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The ‚Äėincredibly specialised‚Äô Estudio Alegr√≠a, Buey Fern√°ndez, Fissore y Montemerlo¬†is regarded by some as ‚Äėthe number one restructuring group in the market‚Äô. The ‚Äėgold-standard practice‚Äô, best known for its high-profile debtor-side work, is widely commended as ‚Äėthe go-to firm in Argentina for distressed companies‚Äô. Seasoned veteran, and founding partner,¬†H√©ctor Alegr√≠a¬†spearheads a team that also benefits from the senior expertise of ‚Äėmarket leader‚Äô Pablo Buey Fern√°ndez¬†and prominent specialist Gabriel Fissore. Among its recent highlights, it advised retail company Carsa on its successful $33m debt restructuring.

‚ÄėA one-stop shop for corporate restructuring‚Äô, Bruchou, Fern√°ndez Madero & Lombardi¬†leverages its leading finance practice, and close lender relationships, to remain a popular choice for creditors. In a recent example, litigator Mart√≠n Beretervide¬†‚ÄĒ¬†highlighted as an ‚Äėexpert in corporate restructuring law‚Äô ‚ÄĒ advised Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the restructuring of renewable energy group Industrias Metal√ļrgicas Pescarmona.¬†The firm also secures a steady stream of headline debtor-side mandates, such as advising railway operator Grupo ALL Argentina on the restructuring of its business in the country, following the government‚Äôs termination of its railways freight concession agreement ‚ÄĒ group head Carlos Rotman¬†acted alongside¬†Beretervide and the corporate department to lead that work.

‚ÄėTop-tier firm‚Äô¬†Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal¬†impresses with its ‚Äėdeep and strong experience in all types of restructuring cases‚Äô. The well-balanced group acts for a broad range of creditors, shareholders, debtors and trustees ‚ÄĒ in both out-of-court restructurings and contentious bankruptcy cases. Senior of counsel Mart√≠n Campbell¬†is widely regarded as a leading light; he teamed up with department head Fernando Hern√°ndez¬†and finance specialists Ricardo Beller¬†and Cecilia Mairal¬†to advise the creditors‚Äô committee on the implementation of Sociedad Comercial del Plata‚Äôs 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‚Äôs leading debtor shops‚Äô for restructuring matters, particularly those with complex contentious proceedings. Founding partner Julio C√©sar Rivera was appointed as a ‚Äúsupplementary judge‚ÄĚ (‚Äúconjuez‚ÄĚ) of the National Supreme Court in 2018 and becomes an honorary partner at Marval. The team also includes litigations specialist Julio C√©sar 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.

Bankruptcy law is a notable sweet spot at Aguirre Saravia & Gebhardt and the firm houses a specialist multi-disciplinary department, which draws on a comprehensive spread of litigation, banking and corporate expertise. Key figure Marcelo Gebhardt recently acted alongside Jorge Aguirre Saravia to lead the firm’s advice to IMPSA on certain aspects of its high-profile restructuring.

Sophisticated boutique Naveira, Truffat, Martínez, Anido, Lorente & López Abogados routinely handles a mix of contentious and out-of-court corporate reorganisations and debt restructurings, with notable experience in cross-border proceedings. Among the names to note, Jorge López, Javier Armando Lorente and Daniel Truffat are all well versed in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. The firm’s client roster is dominated by debtors but it also acts for creditors and acquirers of distressed assets.

The ‚Äėgreat team‚Äô at Allende & Brea¬†is distinguished by its ‚Äėdeep legal knowledge‚Äô, ‚Äėgreat response times‚Äô and ‚Äėstrong partner availability‚Äô. The practice, which acts for both debtors and creditors, is also highlighted by sources for its ‚Äėincreasing profile in the bankruptcy area‚Äô.¬†Respected group head Enrique Cristian Fox¬†‚Äėdelivers excellent results‚Äô and advised Desmet Ballestra Group on the debt restructuring of Desmet Ballestra Argentina. Elsewhere, Diego Botana¬†advised¬†the Argentine companies of Codere Group on the restructuring of $1.5bn worth of debt.

Beccar Varela‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent team‚Äô scores highly due to its ‚Äėdeep experience and knowledge‚Äô. The creditor-focused practice secures a comprehensive spread of bankruptcy, insolvency and debt restructuring-related matters ‚ÄĒ it also occasionally acts for debtors. Group head Mart√≠n Gastaldi¬†continues to advise Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires¬†in Magnacom‚Äôs reorganisation proceedings. Senior associate Federico Sosa¬†is also a key contact.

Bomchil houses a diverse insolvency practice, which counts creditors, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets among its clients. The department is led jointly by Tomás Araya and newly promoted partner Martín Torres Girotti; together, they are advising Banco Macro as creditor on several bankruptcy proceedings before local courts, including in the bankruptcy proceedings of Grupo Plaza entities.

Bulló Abogados leverages its close relationship with trophy client HSBC Bank Argentina to specialise in creditor representations. Notable recent matters include advising HSBC, and a prominent insurer, on the bankruptcy proceedings of real estate developer Ribera Desarrollos. Esteban Gramblicka and Gustavo Torassa are the names to note.

Insolvency is a cornerstone at Hope, Duggan & Silva and the firm handles a steady stream of mandates on behalf of creditors, debtors and directors of bankrupt companies. On the creditor front, the group is advising Central National Argentina in Papelera Sarandí’s composition proceedings. Among its work for debtors, it continues to advise Establecimiento Río Grande on its composition proceedings. Juan Duggan is a key contact.

P√©rez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen‚Äôs experience in the restructuring area spans work for creditors, bondholders, debtors, financial advisers and trustees ‚ÄĒ across a range of judicial and out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings. Among its highlights, the firm advised¬†IMPSA, and its parent company Venti, on aspects of its out-of-court restructuring agreement (APE) ‚ÄĒ Diego Serrano Redonnet¬†led that work.

Finance specialist Salaverri, Burgio & Wetzler Malbran combines its banking prowess with an increasingly prominent litigation offering to handle a broad range of judicial and extrajudicial restructurings and debt refinancing transactions. Creditors provide the bulk of instructions but it also acts for debtors and investors. Damián Burgio and Germán Wetzler Malbrán are recommended.

Zang, Bergel & Vi√Īes Abogados¬†has hit the ground running, following the arrival of new group head Francisco Roggero¬†from Bull√≥ Abogados¬†in 2018. Among its creditor representations, Roggero advised Banco Hipotecario in Ribera Desarrollos‚Äô restructuring proceedings. On the distressed M&A front, Roggero acted alongside the M&A department to advise¬†Destileria Argentina De Petroleo on its acquisition, jointly with YPF, of certain assets out of¬†Oil Combustibles‚Äô bankruptcy process.

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