Dispute resolution in Paraguay

Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados

Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados' dispute resolution team is frequently instructed by some of Paraguay's leading companies in a range of areas, with recent cases involving companies operating in the agribusiness, automotive and construction sectors. While the practice primarily acts in domestic matters, a number of its recent highlights have involved cross-border elements and required such expertise, with Diego Moreno's representation of Andopar, local distributor of Pirelli tyres, in a lawsuit against Pirelli being representative of the firm's work in that respect. José Moreno Ruffineli is a key figure in the field and the arbitrator and experienced litigator heads the practice with Roberto Moreno, the Paraguayan arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Carlos Ruffinelli's practice focuses on corporate disputes, alternative dispute resolution and contentious matters in aviation law. He also has noted expertise in distribution claims and maritime law. Senior associate Alfredo Gonzalez Palacios stands out for his support on a number of the team's major cases in 2020.

Practice head(s):

José Moreno Ruffinelli; Roberto Moreno

Key clients

Compasa (Compañia De Petroleos y Asfalto)

Reimpex

Nippon Koei Latin America Caribbean Corporation

Sudameris Bank

Bancop

Maersk Line

Chispa

La Ley Paraguaya

Philips Del Paraguay

Panal De Seguros

Work highlights

  • Representing Campos del Paraguay in a breach of contract lawsuit.
  • Acted for Rempiex in filing a lawsuit against Law 6355/2019, which establishes that all private suppliers of the Paraguayan state must present their sworn declaration of goods and income before the comptroller’s office.
  • Representing Andopar in a lawsuit against Pirelli for breach of contract under Law 194/93.

Olmedo Abogados

Olmedo Abogados assists its clients in an impressive array of disputes, covering commercial, banking, employment, damages and criminal cases, among others. The team's client list features major domestic and international companies from a breadth of industries, with a particularly high proportion of the major banking and finance entities in the country look to the firm for representation in disputes. Enrique Zacarías heads the litigation department and has handled civil, commercial, mediation, insolvency and competition matters at all stages of litigation for over 35 years. Sebastian Olmedo is the primary contact when it comes to the firm's work in handling banks' and private companies' debt portfolios, and José Ignacio Olmedo has a strong litigation practice, as well as working on a number of international arbitral proceedings. Supporting the practice heads are a strong group of senior associates: Martín Riera is especially strong in estates and property disputes; Rocío Perez is noted for criminal, corporate and commercial matters; and Fernando Gadea focuses on insurance, administrative and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Zacarías; Sebastian Olmedo; José Ignacio Olmedo

Key clients

Banco Regional

Socopa International (Socinter)

Symbiose – Agro

Trafigura PTE

El Sol del Paraguay Compania de Seguros y Reaseguros

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Agropecuaria del Parana

Megalabs Paraguay

Compañia Administradora de Riesgos (Carsa)

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Work highlights

  • Represented Banco Regional in a lawsuit seeking compensation of $390,000 from three bank officials.
  • Representing Socinter in a $440,000 compensation claim against Frigorífico Concepción.
  • Defending Trafigura PTE against a lawsuit of unconstitutionality that was filed before the Supreme Court of Justice against Law No. 6355 / 19.

Estudio Riera Abogados

Estudio Riera Abogados is a boutique firm with a strong focus on dispute resolution. The team is particularly well versed in representing domestic clients in commercial and civil disputes, but also acts in international arbitrations. Founding partner Manuel Riera Escudero coordinates the practice, which has strengths in Paraguay's key industries of agribusiness and construction.

Vouga Abogados

Vouga Abogados' work in litigation and alternative dispute resolution focuses on high-level, complex corporate and commercial disputes for a client list that boasts leading domestic companies as well as multinationals, including Equifax, Petrobras, Paresa and Mastercard. The practice has expertise in arbitration as well as litigation and is led by three partners with extensive experience: Mirtha dos Santos is highly praised by peers and is a reference in the field, recently leading on a variety of cases for agribusiness clients; senior partner Rodolfo Vouga has long led on significant and complex disputes handled by the firm; and Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga is becoming an increasingly prominent member of this department across the full gamut of matters. At the associate level, Elio Agüero works closely with dos Santos on the firm's most complex matters, and Silvia Benítez has experience in administrative and civil litigation and is noted for complex litigation in the tax area.

Practice head(s):

Mirtha Dos Santos; Rodolfo Vouga; Rodolfo Guillermo Vouga

Testimonials

Knowledge and prompt response. Very skilled attorneys. Mirtha dos Santos and Elio Agüero work with us frequently.

Key clients

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Naviera Chaco

Paresa

Prosegur Paraguay

Equifax

Petrobras Paraguay Energy

Amx Paraguay

Mastercard

GSI Brasil Industria E Comercio De Equipamentos Agropecuario

Laad – Latin American Agribusiness

Development Corporation

Lohia Corp

Work highlights

  • Representing an American financial group in a complex dispute regarding intellectual property and trade mark issues for $120m.
  • Acting for a Swiss multinational in a dispute with a Paraguayan distributor for $20m.
  • Representing a Fortune 200 company in a dispute with a former distributor for $18m, in which issues such as the res iudicata effect of a former judgment and piercing of the corporate veil are being discussed.

Altra Legal

José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez, who has a reputation as a leading arbitrator in Paraguay, co-leads the dispute resolution practice at Altra Legal, whose litigation portfolio is increasing every year. The team has experience advising clients in arbitration cases at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Felicita Argaña has notable experience in commercial litigation and coordinates the practice’s arbitration department, taking charge of several arbitration cases before the Centro de Arbitraje y Mediación Paraguay (CAMP), while Lucía Cazal specialises in commercial and investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez; Felicita Argaña Bendlin; Lucía Elena Cazal Zaldívar

Testimonials

Altra has a team of highly trained attorneys, who work in coordination at all times, under the constant supervision of José Moreno, who brings his vast experience in the field to direct the practice.

The balance between the enthusiasm and proactivity of the young members, and the experience and mettle of its director, José Moreno, who uses all his knowledge to direct the practice and teach young people. This is to the benefit of the client, who is constantly advised by trained and involved professionals.

The team of lawyers and attorneys at Altra Legal is characterized by the speed of the procedures, the coordination of the work between its members and the legal precision of their writings and / or legal interventions. Certainly, the Altra Legal team can compare favorably with other international law firm teams.

The Altra Legal team is characterized mainly by the high degree of academic training of its members, as well as by the knowledge and experience of the international practice of arbitration.

The head of the Altra Legal arbitration department, Felicita Argaña, is a professional with extreme training and academic preparation. She stands out for her knowledge in the matter, her excellent predisposition, for giving answers very quickly and mainly for the unconditional commitment she assumes in each case and with each client. She attends to every detail and her level of work organization is unique.

The Altra Legal team is made up of extraordinary, dynamic professionals, very decisive in the matters they attend, with excellent permanent predisposition and mainly with high technical solvency. Our experience shows us that when they take on a case they treat it with a great sense of commitment. They have young and qualified professionals, trained in prestigious international universities. They also stand out for providing quick answers. Altra Legal’s vision is correct in terms of the permanent training and qualification of its professionals, who are constantly updated on all the news in the international legal world.

The difference is in the international stature and experience of José Antonio Moreno.

In my experience, Altra has a young, well-qualified team with a high capacity for abstract thinking and good technical knowledge.

Key clients

Shenzhen Baocheng Chemical Industry

Custodia

Transel

Sociedad de Gestión de Productores Fonográficos del Paraguay (SGP)

Serviam

Consorcio ATJ Consultores – Peyco

Consorcio Vial Sureño

Fiduciario de Finlatina de Finanzas

RS Comercial e Industrial

Credicar

Finlatina de Finanzas

A. Martínez e Hijos

Work highlights

  • Advising Serviam on an arbitration case administrated by the ICC.
  • Appointed in the ICSID case Infrastructure Services Luxembourg and Energia Termosolar v. Kingdom of Spain.
  • Representing ATJ Consultores and Proyectos, Estudios y Construcciones  (Peyco) in an ad hoc arbitration proceeding against BNF.

BKM | Berkemeyer

BKM | Berkemeyer's dispute resolution practice has steadily grown in capability in recent years, and is now handling some of the country's most prominent arbitration cases, as well as litigation of a wide-ranging variety. The firm's client base is equally broad and includes companies operating across the retail, food and beverage, industrial manufacturing, construction and agribusiness sectors. Name partner Hugo Berkemeyer regularly leads on matters in this practice area, often alongside the highly regarded Carla Sosa, who was promoted to the partnership in 2021. They coordinate the practice alongside standout senior associate Natalia Oddone, who is especially strong in civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Berkemeyer; Natalia Oddone; Carla Sosa

Testimonials

The law firm has a cohesive professional team under the prestige of Hugo Berkemeyer. We as clients provide our lawyers with the details of the problems, litigation. demands, notifications, etc. that are presented to us daily and they immediately begin to solve each of the cases. Almost all cases are closed with positive results.

First, the Berkemeyer firm has a staff of world-class legal professionals. Most lawyers are graduates of training courses in the UK and the US or at local universities that keep them with the best skills in legal matters. The opinions that they present to us are clear evidence that they are endowed with the best professional intellectual conditions.

The team of lawyers demonstrated security and confidence from day one, they knew how to find the right strategy and they knew how to demonstrate it in litigation-arbitration. The team demonstrated efficiency and perseverance to achieve the objectives. The team was able to convey to us that the strategy and success in arbitration were achievable objectives, and it turned out that way.

They achieved success by being persistent, astute, with a great vision of the strategy to follow, a key factor differentiating them from other competitors. Best qualities: excellent attention, always positive, availability and ease of being understood.

Carla Sosa, an excellent professional and person, fully fulfilled her role in an exceptional way.

Hugo Berkemeyer, excellent professional, team leader, fulfilled his role in an outstanding way.

They are good business partners. They have great legal and market knowledge. They compare favorably vs other studies.

When we call or message the firm, the return of the call or response to the emails is immediate, that makes it an added value.’

Key clients

Unilever de Paraguay

Rizobacter del Paraguay

Gamax

Vidrio Car

Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation

ALK Paraguay

Nucleo

Prosegur Paraguay

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Rutas del Este

Sacyr Concesiones

Azar Internacional and Casinos Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Representing Unilever de Paraguay in a case it has brought regarding a breach of a sale of goods agreement.
  • Acting for Rizobacter del Paraguay in five executive debt collection trials.
  • Defending Gamax in a lawsuit for nullity of a legal transaction initiated by a private individual.

Ferrere

Ferrere‘s dispute resolution practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and is frequently instructed by multinationals, who benefit from the firm’s presence in various jurisdictions across the continent, providing consistency in representation. Disputes over distribution contracts are a strength of the team and were a feature of its workload in 2020, which included a case for AstraZeneca where the team has filed an unconstitutionality plea before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice. This was led by Néstor Loizaga with support from senior associate Miguel Saguier; together they coordinate the practice.

Practice head(s):

Néstor Loizaga; Miguel Saguier

Testimonials

A high degree of professionalism is really perceived in the entire team of lawyers.

The difference is in the follow-up and detailed information at all times of the process.

The members of the team are internalised in the legal matrix of the business to issue opinions and legal suggestions, to effectively introduce themselves into the company’s business and field.

Key clients

Abbott

Agroceres

Akzo Nobel

Arysta LifeScience

AstraZeneca

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Cargill

Petrobras Paraguay

Unicomer

Vale

Work highlights

  • Represented AstraZeneca in a claim prompted by a former distributor alleging unfair termination of a distribution agreement.
  • Advised AkzoNobel on a claim against a former licensee to regain trade marks registered by licensee during the time the license agreement was in force.
  • Represented Cargill in a claim initiated by former counsellors who disregarded an existing attorney fees agreement.

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown

Raúl Andrada Nogués leads the dispute resolution practice at Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown and is held in high regard, the former judge having expertise in civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitral proceedings and contentious matters in the finance sector. On that front, he has recently represented BBVA Paraguay in a judicial proceeding against Casa Popular, while associate Maria Amalia Ingolotti, praised for her 'excellent knowledge of procedural aspects', represented Banco GNB Paraguay in a claim for loan foreclosures. Rossana Fernández is another key contact at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Raul Andrada Nogués

Testimonials

First-rate legal analysis and excellent access to government.

Quick response time. Good English skills.

Gross Brown represents us in a very important litigation, their work has been responsible, strategic, careful and detailed. The firm has mitigated the risks of litigation by a very high percentage. The firm constantly monitors the process and has constant contact with us to review the progress and strategy of the process.

Maria Amalia Ingolotti is a lawyer with a very high strategic level in litigation, she is integral, detailed and has an excellent knowledge of procedural aspects. She is always available to attend meetings with the client and review the status of the process. She has represented us in a responsible manner and significantly mitigated process risks.

We have received strong support from the law firm, with high knowledge of the business and the needs of the company, showing a high commitment to the client.

High knowledge of local law, and with enough experience in the matters.

Key clients

BBVA Paraguay

Banco GNB Paraguay

ADM Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Acting for ADM Paraguay in a claim against Ministerio de Industria y Comercio aiming to revoke an administrative decision.
  • Represented Banco GNB Paraguay in a judicial proceeding against Fashion Textiles and others.
  • Represented BBVA in a judicial proceeding against Casa Popular.

Palacios, Prono & Talavera

Palacios, Prono & Talavera fields a dispute resolution practice that represents a number of leading domestic companies in contractual and corporate disputes, indemnification processes, and executive and mortgage lawsuits for loan recovery. In 2020, two key areas of focus for the firm were in distribution contract disputes, and shipping sector clients' conflicts with the public authority; a standout matter saw a large team representing Agrotec in a lawsuit filed against BASF regarding the termination of a distribution contract. Senior partner Raúl Prono heads the practice, with Raúl Prono Zelaya in Ciudad del Este frequently taking a leading role on cases. Juan Pablo Palacios is also a key contact in this area, praised as 'an extraordinarily talented lawyer.'

Practice head(s):

Raúl Prono

Testimonials

PPT is a solid firm, great election for any civil case. They are an experienced and reliable team.

Juan Pablo Palacios is an extraordinarily talented lawyer, who has a great performance in judicial procedures of any nature.

The work team is very professional, clear and objective.

Carlos Palacios, Juan Pablo Palacios, Raúl Prono: all are proactive, very experienced in their areas of competence, they delegate if the case is not applicable to their specialty. Serious and objective legal opinions that allow you to make decisions easily. All three people help form opinion sand guide you toward a safe or low-risk strategy.

Working with the firm has always been a great experience due to the quality of the service they provide. Internal attorneys should be sure that when delivering a case to this firm: 1.) they would be receiving the best expertise, preparation and ethics 2.) a fluid, clear and formal communication on the status of the cases. 3.) resources so that one, as an inside lawyer, feels really supported, supported and that all the details will be taken care of. 4.) The most important point is honesty, knowledge of good practices and anti-corruption laws.

Raul Prono is synonymous with excellence and seniority. I was amazed by his knowledge in maritime law, arbitration and dispute resolution. I have known him for 11 years and his quality of attention, professionalism, dynamism and good name have never changed.

Key clients

Agrofértil

Agrotec

Complejo AgroIndustrial Angostura (CAIASA)

Cargill Agropecuaria

CHS de Paraguay

Eurocar

Grupo Nación

AMX Paraguay

Lógico Paraguay

Monte Alegre

Mediterranean Shipping Company

P&O Maritime Services Paraguay

P&O Maritime Holdings

P&O CIL

UABL Paraguay

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Banco Sudameris

Banco Basa

Seguridad de Seguros

Royal & Sun Alliance

Tecnomyl

Tierra de Negocios

Ingenia

Petroquim

Imperial Compañía Distribuidora de Petroleos y Derivados

Work highlights

  • Representing Tecnomyl and its four shareholders in a claim for nullity of legal act and compensation for damages promoted by one of its former shareholders.
  • Acting for Agrotec, filing a lawsuit against the BASF Group, due to the termination of a distribution agreement of seeds and pesticides maintained by both parties for 20 years.
  • Defending UABL Paraguay in a claim brought by the national directorate of customs to receive taxes for the use of fuels for the supply of vessels for international travel within the Paraguay-Paraná waterway.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

'Providing good care and promptly responding to the cases presented', Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja provides a comprehensive offering that handles complex cases in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Representation, agency and distribution agreements are key areas of expertise for the team, which is well versed in Paraguay's major industries, including agribusiness and shipping, while real estate and insurance are also sectors of strength. José Sosa Fracchia is the primary contact, leading the majority of matters and often supporting the corporate law team when relevant. Associate Fabrizio Forestieri is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Sosa Elizeche; José Sosa Fracchia

Testimonials

This company is very professional and reliable in their advice. Moreover our relationship is friendly with all its team.

They are able to propose different options and can work in the real interest of their clients.

Key clients

Monsanto Paraguay

Man Truck & Bus

Marubeni

BASF Argentina

Touax River Barges

Jive Investments

Vicente Scavone & CIA

Hanseatica Compañía de Seguros

La Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface)

Mapfre Paraguay

Work highlights

  • Representing Monsanto Paraguay in arbitration proceedings brought by Agrofértil regarding an alleged breach of distribution contracts.
  • Defending Man Truck & Bus against a lawsuit filed by Paraguayan company Chispa for alleged wrongful termination of an auto-parts distribution agreement.
  • Representing BASF in a lawsuit promoted by Agrotec, a Paraguayan company, requesting compensation due to an alleged breach of a distribution contract.

Mersán Abogados

Mersán Abogados'clients instruct the practice on complex national and international litigation in a diverse range of sectors, with the team’s specialisations including civil litigation, and finance, tax and insurance disputes. Of particular note is the team’s involvement in the key sectors of shipping and agribusiness. Both practice heads Pablo Cheng Lu and Diego Zavala are arbitrators; Zavala coordinates this area of the practice, while Cheng Lu is focused on litigation for corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Cheng Lu; Diego Zavala

Testimonials

The Mersan law firm has a team of professionals specialised in various areas of law, who give us support in almost all aspects of our organisation.

Diego Zavala in everything related to the analysis of different contracts in the civil and commercial area, satisfies our needs.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Hellbrun

AMX Paraguay

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Souza Cruz

Puerto de Caacupemí

British American Tobacco

UABL Paraguay

Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay

Cooperativa Multiactiva de Trabajo, Ahorro y Crédito 07 de agosto

Parquet & Asociados

Parquet & Asociados  specialises in administrative disputes, particularly in debt collection for public bodies, as well as customs issues. Javier Parquet Villagra heads the offering and has vast experience counselling the Paraguayan state and related bodies, and is a member of several arbitration panels. Fabián Gill is the key associate-level contact, especially in regards to administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Javier Parquet Villagra

Testimonials

They know about the issues they are talking about, Javier Parquet is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in his area and extremely expeditious.

The team is very good, works very well.

It is a team of high reliability in the knowledge of Paraguayan law. The lawyers that they integrate have skills developed by years of practice and finishing handling of the procedures.

The following stand out: High technical solvency. Deep knowledge of the practice areas, from the theoretical and also practical approaches. Handling of procedural practices. Knowledge of the best ways to solve client problems.

Key clients

Banco Nacional de Fomento (BNF)

Lumen School

Permanent Review Tribunal

Metalcar

Gambling and B-Gaming

Bolpar

Paraguayan Association of Meat Producers and Exporters (APPEC)

Work highlights

  • Representing Gambling and B-Gaming in the judicial process regarding the adjudication of betting game quiniela.
  • Acting for the BNF in judicial proceedings aimed at collecting outstanding debts from its debtors.
  • Assisting Metalcar in a dispute concerning customs tariffs over imported vehicles with the national customs agency.