International trade and customs in Argentina
Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s ‘excellent’ international trade and customs practice impresses with its ‘very solid and proactive lawyers’ and its ‘great experience and track record in the area’. The group has depth across the full range of trade matters, with customs law — including import and export issues and customs infringement proceedings — standing out as a particular sweet spot. It also routinely advises on unfair trade practices, free trade agreements, foreign exchange regulations and compliance matters. In a recent example of its strength on the customs side, the firm advised Nabors International Argentina on efforts to extend the temporary import regime governing several of its drilling rigs and related equipment. On the contentious side, it successfully represented Halliburton Argentina in several customs infringement cases. The team also provides day-to-day customs and foreign trade advice to companies such as Expro Argentina, Terminales Río de la Plata and Dow subsidiary PBBPolisur. Eduardo Mallea, who brings to bear broad expertise in customs law, antidumping investigations and foreign exchange regulations, co-leads the department alongside María Laura Bacigalupo. The group also includes talented senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari.
The comprehensive practice at Marval O’Farrell Mairal ‘sits firmly at the top of the market’, according to clients. The group, noted as ‘strong across the board in trade issues’, particularly impresses with its ‘great experience in sophisticated and complex cases’. Trade remedy cases are a notable strong suit and the firm is currently handling seven large antidumping investigations simultaneously, in a clear demonstration of its leading position in that sphere. Among its key examples, highly regarded group head Pablo Gayol represented the Brazilian exporters in the antidumping investigation into denim exports. He also represented LG Electronics Argentina on an antidumping investigation into vacuum cleaners from China. Counsel Patricia López Aufranc is another prominent sector expert and is advising Oki Data Americas (Argentine branch) on import and export regulations. On the customs side, tax specialist Juan Pablo Rothschild — acting alongside the corporate department — advised a client from the alcoholic beverage industry on a customs import valuation investigation. Among its other areas of activity, the team also handles tariff code interpretation, litigation and WTO dispute settlement. Other key contacts include senior tax and customs partner Horacio García Prieto and impressive associate Jazmine Daruich.
Baker McKenzie strikes the right note with its ‘very well-balanced practice’, which clients highlight as ‘strong in both trade and customs law’. Certainly, its case list demonstrates strong activity across an array of related matters, including preferential trade arrangements, import and export regulations, customs law and litigation. Department head Esteban Rópolo is ‘very experienced’ and recently advised Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina on the importation of machines needed for a big mining project. In a significant contentious case, Rópolo represented Yamaha Motor Argentina in a claim brought by Uruguay regarding the lack of Mercosur origin of motorcycles manufactured in Argentina.
‘Highly motivated, professional and experienced’, Beccar Varela’s practice secures rave reviews, with clients asserting that ‘lawyers treat us like we are their only client’. Over the past year, the firm kept busy advising on a diverse mix of trade remedies, import and export matters, sanctions issues, customs law and trade agreements, for clients from across the globe. Augusto Vechio co-heads the department and represented Zinc Industrias Nacionales in an antidumping investigation into imports of zinc oxide from Peru and Brazil. Guido Krolovetzky, noted for his ‘extraordinary technical capacity to resolve conflicts’, co-leads the group and recently advised clients such as Magna, Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull on various contentious matters. Senior associate Camila Corvalán is also a key contact.
BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta
‘Effective and specialised boutique’ BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta maintains its leading reputation in the international trade arena. The firm, which is highly sought after for its ‘strong experience on important cases’, is focused wholly on trade and international business law, with recognised expertise in trade remedies, customs matters and preferential regimes. Few names in this field are as widely revered as founding partner Enrique Carlos Barreira and he remains a popular choice for complex litigation and arbitration. Co-founding partner, and customs expert, Jorge Rodríguez Larreta is also recommended. Key clients include BASF, Nissan and Schlumberger.
Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados
Boutique firm Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados — widely hailed as a ‘powerhouse for international trade’ — continues to shine in its key strategic areas, namely customs law, currency exchange matters, and import and export issues. The ‘very respected team’ benefits from solid experience at top level, with high-profile figure Julio Carlos Lascano widely acknowledged as a market leader in customs-related issues. Other senior specialists include Carlos Carena and Patricia Eugenia Feliciano. Key clients are mainly drawn from the energy and natural resources, financial services, food and beverage, manufacturing and TMT sectors.
Established in 2018, Krause Abogados is the new midsize firm founded by Maximiliano Krause, who was formerly the head of international trade at Tanoira Cassagne Abogados. The department counts several major multinational corporations among its clients, which it advises on a broad spread of issues such as trade remedies, customs matters, trade agreements and special regimes.
Estudio O'Farrell advises a wide range of domestic and multinational clients on customs law, trade remedies and import and export issues — among other matters. Among its recent cases, department head Gustavo Enrique Müller represented Ford Argentina in its defence of a customs claim. Other representative clients include Louisiana Pacific Argentina, Nokia Solutions and Networks Argentina and Pampa Energía.
At Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen, tax specialist Manuel Benites is the key contact for the firm’s customs-focused trade practice. Among his recent work, Benites represented Shell CAPSA in litigation concerning the reimbursement of excess export duties paid in export operations. The team also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, which includes the ‘very smart and commercial’ Germán Martín Quirán and Andrés Galíndez. The department also handles import and export issues, trade remedies and currency control matters.
Petersen & Cotter Moine
Petersen & Cotter Moine’s exclusive focus on customs and trade law translates into a very specialist practice dealing with trade remedies, tariff classification, customs valuations and origin of merchandise issues — on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts. Key contact Juan Patricio Cotter is recognised as a leader in the customs field and spearheads a practice that counts Bunge, Petrobras and Total among its clients.
Tanoira Cassagne Abogados’ historically strong practice is now driven by administrative law specialists Bernardo Cassagne and Francisco Rondoletti, following the departure of high-profile partner Maximiliano Krause to establish his own firm. The multi-disciplinary department continues to advise on a wide range of trade treaties, trade remedies, and import and export procedures.