Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados‘ dispute resolution team continues to be involved in leading and precedent-setting cases in Paraguay. The firm advises clients on a full range of dispute resolution matters, and is experienced in handling cases before the Supreme Court. Complex cross-border disputes, cases involving unlawful termination of agreement and claims concerning the repayment of debt and mortgage executions are all areas in which the practice is well versed. The firm is also involved in cases in which the government is the counterparty. José Moreno Ruffinelli and Roberto Moreno, both experts in arbitration and litigation, lead the team. Diego Moreno, a specialist in dispute resolution, heads the firm’s arbitration practice. Carlos Darío Ruffinelli focuses on on litigation and alternative resolution, handling disputes related to distribution contracts, aviation law, and maritime law. Associate Hugo Amarilla has 'a lot of experience in courts'.
Dispute resolution in Paraguay
Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados
José Moreno Ruffinelli; Roberto Moreno
‘Estudio Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados is characterised by having lawyers on its staff who have extensive legal training at a national and international level. As a law firm it is a serious and very prestigious corporate firm.‘
‘Robert Moreno Rodriguez Alcala has great academic and professional preparation, delivering top-notch work on time. He is probably one of the best lawyers in Paraguay.‘
‘It is an excellent team of lawyers, prepared for litigation, with very experienced lawyers.‘
Nippon Koei Latin America Caribbean
Philips Del Paraguay
Panal De Seguros
- Represented Data Lab in a civil litigation for damages due to breech of a transportation contract of goods.
- Representing Chispa in a judicial claim for damages for unjustified termination of a contract.
- Acting for Da Vinci in a judicial claim for damages for unjustified termination of a contract.
Olmedo Abogados has experience advising national and international clients in a full range of disputes, from civil, commercial and banking, to employment, criminal and damages. The team has clients from a range of sectors, including a significant number of financial entities and banks, and handles complex commercial and labour litigation within the banking and finance sector. The firm has increased its focus on the area of consumer defence. The team is led by Enrique Zacarías, who has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, and assists local banks and commercial companies with matters related to debt restructuring and commercial contracts. He co-leads the practice alongside Sebastián Olmedo, a key figure in the market when it comes to debt portfolios, and Jose Ignacio Olmedo, who is praised for his ‘very high level of professionalism‘. Associates Rolando Salinas and Martín Riera are active members of the team.
Enrique Zacarías; Sebastián Olmedo; Jose Ignacio Olmedo
‘The Olmedo Abogados team is extremely professional and diligent, generating total confidence for our international clients, regarding litigation in a little-known jurisdiction such as Paraguay. Our experience with the firm is highly satisfactory.’
‘Jose Ignacio Olmedo is a lawyer with whom I know I can trust any matter that my clients request that is linked to Paraguay. He has a very high level of professionalism, and, additionally, will quickly detect aspects of the issue that may generate a conflict, in order to anticipate it for the client. This aspect is particularly useful to avoid inconveniences.’
Semperit Investments Asia
Bowa Electronic & Co
De La Sobera
Cater Piller Financial Services
El Sol Del Paraguay
- Acted for Semperit against Neighpart in a lawsuit for performance of contract.
- Advising Bowa Electronic & Co on its defence against a claim brought against them by its Paraguayan distributor due to wrongful termination of contract and the request for compensation.
- Acting as a judicial collector for the different groups of De La Sobera.
Vouga Abogados‘ dispute resolution team is made up of ‘highly trained and professional‘ lawyers, who have extensive litigation experience and advise national and international clients on complex judicial processes, arbitrations and out-of-court negotiations. The group handles high-level corporate and commercial litigation and is led by three highly-experienced partners: Mirtha Dos Santos handles some of the firm’s most high-profile and complex litigation cases, and comes highly recommended by clients; Rodolfo Vouga has extensive experience in dispute resolution and advises clients on major disputes; Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga participates in many of the firm’s complex litigation and arbitration cases. At the associate level, Silvia Benítez has experience in administrative and civil litigation, and litigation related to tax matters, receiving client praise for her 'high quality', and Elio Agüero works closely with Dos Santos.
Mirtha Dos Santos; Rodolfo Vouga; Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga
‘We worked with Vouga in an arbitration seated in New York but that involved several issues of Paraguayan law. Vouga’s role as co-counsel was essential to our work and the team provided all the support that we needed. The Vouga team was pro-active, showed high expertise on all the issues, and delivered high quality work product. In addition to assisting in gathering evidence and providing all legal analysis we needed, Vouga was also able to find the best professionals in the country to act as experts in our arbitration. We were extremely satisfied.’
‘Among the team members, I should highlight the work of Mirtha dos Santos. She was always readily available to assist us, at any time of the day, despite the time difference. She also demonstrated a deep knowledge of all the legal issues involved – in particular, relevant financial and banking laws and regulations in Paraguay. Mirtha was always professional and kind, and a great team member in this matter. I highly recommend Vouga Abogados, in particular Mirtha.’
‘The people who make up the team generate that differentiating teamwork, both from a technical, professional and humane point of view.’
‘We always work with Mirtha dos Santos and Elio Agüero. Both support us in solving processes with discussions to decide on strategies together.’
‘I think the plus is the prompt response to legal issues and the good customer service, always willing to collaborate. Rodolfo Vouga, and Mirtha dos Santos are excellent professionals.’
‘Mirtha dos Santos is a highly qualified and up-to-date lawyer, always in contact looking for the best possible scenario for the client. I also highlight Silvia Benitez, who also performs her activities with great quality.’
‘Vouga’s dispute resolution team is highly specialised in corporate litigation, including cases involving foreign clients. The firm also has extensive knowledge of Paraguay’s regulatory frameworks and business reality, which provides for discussions and solutions beyond the ongoing disputes.’
‘In the area of dispute resolution, the firm’s lawyers stand out for their vast knowledge and experience, as well as for providing agile solutions, and their constant predisposition at all times to meet the client’s requirements and queries. In the various disputes handled by the firm, the precision and level of detail in the analysis and development of arguments and strategies for the legal proceedings that are carried out on behalf of the client stand out.’
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
GSI Brasil Industria e Comercio de Equipamentos Agropecuario
Latin American Agribusiness Development (LAAD)
- Represented a European multinational client in proceedings involving three public offices regarding payment of indispensable services rendered to government during Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advised Copetrol on a litigation process initiated by the competition authority.
- Acted for Paracel in getting the dismissal of all administrative actions against it regarding environmental regulatory law.
The dispute resolution team at Altra Legal has notable expertise in international arbitration, representing clients before the Paraguayan Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Centre (CAMP) and handling ICC arbitration cases. The team acts in a range of litigation matters before local courts, and specialises in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Paraguayan courts. The telecoms and automobile industries have been areas of increased activity for the team in both litigation and arbitration cases, with new clients such as Toyotoshi. Executive director José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez acts as an arbitrator in diverse national and international arbitration tribunals for both commercial and investment disputes. He leads the arbitration team alongside Felicita Argaña, an associate with experience in national and international commercial arbitration and litigation. The litigation team is co-led by Moreno Rodriguez and associate Esteban Acha, who handles a wide range of judicial disputes before Paraguayan courts. A strong team of associates support the practice heads. Particular names of note are Lucía Cazal Zaldivar, María Belén Moreno and María Regina Moreno.
José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez; Felicita Argaña; Esteban Acha
A. Martinez e Hijos
Finlatina de Finanzas
Fiduciaria de Finlatina de Finanzas
Sociedad de Gestiòn de Productores
Fonográficos del Paraguay (SGP)
Transporte Fluvial Paraguayo
- Represented Serviam in an ICC arbitration case against the Republic of Paraguay.
- Defended TFP in a labour lawsuit for compensation of damages, filed by the family of a worker who passed away due to Covid-19 complications.
- Acted for A. Martinez e Hijos in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by the state procurement office.
BKM | Berkemeyer‘s large dispute resolution team has extensive experience in the core areas of litigation. The firm handles commercial disputes, judicial and administrative litigation, and arbitration. The team is also involved in contentious matters arising from competition and antitrust legislation. The firm has worked to expand the practice, especially in the areas of economic criminal law and compliance, and the group collaborates with other practice areas within the firm to cater to clients in a range of sectors, including labour, tax, environment and IP. The team is led by Hugo Berkemeyer, Carla Sosa and Natalia Oddone. At the associate level, Martin Romero, Natalia Alarcón and Federico Huttemann are names to note.
Hugo Berkemeyer; Natalia Oddone; Carla Sosa
‘BKM has a procedural team with sufficient political presence in the courts that every multinational client needs in a country with extreme legal insecurity.’
‘We recommend Carla Sosa.’
‘The firm’s lawyers have experience and know very well the actions that they have to carry out.’
‘The experience in the cases, the knowledge of multinational companies, which in our case is important.’
‘I work with the BKM / Berkemeyer team in the dispute resolution area, which is made up of Natalia Oddone and Hugo Berkemeyer. The department stands out for managing our expectations within our reality. They efficiently manage the times and costs that other studies initially did not know how to handle. They have an excellent team with vast experience and they follow up on all the issues we discuss, providing us with periodic reports on the situation.‘
‘Natalia Oddone stands out for her extensive knowledge in civil law, the result of years of experience, as well as being highly creative when proposing new legal figures as a solution to disputes.‘
‘This legal study is successful and arouses a lot of confidence for any litigation or conflict that comes our way. In all orders and disciplines. They defend me always and well.‘
‘We are very satisfied with the professional capacity of the lawyers from the Berkemeyer law firm, Carla Sosa and the rest of the collaborators.‘
Unilever de Paraguay
Desarrollo Austro Paraguayo
Cadiem Casa de Bolsa
Telefónica Celular del Paraguay
Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation
Johnson & Johnson de Paraguay
Banco Nacional de Fomento
Azar Internacional and Casinos Paraguay
- Represented Unilever in a trial against a defendant that breached the sale of goods agreement.
- Acting for Desarrollo Austro Paraguayo in a case in which a third party is claiming part of the property owned by the client.
- Acted for Pharma Internacional in a lawsuit against a debtor.
Estudio Riera Abogados
Estudio Riera Abogados is a boutique firm with a strong dispute resolution practice. The team represents domestic clients in commercial and civil disputes, and is particularly active in the agribusiness and construction industries. The group also participates in international arbitration. Founding partner Manuel Riera Escudero is the main contact for the team.
Manuel Riera Escudero
Ferrere has grown its dispute resolution practice recently, adding to its extensive list of national and international clients. The firm has a strong focus on complex commercial litigation, handling claims involving financial contracts, contract enforcement, consumer protection, and insolvency proceedings. The team has experience in administrative and regulatory proceedings related to customs, river transportation and maritime law, and distribution law disputes are a niche strength. Practice co-head Néstor Loizaga has experience in distribution-related cases, and advises key clients such as Cargill and AstraZeneca. He leads the team alongside Miguel Saguier, a litigation expert specialising in commercial, civil and administrative disputes, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2023. Marysol Estigarribia heads the firm’s labour litigation practice, while senior associate Raúl Pereira has international arbitration experience, and has participated in some of the team’s high-profile arbitration matters.
Néstor Loizaga; Miguel Saguier
‘We chose to work with Ferrere due to the professionals and their experience in the area.’
‘Miguel Saguier provided us with advice that reflected all his experience in the field. His legal opinions were accurate.’
‘We have had very good experience with our defence by the firm in a very complex case. The transparency and clarity in the delivery of information, as well as the quality of the work, seem to me aspects to highlight from the team.’
‘It seems important to me to highlight the availability of the people who make up the team, including Néstor Loizaga and Miguel Saguier.’
Banco Nacional de Fomento
Regional de Seguros
- Advising Agroceres on claims regarding trade mark law and the specific performance of a commercial contract.
- Representing Regional Seguros in several claims related to life insurance and collective policies.
- Advising AstraZeneca on a process arising from the termination of a distribution agreement that has reached the Supreme Court.
With teams in Asunción and Ciudad del Este, the dispute resolution practice at Palacios, Prono & Talavera has extensive litigation experience, including contractual and corporate disputes, indemnification processes, and executive and mortgage lawsuits for the recovery of loans. The firm has experience with disputes related to the collection of taxes, fines and customs duties, handling proceedings against the National Directorate of Customs before both administrative authorities and the judiciary. The agribusiness sector has been a recent focus, practitioners acting in disputes arising from distribution contracts, and in the shipping sector the team has managed client conflicts with the public administration. Juan Pablo Palacios has significant experience in litigation and arbitration, and focuses on the firm’s shipping and transport clients. He leads the team along with Raúl Prono, who focuses on the agribusiness sector. At the senior associate level, Gabriela Torio and Mirian Vázquez are other names to note.
Raúl Prono; Juan Pablo Palacios
Complejo AgroIndustrial Angostura (CAIASA)
CHS de Paraguay
Grupo Nación (Gráfica y Editorial Sudamericana)
Mediterranean Shipping Company
P&O Maritime Services Paraguay
P&O Maritime Holdings
UABL Paraguay (Atria)
Banco Nacional de Fomento
Seguridad de Seguros
Royal & Sun Alliance
Tierra de Negocios
Imperial Compañía Distribuidora de Petróleos y Derivados
Panchita G. de Navegación
Compañía Agropecuaria Yguazu
Agropecuaria Campos Nuevos
- Advised Imperial Distribuidora de Petróleos y Derivados and Petroquim on the revocation of a municipal ordinance that imposed restrictions to open new petrol stations in Asunción.
- Assisting Tecnomyl with filing a claim pursuing $3m in attorney fees against an individual following a lawsuit.
- Acting for Agropecuaria Campos Nuevos on a $1.6m mortgage execution to auction an agricultural property owned by its debtor Agroindustrial Tres Fronteras.
Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja represents clients in civil, commercial, administrative and family courts. The firm has experience in representation, agency and distribution litigation, assisting with the resolution of conflicts between foreign companies and their local representatives or distributors. The firm handles lawsuits for civil damages and tort law, as well as advising on real estate and insurance litigation, and on bankruptcy and debt restructuring matters. The team is made up of experienced litigators, led by José Sosa Gustale, José Luis Vega Meza, who focuses on the insurance and reinsurance sector, and José Sosa Fracchia, who actively advises local and international clients on litigation matters, with particular experience in cases involving foreign parties, agribusiness disputes, distribution law, and national and international arbitration.
José Sosa Gustale; José Sosa Fracchia; José Luis Vega Meza
Asociación Paraguaya de Compañias de Seguros
Banco Nacional de Fomento
Catlin Re Schweiz
DVA Agro Paraguay
Euler Hermes Seguro de Creditos
Mapfre Paraguay Compañía de Seguros
Sancor Seguros del Paraguay
Willis Towers Watson Corredores de Reaseguros
- Assisting Riverpar with a claim initiated by River Services claiming a wage for assistance and salvage arising from an accident.
- Acting for UCC Ueshima Coffee in a labour and civil lawsuit where the plaintiff sued UCC as a former shareholder of Companía Agropecuaria Yguazú.
- Representing Mundial in a $1m claim for damages for the termination of a distribution contract brought by Texo Industries.
Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown
The dispute resolution practice at Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown focuses on civil and commercial litigation for both local and international clients. The team has experience litigating constitutional matters before the Supreme Court and also offers out-of-court services, such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as the drafting of contracts, agreements and formal notices. Practice head Raúl Andrada Nogués has extensive experience in the practice area, as a former judge in the civil and commercial jurisdictions, and a previous member of the Appellate Court. At the associate level, Rossana Fernández oversees the litigation department, handling civil litigation cases and arbitration. Maria Amalia Ingolotti and Fernando Marecos are other names to note.
Raúl Andrada Nogués
Banco Itau Paraguay
Louis Dreyfus Company
Cofco International Paraguay
- Represented Banco GNB in a judicial proceeding against several individuals in which the client claimed an annulment of proceedings.
- Represented GNB in a judicial proceeding against Casa Popular, in which the client is filing several claims where promissory notes have been enforced.
- Represented Banco GNB in a judicial proceeding against Fashion Textiles, Hiram Soskin Reigman, Carlos Soskin Reidman and Maria Aida Reidman de Soskin, in which the client filed a claim for loan foreclosures.
Clients of Parquet & Asociados' dispute resolution team praise its ‘knowledge and experience‘, particularly in relation to administrative law. The firm focuses on Paraguayan administrative proceedings, especially those related to public procurement, costumes and public tenders. The team also handles national and international arbitration matters, including civil, commercial and investment arbitration. The arbitration group is 'at the forefront of regulations in the field of sports': practice head Javier Parquet Villagra has extensive experience in arbitration and served for eight years as an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. At the associate level, Fabián Gill handles administrative litigation, with a focus on public procurement, and Rocío Benítez has extensive dispute resolution experience.
Javier Parquet Villagra
‘The attention of this team is always optimal. It combines the knowledge and experience of several lawyers to respond to the problems that arise. The experience speaks of a consistent handling of cases and dedication is evident in the work.’
‘The cordial and detailed treatment is remarkable. In addition to professionalism and solvency, there is a lot of dedication to the client and their affairs.’
‘We admire their relationship with people, and collaboration.’
‘Javier Parquet has a lot of experience, detailed knowledge of the legislation and is adept at negotiating.’
‘The firm stands out for its vast experience in administrative law and dispute resolution in this area, designing strategies and providing quick responses to the client’s needs in the various issues assigned to them.’
‘The firm’s lawyers stand out especially for their knowledge and experience in administrative law matters. The precision and level of detail in the analysis and elaboration of arguments and strategies facing the judicial processes that are carried out on behalf of the client in the contentious-administrative jurisdiction are also highlighted.’
‘Estudio Parquet y Asociados is a team of professionals that is permanently at the forefront of regulations in the field of sports, especially in the anti-doping area.‘
Asociación Paraguaya de Productores y Exportadores de Carne – Appec
BBanco Nacional de Fomento – BNF
Tribunal Permanente de Revisión – TPR
Tribunal de Apelaciones de la Organización Nacional Antidopaje Paraguay (ONAD)
La Perseverancia District (Distrito La Perseverancia)
Gambling – B-Gaming Consortium
- Advising International Materials on its out-of-court attempts to recover the debt owed to it by the National Cement Industry.
- Advised Telecel on an administrative proceeding initiated by the Secretary of Consumer Defence.
- Advising Linde on obtaining the required payment from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.