Beccar Varela > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Firm Profile

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

Argentina > Compliance Tier 1

As the first Argentine law firm to establish a white collar and corporate crime department, Beccar Varela is known for its expertise handling internal investigations and criminal proceedings,  including complex cross-border matters. The team also advises clients on anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing, as well as the implementation of related compliance programmes, risk assessments and monitoring. Other areas covered include asset tracing and recovery, anonymous whistleblowing and business ethics. Compliance and anti-corruption expert Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro co-leads the practice with white-collar crime veteran Manuel Beccar Varela. Partners Gustavo Papeschi (anti-corruption and compliance) and Francisco Zavalía (white collar and corporate crime, cybercrime and regulatory compliance) provide further senior-level expertise, with senior Dorothea Garff the key contact at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Maximiliano D’Auro; Manuel Beccar Varela

Key clients

Telefónica de Argentina

Samsung Electronics Argentina

Bet 365

OLX Autos

Simplot Argentina

Dridco

Pomelo

Enjoy

Work highlights

  • Regular assistance to Telefonica Argentina on anti-corruption, AML and third-party vendor due diligence.
  • Carried out a series of investigations leading to the discovery that a large number of Samsung mobile phones had entered Argentina illegally and were being offered for sale in clandestine shops.
  • Advised OLX Autos on the overhaul of its AML internal programme to determine its grade of compliance with local regulation, as well as redesigning policies and procedures.

Argentina > Fintech Tier 1

Beccar Varela has invested in developing a truly dedicated fintech offering for a number of years and is called on by banking and non-banking players in the space for regulatory, structuring, investment, financing and public relations advice. The team handles all the key fintech verticals, including challenger banks, e-wallets, payments, open banking, cryptoassets, crowdfunding and insurtech. Banking and regulatory-focused partner Daniel Levi co-leads the team alongside corporate and M&A partner María Shakespear and banking and finance expert Pablo Torretta.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Levi; María Shakespear; Pablo Torretta

Key clients

Nubank

Stripe

Softbank

Ualá

Mercado Pago

SumUp

Modo

Ank

Crypto.com

Ebanx

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of banks and payment providers on the sale of their remaining stake in Prisma Medios de Pago, Argentina’s most important electronic payments provider, to Advent International.
  • Assisted Ualá with all corporate and regulatory matters involved in the purchase of Wilobank; Ualá is a mobile app for managing a master card prepaid debit card in Argentina.
  • Advised the shareholders of Atix Labs, an Argentine company dedicated to the provision of blockchain services, on the sale of shares to Globant.

Argentina > International trade and customs Tier 1

Beccar Varela advises local and international corporate clients on complex international trade and customs matters, and is also called on by sovereign governments for support on all aspects of trade policy. The practice provides broad coverage of all trade issues, including the import, transit, and export of goods, international distribution agreements, international sale of goods, dispute settlement, trade remedies, anti-dumping investigations, import licenses and rules of origin. On the customs side, the team handles transfer pricing, goods valuations and the implementation of international customs tax structures, as well as representing clients in the courts in a range of complex lawsuits and administrative claims. The team is co-led by Augusto Vechio, an experienced international trade specialist with expertise in World Trade Organisation (WTO) and MERCOSUR rules; and Guido Krolovetzky, who is known for his focus on the customs law aspects of domestic, regional and international laws and regulations governing the sale of goods. Senior associate Camila Corvalán provides key support on antitrust, competition, consumer defence, fair trade and international trade matters, with fellow seniors Agustin Perrino and Mariano Plaza handling work related to WTO and Mercosur rules.

Practice head(s):

Augusto Vechio; Guido Krolovetzky

Testimonials

The legal service provided by the firm is excellent, its partners and professionals are available to the client to provide quick and effective responses.

Partners are directly involved in counselling. It is worth noting the management of Augusto Vecchio.

Very accessible and experienced partners.

Camila a Corvalán provides a differentiated service. She knows a lot about the market and a customs issues. She is not a partner yet, but a senior associate working as a partner.

Camila Corvalán – she has a differentiated service and is very knowledgeable about the market and customs issues.

The team specializing in international trade and customs at this law firm is truly exceptional and deserves high praise for its outstanding experience and dedication in this field. Its knowledge and proficiency in the field of international trade is evident in its outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to clients. The firm’s deep understanding of customs regulations and policies and comprehensive knowledge of customs laws, tariffs, and the legal frameworks related to international trade is one of its strengths This experience allows them to provide valuable legal guidance and solutions to its clients. This experience covers a wide range of international trade matters, including import/export, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. In conclusion, EBV’s experience in international trade and customs, along with its commitment to the success of its clients, makes it a reliable and valuable partner for companies involved in global trade. The lawyers’ comprehensive knowledge, strategic approach and unwavering dedication distinguish this as a leading firm in the field of international and customs law in Argentina.

Camila Corvalán demonstrates a dedication to the success of her clients that is exemplary. She prioritizes open and transparent communication, ensuring they understand the clients’ needs and objectives. The team of highly trained attorneys (including Mariano Plaza) demonstrates exceptional professionalism, integrity, and a client-centered approach that builds trust. Furthermore, its ability to navigate the challenges of cross-border transactions and mitigate risks is commendable. They have a proven track record of successfully representing their clients in international trade disputes, negotiations and regulatory compliance. Their dedication to achieving positive results and protecting the interests of their clients is unwavering.

The team is always available and can bring solutions and good strategies for the case.

Key clients

Groupe SEB

MK BR

Allergan / Abbvie

Beiersdorf

Hasbro

Mercedes Benz

GlaxoSmithKline

Cristobal Colon

Pacific Blue Denim Argentina

MKS Investments Argentina

Laboratorios Roemmers Argentina

Ulma Packaging

Galderma

Tesa

Ovniplast Argentina

Work highlights

  • Represented Groupe SEB Brazil in an antidumping investigation into Brazilian exports of food processors to Argentina.
  • Provided legal advice and representation to Beiersdorf in relation to Argentina’s import license regime.
  • Advise Allergan / Abbvie on the filing and compliance requirements of Argentina’s import license regime.

Argentina > Public law Tier 1

Beccar Varela handles a variety of public law work at the federal, provincial and municipal levels for clients in the transportation, infrastructure, life sciences and technology sectors, among others. The team’s expertise ranges from public procurement, bid processes, public works, infrastructure concessions and public-private partnerships (PPPs), to government contracts, public finance, zoning and highly regulated industries. The firm is also well-versed in contentious public law litigation, handling administrative and judicial review procedures including injunctions, class actions, and appellate reviews. Juan Antonio Stupenengo focuses on constitutional, administrative and regulatory law and co-leads the practice with Oscar Valdez, who focuses on public procurement, infrastructure concessions and PPPs. Administrative and regulatory law-focused associate Juan Pablo Perrino is another key name, as is Santiago Barbarán, who has wide-ranging public sector experience.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Aguilar Valdez; Juan Antonio Stupenengo

Testimonials

Unlike other firms, the lawyers of Beccar Varela put themselves in the client’s shoes, try to understand their needs and provide a tailored service solution. Other offices tend to discard all those requirements that do not match their standard service specification.

Juan Antonio Stupenengo is a young professional who knows how to listen to the client and achieve the proposed objectives.

Key clients

Globenet Cabos Submarinos

Facebook

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Urbaser

bet365

HJ Heinz

Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales

APR Energy

Leoncio Arizu

Mercado Libre

Work highlights

  • Represented Globenet Cabos Submarinos and Facebook in a dispute against Municipality of La Costa regarding an authorisation fee to start the operation of a cable landing station that connects a submarine cable linking Argentina, Brazil and the United States.
  • Advised WhatsApp on an investigation opened by the Federal Competition Commission regarding terms of service and privacy policy.
  • Legal assistance and representation of Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires  in a litigation before the Federal Supreme Court of Justice related to the annulment of a provincial judgement.

Argentina > TMT Tier 1

Beccar Varela’s full-service TMT practice is called on for advice and assistance regarding data protection and privacy, software licensing, digital advertising and fintech, as well as telecoms infrastructure matters that include landing rights, cell tower construction, satellite networks and subsea cabling. The team’s wide-ranging client base includes infrastructure and service providers, content developers, multimedia and entertainment groups, and software and technology developers. The practice is co-led by Emilio Beccar Varela, a respected industry figure with vast experience across media and entertainment, telecoms, IT and IP; and litigation and disputes-focused Florencia Rosati. Versatile counsel Mariana Lamarca Vidal is the main contact at associate level and has a broad practice that includes coverage of various TMT-related corporate, contractual advisory and litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati

Testimonials

It is an interdisciplinary team of professionals, which facilitates legal consultations related to all areas. The issues are dealt with from various angles and in general we receive complete answers according to our needs.

What sets them apart from other law firms is the quality of the advice they provide on all legal aspects, which give us security when making decisions. When it comes to technology and personal data processing, we recommend Florencia Rosati and Martin Beccar Varela.

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Argentina

DiDi Mobility

Gilead Sciences

Cheil Worldwide

4H Agency – SkinClub

Primavera Sound

RTB House Services

Seaborn Networks

Play Digital

Ank

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung Electronics Argentina on the legal aspects of data protection.
  • Advice to DiDi regarding the services it provides in Argentina, including data protection issues.
  • Advised Gilead Sciences on data retention policies.

Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 2

The Beccar Varela banking and finance team is known for its transactional capability, with experience in cross-border financing and refinancing deals with complex underlying collateral structures, as well as corporate, project and asset financings. Advising on the foreign exchange implications for bank lending is another busy area, with the practice also at the forefront of regulatory matters in the fintech space, and active in the fast-growing sustainability-linked loan and bond markets. Pablo Torretta, Luciana Denegri, Daniel Levi and Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro jointly-lead the practice, which also continues to draw on the vast experience of veteran M&A and banking partner Roberto Fortunati. Torretta brings extensive forex, restructuring and international financing experience to the table, with Denegri an influential figure in the development of Argentina’s sustainable finance ecosystem. D’Auro, who is also prominent in the firm’s compliance practice, advises banks on financing, refinancing and regulation; while Daniel Levi, who leads the firm's fintech group, played a leading role in Ualá’s pioneering purchase of Wilobank, the first acquisition of a bank by a fintech in Argentina. The practice strengthened its senior ranks in 2022 with the partner promotions of refinancing and restructuring expert Felipe Videla and Lucía Degano, the latter of whom heads operations in the firm’s regional office in the free trade zone in Uruguay. At associate level, seniors María Victoria Pavani (capital markets); and Gonzalo Ochoa (banking/foreign exchange regulation) are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Torretta; Luciana Denegri; Daniel Levi; Maximiliano D’Auro

Testimonials

Beccar Varela made a team of professionals available to us who were highly prepared for the job and have been very important in meeting the objectives of the issuance project that we tackled together with them.

Always available to clarify any doubt and always well connected to find the exact source.

They know our business. In the face of new regulations that may affect the company, calls or meetings with specialist teams are contacted and organised, if necessary. They are constantly updated on regulations related to the field in which they operate. The level of advice, knowledge of risks in the macro, market and business environment is very good.

They form teams with strong knowledge in their area of expertise. This allows any query that we make in reference to a specific topic to find a response, regardless of who it is addressed to. There is always a reference to give answers of very good quality accompanied by fundamentals and analysis, added to which is the speed and follow-up of the answers. The teams can also be dedicated to several different tasks simultaneously without neglecting any of them. I consider this aspect a great differential in relation to other competitors. Partner: Luciana Denegri.

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Ualá

BLC Asset Solutions

Apollo Management

BAF LatAm Credit Fund

Invap

Asociación Civil Sumatoria para una Nueva Economía

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the drafting and review of a loan agreement for a $184.5m International Finance Corporation loan to Telecom Argentina to expand and improve and optical fibre mobile networks.
  • Acted as deal counsel to NGO Sumatoria for the issuance of the first sustainable bond in the local capital markets earmarked for funding gender equity projects.
  • Advised the placement agents on Vista Energy Argentina’s $40.5m swap and notes issuance.

Argentina > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 2

Beccar Varela handles financial restructurings and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings for international and national clients across a range of industry sectors. The team covers out of-court negotiations, prejudicial proceedings, credit recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy reorganisation proceedings, and debt restructurings. Litigation is another strong area, with the firm managing a large portfolio of proceedings, including cross-border matters, at provincial and national level. Martín Gastaldi is a well-known insolvency, bankruptcy and dispute-resolution expert. He leads the team alongside private equity practitioner Tomás Allende and banking specialist Pablo Torretta. Federico Sosa, who covers complex litigation, class actions, and insolvency and bankruptcy; and corporate and banking lawyer Felipe Videla, who was raised to the partnership in April 2022, are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Martín Gastaldi; Tomás Allende; Pablo Torretta

Key clients

BAF LatAm Credit Fund

BLC Asset Solutions

Deutsche Bank

Alvarez Marsal

Puente Hermanos

Landesbank Baden-Würtemberg

BTG Pactual

Banco BISA

Citibank

Work highlights

  • Advised BLC Asset Solutions on a complex loan renegotiation involving Gemsa.
  • Advising BAF on the the default of a loan issued to LRI.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank, as secured creditor, in a bilateral restructuring agreement with Molino Cañuelas.

Argentina > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Beccar Varela is sought out for advice on enforcement, merger control, investigations, counselling and compliance, as well as cartel-related litigation. The team is particularly well-known for its competition law expertise in the cement, automobile and technology sectors, and has also been active on credit-card abuse investigations. Practice head Agustín Waisman is recognised for his competition and antitrust experience, and is also strong in the areas of consumer protection and gaming law. Augusto Vechio, co-head of the firm’s international trade and customs team, provides additional senior level support, with senior associates Camila Corvalán and Mercedes Pando leading the second line.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Waisman

Key clients

Meta

Despegar

Aerolíneas Argentinas

Merck

Boehringer Ingelheim

Kimberly Clarke

Samsung

Unilever

Edwards Life Sciences

Quinto Andar

Work highlights

  • Advised on the competition strategy for the sale of a 49% stake in Prisma to Advent International.
  • Advising Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia, one of the four cement companies in Argentina, on an investigation for alleged abuse of dominance before the Argentine Competition Commission.
  • Assisted renewable energy company Total Eren with the preparation and filing of a submission to the Competition Commission following its investment in the Vientos Los Hércules windfarm project.

Argentina > Consumer law Tier 2

Beccar Varela advises local and international consumer companies on fair trade and consumer regulations including advertising, product labelling, product liability, e-commerce, internet-related matters and intermediary liability. Other areas of expertise include sweepstakes, promotional activities, loyalty programmes and recalls, with clients also turning to the firm for support on contentious matters, class actions, individual damage claims and litigation involving fair trade and consumer protection regulations. The practice is co-led by dispute resolution lawyers Federico Sosa and Gonzalo García Delatour, with additional senior support coming from competition and antitrust department head Agustín Waisman and Ignacio Flores - whose practice covers a range of areas including manufacturer liability and consumer law. Rocío Alejandra Labán, who covers civil and commercial litigation, is the main contact at associate level. Senior associate Noelia de Belder departed to take up a role in the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in  June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo García Delatour; Federico Sosa

Testimonials

A solid team that is experienced and accustomed to dealing with important matters.

Federico Sosa stands out for his vast experience. He knows the regulations and jurisprudence very well.

The team is creative and adapts to the needs of the client.

There is direct contact with experienced partners who are dedicated to clients.

This law firm has an excellent professional quality. They have helped us to find alternatives to the different problems that we have presented to them, complying in presenting us the reports in the time that our business needs. As for the team, they are very warm and responsible people, who are very attentive to the requirements and who work with total commitment.

Key clients

Citibank

Banco Santander

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

BBVA

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Banco Itaú

Cardif Seguros

Western Union Financial Services Argentina

Mercado Libre

Portofolio Personal and INTL CIBSA Soc. de Bolsa

Work highlights

  • Representing several banks on numerous class actions related to consumer law filed by consumer associations.
  • Currently advising an international financial entity on a class action related to consumer law filed by a consumer association.
  • Representing insurance companies in several class actions related to life insurances fees filed by consumer associations.

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Beccar Varela is a ‘trusted partner’ that multinationals, private equity firms and local SMEs turn to for support on the structuring of complex acquisitions and disposals of controlling and minority stakes, corporate reorganisations, spin-offs, and joint ventures. In addition to its active transactional practice, the team also provides day-to-day corporate advisory support to a large portfolio of domestic and international clients in a range of sectors, with its expertise in technology, financial services, agribusiness and energy particularly noted. Heavyweight M&A lawyer Roberto Crouzel co-leads the practice alongside standout transactional expert María Shakespear; ‘outstanding’ M&A lawyer Alejandro Poletto; and respected private equity and private client adviser Ramón I Moyano. Ricardo Castañeda, previously with YPF, has deepened the firm’s energy and power expertise, with natural resources department head Roberto Fortunati also making a valuable contribution. Other key partners include experienced cross-border M&A lawyer Tomás Allende; corporate and banking all-rounder Carolina Serra; and Lucía Degano, who runs the firm’s regional office in the free trade zone in Uruguay. Counsel Eugenia Radaelli (M&A, corporate advisory and banking & finance) spearheads the practice’s second line with senior associate Luciana Liefeldt another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Crouzel; María Shakespear; Ramón Moyano; Alejandro Poletto

Testimonials

‘Beccar Varela has a prestigious team made up of experienced professionals and young talent. They deliver concrete, efficient customer-focused results.’

‘The lawyers have a great willingness to consult and provide superior technical attention.’

‘The team is excellent. They approach complex matter from all possible perspectives.’

‘Alejandro Poletto is an outstanding lawyer who puts his clients first and is totally dedicated to delivering the best possible outcome. A trusted partner and adviser.’

Maria Shakespeare is the professional with whom we have had the most contact in the law firm. She has assisted us in every consultation we have had and has given us her professional support with total dedication. Unlike other professionals we have worked with throughout the year, Maria has been able to provide us with a response in record time, with remarkable detail and professionalism.

The personal treatment and warmth in the professional attention, especially Roberto Crouzel, María Benson and Carolina Serra.

Key clients

PPRO

Profitwell

Indorama Ventures

BAF LatAm Credit Fund

UPL

Publicis Groupe Holdings

Sura

Simplimove

The Central America Bottling Company

Omya

Ualá

Charles Taylor Limited

Tiger Global

Work highlights

  • Advised PPRO, an international Fintech company that provides digital payments infrastructure to business and banks, on its acquisition of Qubits.
  • Advised Profitwell, a tech company dedicated to data analytics with a novel pay-as-you-use model, on a merger transaction with Paddle.
  • Advised Indorama Ventures, a petrochemical company and the world’s largest producer of PET resins, on the acquisition of the Brazilian company Oxiteno.

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Beccar Varela advises plaintiffs and defendants on civil and commercial litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation, with mandates ranging from bet-the-company litigation to major ICC, LCIA and even ICSID arbitrations. The firm, which is known for its expertise in contractual disputes, also has a leading white-collar crime litigation practice. The experienced practice group is co-led by Gonzalo García Delatour (civil and commercial litigation, insolvencies, bankruptcies and arbitrations); Eduardo Güemes (civil and commercial litigation); Martín Gastaldi (restructuring); and Federico Sosa (complex litigation, class actions and insolvency). Seasoned litigation and arbitration veteran Rafael Marcelo Lobos is another key name on the senior partner bench, which receives extensive support from a dynamic second-line of associates specialising in disputes, including Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy, Fernando Kreser, Rocío Alejandra Labán, Sofía Deferrari, Victoria Rabasa, Yanina Salemme Duprat and Máximo Capón.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

They work with a lot of dedication. They pay attention to all the details. They are very serious in their work.

Gonzalo García Delatour and Joaquín Ceballos are very pleasant to deal with. They know the arbitration environment of the ICC well. They put great dedication into the work. They are very reliable and serious.

Key clients

Citibank

Cooper Tire & Rubber

ENAP Sipetrol Argentina

Slade Gorton & Co

Pernod Ricard

GlaxoSmithKline

Samsung Electronics

BBVA

Banco de Galicia

Banco Itau

Work highlights

  • Representing Citibank in a case against Banco Provincia related to the settlement of FX matters; the case has now reached the Supreme Court.
  • Aadvising and representing Citibank in several complex litigation proceedings against Necxus Negocios Informáticos,  an e-commerce electronic products and household appliances group.
  • Defending Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in a dispute with Exportadora Winefish relating to distribution agreements.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity Tier 2

Beccar Varela works with national and international clients in the thermal, hydro, wind, solar, bio-gas and hydrogen sectors. The team covers the full electricity value chain, including generation, transmission, distribution, and major-consumer work; and has experience working on major government privatisations, international bids and concession contract renegotiations. Developers and owners also turn to the team for support on the drafting and negotiation of EPC agreements, including risk assessment and structuring. Renewable energy is another active area, where the practice - a prominent member of the Argentine Renewable Energy Chamber (“CADER”) - advises on public bid processes and financing mechanisms. Respected energy and natural resources lawyer José Carlos Cueva leads the team in tandem with Ricardo Castañeda, who energy clients turn to for advice on M&A, corporate law and project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Cueva; Ricardo Castañeda

Key clients

Total Eren

Canadian Solar

Cartellone Energía y Concesiones

Hive Energy

APR Energy

Flex Wind – Manutenção e Instalação de Sistemas Eólicos

Líneas de Transmisión del Litoral

Swift Argentina

YPF Energía Eléctrica

Alpes Energy

Marcos Browne

Consorcio de Empresas Mendocinas para Potrerillos

Work highlights

  • Advice to the new administrator of the BAF Latam Credit Fund (in official liquidation) on the takeover of a majority stake in Cartellone Energía y Concesiones.
  • Advised Hive Energy on legal aspects of developing of solar power plants in Argentina, including corporate matters, land lease, and participation in provincial tenders.
  • Advised Solartec on all regulatory aspects involved in the supply and installation of PV panels in rural areas, under the Permer (Proyecto de Energías Renovables en Mercados Rurales) National and provincial Programme.

Argentina > Insurance Tier 2

Beccar Varela advises local and international insurers, reinsurers and brokers on the formation, acquisition and divestment of insurance companies and the transfer and sale of customer portfolios. The team also handles regulatory matters; premium collection agreements; claims reports and contentious matters and litigation; and is a "go-to" adviser for online marketplace operators moving into the insurance sector. Insurance specialist Daniel Seoane leads the practice and draws on deep experience as both an in-house lawyer with global insurers and as private practice counsel. Agustín Luis Duarte, who represents insurers and brokers in judicial proceedings related to major accidents and class actions; and Daiana Mari (regulatory issues and claims reports), are the key names at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seoane

Testimonials

Agustin Duarte is always available to answer all the issues we have regarding insurance.

A very solid professional team that presents effective solutions in a timely manner.

Excellent understanding of client needs and the provision of  tailored solutions on time and in the right way.

The team is made up of lawyers with a lot of experience working with insurers, reinsurers and brokers. Advice is personalised and gives peace of mind.

I think what makes Daniel and Daiana stand out is their closeness to the client and their creativity and innovation when it comes to overcoming obstacles and generating business possibilities.

Key clients

Grupo Sura

Mercado Libre

Galicia Seguros

Supervielle Group/Supervielle Seguros

International Credit Insurance Broker

Inmobal Nutrer

Cardif Seguros

Invap

Allianz Argentina Compañía de Seguros

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Sura on the sale of its surety insurance business unit ACG (Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías) to Argentine investors Marcelo Figueiras, José Urtubey and Alberto Serventich.
  • Advised Mercado Libre on obtaining authorisation to operate as a representative of insurers and sell insurance products on its platform.
  • Provided comprehensive legal advice to Galicia Seguros to obtain the authorisation to sell its corporate building; the matter was complex due to a regulatory restriction on the building that had to be withdrawn.

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 2

Beccar Varela helps local and international clients to plan for, mitigate and address all types of labour matters, from complex and contentious cross-border transactions to collective bargaining, dismissals and migration. The team also advises on drafting work contracts, compensation plans, misconduct and disciplinary matters, mass layoffs, and labour due diligence. Practice head Álvaro Galli handles a range of labour matters, including social security, compensation, expatriate regimes and senior staff recruitment and dismissals. A strong team of associates, including seniors Romina Possetti, María Eduarda Noceti and Diego Muslera Larcade, along with counsel María Muriago, provide experienced support. Since publication, Noceti has been raised to the partnership - effective as of November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alvaro Galli

Testimonials

Very skilful professionals. They are very clear communicating how the work has to be done. You can rely on them.

Alvaro Galli is very sharp and skilful, with good people skills.

Key clients

Cargill

Samsung

Sandvik

American Airlines

GlaxoSmithKline

The Walt Disney Company

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Citibank

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Advised Publicis on the acquisition of Retargetly, performing due diligence on all labour-related contingencies and risks.
  • Assisted Underground Producciones with the design of a strategy to terminate workers involved with the TV production “Bios”.
  • Assisted Samsung on the the negotiation of a an executive’s exit, including the negotiation of an exit package and the drafting of the termination and non-compete agreement.

Argentina > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Life sciences clients call on Beccar Varela for support on commercial matters, IP, litigation, and M&A related to the industry. The team is well-versed in the regulatory aspects of clinical trials and drug approvals, and main industry players also turn to the practice for advice on orphan drugs, the country’s exception access regime for pharmaceutical products, and medicinal cannabis' matters. Dynamic young partner Ana Andrés leads the team and has already built a strong reputation in the market for her ‘very good knowledge of the industryLife sciences and corporate-focused associate Julieta González provides primary support.

Practice head(s):

Ana Andrés

Testimonials

It is a team that adapts to the needs of the client. They respond quickly and they have good multidisciplinary expertise. They work very well under pressure and live up to customer expectations.

Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer. She has a very good knowledge of the industry.

The team has a recognised track record and in-depth knowledge of life sciences and healthcare in Argentina.

Excellent practical and theoretical command of the area. Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer who has common sense and understands her clients.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline Argentina

Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos

Biomarin Argentina

Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales

PTC Therapeutics

Sanofi Group

B Braun Medical

Varian Medical Systems

Biosidus

Penumbra

GSK Biopharma

Argentina > Real estate Tier 2

Beccar Varela advises real estate owners, project developers, property managers, lenders and investors on all aspects of real estate law - including acquisitions, divestments, facilities management, leases, financing and the restructuring of real estate holdings in single asset and portfolio transactions. The team works on commercial office, housing, shopping centre, hotel, mixed-use development and industrial plant projects, and is particularly noted for its expertise in the structuring and use of real estate trusts. Pioneering work in sustainability-linked real estate financing and the tokenisation of real estate properties is also recognised. The practice is co-led by deeply experienced real estate practitioner Pedro Nicholson, a stand out figure in the market who undertakes work of ‘excellent quality’; and transactional-focused Pedro Silvestri.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Nicholson; Pedro Silvestri

Testimonials

The firm’s real estate team is highly efficient and practical. In a very warm and close way they clear up any doubt that may arise regarding business, work plans, strategies and the like.

Beccar Varela’s real estate lawyers are highly qualified and experienced.

Beccar Varela has experts in real estate and also in issues related to taxes and corporate matters. Communication between partners was very fluid. They provided us with creative ideas and practical solutions, and always excellent service.

Pedro Nicholson was super responsive, always available to answer our questions, meet our deadlines and find the necessary experts to resolve any complications. A job of excellent quality.

Key clients

The Related – Hotel IQ

AT Developers

Metro Futuro

BAF LatAm Credit Fund

Viña Doña Paula

Jamestown

Jockey Club

Fundación Respirar

JB Developers/JB Arquitectos

Plaswag

Work highlights

  • Advised The Related–Hotel IQ on the completion of internal rulings for the development of buildings in Puerto Madero.
  • Assisting AT Developers with the legal structuring of the Piers Nordelta project; 0ur advice includes the negotiation with the owners of the land, negotiation with the investors and structuring of the legal vehicle (a real estate trust) which will develop, construct and commercialise the project
  • Assisting fintech Metro Futuro with the development of a platform where investors invest in tokenized properties and real estate projects.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Investors, exploration companies and equipment suppliers in the mining industry turn to Beccar Varela for support on the regulatory aspects of the Argentine mining industry, including public law, tax, and financial regulations, as well as labour, land use and temporary importations of machinery. The team serves a broad mix of clients, including senior and junior developers, and covers all phases of the mining life cycle, advising on transactions, provincial permitting issues and negotiations with landowners. The team is co-led by banking and finance veteran Roberto Fortunati, who has long been active in the sector; and corporate, project finance and mining partner Alejandro Poletto.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Fortunati; Alejandro Poletto

Testimonials

They manage financing questions in the sector very well; Roberto Fortunati has considerable knowledge and seniority.

Key clients

Southern Copper

Centaur Resources

Sandvik

Saint Gobain

Esco Servicios Mineros

Placo Argentina

Lake Resources

Work highlights

  • Advising Group Centaur on the corporate status of its local subsidiary in Argentina as well as on its lithium investment projects.
  • Advised Southern Copper Corporation on the transfer and registration of mining properties as well as regulatory compliance issues arising from the option agreement for the Hoyada Project in the province of Catamarca, Argentina.
  • Advised Southern Copper Corporation on the drafting of drilling contracts required for the development of the mining activity in the province of Río Negro, and exploration contracts required for the development of mining activity in the province of Catamarca.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Oil-and-gas clients turn to Beccar Varela for advice regarding offshore exploration, concessions, EPC and other contractual matters, as well as M&A and joint ventures. The team covers all stages of the oil-and-gas production cycle, including exploration, upstream, downstream, equipment and service supplier matters. Other active areas include land use, environmental regulation and financing. The team is co-led by respected corporate and natural resources practitioner Roberto Fortunati; experienced energy partner José Carlos Cueva; Ricardo Castañeda, whose main area of focus is electricity but who also handles hydrocarbon-related work; and M&A and project finance partner Pedro Silvestri.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Fortunati; José Carlos Cueva; Ricardo Castañeda; Pedro Silvestri

Testimonials

Beccar Varela’s team provides us with a comprehensive service. They help us with all the company’s legal matters.

The service is very efficient. Pedro Silvestri is an excellent lawyer with knowledge of the oil industry and strong transactional and financing experience.

Key clients

Quintana E&P Argentina

Seadrill Servicos de Petroleo

Petróleos Sudamericanos

YPF

Raizen Argentina

ENAP Sipetrol

Ingeniería Alpa

Patterson UTI Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Petróleos Sudamericanos on a daily basis regarding its exploration and production activities across multiple concession areas in the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén.
  • Advising Quintana E&P Argentina on its exploration and production activities across multiple concession areas in the province of Santa Cruz.
  • Advising Petróleos Sudamericanos on the analysis, implementation, negotiation and agreement with the province of Río Negro related to a promotional regime for investments in low productivity hydrocarbons wells.

Argentina > Environment Tier 3

International and local clients call on Beccar Varela for support on regulatory and permitting issues, new environmental bills that could impact commercial operations, and environmental audits. Environmental due diligence in M&A processes and representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning waste management, contamination, and clean-ups are other areas of expertise. The practice group's ork in the climate change and carbon credits segement is also noted. Environmental law and climate change expert Manuel Frávega has worked in industry and as a regulator previously, and brings broad experience to the table as practice head. The practice strengthened its bench during the course of 2022 with the hires of senior associate Florencia Marcelli and associate Camilla Caballero.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Frávega

Testimonials

Deep and broad knowledge of the environmental law landscape in Argentine, and good cross-functional coordination with corporate and real estate teams.

Manuel Frávega has deep experience working as a regulator and in government, giving him insight into potential and developing risks, helping us stay ahead of the curve.

I’d highlight the quality and accuracy of the information and advice provided; Manuel Frávega: human quality, expertise, experience, manner.’

Key clients

Jomsalva

Asociación Civil Sumatoria

Work highlights

  • Advised rubber manufacturer Jomsalva on an environmental legal compliance audit.
  • Advised the NGO Sumatoria on the drafting of the environmental and climate chapter of the Sustainable Housing Guide for a sustainable housing development project funded by green financing schemes.

Argentina > Intellectual property Tier 3

Beccar Varela offers a one-stop shop for all IP issues and prides itself on providing support beyond the traditional patent and trade mark prosecution disciplines. Strategic advice related to the protection, ownership, and enforcement of all kinds of IP rights is a key focus area for the practice group, which also handles contract negotiation and drafting, as as well as coordinating patent and trade mark prosecution. The team is co-led by Emilio Beccar Varela, who complements his IP practice with deep expertise in media, entertainment, telecoms and technology; and well-reviewed IP all-rounder Florencia Rosati, who is a stand-out trade mark, patents and copyright law litigator.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati

Testimonials

The team at Beccar Varela has been providing us with stellar IP representation for over five years. They are always responsive to our needs and proactive in developing solutions to any challenges that arise during the trademark process.

They genuinely care about our organisation’s mission and are always available to brainstorm our IP strategy within the country. The entire team deserves recognition, and we especially appreciate Florencia Rosati’s leadership in supporting our needs.

Beccar Varela is a modern and highly competent law firm. The firm’s staff is diverse and we were successfully represented by a team of male and female lawyers. Beccar Varela has international experience and can easily bridge any cultural differences. Their understanding of Argentina and the legal challenges that exist there is profound.’

Emilio Beccar Vareal stands out with his very extensive knowledge and long experience. He can also put together a team that meets the customer’s and the situation’s requirements.

Key clients

UPL – Advanta

Samsung Electronics Argentina

Grupo Biotoscana

99 Tecnologia

JR Simplot Company

WestRock Packaging Systems

Avon

Grupo Enjoy

Canopy Growth Corporation/Spectrum Cannabis Canada

Global Citizen

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung Electronics on intellectual property rights collecting societies; terms and conditions for different sweepstakes; and the drafting of agreements with influencers, apps and services providers.
  • Regularly assistance to Grupo Biotoscana on different IP issues, including the prosecution and custody of its trade mark registrations in Argentina, Latin America, and Europe.
  • Assist JR Simplot Company with the registration and maintenance of its trade mark and domain name portfolio, as well as with different IP issues in Argentina and abroad.

Argentina > Tax Tier 3

Beccar Varela advises national and international clients on a variety of complex tax matters, including tax litigation (at all levels), tax planning, double taxation agreements, transfer pricing and tax free reorganisations. The team is particularly well-known for the strength of its transactional work, handling the tax-related aspects of M&A, project finance, cross-border deals, financing and corporate restructuring. The practice also works closely with the firm’s white-collar and corporate crime department to counsel on tax and fiscal offences. The team is led by Santiago Montezanti, who has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on international tax planning, tax-free reorganisations, M&A and litigation. Senior associate María De Los Ángeles Olano, who advises on local and international tax matters and litigation work, leads the second line with tax law-focused Enrique López an additional key contact.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Montezanti

Testimonials

A very capable team with strong expertise in international tax matters.

Santiago Montezanti is probably one of the best tax lawyers I have worked with in Argentina. Very proactive and efficient. As a partner he was always involved and present in the matter we entrusted to him.

The Beccar Varela tax team is customer oriented. They know the business and align with its needs and requirements. Without a doubt, a firm to work with and recommend.

The lawyers are proactive and they anticipate the client’s requirements.

The team is very solid, with outstanding professionals with a lot of experience in the local and international tax area.

The attention received from the Beccar Varela tax team, led by Ángeles Olano, is extremely effective and efficient.

They are always available and attend to queries with absolute professionalism.

Key clients

Fluor

Grupo Banco Provincia

Pan American Silver

Ebanx

Fonplata

bet365

Sumatoria

QatarEnergy

Refinitiv

Finlays/Casa Fuentes

Work highlights

  • Served as an expert tax witness to support client Fluor in an arbitration initiated by Barrick Exploraciones Argentina and Compañía Minera Nevada.
  • Advised Grupo Banco Provincia on the tax aspects of a demerger of assets and trade marks related to its financial services business.
  • Supported Pan American Silver with tax due diligence for its acquisition of Yamana Gold.

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, 45 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, and an office in the free trade zone in Montevideo, Uruguay. 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 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 & restructuring, capital markets, company law, competition/antitrust, compliance, consumer protection, corporate advice, energy, entrepreneurship, environmental law, ESG, family business governance, fintech, healthcare & life sciences, insurance, intellectual property – patents and trademarks, international trade & customs, labor & social security law, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, microfinance, mining, oil & gas, private clients, private equity, product liability, project finance, public affairs, public law, real estate & hospitality, sports law, tax law, TMT (telecoms, media, technology), trusts and trust services, white-collar & corporate crime.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Horacio E Beccar Varela hbeccarvarela@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6800
Banking and financial institutions Maximiliano D'Auro mdauro@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6800
Mergers and acquisitions María Shakespear mshakespear@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6800
Litigation / Arbitration Gonzalo García Delatour ggarciadelatour@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6843
White Collar & Corporate Crime Manuel Beccar Varela mbeccarvarela@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6800
Private Equity Tomás Allende tallende@beccarvarela.com (+54) 11 4379 6800
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Fee-earners : 120
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