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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

The ‘outstanding team’ at Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno impresses with its ‘international quality’, with its ‘speedy response times’ and ‘commercial advice’ both scoring highly with clients. Diego Parise is a ‘very strong lawyer’ and heads a team with a robust reputation for debt restructuring. The group also regularly advises both banks and corporations on traditional lending, structured finance and capital markets work. Among the team’s recent lender highlights was advising a Chinese hedge fund on the enforcement of international securities in Argentina against a defaulting borrower, and it also advised an international lender on the Argentine aspects of a covered bonds programme. On the borrower side, it represented Siderar on several import financing facilities granted by Natixis. Other notable partners in the team include Julio Martínez and the newly-promoted Carlos Trogolo Eliçabe.

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Carlos Trogolo Eliçabe - Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

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

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

A ‘leading player in the market’, Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno scores highly for its ‘extensive international experience’ and ‘good cost-effectiveness’. Senior name Cristian Mitrani is widely regarded as a leading light and steers a comprehensive practice that handles deals across all key industry sectors including agribusiness, energy, infrastructure and TMT. Cross-border work is a particular sweet spot and it continues to garner a significant volume of instructions from major multinationals in multi-jurisdictional M&A. In a highlight example, corporate finance specialist Diego Parise advised Maverick Tube, a subsidiary of Tenaris, on the $335m sale of Tenaris’ North American electric-conduit business to Nucor. In another headline mandate, Horacio Ruiz Moreno assisted Eni International and Eni Oil Holdings on the sale of AGIP Lubricantes. Julio Martínez is also a key contact and advised a consortium of Chinese investors, led by Shanghai Giant Network Technology, on the local aspects of its $4.4bn acquisition of Israel-based gaming company Playtika. Mercedes Rodríguez Giavarini, Juan Ignacio Soma and the newly-promoted Carlos Trogolo Eliçabe are also recommended. Other representative clients include Advent International, SageRider and Svitzer.

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Cristian Mitrani - Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

Diego Parise - Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno excels in transactional support matters, in line with the firm’s signature strength, but it also has strong capability in IP litigation and registering and protecting patents, trade marks, copyright and entertainment content. Department head Juan Carlos Ojam is a respected figure in the market with an established track record spanning the full breadth of IP matters, including arbitration. Among Ojam’s recent cases, he advised Emerson Network Power on the design filings arising from its rebrand to Vertiv; notably this work involved filings in fifteen jurisdictions. Mercedes Bullrich is also an active member of the team and successfully represented Facebook in a trade mark opposition case concerning the “thumb up” logo. Other representative clients include Nordstrom, Televisa and WhatsApp. Since publication, Juan Carlos Ojam, Mercedes Bullrich and much of the IP team have left the firm to combine with longstanding IP boutique Berton Moreno & Asociados; the new firm, Berton Moreno + Ojam, opened its doors on the 1st of November.

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Juan Carlos Ojam - Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

The ‘very good group’ at Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno receives high ratings for its ‘strong knowledge and excellent professionals’. In particular, group head Julio Caballero is highlighted for his ‘technical strength’, while Jorge Pico is ‘highly strategic’. The team has notable expertise in collective bargaining, policy issues, the hiring and termination of employees, litigation, and the expatriation and relocation of employees – it also regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional matters. Recent work includes advising Siderca on the negotiation of collective-bargaining agreements with the Argentine Metallurgical Workers’ Union and the Argentine Metal-Mechanical Supervisors’ Association, involving about 4000 employees.

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Julio Caballero - Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno fields a broad public law practice with notable experience in infrastructure projects, government contracts and regulatory disputes. Horacio Ruiz Moreno is the key contact and advised Soenergy on the negotiation of a $190m power purchase agreement with CAMMESA relating to the construction of two power plants. Facebook, Svitzer and Tenaris Group are also key clients.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

At Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno, group head Corina Laudato ‘gets straight to the point’ and is ‘great to work with’. Among her recent matters, Laudato advised a major multinational manufacturer on a significant transfer pricing dispute. On the transactional side, the firm advised a US-based telecoms company on the tax aspects of a joint venture with local players.

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