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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘top of the league’ and distinguishes itself through its ‘excellent knowledge of the market’ and ‘strong commercial sense’. Hugo Bruzone heads a ‘deep and broad’ practice that shines across the full spread of traditional lending, structured finance, funds and project finance matters, regularly acting for major multinational financial institutions and corporate borrowers. However, it really stands out in capital markets transactions, where it advises on an impressive volume of deals; notably, it acted on 81% of international placements made by Argentine issuers in 2016. Managing partner Carlos Lombardi is widely regarded as a stalwart in the banking sphere and the group also calls on the services of the ‘very experienced’ Analía Battaglia, Julieta De Ruggiero and ‘rising star’ José María Bazán. In a key headline deal, in 2016 the firm advised the initial purchasers on the Republic of Argentina’s mammoth $16.5bn bond issuance – it also advised the initial purchasers on two other bond issuances made by Argentina, worth a combined $5.5bn. The team also acts for issuers and acted for eight public-sector bodies on $4bn worth of offerings during 2016. On the lending side, the team advised the lenders (Citibank, Deutsche Bank London branch, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Banco Hipotecario and ICBC Dubai (DIFC) branch) on a $600m senior secured bridge loan to Pampa Energía to finance the acquisition of a 67% stake in Petrobras Argentina. The banking team also houses a robust regulatory capability and the Argentine Banking Association is a significant client in this area. Since the conclusion of research, De Ruggiero has moved to Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani – Abogados.

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

Equally adept in acting for both debtors and creditors, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi maintains its impressive track record in headline restructurings. Senior specialist Carlos Rotman is a ‘strong lawyer’ and his team also includes Francisco Cárrega, Leandro Caputo and Martín Beretervide. In a key recent case, the group successfully represented railway operator América Latina Logística Argentina in its business restructuring following the government’s termination of its railfreight concessions agreement. On the creditor side, the firm was instructed by publishing house Editorial Atlántida to represent it in the bankruptcy proceedings of printing company RR Donnelley Argentina. Other representative clients include Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Deutsche Bank and IDB.

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

Satisfied clients of Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi point to its ‘excellent service delivery’ and ‘pragmatic advice’ as differentiating it from its peers. Traditionally better known for its transactional capability (and it filed seven new merger-control cases over the past year), the team also houses an increasingly prominent behavioural practice which is currently involved in 13 anticompetitive investigations. Among its recent filings cases, Estanislao Olmos advised Citibank on the sale of certain assets to Santander Río. Aixa Sureda is also a key contact.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘first-rate legal firm’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is commended for its ‘very knowledgeable, skilled and creative attorneys’, who are held up by clients as ‘some of the best lawyers in Argentina and even Latin America’. Among its most high-profile figures, senior partner Enrique Bruchou stands out as a ‘powerhouse’ in the area; he paired up with Mariano Luchetti to advise Arcor and Bagley on a $35m capital injecton into Mastellone Hermanos, which brings their total stake in the company to 33.5%. Luchetti also led the firm’s advice to Unipar Carbocloro on its acquisition of a controlling 70% stake in Solvay Indupa. Transactional oil-and-gas specialist Javier Rodríguez Galli is an ‘outstanding practitioner who perfectly understands the needs of the client’; he can also turn his hand to top-flight deals outside the energy sector and advised Inchcape on its $290m acquisition of 16 companies from Empresas Indumotora and Indumotora Corp. Estanislao Olmos ‘knows how to analyse issues and structure creative solutions’ and represented Raymond James South American Holdings on the sale of certain equity interests, including the entirety of its interest in Raymond James Argentina. The practice also includes ‘very professional young partnerAixa Sureda and managing partner Carlos Lombardi, who has ‘excellent legal acumen’. In addition, the practice benefits from a talented second line of senior associates, with Exequiel Buenaventura particularly recommended. In 2017, star partner Siro Astolfi left to become general counsel at Aerolíneas Argentina, while highly-rated senior associate Elena Sozzani left to become partner at Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán.

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

The ‘problem-solving’ group at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi distinguishes itself through the ‘speed and quality of its superior service’, according to satisfied clients. The diverse practice has a strong reputation for commercial litigation, class actions and international arbitration and packs a particular punch in cases relating to energy, TMT and financial services. The department draws on the expertise of four core partners, most of whom are former judges, and it also fields a strong team of junior lawyers. Carlos Rotman is a ‘stand-out leader in the area’ and represented Posadas Group in a complex breach of contract case. Leandro Caputo ‘deeply knows the law and how to win a case’; he teamed up with Rotman and Ignacio Minorini Lima to successfully represent Prescription Data in its ICC arbitration against IMS Health relating to the breach of an agreement in Brazil. Martín Beretervide is another key name and represented Aerodoc in a complex multi-jurisdictional case concerning the theft of trade secrets in the satellite telecoms sector. Francisco Cárrega is also a high-profile litigator; senior specialist Rodolfo Ramírez retired in 2016. Among its most impressive associates Martín Medici is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and José María López Posse is ‘very efficient and knowledgeable’. Other active clients include Deutsche Bank, Pan American Energy and Petrobras.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s increasingly prominent practice continues to build its market profile under the joint leadership of energy specialists Sergio Arbeleche and Sebastián Vedoya. The firm notably leverages its robust mining practice to secure a significant share of environmental work in that sector, with Barrick Gold, First Quantum Minerals and Patagonia Gold all among those turning to the firm for advice on ongoing environmental and regulatory matters. Recent work includes advising First Quantum Minerals on the permitting process to obtain the environmental impact approval for the construction of its high-profile Taca Taca project.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘a benchmark in the Argentine market’ and is believed by many to be ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. Among the names to note, department head Eduardo Mallea is ‘best in class’ and highly sought-after for his ‘comprehensive top-tier experience in the trade field’; he brings to bear a illustrious record across the full range of antidumping, foreign exchange regulations and contentious matters. The team also draws on the expertise of tax litigation specialist Liban Kusa, who provides ‘knowledgeable and high-quality service’; senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari, who specialises in customs matters; and senior counsel Jorge Damarco. In addition, in 2017 the group was bolstered by the arrival of new partner María Laura Bacigalupo, who joined from respected boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta. On the antidumping side, the firm successfully intervened in several investigations initiated by Argentina, including the investigation into pork meat exports from Brazil and the investigation into certain knives exported from Brazil and China. On the transactional side, the firm leveraged its robust energy practice to advise several oil and gas services companies on customs and foreign trade issues relating to their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation; most notably, it advised Halliburton Argentina on the temporary import of several goods to provide services to YPF, among other operators. The group has also recently undertaken work for Ascensores Schindler, Expro Argentina and Nabors International Argentina.

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

The labour practice at full-service heavyweight Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has a strong record in high-end employment litigation. It also handles general compliance issues, collective bargaining, corporate support matters and occupational health and safety. The firm advises DirecTV Argentina, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and Tetrapak on day-to-day matters as well as all administrative and judicial labour claims. Group head Nilo Thomas is recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

The ‘incredibly responsive’ group at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is comprised of ‘ethical and analytical lawyers, who know how to structure creative solutions’. Among the key names, team head Ignacio Sanz stands out for his ‘fantastic legal acumen’; he led the department’s advice to América Latina Logística on all administrative proceedings brought against the former concessionaires by Comisión Nacional de Regulación del Transporte (CNRT). The team is also advising Deutsche Bank Argentina and Holcim Argentina before the National Securities Commission (CNV) in a case concerning alleged non-observance of certain legal duties. Ignacio Minorini and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also recommended.

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 real estate practice is led by senior associate and corporate specialist Exequiel Buenaventura, who has a strong record in structuring real estate projects and transactions. The group kept busy advising on forestry acquisitions, major mixed-use development projects and energy-related matters during the past year. Highlights included advising Uruguayan real estate developer HCU, which owns the 5-star Carmelo Resort and Spa, on the termination its relationship with the Four Seasons and its subsequent rebranding negotiations with Hyatt.

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 is commended for its ‘very knowledgeable and skilled lawyers’ and ‘prompt, attentive and responsive client service’. Administrative and regulatory law lead Ignacio Sanz is a ‘creative and talented lawyer’ and co-heads the practice alongside fellow regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima – senior associate Marcos Santivañez Vieyra also plays a key role in TMT matters. On the telecoms side, the firm provides ongoing regulatory advice to Encompass Tiba Latin America and Level 3 Communications. Among technology matters, the team advised Monsanto Argentina on data protection and privacy issues.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘market leader’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi continues to impress with its ‘excellent technical and legal knowledge complemented by practical experience’ and its ‘broad capability across all key tax areas’. Combining strong litigation expertise with transactional firepower, the group also handles tax planning and day-to-day counselling. Among the names to note, Liban Kusa is ‘among the best in the country for tax law’ and has a prominent reputation for contentious matters; he is defending HSBC Bank in a $90m case relating to alleged tax evasion. Tax head Matías Olivero Vila brings to bear a strong record in transactional tax issues and recently paired up with ‘excellent’ senior associate Daniela Rey to advise Village Cinemas on the tax aspects of a corporate spin-off to separate existing business units. Senior counsel Jorge Damarco remains a key figure in the department and teamed up with Kusa and Olivero Vila to defend Bunge in a transfer pricing case. Ezequiel Lipovetzky’s practice concentrates mainly on tax consulting – although he has been involved in several contentious cases over the past year –and he provides ongoing advice to Energyst, Casino Group and Tribune on day-to-day issues. As one would expect, customs and foreign trade lead Eduardo Mallea is highly active on customs tax and transfer pricing issues. The firm also routinely advises on the tax aspects of major banking, capital markets and M&A deals, such as its recent advice to Citibank on the sale of its retail banking business in Argentina to Santander Río. Senior associates Juan Pablo Baumann and Javier Malamud are also recommended.

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 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s energy and natural resources practice is a growing force. Although traditionally better known for its oil-and-gas capability, the firm’s power offering has made great gains in recent years, with the 2015 hire of regulatory expert Ignacio Minorini from Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal really cementing its ambitions in this area. Transactional specialist Mariano Luchetti co-leads the group alongside Minorini and enjoys a strong market profile. The firm stood out as a key player in Argentina’s recent renewable energy programme, representing domestic and multinational clients in 18 tenders, accounting for around 1300 MW worth of projects out of the total 6300 MW on offer. The firm also advises Sociedad Argentina de Energía, the largest power-generating company in the country, on day-to-day matters, including corporate, regulatory and contractual issues. Other representative clients include Canadian Solar, Dax Energy and Mainstream Renewable Power. Administrative and regulatory law head Ignacio Sanz and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also active in this space.

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 co-led by Sebastián Vedoya and Sergio Arbeleche; both are active across the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also possess significant environmental law expertise. The firm provides ongoing advice to an impressive list of mining majors, most notably assisting Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals with their day-to-day Argentine operations, including regulatory and environmental matters. On the transactional side, the firm is advising on the development of an energy grid for two major mining projects in Argentina, and it also advised Troy Resources on the sale of part of its interest in the Casposo mine to Austral Gold. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Minas Argentina, Hecla Mining and Patagonia Gold.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘among the best in the market’ and impresses with the ‘total availability of its partners and associates at all times, going way beyond the level of service offered at other firms’. Energy head Javier Rodríguez Galli secures superlative praise from domestic and multinational companies alike as ‘probably the most competent professional in Argentina for oil and gas law’ due to his ability to ‘understand the industry not only from a legal, but also from a commercial and technical viewpoint’. The group also benefits from the expertise of several senior associates including Exequiel Buenaventura, Evangelina González Soldo and Santiago Balbi, who is an ‘excellent lawyer for local work’. The firm’s sharpened focus on oil and gas matters over recent years has translated into an enviable client list and it is currently representing Petronas in the La Amarga Chica project and Gazprom in the Estación Fernández Oro project – both in association with YPF. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Pan American Energy in an arbitration against Transportadora de Gas del Sur regarding natural gas processing agreements.

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 experienced head of arbitration Guido Tawil has an impressive network of contacts and strong technical knowledge. He regularly represents multinationals in disputes with the state, recently handling cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Spanish utility company Endesa is a key client. Rivera & Asociados’ key contact Julio César Rivera has been particularly active in energy-related disputes. Abeledo Gottheil Abogados represents investors in investment treaty arbitrations, and also acts for international as well as domestic parties in commercial disputes, including those heard in the ICC. Luis Alberto Erize and Hernán Martín Oriolo are recommended. Recent highlights for José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.), head of arbitration and international litigation at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr, include representing Exxon Mobil affiliates in defending an ICSID arbitration award which the government of Argentina is seeking to annul, and acting for YPF in a $1.6bn ICC case relating to a natural gas export contract. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has been active in several ICC cases, including representing Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, with Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and Ignacio Minorini Lima acting. At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Ricardo Ostrower is ‘a seasoned litigator with deep knowledge of arbitration procedures’. He is acting for Total Austral in its high-profile dispute with Metrogas (Chile) arising from the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. Independent arbitrator Raúl Emilio Vinuesa adjudicates on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘top of the league’ and distinguishes itself through its ‘excellent knowledge of the market’ and ‘strong commercial sense’. Hugo Bruzone heads a ‘deep and broad’ practice that shines across the full spread of traditional lending, structured finance, funds and project finance matters, regularly acting for major multinational financial institutions and corporate borrowers. However, it really stands out in capital markets transactions, where it advises on an impressive volume of deals; notably, it acted on 81% of international placements made by Argentine issuers in 2016. Managing partner Carlos Lombardi is widely regarded as a stalwart in the banking sphere and the group also calls on the services of the ‘very experienced’ Analía Battaglia, Julieta De Ruggiero and ‘rising star’ José María Bazán. In a key headline deal, in 2016 the firm advised the initial purchasers on the Republic of Argentina’s mammoth $16.5bn bond issuance – it also advised the initial purchasers on two other bond issuances made by Argentina, worth a combined $5.5bn. The team also acts for issuers and acted for eight public-sector bodies on $4bn worth of offerings during 2016. On the lending side, the team advised the lenders (Citibank, Deutsche Bank London branch, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Banco Hipotecario and ICBC Dubai (DIFC) branch) on a $600m senior secured bridge loan to Pampa Energía to finance the acquisition of a 67% stake in Petrobras Argentina. The banking team also houses a robust regulatory capability and the Argentine Banking Association is a significant client in this area. Since the conclusion of research, De Ruggiero has moved to Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani – Abogados.

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

Equally adept in acting for both debtors and creditors, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi maintains its impressive track record in headline restructurings. Senior specialist Carlos Rotman is a ‘strong lawyer’ and his team also includes Francisco Cárrega, Leandro Caputo and Martín Beretervide. In a key recent case, the group successfully represented railway operator América Latina Logística Argentina in its business restructuring following the government’s termination of its railfreight concessions agreement. On the creditor side, the firm was instructed by publishing house Editorial Atlántida to represent it in the bankruptcy proceedings of printing company RR Donnelley Argentina. Other representative clients include Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Deutsche Bank and IDB.

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

Satisfied clients of Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi point to its ‘excellent service delivery’ and ‘pragmatic advice’ as differentiating it from its peers. Traditionally better known for its transactional capability (and it filed seven new merger-control cases over the past year), the team also houses an increasingly prominent behavioural practice which is currently involved in 13 anticompetitive investigations. Among its recent filings cases, Estanislao Olmos advised Citibank on the sale of certain assets to Santander Río. Aixa Sureda is also a key contact.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘first-rate legal firm’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is commended for its ‘very knowledgeable, skilled and creative attorneys’, who are held up by clients as ‘some of the best lawyers in Argentina and even Latin America’. Among its most high-profile figures, senior partner Enrique Bruchou stands out as a ‘powerhouse’ in the area; he paired up with Mariano Luchetti to advise Arcor and Bagley on a $35m capital injecton into Mastellone Hermanos, which brings their total stake in the company to 33.5%. Luchetti also led the firm’s advice to Unipar Carbocloro on its acquisition of a controlling 70% stake in Solvay Indupa. Transactional oil-and-gas specialist Javier Rodríguez Galli is an ‘outstanding practitioner who perfectly understands the needs of the client’; he can also turn his hand to top-flight deals outside the energy sector and advised Inchcape on its $290m acquisition of 16 companies from Empresas Indumotora and Indumotora Corp. Estanislao Olmos ‘knows how to analyse issues and structure creative solutions’ and represented Raymond James South American Holdings on the sale of certain equity interests, including the entirety of its interest in Raymond James Argentina. The practice also includes ‘very professional young partnerAixa Sureda and managing partner Carlos Lombardi, who has ‘excellent legal acumen’. In addition, the practice benefits from a talented second line of senior associates, with Exequiel Buenaventura particularly recommended. In 2017, star partner Siro Astolfi left to become general counsel at Aerolíneas Argentina, while highly-rated senior associate Elena Sozzani left to become partner at Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán.

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

The ‘problem-solving’ group at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi distinguishes itself through the ‘speed and quality of its superior service’, according to satisfied clients. The diverse practice has a strong reputation for commercial litigation, class actions and international arbitration and packs a particular punch in cases relating to energy, TMT and financial services. The department draws on the expertise of four core partners, most of whom are former judges, and it also fields a strong team of junior lawyers. Carlos Rotman is a ‘stand-out leader in the area’ and represented Posadas Group in a complex breach of contract case. Leandro Caputo ‘deeply knows the law and how to win a case’; he teamed up with Rotman and Ignacio Minorini Lima to successfully represent Prescription Data in its ICC arbitration against IMS Health relating to the breach of an agreement in Brazil. Martín Beretervide is another key name and represented Aerodoc in a complex multi-jurisdictional case concerning the theft of trade secrets in the satellite telecoms sector. Francisco Cárrega is also a high-profile litigator; senior specialist Rodolfo Ramírez retired in 2016. Among its most impressive associates Martín Medici is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and José María López Posse is ‘very efficient and knowledgeable’. Other active clients include Deutsche Bank, Pan American Energy and Petrobras.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s increasingly prominent practice continues to build its market profile under the joint leadership of energy specialists Sergio Arbeleche and Sebastián Vedoya. The firm notably leverages its robust mining practice to secure a significant share of environmental work in that sector, with Barrick Gold, First Quantum Minerals and Patagonia Gold all among those turning to the firm for advice on ongoing environmental and regulatory matters. Recent work includes advising First Quantum Minerals on the permitting process to obtain the environmental impact approval for the construction of its high-profile Taca Taca project.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘a benchmark in the Argentine market’ and is believed by many to be ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. Among the names to note, department head Eduardo Mallea is ‘best in class’ and highly sought-after for his ‘comprehensive top-tier experience in the trade field’; he brings to bear a illustrious record across the full range of antidumping, foreign exchange regulations and contentious matters. The team also draws on the expertise of tax litigation specialist Liban Kusa, who provides ‘knowledgeable and high-quality service’; senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari, who specialises in customs matters; and senior counsel Jorge Damarco. In addition, in 2017 the group was bolstered by the arrival of new partner María Laura Bacigalupo, who joined from respected boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta. On the antidumping side, the firm successfully intervened in several investigations initiated by Argentina, including the investigation into pork meat exports from Brazil and the investigation into certain knives exported from Brazil and China. On the transactional side, the firm leveraged its robust energy practice to advise several oil and gas services companies on customs and foreign trade issues relating to their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation; most notably, it advised Halliburton Argentina on the temporary import of several goods to provide services to YPF, among other operators. The group has also recently undertaken work for Ascensores Schindler, Expro Argentina and Nabors International Argentina.

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

The labour practice at full-service heavyweight Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has a strong record in high-end employment litigation. It also handles general compliance issues, collective bargaining, corporate support matters and occupational health and safety. The firm advises DirecTV Argentina, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and Tetrapak on day-to-day matters as well as all administrative and judicial labour claims. Group head Nilo Thomas is recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

The ‘incredibly responsive’ group at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is comprised of ‘ethical and analytical lawyers, who know how to structure creative solutions’. Among the key names, team head Ignacio Sanz stands out for his ‘fantastic legal acumen’; he led the department’s advice to América Latina Logística on all administrative proceedings brought against the former concessionaires by Comisión Nacional de Regulación del Transporte (CNRT). The team is also advising Deutsche Bank Argentina and Holcim Argentina before the National Securities Commission (CNV) in a case concerning alleged non-observance of certain legal duties. Ignacio Minorini and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also recommended.

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 real estate practice is led by senior associate and corporate specialist Exequiel Buenaventura, who has a strong record in structuring real estate projects and transactions. The group kept busy advising on forestry acquisitions, major mixed-use development projects and energy-related matters during the past year. Highlights included advising Uruguayan real estate developer HCU, which owns the 5-star Carmelo Resort and Spa, on the termination its relationship with the Four Seasons and its subsequent rebranding negotiations with Hyatt.

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 is commended for its ‘very knowledgeable and skilled lawyers’ and ‘prompt, attentive and responsive client service’. Administrative and regulatory law lead Ignacio Sanz is a ‘creative and talented lawyer’ and co-heads the practice alongside fellow regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima – senior associate Marcos Santivañez Vieyra also plays a key role in TMT matters. On the telecoms side, the firm provides ongoing regulatory advice to Encompass Tiba Latin America and Level 3 Communications. Among technology matters, the team advised Monsanto Argentina on data protection and privacy issues.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

A ‘market leader’, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi continues to impress with its ‘excellent technical and legal knowledge complemented by practical experience’ and its ‘broad capability across all key tax areas’. Combining strong litigation expertise with transactional firepower, the group also handles tax planning and day-to-day counselling. Among the names to note, Liban Kusa is ‘among the best in the country for tax law’ and has a prominent reputation for contentious matters; he is defending HSBC Bank in a $90m case relating to alleged tax evasion. Tax head Matías Olivero Vila brings to bear a strong record in transactional tax issues and recently paired up with ‘excellent’ senior associate Daniela Rey to advise Village Cinemas on the tax aspects of a corporate spin-off to separate existing business units. Senior counsel Jorge Damarco remains a key figure in the department and teamed up with Kusa and Olivero Vila to defend Bunge in a transfer pricing case. Ezequiel Lipovetzky’s practice concentrates mainly on tax consulting – although he has been involved in several contentious cases over the past year –and he provides ongoing advice to Energyst, Casino Group and Tribune on day-to-day issues. As one would expect, customs and foreign trade lead Eduardo Mallea is highly active on customs tax and transfer pricing issues. The firm also routinely advises on the tax aspects of major banking, capital markets and M&A deals, such as its recent advice to Citibank on the sale of its retail banking business in Argentina to Santander Río. Senior associates Juan Pablo Baumann and Javier Malamud are also recommended.

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 1

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s energy and natural resources practice is a growing force. Although traditionally better known for its oil-and-gas capability, the firm’s power offering has made great gains in recent years, with the 2015 hire of regulatory expert Ignacio Minorini from Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal really cementing its ambitions in this area. Transactional specialist Mariano Luchetti co-leads the group alongside Minorini and enjoys a strong market profile. The firm stood out as a key player in Argentina’s recent renewable energy programme, representing domestic and multinational clients in 18 tenders, accounting for around 1300 MW worth of projects out of the total 6300 MW on offer. The firm also advises Sociedad Argentina de Energía, the largest power-generating company in the country, on day-to-day matters, including corporate, regulatory and contractual issues. Other representative clients include Canadian Solar, Dax Energy and Mainstream Renewable Power. Administrative and regulatory law head Ignacio Sanz and senior counsel Carlos de Kemmeter are also active in this space.

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 co-led by Sebastián Vedoya and Sergio Arbeleche; both are active across the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also possess significant environmental law expertise. The firm provides ongoing advice to an impressive list of mining majors, most notably assisting Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals with their day-to-day Argentine operations, including regulatory and environmental matters. On the transactional side, the firm is advising on the development of an energy grid for two major mining projects in Argentina, and it also advised Troy Resources on the sale of part of its interest in the Casposo mine to Austral Gold. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Minas Argentina, Hecla Mining and Patagonia Gold.

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

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is ‘among the best in the market’ and impresses with the ‘total availability of its partners and associates at all times, going way beyond the level of service offered at other firms’. Energy head Javier Rodríguez Galli secures superlative praise from domestic and multinational companies alike as ‘probably the most competent professional in Argentina for oil and gas law’ due to his ability to ‘understand the industry not only from a legal, but also from a commercial and technical viewpoint’. The group also benefits from the expertise of several senior associates including Exequiel Buenaventura, Evangelina González Soldo and Santiago Balbi, who is an ‘excellent lawyer for local work’. The firm’s sharpened focus on oil and gas matters over recent years has translated into an enviable client list and it is currently representing Petronas in the La Amarga Chica project and Gazprom in the Estación Fernández Oro project – both in association with YPF. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Pan American Energy in an arbitration against Transportadora de Gas del Sur regarding natural gas processing agreements.

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 experienced head of arbitration Guido Tawil has an impressive network of contacts and strong technical knowledge. He regularly represents multinationals in disputes with the state, recently handling cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Spanish utility company Endesa is a key client. Rivera & Asociados’ key contact Julio César Rivera has been particularly active in energy-related disputes. Abeledo Gottheil Abogados represents investors in investment treaty arbitrations, and also acts for international as well as domestic parties in commercial disputes, including those heard in the ICC. Luis Alberto Erize and Hernán Martín Oriolo are recommended. Recent highlights for José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.), head of arbitration and international litigation at Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez De Hoz, Jr, include representing Exxon Mobil affiliates in defending an ICSID arbitration award which the government of Argentina is seeking to annul, and acting for YPF in a $1.6bn ICC case relating to a natural gas export contract. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has been active in several ICC cases, including representing Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, with Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and Ignacio Minorini Lima acting. At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Ricardo Ostrower is ‘a seasoned litigator with deep knowledge of arbitration procedures’. He is acting for Total Austral in its high-profile dispute with Metrogas (Chile) arising from the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. Independent arbitrator Raúl Emilio Vinuesa adjudicates on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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