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Baker McKenzie

Labour and employment Tier 1

According to some, Baker McKenzie houses ‘the leading employment group in Argentina’, with its ‘diverse practice focus’ and ‘extremely deep bench’ 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 ‘encyclopedic knowledge of employment law’; he recently represented a multinational corporation in a major dispute with a former high-ranking executive. Litigator Daniel Orlansky ‘handles many of the country’s most important employment cases’ 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 ‘very diligent and available’ Alberto González 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 ‘performs at the level of a partner’.

TMT Tier 1

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 ‘industry thought leader’ 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 Fernández 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.

International trade and customs Tier 2

Baker McKenzie strikes the right note with its ‘very well-balanced practice’, which clients highlight as ‘strong in both trade and customs law’. 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 Rópolo is ‘very experienced’ and recently advised Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina on the importation of machines needed for a big mining project. In a significant contentious case, Rópolo represented Yamaha Motor Argentina in a claim brought by Uruguay regarding the lack of Mercosur origin of motorcycles manufactured in Argentina.

Mining Tier 2

Baker McKenzie’s 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 Durañona 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, Durañona 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 Grané, also counts Vale as a key client.

Tax Tier 2

Practical, effective and business-oriented’, Baker McKenzie’s tax practice shines in cross-border matters, with clients asserting that ‘its ability to manage complex global transactions is difficult to match’ — it also has notable expertise in international tax planning and transfer pricing litigation. Group head Martin Barreiro is a ‘seasoned and respected expert’ and recently teamed up with Juan Pablo Menna (‘responsive and knowledgeable’) 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: Bárbara Roca joined from Basílico, Santurio, Cainzos & Fernandez, while Lara Inés Paulucci Cornejo arrived from KPMG Argentina.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Baker McKenzie leverages its formidable global network to shine in advising on the Argentine aspects of major cross-border transactions. The group’s broad client base includes commercial lenders, development banks and private equity funds — it also regularly acts for corporate borrowers. Gabriel Gomez Giglio chairs the Latin America finance practice and recently teamed up with Francisco Fernández 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.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Baker McKenzie’s practice advises on the full life cycle of competition law issues from compliance through to merger reviews and investigations. Group head Esteban Rópolo is ‘very capable’ 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.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ corporate and M&A group is composed of ‘intelligent, personable and friendly lawyers’. The practice, led jointly by Gustavo Boruchowicz and ‘great team leader’ Roberto Grané, handles a comprehensive spread of matters, with private equity standing out as a notable strong suit. Among its other key attributes, the firm’s extensive global network positions it as a popular choice for cross-border transactions. In a recent example of both of the group’s sweet spots, it advised Advent International on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Prisma Medios de Pago — corporate finance partners Gabriel Gomez Giglio and Francisco Fernández 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.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Baker McKenzie’s ‘hands-on and detail-oriented’ practice is heavily slanted towards administrative litigation, under the leadership of ‘very experienced’ public law specialist Luis Dates — it also handles commercial litigation, product liability and bankruptcy cases. Among the group’s 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 Neuquén concerning the alleged breach of an executed public contract.

Electricity Tier 3

Baker McKenzie’s 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 Durañona advised DuPont on a dispute with energy distributors concerning tariffs. Other key clients include Bunge Argentina and Fondomonte Inversiones Argentina.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Baker McKenzie sets itself apart through its impressively diverse client list, which is composed of some of the world’s leading multinational corporations, including 3M Company, Honeywell and Schlumberger. Among the group’s 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 ‘exceeds expectations’, heads the ‘passionate, experienced and reliable group’ and recently advised Victoria's Secret on infringement matters. Senior associate Maria Bassi is also a key contact.

Oil and gas Tier 3

Baker McKenzie’s 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 Grané 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 Durañona to advise Spectrum on its offshore operations in Argentina, including the request for offshore seismic permits in three areas.

Public law Tier 3

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.

Real estate Tier 3

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.

Environment Tier 4

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 Durañona 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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Ms Mercedes Masjuan  photo Ms Mercedes Masjuan
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