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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

‘Practical and solution-oriented’, Bomchil’s banking practice is ‘composed of excellent lawyers who live up to the high expectations placed upon them’. The broad group, which is valued for its ‘vast knowledge in a wide variety of fields’, also sets itself apart through its good balance between transactional and regulatory matters. NĂ©stor Belgrano heads the department and recently paired up with MarĂ­a Victoria Funes to advise PSA Finance Argentina Compañía Financiera on its recent AR$500m notes issuance. Up-and-coming partner FermĂ­n Caride is noted both for his ‘expert knowledge on financial and corporate issues’ and for his ‘unmatched negotiation skills’. Caride advised Compañía General de Combustibles on its $100m non-recourse, secured notes offering, which was notably the first non-recourse debt issued in the Argentine capital markets. The firm also routinely acts for alternative lenders, particularly hedge funds and private equity funds, including Gramercy Funds Management LLC. Other key contacts include TomĂĄs Araya, who ‘always goes the extra mile for clients’, and Patricio Martin.

Next Generation Partners

FermĂ­n Caride - Bomchil

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil houses a diverse insolvency practice, which counts creditors, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets among its clients. The department is led jointly by Tomås Araya and newly promoted partner Martín Torres Girotti; together, they are advising Banco Macro as creditor on several bankruptcy proceedings before local courts, including in the bankruptcy proceedings of Grupo Plaza entities.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

‘Professional, practical and shrewd’, Bomchil sets itself apart through its ability to ‘balance strategic thinking with a realistic approach’. The group, which counts numerous multinational corporations among its clients, handles a balanced mix of merger filings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and compliance issues. Practice head Marcelo den Toom is valued for his ‘excellent technical skills’ combined with a ‘wealth of experience in complex transactions and antitrust cases’; he is representing Maersk both in a merger filing relating to its acquisition of Hamburg SĂŒd, and also in a complaint initiated by Terminales RĂ­o de la Plata concerning alleged exclusionary conduct.

Leading individuals

Marcelo den Toom - Bomchil

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

Bomchil

‘A truly engaged business partner’, Bomchil scores highly for its ‘timely responses’, ‘tailor-made service’ and ‘strong business acumen’. The group acts for a diverse portfolio of domestic and multinational clients, with the wider firm’s regulatory prowess delivering a significant volume of transactions relating to the energy, health, TMT and food and beverage sectors. Highlights included advising Miramar Power on the acquisition of the shares and machinery of the subsidiary of the Energyst Group in Argentina — ‘keen strategist’ AdriĂĄn Furman led that work. Other representative clients are AMC Networks Latin America, NestlĂ© and TelevisiĂłn Federal. Marcelo Bombau, who also spearheads the media and entertainment practice, and managing partner Javier Petrantonio, who has ‘outstanding negotiation skills’, jointly lead the department.

Leading individuals

Marcelo Bombau - Bomchil

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bomchil

The ‘experienced and thorough’ group at Bomchil scores highly for its ‘strong ability in both legal and business matters’. The practice, which brings to bear an impressive track record in administrative and public law matters, is best known for its first-class arbitration expertise but it also handles commercial litigation and class action cases. Key arbitration contact MarĂ­a InĂ©s Corrá ‘goes above and beyond’ and successfully represented Wintershall EnergĂ­a in a high-value claim brought by a Chilean gas distributor against a consortium of Argentine producers relating to export restrictions. CorrĂĄ is also advising Minera Los Pelambres — a subsidiary of Antofagasta Minerals —on two politically sensitive disputes. Federico Campolieti is also recommended for complex arbitration matters. Managing partner Javier Petrantonio heads the litigation department and paired up with recently promoted partner MartĂ­n Torres Girotti to represent Carrefour in four large claims stemming from its acquisition of Argentine supermarket chains. The team has also recently undertaken work for PepsiCo, Peugeot CitroĂ«n Argentina and Siemens. In a significant blow to the firm, high-profile name Guido Tawil left to become an independent arbitrator. However, seasoned specialist Rafael ManĂłvil continues to provide support as of counsel.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s group handled a significant volume of contentious cases over the past year. Among its highlights, it represented an Argentine subsidiary of a French insurance company in several class actions related to life insurance premiums. On the non-contentious side, it assisted an international reinsurance broker with the establishment of its local operations. Financial institutions specialist NĂ©stor Belgrano heads the department.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Bomchil

Although compact, Bomchil’s IP practice is roundly praised by clients, who commend its ‘very responsive service’ and ‘clear and proactive advice’. The group, which is led by ‘young, talented and client-oriented’ senior associate Patricio María Albornoz, has a strong focus on non-contentious work, including corporate support matters and IP portfolio management. Representative clients include Indian Madero, OneClick International and TVS Motor Company.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s ‘assertive and results-driven lawyers’ are valued for their ‘deep and up-to-date knowledge of employment law’. In particular, department head Esteban Carcavallo is singled out as an ‘exceptional professional’; he recently advised Novartis on the transfer of personnel prior to the spin-off of a business division. The group also includes counsel Edgardo Isola, who is recommended for contentious issues. Federico Basile left to join Krause Abogados.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

Regulated industries stalwart Bomchil maintains a distinguished record in public law, with historical involvement in first-of-a-kind matters across the electricity, telecoms, postal and water industries, among other industry segments. Following the departure of highly regarded group head Guido Tawil, who left to become an arbitrator, the department is now co-led by María Inés Corrå, Federico Campolieti and TMT specialist Francisco Gutiérrez. Highlights included representing Iplan (a fixed telephone and broadband operator) in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnection with mobile telecoms networks. It also advised Minera Los Pelambres in two high-value disputes involving the interpretation and application of border treaties between Argentina and Chile.

Next Generation Partners

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s ‘knowledgeable and committed team’ finds favour for ‘always going the extra mile to make a project succeed’ and for its ‘great attention to every detail’. Recent highlights included Javier Petrantonio advising Albwardy Investment on its acquisition of two holding companies, which together own a 74.3% stake in Hotel Internacional IguazĂș. Elsewhere, FermĂ­n Caride advised NorthBaires on its successful $58m tender for real estate property in Buenos Aires. Financial services specialist NĂ©stor Belgrano is also a key contact.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Bomchil

Bomchil is widely lauded as a ‘very important firm in the TMT arena’, with its ‘deep experience’ and ‘excellent industry expertise’ standing out as key attributes. The firm has played a key role in the telecoms sector since deregulation and brings to bear a robust track record in advising all industry participants, including domestic and multinational investors, operators and regulators. Among the names to note, Marcelo Bombau, who leads the media and entertainment and M&A departments, is ‘really knowledgeable in his areas’, while Francisco GutiĂ©rrez, who leads the telecoms practice, is a ‘market leader’. Highlights included representing Iplan (a fixed telephone and broadband operator) in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnection with mobile telecoms networks. It also advised ClarĂ­n Group in a number of issues arising from the new ICT regulatory framework.

Leading individuals

Marcelo Bombau - Bomchil

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

‘Detail-oriented and highly committed’, Bomchil is valued by sources for its ability to ‘provide innovative solutions’ and for ‘taking the time to understand the client’s business’. The ‘very solid practice’ handles a mix of tax planning, corporate support and contentious matters, with strong experience in advising domestic and multinational companies from heavily regulated industries. Key contacts include group head Alejandro Messineo, who has ‘deep experience in tax law’, as well as ‘excellent professional’ Ariadna Artopoulos; together, they advised Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 on the tax aspects of its $400m issuance of secured bonds on the international and local markets. Other representative clients include Albwardy Investment, Enel Group and PSA Finance Argentina.

Leading individuals

Alejandro Messineo - Bomchil

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s power practice is distinguished by its concentration on complex contentious matters, particularly arbitration. Despite the recent departure of arbitration expert Guido Tawil, the group’s strategic focus on administrative law matters is expected to continue with the appointments of regulatory specialists MarĂ­a InĂ©s Corrå (‘deeply committed and solution-oriented’) and Francisco GutiĂ©rrez as the new department co-heads. Highlights included successfully representing Wintershall EnergĂ­a in a $250m claim brought by a Chilean gas distributor against a consortium of Argentine producers related to export restrictions.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Bomchil's María Inés Corrå focuses on energy and regulatory cases; the team lost Guido Tawil who is now an arbitrator. Rivera & Asociados' managing partner Julio César Rivera is widely recognised as the 'best arbitrator in Argentina', and is 'very reliable on complex civil law issues both as counsel and arbitrator'. At Bruchou, Fernåndez Madero & Lombardi, Carlos M. Rotman represented Pan American Energy Group in  ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the breach of contract against Transportadora de Gas del Sur; Ignacio J. Minorini Lima is also highly recommended. Ricardo A Ostrower and Héctor Mairal are names to note at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal; the latter counts Petrobras, Total Austral, GE and Assurant Argentina Compañía de Seguros as his key clients. At Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernåndez, Fissore y Montemerlo, founding partner Héctor Alegría is recommended for acting as counsel in international arbitration proceedings as well as sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. At Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Luis Erize and Hernån Martín Oriolo are particularly well known for energy cases. José Martínez de Hoz at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is 'rock solid in commercial and investor-state arbitration' and is particularly experienced in energy-related cases; he recently represented YPF in a $1.6bn ICC arbitration initiated by a consortium of natural gas operators.

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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

‘Practical and solution-oriented’, Bomchil’s banking practice is ‘composed of excellent lawyers who live up to the high expectations placed upon them’. The broad group, which is valued for its ‘vast knowledge in a wide variety of fields’, also sets itself apart through its good balance between transactional and regulatory matters. NĂ©stor Belgrano heads the department and recently paired up with MarĂ­a Victoria Funes to advise PSA Finance Argentina Compañía Financiera on its recent AR$500m notes issuance. Up-and-coming partner FermĂ­n Caride is noted both for his ‘expert knowledge on financial and corporate issues’ and for his ‘unmatched negotiation skills’. Caride advised Compañía General de Combustibles on its $100m non-recourse, secured notes offering, which was notably the first non-recourse debt issued in the Argentine capital markets. The firm also routinely acts for alternative lenders, particularly hedge funds and private equity funds, including Gramercy Funds Management LLC. Other key contacts include TomĂĄs Araya, who ‘always goes the extra mile for clients’, and Patricio Martin.

Next Generation Partners

FermĂ­n Caride - Bomchil

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil houses a diverse insolvency practice, which counts creditors, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets among its clients. The department is led jointly by Tomås Araya and newly promoted partner Martín Torres Girotti; together, they are advising Banco Macro as creditor on several bankruptcy proceedings before local courts, including in the bankruptcy proceedings of Grupo Plaza entities.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

‘Professional, practical and shrewd’, Bomchil sets itself apart through its ability to ‘balance strategic thinking with a realistic approach’. The group, which counts numerous multinational corporations among its clients, handles a balanced mix of merger filings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and compliance issues. Practice head Marcelo den Toom is valued for his ‘excellent technical skills’ combined with a ‘wealth of experience in complex transactions and antitrust cases’; he is representing Maersk both in a merger filing relating to its acquisition of Hamburg SĂŒd, and also in a complaint initiated by Terminales RĂ­o de la Plata concerning alleged exclusionary conduct.

Leading individuals

Marcelo den Toom - Bomchil

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

Bomchil

‘A truly engaged business partner’, Bomchil scores highly for its ‘timely responses’, ‘tailor-made service’ and ‘strong business acumen’. The group acts for a diverse portfolio of domestic and multinational clients, with the wider firm’s regulatory prowess delivering a significant volume of transactions relating to the energy, health, TMT and food and beverage sectors. Highlights included advising Miramar Power on the acquisition of the shares and machinery of the subsidiary of the Energyst Group in Argentina — ‘keen strategist’ AdriĂĄn Furman led that work. Other representative clients are AMC Networks Latin America, NestlĂ© and TelevisiĂłn Federal. Marcelo Bombau, who also spearheads the media and entertainment practice, and managing partner Javier Petrantonio, who has ‘outstanding negotiation skills’, jointly lead the department.

Leading individuals

Marcelo Bombau - Bomchil

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bomchil

The ‘experienced and thorough’ group at Bomchil scores highly for its ‘strong ability in both legal and business matters’. The practice, which brings to bear an impressive track record in administrative and public law matters, is best known for its first-class arbitration expertise but it also handles commercial litigation and class action cases. Key arbitration contact MarĂ­a InĂ©s Corrá ‘goes above and beyond’ and successfully represented Wintershall EnergĂ­a in a high-value claim brought by a Chilean gas distributor against a consortium of Argentine producers relating to export restrictions. CorrĂĄ is also advising Minera Los Pelambres — a subsidiary of Antofagasta Minerals —on two politically sensitive disputes. Federico Campolieti is also recommended for complex arbitration matters. Managing partner Javier Petrantonio heads the litigation department and paired up with recently promoted partner MartĂ­n Torres Girotti to represent Carrefour in four large claims stemming from its acquisition of Argentine supermarket chains. The team has also recently undertaken work for PepsiCo, Peugeot CitroĂ«n Argentina and Siemens. In a significant blow to the firm, high-profile name Guido Tawil left to become an independent arbitrator. However, seasoned specialist Rafael ManĂłvil continues to provide support as of counsel.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s group handled a significant volume of contentious cases over the past year. Among its highlights, it represented an Argentine subsidiary of a French insurance company in several class actions related to life insurance premiums. On the non-contentious side, it assisted an international reinsurance broker with the establishment of its local operations. Financial institutions specialist NĂ©stor Belgrano heads the department.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Bomchil

Although compact, Bomchil’s IP practice is roundly praised by clients, who commend its ‘very responsive service’ and ‘clear and proactive advice’. The group, which is led by ‘young, talented and client-oriented’ senior associate Patricio María Albornoz, has a strong focus on non-contentious work, including corporate support matters and IP portfolio management. Representative clients include Indian Madero, OneClick International and TVS Motor Company.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s ‘assertive and results-driven lawyers’ are valued for their ‘deep and up-to-date knowledge of employment law’. In particular, department head Esteban Carcavallo is singled out as an ‘exceptional professional’; he recently advised Novartis on the transfer of personnel prior to the spin-off of a business division. The group also includes counsel Edgardo Isola, who is recommended for contentious issues. Federico Basile left to join Krause Abogados.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bomchil

Regulated industries stalwart Bomchil maintains a distinguished record in public law, with historical involvement in first-of-a-kind matters across the electricity, telecoms, postal and water industries, among other industry segments. Following the departure of highly regarded group head Guido Tawil, who left to become an arbitrator, the department is now co-led by María Inés Corrå, Federico Campolieti and TMT specialist Francisco Gutiérrez. Highlights included representing Iplan (a fixed telephone and broadband operator) in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnection with mobile telecoms networks. It also advised Minera Los Pelambres in two high-value disputes involving the interpretation and application of border treaties between Argentina and Chile.

Next Generation Partners

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s ‘knowledgeable and committed team’ finds favour for ‘always going the extra mile to make a project succeed’ and for its ‘great attention to every detail’. Recent highlights included Javier Petrantonio advising Albwardy Investment on its acquisition of two holding companies, which together own a 74.3% stake in Hotel Internacional IguazĂș. Elsewhere, FermĂ­n Caride advised NorthBaires on its successful $58m tender for real estate property in Buenos Aires. Financial services specialist NĂ©stor Belgrano is also a key contact.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Bomchil

Bomchil is widely lauded as a ‘very important firm in the TMT arena’, with its ‘deep experience’ and ‘excellent industry expertise’ standing out as key attributes. The firm has played a key role in the telecoms sector since deregulation and brings to bear a robust track record in advising all industry participants, including domestic and multinational investors, operators and regulators. Among the names to note, Marcelo Bombau, who leads the media and entertainment and M&A departments, is ‘really knowledgeable in his areas’, while Francisco GutiĂ©rrez, who leads the telecoms practice, is a ‘market leader’. Highlights included representing Iplan (a fixed telephone and broadband operator) in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnection with mobile telecoms networks. It also advised ClarĂ­n Group in a number of issues arising from the new ICT regulatory framework.

Leading individuals

Marcelo Bombau - Bomchil

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

‘Detail-oriented and highly committed’, Bomchil is valued by sources for its ability to ‘provide innovative solutions’ and for ‘taking the time to understand the client’s business’. The ‘very solid practice’ handles a mix of tax planning, corporate support and contentious matters, with strong experience in advising domestic and multinational companies from heavily regulated industries. Key contacts include group head Alejandro Messineo, who has ‘deep experience in tax law’, as well as ‘excellent professional’ Ariadna Artopoulos; together, they advised Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 on the tax aspects of its $400m issuance of secured bonds on the international and local markets. Other representative clients include Albwardy Investment, Enel Group and PSA Finance Argentina.

Leading individuals

Alejandro Messineo - Bomchil

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Bomchil

Bomchil’s power practice is distinguished by its concentration on complex contentious matters, particularly arbitration. Despite the recent departure of arbitration expert Guido Tawil, the group’s strategic focus on administrative law matters is expected to continue with the appointments of regulatory specialists MarĂ­a InĂ©s Corrå (‘deeply committed and solution-oriented’) and Francisco GutiĂ©rrez as the new department co-heads. Highlights included successfully representing Wintershall EnergĂ­a in a $250m claim brought by a Chilean gas distributor against a consortium of Argentine producers related to export restrictions.

[back to top]

Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Bomchil's María Inés Corrå focuses on energy and regulatory cases; the team lost Guido Tawil who is now an arbitrator. Rivera & Asociados' managing partner Julio César Rivera is widely recognised as the 'best arbitrator in Argentina', and is 'very reliable on complex civil law issues both as counsel and arbitrator'. At Bruchou, Fernåndez Madero & Lombardi, Carlos M. Rotman represented Pan American Energy Group in  ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the breach of contract against Transportadora de Gas del Sur; Ignacio J. Minorini Lima is also highly recommended. Ricardo A Ostrower and Héctor Mairal are names to note at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal; the latter counts Petrobras, Total Austral, GE and Assurant Argentina Compañía de Seguros as his key clients. At Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernåndez, Fissore y Montemerlo, founding partner Héctor Alegría is recommended for acting as counsel in international arbitration proceedings as well as sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. At Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Luis Erize and Hernån Martín Oriolo are particularly well known for energy cases. José Martínez de Hoz at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is 'rock solid in commercial and investor-state arbitration' and is particularly experienced in energy-related cases; he recently represented YPF in a $1.6bn ICC arbitration initiated by a consortium of natural gas operators.

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