Beccar Varela > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Firm Profile
Beccar Varela Offices
EDIFICIO REPÚBLICA, TUCUMÁN 1, 3RD FLOOR
C1049AAA CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE BUENOS AIRES
Beccar Varela > The Legal 500 Rankings
Argentina > Compliance Tier 1The Beccar Varela compliance team is led by respected compliance and anti-corruption practitioner Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro, who clients single out for his ‘practical approach to resolving matters’ and proactive engagement. White-collar crime specialist Manuel Beccar Varela and Francisco Zavalía, who has experience in compliance and corporate crime, are additional key names. The firm was the first full-service player in Argentina to incorporate white-collar crime expertise into its compliance offer and provides a comprehensive internal investigations and criminal proceedings service. The team also advises local and international clients on the design and implementation of compliance programmes, as well as conducting customer and supplier due diligence and on-boarding.
‘The team is very good. An excellent combination of technical and personal skills that make a difference in the service.’
‘The team go beyond what one expects from your average lawyer, committing themselves to the client and forming a true team with the in-house lawyers.’
‘The availability of the team and expertise in compliance and regulation is noteworthy. Every time it is necessary to consult about a specific issue, they are proactive in resolving any problems.’
‘The availability and cordiality of the associates Francisco Grosso and Rocío Panizza stands out. They are always willing to collaborate at any time and provide simple and clear advice. Rodrigo Allende has also collaborated with us in an excellent way.’
‘Experienced professionals who take a practical, hands on approach to resolving issues. Speed and thoroughness is what separates them from the competition. Their billing strategy is flexible and adaptable to the needs of the client.’
‘I would like to highlight Maxi D’Auro’s expertise and practical approach to resolving matters. He is keenly aware of compliance risks and does not hesitate to promptly pick up the phone and reach out with concerns and advice. His team’s proactiveness has helped us greatly.’
Telefónica de Argentina
Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change
Inter-American Investment Corporation
- Worked closely with Despegar’s in-house compliance team on the design, development, and implementation of a compliance programme for their local and cross border operations.
- Assisted in the design, development, and implementation of a compliance programme for payment services fintech company Modo.
- Conducted a comprehensive onboarding and due diligence procedure of third parties, service providers, other relevant companies and key individuals for Telefónica de Argentina.
Argentina > International trade and customs Tier 1Advising national and international clients, Beccar Varela is ‘always available and has a very good understanding about the legislation, as well as the administrative and political structure of the trade authorities’. The practice group covers the spectrum of issues arising from the import, transit, and export of goods, including international distribution agreements, international sale of goods, dispute settlement, trade remedies, anti-dumping investigations, import licenses and e-commerce regulations. Augusto Vechio has a broad practice, handling issues related to international trade, World Trade Organization rules and Mercosur, along with unfair competition, consumer law and economic regulation matters. He co-leads the team with Guido Krolovetzky, whose focus is customs law related to domestic, regional and international laws and regulations regarding the sale of goods. At associate level, the key name is senior associate Camila Corvalán.
Augusto Vechio; Guido Krolovetzky
‘The customs law team is led by Guido Krolovetzki, a lawyer with a great specialty in that specific field of law. Also by other very young lawyers trained by Guido. Our company has been an importer for more than 40 years, in which we have hired several law firms.‘
‘More than 8 years ago we hired Beccar Varela and fortunately we were able to solve all the daily problems with great speed and dedication. They are always at the forefront of Argentina’s foreign trade problems and before we have the problem they anticipate what it could be and the best solution. They have never made us feel abandoned and are always caring about our company.‘
‘Guido Krolovetzki is a lawyer with enormous knowledge in customs law and great experience. You can stir up problems with much more agility than other lawyers we have hired in the past. It also has a team very dedicated to its customers.‘
‘The team is always available and has a very good understanding about the legislation, as well as the administrative and political structure of the trade authorities. They always are in contact with updates in the Argentinean legislation and opportunities for Brazilian clients.‘
‘Understanding of the legal framework, availability, good communication skills in different languages.‘
‘Human quality, attention to detail, technical knowledge and professionalism.‘
Albaugh Agro (Brasil)
Groupe SEB Brasil
Meta / Facebook
- Advised the European Union and the UE Delegation in Buenos Aires on the project entitled “Technical Support to EU Market Access Team and Trade Analysis in Argentina” (2019-2021).
- Awarded by public bid and appointed by MOFCOM as the only Argentine firm to be on the roster of law firms for trade remedy cases for the period 2022-2024.
- Advised and represented Galderma, Beiersdorf, Sidus, Groupe SEB Brasil, Coppel, Coats, Ariston, ISDIN, Hasbro, PPG Industries on matters related to the non-automatic import licenses regime, import restrictions, and trade barriers.
Argentina > Public law Tier 1Beccar Varela provides specialised public law advice to local and international clients in a range of sectors, including transportation, infrastructure, the life sciences and technology. The ‘excellent’ team is one of the ‘best in the country’ and handles a variety of work at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Areas of expertise include public procurement, bid processes, public works, infrastructure concessions and public-private partnerships (PPPs). The team also advises on matters involving government contracts, public finance, zoning and highly regulated industries. Juan Antonio Stupenengo (highlighted for his ‘technical skills’) co-heads the practice alongside veteran practitioner Oscar Aguilar Valdez, who has extensive public law and disputes expertise. At senior associate level, Juan Pablo Perrino stands out for his ‘technical and practical knowledge’, while Santiago Barbarán brings his public sector experience -at both provincial and national levels- to bear.
Oscar Aguilar Valdez; Juan Antonio Stupenengo
‘The best administrative law team in the country.’
‘Beccar Varela’s Public Law team is excellent. The technical skills of Juan Antonio Stupenengo and the senior associate Juan Pablo Perrino are exceptional.‘
‘Juan Pablo Perrino has technical and practical knowledge that really makes a difference. He really understands the needs of the client.‘
Vial Andes 7
Sanofi Aventis Pharma
Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales
Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
- Assisted Vial Andes 7 with the early termination of a large public private partnership (PPP) highway contract already entered into with the Federal Highway Administration.
- Supported Mercado Libre in negotiations with Corporación del Mercado Central de Buenos Aires (a publicly-owned entity), regarding new concession rights to extend and develop Mercado Libre’s distribution centre.
- Assisted Sanofi Aventis Pharma with the execution of public contracts entered into with PAMI and IOMA — federal and provincial social assistance agencies (respectively) for retirees and pensioners— for the provision of medicines.
Argentina > TMT Tier 1Beccar Varela’s broad TMT practice provides a full-service offering to infrastructure and service providers, content developers, entertainment companies and technology developers. The team stands out in the areas of data protection and data privacy, as well as handling a range of software licensing, outsourcing, cloud computing and confidentiality agreements. Sector specialisms include mobile, satellite, broadcasting, digital media, fintech, technology and e-commerce. Senior partner Emilio Beccar Varela is a key name in the area and focuses on media and entertainment, telecommunications, IT, IP and corporate advice. He co-leads the team with Florencia Rosati, whose practice centres on contentious advice in the TMT space. At associate level, senior Mariana Lamarca Vidal handles legal, corporate, contractual advisory and litigation regarding trade marks and patents and copyright, entertainment, e-commerce, privacy and personal data protection, and new technologies.
Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati
Banco del Sol
Samsung Electronics Argentina
S4 Capital (MightyHive and Media Monks)
The Walt Disney Company
- Advice to DiDi regarding the services it provides in Argentina, including data protection issues.
- Advice to Banco del Sol on different technology and data protection matters.
- Advised Samsung Electronics Argentina on the legal aspects of data protection.
Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 2The ‘great team’ at Beccar Varela stands out for its strong transactional expertise and is also active in project finance and banking regulation. During the last 18 months restructuring and liability management deals have accounted for a significant volume of transaction flow, with the firm representing global banking syndicates on a number of complex, cross-border deals. The firm has sustained a steady flow of borrower-side engagements too, advising corporates on capital markets and regulatory matters. The quartet of Pablo Torretta, Luciana Denegri, Daniel Levi and Maximiliano Nicolás D’Auro co-lead the practice. Torretta’s practice includes regulation, restructuring and project finance, although he is best known for his in-depth forex expertise, while Denegri stands out for her capital markets work. Levi, who also co-leads the firm’s fintech practice, has helped to the position the firm strongly in digital banking and online payments. D’Auro, in turn, has broad banking and finance law experience, with specialist expertise in the areas of compliance and anti-corruption. The firm strengthened its senior ranks with the April-2022 promotion of Felipe Videla and Lucía Degano (who works out of Montevideo) to the partnership. Seniors María Victoria Pavani (capital markets); and Gonzalo Javier Ochoa (banking/foreign exchange regulation) are the key figures at associate level.
Pablo Torretta; Luciana Denegri; Daniel Levi; Maximiliano D’Auro
‘A great team with specialism across all areas of banking and finance including M&A, capital markets and foreign exchange.’
‘The team is always available when needed.’
Ad hoc committee of Codere noteholders
Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
Banco BBVA Argentina
Banco Itaú Argentina
International Finance Corporation
- Advised Citibank on its agency roles as part of the restructuring of the international notes of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.
- Advised on the restructuring of Codere’s debt representing the ad hoc Committee of Noteholders in relation to the Codere Group’s seven companies in Argentina.
- Advised the placement agents in the issuance of notes to Vista Oil & Gas to finance Vista’s operation at Vaca Muerta formation within the Bajada del Palo Oeste concession.
Argentina > Competition and antitrust Tier 2The competition and antitrust department at Beccar Varela handles enforcement, merger control, investigations, counselling and compliance. As well as acting in a range of litigation related to cartels and abuse cases, the team has particular expertise in cement and automobile cartels, credit-card investigation abuse cases and matters related to leniency. Agustín Waisman is a go-to name for competition and antitrust, consumer protection and gaming law. He co-leads the team with Augusto Vechio, whose strengths include international trade, World Trade Organization rules, free trade agreements, consumer law and economic regulation. Senior associates Camila Corvalán and Mercedes Pando are also active in the area. Since publication, Corvalán has also been appointed head of the firm's new Public Affairs practice - effective as of November 2022.
Agustín Waisman; Augusto Vechio
Banco de Galicia
Argentina > Consumer law Tier 2The ‘market leaders and trainers of local jurisprudence in the field‘, Beccar Varela ‘s practice encompasses consumer defence, dispute resolution and product liability advising local and international clients on consumer protection, administrative law, customs, compliance and associated intellectual property matters. Dispute resolution specialist Gonzalo García Delatour; Agustín Waisman, who co-leads both the consumer protection and competition/antitrust practices; and Federico Sosa, whose practice takes in complex litigation, class actions and bankruptcy, are the key figures. Sosa also has niche expertise in advisory regarding distribution and sales representative contracts. Senior associates Noelia de Belder (antitrust / consumer law) and Rocío Alejandra Labán (civil & commercial litigation), are also noted.
Gonzalo García Delatour; Federico Sosa
‘Beccar Varela’s team stands out locally among the top 2-3 in Argentina. Both in small cases and in complex and collective cases.’
‘The partners of BV’s Consumer and Litigation team are market leaders and trainers of local jurisprudence in the field.’
Banco Santander Río
Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Unilever de Argentina
Banco del Sol
Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 2Beccar Varela is a ‘true partner’ to corporate and M&A clients, who seek the firm out for advice on complex, cross-border transactions as well as ongoing corporate advisory support. Venture capital and private equity work is an area of particular strength, with the team leveraging firm-wide expertise in technology to win high profile technology-driven M&A work from international financial sponsors. Financial services, agribusiness and energy are other particularly active sectors for the practice. Veteran M&A lawyer Roberto Crouzel co-leads the team alongside the ‘creative and original’ María Shakespear, ‘excellent’ Alejandro Poletto and Ramón Moyano, whose practice areas include project finance, private clients, private equity and venture capital. Other key senior names include Roberto Fortunati, who heads the firm’s natural resources department, and the well-reviewed private equity and M&A specialist Tomás Allende. A pipeline of younger talent includes partner Carolina Serra (company law, M&A and banking & finance); counsel Eugenia Radaelli (M&A, corporate advisory and banking & finance); and senior associate Lucía Degano (M&A, agribusiness, private equity, finance law and corporate law).
Roberto Crouzel; Ramón Moyano; María Shakespear; Alejandro Poletto
‘The team has deep knowledge of the market and delivers quick and creative solutions.’
‘We work directly with Maria Shakespear and her team. They stand out for handling matters in a creative and original way.‘
‘This is a close team that is very committed to our business and shows good knowledge on assigned subjects.’
‘I think Beccar Varela is one of the best corporate and M&A firms in Argentina, with a deep experience in complex transactions. Tomas Allende is an excellent lawyer.’
‘The Beccar Varela team has the ability to act not only as an adviser, but as a true partner of the company. They understand the needs and business of the client. It definitely stands out as a very professional team.’
Ricardo Castañeda and María Lucila Seco are two excellent professionals. They are flexible and the quality of their work is undoubtedly.’
‘Roberto Fortunati and Marcos Moreno Hueyo are outstanding professionals, with great expertise in corporate and mining matters. They apply common sense in their legal advice and are adaptable to the needs of their clients.’
‘Alejandro Poletto and Eugenia Radaelli are excellent lawyers. They have extensive corporate and M&A experience, and importantly they are always available to resolve complex legal issues under significant time pressure.’
Trivest Growth Investment Fund II
Shareholders of Atix Labs
Charles Taylor Limited
- Advised Okta on the purchase of Argentine identity validation company Auth0 Argentina; assisting with due diligence and advising on local contractual and corporate matters.
- Assisted investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald on the merger -via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)- with the Nettar Group, also known as Satellogic.
- Advised Trivest Growth Investment Fund II on the acquisition of Argentine software developer Veritran.
Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 2‘Very orderly and methodical’, Beccar Varela has extensive dispute resolution and arbitration experience, advising plaintiffs and defendants. The firm handles complex litigation and corporate disputes across all stages of litigation, covering class actions and commercial and civil matters for domestic and global clients across multiple sectors. In arbitration the team is experienced in local and international arbitration, including investment cases. The practice is led by a quartet of partners. Gonzalo García Delatour handles civil and commercial litigation, insolvencies, bankruptcies and arbitrations; Eduardo José Güemes is an expert in complex civil and commercial litigation; Martín Gastaldi is a restructuring specialist and Federico Sosa‘s practice is centred on complex litigation, class actions, and insolvency and bankruptcy. A deep bench of disputes-specialised senior associates includes Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy, Fernando Kreser, Rocío Alejandra Labán, Sofía Deferrari, Victoria Rabasa and Máximo Capón.
Eduardo Güemes; Gonzalo García Delatour; Martín Gastaldi; Federico Sosa
‘The team gives excellent support and shows an understanding of the problems.’
‘Very orderly and methodical.’
‘Excellent customer service. A team of polite and considerate people.‘
Cooper Tire & Rubber
ENAP Sipetrol Argentina
Slade Gorton & Co
- Supporting Slade Gorton & Co in defence against a complex claim for freight on board invoices related to seafood shipped from Argentina.
Energy and natural resources > Electricity Tier 2Advising on up, mid- and downstream electricity matters, Beccar Varela has considerabe experience in generation, transmission and distribution, as well as with major power consumers, PPAs and self generation projects. The team works with national and international clients in the thermal, hydro, wind, solar, biogas, hydrogen and geothermal power segments, as well as assisting with international bids and concession contract renegotiations. Recent matters include advising China’s State Grid International Development (via Chile’s Claro & Cía) on the Argentine aspects of its $3bn acquisition of Naturgy’s Chilean subsidiary Compañía General de Energía; namely, the spinning off of Argentine subsidiaries Agua Negra (controller of Energía San Juan), Gasnor and Gasmarket. The practice is an active member of the Argentine Renewable Energy Chamber (“CADER”) and is co-led by José Carlos Cueva, who focuses on energy and natural resources law; and Ricardo Castañeda , whose expertise includes M&A, corporate law, project finance and energy.
José Carlos Cueva; Ricardo Castañeda
‘Diligent Jose Carlos Cuevas is an excellent professional.’
Claro & Cía
Hive Energy (UK)
Flex Wind – Manutenção e Instalação de Sistemas Eólicos
Líneas de Transmisión del Litoral
Inter-American Development Bank
Goldwind International Holdings (HK)
- Advised State Grid, (in conjunction with Claro & Cía), on the spin-off of CGE’s Argentine subsidiaries: Agua Negra –controller in Energía de San Juan– Gasnor and Gasmarket.
- Advised Swift Argentina on regulatory and contractual matters in connection with it’s energy requirements as a large consumer of the wholesale electricity market, including negotiation of a long-term power purchase agreement with a private company as supplier.
- Advice to Hive Energy on the legal requirements to develop solar power plants in Argentina, including corporate matters, the leasing of land, and participation in provincial tenders.
Argentina > Insurance Tier 2Beccar Varela provides ‘pragmatism and humility along with years of experience and knowledge of the market that make the insurance team an excellent choice’. The firm’s insurance and reinsurance team advises key sector players and brokers on general, annuity, life, and policies linked to financial loans and services. The practice is experienced in the formation and sale of insurance companies, the transfer and sale of customer portfolios, corporate issues, regulatory matters and litigation in the area, including class actions. Insurance specialist Daniel Seoane has ‘experience as a lawyer in house, which adds an extra plus to his advice’. He leads a team that includes senior associate Agustín Luis Duarte, who focuses on insurance and reinsurance law, and advises clients on regulatory, corporate and litigation matters.
‘Beccar’s insurance team is robust. It has experience in class actions, and also in general counsel; which highlights them in that regard.‘
‘Daniel Seoane, has experience as a lawyer in house company, which adds an extra plus to his advice. He is available, and willing to collaborate on the issues that are raised. Agustin Duarte, has experience in litigation, and contractual. It is a clear point of contact with the firm.‘
‘Excellent care and solid professionals.‘
‘Pragmatism and humility along with years of experience and knowledge of the market that make the Insurance team an excellent choice for obtaining the advice that is really useful for an in-house lawyer.‘
Grupo Sura (Seguros Sura, Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías)
Supervielle Group / Supervielle Seguros
Toyota Compañía Financiera Argentina
Volkswagen Brokers Argentina (Asesores de Seguros) / Volkswagen Credit Compañía Financiera / Volkswagen Financial Services Holding Argentina
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance
San Cristóbal Seguros / Iunigo Seguros
- Advising Seguros Sura (Suramericana) on a new collective action related to a claim of reimbursement of premiums due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
- Advising and representing Zurich Seguros on complex D&O and E&O claims.
- Represent Allianz Seguros Argentina in a collective action related to the reimbursement of premiums due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 2‘Expeditious, assertive and customer-oriented’, Beccar Varela‘s labour and employment team is praised for its initiative and for combining ‘technical knowledge’ with ‘practical realities’. The practice – which has supported clients through the Covid-19 period with advice on work permit requirements for key talent during border closures, as well as post-pandemic return to work policies – provides a full service labour offering for national and international companies across all sectors. Immigration matters, contracts, compensation plans and adapting internal law policies to Argentine legislation are all key areas of work, with the team also active in contentious labour litigation, executive dismissals and large scale layoffs and restructurings. The practice also handles collective bargaining and M&A mandates. Labour and social security practitioner Álvaro Galli, who specialises in the hiring and dismissal of senior employees, compensation structures and expatriate regimes, is practice head. Key associate support comes from María Belén Medina, the ‘excellent’ Santiago Hernán Taboada and Romina Possetti.
‘The Beccar Varela team in the labour area stands out for its knowledge of market practices and of innovation.‘
‘Alvaro Galli and Maria Belen Medina are perfect intermediaries between Argentine HR departments and international corporate headquarters.‘
‘The team shows experience and pragmatism, balancing legal knowledge with practical realities. The personalised service and availability of the team are valued.’
‘The firm collaborates and builds relationships between people, which makes its work in labour issues stand out.‘
‘Specific and up-to-date knowledge of labour law developments. Santiago Hernán Taboada provides excellent advice and a high commitment to his work.’
‘What makes Beccar Varela’s work team unique is their knowledge of the client’s business, which allows them to understand the needs of the company and provide creative, assertive advice. The team stands out for its technical knowledge, but also for its initiative.’
‘The lawyers of the Beccar Varela team stand out for their great technical knowledge, their understanding of the business and its needs, for their speed of response, and especially for their creativity in finding solutions for new and old problems.‘
‘Romina Posetti leads the team on a day-to-day basis, despite her youth.’
The Walt Disney Company
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises
- Advised Quinto Andar on the acquisition of Navent Group., involving the drafting of a due diligence report covering all labour-related contingencies and assistance with the identifcation of risks and designing structures to diminish them.
- Advised NBC Universal on all labour matters involving the resumption of its productions in Argentina following the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Assisted Underground Producciones, a division of NBC Universal Telemundo Global Studios, obtain the entry permits and visas required for certain actors to enter to Argentina and to film in the country during the closure of the borders due to Covid-19.
Argentina > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2Active across the spectrum of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry matters, Beccar Varela has expertise in regulation related to pharmaceutical products and medical devices, clinical trials, commercial transactions, intellectual property, dispute resolution and M&A. The team has a track record in cross-border life sciences work, including corporate and regulatory registrations, and advising on partnerships with local industry players. At the firm for over 15 years, practice head Ana Andrés, was raised to the partnership in April 2022; she is regarded as ‘fluent in industry-specific technical issues and other sector-specific matters, as well as the general principles of civil and commercial law’. Dedicated support comes from young senior associate Julieta Sol González. Sadly, however, senior partner and former practice co-head Emilio Nicolás Vogelius passed away in June 2022.
‘Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in advising pharmaceutical companies in Argentina. She is ffluent in industry-specific technical issues and other sector-specific matters, as well as the general principles of civil and commercial law. Her versatility and proximity to the internal legal teams of companies in the sector also give her the ability to propose practical and appropriate solutions to day-to-day problems.‘
‘They are flexible in timetables and their work is very business oriented.‘
‘Ana Andrés is an excellent lawyer and I recommend her to all my clients with businesses in the area of life sciences and health in Argentina.‘
Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos
Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales (CAEMe)
B Braun Medical
Varian Medical Systems
Argentina > Real estate Tier 2A ‘great connoisseur of the market’, Pedro Nicholson co-leads Beccar Varela‘s real estate team in conjunction with M&A specialist Pedro Silvestri; together they provide ‘great management of all the legal issues of a real estate development in Argentina’. The practice represents real estate owners, project developers, property managers, lenders and investors active in a range of projects across sectors, including commercial offices, housing, shopping centres, hotels, condominiums, mixed-use developments and industrial plants. As well as advising on real estate matters such as land use, zoning, environmental and permitting regulations, the practice can draw from multidisciplinary expertise within the firm to assist with acquisitions, sales, financing and the restructuring of assets.
Pedro Nicholson; Pedro Silvestri
‘I believe that what distinguishes BV’s real estate team is that not only does it have a commercial knowledge of the market and enormous experience, but they always have the ability to find the legal solution to the different problems that the client is having in an area as complex as real estate in our country.‘
‘The team really makes a difference. And the customer support is also really excellent. Being a woman, I not only feel very comfortable with the two partners of the team (Pedro Nicholson and Pedro Silvestri) but also with the lawyers of the team.’
‘Great management of all the legal issues of a real estate development in Argentina, with what this implies in a very complex economy, unpredictable and with a lot of uncertainty.‘
‘The partner in charge, Pedro Nicholson, is a great connoisseur of the market and a specialist in the complex issues of the country with a proactive attitude proposing solutions.‘
The Related–Hotel IQ
- Assisted MDay with the implementation of a system of crowdfunding to finance three different real estate projects in the north of the country.
- Advised The Related–Hotel IQ on the completion of internal rulings for the development of buildings in Puerto Madero.
- Advice to CasaQuadra on the legal framework for the structure of residential projects to be financed with green bonds.
Argentina > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3The ‘reliable’ and ‘responsive’ Beccar Varela bankruptcy and restructuring team advises national and international clients from a range of sectors on financial restructurings and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. The team handles out of-court negotiations, prejudicial proceedings and credit recovery, and is also a strong litigation offering, representing clients before national and provincial courts. In and out-of-court financial liability restructurings constitute another busy area. Insolvency, bankruptcy and dispute-resolution expert Martín Gastaldi co-leads the practice alongside private equity-focused Tomás Allende, banking specialist Pablo Torretta and capital markets practitioner Javier Luis Magnasco. Federico Sosa, who has been raised to the partnership, is another key name and focuses his practice on complex litigation, class actions, insolvency, and bankruptcy.
Martín Gastaldi; Tomás Allende; Javier Magnasco; Pablo Torretta
‘Beccar Varela is unique for the breadth of its service and full transparency on fees. The team is super-well connected.’
‘The team is reliable and responsive. The lawyers go above and beyond. A special mention to Tomas Allende and Felipe Videla for their competence and pro-activeness.’
IIG Structured Trade Finance Trust
Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
Asociados Don Mario
- Represented the ad-hoc committee of noteholders in the restructuring of Codere’s debt.
- Advised Deutsche Bank and Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions as creditors in the restructuring of Molino Cañuelas.
- Advised Alvarez Marsal and TriLinc Global on the private restructuring negotiation of certain portion of a secured debt held by dairy company Sancor Cooperativa Unida.
Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3With ‘high experience in the laws and regulations of Argentina in the mining field’, Beccar Varela can advise along the length of the industry’s value chain, including investors, producers, exploration companies and service and equipment suppliers. The practice group’s activity is centred on mining transactions, corporate governance and advice on negotiating and drafting easement agreements with surface rights holders and landowners, as well as assisting with provincial permitting issues. M&A, banking and project finance specialist Roberto Fortunati is head of the team and has a lengthy track record in the sector. However, the September 2022 departure of key senior associate Marcos Moreno Hueyo is a loss. Tax specialist senior associate María Luján Callaci is also active in the area.
‘Beccar attorneys are excellent. They get involved with the client and put on the shirt.‘
‘They are integrity and absolutely experts in their areas of concern. Marcos Moreno and Maria Lujan Calacci are examples of this.‘
‘Beccar Valera has a high experience in the laws and regulations of Argentina in the mining field, allowing an exceptional support to our company.‘
Southern Copper Corporation / Southern Copper Argentina
Centaur Resources and Centaur Resources
Minera San Jorge
Everlight Resources and Surminera
Route One Investment Company
Compañía Inversora en Minas
Cummins Argentina Servicios Mineros
Sandvik Mining & Construction Argentina
- Advice to the Australian group Centaur concerning the corporate status of its local subsidiary in Argentina, as well as on its lithium investment projects.
- Advice to Mexican group Southern Copper Corporation (one of the world’s biggest copper producers) concerning the requirements for the transfer and registration of mining properties.
- Advice to Southern Copper Argentina on the preparation of the drilling contracts required for the development of the mining activity in the province of Río Negro.
Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3Beccar Varela‘s multidisciplinary practice has built an impressive track record in the hydrocarbons sector, representing clients throughout the industry, notably on upstream exploration matters and downstream commercialisation and distribution, along with service suppliers, offshore projects and energy-use efficiency initiatives. It is particularly experienced in sector-specific agreements such as farm-ins/outs, production sharing, joint ventures, EPC and operating agreements, and also advises on bidding processes, the drafting of concession agreement and the renegotiation 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. Energy specialist (power and hydrocarbons) José Carlos Cueva has been a partner at the firm for 20 years and has profound experience of all aspects of the oil and gas sector, including economic regulation and public bidding processes; he co-leads the team with finance specialist Roberto Fortunati, who has similarly vast knowledge of the oil-and-gas industry, his past experience including time spent in house at Amoco Oil Company. The practice was further boosted by the spring-2021 arrival of Ricardo Castañeda; while primarily oriented toward the electricity segment, he also undertakes hydrocarbons work and brings additional M&A, corporate law and project finance experience to the team. However, former senior associate Gonzalo Viña moved in house as senior legal counsel at Fortescue Future Industries in November 2021.
José Carlos Cueva; Roberto Fortunati
Quintana E&P Argentina
Quintana Energy Fund
American Energy Partners
Trafigura / Puma Energy
Patterson UTI Energy
- Day-to-day advice to Quintana E&P Argentina on its E&P activities in the concession areas “Anticlinal Aguada de Bandera” and “Sur Río Deseado Este,” located in the Province of Santa Cruz.
- Currently advising Petróleos Sudamericanos on a daily basis regarding its E&P activities in the concessions areas “Centro Este”, “Loma Montosa Oeste”, “El Medanito”, “El Santiagueño”, “Barranca de los Loros” and “Bajo del Piche”.
- Currently advising Ingeniería Alpa on a daily basis on regulatory and other issues regarding its “Lago del Desierto” and “El Valle” oil-and-gas concessions, in Santa Cruz province.
Argentina > Environment Tier 3Manuel Frávega joined Beccar Varela in February 2022 after the departure of Angeles Murgier in 2021. Frávega focuses on environmental law, as well as bringing experience in corporate, public law and litigation, gained during his time managing environmental law departments in global companies. His team has particular expertise in due-diligence related to the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, notably transaction prices, guarantees and eventual responsibilities in M&As, transfers of on-going concern, purchase of assets, concession contracts, and the installation of industrial premises. The practice also provides multidisciplinary advice on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) business models.
LITSA (Líneas de Transmisión del Litoral)
FCA Automobiles Argentina
- Advised Total EREN on the environmental aspects of commercial transactions related to renewable energy projects.
- Advising Swift’s legal team on general environmental legal matters in Argentina, including regulatory, permitting and compliance issues for five operative facilities located in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Cordoba.
- Advising FCA Automobiles Argentina on the environmental aspects of commercial agreements and on general environmental legal matters in Argentina, including regulatory, permitting and compliance issues.
Argentina > Intellectual property Tier 3Active across a broad swathe of industries, Beccar Varela’s IP caseload takes in agribusiness, life sciences, sports, technology and the arts. The team provides IP law enforcement and litigation expertise, as well as assisting clients with contract negotiation and drafting, with the patent and trade mark unit handling the coordination and prosecution of copyrights, trade marks, patents and utility models. In addition to his deep knowledge of IP law, practice co-head Emilio Beccar Varela also provides expertise on media and entertainment, telecommunications, IT and corporate advice. Fellow co-head Florencia Rosati focuses on litigation related to trade marks, patents and copyright law.
Emilio Beccar Varela; Florencia Rosati
‘Beccar Varela is an excellent firm and your attention. They perfectly understand all the needs that a company requires.’
‘and each of their lawyers have, in addition to the knowledge, the best of dispositions to help.’
‘Beccar Varela is agile and reacts swiftly. The recommendations includes cost benefit analysis which is satisfactory.’
S4 Capital (MightyHive and MediaMonks)
Samsung Electronics Argentina
JR Simplot Company
WestRock Packaging Systems
Canopy Growth Corporation/Spectrum Cannabis Canada, Tweed, Ts Brandco
- Assisted S4 Capital with the revision and adaptation to Argentine law of several model contracts that Media Monks uses at a regional level to hire advertising actors, interpreters, models, narrators, and locations, among other matters.
- Regularly advising Samsung Argentina on the registration of its trade mark portfolio and on different IP issues.
- Provided advice to DiDi in connection with the production of an audio-visual advertising campaign related to its sponsorship of the national dodgeball team.
Argentina > Tax Tier 3‘Extraordinary’ tax lawyer Santiago Montezanti fronts a Beccar Varela tax team that clients describe as ‘well-structured’ and ‘technically very good’. Despite a testing market backdrop, the team has sustained a high volume of transactional work, advising on the tax aspects of multiple M&A, joint venture and restructuring deals across the real estate, telecommunications, media and fintech sectors, among others. Senior associate María de los Ángeles Olana, who advises on local and international tax matters and handles litigation work, is another key name in this young team, alongside Enrique Lopez, who has broad tax law expertise, and Fernando Botello, who handles both advisory and dispute mandates.
‘It is a firm with a profile that combines in-depth knowledge of the law and creativity. Santiago Montezanti is an extraordinary professional.‘
‘A solid tax team that is very well-structured and balanced between men and women.’
‘I think they have a strong knowledge base with experience and creativity. Santiago Montezanti strikes me as outstanding because not only does he know the subject matter and the precedents in depth, but he also has the ability to offer creative solutions.’
‘BeccarVarela’s tax team is technically very good and their work is excellent. They put themselves in the client’s position and look for solutions according to their needs.’
‘Santiago Montesanti and his team are very proactive.’
‘Multidisciplinary team with a focus on client needs and understanding of legal and business issues.’
Atix Labs founders
Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions
SoftBank Latin America Fund
- Advised the shareholders of Atix Labs, an Argentine blockchain company, on the tax structuring aspects of a sale to Globant.
- Advised secured creditor Deutsche Bank and unsecured creditor Jebsen & Hessen on the tax aspects of the restructuring of Molino Cañuelas.
- Assisted investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald on the tax implications under local law of a merger with Argentine start-up Satellogic.
Beccar Varela > Firm Profile
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 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.
|Corporate||Horacio E Beccar Varelaemail@example.com||(+54) 11 4379 6800|
|Banking and financial institutions||Maximiliano D'Aurofirstname.lastname@example.org||(+54) 11 4379 6800|
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|Company Law||Miguel Remmeremail@example.com||(+54) 11 4379 6800|
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Staff FiguresPartners : 45 Fee-earners : 120 Total staff : 250
LanguagesSpanish English French German Italian Portuguese
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