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Beccar Varela

EDIFICIO REPÚBLICA, TUCUMÁN 1, 3RD FLOOR, C1049AAA CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
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Work +54 11 4379 6800
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Fax +54 11 4379 6860
Web:
www.beccarvarela.com
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires

Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s ‘very knowledgeable and professional’ team is commended for its ‘pro-deal approach’ and for ‘understanding and meeting the needs of foreign lenders, while protecting the borrower’s interests’. Client favourite Roberto Fortunati is ‘extremely experienced’ and co-heads the department – he recently advised Total Eren on obtaining a $167m loan to finance a wind project. Banking co-head Pablo Torretta is a key contact for regulatory matters and plays a leading role in the firm’s ongoing advice to several local and multinational banks on a diverse spread of regulatory issues. In a headline piece of banking M&A, capital markets lead Javier Magnasco paired up with Alejandro Poletto to advise Deutsche Bank on the sale of its business in Argentina to Banco Comafi. Roberto Crouzel, Maximiliano D’Auro and ‘excellent senior associate’ Daniel Levi are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Fortunati - Beccar Varela

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Levi - Beccar Varela

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Beccar Varela

Led by Martín Gastaldi, Beccar Varela’s insolvency group acts for both domestic and foreign clients in corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, with notable experience in highly contentious cases. Creditor-side work is the mainstay of the practice, such as its recent advice to Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires on Magnacom’s AR$31m reorganisation proceedings. Senior associate Federico Sosa is an ‘impressive younger lawyer’.

Next generation lawyers

Federico Sosa - Beccar Varela

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela continues to raise its profile in the competition space and sources attest to its ‘quick and effective advice’, ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and ability to marshal ‘strong support from other practice areas in the firm’. Led by Agustín Waisman, who is a ‘vastly experienced professional with great legal precision’, the group is active in merger filings, investigations and international trade-related matters. In a key highlight, it advised Prisma Medios de Pago (formerly VISA Argentina) in the negotiation of the settlement of the VISA card system investigation, which included several structural and behavioural remedies. Among its merger cases, the team represented Sherwin-Williams on the local aspects of its $11bn acquisition of Valspar. The practice also benefits from genuine strength-in-depth, with senior associates Camila Corvalán and Mercedes Pando both highly recommended.

Leading lawyers

Agustín Waisman - Beccar Varela

Next generation lawyers

Camila Corvalán - Beccar Varela

Mercedes Pando - Beccar Varela

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

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s ‘responsive and reliable team’, led jointly by Roberto Crouzel and Roberto Fortunati, is lauded for ‘going above-and-beyond for clients’. The increasingly prominent corporate practice garnered a significant share of headline transactions over the past year, with its advice to Minerva on its $300m acquisition of JBS in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay standing out as a highlight – the ‘very knowledgeableHoracio Beccar Varela paired up with ‘very professional’ junior partner Casiana Silveyra Perdriel to lead that work. The same team also acted for Black Bamboo Enterprises on its $69m acquisition of four slaughterhouses and refrigeration facilities from Marfrig Argentina and Estancias del Sur. In a notable piece of banking M&A, Javier Magnasco and Alejandro Poletto acted together to advise Deutsche Bank on the sale of its business in Argentina to Banco Comafi. The group also draws upon the senior experience of Ramón Moyano (‘extremely smart’) and María Shakespear (‘well-informed and great to deal with’), while impressive associates include María Eugenia Radaelli.

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Roberto Crouzel - Beccar Varela

Next generation lawyers

María Eugenia Radaelli - Beccar Varela

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s ‘flexible and practical’ dispute resolution team provides ‘excellent levels of service’, with its ‘unrivalled depth of analysis’ and ‘timely response times’ finding favour. The group, which is led by the ‘very experienced’ Eduardo Güemes, covers all the bases in contentious matters, with robust skill-sets in commercial and civil disputes, arbitration, white-collar crime and bankruptcy litigation. Other names to note in the ‘broad and diverse department’ are: advisory partner Emilio Vogelius (who was head of the litigation unit until 2016); Gonzalo García Delatour (‘very strategic with excellent judgement’); insolvency head Martín Gastaldi; and senior associate Federico Sosa (‘very proactive and client-focused’, ‘works as part of the in-house team’). The group is currently representing several clients, including financial institutions, insurance companies, retailers and pharmaceutical companies, in collective claims filed by various consumer organisations. Representative clients include Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, Banco Itaú Argentina and Electrónica Megatone.

Next generation lawyers

Federico Sosa - Beccar Varela

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Beccar Varela

Very responsive’, Beccar Varela has a strong track record in advising on the environmental law aspects of corporate transactions – it also advises on compliance and contentious matters. Administrative law expert Oscar Aguilar Valdez heads a ‘collaborative team’ that also draws upon the experience of ‘well-informed and practical’ energy specialist José Carlos Cueva and senior associate Ángeles Murgier. Highlights included advising energy transportation and distribution company, LITSA, on regulatory matters.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela is valued for its ‘strong professionalism’ combined with ‘great market and business knowledge’. In a notable development, Daniel Seoane now heads the group, following his arrival from Suramericana where he was regional legal vice president. Other key contacts include former department head Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutell, who retains an active role in the group, and ‘very strong’ senior associate Agustín Duarte. The practice acts on a solid mix of corporate, contentious and regulatory matters for a diverse portfolio of local and global insurers and reinsurers. Highlights included advising Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera and Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina on the formation and licensing of a broker insurance company.

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Agustín Duarte - Beccar Varela

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Beccar Varela

At Beccar Varela, Emilio Beccar Varela is highlighted for his ‘strong knowledge in TMT-related matters’; he co-leads the department alongside the ‘very professionalFlorencia Rosati. The team handles a broad array of IP-related issues, with notable experience in trade marks, patents, copyright and industrial designs. Recent highlights include advising official Mercedes Benz dealer Colcar Merbus on trade mark opposition matters. The group has also recently undertaken work for Coppel, Despegar and Mostaza.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

The ‘highly responsive and committed team’ at Beccar Varela scores points for its ‘pragmatic approach to solving complex issues’. Department head Augusto Vechio is ‘very thorough’ and maintains a broad practice spanning international trade, export controls, trade sanctions, antitrust and economic regulation. Among the other names to note, Guido Krolovetzky is an ‘expert in customs law’, while respected senior associate Camila Corvalán is ‘very talented’. In a high-profile trade treaty mandate, the group is advising the European Union on the Mercosur-EU free trade agreement negotiations. On the trade remedy front, the firm is representing India-based Somany Ceramics in an antidumping investigation into imports of porcelain tiles from India, Brazil, Malaysia, Vietnam and China. BASF, Swarovski and Volkswagen are also key clients.

Next generation lawyers

Camila Corvalán - Beccar Varela

Guido Krolovetzky - Beccar Varela

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Longstanding clients of Beccar Varela attest to the employment group’s ‘quick response times’ and ‘in-depth knowledge of Argentina’s complex labour market’ – the group’s ‘very good price-to-quality ratio’ is also a recurring theme. Department head Álvaro Galli provides ‘knowledgeable advice that the recipient can rely on’ and recently advised Despegar.com on several contentious and transactional employment matters, including all labour issues connected to its IPO. Galli also represented Interpack in a dispute with the trucker’s union. María Carolina Muriago, who is a ‘rising star’, and Alejandro Diego Melfi are also recommended – both are senior associates.

Next generation lawyers

María Carolina Muriago - Beccar Varela

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

The public law practice at Beccar Varela handles a broad mix of public procurement, public finance and administrative and judicial review proceedings. Group head Oscar Aguilar Valdez is a prominent name and recently advised the board of Aerolíneas Argentinas on issues concerning new competing carriers in the local market. Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos also turned to the firm for assistance with two international public tenders for the execution of works related to the provision of potable water services. Juan Antonio Stupenengo is also recommended.

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Oscar Aguilar Valdez - Beccar Varela

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s real estate and hospitality group is led by sector specialist Pedro Nicholson, who brings to bear a comprehensive track record in project development, property sales and acquisitions, corporate finance and investment matters. Among ongoing mandates, the team is advising Carrefour on the development of the high-profile Al Río Project and is also assisting JB Developers with the development of a luxury real estate project in Pilar. Over the past year, the firm has also handled real estate matters for Hyatt, Puente Hermanos and Related Group.

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Pedro Nicholson - Beccar Varela

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela has strong expertise in regulatory and contractual issues including software licensing, IT services agreements and data protection law. Emilio Beccar Varela, who focuses on TMT, IP and corporate matters, co-heads the practice alongside Florencia Rosati and together they advised Intelsat on obtaining landing rights to provide satellite facilities through its satellite IS-37e. In conjunction with the firm’s corporate department, the same team also recently advised Sprint Corporation on several matters, including data retention, website blocking and network security. In addition, the firm has recently handled TMT-related matters for Deutsche Bank, Prisma Medios de Pago and Samsung Electronics Argentina.

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Emilio Beccar Varela - Beccar Varela

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Beccar Varela

Client-oriented, accurate and timely’, Beccar Varela’s team is comprised of ‘highly qualified professionals that enhance the clientsbusiness with their contributions’. Among the names to note, group lead Santiago Montezanti is commended for his ‘deep knowledge of complex tax issues’ as well as his ability to provide ‘both an expert and practical view to clients’. Senior associate María de los Ángeles Olano also garners substantial praise for her ‘rare ability to simplify complex concepts’. Highlights included advising Deutsche Bank on the tax aspects of the sale of Deutsche Bank Argentina to Banco Comafi.

Next generation lawyers

María de los Ángeles Olano - Beccar Varela

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

Beccar Varela

Responsive and cost-effectiveBeccar Varela has ‘good knowledge on issues facing electricity clients’. Among the names to note, junior partner José Carlos Cueva is ‘easily reachable and provides practical responses to questions’; he recently advised Hive Energy (UK) on its plans to develop solar power plants in Argentina, which included corporate matters and participation in provincial tenders. Project finance expert Roberto Fortunati is also active in the power space and advised Total Eren on a $167m loan to finance a wind project awarded under the RenovAr programme.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: Mining - ranked: tier 3

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s mining group, led by Roberto Fortunati, routinely advises on a wide range of finance, corporate, tax and regulatory matters. Recent work includes acting for Southern Copper on regulatory and community matters regarding its exploration projects in Argentina. Other representative clients include Minera Don Nicolás, Saint Gobain Argentina and Esco Servicios Mineros. Senior associate Marcos Moreno Hueyo is also a key contact. Highly rated senior associate Diego Parravicini left for an in-house role at Pan American Silver.

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Oil and gas
Energy and natural resources: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Beccar Varela

Under the leadership of senior corporate finance partner Roberto Fortunati, the practice at Beccar Varela continues to raise its profile in the oil and gas arena. Over the past year, the group advised on bidding processes, concession agreements, operational contracts and corporate matters. It can also draw upon supplementary expertise in environmental, administrative and employment law. Highlights included advising American Energy Partners on its initial agreements with YPF for the exploration and development of two projects in the Vaca Muerta formation. Junior partner José Carlos Cueva is also a key contact.

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