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Top performerBruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi is widely lauded for its ‘deep and broad knowledge in international trade law’. Led by ‘market specialistEduardo Mallea, the group also draws on the expertise of experienced expert María Laura Bacigalupo, tax litigation partner Liban Kusa and senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari. The firm handles the full gamut of trade and customs matters, with import and export issues, unfair trade practices and free trade agreements all standing out as areas of strength. On the import side, the firm advised several oil and gas service companies (including Halliburton Argentina and Nabors International Argentina) on their operations in the Vaca Muerta shale formation. Among its contentious matters, the firm defended FCA Automobiles Argentina in more than 90 infringement proceedings initiated by the customs administration for the alleged infringement of the temporary import regime. The department has also recently undertaken work for Energyst Group Services, Expro Argentina and Terminales Río de la Plata.

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal houses a wide-ranging international trade practice, which shines in trade remedies, customs matters, tariff classification and WTO disputes. Pablo Gayol heads the group and brings to bear an impressive record in antidumping investigations and WTO dispute settlement procedures; he recently represented exporter Far Eastern in a changed-circumstances review concerning polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Taiwan. Of counsel Patricia López Aufranc is also a renowned specialist in international trade law and recently advised Oki Data Americas (Argentine branch) on import and export regulations. On the customs front, Juan Pablo Rothschild assisted a manufacturing company with its challenge to an assessment made by the customs authority for import duties. Other representative clients include Carestream Health, Nike Argentina and Weyerhaeuser Productos. The group also benefits from the experience of customs specialist Horacio García Prieto and impressive associate Jazmine Daruich.

Very experienced’ boutique firm BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta receives plaudits for its ‘strong specialist expertise in the international trade field’. In particular, it is regarded by many as a ‘leader in customs law’ but it also packs a punch in trade remedies, WTO matters and related litigation. Founding partner Enrique Carlos Barreira is an ‘absolute reference in the foreign trade area’ and enjoys a strong profile for his expertise in contentious matters. Jorge Rodriguez Larreta, also a founding partner, is recommended for his broad practice encompassing customs, foreign trade and white-collar crime issues. The firm has undertaken work for a diverse spread of domestic, regional and multinational corporations, including Hewlett-Packard and Cargill.

Baker McKenzie’s enviable global network distinguishes it as a popular choice to advise on both local and international trade regulations. The broad practice, which is led by eminent expert Esteban Rópolo, routinely advises on import and export issues, customs law, preferential trade arrangements, trade remedies and contentious matters. One recent mandate saw the team advise Harsco Metals Argentina on importing machines for a large-scale industrial project. On the litigation side, the firm is representing a major pharmaceutical company in a $2.5m customs valuation claim alleging the undervaluation of exports to a certain Latin American country. Other representative clients include Harley Davidson, Under Armour and Vale Logística de Argentina.

The ‘highly responsive and committed team’ at Beccar Varela scores points for its ‘pragmatic approach to solving complex issues’. Department head Augusto Vechio is ‘very thorough’ and maintains a broad practice spanning international trade, export controls, trade sanctions, antitrust and economic regulation. Among the other names to note, Guido Krolovetzky is an ‘expert in customs law’, while respected senior associate Camila Corvalán is ‘very talented’. In a high-profile trade treaty mandate, the group is advising the European Union on the Mercosur-EU free trade agreement negotiations. On the trade remedy front, the firm is representing India-based Somany Ceramics in an antidumping investigation into imports of porcelain tiles from India, Brazil, Malaysia, Vietnam and China. BASF, Swarovski and Volkswagen are also key clients.

Beccar Varela - Spanish translation: El "equipo altamente receptivo y comprometido" en Beccar Varela obtiene puntos por su "enfoque pragmático para resolver problemas complejos". El jefe del departamento, Augusto Vechio, es "muy riguroso" y mantiene un despacho amplio que abarca el comercio internacional, los controles de exportación, las sanciones comerciales, la legislación antimonopolio y las regulaciones económicas. Entre los otros nombres que se deben tener en cuenta, Guido Krolovetzky es un "experto en derecho aduanero", mientras que la respetada asociada sénior Camila Corvalán es "muy talentosa". En un mandato de tratado comercial de alto perfil, el grupo asesora a la Unión Europea en cuanto a las negociaciones del acuerdo de libre comercio de Mercosur-UE. En el frente de los recursos comerciales, la firma representa a Somany Ceramics, con sede en India, en una investigación antidumping sobre importaciones de azulejos de porcelana procedentes de India, Brasil, Malasia, Vietnam y China. BASF, Swarovski y Volkswagen también son clientes clave.

Sophisticated boutiqueEstudio Carena & Asociados Abogados concentrates exclusively on customs law, currency exchange matters and import and export law – routinely advising on both regulatory and contentious matters. Sources highlight key partner Julio Carlos Lascano for his ‘in-depth knowledge of customs law’ and also single out Adrián Míguez for his ‘pragmatic and client-oriented approach’. The firm’s specialist focus translates into a broad client roster, which includes local and multinational corporations operating in the financial services, manufacturing, TMT, energy and natural resources and food and beverage industries, including Celulosa Argentina, Coca-Cola and Solvay Indupa.

M & M Bomchil’s trade practice is led by antitrust specialist Marcelo den Toom and also draws on the expertise of tax partner Ariadna Artopoulos and senior associate Mercedes de Artaza. The team is particularly well versed in antidumping matters and it also advises on import licences, trade restrictions and customs law. In a trade remedy highlight, the team represented Bercovich Group in an antidumping investigation regarding porcellanato and porcelain stoneware from China. Among other recent cases, it also advised a tobacco company on import restrictions and phytosanitary measures affecting tobacco imports. Other clients include Pernod Ricard, PepsiCo and Shell.

Satisfied clients of Estudio O'Farrell assert that its ‘strong advice and expertise provide successful results’. Department lead Gustavo Enrique Müller is a ‘great resource for finding the best solutions for international trade and customs issues’ and heads a practice that regularly advises on import and export regimes, trade remedies, tariff classifications, customs law and international agreements and treaties. Ford Argentina, ASB Technologies and Araucaria Rail Technology are key clients.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice is led by prominent tax expert Manuel Benites, who is highly regarded for customs law matters. The firm also has sound experience in export and import issues and trade remedies. In 2018, former department co-lead Cristian Krüger left for Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados, while Martin Lepiane6 joined Martínez de Hoz & Rueda.

Petersen & Cotter Moine is sought after for its specialist customs practice, which is active across the full range of related issues including tariff classification, customs valuations and customs litigation. It also advises on unfair trade practices and trade treaty issues. Juan Patricio Cotter is acclaimed as a ‘strong customs expert’ and is the key contact for a department that counts Cadbury, Chubb and Petrobras among its clients.

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados’ robust international trade practice is commended for its niche strength in bilateral and multilateral trade treaties. Other areas of experience include trade remedies, special customs regimes and import and export matters. Clients are drawn from a wide variety of sectors but the team is particularly active in advising automotive companies on trade issues. Maximiliano Krause is the name to note

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