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Baker McKenzie

CECILIA GRIERSON 255, 6TH FLOOR, BUENOS AIRES C1107CPE, ARGENTINA
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Argentina

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†leverages its formidable global network to shine in advising on the Argentine aspects of major cross-border transactions. The group‚Äôs broad client base includes commercial lenders, development banks and private equity funds ‚ÄĒ it also regularly acts for corporate borrowers. Gabriel Gomez Giglio¬†chairs the Latin America finance practice and recently teamed up with Francisco Fern√°ndez Rostello¬†and Mercedes Masjuan¬†to advise private equity giant Advent International on the acquisition of 51% of the shares in Prisma Medios de Pago, the leading payment and credit card processor in Argentina. Other representative clients include¬†Goldman Sachs,¬†Global Blue and Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina.

Next Generation Partners

Francisco Fern√°ndez-Rostello - Baker McKenzie

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs practice advises on the full life cycle of competition law issues from compliance through to merger reviews and investigations. Group head Esteban R√≥polo¬†is ‚Äėvery capable‚Äô and brings to bear a strong background in foreign trade and general practice matters alongside his antitrust expertise. Highlights included advising¬†Mega Pharma Group¬†on its acquisition of Raymos and Max Vision. Other representative clients include¬†BASF,¬†Bolsa de Comercio de Rosario and Seiko.

Leading individuals

Esteban Rópolo - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô corporate and M&A group is composed of¬†‚Äėintelligent, personable and friendly lawyers‚Äô. The practice, led jointly by Gustavo Boruchowicz¬†and ‚Äėgreat team leader‚Äô¬†Roberto Gran√©, handles a comprehensive spread of matters, with private equity standing out as a notable strong suit. Among its other key attributes, the firm‚Äôs extensive global network positions it as a popular choice for cross-border transactions. In a recent example of both of the group‚Äôs sweet spots, it advised¬†Advent International on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Prisma Medios de Pago ‚ÄĒ corporate finance partners Gabriel Gomez Giglio¬†and Francisco Fern√°ndez Rostello¬†teamed up with compliance specialist Vanina Caniza¬†to lead that work. In another multi-jurisdictional highlight, Boruchowicz¬†acted with Mercedes Masjuan¬†to advise¬†Spectrum Brands on the Argentine aspects of the $2bn sale of its batteries business to Energizer.

Leading individuals

Gustavo Boruchowicz  - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs ‚Äėhands-on and detail-oriented‚Äô practice is heavily slanted towards administrative litigation, under the leadership of ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô public law specialist Luis Dates¬†‚ÄĒ it also handles commercial litigation, product liability and bankruptcy cases. Among the group‚Äôs highlights, Dates defended Unisys in¬†a $6.7m breach of contract case brought by the government of Argentina. He is also representing Vale subsidiary Potasio Rio Colorado in litigation brought by the Province of Neuqu√©n concerning the alleged breach of an executed public contract.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†houses a robust cross-departmental practice, which handles a wide range of planning, infrastructure, transport, and energy and natural resources-related matters. On the non-contentious side,¬†Adolfo Dura√Īona¬†provides ongoing advice to Albemarle on the lithium properties it operates in the province of Catamarca. On the contentious front, public law head Luis Dates¬†represented an energy company in defending an environmental claim. M&A specialist¬†Gustavo Boruchowicz¬†is also a key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†sets itself apart through its impressively diverse client list, which is composed of some of the world‚Äôs leading multinational corporations, including 3M Company, Honeywell and Schlumberger. Among the group‚Äôs strong suits, trade mark portfolio management stands out as a sweet spot and it also shines in trade mark and patent prosecution and IP litigation. Bernard Malone, who ‚Äėexceeds expectations‚Äô,¬†heads the ‚Äėpassionate, experienced and reliable¬†group‚Äô and recently advised Victoria's Secret on infringement matters. Senior associate Maria Bassi¬†is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

Bernard Malone - Baker McKenzie

Rising stars

Maria Bassi - Baker McKenzie

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†strikes the right note with its ‚Äėvery well-balanced practice‚Äô, which clients highlight as ‚Äėstrong in both trade and customs law‚Äô. Certainly, its case list demonstrates strong activity across an array of related matters, including preferential trade arrangements, import and export regulations, customs law and litigation. Department head Esteban R√≥polo¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô and recently advised Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina on the importation of machines needed for a big mining project. In a significant contentious case, R√≥polo represented¬†Yamaha Motor Argentina in a claim brought by Uruguay regarding the lack of Mercosur origin of motorcycles manufactured in Argentina.

Leading individuals

Esteban Rópolo - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

According to some, Baker McKenzie¬†houses ‚Äėthe leading employment group in Argentina‚Äô, with its ‚Äėdiverse practice focus‚Äô and ‚Äėextremely deep bench‚Äô recurring themes among clients. Certainly, the firm fields some of the most experienced practitioners in the country, with office managing partner Carlos Dodds¬†highlighted for his ‚Äėencyclopedic knowledge of employment law‚Äô; he recently represented a multinational corporation in a major dispute with a former high-ranking executive. Litigator Daniel Orlansky¬†‚Äėhandles many of the country‚Äôs most important employment cases‚Äô and is highly sought after for sensitive and complex issues, including¬†collective bargaining negotiations and employment terminations and reductions. Other senior names to note include the ‚Äėvery diligent and available‚Äô¬†Alberto Gonz√°lez Torres, who brings to bear strong industry experience in the¬†pharma, automotive and banking sectors, and Diego Bongiovanni, who has a focus on the energy and natural resources spheres. Among its up-and-coming names, senior associate Felipe Graham¬†‚Äėperforms at the level of a partner‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Carlos Dodds - Baker McKenzie

Daniel Orlansky - Baker McKenzie

Rising stars

Felipe Graham - Baker McKenzie

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice has a focus on contentious work under the leadership of experienced litigator Luis Dates. In a key example of its sweet spot, the firm represented Unisys in settling a reciprocal lawsuit and arbitration against the Argentine government alleging the defective fulfilment of contractual obligations. On the non-contentious front, the group routinely handles public tenders and compliance issues, among other matters.

Leading individuals

Luis Dates - Baker McKenzie

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice, led by sector specialist Alejandra Bugna, is recognised for its experience advising on an array of transactional, development and contentious matters, with a particular focus on construction. Highlights included advising The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on certain service agreements for the construction of new temples in Argentina. It also assisted CommScope with the renegotiation of a warehouse lease. Almarai, Caruso & Asociados and Marriott International are also on the department’s books.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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 ‚Äėindustry thought leader‚Äô¬†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 Fern√°ndez 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.

Leading individuals

Guillermo Cervio - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

‚ÄėPractical, effective and business-oriented‚Äô,¬†Baker McKenzie‚Äôs tax practice shines in cross-border matters, with clients asserting that ‚Äėits ability to manage complex global transactions is difficult to match‚Äô ‚ÄĒ it also has notable expertise in international tax planning and transfer pricing litigation.¬†Group head Martin Barreiro¬†is a ‚Äėseasoned and respected expert‚Äô and recently teamed up with Juan Pablo Menna¬†(‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô)¬†to advise Marriott on the tax aspects of its $105m sale of¬†the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires, which was structured as a stock rather than asset deal. On the consultancy front, the same team advised UBS on the implications of the recent Argentine income tax reform. On the contentious side, the firm successfully represented Magna in a reimbursement proceeding concerning income tax. Other representative clients include¬†Dart Container, Starbucks and Vestas. The team was recently boosted at junior level by the arrival of two associates: B√°rbara Roca¬†joined from Bas√≠lico, Santurio, Cainzos & Fernandez, while Lara In√©s Paulucci Cornejo¬†arrived from KPMG Argentina.

Next Generation Partners

Juan Pablo Menna - Baker McKenzie

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Argentina: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs specialist expertise in public procurement and government contracts translates into a steady stream of work relating to project bids, regulatory issues and contentious matters. Among its recent highlights, energy, infrastructure and natural resources partner Adolfo Dura√Īona¬†advised DuPont on a dispute with energy distributors concerning tariffs. Other key clients include Bunge Argentina and Fondomonte Inversiones Argentina.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs robust mining practice advises clients across a broad range of exploration, exploitation and financing issues, with recent strong showings in the lithium and gold areas. Department co-head Adolfo Dura√Īona¬†is an eminent name in the market and recently advised Albemarle on several matters, including the $18m acquisition of lithium mining projects in Catamarca. On the finance front,¬†Dura√Īona advised¬†Trident Southern Explorations on a $19m loan to support continued activities in the Andacollo mining project. The department, which is co-led by Roberto Gran√©, also counts¬†Vale as a key client.

Leading individuals

Adolfo Dura√Īona - Baker McKenzie

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs oil and gas practice is best known for its representation of major oilfield services companies, including¬†Schlumberger,¬†Superior Energy Services and¬†Texproil. Transactional and regulatory specialist¬†Roberto Gran√©¬†co-leads the department and paired up with Ezequiel Artola¬†to advise¬†Energicon, as operator, on securing title to the Vaca Mahuida area. Artola also acted alongside group co-head Adolfo Dura√Īona¬†to advise¬†Spectrum¬†on its offshore operations in Argentina, including the request for offshore seismic permits in three areas.

Next Generation Partners

Ezequiel Artola - Baker McKenzie

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the ‚ÄúLease Law‚ÄĚ) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the ‚ÄúObligations Code‚ÄĚ). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the ‚ÄúNew Obligations Code‚ÄĚ), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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