Alfaro-Abogados > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Firm Profile


Argentina > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Lenders turn to Alfaro-Abogados for support when seeking to recover debts from Argentine debtors that have entered restructuring proceedings. International lenders in particular call on the firm for guidance on how to recoup value from restructurings in a jurisdiction with high inflation. The team’s expertise also covers the negotiation of liens in lending documents, to ensure clients have priority in the event of bankruptcy. Litigation specialist Gabriela Carissimo is the main point of contact on bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Carissimo


‘ The team has a business perspective. They understand the dynamics and needs of a company and align legal advice with the commercial aspects of managing a business.’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Acindar

Voestalpine High Performance Metals


Red Surcos

Aval Federal

Bodegas Salentein

Textron Financial Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Textron Aviation on the sale of a helicopter and the preparation of guarantee contracts to secure the financing plan.
  • Advised Red Surcos on the negotiation of a judicial agreement.
  • Advising Acindar Pymes on a debt restructuring agreement.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Transactional work involving mining assets in the fast-growing lithium space has been a key focus area for the Alfaro-Abogados mining practice, which is known for supporting exploration and development companies focused on gold, silver, copper, uranium and lithium projects. The firm advises a cluster of multinational and domestic miners on government contracts, joint ventures, supplier agreements and project finance. Experienced mining practitioner Ignacio Celorrio and Federico Palavecino - who focuses on the provision of advisory services to mining clients - co-lead the team. Focusing on mining, regulatory and general corporate work, Nicolás Ferla offers additional partner level back-up.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Celorrio; Federico Palavecino


First line lawyers, with extensive experience in the field, focused on added value and the client. Available at any time responding to business needs.

What stands out is practical experience combined with solid legal and procedural knowledge, always focused on going the extra mile to secure the best work for the client.’

Ability to understand the business.

Proactivity and high availability.

I believe that this firm is the best mining legal organisation in Argentina. Besides the broad breadth of expertise in mining and mining related matters, Alfaro-Abogados understands the business aspects of every issue that arises and is able to provide credible, creative and practical solutions to any problem we bring to their attention. Our organisation has been active for 30 years in Argentina’s mining industry; our success would not be possible without the legal guidance of the team at Alfaro-Abogados.

Honesty, intelligent and solution oriented are the characteristics that stand out the most from the partners we have dealt with. The individuals in particular include Ignacio Cellorio, Nicolas Ferla and Federico Palavecino. They are approachable and eager to listen to the problem at hand; with that, they provide practical advice timely that almost always resolves the situation. Specifically, Ignacio’s knowledge of government matters as they pertain to mining makes his advice indispensable.’

Key clients

Lithium Americas

Zijin Mining Group


Golden Arrow Resources

Argosy Minerals

Argentina Lithium & Energy

Minera Exar

Power Minerals

Blue Sky Uranium


Work highlights

  • Advised Lithium Americas Corp on its acquisition of Millennial Lithium Corp, the owner of the Pastos Grandes lithium brine project located in the province of Salta, Argentina.
  • Advised Zijin Mining Group on the acquisition of Neo Lithium, the owner of the 3Q lithium brine project located in the province of Catamarca, Argentina.
  • Advised BHP on its investment in Filo Mining through a private placement of $100m in order to foster the development of its Filo del Sol project.

Argentina > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Alfaro-Abogados’ multidisciplinary practice provides advice on regulatory, M&A, marketing and administrative matters to clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, veterinary, agriculture, fisheries and food industries. Clients also turn to the firm for support on data protection, tax and patent prosecution, as well as litigation. Managing partner and administrative law expert Carlos Alfaro co-leads the team alongside transactional and regulatory lawyer Sebastian Rodrigo, and M&A-focused practitioner Pedro Mazer.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alfaro; Sebastián Rodrigo; Pedro Mazer

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The internationally-oriented Alfaro-Abogados leverages its desks in New York and Beijing to provide a uniquely-positioned service to strategic investors and investment funds doing business in Argentina. The firm takes an inter-disciplinary approach to support its international client base, with a broad corporate offering that includes cross-border M&A, tax, regulatory and labour issues. Experienced M&A lawyer and firm founder Carlos Alfaro leads the practice alongside María Florencia Sota Vázquez, a corporate and immigration law expert. The firm has also boosted its ranks with the hire of former Marval O’Farrell Mairal corporate, M&A and mining-focused senior associate Andrés Villarreal as a partner.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alfaro; María Florencia Sota Vázquez


They are focused on the client’s requirements and circumstances, and are capable of explaining legal issues in a way that is clear to a company’s management team. Carlos Alfaro stand outs.

Key clients

Climate, Controls & Security Argentina

Praxair Argentina

Salentein Argentina

Latin Resources

Compañía General de Combustibles


Terumo Corporation

Atex Argentina

Aguia Branca

Ajinomoto Do Brasil

Maxim Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Climate, Controls & Security Argentina on its merger with Onity.
  • Completed the registration of Praxair Argentina and Grupo Linde Gas Argentina following a merger.
  • Providing day-to-day corporate support to Salentein Argentina.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Alfaro-Abogados’ multidisciplinary oil-and-gas practice is best known for handling work related to the implementation and development of new oil-and-gas projects. The practice covers the entire hydrocarbon value chain, from exploitation and development through to distribution and product sales. Financing and transactionally-focused senior partner Carlos Alfaro works with international banks and corporates, with large infrastructure financing a busy area. He leads the team alongside Sebastian Rodrigo, whose practice areas include corporate, regulatory, restructuring and cross-border affairs.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alfaro; Sebastián Rodrigo

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 4

Alfaro-Abogados handles the full range of labour and immigration matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, employee benefits and labour disputes. The team advises on the labour aspects of M&A deals and also assists international clients downsizing their Argentine operations. Large multinationals, notably in the financial services sector, are a key client base. Public and private labour law expert Carlos Miguez is the main point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Miguez

Energy and natural resources > Electricity

The multidisciplinary team at Alfaro-Abogados, co-led by Carlos Alfaro and Sebastian Rodrigo, is increasingly active across the energy sectors -including electricity- for a number of local and international clients.