Firm Profile > Allende & Brea > BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

Allende & Brea
Maipú 1300, Piso 11, C1006ACT
Argentina

Insurance Tier 1

The ‘full-service insurance practice’ at Allende & Brea is ‘one of the best in the market’, according to many. The firm houses a comprehensive standalone offering, which is recognised for its strength in corporate, regulatory and contentious issues. On the non-contentious front, the group has an impressive track record in major transactions, while its ‘very good communication with the regulator’ also ensures that it is a popular choice to assist with registration and corporate governance matters. On the litigation front, it is routinely engaged to advise on coverage claims and consumer class actions — it also has strong arbitration experience. The firm’s dominant industry reputation ensures that it enjoys close links with most of the international insurers and reinsurers operating in Argentina, including world-leading names such as AXA, Allianz, Hannover and Lloyd’s of London. Department head Martín Argañaraz is highly regarded for his specialist expertise and sources say, ‘having him on your side is an advantage in any situation’. Dedicated insurance partner Laura Santanatoglia is highlighted as being ‘unparalleled in her regulatory knowledge’.

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Testimonials

Without a doubt, the insurance team at Allende & Brea is one of the best in the market. As strong points, I highlight its knowledge of the industry and understanding of the regulator’s perspective.

The team offers a full-service insurance practice, from regulatory through to corporate and litigation (both mass litigation and complex litigation). They are very responsive and among the best in the market.

We value the team’s closeness, availability and flexibility.’

Partner Martín Argañaraz goes beyond insurance and is knowledgeable in corporate and commercial matters; having him on your side is an advantage in any situation. Partner Laura Santanatoglia is unparalleled in her regulatory knowledge.’

They have a team with knowledge of the Argentine insurance market and very good communication with the regulator. They respond very quickly and with very solid knowledge, particularly Laura Santanatoglia.’

Key clients

Allianz

AXA

Assicurazioni Generali

AON

Caja de Seguros

Catlin Re

Chaucer Syndicates

Fairfax

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA)

Korean Re

Lloyd’s of London

Munich Re

QBE

Scor

The Hanover Insurance Group

Mapfre Uruguay

Metlife

Mobiliare Svizzera Societá D’Assicurazioni

QIC Global Services Limited

Zurich

Mining Tier 1

Allende & Brea stands out for its ‘profound knowledge of the industry’, with sources asserting that ‘few other firms have big enough teams, or the necessary experience, to advise mining companies properly’. The multidisciplinary department is comprised of lawyers with experience in a range of regulatory, environmental, tax and transactional matters and is routinely involved in the largest mining matters to involve Argentina. A strong performer in the lithium market -currently the most active sub-sector in Argentina’s mining industry- the group counts Livent, Rio Tinto and Galaxy Resources among its key clients. Additionally, the group is consistently called upon by outside state and investment agencies to provide strategic advice and jurisdictional guidance. High-profile department head Florencia Heredia is ‘uniquely knowledgeable in mining’ and is widely recognised for her premier experience advising companies and financial institutions in mining transactions. Heredia, senior associate Agostina Martinez and associate Valentina Surraco are increasingly active in post-lithium, battery-minerals and rare earth issues; while dual qualified (Buenos Aires and New York) associate Nahila Cortes is also noted for her focus on both energy and mining work. Former group co-head Juan Martín Allende recently retired from practice to focus on business and M&A consulting.

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Testimonials

The environmental and regulatory issues, diverse jurisdictions and varied stakeholders involved in the mining sector in Argentina mean that the team’s experience is fundamental. Few other firms have big enough teams, or the necessary experience, to advise mining companies properly.’

They stand out fundamentally for their ability to prioritise.’

They have profound knowledge of the industry and the various jurisdictions, and the ability to connect the reality on the ground with the needs and expectations of international investors and mining companies.’

I don’t think there is another lawyer in the mining and energy sector in Argentina with the level of professionalism, neutrality and transparency that is shown by Florencia Heredia and her team. This opinion is shared by other colleagues who have worked with Allende & Brea for even longer than I have.

Florencia Heredia knows what is happening in Argentina and Latin America, how to understand it, and how it compares worldwide. She is uniquely knowledgeable in mining, and can provide a perspective that no other lawyer can.

Key clients

Galaxy Resources

Rio Tinto

Pluspetrol

Volcan Compañia Minera

Royal Capital Management

Newcrest

SQM

Resource Capital Funds

Newmont Corporation

Livent Corporation

Minera del Altiplano

First Quantum Minerals

Macquarie

Enirgi Group Corporation

Fortuna Silver Mines

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The comprehensive practice at Allende & Brea strikes a balance between merger reviews and investigations — it also advises on compliance and in-house training matters. On the transactional side, the firm had a strong recent showing in heavily regulated industries, which included advising multinationals in the pharmaceutical, technology and media sectors on merger reviews. Department head Julián Peña is much sought after for his deep expertise in all areas of competition law. Raised to the partnership in late November 2020, Federico Rossi, who has a focus on competition and trade matters.

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Key clients

Novartis

21st Century Fox

Linde

Syngenta

Siemens

Marfrig

MasterCard

FMC

Koch Industries

Bosch

Compliance Tier 2

Allende & Brea houses a specialist compliance and internal investigations practice, which is commended for its ‘solid financial-services technical expertise’. Alongside its robust finance sector offering, the group is also well versed in issues relating to other regulated industries, particularly the healthcare, energy and natural resources, and food and beverage sectors. The team advises on the full gamut of compliance, investigations and contentious matters, with department head David Gurfinkel recommended for his strong expertise in anti-corruption matters. Administrative law partner María Morena del Río is also a key contact.

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Testimonials

The firm has solid financial-services technical expertise along with a sophisticated investigations practice. As a result, they understand the technical nature of the issues under investigation.

We recommend David Gurfinkel for his anti-corruption and investigations expertise and Jorge Mayora for his financial-services and investigations expertise.

Key clients

Apergy Corporation

Asociación Argentina de PVC

Banco Industrial

Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo

FMC Corporation

Galaxy Resources

Logicalis Group

Oben Group

Singapore Technologies Engineering

Wells Fargo

Environment Tier 2

Allende & Brea’s diverse practice is arguably best known for representing its impressive roster of mining clients on environmental law matters. However, the group also shines in the agribusiness, transport and energy spheres. On the non-contentious side, the firm advises on environmental permits, audits, due diligence reviews and general compliance matters. The team also handles administrative, civil and criminal litigation proceedings. María Morena Del Río heads the administrative and environmental law department and has strong expertise in litigation and regulatory matters. Mining specialist Florencia Heredia is also a key contact.

Key clients

UTE Aguas del Paraná

Galaxy Lithium

Pluspetrol

FMC Química

Ferrero Argentina

Unipar Indupa

Minera del Altiplano

Syngenta Agro

Masisa Argentina

ATCO

Estancias Unidas del Sud

Fundación Oncológica Anna Rocca de Bonatti

Van Hessen Holding

Weatherford International de Argentina

Innovative Seeds Solutions

Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Public law Tier 2

Allende & Brea’s administrative law group finds favour for its ‘high-level responses’ and its ‘speedy service’. The practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with broad experience in public procurement, M&A, project finance and public law disputes. Mainly active on behalf of clients in the construction and engineering sectors, the team also regularly represents local and foreign companies in the telecoms, financial services, and energy and natural resources spheres. María Morena del Río heads the department and specialises in administrative and environmental law.

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Testimonials

In public law, it is essential that lawyers are specialists in the field since it is very specific, and this team’s experience is an added value.’

The work carried out between the different lawyers of the firm and, in turn, between the firm and the client is strong. It compares favourably with teams from other law firms.’

We value the high-level responses and its speedy service.’

Key clients

Keolis – Helport Consortium

YPF

Squire Patton Boggs

Vaisala

Hughes Networks – Echo Start

HBO Latin American

Minera del Altiplano

Elena Bonatti Rocca

Ferrero Argentina

Novartis Argentina

American Airlines

Mastercard Cono Sur

Galaxy Lithium (Sal de Vida)

Compass Group

Codere Group

Draken Internation

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Aspen Global

Globalsat Argentina

Metlife

Andesmar Cargas

TI Sparkle

Odebrecht, Ingeniería & Construcción

Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Argentino

Fundación Fortabat

La Caja Seguros

Weatherford International Argentina

Banking and finance Tier 3

Allende & Brea leverages its strength in the wider financial services to demonstrate ‘comprehensive understanding of how clients’ businesses work’. In particular, the group’s increased emphasis on fintech and new industry technologies is a recurring theme and clients assert that it is ‘one of the most knowledgeable firms in the market on the subject of payment instruments’. It also regularly represents domestic and international lenders on structured loans and regulatory issues. Carlos M Melhem co-heads the department and is lauded for his ‘knowledge of banking and finance regulations and the payment instruments industry’. Group co-head Jorge Mayora advises on lending and capital markets transactions, as well as regulatory matters.

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Testimonials

Allende & Brea stands out due to its standardised services and administration, its integrated service and clear division of work, and the high level of efficiency and reliability.’

It is a firm with a long tradition and the structure that this brings, but it also has the freshness and dynamism of a newcomer to the market.

They provide rapid advice and warm attention, they are up to date with the latest technologies and regulations, and they have a comprehensive understanding of how clients’ businesses work.’

Allende & Brea is one of the most knowledgeable firms in the market on the subject of payment instruments and credit cards. They know the details of the industry regulations and our business, which makes them stand out — they are also very practical and efficient in looking for solutions and mitigating risks.

They are the ideal team to work with businesses like ours where the issues are very challenging and often involve new products and services that may not yet be regulated or have been tested in the local market.’

Whenever we need them, they are there – they are always available and provide good client service.’

It is a dynamic team, with the depth of experience and the versatility to find simple solutions to complex problems.’

Many of the firm’s lawyers have studied and worked abroad, which is an advantage when you work with them as they speak and write in perfect English and can respond to specific questions within a very short time frame.’

They have a very good knowledge of the rules of the Central Bank and the foreign exchange regulations, which is an advantage when you work with them.

At Allende & Brea they have specialist lawyers in very specific areas, which is not easy to find in this market.

The work of Carlos Melhem stands out due to the depth and accuracy of his knowledge of banking and finance regulations and the payment instruments industry, as well as his focus on the transaction and the need to resolve problems efficiently.’

Carlos Melhem is very empathetic. He understands what is important and makes himself fully available to find effective solutions. He has a lot of experience combined with a deep knowledge of financial matters.’

Carlos Melhem is an exceptional lawyer, specialising in banking and fintech, with a deep knowledge of business. Jorge Mayora is an excellent professional, who is always attentive and has a smooth relationship with clients.’

Jorge Mayora’s best qualities are that he is professional and rigorous and he always protects the client’s interests.

Key clients

Atanor

Baillie Gifford

Banco Columbia

Banco Industrial

Banco Itaú Argentina

Banco Santander

Bank Lombard Odier

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of China Limited

Banque Internationale Luxembourg

Barclays Bank

BBVA Banco Francés

Bitso

BMCE Bank International

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure)

China Minsheng Banking Corp.

Clearstream Banking

Commerzbank

Credishopp

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank Paris

Euroclear Bank

Export Credit Corporation

Google Payment Corporation

HSBC Bank

Industrial Asset Management / Industrial Valores

Inter American Development Bank (IDB)

Intesa Sanpaolo Private Bank

Itrust

J. Safra Sarasin

Julius Bär Group

Listo

Mastercard Worldwide

Mercado Libre

Mercedes Benz Compañía Financiera Argentina

Moni Préstamos

MUFG Bank

Moon Money On line

Nordea Bank

Rappi

Royal Bank of Canada

Standard Chartered Bank

Syngenta Argentina

Trend Capital

Trend Securities

UniCredit Bank

Union Bancaire Privee

Wells Fargo Bank

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Allende & Brea houses a capable bankruptcy and restructuring practice, which represents local and international debtors, creditors and acquirers of distressed assets on bankruptcy and restructuring cases. Corporate and commercial law partner Enrique Cristian Fox heads the department and handles both contentious and out-of-court restructurings. Diego Botana is another key contact.

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Key clients

Financiere Desmet – Desmet Ballestra

Chubb Argentina de Seguros

Syngenta Agro

Grupo Codere

Smith & Nephew

BASF

Barclays PLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Banco Industrial

Wärtsila

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

‘Fast and effective’, Allende & Brea scores highly for its ability to ‘face complex issues with creativity’. The group leverages the firm’s strong institutional relationships with insurers to specialise in advising financial services clients on corporate matters. It also remains active in the agribusiness, life sciences and technology spheres. Managing partner Valeriano Guevara Lynch has a robust M&A and corporate practice and co-heads the group alongside corporate and finance partner Santiago Sturla. Other key contacts include agribusiness lead Raúl Fratantoni and Diego Botana, who is an ‘expert in commercial matters’. The practice group was further strengthened with the raising of Tomás de Cío to the partnership as of late November 2020.

Testimonials

It is at the level of the best offices in the country. We value its technical capacity and versatility.

They are very technical, but fast and practical.

Good personal contact. Very fast response times and work hard to fix all issues. Working with the team is like working with good colleagues.’

Great professionalism, availability and flexibility to face complex issues with creativity and effectiveness.

The team provides fast and effective management of cases.

The full-service team is unmatched in its multidisciplinary approach. Partners Santiago Sturla and Jorge Mayora deserve special mention for their availability and business acumen.’

Diego Botana is an expert in commercial matters and business advice in general.’

Key clients

Airbus

American Airlines

BRF

CBRE Richard Ellis

Codere

Cognizant

Dellner

Entravision

Ferrero

FMC

Galaxy Resources

Generali

Glaxo

Grupo Fortabat

Infor

Intel Corporation

Kataoka

Lazard

Lenovo

Logicalis

Macquarie Group

Mastercard

MetLife

Naspers

Nidera

OLX

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

QBE

Rexam

Sherwin Williams

Siemens

Solvay

Syngenta

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Allende & Brea scores highly for ‘understanding the underlying business and commercial needs’. The practice is weighted towards contentious insurance work, in line with its signature strength, and its financial services expertise also extends to banking litigation. Other strong suits include class actions, environmental disputes and intellectual property litigation. Department co-head David Gurfinkel is an ‘amazing strategist’ and has strong skill sets in litigation, anti-corruption and insolvency matters. Enrique Cristian Fox co-leads the team and handles a mix of corporate litigation and bankruptcy cases.

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable in litigation and dispute resolution, but they also understand the underlying business and commercial needs.’

Their advice goes beyond litigation to commercial strategy dealing with litigation.

Partner David Gurfinkel is unmatched in his knowledge and skills; he is an amazing strategist and is always responsive.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Banco BBVA Argentina

Caja de Seguros (Assicurazioni Generali group)

Chubb & Son

CSL Behring

General Electric International

HBO Ole Distribution

MetLife Group

Renault Argentina

Rhodia Argentina

Minera del Altiplano  (FMC Group)

CNO

Pluspetrol

Electricity Tier 3

Allende & Brea’s multidisciplinary electricity practice had a strong year; most notably, it continued to advise Nucleoeléctrica Argentina on its agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation for the construction of two nuclear power plants, worth $12bn. It also advises Wärtsilä Argentina and Siemens on Argentine power projects. Marcos Patrón Costas spearheads the power practice and specialises in transactional matters.

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Key clients

Endesa

Wärtsilä

Sulzer

Siemens

Energyst Rental Solutions

Edesur

Enel Green Power

Nucleoeléctrica Argentina

GE Power

Intellectual property Tier 3

Allende & Brea is widely recognised for its niche strength in technology and internet matters, where it counts Facebook, LinkedIn and Snapchat among its representative clients. The group covers all aspects of IP protection, management and litigation but it particularly excels in trade mark and domain name issues. Former computer programmer and trade mark specialist Pablo Palazzi ‘understands the technology behind the client’. Senior associate Marco Rizzo Jurado left to become associate general counsel at Facebook.

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Testimonials

Pablo Palazzi is a trade mark lawyer and a very well-known expert in new technologies. He has not only knowledge of the law, but a good sense of strategy in legal terms. He is the only lawyer I know who understands the technology behind the client.

Key clients

Facebook

LinkedIn

Snapchat

WhatsApp

Instagram

Yelp

Mastercard International

The Pokémon Company International

Unilever

John Bean Technologies

Labour and employment Tier 3

Allende & Brea is lauded by sources for its ability to ‘identify risks, anticipate potential contingencies and propose various alternative solutions’. The team specialises in advising foreign companies on local labour issues, including union conflicts, severance package negotiations, the closing of local operations, corporate support work and immigration matters. Department head Nicolás Grandi demonstrates a ‘quick grasp of any situation’. Senior associate Lucas Tamagno is also a dedicated labour lawyer.

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Testimonials

The team has a varied composition and therefore can provide a broad range of services: advisory, litigation, dispute resolution. The different backgrounds give a more rounded approach to all matters.’

They have the ability to identify risks, anticipate potential contingencies and propose various alternative solutions to a problem. The team stands out in comparison to those at other firms we have worked with.’

The labour and employment team at Allende & Brea has the ability to provide rapid responses and to draw on other practices at the firm, such as tax, compliance and banking, to offer thorough, client-oriented advice. All of the lawyers speak and write in perfect English.

Allende & Brea has been our adviser for nearly 20 years, so they know our business in detail and this is a great advantage.’

The stand-out feature of the team is their availability and  prompt responses at any time of day or night. Unlike with other firms we have worked with, they don’t just explain the risks but go further and provide various options to mitigate or eliminate the problem. I have a lot of faith in the team and after receiving their advice I feel like I can make an informed decision.

They are business-minded and flexible in searching for alternatives.

‘Nicolás Grandi is always available and has a quick grasp of any situation. His advice is always on point.’

I would like to highlight Nicolás Grandi for his ability to provide answers quickly but with the necessary depth and precision, keeping his focus on the needs of the business, to resolve problems efficiently.’

Lucas Tamagno also stands out for his skill in clearly explaining the risks and problems in employment cases.

We work with Lucas Tamagno. He helps us to find more strategic alternative defences.’

Key clients

MasterCard International

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Assicurazioni Generali

Ferrero

FMC

Wells Fargo Bank

Subway

CSL Behring

Tupperware

Emirates

Entravision

Tax Tier 3

Allende & Brea climbs a tier on the back of its ‘comprehensive analysis of tax law’ and its ‘skill in anticipating the client’s needs’. The team advises across all key pillars of tax law, with sources highlighting its specialist financial services expertise — it also brings to bear strong experience in agribusiness, technology and energy and natural resources-related issues. Raúl Fratantoni heads the group and is recommended for tax planning and private wealth matters. Up-and-coming partner Nicolas Procopio is an increasingly prominent tax litigator.

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Testimonials

The tax team at Allende & Brea stands out for its comprehensive analysis of tax law, provided by lawyers and accountants with vast experience in the payment and credit card industry.

What sets them apart from other firms is their ability to analyse the law in depth, their proactive attitude, and their skill in anticipating the client’s needs, designing an appropriate strategy and implementing it successfully. They are also very up to date and have a good understanding of the tax issues affecting fintech.

The team’s command of the English language is invaluable when they are reporting back to and advising our headquarters in the US.

The team at Allende & Brea is extremely good. Their client care is excellent and their responsiveness and availability are unparalleled in the Argentinian market. Their knowledge of international matters makes them unique. There are not many other firms with the same capacity to absorb and understand information.’

Raúl Fratantoni is one of the most well-rounded lawyers I have met, and he has a strong ability to make connections. When we present him with a case, he can immediately connect it with similar situations, extract the necessary information and apply this to our specific case, with extraordinary results.’

Nicolás Procopio stands out for his deep knowledge of tax law in Argentina and his experience working in the US. He also has broad knowledge in the area of corporate finance, which makes his advice and analysis unique in the market.

Key clients

FMC Technologies

FMX

Syngenta Agro

Mastercard Cono Sur

Masisa Forestal Argentina

Uber International

Codere

Apple

Google Payment Corp

Galaxy Lithium

Oil and gas Tier 4

Allende & Brea has a significant position in the oilfield services sphere, where it acts for major multinational names such as Apergy Corporation, FMC Technologies and Weatherford. The cross-practice group advises on transactions, regulatory issues and day-to-day matters, with the ability to draw upon the firm’s full-service offering for complex work. Marcos Patrón Costas heads the oil-and-gas team, while mining specialist Florencia Heredia spearheads the wider energy department.

Key clients

YPF

Diverse Fuels

Patagonia Shale Services

Indigo Energy Partners

Rhoda Poliamida e especialidades

FMC Technologies

Litoral Gas

Sabre Drilling Argentina

Novomet

JX Nippon Oil & Energy

Proenergy Holding Company

Dover Corporation

Mercuria Energy Trading

Axion Energy

Tassaroli

Weatherford

TMT Tier 4

According to sources, Allende & Brea’s team stands out as ‘the best prepared in Argentina’. The group enters the table on the back of its strong run in technology matters — particularly regulatory and data protection issues — for household-name clients such as Facebook and Amazon. Technology specialist Pablo Palazzi provides ‘clear, direct and imaginative advice’ and co-leads the team alongside administrative law partner María Morena del Río.

Testimonials

What sets the team apart most of all is their knowledge and practical perspective, as well as their proactivity and tenacity.

Allende & Brea and their lawyers stand out because of their understanding of — and dedication to — our legal matters. They respond rapidly, something that is necessary these days, and provide legal advice beyond merely reciting the law.

The TMT team at Allende & Brea is without a doubt the best prepared in Argentina.

The data privacy team is led by one of Latin America’s most highly regarded lawyers in this field. Pablo Pallazi is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in this area with an excellent track record in data protection and privacy matters.’

Pablo Palazzi and the rest of his team are proactive, with in-depth legal knowledge. In their day-to-day advice, they provide innovative solutions that are aligned with clients’ commercial needs and their businesses.’

Pablo Palazzi is, without a doubt, a brilliant lawyer, with extremely broad and strong legal knowledge, not just in the area of TMT, but also in IP, data privacy, fair trading and other branches of law. His background and extensive academic experience make him unique in his field.’

Pablo Palazzi has given us invaluable strategies for dealing with the data regulator and getting the approval of legal authorisations. The team handle matters personally and never let a single detail pass unnoticed, making them leaders in the region.’

Pablo Palazzi combines theoretical knowledge of data protection issues with clear, direct and imaginative advice.

Key clients

Apple TV

Facebook

WhatsApp

Amazon

Instagram

LinkedIn

Snapchat

Liga española de Futbol

Moni online

OLX

Mercadolibre

First Data

Allende & Brea was founded in 1957 and has become a leading full-service law firm with specialists in all branches of law, qualified to provide its clients with practical business solutions that are viable, innovative and always cost effective.

Areas of practice
Anticorruption: A team of professionals is specialised in the training and application of good corporate practices and ethics. The firm also advises its clients, both locally and regionally, in investigations and anticorruption litigation.

Antitrust: Allende & Brea has one of Argentina’s most recognised antitrust practices. The firm advises many clients in a variety of matters in connection with merger control filings, antitrust litigation, joint ventures, distribution agreements, , licensing and franchising agreements.

Banking and finance: The firm advises financial institutions on matters ranging from commercial or syndicated loans to capital markets transactions, direct investments, reorganizations, collections, financial leasing, trade financing, and letters of credit, among others.

Bankruptcy reorganisation: Allende & Brea’s team of experts in bankruptcy, reorganisation and debt restructuring are frequently involved representing both creditors and debtors, in some of the most important reorganisation proceedings in Argentina.

 Corporate: Allende & Brea’s general corporate practice group deals with all types of matters, from routine ones to the most complex transactions. The firm’s services include designing corporate structures and tax mechanisms, incorporating companies and representing clients in a broad range of corporate activities.

Employment: Allende & Brea works to prevent legal disputes by giving preventive advice and, where the dispute has already arisen, the firm works on the defence throughout all the administrative and court stages of the proceedings.

Energy and natural resources: The firm has actively participated in the development of the energy and natural resources industry for more than 50 years providing legal advice to clients in the oil, gas, power and mining industries.

The firm advises its clients during the whole life span of the project, including its structuring, the obtainment of permits, licenses and financing, the construction, operation and maintenance and eventual transfer of the assets involved.

Environmental: The firm advises a broad range of companies in different industries on their compliance with Argentine environmental regulations. The firm also assists companies in conducting environmental audits and due diligence reviews and represents clients in various environment-related claims.

Forestry: Allende & Brea advises and represents clients in all aspects of the forestry industry. The firm has a deep understanding of forestry business and of the different regulations applicable to the sector, and over the years has acquired extensive experience in acquisition and dispositions of forestry lands, plants and wood-related companies.

Intellectual property: In this age of Information Technology and Knowledge Management, patents, trade-marks, industrial secrets, know-how, domain names, copyright and other intellectual rights have all become negotiable assets whose value often surpasses those of traditional physical assets. To handle this fast-developing business, Allende & Brea has set up its Intellectual and Industrial Property Department, which focuses exclusively on this area.

Insurance and reinsurance: Allende & Brea has been recognised as a leading insurance and reinsurance law firm over the years. The firm represents clients in a variety of insurance and reinsurance related matters, such as regulatory, M&A and claims issues in both judicial and arbitration tribunals.

Infrastructure: The infrastructure practice works on both public works and private investments on infrastructure assets, including financing, regulatory matters, tax, environment and arbitration and litigation on construction projects.

 Life sciences and healthcare: Allende & Brea advises companies in the industry in their daily operations and in local and cross-border M&A transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures, reorganizations, manufacturing and license and distribution agreements, among others. The firm advises its clients in all regulatory aspects of the industry, including healthcare, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and food, and in their dealings with the Argentine regulatory authorities.

 Litigation and arbitration: The firm’s litigation attorneys handle a wide range of civil, commercial, administrative and family law cases, in judicial and administrative courts, at both the federal and provincial levels. The firm is experienced in handling complex cases which require managing multiple participants and large volumes of documentation.

Mergers and acquisitions: Allende & Brea has a broad-based acquisition and divestiture expertise, which includes regulated industries. Transactions of this type often involve complex antitrust, intellectual property, labour, securities, tax and environmental issues. Whenever appropriate, a multidisciplinary team is assembled to ensure that all aspects of the transaction are thoroughly covered.

Real estate: The firm’s services include acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures, financing, investment, structuring, commercial leasing, and purchases, land development and planning, condominium and residential/vacation developments, hotel management.

Regulatory: Allende & Brea actively participates in a wide range of regulated markets and industries, advising its clients in public procurement, public tenders, public offerings,  negotiating concessions, public works, permits and all types of procedures.

Tax: Allende & Brea’s tax experts know that their job is to minimise tax liabilities while strictly ensuring compliance with the law. The firm advises clients on the implementation of tax-efficient structures and tax planning.

 Technology: Allende & Brea is a pioneer in counselling clients in this field. Services cover all aspects of the industry.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Valeriano Guevara Lynch E: vgl@allendebrea.com.ar vguevara@allende.com +54 11 4318-9902
Antitrust Julián Peña jpena@allende.com +54 11 4318-9907
Banking and capital markets Carlos M Melhem cmelhem@allende.com +54 11 4318-9962
Banking and capital markets Jorge I Mayora jmayora@allende.com +54 11 4318-9987
Corporate and M&A Valeriano Guevara Lynch vguevara@allende.com +54 11 4318-9902
Corporate and M&A Santiago Sturla ssturla@allende.com +54 11 4318-9932
Corporate and M&A Diego Botana dbotana@allende.com +54 11 4318-9928
Corporate and M&A Raúl Fratantoni rfratantoni@allende.com +54 11 4318-9950
Corporate and M&A Marcos Patron Costas mpatron@allende.com +54 11 4318-9943
Energy and natural resources Juan Martín Allende jallende@allende.com +54 11 4318-9937
Energy and natural resources Florencia Herdia fheredia@allende.com +54 11 4318-9968
Environmental/administrative María Morena del Río mdelrio@allende.com +54 11 4318-9957
Insurance and reinsurance Martín Argañaraz Luque margaranaz@allende.com +54 11 4318-9975
Insurance and reinsurance Laura E Santanatoglia lsantanatoglia@allende.com +54 11 4318-9948
Intellectual property Pablo A Palazzi ppalazzi@allende.com +54 11 4318-9986
Labor and employment Nicolás Grandi ngrandi@allende.com +54 11 4318-9984
Litigation David Gurfinkel dgurfinkel@allende.com +54 11 4318-9901
Litigation Cristian E Fox cfox@allende.com +54 11 4318-9927
Tax Nicolas Procopio nprocopio@allende.com +54 11 4318-9941
Life Sciences and Healthcare Fernando Martínez Zuviría fmartinez@allende.com +54 11 4318-9933
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 Martín Argañaraz Luque  photo Martín Argañaraz Luque Partner. He is the head of the insurance & reinsurance team and…
Mr Diego Botana  photo Mr Diego Botana Partner. He specializes in general corporate practice, with special focus on commercial…
 María Morena Del Río  photo María Morena Del Río Partner. She has specialized in administrative law and economic regulatory practice. She…
Mr Enrique Cristian Fox  photo Mr Enrique Cristian Fox Partner. A specialist in commercial and corporate law, he has worked on…
 Raúl Fratantoni  photo Raúl Fratantoni Since he joined Allende & Brea, he is part of our Corporate…
 Raúl Fratantoni  photo Raúl Fratantoni Since he joined Allende & Brea, he is part of our Corporate…
 Nicolás Grandi  photo Nicolás Grandi Partner. He is an expert on civil, labor and commercial litigation, including…
Mr Valeriano Guevara Lynch  photo Mr Valeriano Guevara Lynch Managing Partner since 2015. Mr. Guevara Lynch has represented clients in a…
Mr David Gurfinkel  photo Mr David Gurfinkel Parnter. Head of the Dispute Resolution department. He has specialized in commercial…
 Florencia Heredia  photo Florencia Heredia Partner
 Fernando Martínez Zuviría  photo Fernando Martínez Zuviría
Mr Jorge I Mayora  photo Mr Jorge I Mayora Partner since 2011. He is an expert on banking and financial law…
Mr Carlos M Melhem  photo Mr Carlos M Melhem Partner. He advised various financinf opertations and buyouts in Argentina and Latin…
Mr Pablo A Palazzi  photo Mr Pablo A Palazzi Partner. Mr. Palazzi has provided clients advise on matters related to intellectual…
 Marcos Patrón Costas  photo Marcos Patrón Costas Partner. He regularly advises local and international clients, in a broad range of…
 Julián Peña  photo Julián Peña Partner since 2006. He is the head of Antitrust Department.
Mr Nicolas Procopio  photo Mr Nicolas Procopio Head of Tax Practice (Partner)
Mrs Laura Santanatoglia  photo Mrs Laura Santanatoglia Partner. She advises insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers and other clients on…
Mr Santiago Sturla  photo Mr Santiago Sturla Partner. Mr. Sturla has represented clients in a broad range of matters…
 María Rosa Villegas Arévalo  photo María Rosa Villegas Arévalo She has been a partner of the firm since 1992 and specializes…
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