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Paraguay

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

BKM | Berkemeyer

Led by the infrastructure and project finance expert Martin Carlevaro, the banking and finance practice at BKM | Berkemeyer is regularly instructed by a predominantly domestic and Latin American client base in relation to syndicated loans, project finance, asset management as well as regulatory and compliance work. Recent mandates included advising consortium Corredor Vial Bioceánico, as borrower, on the $433m financing of thet Loma Plata- Carmelo Peralta highway project; and assisting concessionaire Rutas del Este on the financing structure for the $550m development project of highways 2 and 7, which included the issuance of international bonds worth up to $300m. The five-partner practice also counselled Uruguayan brokerage and asset management company GLETIR on the setting up of its operations in Paraguay. The practice group also saw the the August 2018 arrival of senior associate Milena Sljivich -whose expertise spans administrative law, infrastructure projects and project finance- from the Attorney General's Office. However, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, who joined the same month from broker and asset management firm, Investor, subsequently left in March 2019.

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

BKM | Berkemeyer

BKM | Berkemeyer offers expertise across corporate, M&A, infrastructure, real estate and other commercial matters to domestic and international clients. Public procurement contracts, acquisition of assets, sale of subsidiaries and distribution agreements are all core areas of activity for a practice group that 'is up to date with all changes in law and precedents in Paraguay'. Recent work included advising Mota-Engil Latin America on the development of the $700m Corredor Sur PPP road-project. The team also assists international clients Dow Agrosciences and Pfizer with all their Praguayan strategic commercial agreements and corporate matters. Hugo T. Berkemeyer heads the 'excellent' department, which also includes PPP projects' expert Martin Carlevaro, litigator Carla Sosa and associate Antonio Villa Berkemeyer. The arrival of associate Paola Sapienza, in June 2018, and of senior associate Manuel Arias in Februrary 2019, both from Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown, has further deepened the firm's corporate bench.

Leading individuals

Hugo T. Berkemeyer - BKM | Berkemeyer

Next generation lawyers

Carla Sosa - BKM | Berkemeyer

Rising stars

Antonio Villa Berkemeyer - BKM | Berkemeyer

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

BKM | Berkemeyer

BKM | Berkemeyer fields a litigation, arbitration and mediation practice which covers commercial disputes along with environmental, tax and IP litigation, as well as contentious matters arising from the newly-enacted competition legislation. Litigator Carla Sosa heads the nine-strong team, which demonstrates a strong track record in the processing of executive judgement portfolios and multiple lawsuits on behalf of corporate clients such as Vidriocar, ALK Paraguay and Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation. Associate Natalia Oddone  is leading advice to local motor-dealership Diesa on the processing of approximately 250 collection lawsuits (value: $2.5m). The team is also assisting Rizobacter del Paraguay with five executive trials aimed at collecting sums of money -over $1m- owed by customers.

Next generation lawyers

Carla Sosa - BKM | Berkemeyer

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer

BKM | Berkemeyer fields a strong practice group that offers advice on the most strategic environmental issues affecting companies with operations in the country. The three-strong team demonstrates particular prowess in matters related to the agribusiness and energy sectors, as well as in administrative and criminal litigation. Practice head Yolanda Pereira led advice to SOE Rutas del Este on obtaining the environmental licenses and permits required for the development of the Routes 2 and 7 PPP projects; while litigator Carla Sosa represented Dow Agrosciences in a criminal investigation on alleged non-compliance with environmental obligations in the commercialisation and transport of agricultural chemicals. The predominantly international client base also includes Coca-Cola, Polygon and Syngenta. Environmental law expert Jorge Figueredo is an additional name to note.

Leading individuals

Jorge Figueredo - BKM | Berkemeyer

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer

With over six decades' experience in the market, BKM | Berkemeyer is among Paraguay's elite for intellectual property legal services. Marta Berkemeyer heads the sizeable department that has the ability to  concurrently undertake a high volume of contentious and non-contentious matters. International heavyweights Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, Novartis, Amazon, Bayer and Google seek the team's advice on the full-array of IP matters, including registration of trade marks, domain names, patents and copyright procurement, licensing, franchising and regulatory issues. The IP practice group is also active in litigation, transactional work and anti-counterfeiting matters, as evidenced by its recent instruction by PUIG France on the verification procedure of a container with 20,000 units of counterfeit perfumes. Head of litigation Bárbara Dollstadt and Hugo Berkemeyer are other key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Hugo T Berkemeyer - BKM | Berkemeyer

Marta Berkemeyer - BKM | Berkemeyer

Rising stars

B√°rbara Dollstadt - BKM | Berkemeyer

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

BKM | Berkemeyer

Hugo Aponte leads the labour team at BKM | Berkemeyer , which is well-versed in contractual matters, compliance, dismissals, employment disputes, sexual harassment in the workplace and all forms of discrimination. Immigration-related matters, including coordinating international and temporary employment, is a key strength of the team. Recent engagements involved advising sustainable farming company Rizobacter on the negotiation of a dismissal of an important employee entitled to job stability. Exxis Paraguay and Cadiem Casa de Bolsa are also part of the firm's client list. Associate Verónica Recalde joined from Kemper - Dejesus & Pangrazio in October 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

BKM | Berkemeyer

The well-regarded tax practice at BKM | Berkemeyer¬†is noted for its wide-ranging expertise on tax planning, cross-border transactions, tax incentive regimes and export/import matters. The five-strong team 'not only understands the legal framework, but also the real impact of taxes from a business perspective'. Typical instructions also include representing domestic and international clients in litigious tax matters at all administrative and judicial levels. Practice head and 'tax expert' Federico Valinotti¬†is currently assisting INCADE- Universidade Americana with the exoneration of a real estate tax. The team also provides ongoing advice to Spanish construction company Sacyr on tax matters in connection with PPP projects. Mauro Mascare√Īo¬†is another noteworthy practitioner. The group has been further strengthened with the arrival of experienced associate Carlos Vargas, who joined from Estudio Nora Ruoti & Asociados¬†in June 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Mauro Mascare√Īo - BKM | Berkemeyer

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