Firm Profile > Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen > Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen
SUIPACHA 1111
C1008AAW, BUENOS AIRES
Argentina

Banking and finance Tier 2

Comparable to the best teams in Argentina’, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen attracts strong praise for its ‘experience and personal dedication’ and its ‘skill to handle complex matters’. The group handles a varied mix of banking, capital markets, structured finance and restructuring work, with extensive expertise in the energy, agribusiness and real estate sectors. It is also equally adept at both lender and borrower-side mandates, with local and multinational financial institutions, funds and corporations among its key clients. Diego Serrano Redonnet is widely recognised as a leader in the area and combines strong skill sets in banking, corporate and private equity. The group also includes ‘excellent professionalMaría Gabriela Grigioni, as well as founding partners Alan Arntsen and Mariano Grondona. Impressive younger lawyer Danilo Parodi Logioco was recently promoted to counsel.

Testimonials

The team is very strong in capital markets, project finance, banking and restructuring. It is comparable to the best teams in Argentina that are ranked in the top tier.

They know the financial market and have great experience, having participated in the biggest transactions of the past 20 years.’

The team has the skill to handle complex matters that involve the capital markets, as well as project finance and restructuring. They advise banks and multilateral financial institutions, as well as companies and investment funds — both local and international.

The standout feature of the team is their experience and personal dedication to their clients’ matters. They have put together a large team that is very efficient and is valued by clients.’

Diego Serrano Redonnet is the team leader and is a very versatile lawyer with many years’ experience, who has a great reputation in the market. He is Argentinian but is also admitted to practise law in New York.’

Another standout in the team is Danilo Parodi Logioco, who was recently promoted to counsel. The other partners (such as Mariano Grondona, Alan Arntsen, Santiago Daireaux and María Gabriela Grigioni) and associates make up a leading team.’

María Gabriela Grigioni is an excellent professional.’

Key clients

Genneia

Banco Santander Río

BBVA Banco Francés

Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Bank of America Merril Lynch

Banco BICE

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Banco Macro

IFC (International Finance Corporation)

Metrogas.

San Antonio Internacional

Banco de la Provincia de Córdoba

HSBC Bank Argentina

Cencosud

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

On the transactional side, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is best known for acting for local and regional companies in the agribusiness and food industries on merger-clearance cases. The firm also houses a broad behavioural practice, which had a strong recent run in representing technology multinationals in market investigations. The group is led by Luis Barry, who is recommended for his ‘skills and flexibility’.

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Testimonials

The firm has excellent technical skills and compares favourably to other firms in the market.

We value their knowledge, availability and flexibility.

Lawyers are able to interpret rules from a  business perspective and translate issues into understandable language.’

The firm is clear about the regulations and administrative records of the cases, so that issues can be dealt with in advance.

Luis Barry stands out for his skills and flexibility.

Key clients

Google

Molinos Río de la Plata

Etex

Albanesi

PointState Capital

GlaxoSmithKline

LATAM Airlines Group

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Fiat Chrysler

Edesur

Consumer law Tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen impresses with its ‘great availability, experience and know-how’. The group has robust experience in the full spread of contentious and non-contentious consumer law matters, including product liability, recall campaigns and advertising regulations. The practice is also distinguished by its broad industry focus, with its recent cases spanning the technology, life sciences and aviation sectors, among others. Economic regulation specialist Luis Barry heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They have great availability, experience and know-how in dealing with our matters.’

‘Their friendliness, good client service and response times are all strengths that we value in the team.’

They provide a quality and efficient service.’

We value the proximity and availability of Luis Barry and his team. They always have a good disposition and respond quickly to our requirements.’

Key clients

Google

United Airlines

Honda Motor de Argentina

Falabella

CMR Falabella

StubHub

Herbalife

Coppel

Mercado Libre

Molinos Río de la Plata

Domec Compañia de Artefactos Domesticos

Interval International

La Papelera del Plata

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s team is distinguished by its ‘absolute commitment to the client’, ‘practical advice’ and ‘thorough knowledge of the law’. The firm represents a comprehensive mix of clients on M&A and corporate matters, from entrepreneurs and start-ups, through to private equity funds and public companies. An active participant in deals across all of Argentina’s core business industries, the team had a strong recent run in the energy, agribusiness and retail sectors. It is also well known for its record in multi-jurisdictional regional deals, such as its recent advice to CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens on its $77m acquisition of tourism company Almundo, which spanned operations in several Latin American countries. Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, who provides ‘practical legal advice’, led the CVC deal and advises on a wide range of M&A, private equity and corporate finance matters. Santiago Daireaux is widely regarded as one of the leading transactional lawyers in Argentina and specialises in domestic, regional and international M&A and financing transactions. Other key contacts include founding partner Jorge Pérez Alati, who co-leads the practice together with Aramburu and Daireaux, banking and finance specialist Diego Serrano Redonnet and general practice partner Mariano Grondona. Associate Pedro Menéndez San Martín is also focused on corporate matters.

Testimonials

They stand out for their availability and absolute commitment to the client. They also provide practical advice and have a thorough knowledge of the law.

They know our company and the business we develop. They know the law thoroughly, and also by integrating a full-service offering, they provide us with comprehensive advice and anticipate the legal problems derived from the decisions we make. In this sense, they stand out from their competition.’

The corporate and M&A team is very accessible and fully committed to the client.’

I highlight the partner Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, who coordinates and leads the area. He is very intelligent and provides practical legal advice and is always available.

Key clients

Point State

Victoria Capital

Linzor Capital

TGLT

Satus Ager

Etex Group

CCU

ZX Ventures

Phoenix Global Resources

First Data Corporation

Oil and gas Tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s 16-strong oil-and-gas group attracts praise for its ‘technical capacity and flexibility’. The team has a broad multidisciplinary focus, with experience in transactions, regulatory matters, dispute resolution, tax and environmental law. Petrolera El Trébol is a key client and the firm routinely advises the Phoenix Global Resources subsidiary on its E&P activities in Argentina. Francisco Javier Romano heads the team and brings to bear significant hands-on experience following in-house roles at Chevron, Pan American Energy and Bridas Corporation. Senior patners Mariano Grondona, Alan Arntsen and Diego Serrano Redonnet all participate in the sector, as does transactional partner Tomás Pérez Alati. Key associate support comes from Ignacio Payarola, who focuses on energy, renewables, oil and gas and administrative law and litigation.

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Testimonials

The team stands out for its technical capacity and flexibility.

Technical training and fleixibility – they compare favourably iwth other firms.

Strong insight of the oil and gas business in Argentina.

Francisco has enormous experience in the oil and gas sector from working as in-house counsel for decades. That is a valuable quality as he has a business approach to legal issues. He is a hands-on kind of partner and has been very helpful in structuring transactions.

It is led by a professional with a lot of experience in the O&G market: Francisco Romano, who is backed by a full service firm with highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers.

The firm’s team is very solid, especially the one who leads the oil and gas practice, Francisco Romano, an exceptional lawyer, with great knowledge of the industry.

Specifically, Francisco Romano, an excellent lawyer, with very solid experience and reputation in the industry, especially in matters related to upstream and midstream.

Excellent Oil & Gas team integrated with a first level full-service law firm.

The partner in charge of the oil & gas team, Francisco Romano, was General Counsel of an oil company in Argentina for many years. That allows him to perfectly understand my needs as a client. Their responses are fast and of great quality and they are always available. I value their work very positively.

Key clients

Oil & Gas Chamber of Argentina

Mercuria Energy Group

Phoenix Group

San Antonio International

Dow Chemical

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Total Austral

Wintershall Argentina

Sinopec Argentina Exploration and Production

Petrobras

Pan American Energy

Axion Energy

Metrogas

Chevron

Petrolera El Trebol

Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia

Trafigura

Albanesi

YPF

Grupo CAPSA – CAPEX

Geopark Peru

Genneia

Real estate Tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen finds favour for its matter analysis, which sources assert is ‘in depth and of a high quality’. The firm had a strong recent showing in the leasing space, advising on contracts for Google, Havas Media Planning and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Other key pillars of the practice include development projects, property sales and purchases, real estate financing and corporate support matters. Guillermo Quiñoa heads the team and is highly regarded for his specialist expertise in real estate and construction law. Associate Cristian Chang is also recommended by sources.

Testimonials

The firm’s delivery is very good and their analysis of every matter is in depth and of a high quality. They are ahead of the curve.’

Both Guillermo Quiñoa and associate Cristian Chang are very empathetic; they put themselves in the client’s position and offer different alternatives to resolve difficult situations.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Perez Companc Group

Havas

Google

Etex Group

Anheuser-Busch InBev (Experiencias Cerveceras)

Ayres Desarrollos

Falabella

Mercado Libre

Grupo Luksic

Tax Tier 2

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s ‘proactive, energetic, serious and detail-oriented’ group is praised for its specialist oil-and-gas offering, which sees major energy companies such as Shell CAPSA, Total Austral and Chevron turn to the firm for tax advice. That said, it also advises a diverse stable of local and foreign companies on the full spectrum of tax planning, transactional tax and litigation. Founding partner Manuel Benites heads the department and advises on tax planning and litigation, with a focus on transactional tax matters. Luis Marcelo Nuñez is recommended for his emphasis on contentious work. Matías Corte is an active senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The lawyers are up to date with the latest developments in tax law, and they are always available, provide updates proactively and constantly follow up on cases, which hasn’t always been the case in my experience with other big firms in Buenos Aires.

The team at Pérez Alati has significant experience in our sector and we have a lot of trust in their advice. Their experience and competence set them apart from the teams at other firms.’

They are proactive, energetic, serious and detail-oriented, and get straight to the point.’

Manuel Benites and his team are regarded within the oil industry as leaders in this area of law. They have good connections with the main players in the industry (oil companies, investors, other firms, the government and so on), which gives them a clear picture of the matters they advise on.’

Luis Marcelo Nuñez has acted for us on many high-pressure and urgent matters, and thanks to his advice we have been able to resolve countless disputes with the tax authorities.’

Key clients

LDC Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Cencosud

Sinopec Argentina Exploration and Production

Total Austral

Wintershall Energía

Pan American Energy

O & G Developments

Falabella / CMR Falabella

Sodimac Argentina

Linio Argentina

Shell CAPSA

Softys

LDC Argentina

Raizen Argentina

CPT Empresas Marítimas

Brown Brothers Harriman

Mercuria Energy Group

Chevron Argentina

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s multidisciplinary group has experience in advising all stakeholders in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. It has been mainly active on behalf of creditors of late, particularly banks, and represents both local and international financial institutions. Corporate finance specialist Diego Serrano Redonnet has a strong record in debt restructuring.

Key clients

Banco Santander Río

Banco Macro

ABN AMRO Bank

Banco de la Nación Argentina

Banco Provincia de Buenos Aires

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Banco Hipotecario

BBVA Banco Francés

Banco Comafi

Compliance Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s corporate governance and compliance department attracts praise for its ‘hands-on approach’. The team has an emphasis on preparing integrity policies and developing training programmes around anti-corruption and corporate governance rules. It also has growing weight in privacy matters. María Gabriela Grigioni is focused on banking, capital markets and compliance matters and co-heads the team alongside Arnaldo Cisilino, who specialises in litigation and data protection.

Testimonials

The firm has been working with us for 15 years and they have supported our operation with a high level of excellence in different matters, working always as a team.

The firm is very good at explaining local law constraints to foreign clients. The lawyers are pragmatic and take a hands-on approach.’

Key clients

CMR Falabella

CMR Productora de Seguros

The Bank of New York Mellon

Phoenix Global Resources

Harvard Management Company

Nufarm & Nuseed

Patagonia

MSD Argentina

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen houses a full-service dispute resolution practice, which handles a wide range of litigation claims and arbitrations. Arguably best known for its arbitration expertise, the group has an impressive track record in advising on commercial and investment disputes - particularly in the energy field. On the litigation front, the firm advises on commercial and public law cases, with experience in multi-jurisdictional litigation and mass litigation. Real estate specialist Guillermo Quiñoa is also well versed in contentious matters. Luis Incera and Lautaro Ferro co-lead the litigation group.

Testimonials

Lots of experience in litigation and negotiations.’

Lawyers provide solid and practical advice, particularly Guillermo Quiñoa, Luis Incera, Lautaro Ferro and Arnaldo Cisilino.’

Key clients

Molinos Río de la Plata

Google / Google Argentina

Los Grobo

Honda Motors

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Argentina

Sinopec

Task Force Argentina

UABL

Wintershall Energía

YPF

Mercadolibre

Banco Santander Río

The Warranty Group

First Data

Metlife

Papel Misionero

La Papelera del Plata

Motorola

Avianca

Coppel

Central de Restaurantes

Johnson & Johnson

Multi Color Corporation

Viñedos y Bodegas Córpora

Honda Motor Argentina

El Paso Energy

Exxon Mobil

Insurance Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s multidisciplinary practice has robust experience in transactional matters, particularly advising local and foreign insurance companies on M&A, commercial agreements and the establishment of operations. It has also been increasingly active on the contentious side of late, with major global insurers turning to the firm for assistance with class actions brought by consumer protection associations. Additionally, it regularly represents insured companies in claims concerning insured events. Founding partner Mariano Grondona is a key contact and handles both transactional and contentious work. Senior associate Lucila Guerrero specialises in aviation and insurance.

Key clients

RSA

Sura Seguros

Alea

Aon

AIG

Metlife

Travelers

Argonaut Insurance Company

Mackinlay

Intellectual property Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s growing IP practice recently secured Pan American Energy as a new client, after the private Argentine energy giant decided to transfer all of its trade mark work to the firm. The group also manages trade mark portfolios for local and global clients in the technology, retail and food and beverage sectors. Key contact Fernando Alonso advises on trade marks, patents, trade names, advertising and privacy matters. Julio Lago is recommended for IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Red Bull / Red Bull North America

Google

Molinos Rio de la Plata

Bodegas Esmeralda (Catena Zapata)

Pan American Energy

Massalin Particulares (local branch of Phillip Morris)

Falabella

Baliarda

Netflix

Ericsson

Superliga Argentina

International trade and customs Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice is weighted towards customs work, with a strong record in contentious customs matters challenging the collection of retroactive export duties. Other areas of activity include antidumping, exchange control regulations and trade transactions. Tax specialist Manuel Benites co-heads the department alongside recently promoted trade partner Andrés Galíndez, who demonstrates ‘first-rate technical training’. Customs-focused senior associate Germán Martín Quirán is also recommended.

Testimonials

Pérez Alati matches the best firms we work with in other jurisdictions in the specialised field of customs valuations.

Our contact at the firm for customs lawsuits is Andrés Galíndez, who demonstrates a first-rate technical training, coupled with proactivity.’

Key clients

LDC Argentina

Shell Compañía Argentina de Petróleo

Inditex

Rohm and Haas Argentina

Molinos Rio de la Plata

PBBPOLISUR

Dow Química Argentina

Dow Agrosciences Argentina

Honda Motor de Argentina

Pirelli

Labour and employment Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s team ‘more than meets expectations’, according to sources. Contentious work comprises the bulk of the practice and the group routinely advises on collective and individual litigation and administrative proceedings. It also has a robust transactional support offering. Enrique Betemps specialises in labour and security law and jointly leads the department alongside experienced litigation specialist Julio Stefanoni Zani and Julio Lococo.

Testimonials

The team more than meets expectations and is extremely professional, friendly and responsive to any issue that arises.’

They have full knowledge in labour law, and lawyers distinguish themselves through their availability to analyse and resolve queries that may arise on a daily basis.’

Enrique Betemps stands out for his personal touch and responsiveness. He always has an answer and often anticipates our questions.’

Key clients

Sociedad Italiana de Beneficencia de Buenos Aires

Wintershall

Google

Zurich

Phoenix Group

Sinopec Exploration and Production

Endesa Argentina

IVAX

United Airlines

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Ipsos

Molinos Río de la Plata

Sicame

Nilfisk

Public law Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen is recommended for its ‘strong legal expertise’ and ‘significant experience in negotiating with government departments’. The team leverages the wider firm’s full-service offering to provide multidisciplinary coverage of public law issues, with notable skill sets in financial services, infrastructure and energy. Newly promoted counsellor Nicole Jaureguiberry is ‘committed to excellence’ and advises on government procurement, infrastructure projects and environmental law.

Testimonials

Strong legal expertise, broad experience with Argentine law and Argentine public institutions, and significant experience in negotiating with government departments.

Nicole Jaureguiberry is smart, well prepared to lead a difficult matter and committed to excellence within a tight time-frame.’

Key clients

Edesur

Google

Johnson & Johnson Medical

Banco Santander Río

Conservation Land Trust Argentina / Fundación Flora y Fauna Argentina

Aves Argentinas

Phoenix Global Resources

United Airlines

Betfair

Nufarm Argentina

China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure)

Club Harrods

Biosystems

JP Morgan Chase

Perez Companc Family Group

The Juju

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

1940

PointState Capital

Molinos Río de la Plata

Genneia S.A.

Molinos Agro

The Not Company

Old World Industries

TMT Tier 3

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen leverages the firm’s wider full-service offering to advise TMT clients on a range of regulatory, IP, contentious and transactional matters. The team is best known for its work in the technology field, with Google standing out as a trophy client — it has recently represented the technology giant on several high-profile disputes. Mariano Grondona, who leads the Google work, is a key contact.

Key clients

Google / Google Argentina

YouTube

Netflix

Motorola

Havas Media

Hewlett-Packard

Linzor Capital

Onex Corporation (Clarivate)

Spotify

Mercadolibre

Facebook

Monotype Imaging

StubHub

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Fernando M. Alonso  photo Mr Fernando M. Alonso Mr. Alonso chairs the Intellectual Property practice area at  the firm. He…
Mr P. Eugenio Aramburu  photo Mr P. Eugenio Aramburu Mr. Aramburu has been a partner in Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen…
Mr Alan Arntsen  photo Mr Alan Arntsen Mr. Arntsen is one of the founding partners of PAGBAM.   Corporate…
Mr Luis D. Barry  photo Mr Luis D. Barry   Mr. Barry represents domestic and international clients in Antitrust and Competition…
Mr Manuel M. Benites  photo Mr Manuel M. Benites Mr. Benites is one of the founding partner of PAGBAM. He is…
Mr Enrique A. Betemps  photo Mr Enrique A. Betemps Mr. Betemps focuses his practice Employment and Social Security Law. He regularly advises…
Mr Arnaldo Cisilino  photo Mr Arnaldo Cisilino Mr. Cisilino focuses his practice  mainly in the area of ​Litigation (civil and…
Mr Santiago Daireaux  photo Mr Santiago Daireaux Mr. Daireaux has a long-dating experience on Argentine, regional and international Mergers…
Mr Lautaro D. Ferro  photo Mr Lautaro D. Ferro Mr.  Ferro focuses on Dispute Resolution (Litigation) and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law. He…
Mr Santiago Fiorito  photo Mr Santiago Fiorito Mr.Fiorito’s focuses his practice in Intellectual Property Law. He advises and represents…
Mr Andrès M. Galindez  photo Mr Andrès M. Galindez Mr. Galíndez is a member of the Tax and Customs Law practice…
Mrs Marìa Gabriela Grigioni  photo Mrs Marìa Gabriela Grigioni Mrs. Grigioni’s practice is focused on Capital Markets and Banking & Finance. She…
Mr Mariano F. Grondona  photo Mr Mariano F. Grondona Mr. Grondona is one of the founding partners of PAGBAM. He focuses his…
Mr Luis M. Incera  photo Mr Luis M. Incera Mr. Incera focuses his practice on Litigation, Insolvency & Bankruptcy and Family Law.…
Mr Julio F. Lago  photo Mr Julio F. Lago Mr. Lago specializes in Intellectual Property Law, including patent, trademark and copyright…
Mr Julio J. Lococo  photo Mr Julio J. Lococo Mr. Lococo works mainly in the area of Labor Law and Damages…
Mr Luis M. Nuñez  photo Mr Luis M. Nuñez Mr. Nuñez is a Tax Law specialist, and has broad experience in…
Mr Jorge L. Perez Alati  photo Mr Jorge L. Perez Alati Mr. Perez Alati is one of the founding partners of PAGBAM. He…
Mr Guillermo E. Quiñoa  photo Mr Guillermo E. Quiñoa Mr. Quiñoa focuses his practice mainly on Business Law, Real Estate &…
 Francisco Javier Romano photo Francisco Javier Romano Partner
Mr Diego Serrano Redonnet  photo Mr Diego Serrano Redonnet Mr. Serrano Redonnet is a business lawyer with more than 25 years…
Mr Julio C. Stefanoni Zani  photo Mr Julio C. Stefanoni Zani Mr. Stefanoni Zani leads the Labor and Social Security practice group at…
Mrs Vanina M. Veiga  photo Mrs Vanina M. Veiga Mrs. Veiga’s practice is primarily focused on Corporate Law, advising several national and…