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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

The ‘top-notch’ team at Allende & Brea secures sterling praise for its ‘clear understanding of the intricacies of cross-border lending’, as well as its ‘strong ability to manage complex regulatory issues’. Sources especially commend the department’s ‘energetic and prepared senior partners’, which includes ‘true problem-solver’ and practice co-head Carlos Melham. Melham continues to spearhead the firm’s growing profile in fintech matters and recently acted alongside the administrative law department to advise Google Payments on the legal framework applicable to cross-border payments. Jorge Mayora co-leads the department and advised the Bank of Nova Scotia on a $100m credit facility to ENAP Sipetrol.

Leading individuals

Carlos Melhem - Allende & Brea

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

The ‘great team’ at Allende & Brea is distinguished by its ‘deep legal knowledge’, ‘great response times’ and ‘strong partner availability’. The practice, which acts for both debtors and creditors, is also highlighted by sources for its ‘increasing profile in the bankruptcy area’. Respected group head Enrique Cristian Fox ‘delivers excellent results’ and advised Desmet Ballestra Group on the debt restructuring of Desmet Ballestra Argentina. Elsewhere, Diego Botana advised the Argentine companies of Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

A top firm with great service’, Allende & Brea’s ‘responsive and commercially savvy’ group is composed of ‘young and solid professionals’, which ensures that it ‘supports clients very efficiently’. The practice handles a comprehensive mix of competition and antitrust issues, with strong experience in both domestic and cross-border matters. Practice head Julián Peña — highlighted for his ‘problem-solving approach’ — recently advised 21st Century Fox on the local aspects of its headline acquisition by Disney. On the behavioural front, Peña represented Indura in an investigation concerning an alleged cartel in the medical oxygen market. Senior associate Federico Rossi is a ‘very good lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Julián Peña - Allende & Brea

Rising stars

Federico Rossi - Allende & Brea

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

Allende & Brea

A respected name for corporate law’, Allende & Brea strikes the right note with its ‘solid technical knowledge’, ‘committed partners’ and ‘fast turnaround times’. The group, which sources highlight as increasingly active in the market, enjoys a strong reputation for agribusiness-related transactions — it has also recently acted for clients in the TMT, energy and pharmaceutical industries. Department co-head Valeriano Guevara Lynch is a ‘very skilled specialist’; he recently advised Sapphire Systems on its acquisition of assets from Argentis Consulting. Santiago Sturla, who co-heads the practice, advised Ferrero International on the local aspects of its $2.8bn acquisition of Nestlé’s US confectionery business. Raúl Fratantoni, who leads the agribusiness unit, is also a name to note.

Leading individuals

Valeriano Guevara Lynch - Allende & Brea

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

The ‘effective and compact team’ at Allende & Brea strikes the right note with its ‘calm and strategic approach’. The comprehensive practice encompasses the full gamut of contentious matters, with class actions — particularly in the financial and insurance areas — standing out as a sweet spot. In a recent example of its strong suit, department co-head David Gurfinkel represented MetLife in several class actions filed by consumer protection associations. Group co-lead Enrique Cristian Fox, noted as an ‘extremely focused specialist’, represented BBVA Francés (now BBVA) in a class action filed by Unión de Usuarios y Consumidores.

Leading individuals

David Gurfinkel - Allende & Brea

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s group, which takes in an array of regulatory, due diligence, administrative and criminal law matters, is increasingly prominent in energy and natural resources-related work. Among its key highlights in this area, mining specialist Florencia Heredia is providing ongoing environmental advice to Galaxy Lithium on the Sal de Vida lithium project. Administrative law specialist María Morena Del Río, who co-leads the department alongside Heredia, is assisting Ferrero Argentina with ongoing environmental law matters, including permitting and regulatory issues.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Allende & Brea

Put simply, Allende & Brea is an ‘insurance specialist’ and clients commend its ‘impressive track record in the area’ and ‘top-tier expertise’. The full-service firm sets out its stall as a one-stop-shop for companies in the insurance sphere and brings to bear comprehensive experience across the full range of corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Department head Martín Argañaraz is widely revered for his ‘strong industry connections’ and ‘deep sector knowledge’; he recently advised AXA on the local aspects of its $15.3bn acquisition of XL Group. In another M&A headline, key partner Laura Santanatoglia teamed up with the corporate practice to act for QBE Insurance Group on the sale of QBE Seguros La Buenos Aires and QBE Compañía Argentina de Reaseguros to Zurich. On the regulatory side, Fairfax turned to the team for support on the establishment of its local operations, both insurance and reinsurance. The group also counts key insurers and reinsurers such as Aon, Lloyd’s of London and Munich Re among its clients. Laura Kurlat left for an in-house position at La Caja de Ahorro y Seguro.

Leading individuals

Martín Argañaraz - Allende & Brea

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

A top firm with great service’, Allende & Brea scores highly for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘strong understanding of industry problems’. The increasingly prominent IP practice is distinguished by its focus on representing technology companies — including Facebook, LinkedIn and WhatsApp — across a wide range of IP matters. Department head Pablo Palazzi ‘can turn his hand to any legal issue’ and advised Instagram on a string of trade mark opposition cases over the past year. Senior associate Marco Rizzo Jurado is also a key contact.

Rising stars

Marco Rizzo Jurado - Allende & Brea

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s ‘very responsive and professional practice’ is highlighted for its ‘expert knowledge’, ‘strong labour settlement skills’ and ‘broad understanding of business needs’. The increasingly prominent group is led by Nicolás Grandi (‘gives creative solutions and alternatives’) and also includes talented senior associate Lucas Tamagno (‘one of the most solid labour law attorneys of his generation in Argentina’). Recent matters included advising Galaxy Lithium on the removal of its entire local management, including negotiations with the labour ministry. The team has also recently undertaken work for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lazard and Marriott.

Next Generation Partners

Nicolás Grandi - Allende & Brea

Rising stars

Lucas Tamagno - Allende & Brea

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

The ‘very strong team’ at Allende & Brea climbs a tier on the back of its increasingly diverse practice. The group, led by ‘excellent lawyerMaría Morena Del Río, handles a broad array of bid tenders, public procurement, compliance issues and litigation. Among its recent matters, the firm advised a consortium comprised of Keolis and Helport on its bid for the concession to operate and maintain Buenos Aires’ metro and Premetro lines. It also advised Saab on a contract to supply defence systems. Senior associate Anabela Mengoni left for an in-house position at Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia.

Leading individuals

María Morena Del Río - Allende & Brea

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s group, which ‘differentiates itself through its strong availability and involvement’, continues to raise its profile in the market, particularly on the tax litigation side. The practice also impresses with its ‘deep knowledge in cross-border tax matters, which makes it easier for clients to realise international business’. Names to note include specialist Raúl Fratantoni (‘extremely well-informed, committed and solution-oriented’), who is highly regarded for his tax planning expertise, and Nicolás Procopio (‘provides a 360-degree view’), who has solid contentious and non-contentious experience.

Next Generation Partners

Nicolás Procopio - Allende & Brea

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Over the past year, Allende & Brea’s multidisciplinary department handled a diverse spread of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters for its power industry clients. Recent work includes key contact Marcos Patrón Costas, together with environmental partner María Morena Del Río, advising Nucleoeléctrica Argentina on its agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation for the construction of two nuclear power plants in Argentina. Other clients include Enel Green Power, Siemens and Wärtsilä.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Allende & Brea

Highly knowledgeable and responsive’, Allende & Brea is valued by clients for its ‘strong industry acumen and connections’ and for its ‘understanding of the mining market worldwide, as well as domestic laws and issues’. The group, which excels in the full suite of transactional, regulatory and contentious work, is most recognised for its reputation as a key player in the lithium market for clients such as FMC, Rio Tinto and Galaxy Resources. High-profile department co-head Florencia Heredia, widely lauded as ‘very knowledgeable and well known in the industry’, recently acted for key client Galaxy Resources on the $280m sale of certain mining properties to POSCO. In another transactional headline, Heredia advised Pluspetrol on its acquisition of all the outstanding shares of LSC Lithium. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableJuan Martín Allende co-leads the department and assisted FMC Lithium with the expansion of its lithium extraction operations in Argentina. He also advised Fortuna Silver Mines on an EPC contract for the construction of a gold mining project — impressive associate Nahila Cortes provided sole support on that work.

Leading individuals

Florencia Heredia - Allende & Brea

Rising stars

Nahila Cortes - Allende & Brea

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s multidisciplinary oil and gas practice handles a diverse spread of contractual, regulatory and M&A matters for an impressive stable of domestic and international companies. Key clients include Weatherford, which the team advises on day-to-day operational matters — oil and gas head Marcos Patrón Costas leads that work, together with the corporate department.

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