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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘excellent’ group at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal possesses the ‘optimal combination of up-to-date technical know-how and logistical capacity to cover the operational needs of a commercial bank’, according to some. The firm’s ‘deep expertise in the banking area’ spans capital markets, structured finance, corporate lending, M&A and contentious matters, and it acts for an enviable list of international and local banks and financial institutions. Roberto Silva Jr co-heads the department and is highlighted for his ‘experience and strong relationships with regulatory agencies’; he recently advised the initial purchasers (Oppenheimer & Co, Morgan Stanley and Macro Securities) in Aeropuertos Argentina 2000’s $400m notes issuance. Corporate finance specialist and team co-head Santiago Carregal is ‘very efficient with strong business acumen’ and acted as local counsel to the international purchasers (UBS and Itaú Securities) and local purchasers (Balanz, Industrial Valores and Puente Hnos) in Raghsa’s $100m debt issuance and exchange offering. The ‘absolutely first-rateGabriel Matarasso is also a respected senior figure and paired up with the ‘technically very strongLuciano Ojea Quintana to advise Santander Río on the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer banking unit in Argentina, which established it as the largest private bank in the country. In another headline deal, Ricardo Beller and Fernando Hernández acted together to advise the joint lead managers and bookrunners on Cablevisión’s $500m notes issuance. Cecilia Mairal is also a key member of the team and is highly recommended for regulatory and compliance work, including banking litigation. Senior associate Francisco Abeal is establishing a reputation as a ‘rising star’.

Leading lawyers

Gabriel Matarasso - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Roberto Silva Jr - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Santiago Carregal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Francisco Abeal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘amazing team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal provides ‘assertive legal advice coupled with wise business recommendations’. Lawyers are highlighted as ‘outstanding’, with renowned of counsel Martín Campbell singled out for his ‘broad experience in bankruptcy’, while Gonzalo Fontana is ‘very committed and proactive in anticipating issues’. The group also benefits from the expertise of team head Fernando Hernández, who brings over fifteen years’ experience in restructuring matters to his role, and Ricardo Beller. Among recent creditor-side work, the team advised Credit Suisse, TWM Capital and Capital Markets Argentina in Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s contentious restructuring. In a debtor highlight, it is representing Supercanal in its headline corporate reorganisation, which involves AR$1.7bn of unsecured debt and around $104m of secured debt.

Leading lawyers

Martín Campbell - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Regarded by many as ‘the best in Argentina’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘pragmatic approach’, ‘fast delivery’ and ‘tailor-made advice’ sets it apart from its competitors. Miguel del Pino is a is a ‘world class antitrust lawyer’ and heads a two-partner team that also draws on the expertise of senior partner Alfredo O’Farrell. In addition, the team is commended for its ability to ‘attract particularly strong associates’, with Santiago del Rio highlighted as a ‘very knowledgeable professional able to simplify complex scenarios’, and Gabriela Ariel Irizar as ‘very capable’. The firm leverages its top-tier corporate practice to secure an impressive market share of merger-notification work, but the team also excels in cartel cases and anticompetitive investigations. On the transactional side, it advised CSL on the Argentine notification and associated merger review related to its $275m acquisition of Novartis’ flu vaccine business. The practice group also advised both Marriott and Starwood on the local competition aspects of their $13bn merger, which created the largest hotel group in the world. Among its contentious caseload, the team is defending a major international bank in the Competition Commission (CNDC)’s high-profile investigation into alleged collusion and abuse of dominance in the management of the VISA card system. Since the conclusion of research, del Rio has been made partner.

Leading lawyers

Miguel del Pino - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Santiago del Rio - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Few firms can match the corporate firepower of ‘top-tier starMarval, O'Farrell & Mairal, which counts several of the market’s heavy hitters among its ranks. Namely, Héctor Mairal, who is ‘the best of the best’ and remains an influential figure in the market. Pablo Viñals Blake is an ‘extremely sophisticated operator’ who ‘knows all the angles’; he recently teamed up with Ricardo Beller and Diego Chighizola to represent a group of investors, led by the Sielecki and Werthein families, on the $241m acquisition of a 50% stake in Compañía de Inversiones de Energía (CIESA) from Pampa Energía. The ‘extensively experiencedSantiago Carregal has a ‘thorough knowledge of the Argentine market and legislation’ and advised Telecom Italia on the sale of Telecom Argentina to Fintech. Diego Krischcautzky is ‘absolutely client-focused’ and acted with ‘true professionalPablo Artagaveytia on what was arguably the year’s marquee deal: advising Petrobras on the Argentine aspects of the $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía. Other recommended partners in this ‘always available’ and ‘international-standard’ team include Alfredo O’Farrell, Pablo García Morillo and Pedro Serrano Espelta. The group also houses some capable senior associates with Juan Agustín Lentini and Pilar Etcheverry Boneo fitting into this category. Other representative clients are Microsoft, Pfizer and Solvay.

Leading lawyers

Diego Krischcautzky - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Héctor Mairal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Pablo Viñals Blake - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Santiago Carregal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The consensus among its clients is Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. The team’s ‘excellent responsiveness’, ‘deep level of analysis at first level’ and ‘exceptional client service’ are all significant draws, while its ability to ‘work as an integrated team, as opposed to some other firms where individual egos prevail’ is also considered a big plus. Among the names to note, Ricardo Ostrower is a ‘seasoned litigator with deep knowledge in civil and arbitration procedures’; he acted hand-in-hand with the public law department to represent Cargill in two significant pieces of litigation, including a case against the customs authority. The ‘outstandingSantiago Soria is picked out by one multinational client as ‘my favourite attorney’; he paired up with Ostrower to represent Total Austal in a $241m ICC arbitration brought by Metrogas concerning the alleged breach of an international natural-gas supply-agreement. Facundo Viel Temperley is an ‘absolute Rottweiler of a litigator who knows his practice and procedure inside out’; he worked alongside the banking and administrative law departments to successfully represent Citibank in administrative litigation arising from the state’s threat to revoke the bank’s Argentine branch licence. Sources also single out Rodrigo García, who ‘really listens to clients to understand their needs’, and ‘outstanding’ senior associate Daniela Delfino. The group also includes respected senior figures Héctor Mairal, Martín Campbell and department head Alberto Molinario.

Leading lawyers

Martín Campbell - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Ricardo Ostrower - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, energy and natural resources head Francisco Macías steers the environmental law practice and is ‘reliable under pressure’. The ‘pragmatic and creative’ group also includes two recommended senior associates, namely, ‘rising starGabriel Fortuna and Jimena Montoya. On the non-contentious side, the firm represented Volkswagen Argentina in regulatory matters related to vehicle emissions. Among contentious mandates, it advised Compañía General de Combustibles on three environmental class actions filed by ASSUPA against several oil and gas companies seeking remediation for alleged damage caused by exploration and production activities. The group also houses specialist environmental expertise relating to infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Next generation lawyers

Gabriel Fortuna - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Demonstrating ‘absolute professionalism’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s insurance group attracts praise from all quarters for its ‘great knowledge of complex litigious issues’ and ‘excellent process handling skills’. Department lead Pablo Cereijido is a ‘step ahead’ and ‘understands the problems of the industry, so can proactively contribute to find innovative solutions’. Among his recent work, Cereijido advised Banque PSA Finance on its joint venture with Cardif to incorporate a new insurer in Argentina, and he also represented RSA Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías in a landmark case brought by the Argentine government testing the application of certain insurance provisions against the government. Elías Bestani, who brings to bear a strong track record in transport matters, is a ‘go-to partner for aviation insurance work’; he also has strong expertise in maritime law and advised RSA on coverage issues related to a $1.8m claim brought by a shipyard against a port terminal reinsured by the client. Leandro Castelli and experienced counsel Alberto Cappagli are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Cereijido - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

An ‘outstanding performerMarval, O'Farrell & Mairal maintains a market-leading IP practice that continues to find favour with its ‘uniquely professional lawyers’ and ‘broad understanding of the IP landscape’. The firm houses the largest dedicated IP group in the country, fielding eight partners in the area following the promotion of Cristian Bittel in 2016, and it impresses with its strength and breadth across the full range of patents, trade marks and IP litigation. Among the names to note, Martín Bensadon is highly sought-after for patent matters; he recently led the firm’s advice to the Argentine Association of Industrial Property Agents (AAAPI) in its administrative appeal against the new guidelines for examining chemical-pharmaceutical patent applications. Iván Poli is also a highly regarded patent expert. On the trade mark side, Sergio Ellmann assisted Siegfried Holdings to draft an international coexistence settlement with a South American affiliate of Roemmers. Iris Quadrio is another go-to name for trade mark matters and acts alongside Juan López Mañán to provide ongoing advice to Cargill on trade mark prosecution and portfolio management. IP litigator Gustavo Giaysimply shines for his outstanding service and legal advice’; he paired up with Martín Chajchir to successfully represent Hasbro in its trade mark infringement action against Argentine toy manufacturer Ditoys relating to the “Transformers” mark. The group also draws on the expertise of senior of counsel Miguel O’Farrell, who is recommended for IP litigation, and patent specialist Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe.

Leading lawyers

Gustavo Giay - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Iris Quadrio - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Iván Poli - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Martín Bensadon - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Sergio Ellmann - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘attentive, problem-solving, responsive’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal strikes the right note with its ‘dedicated and sincere approach’. Transactional expert Patricia López Aufranc is ‘very smart’ and co-leads the international trade and customs department alongside Pablo Gayol, who has a broad practice spanning antidumping, WTO dispute settlement procedures and import and export regulations. Among its recent work on the investigations side, the team advised importers (Zoetis Argentina and Intervet Argentina) and exporters (Zoetis Belgium and Intervet) on an antidumping investigation into veterinary vaccines from France and the US. It also acted for Hyundai in relation to antidumping measures on transformers from Korea. On the compliance side, the firm advised Adidas on footwear and apparel regulations, including the import prior sworn statement, import certificates and rules of origin. Customs law expert Horacio García Prieto and ‘rising trade starJazmine Daruich are also recommended. Other representative clients include Carestream Health, Lotte International and Oki Data Americas. Since research concluded, customs-side specialist Juan Pablo Rothschild has been raised to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

Patricia López Aufranc - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Jazmine Daruich - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Regarded by some as a ‘leader in the employment area’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal scores highly for its ‘personalised service that emphasises the good treatment of the client’ and for being ‘among the few firms with the resources (logistic and human) to handle any type of labour conflict’. Certainly, the firm has a diverse practice, with strength in general compliance issues, restructuring, collective bargaining, compensation programmes, transactional support matters and litigation. Among the names to note, department head Javier Patrón is a ‘strong negotiator with great common sense’, Enrique Stile is an ‘exceptional lawyer, who consistently impresses’ and younger partner Diego Kelly is a ‘pleasure to work with and provides concise and pragmatic advice’. In a complex piece of litigation, the firm represented Ipsos Argentina in an employment case brought by a former owner and regional CEO. It also advised Verizon on the employment matters arising from its sale of assets to Globant and subsequent employee terminations.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Stile - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Javier Patrón - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Diego Kelly - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal distinguishes itself through its ‘personalised and dedicated service’ and ability to ‘work quickly without compromising thoroughness and attention to detail’. Senior name Héctor Mairal is a prominent figure in the market and co-heads the practice alongside María Lorena Schiariti, who is highlighted as a ‘creative and pragmatic problem-solver with strong market knowledge’, and Enrique Veramendi. The firm advises companies across a comprehensive spread of public law issues including infrastructure projects, the design of legal structures governing regulated activities, transactional support matters and administrative contracts and procurement proceedings. Highlight work includes representing Novartis on its agreement with the Argentine government, including on the supply of influenza vaccines and the construction of a local vaccine manufacturing plant. The department also advised Telecom Italia on the public law issues related to the $600m sale of its majority shareholding in Telecom Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Veramendi - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Héctor Mairal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

María Lorena Schiariti - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘very efficient and prompt’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal routinely advises on sale and purchase transactions, leasing agreements, real estate finance and project development – it also possesses niche strength in agribusiness issues. Santiago Carregal has a ‘very good level of business acumen and industry knowledge’ and co-leads the department alongside Hernán Slemenson, who combines real estate prowess with robust finance and corporate expertise. Headline transactions include advising Safra Group on the development of a $250m office building in downtown Buenos Aires. The team also advised Hilton Hotels on the development, management and operation of a $50m hotel and golf resort in the city of Pilar. Diego Chighizola and Pablo Viñals Blake are recommended for finance and agribusiness matters respectively.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘very experienced and supportive’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal scores highly for its ‘excellent structure, which ensures work gets done quickly’. The ‘extremely business-oriented’ team – which is led jointly by ‘industry leaderGustavo Giay, the ‘very responsiveJavier Etcheverry Boneo and newly promoted partner Daniel Di Paola – shines across the full breadth of broadcasting, media, technology and telecoms matters. In line with its market-leading corporate strength, transactions are a key source of work, but it also has robust capability in regulatory, contentious and even criminal matters. Recent telecoms highlights include advising Time Warner on the private auction for the acquisition of an open-air TV station owned by Telefónica, and the team also acted for Telecom Italia on the high-profile $550.6m sale of Telecom Argentina to Fintech. On the technology side, it advised Watchever Group on the Aregntine launch of an on-demand streaming service. The firm’s impressive client roster also includes BBC, Microsoft and HBO Latin America.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Di Paola - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal sets itself apart through its ‘strong relationships with the tax authorities’ and its ability to ‘work as a team to ensure a 360-degree view of the subject, so all points are considered’. In particular, Horacio García Prieto is a ‘one-of-a-kind team leader and litigation expert’, who stands out for his ‘remarkable experience in tax matters’; he continues to lead the group’s advice to Cargill in various cases relating to export taxes and is also representing Pan American Silver on its opposition to the application of a new tax established by the province of Santa Cruz. Among its other contentious cases, Walter Keiniger represented AMX Argentina (Claro) in a high-value administrative case concerning an assessment issued by the Municipality of La Matanza. Gabriel Gotlib has a strong profile for international and transactional tax matters and was instructed by Related Group to advise on the tax aspects of a major real estate development. María Inés Brandt is ‘extremely dedicated and professional’ and advised Petrobras on the local tax aspects of its $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía. Fernando Vaquero is also a key partner, while recommended senior associates include Maria Soledad Gonzalez, Juan Pablo Rothschild and María Alejandra Stefanich (‘an excellent, reliable and dedicated young lawyer focused on providing prompt responses’).

Leading lawyers

Gabriel Gotlib - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Horacio García Prieto - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Walter Keiniger - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Maria Soledad Gonzalez - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The energy group at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is ‘second-to-none’, according to its satisfied clients who also highlight its ‘unmatched efficacy and efficiency’. Combining strong capability in tenders and generation projects, with a solid background in electricity regulation, the team is regularly instructed by multinational clients in high-profile transactions. Key contact Francisco Macías is a ‘skilful negotiator’ and ‘very reliable under pressure’; he is working hand-in-hand with the public law and corporate teams to advise Chinese investors on regulatory power issues and contract negotiation related to the $4.7bn construction of the largest hydroelectric project currently being developed in Argentina. On the nuclear-energy side, he is advising Chinese nuclear companies on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Buenos Aires. Associate Gonzalo Santamaria is also extremely active in this area.

Next generation lawyers

Gonzalo Santamaria - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘top-class team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is considered ‘within the top rank of mining firms in Argentina’ due to its ‘excellent, balanced and robust team of lawyers’. As the largest mining group in the market, the team brings to bear a broad spread of specialist expertise and regularly advises on exploration, project development, operational matters, M&A and litigation. The firm’s mining services are also complemented by the firm’s strength in corporate finance, environmental law and tax. Group head Luis Lucero is widely revered as a market leader and provides ongoing advice to Oroplata on operational matters regarding its Cerro Negro gold and silver mine. He is also representing Glencore subsidiary Pachón in its $200m dispute with Minera Los Pelambres concerning a waste dump built by Minera Los Pelambres on Glencore’s property in Argentina. Leonardo Rodríguez demonstrates a ‘deep knowledge of the mining industry’ coupled with ‘strong understanding of the ever-evolving Argentine political and legal paradigms’; he advised Fortuna Silver Mines on its $100m acquisition of Goldrock Mines. Senior associate Andrés Villarreal is also recommended for mining M&A. AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and Pan American Silver are also on the department’s books.

Leading lawyers

Leonardo Rodríguez - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Luis Lucero - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Over the past year, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘consistently exceptional’ group reinforced its position as a leading firm for oil and gas M&A, winning key roles on a string of high-profile deals. Among headline mandates, it advised Petrobras on the local aspects of the $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía –department head and ‘skilful negotiatorFrancisco Macías led the oil and gas advice on that deal. In another highlight transaction, it advised a group of investors on the $241m acquisition of a 50% stake in Transportadora de Gas del Sur – Ricardo Beller was the energy point man on that piece of work. On the contentious side, the firm is defending Total Austral in an arbitration brought by Metrogas relating to the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. The team has also recently advised on project development matters and farm-out agreements. Counsel Arturo Pera is ‘very well known in the market’ and has ‘ample experience in the oil sector’; Pedro Serrano Espelta is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Macías - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘excellent’ group at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal possesses the ‘optimal combination of up-to-date technical know-how and logistical capacity to cover the operational needs of a commercial bank’, according to some. The firm’s ‘deep expertise in the banking area’ spans capital markets, structured finance, corporate lending, M&A and contentious matters, and it acts for an enviable list of international and local banks and financial institutions. Roberto Silva Jr co-heads the department and is highlighted for his ‘experience and strong relationships with regulatory agencies’; he recently advised the initial purchasers (Oppenheimer & Co, Morgan Stanley and Macro Securities) in Aeropuertos Argentina 2000’s $400m notes issuance. Corporate finance specialist and team co-head Santiago Carregal is ‘very efficient with strong business acumen’ and acted as local counsel to the international purchasers (UBS and Itaú Securities) and local purchasers (Balanz, Industrial Valores and Puente Hnos) in Raghsa’s $100m debt issuance and exchange offering. The ‘absolutely first-rateGabriel Matarasso is also a respected senior figure and paired up with the ‘technically very strongLuciano Ojea Quintana to advise Santander Río on the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer banking unit in Argentina, which established it as the largest private bank in the country. In another headline deal, Ricardo Beller and Fernando Hernández acted together to advise the joint lead managers and bookrunners on Cablevisión’s $500m notes issuance. Cecilia Mairal is also a key member of the team and is highly recommended for regulatory and compliance work, including banking litigation. Senior associate Francisco Abeal is establishing a reputation as a ‘rising star’.

Leading lawyers

Gabriel Matarasso - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Roberto Silva Jr - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Santiago Carregal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Francisco Abeal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘amazing team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal provides ‘assertive legal advice coupled with wise business recommendations’. Lawyers are highlighted as ‘outstanding’, with renowned of counsel Martín Campbell singled out for his ‘broad experience in bankruptcy’, while Gonzalo Fontana is ‘very committed and proactive in anticipating issues’. The group also benefits from the expertise of team head Fernando Hernández, who brings over fifteen years’ experience in restructuring matters to his role, and Ricardo Beller. Among recent creditor-side work, the team advised Credit Suisse, TWM Capital and Capital Markets Argentina in Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s contentious restructuring. In a debtor highlight, it is representing Supercanal in its headline corporate reorganisation, which involves AR$1.7bn of unsecured debt and around $104m of secured debt.

Leading lawyers

Martín Campbell - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Regarded by many as ‘the best in Argentina’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘pragmatic approach’, ‘fast delivery’ and ‘tailor-made advice’ sets it apart from its competitors. Miguel del Pino is a is a ‘world class antitrust lawyer’ and heads a two-partner team that also draws on the expertise of senior partner Alfredo O’Farrell. In addition, the team is commended for its ability to ‘attract particularly strong associates’, with Santiago del Rio highlighted as a ‘very knowledgeable professional able to simplify complex scenarios’, and Gabriela Ariel Irizar as ‘very capable’. The firm leverages its top-tier corporate practice to secure an impressive market share of merger-notification work, but the team also excels in cartel cases and anticompetitive investigations. On the transactional side, it advised CSL on the Argentine notification and associated merger review related to its $275m acquisition of Novartis’ flu vaccine business. The practice group also advised both Marriott and Starwood on the local competition aspects of their $13bn merger, which created the largest hotel group in the world. Among its contentious caseload, the team is defending a major international bank in the Competition Commission (CNDC)’s high-profile investigation into alleged collusion and abuse of dominance in the management of the VISA card system. Since the conclusion of research, del Rio has been made partner.

Leading lawyers

Miguel del Pino - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Santiago del Rio - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Few firms can match the corporate firepower of ‘top-tier starMarval, O'Farrell & Mairal, which counts several of the market’s heavy hitters among its ranks. Namely, Héctor Mairal, who is ‘the best of the best’ and remains an influential figure in the market. Pablo Viñals Blake is an ‘extremely sophisticated operator’ who ‘knows all the angles’; he recently teamed up with Ricardo Beller and Diego Chighizola to represent a group of investors, led by the Sielecki and Werthein families, on the $241m acquisition of a 50% stake in Compañía de Inversiones de Energía (CIESA) from Pampa Energía. The ‘extensively experiencedSantiago Carregal has a ‘thorough knowledge of the Argentine market and legislation’ and advised Telecom Italia on the sale of Telecom Argentina to Fintech. Diego Krischcautzky is ‘absolutely client-focused’ and acted with ‘true professionalPablo Artagaveytia on what was arguably the year’s marquee deal: advising Petrobras on the Argentine aspects of the $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía. Other recommended partners in this ‘always available’ and ‘international-standard’ team include Alfredo O’Farrell, Pablo García Morillo and Pedro Serrano Espelta. The group also houses some capable senior associates with Juan Agustín Lentini and Pilar Etcheverry Boneo fitting into this category. Other representative clients are Microsoft, Pfizer and Solvay.

Leading lawyers

Diego Krischcautzky - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Héctor Mairal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Pablo Viñals Blake - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Santiago Carregal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The consensus among its clients is Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. The team’s ‘excellent responsiveness’, ‘deep level of analysis at first level’ and ‘exceptional client service’ are all significant draws, while its ability to ‘work as an integrated team, as opposed to some other firms where individual egos prevail’ is also considered a big plus. Among the names to note, Ricardo Ostrower is a ‘seasoned litigator with deep knowledge in civil and arbitration procedures’; he acted hand-in-hand with the public law department to represent Cargill in two significant pieces of litigation, including a case against the customs authority. The ‘outstandingSantiago Soria is picked out by one multinational client as ‘my favourite attorney’; he paired up with Ostrower to represent Total Austal in a $241m ICC arbitration brought by Metrogas concerning the alleged breach of an international natural-gas supply-agreement. Facundo Viel Temperley is an ‘absolute Rottweiler of a litigator who knows his practice and procedure inside out’; he worked alongside the banking and administrative law departments to successfully represent Citibank in administrative litigation arising from the state’s threat to revoke the bank’s Argentine branch licence. Sources also single out Rodrigo García, who ‘really listens to clients to understand their needs’, and ‘outstanding’ senior associate Daniela Delfino. The group also includes respected senior figures Héctor Mairal, Martín Campbell and department head Alberto Molinario.

Leading lawyers

Martín Campbell - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Ricardo Ostrower - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

At Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, energy and natural resources head Francisco Macías steers the environmental law practice and is ‘reliable under pressure’. The ‘pragmatic and creative’ group also includes two recommended senior associates, namely, ‘rising starGabriel Fortuna and Jimena Montoya. On the non-contentious side, the firm represented Volkswagen Argentina in regulatory matters related to vehicle emissions. Among contentious mandates, it advised Compañía General de Combustibles on three environmental class actions filed by ASSUPA against several oil and gas companies seeking remediation for alleged damage caused by exploration and production activities. The group also houses specialist environmental expertise relating to infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Next generation lawyers

Gabriel Fortuna - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Demonstrating ‘absolute professionalism’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s insurance group attracts praise from all quarters for its ‘great knowledge of complex litigious issues’ and ‘excellent process handling skills’. Department lead Pablo Cereijido is a ‘step ahead’ and ‘understands the problems of the industry, so can proactively contribute to find innovative solutions’. Among his recent work, Cereijido advised Banque PSA Finance on its joint venture with Cardif to incorporate a new insurer in Argentina, and he also represented RSA Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías in a landmark case brought by the Argentine government testing the application of certain insurance provisions against the government. Elías Bestani, who brings to bear a strong track record in transport matters, is a ‘go-to partner for aviation insurance work’; he also has strong expertise in maritime law and advised RSA on coverage issues related to a $1.8m claim brought by a shipyard against a port terminal reinsured by the client. Leandro Castelli and experienced counsel Alberto Cappagli are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Pablo Cereijido - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

An ‘outstanding performerMarval, O'Farrell & Mairal maintains a market-leading IP practice that continues to find favour with its ‘uniquely professional lawyers’ and ‘broad understanding of the IP landscape’. The firm houses the largest dedicated IP group in the country, fielding eight partners in the area following the promotion of Cristian Bittel in 2016, and it impresses with its strength and breadth across the full range of patents, trade marks and IP litigation. Among the names to note, Martín Bensadon is highly sought-after for patent matters; he recently led the firm’s advice to the Argentine Association of Industrial Property Agents (AAAPI) in its administrative appeal against the new guidelines for examining chemical-pharmaceutical patent applications. Iván Poli is also a highly regarded patent expert. On the trade mark side, Sergio Ellmann assisted Siegfried Holdings to draft an international coexistence settlement with a South American affiliate of Roemmers. Iris Quadrio is another go-to name for trade mark matters and acts alongside Juan López Mañán to provide ongoing advice to Cargill on trade mark prosecution and portfolio management. IP litigator Gustavo Giaysimply shines for his outstanding service and legal advice’; he paired up with Martín Chajchir to successfully represent Hasbro in its trade mark infringement action against Argentine toy manufacturer Ditoys relating to the “Transformers” mark. The group also draws on the expertise of senior of counsel Miguel O’Farrell, who is recommended for IP litigation, and patent specialist Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe.

Leading lawyers

Gustavo Giay - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Iris Quadrio - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Iván Poli - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Martín Bensadon - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Sergio Ellmann - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘attentive, problem-solving, responsive’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal strikes the right note with its ‘dedicated and sincere approach’. Transactional expert Patricia López Aufranc is ‘very smart’ and co-leads the international trade and customs department alongside Pablo Gayol, who has a broad practice spanning antidumping, WTO dispute settlement procedures and import and export regulations. Among its recent work on the investigations side, the team advised importers (Zoetis Argentina and Intervet Argentina) and exporters (Zoetis Belgium and Intervet) on an antidumping investigation into veterinary vaccines from France and the US. It also acted for Hyundai in relation to antidumping measures on transformers from Korea. On the compliance side, the firm advised Adidas on footwear and apparel regulations, including the import prior sworn statement, import certificates and rules of origin. Customs law expert Horacio García Prieto and ‘rising trade starJazmine Daruich are also recommended. Other representative clients include Carestream Health, Lotte International and Oki Data Americas. Since research concluded, customs-side specialist Juan Pablo Rothschild has been raised to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

Patricia López Aufranc - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Jazmine Daruich - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Regarded by some as a ‘leader in the employment area’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal scores highly for its ‘personalised service that emphasises the good treatment of the client’ and for being ‘among the few firms with the resources (logistic and human) to handle any type of labour conflict’. Certainly, the firm has a diverse practice, with strength in general compliance issues, restructuring, collective bargaining, compensation programmes, transactional support matters and litigation. Among the names to note, department head Javier Patrón is a ‘strong negotiator with great common sense’, Enrique Stile is an ‘exceptional lawyer, who consistently impresses’ and younger partner Diego Kelly is a ‘pleasure to work with and provides concise and pragmatic advice’. In a complex piece of litigation, the firm represented Ipsos Argentina in an employment case brought by a former owner and regional CEO. It also advised Verizon on the employment matters arising from its sale of assets to Globant and subsequent employee terminations.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Stile - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Javier Patrón - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Diego Kelly - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal distinguishes itself through its ‘personalised and dedicated service’ and ability to ‘work quickly without compromising thoroughness and attention to detail’. Senior name Héctor Mairal is a prominent figure in the market and co-heads the practice alongside María Lorena Schiariti, who is highlighted as a ‘creative and pragmatic problem-solver with strong market knowledge’, and Enrique Veramendi. The firm advises companies across a comprehensive spread of public law issues including infrastructure projects, the design of legal structures governing regulated activities, transactional support matters and administrative contracts and procurement proceedings. Highlight work includes representing Novartis on its agreement with the Argentine government, including on the supply of influenza vaccines and the construction of a local vaccine manufacturing plant. The department also advised Telecom Italia on the public law issues related to the $600m sale of its majority shareholding in Telecom Argentina.

Leading lawyers

Enrique Veramendi - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Héctor Mairal - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

María Lorena Schiariti - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘very efficient and prompt’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal routinely advises on sale and purchase transactions, leasing agreements, real estate finance and project development – it also possesses niche strength in agribusiness issues. Santiago Carregal has a ‘very good level of business acumen and industry knowledge’ and co-leads the department alongside Hernán Slemenson, who combines real estate prowess with robust finance and corporate expertise. Headline transactions include advising Safra Group on the development of a $250m office building in downtown Buenos Aires. The team also advised Hilton Hotels on the development, management and operation of a $50m hotel and golf resort in the city of Pilar. Diego Chighizola and Pablo Viñals Blake are recommended for finance and agribusiness matters respectively.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘very experienced and supportive’, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal scores highly for its ‘excellent structure, which ensures work gets done quickly’. The ‘extremely business-oriented’ team – which is led jointly by ‘industry leaderGustavo Giay, the ‘very responsiveJavier Etcheverry Boneo and newly promoted partner Daniel Di Paola – shines across the full breadth of broadcasting, media, technology and telecoms matters. In line with its market-leading corporate strength, transactions are a key source of work, but it also has robust capability in regulatory, contentious and even criminal matters. Recent telecoms highlights include advising Time Warner on the private auction for the acquisition of an open-air TV station owned by Telefónica, and the team also acted for Telecom Italia on the high-profile $550.6m sale of Telecom Argentina to Fintech. On the technology side, it advised Watchever Group on the Aregntine launch of an on-demand streaming service. The firm’s impressive client roster also includes BBC, Microsoft and HBO Latin America.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Di Paola - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal sets itself apart through its ‘strong relationships with the tax authorities’ and its ability to ‘work as a team to ensure a 360-degree view of the subject, so all points are considered’. In particular, Horacio García Prieto is a ‘one-of-a-kind team leader and litigation expert’, who stands out for his ‘remarkable experience in tax matters’; he continues to lead the group’s advice to Cargill in various cases relating to export taxes and is also representing Pan American Silver on its opposition to the application of a new tax established by the province of Santa Cruz. Among its other contentious cases, Walter Keiniger represented AMX Argentina (Claro) in a high-value administrative case concerning an assessment issued by the Municipality of La Matanza. Gabriel Gotlib has a strong profile for international and transactional tax matters and was instructed by Related Group to advise on the tax aspects of a major real estate development. María Inés Brandt is ‘extremely dedicated and professional’ and advised Petrobras on the local tax aspects of its $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía. Fernando Vaquero is also a key partner, while recommended senior associates include Maria Soledad Gonzalez, Juan Pablo Rothschild and María Alejandra Stefanich (‘an excellent, reliable and dedicated young lawyer focused on providing prompt responses’).

Leading lawyers

Gabriel Gotlib - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Horacio García Prieto - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Walter Keiniger - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Next generation lawyers

Maria Soledad Gonzalez - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The energy group at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is ‘second-to-none’, according to its satisfied clients who also highlight its ‘unmatched efficacy and efficiency’. Combining strong capability in tenders and generation projects, with a solid background in electricity regulation, the team is regularly instructed by multinational clients in high-profile transactions. Key contact Francisco Macías is a ‘skilful negotiator’ and ‘very reliable under pressure’; he is working hand-in-hand with the public law and corporate teams to advise Chinese investors on regulatory power issues and contract negotiation related to the $4.7bn construction of the largest hydroelectric project currently being developed in Argentina. On the nuclear-energy side, he is advising Chinese nuclear companies on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Buenos Aires. Associate Gonzalo Santamaria is also extremely active in this area.

Next generation lawyers

Gonzalo Santamaria - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

The ‘top-class team’ at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is considered ‘within the top rank of mining firms in Argentina’ due to its ‘excellent, balanced and robust team of lawyers’. As the largest mining group in the market, the team brings to bear a broad spread of specialist expertise and regularly advises on exploration, project development, operational matters, M&A and litigation. The firm’s mining services are also complemented by the firm’s strength in corporate finance, environmental law and tax. Group head Luis Lucero is widely revered as a market leader and provides ongoing advice to Oroplata on operational matters regarding its Cerro Negro gold and silver mine. He is also representing Glencore subsidiary Pachón in its $200m dispute with Minera Los Pelambres concerning a waste dump built by Minera Los Pelambres on Glencore’s property in Argentina. Leonardo Rodríguez demonstrates a ‘deep knowledge of the mining industry’ coupled with ‘strong understanding of the ever-evolving Argentine political and legal paradigms’; he advised Fortuna Silver Mines on its $100m acquisition of Goldrock Mines. Senior associate Andrés Villarreal is also recommended for mining M&A. AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and Pan American Silver are also on the department’s books.

Leading lawyers

Leonardo Rodríguez - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Luis Lucero - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Over the past year, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘consistently exceptional’ group reinforced its position as a leading firm for oil and gas M&A, winning key roles on a string of high-profile deals. Among headline mandates, it advised Petrobras on the local aspects of the $891m multi-jurisdictional sale of Petrobras Participaciones to Pampa Energía –department head and ‘skilful negotiatorFrancisco Macías led the oil and gas advice on that deal. In another highlight transaction, it advised a group of investors on the $241m acquisition of a 50% stake in Transportadora de Gas del Sur – Ricardo Beller was the energy point man on that piece of work. On the contentious side, the firm is defending Total Austral in an arbitration brought by Metrogas relating to the alleged breach of an international natural gas supply agreement. The team has also recently advised on project development matters and farm-out agreements. Counsel Arturo Pera is ‘very well known in the market’ and has ‘ample experience in the oil sector’; Pedro Serrano Espelta is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Macías - Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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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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