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FULGENCIO R. MORENO NO. 509, EDIFICIO DE LA COLINA BUILDING 1ER PISO, ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY
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Work +595 21 447 739
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Fax +595 21 496 039
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www.mersanlaw.com

Pablo Lu

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Work +595 (21) 447739
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MERSAN Abogados

Work Department

Corporate Civil Administrative and Commercial Law; Intellectual Property

Position

Partner

Career

-Cultural Civil and Social Merit in the Degree of Comendator of the Society of Brazilian Problems Studies, 2003. – Degree of “Knight of Magistral Grace” of “Ordo Byzantinus Sancti Sepulchri”, 2.008. – Vicepresident of Securities and Stock Exchange of Asunción S.A. -Legal Counselor of national and international corporations, including Banks. - Board member of national and International companies. – Arbitrator of the List of the Paraguayan Centre of Arbitration and Mediation of the National Chamber of Commerce and Services.

Languages

Spanish, English, Portuguese, Chinese

Member

Paraguayan Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), Interamerican Bar Association (IABA), Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), Instituto Paraguayo de Derecho Bancario y Societario.

Education

Graduated in Law from the Law School at the Catholic University of Asunción, February 1999.


Paraguay

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Mersan Abogados has developed a solid banking and finance practice, handling secured and unsecured loans, capital markets transactions, debt restructurings and project finance. Highlights for the seven-strong team, which is led by Oscar Mersán, Carlos Mersán and Pablo Cheng Lu, included assisting Banco Regional with bond issuances; advising KfW Development Bank on equity and mezzanine financing projects; and counselling the IFC and IIC on project finance matters. Another key instruction was counselling the city of San Francisco on the obtaining of a $60m guaranteed loan from the Inter-American Corporation for the Financing of Infrastructure (CIFI), DEG and the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation. Long-standing clients Banco Itaú Paraguay, Banco do Brasil and Bolsa de Valores also feature on the client list.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Leveraging its excellent tax expertise, Mersan Abogados is regularly instructed by domestic and international clients, such as Pepsico Paraguay, Citibank, AMX Paraguay and Grupo Cemex, on a wide range of corporate and transactional matters. Recent highlights saw the team advise Sodrugestvo Group on the acquisition of shares in Sarcom, a company that runs port and logistics operations; and obtaining authorization from the national competition authority for the Paraguayan aspects of the Maersk Line / Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft merger. The group is jointly led by Oscar Mersán and Carlos Mersán; other key advisors are Diego Zavala and Pablo Cheng Lu.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Commercial disputes, debt collection, tax litigation and arbitration are mainstays for the dispute resolution team at Mersan Abogados. Co-led by arbitration expert Diego Zavala and Pablo Cheng Lu, the team acts on behalf of a variety of domestic and international clients such as Banco Itaú, British American Tobacco and Bolsa de Valores. A recent case involved representing UABL Paraguay in a VAT tax dispute regarding barge-leasing. Another key instruction saw Zavala acting as arbitrator in a breach of contract damages claim between medical products distributor Jack Fack and manufacturer Comercializadora Mallinckrod Chile.

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Tax

Within: Tax

Undoubtedly one of the leading tax practices in the country, Mersan Abogados has a wealth of experience in transactional tax matters, tax credit recovery proceedings, tax litigation, tax incentives, double taxation treaties and free-trade zones. The practice group, led by the renowned Carlos Mersán, is also adept at advising domestic and multinational clients on creating tax-efficient corporate structures and joint ventures. Diego Zavala, Pablo Cheng Lu and associate Tomás Mersan Riera are all key advisors. Representative clients include Banco Itaú Paraguay, Citibank, Pepsico del Paraguay and Farmacenter among others.

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