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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ ‘effective and business-oriented’ group scores highly for its ‘deep knowledge of the financial markets’. In particular, lawyers are praised for their ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and ‘strong combination of legal and commercial acumen’. The team, which specialises in advising corporate borrowers and issuers on syndicated lending, securities and project finance transactions, also enjoys a prominent reputation for cross-border deals. Sector specialist Diego Parise heads the department and acted as international counsel to Ternium Mexico on its $1bn syndicated term loan facility. Among its highlights for lenders, Julio Martinez acted as local counsel to the Export-Import Bank of China on a $331.5m financing agreement with the Republic of Argentina to finance the construction of photovoltaic solar plants. The team has also recently undertaken work for Aluar Aluminio Argentino, Raízen Combustíveis and Shandong Gold Mining (Hong Kong). Counsel Natalia Rauchberger is also recommended.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

In 2018, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados boosted its competition group through the hire of new department co-lead and ‘top-tier lawyer’ Aixa Sureda, who joined from Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi. Siro Astolfi (‘deep legal and commercial knowledge’) and associate Evangelina González Soldo also arrived from the same firm. Merger review cases represent the bulk of instructions and the team has recently advised Agrosuper, Echo Energy and Raízen Combustiveis on clearance issues. Cristian Mitrani co-leads the practice.

Next Generation Partners

Aixa Sureda - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

‘Responsive, sophisticated and strategic’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados combines ‘deep knowledge of legal matters with strong business understanding’. Lawyers are valued for being ‘calm under pressure’, with key figure Cristian Mitrani highlighted as ‘probably the top corporate lawyer in the country’. Mitrani co-leads a group that is best known for its expertise in cross-border transactions, particularly for trophy clients Tenaris and Ternium. Diego Parise co-heads the department and assisted RaĂ­zen CombustĂ­veis with its $916m acquisition of Shell’s downstream business in Argentina. Cristian KrĂŒger is ‘extremely business savvy’ and advised Union Acquisition Corporation on its $456m share exchange with Bioceres. Sources also laud Julio MartĂ­nez as a ‘great professional with outstanding knowledge’; he advised Mitsui & Co on its acquisition of a 34% interest in a wind project from Total Eren. The firm has significantly invested in its corporate offering over the past two years and in 2018 Siro Astolfi and Aixa Sureda joined from AerolĂ­neas Argentinas and Bruchou, FernĂĄndez Madero & Lombardi respectively — together, they are highlighted for their ‘great experience, track record and seniority’.

Leading individuals

Cristian Mitrani - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Diego Parise - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Next Generation Partners

Aixa Sureda - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados strikes the right note with its ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘quick and precise advice’. The group, which is well balanced between contentious and non-contentious matters, is led by Ignacio BĂ©rĂšterbide, who is noted for his ‘responsive and high-quality service’. Highlights included advising RaĂ­zen CombustĂ­veis on the IP aspects of its $950m acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s downstream business in Argentina. Other key clients include Digirodeo, Holcim (Argentina) and Tenaris.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Among Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ key attributes, clients highlight its ‘strong industry knowledge’ and ‘creative approach’. The team’s commercial acumen is also a recurring theme, with employment head Julio Caballero widely lauded for his ‘great ability to take the big-picture view’; he advised Siderca on negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the Argentine Metallurgical Workers’ Union and the Argentine Metal-Mechanical Supervisors’ Association. The department also routinely advises on termination procedures, company reorganisations and employment litigation. Jorge Pico, who provides ‘concise, precise and commercial advice’, and Lorenzo Gnecco are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Julio Caballero - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

‘Experienced, dedicated and responsive’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados secures strong praise for its ‘outstanding commitment to solving problems’ and its ‘extensive knowledge of the local market’. In particular, department head Horacio Ruiz Moreno is commended for his ‘deep expertise in energy-related matters’; he recently advised Isla Power on its participation in the RenovAr 2 bidding round. The team also handles contentious work.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados has a focus on non-contentious issues, under the leadership of department head and transactional tax specialist Corina Laudato. Highlights included advising LSC Lithium Corporation on the tax aspects of its joint venture with wholly owned Pluspetrol subsidiary Litica Resources — Laudato led that work alongside senior associate Juan Manuel Iglesias Mamone, who recently joined from EY Argentina. The team also draws on its administrative and public law department to offer capability in tax litigation.

Rising stars

Juan Manuel Iglesias Mamone - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ power practice, which is led by public law expert Horacio Ruiz Moreno, handles a significant volume of renewable energy-related matters. Highlights included advising Isla Power on its power purchase agreement with local energy group Albanesi — Ruiz Moreno led that work. The group has also recently undertaken work for Aluar Aluminio Argentino, Export-Import Bank of China and Mitsui & Co.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

‘Responsive, efficient and cost-effective’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados continues to go from strength to strength following the arrival of a team from mining-focused boutique HOLT Abogados in 2017. The ‘client-oriented group’ is noted for its ability to provide ‘integrated solutions across a wide range of legal specialities’, with its supplementary expertise in environmental, corporate and finance finding favour. The lithium industry is a key source of instructions and it recently advised LSC Lithium on the Argentine regulatory aspects of its acquisition by Pluspetrol — Matías Olcese (‘an impressive younger lawyer’) and senior counsel María Paula Terrel (‘very detail-oriented’) led that work. María Laura Lede Pizzurno is also a key contact.

Next Generation Partners

MatĂ­as Olcese - Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ practice, which is highlighted for its ‘good communication across disciplines’, continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Mariana Ardizzone. The team is also noted for its ‘strong and broad knowledge base’ and handles a varied mix of transactional and regulatory matters for domestic and multinational clients. Highlights included advising Echo Energy on its acquisition of interests in oil and gas assets in Argentina.

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