TMT in Argentina
Baker McKenzie covers the full gamut of telecoms, technology and media matters, with strong recent experience in infrastructure and new product-related issues. In a recent example, renowned department head and ‘industry thought leader’ Guillermo Cervio advised Iridium on the launch of its new satellite communications platform, Iridium Certus, in Argentina. In another headline launch, Cervio acted alongside corporate finance partner Francisco Fernández Rostello to advise SAP on regulatory matters relating to the development and launch of SAP Contact Center. On the contentious side, Cervio represented Twitter in a $300m defamation lawsuit filed by a former model and public figure. Other key clients include Airbnb, Oracle and Verizon.
Bomchil is widely lauded as a ‘very important firm in the TMT arena’, with its ‘deep experience’ and ‘excellent industry expertise’ standing out as key attributes. The firm has played a key role in the telecoms sector since deregulation and brings to bear a robust track record in advising all industry participants, including domestic and multinational investors, operators and regulators. Among the names to note, Marcelo Bombau, who leads the media and entertainment and M&A departments, is ‘really knowledgeable in his areas’, while Francisco Gutiérrez, who leads the telecoms practice, is a ‘market leader’. Highlights included representing Iplan (a fixed telephone and broadband operator) in several regulatory disputes concerning interconnection with mobile telecoms networks. It also advised Clarín Group in a number of issues arising from the new ICT regulatory framework.
‘Deep, broad and very strong’, Marval O’Farrell Mairal’s comprehensive TMT practice is ‘extremely active in all key industry sectors’, according to clients. Certainly, the firm’s client list is impressive across the three pillars of technology (Facebook, Microsoft), media (BBC, Grupo Vila-Manzano) and telecoms (American Tower, Claro Argentina), and it packs a punch in transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Recent work includes advising Riverwood Capital and Blackstone on the acquisition of Argentina-based CPS Comunicaciones — Daniel Di Paola led the group’s advice on that matter. Di Paola also paired up with Javier Etcheverry Boneo to assist Globenet Cabos Submarinos with the deployment of its fibre optic submarine cable system to Argentina. Di Paola and Etcheverry Boneo co-lead the team alongside Gustavo Giay.
The ‘superbly supportive’ group at Beccar Varela is noted for its ability to ‘handle routine as well as complex telecoms matters’ — the broad practice also advises on technology, particularly data privacy, and media issues. High-profile specialist Emilio Beccar Varela is noted for his ‘great industry knowledge and client-focused approach’ and co-leads the department alongside Florencia Rosati, who provides ‘high-quality and quick advice’; together, they advised Amway on two app-based offerings for its distributors and customers. Other representative clients include Sanofi Argentina, Sprint and United International Pictures.
According to clients, Estudio O'Farrell stands out for its ‘unique understanding of the telecoms industry’ and for its ability to ‘leverage its legal and commercial knowledge to provide superior outcomes’. Among its highlights, ‘business-savvy’ group co-head Agustín Siboldi, together with ‘great deal facilitator’ Ricardo Castañeda, advised Comunicaciones y Consumos on its competitive sales process, which involved two potential acquirers. María Agustina Fanelli Evans co-leads the department and paired up with Siboldi to represent Claro Argentina in several regulatory matters.
Sáenz Valiente & Asociados
‘Excellent boutique’ Sáenz Valiente & Asociados is widely hailed for its ‘deep experience in TMT matters’ and its ‘broad knowledge of the industry’. Media-related matters remain its signature strength, due to its close relationship with trophy client Clarín Group and its affiliates. María Lucila Romero, noted for her ‘specialist TMT practice’ and ‘strong experience in complex cases’, is the key contact for a department that is well weighted between transactional, regulatory and contentious matters.
Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi fields a ‘very solid and business-oriented practice’, which is composed of ‘young, talented and proactive lawyers’. The team is recognised for its strong activity in regulatory matters, for a broad range of telecoms, media and technology companies, with its ‘integrated vision from all orbits of law’ particularly valued by clients. Senior associate Marcos Santiváñez Vieyra is a ‘very knowledgeable enthusiast of technology law’; he provides ongoing advice to Monsanto Argentina on data protection issues.
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen continues to advise an impressive roster of multinational clients on local telecoms, technology and media law. It is particularly robust on the technology front, where it advises Google and YouTube on regulatory, contractual and contentious matters. Mariano Grondona, who is well known for his expertise in heavily regulated industries, is the name to note.
Bulló Abogados’ multidisciplinary practice handles a mix of regulatory, commercial and contentious matters for an impressive band of TMT clients, including Telefónica Argentina, Televisión Federal and IBM. Carlos Marín Rodriguez heads a team that is particularly active in licensing matters and IP litigation.
Lescano & Etcheverry Abogados
ICT is a mainstay at Lescano & Etcheverry Abogados and the boutique firm focuses exclusively on servicing clients within the broadcasting, e-commerce, technology and telecoms sectors. Particularly valued for its experience in regulatory matters, the team also handles transactional and contentious issues, with complementary expertise in consumer law. Esteban Lescano and Mariana Etcheverry are the key contacts.
Martínez de Hoz & Rueda’s ‘very business-oriented team’ strikes the right note with its ‘strong commitment to finding commercial solutions to problems’. Recent work includes practice head Francisco Amallo, together with key partner Fernando Zoppi, advising e-commerce giant MercadoLibre on contractual matters. Other representative clients include Imagine Communications, Western Union and ZTE.
Estudio Ortiz & Asociados
Estudio Ortiz & Asociados has strong experience in advising TMT clients, particularly technology companies, on transactional matters. In a recent highlight, firm founder Jorge Ortiz advised GBM Corporation on the sale of Computación Cognitiva. The firm also advises on regulatory and contentious issues.