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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s comprehensive banking practice regularly handles a broad scope of commercial lending, capital markets, banking M&A, trade finance and regulatory matters, for a varied mix of multinational, regional and local banks – as well as corporate borrowers. Carlos Melhem is a respected figure in the market and heads a team that also includes banking specialist Jorge Mayora. Among the group’s recent highlights, it advised Codere Finance 2, a subsidiary of international gaming operator Codere Group, on the local law aspects of two separate notes issuances, worth $300m and €500m respectively. Other key clients include Mastercard and Grupo Sura.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Enrique Cristian Fox heads a group at Allende & Brea that acts for debtors, creditors and acquirers on the full range of bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed M&A matters. The firm has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional cases and it is currently advising the Argentine companies of the Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt. In another highlight, it advised Desmet Ballestra Group on the debt restructuring of Desmet Ballestra Argentina.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea acted on a string of headline merger-control cases over the past year and it also packs a punch in behavioural matters, particularly cartels. The ‘highly strategic’ department head Julián Peña is ‘great to deal with’ and is an acknowedged ‘leading light in the competition sphere’; he recently represented Dell in the local competition aspects of the $3bn sale of its IT services unit to NTT Data, and also acted for Siemens on its $6.6bn acquisition of Dresser-Rand. A strong year for investigations work also saw the group represent Indura in a case concerning an alleged cartel in the medical oxygen market. Senior associates Julieta González and Federico Rossi are also highly active in the area, although the latter is currently studying abroad. Other representative clients include Novartis, Daimler and Syngenta.

Leading lawyers

Julián Peña - Allende & Brea

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

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea is a ‘very strong player’ and enjoys a solid position in the market due to its diverse experience and ‘dedicated lawyers’. In particular, Valeriano Guevara Lynch has a ‘strategic and commercial mind’; he co-leads the team alongside Pablo Louge, who is expected to step down from partnership before the end of 2017. Highlights included advising Ennis-Flint on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Cristacol and representing Suramericana on the £50m acquisition of Royal Sun Alliance Seguros (Argentina) and Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías. Santiago Sturla and Diego Botana are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Valeriano Guevara Lynch - Allende & Brea

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s practice stands out due to its formidable expertise in class actions, particularly insurance and financial services-related claims, as well as its solid capability in commercial litigation and arbitration. David Gurfinkel heads the team and paired up with environmental specialist María Morena Del Río to defend Syngenta Agro in a claim alleging environmental damage arising from the use of PET packaging. Enrique Cristian Fox is the other key contact and is representing Chubb Argentina de Seguros in a $70m dispute concerning the determination of damages arising from the termination of a construction and concession agreement.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s environmental law department is led by administrative law specialist María Morena del Río. In line with Del Rio’s particular expertise, the group regularly represents clients in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. It also advises on obtaining permits, audits and due diligence reviews. Significant cases include representing Solvay Indupa in litigation brought by former employees of a plant alleging environmental damages to the community. The team has also recently undertaken work for FMC Minera del Altiplano, Ferrero Argentina and Plastic Omnium Auto Inergy Argentina.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Allende & Brea

The ‘seriously good practice’ at Allende & Brea finds favour for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and ‘strong and supportive lawyers’. The firm is well known for its representation of major multinational insurers and reinsurers, including leading names such as Axis Re, Allianz, Chubb, Lloyd’s of London and Swiss Re. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Martín Argañaraz heads the department and is regarded by many as a ‘stand-out leader for transactional and regulatory insurance work’ – he also handles contentious matters. Recent group highlights include representing Zurich on a high exposure E&O claim as well as advising Lloyd’s of London on various local regulatory issues. Pablo Louge and Laura Santanatoglia are also recommended and together feature as part of a multi-disciplinary group that provides ongoing advice to MetLife on various issues, from day-to-day corporate matters through to consumer class actions.

Leading lawyers

Martín Argañaraz - Allende & Brea

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Over the past year, Allende & Brea’s technology expertise generated a significant volume of work and it advised on a steady stream of IP matters relating to domain names, software, database law and data protection. Group head Pablo Palazzi is widely admired for his niche strength in internet law and provides ongoing advice to several technology giants on trade mark protection from infringers and cyber squatters – including Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Among its work for clients outside the IT industry, the team continues to advise Marriot International on the prosecution and enforcement of Delta Hotel trade marks. Recommended associate Marco Rizzo Jurado provides capable support.

Next generation lawyers

Marco Rizzo Jurado - Allende & Brea

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

At Allende & Brea, Nicolás Grandi is the key contact for employment law and is highlighted as ‘extremely effective’. The practice is well balanced between contentious and non-contentious matters and in an example of the former, it represented a local insurance company in a complex employee compensation-related claim. On the non-contentious side, it advised CSL Behring on its employee retirement plan. In 2017, senior associate Analía Durán left to join Balado Bevilacqua Abogados.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea has valuable expertise across a diverse mix of environmental, administrative and regulatory law, with notable strength in financial services, utilities, TMT and energy and natural resources. Department head María Morena del Río is recommended and advised Construtora Norberto Odebrecht on the procurement process for the construction of an outfall for the disposal of sewage water in Buenos Aires. The firm has also recently undertaken work for HBO Latin America Production Services, Minera del Altiplano and Siemens. Senior associate Anabela Mengoni is a ‘rising star’.

Next generation lawyers

Anabela Mengoni - Allende & Brea

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

The ‘very capable’ tax practice at Allende & Brea acts on a steady stream of tax structuring and transactional-related matters – it also handles tax-related administrative and judicial litigation. Recent work includes advising Bodegas y Viñedos Huarpe on its tax-free reorganisation. Department head Diego Botana is ‘experienced and reliable’.

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Allende & Brea

The arrival of high-profile practitioner Florencia Heredia to co-lead the mining practice at Allende & Brea at once reflects a certain expectation of renewed activity in the sector and consolidates a practice with a considerably broader service offering than was on offer at Heredia’s former boutique, HOLT Abogados. Praised as a ‘fantastic lawyer’, Heredia is acclaimed as ‘a genuine expert in the area’, who also has ‘strong commercial knowledge and business savvy’; her recent highlights include acting for emerging lithium producer LSC Lithium on its listing on Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange, and in ongoing work, advising First Quantum Minerals with regard to its mammoth Taca Taca mining project. Heredia joins a practice hitherto led by Juan Martín Allende and which is recognised for both its strong transactional capability and for its advice on project development and regulatory issues. Among its work in the latter area, the team represented Minera del Altiplano in negotiations with the Province of Catamarca to settle a dispute on water fee payments. On the transactional side, the practice advised Goldcorp subsidiary Oroplata on the financial restructuring of its Cerro Negro gold project. Of counsel Carlos García Díaz is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Florencia Heredia - Allende & Brea

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