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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

Led by Néstor Belgrano, M & M Bomchil’s four-partner group is prominent in debt capital markets, project finance and traditional lending matters – for both financial institutions and corporate borrowers. Corporate finance specialist Fermín Caride was at the helm for several of the firm’s highlight deals over the past year, including advising Itaú Unibanco (Nassau Branch) on a $45m secured term loan to Grupo Inversor Petroquímica. Elsewhere, Patricio Martin assisted Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 with its $400m bond offering. Other key contacts include financial restructuring specialist Tomás Araya and senior associate María Victoria Funes.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s broad expertise in the bankruptcy area spans corporate restructurings, contentious proceedings and distressed M&A. Department head Tomás Araya, who is ‘very professional and committed’, continues to act alongside Néstor Belgrano to represent Banco Bisel and BERSA (affiliates of Crédit Agricole) in their bankruptcy proceedings. The firm also acted for Carrefour on the acquisition of assets from Formatos Eficientes and Comercios Rioplatenses – both are in reorganisation proceedings.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

A ‘great partner to clients’, M & M Bomchil distinguishes itself through its ‘strong ability to address complex issues quickly and effectively’ as well as its ‘unswerving focus on the end result’. In particular, Marcelo den Toom is singled out for his ‘great personal attention and practical knowledge’; he heads a department that acts on a comprehensive spread of merger filings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and related trade matters. Among its recent work, the group represented ABB in an investigation into an alleged cartel in the power transformer market, which was closed without sanctions. The firm has also recently handled merger control work on behalf of Apax Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and DuPont.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo den Toom - M & M Bomchil

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil garners rave reviews for its ‘strong business understanding’, ‘tremendous response times’ and ‘in-depth legal knowledge’. The practice, which is led jointly by Marcelo Bombau and Javier Petrantonio, handles the full spread of M&A and corporate matters, with strong showings, recently, in the TMT, food-and-beverage and energy-and-natural-resources sectors. Highlights included advising Mosaic on the local aspects of its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Vale’s fertiliser business. Other recommended names include Adrián Furman (‘strong expertise, accessibility and creativity’), Tomás Araya (‘provides legal advice framed within a business context’) and Laura Lavia Haidempergher.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Bombau - M & M Bomchil

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil has a prominent dispute resolution practice, which is highly sought after for its specialist expertise in economic regulation (particularly energy issues), administrative law and complex arbitration. Guido Tawil, who is widely regarded as a ‘powerhouse in contentious energy matters’, heads the arbitration department; he recently acted in conjunction with Francisco Gutiérrez, María Inés Corrá, counsel Rafael Mariano Manóvil and newly promoted partner Federico Campolieti to represent a major multinational company in arbitration proceedings (under ICC, UNCITRAL and domestic rules) brought by local subcontractors arising from a state contract terminated by the government. In another administrative law-related case, Tawil and Corrá are assisting several wheat mills with various claims against the government concerning the lack of compensation for commercialising flour in the domestic market at subsidised prices. Javier Petrantonio heads the litigation practice and spearheaded the team (which also comprised counsel Hugo Lafalce and senior associate Martín Torres Girotti) that represented Carrefour in four significant claims stemming from the acquisition of Argentine supermarket chains. The group has also recently undertaken work for Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, Peugeot Citroën and Siemens.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

Rafael Mariano Manóvil - M & M Bomchil

Next generation lawyers

Martín Torres Girotti - M & M Bomchil

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil has broad cross-sector experience in environmental law, however, its market-leading power practice ensures a significant volume of environmental matters pertaining to the electricity sector. Among its recent work, the firm represented Central Dock Sud in an environmental case before the Supreme Court, which was filed by individuals claiming compensation for environmental damages caused in the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin. Laura Lavia Haidempergher leads the department.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

Led by financial services specialist Néstor Belgrano, M & M Bomchil’s insurance practice acts on a good balance of transactional and contentious matters. Recent non-contentious work saw the group advise an international reinsurance broker on the establishment of its local operations. On the litigation front, the team represented a France-based insurance company in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute arising from a serious disaster. Experienced counsel Rafael Manóvil, who brings to bear a strong record in dispute resolution, is also recommended. Representative clients include Caixa Seguros, Latinbroker International and Sancor.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s nascent IP practice advised on a string of significant files over the past year. Most notably, the Buenos Aires City Government turned to the firm for advice on IP matters in relation to the Youth Olympic Games, which included trade mark registration and enforcement. The group also advised Degrémont on patent matters. Entertainment law expert Adrián Furman heads the department.

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

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s trade practice is led by antitrust specialist Marcelo den Toom and also draws on the expertise of tax partner Ariadna Artopoulos and senior associate Mercedes de Artaza. The team is particularly well versed in antidumping matters and it also advises on import licences, trade restrictions and customs law. In a trade remedy highlight, the team represented Bercovich Group in an antidumping investigation regarding porcellanato and porcelain stoneware from China. Among other recent cases, it also advised a tobacco company on import restrictions and phytosanitary measures affecting tobacco imports. Other clients include Pernod Ricard, PepsiCo and Shell.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

In 2018, M & M Bomchil significantly bolstered its practice with the hire of new group head Esteban Carcavallo, who formerly led the labour and employment department at Estudio Ortiz & Asociados. Over the past year, the team represented a string of major domestic and multinational clients on such issues as terminations, union negotiations, internal investigations and compliances matters. Highlights included advising PepsiCo de Argentina on closing an establishment in Argentina and termination strategy. The group also includes sector expert Federico Basile and counsel Edgardo Isola.

Leading lawyers

Federico Basile - M & M Bomchil

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s widely admired economic regulation and administrative law practice is a key pillar of the firm. Led by pre-eminent ‘public law guru’ Guido Tawil (‘the safest pair of hands in Argentina for complex disputes’), the team also benefits from the capable support of telecoms and media expert Francisco Gutiérrez and ‘effective administrative law specialist’ María Ines Corrá. Among its recent high-profile cases, the practice group represented several wheat mills in claims against the government stemming from the lack of compensation payments for commercialising flour in the domestic market at subsidised prices. It also advised DirecTV on issues relating to the implementation of a convergent regulatory framework for telecoms and media.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s recent real estate work included advising Albwardy Investments on the acquisition of a 74.3% stake in the Sheraton-managed Hotel Internacional Iguazú. The group also acted for the Embassy of Finland on the sale of the ambassador’s residence. Laura Lavia Haidempergher heads a department whose client roster also includes Bodegas y Viñedos La Esperanza, Franchino Negocios Inmobiliarios, and Milkaut.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s practice is led jointly by media and entertainment expert Marcelo Bombau and telecoms specialist Francisco Gutiérrez ¬– it also draws on the experience of administrative law partner Federico Campolieti and IP head Adrián Furman. The firm covers all the bases in TMT law, with notable firepower across the full spread of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. In a highlight example of its ability to combine transactional and regulatory expertise, the firm advised Viacom on the corporate and regulatory aspects of its $45m investment in Telefe. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Iplan in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnections between fixed and mobile telecommunications networks. Media conglomerate Grupo Clarín is also a key client and the team recently advised it on numerous issues stemming from the new legal framework for information and communication technologies.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Gutiérrez - M & M Bomchil

Marcelo Bombau - M & M Bomchil

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s tax group ‘exceeds expectations’, with its ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘strong analytical skills’ roundly praised by sources. The department, which acts on a good balance of contentious and non-contentious maters, is led by the ‘client-focused and highly knowledgeable’ Alejandro Messineo and also includes ‘effective tax litigator’ Ariadna Artopoulos. Recent headline matters include advising Nestlé Waters Argentina on the tax aspects of the sale of its home delivery business to Culligan Argentina. On the litigation front, the team is particularly active in transfer pricing cases.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Messineo - M & M Bomchil

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s power practice, which is well known for its track record in energy disputes, is led by high-profile arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law head Guido Tawil. Other key names include María Inés Corrá and Francisco Gutiérrez – both of whom are also well known for their strong regulatory skill-sets. Recent headline mandates saw the team represent Siemens in a $120m dispute arising out of the supply, installation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant. The practice also counts Electroandina, Termoeléctrica Manuel Belgrano and Transelec as clients.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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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.

Leading local practitioners

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

Led by Néstor Belgrano, M & M Bomchil’s four-partner group is prominent in debt capital markets, project finance and traditional lending matters – for both financial institutions and corporate borrowers. Corporate finance specialist Fermín Caride was at the helm for several of the firm’s highlight deals over the past year, including advising Itaú Unibanco (Nassau Branch) on a $45m secured term loan to Grupo Inversor Petroquímica. Elsewhere, Patricio Martin assisted Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 with its $400m bond offering. Other key contacts include financial restructuring specialist Tomás Araya and senior associate María Victoria Funes.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s broad expertise in the bankruptcy area spans corporate restructurings, contentious proceedings and distressed M&A. Department head Tomás Araya, who is ‘very professional and committed’, continues to act alongside Néstor Belgrano to represent Banco Bisel and BERSA (affiliates of Crédit Agricole) in their bankruptcy proceedings. The firm also acted for Carrefour on the acquisition of assets from Formatos Eficientes and Comercios Rioplatenses – both are in reorganisation proceedings.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

A ‘great partner to clients’, M & M Bomchil distinguishes itself through its ‘strong ability to address complex issues quickly and effectively’ as well as its ‘unswerving focus on the end result’. In particular, Marcelo den Toom is singled out for his ‘great personal attention and practical knowledge’; he heads a department that acts on a comprehensive spread of merger filings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and related trade matters. Among its recent work, the group represented ABB in an investigation into an alleged cartel in the power transformer market, which was closed without sanctions. The firm has also recently handled merger control work on behalf of Apax Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and DuPont.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo den Toom - M & M Bomchil

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil garners rave reviews for its ‘strong business understanding’, ‘tremendous response times’ and ‘in-depth legal knowledge’. The practice, which is led jointly by Marcelo Bombau and Javier Petrantonio, handles the full spread of M&A and corporate matters, with strong showings, recently, in the TMT, food-and-beverage and energy-and-natural-resources sectors. Highlights included advising Mosaic on the local aspects of its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Vale’s fertiliser business. Other recommended names include Adrián Furman (‘strong expertise, accessibility and creativity’), Tomás Araya (‘provides legal advice framed within a business context’) and Laura Lavia Haidempergher.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Bombau - M & M Bomchil

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil has a prominent dispute resolution practice, which is highly sought after for its specialist expertise in economic regulation (particularly energy issues), administrative law and complex arbitration. Guido Tawil, who is widely regarded as a ‘powerhouse in contentious energy matters’, heads the arbitration department; he recently acted in conjunction with Francisco Gutiérrez, María Inés Corrá, counsel Rafael Mariano Manóvil and newly promoted partner Federico Campolieti to represent a major multinational company in arbitration proceedings (under ICC, UNCITRAL and domestic rules) brought by local subcontractors arising from a state contract terminated by the government. In another administrative law-related case, Tawil and Corrá are assisting several wheat mills with various claims against the government concerning the lack of compensation for commercialising flour in the domestic market at subsidised prices. Javier Petrantonio heads the litigation practice and spearheaded the team (which also comprised counsel Hugo Lafalce and senior associate Martín Torres Girotti) that represented Carrefour in four significant claims stemming from the acquisition of Argentine supermarket chains. The group has also recently undertaken work for Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, Peugeot Citroën and Siemens.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

Rafael Mariano Manóvil - M & M Bomchil

Next generation lawyers

Martín Torres Girotti - M & M Bomchil

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil has broad cross-sector experience in environmental law, however, its market-leading power practice ensures a significant volume of environmental matters pertaining to the electricity sector. Among its recent work, the firm represented Central Dock Sud in an environmental case before the Supreme Court, which was filed by individuals claiming compensation for environmental damages caused in the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin. Laura Lavia Haidempergher leads the department.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

M & M Bomchil

Led by financial services specialist Néstor Belgrano, M & M Bomchil’s insurance practice acts on a good balance of transactional and contentious matters. Recent non-contentious work saw the group advise an international reinsurance broker on the establishment of its local operations. On the litigation front, the team represented a France-based insurance company in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute arising from a serious disaster. Experienced counsel Rafael Manóvil, who brings to bear a strong record in dispute resolution, is also recommended. Representative clients include Caixa Seguros, Latinbroker International and Sancor.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s nascent IP practice advised on a string of significant files over the past year. Most notably, the Buenos Aires City Government turned to the firm for advice on IP matters in relation to the Youth Olympic Games, which included trade mark registration and enforcement. The group also advised Degrémont on patent matters. Entertainment law expert Adrián Furman heads the department.

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

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s trade practice is led by antitrust specialist Marcelo den Toom and also draws on the expertise of tax partner Ariadna Artopoulos and senior associate Mercedes de Artaza. The team is particularly well versed in antidumping matters and it also advises on import licences, trade restrictions and customs law. In a trade remedy highlight, the team represented Bercovich Group in an antidumping investigation regarding porcellanato and porcelain stoneware from China. Among other recent cases, it also advised a tobacco company on import restrictions and phytosanitary measures affecting tobacco imports. Other clients include Pernod Ricard, PepsiCo and Shell.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

In 2018, M & M Bomchil significantly bolstered its practice with the hire of new group head Esteban Carcavallo, who formerly led the labour and employment department at Estudio Ortiz & Asociados. Over the past year, the team represented a string of major domestic and multinational clients on such issues as terminations, union negotiations, internal investigations and compliances matters. Highlights included advising PepsiCo de Argentina on closing an establishment in Argentina and termination strategy. The group also includes sector expert Federico Basile and counsel Edgardo Isola.

Leading lawyers

Federico Basile - M & M Bomchil

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s widely admired economic regulation and administrative law practice is a key pillar of the firm. Led by pre-eminent ‘public law guru’ Guido Tawil (‘the safest pair of hands in Argentina for complex disputes’), the team also benefits from the capable support of telecoms and media expert Francisco Gutiérrez and ‘effective administrative law specialist’ María Ines Corrá. Among its recent high-profile cases, the practice group represented several wheat mills in claims against the government stemming from the lack of compensation payments for commercialising flour in the domestic market at subsidised prices. It also advised DirecTV on issues relating to the implementation of a convergent regulatory framework for telecoms and media.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s recent real estate work included advising Albwardy Investments on the acquisition of a 74.3% stake in the Sheraton-managed Hotel Internacional Iguazú. The group also acted for the Embassy of Finland on the sale of the ambassador’s residence. Laura Lavia Haidempergher heads a department whose client roster also includes Bodegas y Viñedos La Esperanza, Franchino Negocios Inmobiliarios, and Milkaut.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s practice is led jointly by media and entertainment expert Marcelo Bombau and telecoms specialist Francisco Gutiérrez ¬– it also draws on the experience of administrative law partner Federico Campolieti and IP head Adrián Furman. The firm covers all the bases in TMT law, with notable firepower across the full spread of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. In a highlight example of its ability to combine transactional and regulatory expertise, the firm advised Viacom on the corporate and regulatory aspects of its $45m investment in Telefe. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Iplan in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnections between fixed and mobile telecommunications networks. Media conglomerate Grupo Clarín is also a key client and the team recently advised it on numerous issues stemming from the new legal framework for information and communication technologies.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Gutiérrez - M & M Bomchil

Marcelo Bombau - M & M Bomchil

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s tax group ‘exceeds expectations’, with its ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘strong analytical skills’ roundly praised by sources. The department, which acts on a good balance of contentious and non-contentious maters, is led by the ‘client-focused and highly knowledgeable’ Alejandro Messineo and also includes ‘effective tax litigator’ Ariadna Artopoulos. Recent headline matters include advising Nestlé Waters Argentina on the tax aspects of the sale of its home delivery business to Culligan Argentina. On the litigation front, the team is particularly active in transfer pricing cases.

Leading lawyers

Alejandro Messineo - M & M Bomchil

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

M & M Bomchil

M & M Bomchil’s power practice, which is well known for its track record in energy disputes, is led by high-profile arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law head Guido Tawil. Other key names include María Inés Corrá and Francisco Gutiérrez – both of whom are also well known for their strong regulatory skill-sets. Recent headline mandates saw the team represent Siemens in a $120m dispute arising out of the supply, installation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant. The practice also counts Electroandina, Termoeléctrica Manuel Belgrano and Transelec as clients.

Leading lawyers

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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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.

Leading local practitioners

Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil

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