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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

The ‘knowledgeable and effective’ banking practice at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi finds favour for ‘always going the extra mile for clients’. The group, which is led by the ‘solution-focusedHugo Bruzone, also impresses with its ‘excellent cost-to-service ratio’ and ‘great ability to call on cross-sector support’. Other key contacts in the ‘deep and broad’ team include managing partner Carlos Lombardi, who brings to bear a strong record in regulatory matters; corporate finance specialist Analía Battaglia and ‘future star’ José María Bazán. Project finance, syndicated loans and debt capital markets are all core areas of expertise and the firm enjoys strong relationships with the full spread of domestic, regional and multinational banks – it also acts for corporate borrowers and issuers. Among its headline transactions, the team acted for the joint bookrunners (BBVA Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities, HSBC Securities, JP Morgan Securities and Santander Investment Securities) on the Republic of Argentina’s $7bn bond issuance. In another significant public-sector deal, it advised both the initial purchasers in Argentina and the international purchasers on a $1.5bn international notes offering by the Province of Buenos Aires. On the project finance side, the team advised the arrangers (Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Citigroup Global Markets and Export Development Canada), on a $219m loan to two affiliate companies of YPF and General Electric to finance the construction and maintenance of two thermoelectric power plants. Banco Itaú, China Development Bank and Goldman Sachs are also representative clients.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Lombardi - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Hugo Bruzone - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

José María Bazán - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Knowledgeable and reliable’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi houses a market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring group that is particularly active on behalf of creditors. Among its recent work, ‘capable litigator’ Martín Beretervide represented IDB on the restructuring of renewable energy group Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona. In a rare debtor-side mandate, Beretervide teamed up with ‘well known bankruptcy expertCarlos Rotman to advise Grupo ALL Argentina on the successful restructuring of its business in the country, following the government’s termination of its railways freight concession agreement. Leandro Caputo is also a key contact.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Rotman - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s competition practice, which is particularly strong in transactional matters but also handles behavioural work, impresses with its ‘excellent service, advice and industry knowledge’. Among the team’s recent merger cases, it advised Nautilus Inkia Holdings on its acquisition of IC Power Argentina and IC Power Argentina II. Estanislao Olmos is also recommended and advised Barrick Gold on the sale of a 50% stake in its Veladero mine to Shandong Gold Mining. In 2018, highly rated partner Aixa Sureda and senior associate Evangelina González Soldo left for Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados.’

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘key player in major corporate deals’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi distinguishes itself through its ‘high-level expertise and sophistication’ and its ‘practical and commercially-minded lawyers’. The group’s broad sectoral expertise is evidenced by a diverse client roster, which encompasses major national and multinational companies from the agribusiness (Cargill, Monsanto), energy and natural resources (Barrick Gold, Envision Energy) and food and beverage (Arcor and Oceano Seafood) sectors. It also shines in TMT and infrastructure deals. Senior partner Enrique Bruchou is a ‘go-to specialist for complex transactions’ and recently led the firm’s advice to Arcor and Bagley on its $35m capital injection in Mastellone Hermanos. Mariano Luchetti, who has a ‘business-focused approach to solving problems’, advised key client Arcor on its $227.5m acquisition of Grupo Zucamor. Javier Rodríguez Galli is highly sought after for energy-related transactions and is advising Gazprom EP International on a potential joint venture with YPF. Estanislao Olmos is noted for his ‘strong analytical skills’ and assisted Culligan Argentina with its acquisition of certain assets (and assumption of associated liabilities) from Nestlé Waters Argentina. Other key names are managing partner Carlos Lombardi and the newly made-up Exequiel Buenaventura. Aixa Sureda and senior associate Evangelina González Soldo left to join Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Bruchou - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Exequiel Buenaventura - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘creative and solution-focused’ group consistently ranks among the best in the dispute resolution area due to its ‘extremely experienced partners, who understand court processes inside-out’. The department handles a diverse mix of contentious matters – including contractual claims, criminal cases, class actions and domestic and international arbitration – and is particularly well known for its strength in energy-related work. Among the names to note, former judge Carlos Rotman enjoys an eminent reputation in the market; he teamed up with ‘extremely sharp litigatorLeandro Caputo and regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima to represent Pan American Energy in an ICC arbitration against Transportadora de Gas del Sur. In another headline arbitration, Rotman and Caputo acted with Enrique Bruchou to represent Papel del Tucumán in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Argentina. In a significant piece of judicial litigation, the firm successfully represented SADESA Group in a case against a majority shareholder concerning the control of one of the two electricity distributers in Argentina – Rotman, Caputo and Mariano Luchetti led that work. Martín Beretervide, who recently advised Petroken Petroquimica Ensenada in litigation arising from the termination of a contract with a service provider, and senior associate José María López Posse are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Rotman - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

José María López Posse - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Under the joint leadership of energy and natural resources specialists Sergio Arbeleche and Sebastián Vedoya, the environmental practice at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has a distinct focus on mining and oil and gas-related matters. Recent work includes advising First Quantum Minerals’ local subsidiary, Corriente Argentina, on the environmental permitting process for the construction of the Taca Taca mining project.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

New entrant to the IP ranking, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi impresses with its ‘great client-oriented service’, which is backed up by its ability to provide ‘quick, concrete and pertinent answers’. The group, which focuses on corporate matters and IP litigation, is led by senior associate Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra, who is highlighted as an ‘industry expert in the IP and data privacy areas’. Recent work includes advising Digital House on various IP matters, including internal policies covering image rights.

Next generation lawyers

Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Top performerBruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is widely lauded for its ‘deep and broad knowledge in international trade law’. Led by ‘market specialistEduardo Mallea, the group also draws on the expertise of experienced expert María Laura Bacigalupo, tax litigation partner Liban Kusa and senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari. The firm handles the full gamut of trade and customs matters, with import and export issues, unfair trade practices and free trade agreements all standing out as areas of strength. On the import side, the firm advised several oil and gas service companies (including Halliburton Argentina and Nabors International Argentina) on their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation. Among its contentious matters, the firm defended FCA Automobiles Argentina in more than 90 infringement proceedings initiated by the customs administration for the alleged infringement of the temporary import regime. The department has also recently undertaken work for Energyst Group Services, Expro Argentina and Terminales Río de la Plata.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Mallea - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Carolina Callegari - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

At Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Nilo Thomas is held up as an ‘impeccable partner’ and a ‘strong specialist in employment law’. Thomas heads a one-partner practice that draws upon an impressive band of senior associates, including Lucila Tagliaferro and ‘future star’ Geraldine Moffat. Highlights included advising LafargeHolcim on several recent matters, including union negotiations and administrative and judicial claims. The employment group has also recently undertaken work for Caterpillar Financial Services, Dow Argentina and HSBC Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Nilo Thomas - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Geraldine Moffat - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi finds favour for its ability to ‘analyse issues quickly with great depth and care’, and for its ‘strong experience across a broad range of subjects’. Ignacio Sanz leads the department and recently teamed up with the oil and gas practice to represent América Latina Logística in administrative proceedings brought against the former concessionaires by Comisión Nacional de Regulación del Transporte (CNRT). On the transactional side, the team was retained by the Helport consortium to advise on the design and construction of the Chihuido I dam project. Ignacio Minorini and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de Kemmeter - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s group, which is led by newly made-up partner Exequiel Buenaventura, advises on development projects, commercial leases, property sales and acquisitions and energy-related matters. Highlights included advising Envision on the surface rights and titles of extensive tracts of land to develop wind and solar renewable energy projects for the RenovAr 2 bidding round.

Next generation lawyers

Exequiel Buenaventura - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘client-oriented’ practice demonstrates ‘excellent service delivery and industry knowledge’. Administrative and regulatory law lead Ignacio Sanz co-heads the department and provides ongoing advice to state-owned telecoms company Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales (ARSAT) on various matters, including recent advice on procurement proceedings. Other key names include senior associate Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra (‘an expert in the data privacy area’) and group co-lead Ignacio Minorini Lima.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Excellent in every way’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘simply indispensable group’ attracts superlative praise as ‘the go-to tax practice in Argentina’. Among its key attributes, the team is noted for its ‘great experience in M&A and international transactions’, its ‘enormous talent in negotiations’ as well as its ‘market-leading tax-planning capability’ ¬– the group also shines in tax litigation and day-to-day counselling. Sector specialist Liban Kusa sets himself apart through his ‘deep expertise in tax law’ coupled with a ‘strong commitment to the client’s business outcomes’; he is defending HSBC Bank in a $90m case relating to alleged tax evasion. Matías Olivero Vila heads the department and acted with Kusa to represent Bunge on a transfer pricing case. On the transactional front Ezequiel Lipovetzky, who ‘differs from other tax lawyers in his ability to translate technical know-how into practical application’, led the team’s advice to Inchcape on its $290m acquisition of the 16 companies of Empresas Indumotora and Indumotora Corp. Senior counsel Jorge Damarco also enjoys a strong reputation for tax matters. The ‘very deep and broad department’ also benefits from an impressive second line of younger specialists, with newly promoted partners Daniela Rey (‘extremely professional’) and Javier Malamud (‘committed and results-oriented’), as well as ‘very technical and responsive’ senior associate Nicolás Nogueira Castellini all singled out by sources.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Damarco - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Liban Kusa - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Matías Olivero Vila - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Daniela Rey - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘top-notch Argentine firm’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi impresses with its ‘great response times and strong legal knowledge’. Mariano Luchetti is a ‘great guy and a great lawyer’ and co-leads the power department alongside Ignacio Minorini Lima and Exequiel Buenaventura. Renewable energy is a notable area of expertise and the firm has recently advised a string of multinationals on their bids for round 2 of Argentina’s renewable energy programme, RenovAr. It also advises Amec Foster Wheleer on its greenfield projects for wind farms in Argentina. Other representative clients include Alstom, Canadian Solar and Dax Energy.

Leading lawyers

Mariano Luchetti - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s mining practice is led jointly by the ‘very dedicated’ Sebastián Vedoya and fellow sector specialist Sergio Arbeleche. The group acts for an impressive portfolio of major mining companies, with First Quantum Minerals and Yamana Gold featuring among the key names. Most notably, the firm provides ongoing advice to Barrick Gold, and its subsidiaries, on day-to-day matters in Argentina; among its recent work for the Canadian mining giant was advice on the $960m sale of a 50% stake in its Veladero mine to Shandong Gold Mining.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Dedicated and always available’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi provides ‘excellent service, which is comparable to international law firms’. Javier Rodríguez Galli, who leads the group, combines ‘outstanding client commitment’ with ‘deep industry experience’, while corporate partner Exequiel Buenaventura demonstrates ‘great M&A expertise’. The team also benefits from a capable band of senior associates with Santiago Balbi and Nicolás Dulce highlighted together as ‘very productive and responsive’. Recent highlights include advising Petronas E&P Argentina on the second phase of its joint venture agreement with YPF for the development of the La Amarga Chica field. Gazprom EP International, Pentanova Energy and Vista Oil & Gas are other representative clients.

Leading lawyers

Javier Rodríguez Galli - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

M & M Bomchil’s head of arbitration Guido Tawil is ‘one of the most eminent arbitration specialists in Argentina’, and is particularly well known for energy cases. Tawil represents multinationals in disputes with the state, and recently handled cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. At Rivera & Asociados, founding partner Julio César Rivera has notable expertise in energy-related disputes, and is currently serving as arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s recent highlights saw Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima acting for Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, as well as representing Papelera Tucumán in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Argentina. Héctor Mairal at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is widely recognised as a leading name for arbitration with a strong record in public and administrative law; his colleague Ricardo Ostrower is also noted for his arbitration experience. Héctor Alegria at Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo has a strong record in complex arbitration proceedings and also has experience sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. Luis Alberto Erize at Abeledo Gottheil Abogados is a well-known expert in energy arbitrations, as is his colleague Hernán Martín Oriolo. José Martínez de Hoz Jr, who recently established his own firm Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, is noted for his significant expertise in oil-and-gas sector arbitration.

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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

The ‘knowledgeable and effective’ banking practice at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi finds favour for ‘always going the extra mile for clients’. The group, which is led by the ‘solution-focusedHugo Bruzone, also impresses with its ‘excellent cost-to-service ratio’ and ‘great ability to call on cross-sector support’. Other key contacts in the ‘deep and broad’ team include managing partner Carlos Lombardi, who brings to bear a strong record in regulatory matters; corporate finance specialist Analía Battaglia and ‘future star’ José María Bazán. Project finance, syndicated loans and debt capital markets are all core areas of expertise and the firm enjoys strong relationships with the full spread of domestic, regional and multinational banks – it also acts for corporate borrowers and issuers. Among its headline transactions, the team acted for the joint bookrunners (BBVA Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities, HSBC Securities, JP Morgan Securities and Santander Investment Securities) on the Republic of Argentina’s $7bn bond issuance. In another significant public-sector deal, it advised both the initial purchasers in Argentina and the international purchasers on a $1.5bn international notes offering by the Province of Buenos Aires. On the project finance side, the team advised the arrangers (Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Citigroup Global Markets and Export Development Canada), on a $219m loan to two affiliate companies of YPF and General Electric to finance the construction and maintenance of two thermoelectric power plants. Banco Itaú, China Development Bank and Goldman Sachs are also representative clients.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Lombardi - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Hugo Bruzone - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

José María Bazán - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Knowledgeable and reliable’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi houses a market-leading bankruptcy and restructuring group that is particularly active on behalf of creditors. Among its recent work, ‘capable litigator’ Martín Beretervide represented IDB on the restructuring of renewable energy group Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona. In a rare debtor-side mandate, Beretervide teamed up with ‘well known bankruptcy expertCarlos Rotman to advise Grupo ALL Argentina on the successful restructuring of its business in the country, following the government’s termination of its railways freight concession agreement. Leandro Caputo is also a key contact.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Rotman - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s competition practice, which is particularly strong in transactional matters but also handles behavioural work, impresses with its ‘excellent service, advice and industry knowledge’. Among the team’s recent merger cases, it advised Nautilus Inkia Holdings on its acquisition of IC Power Argentina and IC Power Argentina II. Estanislao Olmos is also recommended and advised Barrick Gold on the sale of a 50% stake in its Veladero mine to Shandong Gold Mining. In 2018, highly rated partner Aixa Sureda and senior associate Evangelina González Soldo left for Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados.’

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘key player in major corporate deals’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi distinguishes itself through its ‘high-level expertise and sophistication’ and its ‘practical and commercially-minded lawyers’. The group’s broad sectoral expertise is evidenced by a diverse client roster, which encompasses major national and multinational companies from the agribusiness (Cargill, Monsanto), energy and natural resources (Barrick Gold, Envision Energy) and food and beverage (Arcor and Oceano Seafood) sectors. It also shines in TMT and infrastructure deals. Senior partner Enrique Bruchou is a ‘go-to specialist for complex transactions’ and recently led the firm’s advice to Arcor and Bagley on its $35m capital injection in Mastellone Hermanos. Mariano Luchetti, who has a ‘business-focused approach to solving problems’, advised key client Arcor on its $227.5m acquisition of Grupo Zucamor. Javier Rodríguez Galli is highly sought after for energy-related transactions and is advising Gazprom EP International on a potential joint venture with YPF. Estanislao Olmos is noted for his ‘strong analytical skills’ and assisted Culligan Argentina with its acquisition of certain assets (and assumption of associated liabilities) from Nestlé Waters Argentina. Other key names are managing partner Carlos Lombardi and the newly made-up Exequiel Buenaventura. Aixa Sureda and senior associate Evangelina González Soldo left to join Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Bruchou - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Exequiel Buenaventura - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘creative and solution-focused’ group consistently ranks among the best in the dispute resolution area due to its ‘extremely experienced partners, who understand court processes inside-out’. The department handles a diverse mix of contentious matters – including contractual claims, criminal cases, class actions and domestic and international arbitration – and is particularly well known for its strength in energy-related work. Among the names to note, former judge Carlos Rotman enjoys an eminent reputation in the market; he teamed up with ‘extremely sharp litigatorLeandro Caputo and regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima to represent Pan American Energy in an ICC arbitration against Transportadora de Gas del Sur. In another headline arbitration, Rotman and Caputo acted with Enrique Bruchou to represent Papel del Tucumán in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Argentina. In a significant piece of judicial litigation, the firm successfully represented SADESA Group in a case against a majority shareholder concerning the control of one of the two electricity distributers in Argentina – Rotman, Caputo and Mariano Luchetti led that work. Martín Beretervide, who recently advised Petroken Petroquimica Ensenada in litigation arising from the termination of a contract with a service provider, and senior associate José María López Posse are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Rotman - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

José María López Posse - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Under the joint leadership of energy and natural resources specialists Sergio Arbeleche and Sebastián Vedoya, the environmental practice at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has a distinct focus on mining and oil and gas-related matters. Recent work includes advising First Quantum Minerals’ local subsidiary, Corriente Argentina, on the environmental permitting process for the construction of the Taca Taca mining project.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

New entrant to the IP ranking, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi impresses with its ‘great client-oriented service’, which is backed up by its ability to provide ‘quick, concrete and pertinent answers’. The group, which focuses on corporate matters and IP litigation, is led by senior associate Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra, who is highlighted as an ‘industry expert in the IP and data privacy areas’. Recent work includes advising Digital House on various IP matters, including internal policies covering image rights.

Next generation lawyers

Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Top performerBruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is widely lauded for its ‘deep and broad knowledge in international trade law’. Led by ‘market specialistEduardo Mallea, the group also draws on the expertise of experienced expert María Laura Bacigalupo, tax litigation partner Liban Kusa and senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari. The firm handles the full gamut of trade and customs matters, with import and export issues, unfair trade practices and free trade agreements all standing out as areas of strength. On the import side, the firm advised several oil and gas service companies (including Halliburton Argentina and Nabors International Argentina) on their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation. Among its contentious matters, the firm defended FCA Automobiles Argentina in more than 90 infringement proceedings initiated by the customs administration for the alleged infringement of the temporary import regime. The department has also recently undertaken work for Energyst Group Services, Expro Argentina and Terminales Río de la Plata.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Mallea - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Carolina Callegari - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

At Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Nilo Thomas is held up as an ‘impeccable partner’ and a ‘strong specialist in employment law’. Thomas heads a one-partner practice that draws upon an impressive band of senior associates, including Lucila Tagliaferro and ‘future star’ Geraldine Moffat. Highlights included advising LafargeHolcim on several recent matters, including union negotiations and administrative and judicial claims. The employment group has also recently undertaken work for Caterpillar Financial Services, Dow Argentina and HSBC Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Nilo Thomas - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Geraldine Moffat - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi finds favour for its ability to ‘analyse issues quickly with great depth and care’, and for its ‘strong experience across a broad range of subjects’. Ignacio Sanz leads the department and recently teamed up with the oil and gas practice to represent América Latina Logística in administrative proceedings brought against the former concessionaires by Comisión Nacional de Regulación del Transporte (CNRT). On the transactional side, the team was retained by the Helport consortium to advise on the design and construction of the Chihuido I dam project. Ignacio Minorini and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Carlos de Kemmeter - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s group, which is led by newly made-up partner Exequiel Buenaventura, advises on development projects, commercial leases, property sales and acquisitions and energy-related matters. Highlights included advising Envision on the surface rights and titles of extensive tracts of land to develop wind and solar renewable energy projects for the RenovAr 2 bidding round.

Next generation lawyers

Exequiel Buenaventura - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘client-oriented’ practice demonstrates ‘excellent service delivery and industry knowledge’. Administrative and regulatory law lead Ignacio Sanz co-heads the department and provides ongoing advice to state-owned telecoms company Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales (ARSAT) on various matters, including recent advice on procurement proceedings. Other key names include senior associate Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra (‘an expert in the data privacy area’) and group co-lead Ignacio Minorini Lima.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Excellent in every way’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘simply indispensable group’ attracts superlative praise as ‘the go-to tax practice in Argentina’. Among its key attributes, the team is noted for its ‘great experience in M&A and international transactions’, its ‘enormous talent in negotiations’ as well as its ‘market-leading tax-planning capability’ ¬– the group also shines in tax litigation and day-to-day counselling. Sector specialist Liban Kusa sets himself apart through his ‘deep expertise in tax law’ coupled with a ‘strong commitment to the client’s business outcomes’; he is defending HSBC Bank in a $90m case relating to alleged tax evasion. Matías Olivero Vila heads the department and acted with Kusa to represent Bunge on a transfer pricing case. On the transactional front Ezequiel Lipovetzky, who ‘differs from other tax lawyers in his ability to translate technical know-how into practical application’, led the team’s advice to Inchcape on its $290m acquisition of the 16 companies of Empresas Indumotora and Indumotora Corp. Senior counsel Jorge Damarco also enjoys a strong reputation for tax matters. The ‘very deep and broad department’ also benefits from an impressive second line of younger specialists, with newly promoted partners Daniela Rey (‘extremely professional’) and Javier Malamud (‘committed and results-oriented’), as well as ‘very technical and responsive’ senior associate Nicolás Nogueira Castellini all singled out by sources.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Damarco - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Liban Kusa - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Matías Olivero Vila - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Next generation lawyers

Daniela Rey - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘top-notch Argentine firm’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi impresses with its ‘great response times and strong legal knowledge’. Mariano Luchetti is a ‘great guy and a great lawyer’ and co-leads the power department alongside Ignacio Minorini Lima and Exequiel Buenaventura. Renewable energy is a notable area of expertise and the firm has recently advised a string of multinationals on their bids for round 2 of Argentina’s renewable energy programme, RenovAr. It also advises Amec Foster Wheleer on its greenfield projects for wind farms in Argentina. Other representative clients include Alstom, Canadian Solar and Dax Energy.

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Mariano Luchetti - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s mining practice is led jointly by the ‘very dedicated’ Sebastián Vedoya and fellow sector specialist Sergio Arbeleche. The group acts for an impressive portfolio of major mining companies, with First Quantum Minerals and Yamana Gold featuring among the key names. Most notably, the firm provides ongoing advice to Barrick Gold, and its subsidiaries, on day-to-day matters in Argentina; among its recent work for the Canadian mining giant was advice on the $960m sale of a 50% stake in its Veladero mine to Shandong Gold Mining.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Dedicated and always available’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi provides ‘excellent service, which is comparable to international law firms’. Javier Rodríguez Galli, who leads the group, combines ‘outstanding client commitment’ with ‘deep industry experience’, while corporate partner Exequiel Buenaventura demonstrates ‘great M&A expertise’. The team also benefits from a capable band of senior associates with Santiago Balbi and Nicolás Dulce highlighted together as ‘very productive and responsive’. Recent highlights include advising Petronas E&P Argentina on the second phase of its joint venture agreement with YPF for the development of the La Amarga Chica field. Gazprom EP International, Pentanova Energy and Vista Oil & Gas are other representative clients.

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Javier Rodríguez Galli - Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

M & M Bomchil’s head of arbitration Guido Tawil is ‘one of the most eminent arbitration specialists in Argentina’, and is particularly well known for energy cases. Tawil represents multinationals in disputes with the state, and recently handled cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. At Rivera & Asociados, founding partner Julio César Rivera has notable expertise in energy-related disputes, and is currently serving as arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s recent highlights saw Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima acting for Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, as well as representing Papelera Tucumán in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Argentina. Héctor Mairal at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is widely recognised as a leading name for arbitration with a strong record in public and administrative law; his colleague Ricardo Ostrower is also noted for his arbitration experience. Héctor Alegria at Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo has a strong record in complex arbitration proceedings and also has experience sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. Luis Alberto Erize at Abeledo Gottheil Abogados is a well-known expert in energy arbitrations, as is his colleague Hernán Martín Oriolo. José Martínez de Hoz Jr, who recently established his own firm Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, is noted for his significant expertise in oil-and-gas sector arbitration.

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