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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea shines in fintech matters and its growing profile in this area saw it recently appointed to advise new industry organisation Cámara Argentina de Fintech on all legal and regulatory matters – department head Carlos Melhem is the key partner for that work. Jorge Mayora, who handles a wide range of banking, capital markets and project finance matters, is also recommended. Other representative clients include Banco Industrial, Barclays Bank and Syngenta Agro.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s comprehensive practice, which is led by Enrique Cristian Fox, is equally adept at advising both debtors and creditors on insolvency matters. Among its recent work for the former, it advised the Argentine companies of Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt. Among the team’s creditor mandates, it represented Standard Chartered Bank on the liquidation of Banco General de Negocios.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

Excellent in all respects’, Allende & Brea’s ‘very knowledgeable and well-informed group’ is composed of ‘flexible and pragmatic professionals’, according to sources. The practice advises an enviable roster of domestic and multinational blue-chip clients on the full gamut of competition and antitrust issues and is particularly noted for its ‘strong, "big game" experience handling cases before competition authorities’. High-profile group head Julián Peña is ‘one of the best competition lawyers in Argentina’ and demonstrates ‘strong knowledge of the law and enforcement trends and criteria’; he recently advised FMC on the local aspects of its acquisition of DuPont’s crop protection business. On the investigations side, Peña is representing Indura in a case concerning an alleged cartel in the medical oxygen market.

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’s managing partner Valeriano Guevara Lynch is the key contact for corporate work and recently advised Sapphire Systems on its acquisition of certain IT-related assets from Argentis Consulting. The firm’s top-tier insurance practice ensures a steady stream of corporate instructions in that space and Jorge Mayora and newly promoted partner Marcos Patrón Costas teamed up with the insurance and antitrust departments to advise Fairfax on the local aspects of its $240m acquisition of AIG’s insurance businesses in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Uruguay and Venezuela – the team also coordinated the M&A process for Latin America.

Leading lawyers

Valeriano Guevara Lynch - Allende & Brea

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

David Gurfinkel steers a diverse group at Allende & Brea, which has broad expertise in commercial litigation, IP disputes and environmental claims. Class actions are a notable sweet spot and Gurfinkel recently represented MetLife in several lawsuits filed by consumer protection associations. The team also successfully defended Syngenta Agro in a case alleging environmental damages derived from the use of PET packaging ¬– Gurfinkel teamed up with Enrique Cristián Fox and environmental specialist María Morena Del Río to lead that work. The department has also recently undertaken work for BBVA Banco Francés, Chubb Argentina de Seguros and Solvay.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea covers all the bases in environmental law but is best known for its robust expertise in regulatory matters and complex administrative, civil and criminal litigation. Administrative law specialist María Morena del Río heads the group and acted alongside the energy department to advise Minera del Altiplano on the environmental aspects of its new lithium project in Catamarca. Ferrero Argentina, Masisa Argentina and Unipar Indupa are also key clients.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea impresses with its ‘unrivalled market knowledge’ and ‘fine-tuned expertise in all insurance-related matters’. Group head Martín Argañaraz is widely respected for his ‘outstanding understanding of both the industry and client needs’ and directs a team that acts for an enviable list of major multinational insurers and reinsurers, including Zurich, Munich Re and Assicurazioni Generali. On the transactional front, Argañaraz teamed up with the corporate, banking and antitrust departments to advise Fairfax on the local aspects of its $240m acquisition of AIG’s regional insurance business. Contentious highlights saw the team represent a global insurer in a $20m environmental D&O claim. The practice group also shines in compliance issues and provides ongoing advice to several insurance companies on day-to-day regulatory matters. Other names to note include Laura Santanatoglia, who is a ‘very capable insurance specialist’, and ‘up-and-coming’ associate Laura Kurlat. Pablo Louge left to become an independent practitioner.

Leading lawyers

Martín Argañaraz - Allende & Brea

Next generation lawyers

Laura Kurlat - Allende & Brea

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s practice distinguishes itself through its niche strength in technology and internet-related matters, and which complements a broader IP offering with additional strength in domain names, database law, data protection and privacy issues. Recent mandates saw department head Pablo Palazzi advise Facebook on trade mark registration and enforcement matters, which included filing over 150 oppositions. The firm also handles trade mark protection for Instagram, LinkedIn and WhatsApp. Senior associate Marco Rizzo Jurado is also well regarded.

Next generation lawyers

Marco Rizzo Jurado - Allende & Brea

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

Nicolás Grandi’s team at Allende & Brea is a popular choice for employers in the financial services and energy sectors, with Assicurazioni Generali, MasterCard International and Wells Fargo Bank among its key clients. The department, which strikes a good balance between transactional and contentious work, recently advised a local insurance company in labour litigation brought by former employees of another insurance company following a share transaction between the two companies.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Allende & Brea

María Morena del Río’s group at Allende & Brea packs a punch in public infrastructure-related matters. Highlights included advising state-owned Nucleoeléctrica Argentina on drafting EPC agreements to be entered into with China National Nuclear Corporation. The team is also acting hand-in-hand with the mining department to advise Minera del Altiplano on administrative and regulatory matters connected to its mining concession agreement with the province of Catamarca. Senior associate Anabela Mengoni is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Anabela Mengoni - Allende & Brea

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s recent mandates saw key partner Diego Botana advise Codere on tax and transfer pricing issues. Department head Raúl Fratantoni was kept busy during 2017 advising on a string of domestic and international families and entrepreneurs on tax planning matters. Other representative clients include MetLife, MasterCard and Reckitt Benckiser.

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Mining
Energy and natural resources: Mining - ranked: tier 2

Allende & Brea

In a major coup, Allende & Brea hired high-profile mining specialist Florencia Heredia in 2017 – she was previously senior partner at Heredia, Lede Pizzurno & Terrel Abogados. The group also benefits from the experience of transactional energy and natural resources specialist Juan Martín Allende and project development and finance partner Marcos Patrón Costas. The firm covers all the bases in mining law, with strong skill sets in regulatory issues, project development, M&A and environmental matters. It is particularly prominent in the lithium space, where it acts for clients such as FMC and Galaxy Resources. Highly rated of counsel Carlos García Díaz left to become an independent practitioner.

Leading lawyers

Florencia Heredia - Allende & Brea

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea’s practice, which is led jointly by Marcos Patrón Costas and Juan Martín Allende, acts for a mix of oil and gas companies and oilfield service providers. Notably, it provides ongoing advice to TechnipFMC and Weatherford on day-to-day matters, including contractual issues, foreign exchange matters and litigation. Sabre Drilling Argentina, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Axion Energy are also on the department’s books.

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