised Totsa Total Oil Trading on the regulatory framework applicable to over-the-counter derivatives transactions.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s extensive global network translates into a steady stream of cross-border merger filings; the team also has sound experience in regulatory matters, cartel investigations and civil and criminal antitrust litigation. Group head Esteban Rópolo is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and is acting as local counsel to BASF on its acquisition of certain businesses being divested by Bayer as part of its acquisition of Monsanto.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘holistic perspective’, ‘deep M&A experience’ and ‘strong organisational skills’ are key attributes for clients who highlight the group’s ‘great ability to solve complex problems’. Led by office managing partner Gustavo Boruchowicz, the practice also draws upon the experience of Roberto Grané, who ‘gets deeply involved in all parts of transaction’, and transactional energy specialist Adolfo Durañona. Recent highlights included advising Unilever on the $575m sale of its soy-based AdeS drinks business to Coca-Cola and assisting the shareholders of Cevasa on the $20.5m sale of their equity participation in Cevasa.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie sets itself apart through its ‘personalised partner attention’ and ‘very good business awareness’. The ‘very client-focusedLuis Dates leads the department and recently advised Duro Felguera on filing a $150m arbitration (at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Arbitral Tribunal) against Central Vuelta de Obligado. In another high-stakes case, the firm is defending Unisys in a $6.7m breach of contract case brought by the government of Argentina. The team’s extensive international network, coupled with its solid multi-jurisdictional experience, ensures that it is a popular choice for multinational clients such as Anglo American, Boston Medical Scientific and Walmart.

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Environment - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Among Baker McKenzie’s recent matters, department head Adolfo Durañona advised Albemarle on permitting and regulatory issues related to its acquisition of an equity participation in a company holding certain mining rights. The mining sector is a key source of instructions but it also acts for a strong stable of clients operating in the chemical, energy and infrastructure spheres – representative names include Franklin Electric and Qingdao Qianyun High-Tech New Material Co.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘consistently excellent’ group at Baker McKenzie provides ‘timely service at a fair price’. The team is particularly active in trade mark-related work but it also advises on patents, industrial models and designs, copyrights and domain names. Department lead Bernard Malone is a ‘widely acknowledged expert in Argentine IP law’ and has a strong record in trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters; he assisted Bausch & Lomb to negotiate an agreement with Keratos to withdraw their opposition to the "Kerasoft" mark. Associate Maria Paula Bassi provides capable support.

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Bernard Malone - Baker McKenzie

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Maria Paula Bassi - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s enviable global network distinguishes it as a popular choice to advise on both local and international trade regulations. The broad practice, which is led by eminent expert Esteban Rópolo, routinely advises on import and export issues, customs law, preferential trade arrangements, trade remedies and contentious matters. One recent mandate saw the team advise Harsco Metals Argentina on importing machines for a large-scale industrial project. On the litigation side, the firm is representing a major pharmaceutical company in a $2.5m customs valuation claim alleging the undervaluation of exports to a certain Latin American country. Other representative clients include Harley Davidson, Under Armour and Vale Logística de Argentina.

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Esteban Rópolo - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The ‘excellent’ employment practice at Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself through its ‘deep knowledge of Argentinean employment trends’ and its ‘strong English language skills, which are crucial on some multi-jurisdictional transactions’. Department head Carlos Dodds is ‘extremely experienced’ and enjoys a strong profile for cross-border matters; he recently advised a multinational client on the termination of a local board member. Daniel Orlansky is also highlighted for his ‘very good service levels’ and assisted a US-based corporation with a significant reduction in its workforce, and in the resultant conflicts between unions and employees. Although contentious work represents the bulk of instructions, the team also handles corporate support matters, such asMatías Herrero and Dodds’ advice a global client on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a European company with operations in Argentina. Other key contacts include Diego Bongiovanni, who is representing an energy company in litigation brought by an industry union, and Alberto González Torres.

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Carlos Dodds - Baker McKenzie

Daniel Orlansky - Baker McKenzie

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and professional’ public law practice has a strong record in contentious matters under the leadership of ‘proactive’ litigation specialist Luis Dates. In a key case, the firm is defending Unisys in a $6.7m lawsuit filed by the Argentine Government alleging the defective fulfilment of contractual obligations. Other representative clients include Biogen (Argentina), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Novo Nordisk.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and commercial group’ is steered by the ‘very thorough and knowledgeableAlejandra Bugna. Other active partners include M&A specialist Gustavo Boruchowicz and litigator Luis Dates, who is the key contact for contentious construction issues. The team recently advised Lear Corporation on the development of a manufacturing site in the Province of Cordoba. Other representative clients include GCP Applied Technologies, Marriott International and Turnberry Associates.

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ TMT group is a ‘top choice for litigation and very complex cases’, with its clients quick to testify that the firm is ‘a reference in Argentina for IT and internet matters’. The firm’s comprehensive coverage of the sector spans both regulatory and transactional matters and it excels in corporate deals, technology licensing, procurement issues and privacy and data protection law – it also houses significant supplementary expertise in tax and advertising issues. Department head Guillermo Cervio is a ‘top-notch lawyer’ with ‘deep knowledge of internet matters – both from a legal and business perspective’; he recently advised a multinational technology company on the launch of a new digital platform. On the user side, the firm advised a global financial institution on the outsourcing of its administrative activities to a data processing company. Roberto Grané also handles telecoms, privacy and media matters.

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Guillermo Cervio - Baker McKenzie

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Responsive and highly knowledgeable’, Baker McKenzie maintains its strong market position in contentious transfer pricing cases and also demonstrates robust experience in tax planning, international tax and M&A-related issues ¬– it is particularly sought after for its ‘unrivalled expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters’. Department lead Martin Barreiro is an ‘effective problem-solver’ and handles both tax litigation and transactional tax matters; he recently teamed-up with fellow tax partner Juan Pablo Menna to advise Vestas on the tax incentives granted for the generation of energy through renewable resources. On the litigation front, the same team successfully represented Archer Daniels Midland in its challenge to a tax assessment. The group has also recently undertaken work for Alfred C. Toepfer, Federal Express and Walmart.

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Lawyers in Baker McKenzie’s power practice strike the right note for being ‘extremely focused on the business’. Led by Adolfo Durañona, the group also draws upon the expertise of Roberto Grané and Ezequiel Artola, who are highlighted together as ‘extremely warm, attentive and focused’. Over the past year, the team kept busy advising on the regulatory and commercial aspects of several potential energy projects – among other matters. Clients include Bunge Argentina, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas and the Japanese Institute for Overseas Investment.

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Energy and natural resources: Mining - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s mining group, which is well weighted between regulatory and transactional issues, is led by ‘very knowledgeable’ energy partner Adolfo Durañona. The firm’s enviable multi-jurisdictional expertise, combined with its growing profile in the lithium market, saw it recently add Qingdao Qianyun High-tech New Material Co. to its client roster. It also counts Vale, Trident Southern Explorations and Albemarle among its key clients. Recent mandates saw the team advise Albemarle on the development of Project Antofalla, a major lithium project in Catamarca Province. Roberto Grané is also routinely involved in mining matters.

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Adolfo Durañona - Baker McKenzie

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Very knowledgeable and fast’, Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself through its ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘strong understanding of the business reality’. The group acts for an impressive roster of multinational clients, mainly on the oil and gas services side, and it recently advised Eco-Stim Energy Solutions on the structuring of its local operations. Adolfo Durañona is singled out for providing ‘tailor-made advice’ and co-leads the department alongside Roberto Grané. The group also includes newly made-up partner and ‘impressive talentEzequiel Artola.

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Ezequiel Artola - Baker McKenzie

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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