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Ricardo W Beller

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Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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Banking & Finance / Insolvency and Restructuring / Oil & Gas.


Ricardo W. Beller has been a partner of Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal since 1999, having joined the firm in 1996. He specializes in corporate law, finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project finance and oil & gas.


He worked as a foreign associate at Cleary, Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York, during 1995/96.


English, Portuguese (basic) & Spanish.


He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Insolvency Institute, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Instituto Argentino de Ejecutivos de Finanzas.


He graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1989 with a law degree, obtained an LLM with honors at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, U.S.A. in 1995 and attended an M.B.A. program "Management of Organizations" at Kellogg General School of Management, Chicago, U.S.A. in 1995.


Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Bankruptcy and restructuring

Top-tier firm’ Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal impresses with its ‘deep and strong experience in all types of restructuring cases’. The well-balanced group acts for a broad range of creditors, shareholders, debtors and trustees — in both out-of-court restructurings and contentious bankruptcy cases. Senior of counsel Martín Campbell is widely regarded as a leading light; he teamed up with department head Fernando Hernández and finance specialists Ricardo Beller and Cecilia Mairal to advise the creditors’ committee on the implementation of Sociedad Comercial del Plata’s reorganisation plan. Moreover, in July 2019 the firm announced its absorbtion of the former Rivera & Asociados, long a noted disputes boutique and 'one of the market’s leading debtor shops’ for restructuring matters, particularly those with complex contentious proceedings. Founding partner Julio César Rivera was appointed as a “supplementary judge” (“conjuez”) of the National Supreme Court in 2018 and becomes an honorary partner at Marval. The team also includes litigations specialist Julio César Rivera (h), who also becomes a partner, and four associates. While it remains too early to evaluate the merger in full, early indications suggest this to be -in the words of one client- a 'win-win situation', boosting Marval's contentious and restrucuturing capabilities significantly. Other representative clients include Arla Foods Ingredients and Supercanal.

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Top-tier oil and gas practice’ Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal’s ‘extremely strong group’ is admired for its ‘impressive roster of clients’ and its ‘consistent involvement in key matters’. The team, which is well balanced between corporate, commercial and contentious work, is best known for its track record in multi-jurisdictional issues and it often leans on other departments within the firm to provide support on complex cases. Among its recent highlights, group head Francisco Macías acted hand-in-hand with the corporate and tax departments to advise BP on a joint venture with Bridas and CNOOC to form Pan American Energy Group. He is also leading the firm’s advice to various Argentine and Chilean clients in connection with several natural gas cross-border transactions; notably, these represent the first energy transactions between Chile and Argentina since 2010. On the contentious side, Macías represented gas distribution utility Litoral Gas in disputes concerning long-term gas supply contracts. Corporate finance partner Ricardo Beller is also a key contact.

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