Firm Profile > Beccar Varela > Buenos Aires, Argentina

Beccar Varela
EDIFICIO REPÚBLICA, TUCUMÁN 1, 3RD FLOOR
C1049AAA CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina

Argentina > Compliance Tier 1

The broad practice at Beccar Varela specialises in risk assessment, internal investigations and white-collar litigation. The team’s work covers the design and implementation of a range of compliance regimes, as well as complex criminal proceedings. Maximiliano D’Auro leads the practice and stand out in the preventative aspects of the anti-corruption legal framework, and the implementation of codes of ethics and compliance programs. Key names in the team include Manuel Beccar Varela, who is head of the white-collar and corporate crime department; Francisco Zavalía, who focuses on consultancy, litigation and strategic advice to domestic and international clients; and Gustavo Papeschi, who was raised to the partnership in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Maximiliano D’Auro

Testimonials

‘Maximiliano D’Auro has great intelligence and human quality that allows him to get closer to the client and know their needs in detail’.

‘Maximiliano D’Auro has his feet on the ground and knows in detail the reality in Argentina as well as the laws and international best practices’.

Key clients

Nu Pagamentos (NuBank)

Enjoy

Telefónica Argentina

Tarjeta Naranja

Argentina > International trade and customs Tier 1

Assisting national and international clients across a range of areas, as well as serving sovereign governments in issues related to trade and trade policy, the broad IT&C practice at Beccar Varela 'knows everything there is to know about trade and customs in Argentina'. The practice covers the spectrum of the import, transit and export of goods, including advice on international distribution agreements, international sale of goods, dispute settlements, trade remedies, anti-dumping investigations, import licenses and market access. This diverse expertise is combined with contentious experience before the customs authorities, the National Tax Court, the Federal Administrative Courts and the Supreme Court of Justice. 'Simply fantastic' Augusto Vechio handles matters related to international trade, export control, unfair competition and consumer law. He co-leads the team with Guido Krolovetzky, who focuses on customs law and regulations regarding the sale of goods. An additional key name is that of 'responsive' and 'fast' senior associate, Camila Corvalán.

Practice head(s):

Augusto Vechio; Guido Krolovetzky

Testimonials

The team knows everything there is to know about trade and customs in Argentina. Very impressive. Well-connected as well.

Augusto Vecchio is simply fantastic. Incredibly responsive, fast, sharp, yet gentle and soft-spoken, never hectic, focused on the goal of providing quality advice. He knows trade and customs in Argentina backwards. Very collaborative as well. Camila Corvalan is also very good. Equally very responsive, fast, a good lawyer.

Key clients

Hasbro

Mercedes Benz

Phoenix Contact

Mapa Gloves

Kimberly-Clark

HB Fuller

Spicer

Arcos Dorados USA

Johnson Matthey

Mc Cai

Argentina > Public law Tier 1

The public law department at Beccar Varela advises private and public sectors as well as international organisations, bringing deep, industry-specific knowledge to bear - particularly in relation to the finance, life sciences, utilities, infrastructure and TMT sectors. The seven-strong team handles guidance on public administration at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, with public procurement, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and government contracts being among its primary specialisms. In terms of contentious matters, the practice has experience in the full range of administrative procedures before public bodies and regulatory commissions, as well as public law litigation and judicial review procedures. A ‘professional who stands out for his deep knowledge of public law, for his impeccable ethical conduct, for his practicality and for his dedication’, Oscar Aguilar Valdez is a veteran in the sector, with over 25 years' experience. He co-leads the team with Juan Antonio Stupenengo, whose strengths include constitutional, administrative and regulatory law. Key associate support comes from Juan Pablo Perrino (administrative and regulatory advisory, complex public law litigation) and Santiago Barbarán (who has extensive public sector experience at both provincial and national levels) additional points of contact. However intermediate Florencia Cairella moved in house at JP Morgan in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Aguilar Valdez; Juan Antonio Stupenengo

Testimonials

‘We chose Estudio Beccar Varela -and more precisely Oscar Aguilar Valdez- for his irrefutable knowledge as demonstrated throughout the years that he has provided services to our company, his true taking on of the work and his constant disposition regardless of the day or time – all of which make him feel like another member of our in-house team and not like an outside lawyer’.

‘Oscar Aguilar Valdez enjoys well-deserved recognition in the industry. Knowledge, excellent predisposition, availability and ful engagement with the work, and excellent human and personal qualities make him indispensable when it comes to specifying an opinion related to administrative law’

‘Extremely solid and cordial team’

‘The public law department not only stands out for having professionals with a thorough knowledge of their area, but also for the predisposition to accompany its clients during the resolution of their problems’.

‘Various highly complex issues have been entrusted to them, obtaining deep and effective responses’.

‘Oscar Aguilar Valdez is a professional who stands out for his deep knowledge of public law, for his impeccable ethical conduct, for his practicality and for his dedication. He is a professional who is known to be relaiable at any time and in the face of any adversity or business opportunity’.

Key clients

Vial Andes 7

Mercado Libre

José Cartellone Construcciones Civiles

Saur International

Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales

Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte INECO

Banco de Galicia

Rovella Carranza

GlaxoSmithKline

Argentina > TMT Tier 1

The experienced TMT team of Beccar Varela earns its place at the top end of the market by representing a diverse portfolio of clients, from infrastructure and service providers, to content developers, tech manufacturers and entertainment players. The firm increasingly handles data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and cybercrime issues, as well as advising on software licenses, outsourcing and cloud computing agreements. Other core specialisms include regulatory issues and the ever-growing fintech sector. Emilio Beccar Varela’s expertise covers media and entertainment, telecommunications, IT, IP and corporate advice. He is co-practice head along with Florencia Rosati, who handles litigation and advice on trade marks, patents, copyright, entertainment, communications and new technologies. The team was further strengthened in April 2020 with the arrival of senior Mariana Lamarca Vidal from Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, adding further associate support to that provided by intermediates Agustina Pardo and Martin Beccar Varela.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati

Key clients

Intelsat

Fremantle Media

Sprint

Phoenix Tower International

Facebook

WhatsApp

Samsung

The Walt Disney Company Argentina

DiDi

S4Capital (MediaMonks/MightyHave)

Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘very business orientedBeccar Varela combines ‘technical knowledge’ and ‘attention to detail’ to support the banking and finance needs of its clients. Roberto A Fortunati, Javier Luis Magnasco and Pablo Torretta lead a practice that has traditionally relied on a strong borrower-side client base but is now also growing its lender-side work. The firm now works regularly with banks and alternative lenders on cross-border syndicated loans, project finance, structured finance and debt capital markets deals. Recent lender-side mandates include advising HSBC on an $18bn loan to YPF. Investment in a firm-wide fintech practice, meanwhile, has seen new clients funnelled into the banking and finance team too, with banking partner Daniel Levi recognised as ‘one of the most passionate and knowledgeable partners in the fintech market in Argentina’. The ‘excellentMaría Shakespear is ‘a great professional’ who is also prominent in the firm’s corporate and M&A practice. She plays a key role in managing client relationships and coordinating workflows between the banking and finance teams and other parts of the firm. Key support comes from an experienced line of senior associates comprising Lucía Degano, Gonzalo Ochoa, María Victoria Pavani, Pedro Silvestri and Felipe Videla.

Practice head(s):

Roberto A. Fortunati; Javier L. Magnasco; Pablo J. Torretta

Testimonials

‘They  cover all areas of practice and within banking they have the expertise to offer banking, corporate, regulatory, fintech and new business advice. María Shakespear is excellent at coordinating the team.’

‘The team has deep expertise, can operate across multiple jurisdictions and responds quickly to queries.’

‘María Shakespear and Pablo Torreta, are two professionals who stand out and demonstrate the firm’s excellence.’

‘Solid knowledge in banking matters and attention to detail. The team anticipates our needs and we know we can trust them.’

‘María Shakespear is a great professional, with solid experience and a very good predisposition. She forms a wide view of a business and its requirements and works with a client through the processes.’

‘Excellence, dedication and very business oriented.’

‘Beccar Varela is a strong full-service law firm, with several high quality practices. The banking and finance team is strong, and combines technical knowledge with a practical pro-business mindset.’

‘Daniel Levi has a 360 view of our business and was key to several complex discussions we had. He deeply understands regulation and provides valuable inputs about how to structure a new project, thinking creatively.’

‘Beccar Varela has a superior quality when compared to its peers. They have a very practical view of things and are objective and effective.’

‘Practical orientation aimed at providing rigorous advice, but without losing sight of the client’s context.’

‘In-depth knowledge of fintech-related issues and practical orientation make Beccar Varela a top firm.’

‘Daniel Levi is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate and knowledgeable partners in the fintech market in Argentina. Absolutely recommended for any fintech company that needs tailor-made advice.’

‘They are excellent. Real specialists. María Shakespear is excellent.’

‘Beccar Varela has experience and knowledge and the ability to convey advice in non-technical language so that it is understandable to people who do not have much knowledge of the area. The team outperforms other firms in both dimensions.’

‘Pablo Torreta and Lucía Degano, and both are excellent professionals with experience and precise, concrete and correct advice.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Citibank Argentina

Corporación Andina de Fomento

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Bank

Apollo Global Management

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Transtelco

Tarjeta Naranja

Argentina > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Beccar Varela distinguishes itself by combining enforcement, merger control, investigations, counselling and compliance expertise to advise on precedent−setting cases, including the cement and automobile cartels matters and the credit cards investigation. The firm is active in the competition and antitrust space for traditional industries, notably banking and finance, as well as fast−growing industries such as pharma, technology and fintech; another key area of work is advising mass consumption companies. Practice head Agustín Waisman specialises in competition, antitrust, consumer protection and gaming law. He can call on the expertise of senior associates Mercedes Pando and Camila Corvalán, who handle a range of antitrust, consumer defence and unfair competition issues.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Waisman

Key clients

Samsung

Fiat

Kimberly Clark

Sanofi Aventis

Italgas

Kuehne Nagel

Facebook

Despegar

Electrolux

Western Union

Argentina > Consumer law Tier 2

Active in numerous class action cases, Beccar Varela is recommended for its ‘extreme neatness and professionalism’ when it comes to judicial defence. The practice acts for national and international clients across a range of industries, with experts in litigation and arbitration handling disputes involving consumer protection, administrative law, customs, compliance and intellectual property. The team is co-led by Gonzalo García Delatour, who is known for his expertise in civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, and bankruptcy and restructuring; Federico Sosa, who focuses on complex litigation, class actions, insolvency and bankruptcy; and Agustín Waisman, who specialises in competition, antitrust and consumer protection.

Practice head(s):

Federico Sosa; Gonzalo García Delatour; Agustín Waisman

Testimonials

‘They stand out for doing hand-crafted work, and having a great knowledge of law in all their areas, especially commercial’.

‘They work with extreme neatness and professionalism. They stand out for their craftsmanship and professionalism’.

Key clients

Banco Santander Río

Citibank

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

BBVA Francés

Banco Itaú

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Unilever

Western Union

Cardif Seguros

Galicia Seguros

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘responsive, efficient and pro-active’ corporate and M&A practice at Beccar Varela is co-led by Roberto Crouzel and Roberto Fortunati, who also leads the firm’s natural resources unit. The team prides itself on its full-service capabilities and clients note its ‘very broad’ knowledge of corporate law. The team’s focus spans national and cross-border deals, with financial services, fintech, agribusiness and energy among its favoured areas. It is comfortable advising multinational corporates, domestic groups and local entrepreneurs. Matter highlights include advising ICBC China on the acquisition of the stake in ICBC Argentina still held by Standard Bank; working with US fibre-optic and voice-data group Transtelco on the purchase of Latin American connectivity services group, Neutrona Networks; and advising US mobile phone manufacturer Brightstar on the sale of its Argentine assets to Mirgor. Partner Tomás Allende, who led on the Brightstar deal, is among the practice’s key team members and also leads the private equity sub-practice. María Shakespear and Carolina Serra (who was raised to the partnership in April 2021), are praised by clients for their ‘experience, interpersonal skills, bargaining power and creativity and ability to unlock complex legal issues’, while senior associate María Eugenia Radaelli  stands out for her ‘deep knowledge of corporate issues’ and ‘innate leadership skills’.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Crouzel; Roberto Fortunati

Testimonials

‘The group led by Roberto Fortunati as a partner, and by Eugenia Radaelli, as a senior associate, give us great confidence. Eugenia is a responsive a point of contact when we have complex questions (including labour, regulatory, competition, consumer protection, taxes). She is in charge managing the team and always gives us a complete and comprehensive answer.’

‘They function as an excellent extension of our legal department. The firm’s knowledge of corporate law is very broad, and its relationship with the other areas that are relevant to us is very close, which allows it to have answers of very good legal quality in a short time.’

‘Eugenia Radaelli has a deep knowledge of corporate issues, and innate leadership skills.’

‘The quality of their work and the speed of their responses has been exceptional. It is a real pleasure to work with this team.’

‘Very experienced and responsive with a practical approach and solutions.’

‘I  want to highlight the professionalism and full disposition to accompany us throughout the process. As a strong point I want to highlight the experience and excellent diligence.’

‘The team led by Alejandro Poletto, accompanied by Eugenia Radaelli and Victoria Hugo, has performed its duties extraordinarily. Among the qualities are the experience, professionalism, and tranquility to advance through the complex moments that every deal goes through.’

‘The firm has great teamwork, being constantly in continuous communication with each other and with our company, which generates very fluid and organized work.’

‘The speed in responding to inquiries, the importance they give to each service they provide and the way in which they take care of every detail, no matter how minimal, from the partner to a junior employer sets Beccar Varela apart.’

‘The team of Beccar Varela provides our group with valuable legal advice, a detailed legal view and a pragmatic approach on the topics raised, which help decision making.’

‘Emilio Beccar Varela is an outstanding lawyer to work with. Responsive, efficient and pro-active. Carolina Serra was very effective.’

‘Excellent negotiating power and coordination of complex transactions with competitive fees.’

‘Maria Shakespear and Carolina Serra are the people I choose to lead M&A transactions. Their experience, interpersonal skills, bargaining power and creativity and ability to unlock complex legal issues stand out. They are a great team.’

Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC China)

Brightstar

Stagwell Group

Iké Asistencia

Cosméticos Avon

Quintana Energy Fund

BT

Transtelco

Prisma Medios de Pago

S4Capital

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Well regarded for its broad experience in litigation and corporate disputes, Beccar Varela represents local and foreign clients, as plaintiffs or defendants, in class actions and contentious commercial and civil matters. The firm also has a strong position in domestic and international arbitration, including investment arbitration, as well as providing advice and litigation related to corporate criminal law and white-collar crime. Seasoned professional Eduardo Güemes focuses on civil and commercial litigation, class actions, and insolvency and debt restructuring. Güemes co-leads the team with Gonzalo García Delatour, who undertakes both litigation and arbitration and has particular expertise in bankruptcy matters; Martín Gastaldi, who handles contentious issues related to rehabilitation bankruptcy (Chapter 11), liquidation bankruptcy (Chapter 7) and debt restructurings; and Federico Sosa, raised to the partnership in March 2020, his practice centres on commercial litigation, class actions, insolvency and bankruptcy.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Güemes; Gonzalo García Delatour; Martín Gastaldi; Federico Sosa

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of fellow lawyers from the opposing team and a good spirit for dialogue, which favors communication between the parties during the process’

Key clients

Citibank

Latin American Investment Bank Bahamas

Citi International Financial Services

Slade Gorton

Tyco / ADT / Johnson Controls

CSAV / Hapag Lloyd

Cardif Seguros

GlaxoSmithKline

Galicia Seguros

Prisma Medios de Pago

Energy and natural resources > Electricity Tier 2

The full service Beccar Varela's strong electricity practice is active at all stages in the power sector, including generation, transmission and distribution, as well as working with large consumers. Acting for both national and international clients, the team operates in the thermal, hydro, wind, solar, biogas and geothermal segments, as well as providing experience in government privatizations, international bids and concession contract renegotiations. Core specialisms that allow the department to advise so broadly in the power sector include its regulatory expertise and its knowledge of the ever more prominent renewables sector. José Carlos Cueva leads the team and brings expertise in energy law and natural resources law, as well as economic regulation, public services and public bidding processes. His team was boosted by the March-2021 the arrival of former YFP Luz legal director (and fomer O'Farrell partner), Ricardo Castañeda, who focuses on M&A, corporate law, project finance and energy. Senior associate Gonzalo Viña, who has both litigious and energy-sector advisory experience, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Cueva

Key clients

Total EREN

Canadian Solar

YPF (electricity)

APR Energy

Hive Energy (UK)

Flex Wind – Manutenção e Instalação de Sistemas Eólicos

Líneas de Transmisión del Litoral

Inter-American Development Bank

Distrocuyo

Goldwind International Holdings (HK) Limited

Argentina > Environment Tier 2

Recommended as ‘one of the outstanding environmental teams in Argentina’, Beccar Varela excels in environmental due-diligence and advising on the environmental aspects of complex corporate transactions. Clients range from power, renewable energy, mining, oil and gas operations, to food and agribusiness, TMT, real estate and manufacturing companies. As well as advising on regulation, the firm provides assistance with preventative civil, criminal and administrative litigation in the area. Administrative law and project finance expert Oscar Aguilar Valdez co-leads the team with counsel Angeles Murgier, who demonstrates 'commitment to the work entrusted, and agile and quick responses to the client's requirements'. Indeed, regarded as ‘one of the leaders of environmental law in the region’ by clients, Murgier is virtually a one-woman-department, handling environmental counselling (including regulatory, permitting and compliance issues), the environmental law aspects of corporate transactions (including associated due diligence), compliance audits and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Aguilar Valdez; Angeles Murgier

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent practice, led by Angeles Murgier, who is a great colleague and friend, and whom we greatly admire for her analytical skills and leadership’.

‘One of the outstanding environmental teams in Argentina’

‘Angeles Murgier is an exceptional lawyer. She is a very knowledgeable person in environmental law, very professional, organized and intelligent. Very dedicated and responsible, Angeles is one of the leaders of environmental law in the region’.

The specialised environmental team demonstrated a deep and thorough knowledge of the matter. They were assertive in their comments and in reviewing the practice documentation and it would be a team I would recommend in the future. Angeles Murgier demonstrated commitment to the work entrusted, and agile and quick responses to the client’s requirement.

Key clients

Knight Therapeutics

Grupo Biotoscana / Laboratorio LKM

Kimberly-Clark Argentina

LITSA

Total EREN

Swift Argentina

The Ocean Foundation

FCA Automobiles Argentina

Cosan Lubricantes

Puerto Asis Corporation

Argentina > Insurance Tier 2

Beccar Varela provides ‘high technical capacity’ and an ‘in-depth knowledge of insurance topics, in addition to various specialities in the law’. The firm advises national and international insurance and reinsurance players, as well as brokers, on the transfer and sale of customer portfolios, corporate issues, regulatory matters, product approvals, marketing agreements and reinsurance accords. As well as regulatory advice, insurance litigation is another area of expertise for a practice that represents clients across a range of insurance-related legal proceedings, including class actions. Daniel Seoane leads the team and is a go-to name for insurance law and corporate advice. Key associate support comes from highly-experienced senior Agustín Luis Duarte.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seoane

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its knowledge of the insurance and financial market. It gives an added value in the experiences with other clients’.

‘The plus is the knowledge of the insurance market, covering a wide range of topics. Additionally, its availability’.

‘The Firm acts with great speed and efficiency to achieve the collection of the sums due’.

‘They always incorporate friendly practices and formats for their legal opinions’.

Key clients

Grupo Sura

Zurich Seguros

Allianz Argentina Compañía de Seguros

Galicia Seguros

Supervielle Group / Supervielle Seguros

Toyota Compañía Financiera Argentina

Volkswagen Brokers Argentina  (Asesores de Seguros) / Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera / Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina

Willis Europe BV and its subsidiaries Willis Argentina and Willis Corredores de Seguros

Bradesco Seguros and its subsidiary Bradesco Argentina de Seguros

Chubb Seguros

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 2

Known for being ‘proactive, anticipating problems and proposing innovative solutions to avoid or resolve conflict’, Beccar Varela's labour and employment practice receives emphatic praise, with one client noting that, ‘in my more than 10 years in the profession, the labour law team at Estudio Beccar Varela has been one of the best with whom I have had the pleasure of working’. As well as undertaking an array of contentious labour matters, the team handles non-contentious advice including assisting with compensation plans and incentives, the development of internal regulations adapted to Argentine legislation and advice to multinational companies on the recruitment of expatriates. The 13-strong practice is also experienced in mass dismissals, the total closure of companies and the implementation of restructuring with layoffs. Practice head and labour disputes specialist Álvaro Galli has extensive experience in senior employee hirings and dismissals, variable compensation and incentive awards, and expatriate regimes, as well as in collective bargaining negotiations, union conflicts and company reorganisations. Key support comes from María Carolina Muriago, who was raised to counsel in August 2020, and seniors María Eduarda Noceti and Diego Muslera Larcade.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Galli

Testimonials

‘Beccar Varela stands out for the punctual sending of its newsletter that I value a lot as a client’.

‘I greatly emphasize the quality of the service of Maria Carolina Muriago. In addition to being an excellent, practical and flexible professional for the times, she is warm in her treatment of the client’.

‘The level of the professionals that make up the labour law department of Estudio Beccar Varela is excellent. With great technical rigour and a lot of knowledge of the current labour situation in a complex environment such as Argentina’.

‘Great attention to detail and anticipation of the various issues that may arise. Heads-up and early alerts specifically related to the problems of the clients’.

‘Great technical rigour and knowledge of the environment, particularly Romina Possetti and Gaspar Aguirre’.

‘The team managed by Alvaro Galli and especially Attorney Maria Eduarda Noceti is characterised by providing excellent service, based not only on response time but also on the creativity with which they attend to different issues’.

‘Very good billing service and in relation to the quality price. Creativity, response time, 360-degree vision’.

‘In my more than 10 years in the profession, the labour law team at Estudio Beccar Varela has been one of the best with which I have had the pleasure of working. They are proactive, anticipating problems and proposing innovative solutions to avoid or resolve conflict. Always providing clear, concrete and well-founded answers’.

‘The labour law team at Estudio Beccar Varela is young, highly trained and very pragmatic. Always looking for a solution and proposing innovative answers’.

Key clients

Cargill

Samsung

Prisma Medios de Pago

American Airlines

GlaxoSmithKline

The Walt Disney Company

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Citibank

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises

Netflix

Argentina > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

The well-established life sciences and healthcare practice at Beccar Varela brings together the firm's full-service capabilities, with niche expertise in novel and emerging areas. Particular strengths that distinguish the group include its deep grasp of the complex field of orphan drugs/products and the "exception access regime" for medicines, as well as its expertise in the nascent medicinal-cannabis sector in Argentina. Health-regulatory specialist, senior associate Ana Andrés is primarily dedicated to the life sciences and healthcare sector, where she advises local and international clients on regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. She co-leads the practice with advisory partner Emilio Vogelius, a senior figure with a long trajectory of corporate advice to the pharmaceutical industry.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Nicolás Federico Vogelius; Ana Andrés

Testimonials

I really enjoy working with Ana Andres. She is very objective, understands the needs of the business and presents effective solutions. In addition to being very kind and quick.

‘Full service Argentine law firm with good reputation and delivery’.

‘I very much like to work with Ana Andrés (health regulatory), Thomás Allende and Felipe Videla (both corporate and M&A). They provide timely advice at a cost efficient fee arrangement’.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline Argentina

Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos

Biomarin Argentina

Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales (CAEMe)

PTC Therapeutics

Sanofi Group

Argentina > Real estate Tier 2

Representing real estate owners, project developers, property managers, lenders and investors, the six-strong practice at Beccar Varela provides broad ‘experience in the sector and a lot of knowledge of common problems’. The team's core strengths include acquisition and sales, property management and leasing, financings, restructuring and portfolio transactions in the real estate sector. Regulatory expertise is another key strength of group, which it combines with a specialisation in project finance. Highly-regarded practice head Pedro Nicholson is a well-known and highly respected figure in the market; he focuses on real estate, M&A and commercial law. Corporate, capital markets and project finance specialist Pedro Silvestri, who was raised to the partnership in April 2021, is also active in the sector, primarily on transactional matters; while dedicated senior associate Delfina Calabró is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Nicholson

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of a very specific sector’.

‘Experience in the sector and a lot of knowledge of common problems’.

‘Identification with the objectives of the company, excellent knowledge of the practices required by a company with foreign capital’.

‘The partner in charge, Pedro Nicholson, is probably the most specialised real estate lawyer in the country’.

Key clients

MDay Loteos

The Related

CasaQuadra

Feco

Fideicomiso El Anexo – Estancia Villa María

Endava

JB Developers

Saint Gobain

Grupo Puente

Metro Futuro

Argentina > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

The experienced Beccar Varela practice handles financial restructurings, and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings for national and international clients across a range of industries, particularly banking, insurance, automotive, agribusiness, food and beverages, real estate, transport and logistics. The firm is principally known for representing creditors, but is increasingly active for insolvent companies. Martín Gastaldi leads the team and specialises in restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution. Another key name in the area is associate Federico Sosa.

Practice head(s):

Martín Gastaldi

Key clients

Citibank

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Columbus

BTG Pactual

Grupo Sabre

Bodega Norton

Banco Macro

Piso 10

Unilever

The Scoular Company

Argentina > Intellectual property Tier 3

The full service Beccar Varela's broad IP practice is known for its ‘very commercial view of disputes coupled with great expertise and engaging lawyers’. The firm handles strategic advice for IP law enforcement, contract negotiation and drafting, as well as providing a dedicated patent and trade mark unit that manages the coordination and prosecution of trade marks, patents, designs, copyright and domain name portfolios. In addition, the six-strong group has experience in intellectual and industrial property rights and unfair competition issues. Recommended as ‘one of the most experienced IP litigators’, Emilio Beccar Varela co-leads the team with IP Florencia Rosati, who also co-heds the office's TMT practice. Key associate support comes from experience senior Mariana Lamarca Vidal, who arrived from Abeledo Gottheil Abogados in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati

Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness, reuqested information was provided to the point’.

‘Florencia Rosati: understands the needs of the client, provides understanding answers’.

‘Very commercial view of disputes coupled with great expertise and engaging lawyers makes this team unique’.

‘Emilio Beccar Varela is one of the most experienced IP litigators I know in South America. His in depth knowledge and ability to discuss the most complicated matters in an easily understandable manner is rare’.

‘Florencia Rosati is extremely hard working and clients love her!’

Key clients

American Airlines

Samsung Electronics Argentina

JR Simplot Company

WestRock Packaging Systems

Grupo Enjoy

Scania Argentina

Prisma Medios de Pago

Canopy Growth Corporation / Spectrum Cannabis Canada, Tweed, & Ts Brandco

Sergio “Kun” Agüero

Medios y Contenidos Producciones

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Advising producers, exploration companies and service suppliers, Beccar Varela’s broad practice handles due diligence operations and the negotiation of agreements, as well as advising on the corporate governance affairs of publicly-listed companies. Another strength of the team is its grasp of complex regulatory issues at the national and provincial level, which is combined with cross-border expertise. Well-known market figure and industry expert Roberto Fortunati focuses on mining M&A and project finance. He co-leads the team with senior associate Marcos Moreno Hueyo, whose experience in the sector includes both time in house (as head of legal at Orosur) and working in private practice in neighbouring Chile (at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana).

Practice head(s):

Roberto Fortunati; Marcos Moreno Hueyo

Key clients

Southern Copper Corporation and Southern Copper Argentina

Centaur Resources and Centaur Resources

Minera San Jorge

Everlight Resources and SurMinera

Route One Investment Company

Compañía Inversora en Minas (CIMINAS)

Asphaltum Argentina

Esco Corporation

Cummins Argentina Servicios Mineros

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Beccar Varela's multidisciplinary practice has a ‘great track record in hydrocarbons' legal issues in Argentina’, as well as providing ‘knowledge and professionalism in its concepts issued and procedures carried out’. The team represents clients across all stages of the industry, including exploration, upstream, downstream and service suppliers, offshore projects and energy-use efficiency initiatives, and is very experienced in sector-specific agreements such as farm-ins/outs, production sharing, joint ventures, EPC and operating agreements; it also advises on bidding processes, the drafting of concession agreement and the renegotiating of concession contracts. On the regulatory front, it works at both national and provincial levels, as well as on cross-border deals, and assisting with market entry strategies. With 20 years as a partner at the firm, José Carlos Cueva is an all-round energy-expert (electricity, renewables, oil and gas) with tremendous experience; he co-leads the team with finance specialist Roberto Fortunati, who has ‘extensive experience in oil and gas’ and additionally, an ‘excellent advisor’ on company dynamics, having spent time in house at Amoco Oil Company, among others. Senior associate Gonzalo Viña can also count on in house experience (at Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia), and focuses on natural resources and energy law as well as having experience in dispute resolution and corporate law matters. The practice was further strengthened in March 2021 with the arrival of Ricardo Castañeda, former head of legal at YPF Luz, who brings expertise in M&A, corporate, project finance and energy law. However, former senior associate Lucila Parodi moved inhouse at Livent in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Fortunati; José Carlos Cueva

Testimonials

‘The Beccar Varela team solves all our legal problems and in my experience in a faster and more efficient way than other law firms’.

‘Speed, efficiency, they are available at any time and they solve any type of problem that we are facing’.

‘Roberto Fortunati is the partner in charge, with extensive experience in Oil & Gas, of great help not only in legal matters but he is an excellent advisor in the dynamics of the company’.

‘They have a multidisciplinary team of lawyers that has a great track record in hydrocarbon legal issues in Argentina’.

‘Their response times are excellent and they demonstrate great knowledge and professionalism in their concepts issued and procedures carried out’.

Key clients

Quintana E&P Argentina

YPF

Petróleos Sudamericanos

Patterson UTI Energy

Raizen Argentina

Quintana WellPro

Italgas

Trafigura / Puma Energy

ENAP Sipetrol

American Energy Partner

Argentina > Tax Tier 3

The ‘technically soundBeccar Varela tax team solves ‘complex issues’ in an ‘innovative’ and ‘efficient’ way. The team is experienced in financial services, real estate and energy, and is developing a growing reputation for expertise in the dynamic fintech, e-commerce and life-science sectors. The team, led by the ‘outstanding’ and ‘studiousSantiago L Montezanti, is very strong transactionally, provides extensive tax planning and preparation advice and also has tax litigation capability. Other key names include María de los Ángeles Olano, Enrique Lopez and Fernando Botello; all are ‘very talented and thorough’.

Practice head(s):

Santiago L. Montezanti

Testimonials

A prestigious firm with a long tradition. A team of young and highly prepared tax lawyers that provide an interesting combination of experience and novel, ingenious, and holistic solutions.

Santiago Montezanti has built a very interesting team of professionals. He is an outstanding lawyer with deep knowledge of both Argentine and international law.

María de los Angeles Olan, Enrique López and Fernando Botello are very talented and thorough.

‘The Beccar Varela tax group, led by Santiago Montezanti, has positioned itself as one of the most recognised tax practices in Argentina.’

‘Great legal knowledge and practical approach, which allows them to avoid tax risks.’

‘Santiago Montezanti has solid legal knowledge and is able to take on complex tax issues, simplify them and obtain the appropriate results. He is a very studious person.’

‘Whenever we turn to the Beccar Varela tax team, we are certain that complex issues will be solved correctly in an efficient and solid way, offering innovative solutions that meet the requirements of clients.’

‘It is one of the best. Available and technically sound. We have had a professional relationship with María de los Ángeles Olano for years.’

‘An excellent group of professionals with a high level of technical and business knowledge. The most prominent lawyers are Maria de los Angeles Olano and Santiago Montezanti.’

Key clients

Mercado Libre

Stagwell Group

Saint Gobain

Didi Chuxing

Ingram Micro

Credit Suisse

Grupo CEOSA

Fonplata

CyberArk

Brightstar

Founded in 1897, Beccar Varela is a leading full-service law firm in Argentina. It advises local and international companies in all areas of corporate law across all industries and seamlessly manages complex cross-border initiatives. Its team consists of over 160 lawyers specializing in different areas of law, 41 of whom are partners.

Throughout its history, the firm has forged alliances with international networks that bring together highly reliable worldwide law firms. It is an active member of the World Services Group, Interlex, Club de Abogados, ALAE, and INBLF networks.

Beccar Varela is the go-to firm in Argentina for clients focused on global issues such as corporate sustainability and triple impact; it is the country’s first full-service law firm to have joined the United Nations Global Compact and to issue an annual sustainability report. The firm provides interdisciplinary advice on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) business models, including impact investments.

Beccar Varela’s head office is located in the heart of Buenos Aires; the firm also has a branch in Tigre, in northern Buenos Aires. The firm assists clients with activities across the country, advising on national, provincial, and local regulations.

The superb relations with law firms and clients throughout the region enables Beccar Varela’s team to seamlessly support complex cross-border initiatives and Latin America-wide strategies. The firm office in the free trade zone in Montevideo, Uruguay, offers strategic legal guidance to clients for their regional operations.

Clients: The firm combines its understanding of global and local business cultures to provide strategic tailor-made solutions to top-tier multinationals, national companies, and individuals, as well as start-ups and not-for-profit organizations. Its client portfolio includes leading blue-chip industry companies, both national and international, which invest and operate in Argentina. Beccar Varela has been serving many clients for nearly a century or more, such as Citibank since its first global expansion in 1914, and Unilever since the early 1920s.

Areas of practice: The firm deals with agribusiness, arbitration, art law, banking and financial institutions, bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring, capital markets, company law, competition and antitrust, compliance, consumer protection, corporate advice, energy, entrepreneurship, environmental law, family business governance, fintech, healthcare and life sciences, insurance, intellectual property – patents and trademarks, international trade and customs, labor and social security law, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, microfinance, mining, oil and gas, private clients, private equity, product liability, project finance, public law, real estate and hospitality, sports law, tax law, TMT (telecoms, media, technology), trusts and trust services, white-collar and corporate crime.

Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Horacio E Beccar Varela hbeccarvarela@beccarvarela.com
Banking and financial institutions Maximiliano D'Auro mdauro@beccarvarela.com
Mergers and acquisitions María Shakespear mshakespear@beccarvarela.com
TMT Emilio Beccar Varela ebeccarvarela@beccarvarela.com
Company Law Miguel Remmer mremmer@beccarvarela.com
Private Equity Tomás Allende tallende@beccarvarela.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Oscar Aguilar Valdez  photo Mr Oscar Aguilar Valdez Oscar Aguilar Valdez is a partner at Beccar Varela. He co-heads the…
Mr Gaspar Arturo Aguirre  photo Mr Gaspar Arturo Aguirre Gaspar Aguirre is an advisory partner of Beccar Varela. He is the…
 Tomás Allende  photo Tomás Allende Tomás is a partner of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include private equity…
Ms Micaela Aranciva  photo Ms Micaela Aranciva Micaela Aranciva is an associate of Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Mr Emilio Beccar Varela  photo Mr Emilio Beccar Varela Emilio Beccar Varela is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the…
Mr Horacio Esteban Beccar Varela  photo Mr Horacio Esteban Beccar Varela Horacio E. Beccar Varela is the firm’s managing partner, a position he…
Mr Manuel Beccar Varela  photo Mr Manuel Beccar Varela Manuel Beccar Varela is a partner of Beccar Varela. He is the…
Ms Patricia Browne  photo Ms Patricia Browne Patricia Browne is a senior associate at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
 Ricardo Castañeda  photo Ricardo Castañeda Ricardo Castaneda is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Mr Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutell  photo Mr Juan Pablo Chevallier-Boutell Juan Pablo Chevallier Boutell is an advisory partner of Beccar Varela and…
Mr Roberto H Crouzel  photo Mr Roberto H Crouzel Roberto H. Crouzel is a partner at Beccar Varela, where he co-heads…
 José Carlos Cueva  photo José Carlos Cueva José Carlos Cueva is a partner at Beccar Varela since 2001. He…
Ms Luciana Denegri  photo Ms Luciana Denegri Luciana Denegri is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
 Agustín Duarte  photo Agustín Duarte He is senior associate of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include insurance…
 Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro  photo Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro Maximiliano D’Auro is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Mr Ignacio Flores  photo Mr Ignacio Flores Ignacio Flores is a partner of Beccar Varela. He joined the firm…
Mr Roberto A Fortunati  photo Mr Roberto A Fortunati Roberto A. Fortunati is a partner at Beccar Varela and a member…
 Eduardo José Güemes  photo Eduardo José Güemes Eduardo Güemes is a partner of Beccar Varela and the head of…
 Álvaro J Galli  photo Álvaro J Galli Álvaro is a partner of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include Labor…
 Gonzalo García Delatour  photo Gonzalo García Delatour Gonzalo García Delatour is a partner of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include…
Ms Dorothea Garff  photo Ms Dorothea Garff Dorothea is a senior associate at Beccar Varela. She joined the firm…
 Martín Gastaldi  photo Martín Gastaldi Martín Gastaldi is a partner of Beccar Varela and the head of…
Ms Valeria Kemerer  photo Ms Valeria Kemerer She is a senior associate of Beccar Varela. She focuses on company law…
Mr Rafael Marcelo Lobos  photo Mr Rafael Marcelo Lobos Rafael Lobos is a partner of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include mergers and…
Ms Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy  photo Ms Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy is a senior associate at Beccar Varela, having joined the…
Mr Javier Luis Magnasco  photo Mr Javier Luis Magnasco Javier L. Magnasco is a partner of Beccar Varela. His practice areas include…
 María Fernanda Mierez  photo María Fernanda Mierez María Fernanda Mierez is a partner of Beccar Varela. Her practice areas include…
Mr Santiago L Montezanti  photo Mr Santiago L Montezanti Santiago Montezanti is partner of Beccar Varela. He is the head of…
Mr Marcos Moreno Hueyo  photo Mr Marcos Moreno Hueyo Marcos is a senior associate of Beccar Varela.
 Ramón I Moyano  photo Ramón I Moyano Ramón I. Moyano is a partner of Beccar Varela and a member of…
Mr Pedro Nicholson  photo Mr Pedro Nicholson Pedro Nicholson is a partner at Beccar Varela, where he heads the…
Mr Gustavo Papeschi  photo Mr Gustavo Papeschi Gustavo Papeschi is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Mr Alejandro Poletto  photo Mr Alejandro Poletto Alejandro Poletto is a partner of Beccar Varela. He joined the firm…
 José Miguel Puccinelli  photo José Miguel Puccinelli José Miguel Puccinelli is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the…
Ms Victoria Rabasa  photo Ms Victoria Rabasa Victoria Rabasa is an associate at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
 Jorge Rassó  photo Jorge Rassó Dr. Rassó is an advisory partner of Beccar Varela. He focuses on…
Mr Miguel Carlos Remmer  photo Mr Miguel Carlos Remmer Miguel Remmer is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Ms Florencia Rosati  photo Ms Florencia Rosati Florencia Rosati is a partner at Beccar Varela. She co-heads the firm’s…
Ms Yanina Salemme Duprat  photo Ms Yanina Salemme Duprat Yanina Salemme Duprat is a senior associate at Beccar Varela, having joined…
 Carolina Serra photo Carolina Serra Carolina Serra is a partner at Beccar Varela. She joined the firm…
 María Shakespear  photo María Shakespear María Shakespear is a partner at Beccar Varela. She is a member of…
 Pedro Silvestri photo Pedro Silvestri Pedro Silvestri is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
 Miguel María Silveyra  photo Miguel María Silveyra Miguel Silveyra is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm in…
Ms Casiana Silveyra Perdriel  photo Ms Casiana Silveyra Perdriel Casiana Silveyra Perdriel has been a partner of Beccar Varela since 2007.…
Mr Federico Sosa  photo Mr Federico Sosa Federico Sosa is a partner at the firm, having joined Beccar Varela…
Mr Juan Antonio Stupenengo  photo Mr Juan Antonio Stupenengo Juan Antonio Stupenengo is a partner at Beccar Varela. He co-heads the…
Mr Pablo J Torretta  photo Mr Pablo J Torretta Pablo Torretta is a partner at Beccar Varela, having joined the firm…
Mr L. Augusto Vechio  photo Mr L. Augusto Vechio Augusto Vechio is a partner at Beccar Varela. He co-leads the International…
 Emilio Nicolás Federico Vogelius  photo Emilio Nicolás Federico Vogelius Emilio N. Vogelius is advisory partner of Beccar Varela, having joined the…
 Agustín Waisman  photo Agustín Waisman Agustín Waisman is a partner of Beccar Varela. He joined the firm…
Partners : 41
Fee-earners : 121
Total staff : 250
Spanish
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese