Mr Manuel Beccar Varela > Beccar Varela > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Lawyer Profile

Beccar Varela

Work Department

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Internal fraud investigations
  • Family law


Manuel Beccar Varela is a partner of Beccar Varela. He is the head of the firm’s White Collar and Criminal Law department. His practice areas include frauds and swindles, corporate fraud, cyber crimes and piracy, foreign exchange controls, anti-money laundering, criminal tax, social security law, customs and international trade, environmental law, criminal trademark, antitrust, property crime, extradition and international criminal law, general criminal law, and criminal procedure law, among others. He has broad expertise in family law/divorces, focusing on property settlement agreements.


Manuel Maria Beccar Varela joined the firm as partner in 2012, to establish and lead the White Collar and Corporate Crime Department, the first full service law firm in Argentina to incorporate and offer this service.

He started his professional career at the Federal Criminal and Correctional Court Nª 1 in 1988, moving to the Criminal Oral Court Nª 6 in 1993, until 1996 when he started to work as a criminal lawyer in the private sector. He was in charge of the criminal law department at SICMA, an insurance group owned by Perez Companc. He was appointed as Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary of Judicial Investigations of the Ministry of Justice of Buenos Aires Province (1999-2001). He worked as associate of various boutique firms dedicated to white collar law, including Estudio Vergara & Asociados, until founding the law firm “FERNANDEZ ALONSO, BECCAR VARELA & RICHARDS” in 1994, which within few years was recognized among the top five rankings of white collar law firms. Since 2012 he has headed the White Collar Department of the firm, integrating various criminal lawyers into the department.


He speaks Spanish and English.


He is a member of the Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal (Buenos Aires Bar Association), the Colegio de Abogados de San Isidro, the Criminal Federal Chamber of San Martin (with nationwide jurisdiction in federal matters) and the International Bar Association.


Manuel obtained his Law degree from Universidad de Belgrano (1994). He obtained his specialization in Criminal Law from the Universidad Austral – School of Law (2002) and his postgraduate diploma in “Compliance and Criminal Law” from Universidad Austral – IAE School (2016). 

Lawyer Rankings

Argentina > Compliance

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