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Vouga Abogados

JUAN DE SALAZAR 657, ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY
Tel:
Work +595 21 202 049
Fax:
Fax +595 21 230 101
Email:
Web:
www.vouga.com.py
Asunción, Ciudad del Este

Paraguay

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Vouga Abogados

Full-service firm Vouga Abogados fields an increasingly reputable banking and finance practice that offers a broad range of sector-related services in an 'expeditious and professional manner'. The 'highly qualified team' is jointly led by Rodolfo Vouga and Cynthia Fatecha, and is adept at advising domestic and international clients in all types of transactions, including multilateral loans, local banks' acquisition financing and security structuring. The 'exceptional' Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga advised CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, as lender, on its first A/B structured loan in Paraguay, a $120m facility granted to Banco Regional to promote financing for the agribusiness sector; while the 'very knowledgeable' Carlos Vouga -in conjunction with Fatecha- continues to represent Tape Pora in the second stage of financing of the Route 7 infrastructure project, which encompassed the issuance of bonds and creation of a $11.9m security trust. The team also saw growth with the hire of 'talented' associate Georg Birbaumer, 'a great addition to the team', who arrived from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 's Buenos Aires office in November 2018. Long-standing clients include Itaú BBA, Banco Familiar and John Deere Financial Chile.

Leading individuals

Cynthia Fatecha - Vouga Abogados

Rodolfo Vouga - Vouga Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga - Vouga Abogados

Rising stars

Carlos Vouga - Vouga Abogados

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

Vouga Abogados

Full-service firm Vouga Abogados fields one of the leading corporate and M&A practices in the country, which stands out across the entire array of sector-related work. 'Young talent, the excellent use of technology and great ability to adjust to clients' needs make Vouga the ideal business partner.' Under the leadership of Rodolfo Vouga, the team demonstrates 'creativity to solve the many unsuspected issues that emerge during the implementation of transactions' and is continuously involved in the most high-profile deals in Paraguay. The 17-strong (eight-partner) department represented oil distributor Copetrol in a bid process for the approximately $400m acquisition of Petrobras's operations in Paraguay, which also involved clearance from the National Competition Commission. A team led by the 'always available and well connected' Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga advised Prosegur on all aspects of its $14m acquisition of rival G4S, and successfully represented the same client in connection with subsequent antitrust challenges. The March 2018 arrival of Rodrigo Fernández, previously the head of corporate at Zacarias & Fernández, further boosted a practice group where associates Carlos Vouga and Walter Vera are younger practitioners of note. Other clients include Microsoft, Paraguay Refrescos and Mastercard.

Leading individuals

Rodolfo Vouga - Vouga Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga - Vouga Abogados

Rising stars

Carlos Vouga - Vouga Abogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Vouga Abogados

'One of the most prestigious law firms' in Paraguay, Vouga Abogados is a go-to destination for complex litigation and arbitration, showcasing 'an impeccable trajectory' in the field and a high-profile 'portfolio of national and foreign corporate clients'. Jointly led by Rodolfo G Vouga and the 'highly professional and competent' Mirtha dos Santos, the nine-strong team is well versed in out-of-court proceedings and precautionary matters, while offering representation throughout the entire justice system regarding civil and commercial conflicts, distributorship and agency disputes, and contentious banking, labour, tax, IP and environmental matters. The team is currently representing Paraguay Refrescos in a lawsuit brought forward by a soccer fan in relation to the unauthorised use of his image in an advertising campaign. In other matters, Dos Santos and associate Elio Agüero  are leading advice to a consortium of companies, as claimants, in an $8.3m contentious-administrative trial in connection with an abrupt termination of contract. Clients include Prosegur, Equifax, Archer Daniels Midland and Petrobras.

Leading individuals

Mirtha dos Santos - Vouga Abogados

Next generation lawyers

Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga - Vouga Abogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Vouga Abogados

Under the joint leadership of Rodolfo Vouga and regulatory expert Marta Martinez, the 'unique' environment practice at Vouga Abogados is often instructed by clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent mandates included assisting Millicom subsidiary Telefónica Celular del Paraguay with the review of environmental licenses for the installation of 1400 towers; and conducting environmental due diligence on Petrobras' operations in Paraguay as part of Copetrol's acquisition of said assets. High-profile clients such as ADM Paraguay, Paresa, Parex and British American Tobacco seek the five-strong team's advice on compliance, environmental protection regimes, licensing and certification processes.

Rising stars

Marta Martínez - Vouga Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Vouga Abogados

The 'agile' IP department at Vouga Abogados is praised for its 'rapid response and ability to solve problems at all judicial levels'In addition to offering advice on traditional, non-contentious IP matters (trade marks, utility models, patents and copyrights), the practice is well versed in complex litigation cases, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, licensing, franchising agreements and the transfer of IP rights. Siegfried Vouga leads the team, with key support coming from the 'very reactive and professional' Laura Lezcano who stands out for 'her in-depth knowledge and technical expertise of patent law'The five-strong practice is 'constantly supported by an interdisciplinary team of lawyers which enables them to provide very detailed, innovative and out-of-the-box advice'. In ongoing work the team assists key clients MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Paraguay and Prosegur various IP matters, such as trade mark registrations and renewals; Estée Lauder, Alpha-Pharma Healthcare and Subway are also on the client roster.

Rising stars

Laura Lezcano - Vouga Abogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Vouga Abogados

Transaction-related labour transfers, implementation of regulations and collective bargaining agreements are all areas of expertise for Vouga Abogados' labour practice. Under the leadership of Perla Alderete, the three-partner team led advice to Copetrol on a due diligence for the acquisition of Petrobras, which involved complex analysis of possible contingencies regarding labour liabilities and on-going contracts. The department continues to assist Colgate-Palmolive de Paraguay with the termination of employees with special stability. The team can also count on leading labour litigator Mirtha dos Santos and highly-active associate Walter Vera. Other notable clients include Microsoft Corporation and Prosegur Paraguay.

Leading individuals

Perla Alderete - Vouga Abogados

Rising stars

Walter Vera - Vouga Abogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Vouga Abogados

Vouga Abogados fields a solid tax department that demonstrates 'extensive experience' advising national and international corporate clients on matters including establishing their businesses in Paraguay, tax strategy structures, tax-efficient practices in cross-border transactions, special regimes, fiscal audits and contentious matters. Standout work saw the team assist Prosegur with the tax matters aspects of its purchase of the local assets of one of its biggest competitors (G4S). The practice also counselled John Deere Financial Chile on withholding tax payments in relation to multiple cross-border loans to Paraguayan farmers and construction companies. 'In a context of constant regulatory changes' co-head Andrés Vera 'always provides great interpretations of regulations'. Copetrol, SARCOM and British American Tobacco also feature in the team's client portfolio.

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Vera - Vouga Abogados

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