Dispute resolution in Paraguay

Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados

The sizeable dispute resolution team at Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados assists a diverse client base on a broad range of contentious matters, with expertise in libel, banking and finance, labour, maritime and corporate disputes. The firm's client list includes local banking institutions Bancop and Sudameris Bank as well as international shipping company Maersk Line. The vast experience of practice heads José Moreno Ruffineli and Roberto Moreno has been put to work advising petrochemicals company Compasa in an $18m breach of contract claim in the Supreme Court. Diego Moreno is another notable member of the team, bringing expertise in unconstitutionality actions; associate Alfredo Gonzalez Palacios has taken on a key role in complex litigation since joining in 2018. Raúl Fernando Barriocanal departed the team but now serves as external counsel.

Testimonials

Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados is a prestigious firm in Paraguay, with many years’ experience. It has a good team of litigators. They have always delivered good results in the cases they have handled for us.

In addition to founding partner Jose A. Moreno Ruffinelli, Roberto Moreno and Hugo Amarilla stand out for the integrity and professionalism with which they handle cases. They keep on top of the litigation.

Key clients

Compasa

Gunder

Caja Paraguaya de Jubilaciones y Pensiones del Personal de la Itaipú Binacional (Cajubi)

Sudameris Bank

Bancop

Maersk Line

Motorland

Consorcio Iribas-Codas Thompson-Mecompa

Philips del Paraguay

Invertravel

Pollpar

Work highlights

Olmedo Abogados

Under the 'clear leadership' of the experienced trio Sebastian OlmedoJosé Olmedo and Enrique Zacarías, the dispute resolution team at Olmedo Abogados is one of the leading forces in the Paraguayan market. The department covers commercial, banking, employment, damages and criminal disputes, among others. Of particular note is its work instructing local banks and financial institutions, with clients including Banco Regional, Banco Itapua and Financiera Río. Recent work highlights include filing an action before the Supreme Court on behalf of Upisa, seeking a declaratory judgment of unconstitutionality of taxes imposed by a local municipality.

Testimonials

There is clear leadership and the team is well integrated, with each member adding experience and efficiency.

Gustavo Olmedo, Enrique Zacarias and Fernando Gadea have shown a real interest in our cases, bringing their in-depth legal knowledge to the matter. They also have an office in Ciudad del Este.

Key clients

Mota Engil

Banco Regional S.A.E.C.A.

Financiera Río

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Banco Itapua

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

De la Sobera Hnos

Caterpillar Leasing

Puma Energy Paraguay

Syngenta

Work highlights

Estudio Riera Abogados

A specialist dispute resolution firm led by Manuel Riera Escudero, Estudio Riera Abogados is renowned for its domestic litigation experience and also covers international arbitration. Its international and regional clients seek the team's assistance in a range of cases, particularly involving complex commercial and civil matters. The country's crucial sectors of agribusiness and construction are both specialisms of the well-established department.

Practice head(s):Manuel Riera Escudero

Vouga Abogados

This 'very well put together' team at Vouga Abogados is 'made up of some of the best in the market'. It is recognised for its complex and often ground-breaking disputes work, covering civil and commercial conflicts, distributorship and agency disputes, and contentious banking, labour, tax, IP and environmental matters. Headed by Mirtha dos SantosRodolfo Guillermo Vouga and Rodolfo Vouga, the team is instructed by a prestigious client list that covers notable international and Paraguayan companies including Mastercard, Equifax and Prosegur Paraguay. In a recent highlight, the firm advised GSI Brasil in a credit claim of significant value, the result of which will set an important precedent in the country. Elio Agüero is another key contact.

Testimonials

We need a team of lawyers who have specialisms in different areas, but are able to work as a team, complementing each other’s skills. The team at Vouga is very well put together.

For our case, we have worked with several different lawyers, but I would like to highlight the professional skills of Perla Alderete and Mirtha Dos Santos. Their standout feature is that simply that you have a good feeling about them; they understand their clients’ needs and proposed objectives, as well as being flexible in clarifying the different situations that might arise.

Vouga shows great professionalism in all that they do, their team is made up of some of the best in the market. They also have a great emphasis on being relational and taking care of their clients.

Carlos Vouga – extremely knowledgeable and solution oriented. Rodolfo Vouga – also very knowledgeable and helpful, they show great integrity. Mirtha dos Santos – Very helpful and relational with clients.

Key clients

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Naviera Chaco

Paresa

Prosegur Paraguay

Equifax

Global Crossing

AMX Paraguay

Mastercard

Work highlights

Altra Legal

The ‘highly qualified‘ dispute resolution practice at Altra Legal is noted for its ‘personalised and expeditious‘ services; the team is co-led by international arbitration expert José Antonio Moreno RodríguezFelicita Argaña and Lucía Cazal. The firm is the Paraguayan market leader in arbitration and also handles litigation. Its clients include Custodia, Transel and Chinese chemicals company Schenzhen Baocheng; the team is assisting the latter in a $3.6m lawsuit against Brazilian companies for non-compliance with payment obligations.

Testimonials

A highly qualified team that offers a personalised and expeditious client service. The lawyers are well prepared and have in-depth knowledge of the matters they deal with. In addition, they work well in a team, with complementary skills. It is a leading firm with a proactive young team that has nothing to envy in other firms.

Their main quality is their youth and proactivity. They are very capable lawyers who are experts in their areas of law. In particular, José Moreno Rodrí­guez has vast experience and a unique ability to internalise the client’s problem in order to find the most suitable legal solution. For her part, Felicita Argaña shows great enthusiasm and the ability to review extensive documentation in detail in a very diligent way, almost immediately finding the points of contention.

The team at Altra Legal is made up of highly specialised lawyers who have studied abroad, and who are dedicated to providing a good service, with high ethical stands and experience in dispute resolution.

I think the strong point of all the lawyers at Altra Legal is their excellent academic training at a national and international level. They have degrees from the best foreign universities and have taken part in the best specialised programmes; this is what makes them stand out in the market. In addition, they have a mentor, José Moreno, who always manages to build highly competitive teams that are motivated to provide a good client service.

Key clients

Compañía Paraguaya de Cosméticos

Schenzhen Baocheng

Custodia

Transel

Sociedad de Gestión de Productores Fonográficos del Paraguay (SGP)

Serviam

Work highlights

  • Representing Schenzhen Baocheng Chemical Industry in a $3.6m lawsuit.
  • Acting for Custodia in a $10m lawsuit against ADM Paraguay.
  • Advising an individual in a trial initiated by Terminal Occidental requiring the transfer of a property worth $4m.

BKM | Berkemeyer

BKM | Berkemeyer's nine-lawyer team is led by Hugo Berkemeyer and senior associate Natalia Oddone. The department covers core litigation areas including commercial disputes and tax issues and also has specialist knowledge in IP, competition law and environmental disputes. It is instructed by domestic and international companies and recently added Brazilian food company Pandurata Alimentos and imports company Blue Transfer to its client list. An expert in corporate and commercial disputes, Carla Sosa is another notable member of the team.

Key clients

Pandurata Alimentos

Rizobacter del Paraguay

Agro Ganadera e Industrial Don Luis

Gamax

Vidrio Car

Archdiocesan Clergy Foundation

ALK Paraguay

Nucleo

Blue Transfer

Work highlights

Ferrere

FERRERE's 'team of extraordinary lawyers, with excellent expertise' focuses on complex commercial litigation and is instructed by a client base that is expanding year on year and includes local and multinational clients, including household name companies. The practice is led by highly recommended practitioners Néstor Loizaga and 'excellent litigatorMiguel Saguier. Loizaga's expertise is in distribution law, while Saguier excels in civil and administrative disputes. Labour law specialist Marysol Estigarribia also supports the team in complex labour litigation.

Testimonials

Ferrere has an excellent team. They provide comprehensive advice with a legal foundation. Their availability to the client is exceptional. Personally, I don’t think Ferrere can be compared to other firms: it has a unique relationship with its clients and offers various solutions after considering the facts of the case.

What stands out is the team’s connection with the client; the rapid and effective service; and their respectful and friendly attitude. Their opinions are presented with legal arguments. They provide thorough and comprehensive advice. Miguel Saguier is excellent, as is Santiago González.

Ferrere has team of extraordinary lawyers, with excellent expertise. It is a full-service firm with the ability to advise on diverse areas of law.

What characterises Ferrere’s Paraguay office is the availability of the lawyers and the speed of their responses. In addition, the team has excellent expertise. In the disputes practice, the service is comprehensive, which is very valuable to us.’

‘In the disputes team, Miguel Saguier particularly stands out. I also cannot fail to mention Néstor Loizaga, who has provided excellent support to us in a variety of matters.

Managing partner Néstor Loizaga is up to date with everything going on in the case; he gets involved with the team and the client. The lawyers in his firm are first class.

We have worked quite a lot with Miguel Saguier. Miguel is an excellent litigator and lawyer with deep academic knowledge. He treats everyone well. He can capitalise on his experience with the court when advising clients.

Key clients

AkzoNobel Argentina

AstraZeneca

Abbott

Unicomer

Arysta LifeScience

Unilever

Cargill

Petrobras Paraguay

Vale

Banco Nacional de Fomento

Work highlights

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown's experienced dispute resolution team focuses on mediation, arbitration and civil and commercial litigation for local and international clients. Practice head Raúl Andrada Nogués is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to financial disputes, leading on two separate judicial proceedings for BBVA Paraguay against Frigorifico San Pedro and Casa Popular. Senior associate Rossana Fernández is also noted for her experience advising local banks and financial institutions in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Raúl Andrada Nogués

Key clients

BBVA Paraguay

Work highlights

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja's dispute resolution practice is instructed by a prestigious client list of local and multinational companies in both litigation and arbitration. The team covers civil, commercial, administrative, family and labour disputes, and in recent years has demonstrated a particular focus and specialism in distribution-related cases. Practice head José Sosa Fracchia is the key contact.

Practice head(s):José Sosa Fracchia

Mersán Abogados

MERSAN Abogados has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution market and advises both domestic and international companies, with a focus on tax-related litigation. Pablo Cheng Lu leads the litigation area of the practice, while Diego Zavala is the main contact in arbitration for the team, which counts Banco Itaú, British American Tobacco and AMX Paraguay among its clients.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Hellbrun

AMX Paraguay

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Souza Cruz

San Francisco (Puerto de Caacupemí)

British American Tobacco

UABL Paraguay

Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay

Cooperativa Multiactiva de Trabajo

Parquet & Asociados

PARQUET & ASOCIADOS fields a lean team which specialises in administrative disputes, in particular those related to public procurement and customs. Practice head Javier Parquet has extensive experience acting for the Paraguayan state and has also worked as an arbitrator on several domestic commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Javier Parquet Villagra

Key clients

National Development Bank

South American River Company (Sarcom)

Tecnología, Seguridad y Vigilancia del Paraguay

Bolpar

Metalcar

Paraguay Security

Consorcio Gambling & Boldt

Lumen

Dutriec

Tribunal de Revision Permanente

Work highlights

  • Advising Sarcom in contesting the IPS’s decision concerning a bid for the concession of a public property.
  • Representing Paraguay Security in $1.4m collection proceedings against the National Cement Industry.
  • Assisting Metalcar in a dispute concerning custom tariffs on imported vehicles.