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Beccar Varela

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

Roberto A Fortunati

Tel:
Work +54 11 4379 4770
Email:
Beccar Varela

Work Department

  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Project finance
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mining
  • M & A

Position

Roberto A. Fortunati is partner of Beccar Varela and a member of its Executive Committee. His practice areas are banking and project finance with particular focus on mining and oil & gas. He has also been acting as consultant to The World Bank on insolvency matters.

Career

He started practicing as in-house counsel of Amoco Argentina Oil Company. In 1986 he joined Beccar Varela, where he was a partner until 2001, when he joined Citigroup (Argentina) as General Counsel. In 2003 he founded the firm Fortunati & Asociados.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Torcuato Di Tella University Law School and Professor in postgraduate courses on Oil & Gas Project finance at the University of Buenos Aires Law School and on Corporate Law at the University of San Andrés .

In 2016, he was ranked in Chambers Latin America, and has been included in Who’sWhoLegal for project finance, M&A, energy, and mining.

Languages

He speaks Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.

Member

He is a member of the Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal (Buenos Aires), the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He is on the Board of Directors of several companies, and is a member of different professional associations, both local and foreign, including PDAC, AIPN and the Argentine Petroleum Institute (IAPG). He is on the list of arbitrators of the MAE (Open Electronic Market).

Education

Roberto received his law degree the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1979) and represented the firm in its Brussels office (1993).


Argentina

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Roberto Fortunati - Beccar Varela

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

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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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity

Within: Electricity

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

Within: Mining

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

Within: Oil and gas

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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