Firm Profile > Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados > Buenos Aires, Argentina

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados
FLORIDA 537, 18TH FLOOR
1005, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1005 BUENOS AIRES
Argentina

Real estate Tier 1

Well-known real estate specialist’ Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados is commended for its ‘firm-wide strategic emphasis on the sector’, which arguably translates into the most comprehensive practice in the market. Clients include some of the country’s most seasoned investors, as well as domestic and global companies operating within the development, retail and leisure spheres, and it handles the full spread of purchase and sale transactions, commercial leases, property development, real estate finance and property management matters. The group, which is widely envied for its ‘peerless bench strength’, is co-led by Fernando Aguinaga, who recently advised key client IRSA Propiedades Comerciales on its $7.5m acquisition of a major building in La Plata. Juan Manuel Quintana co-heads a department that also includes high-profile industry specialist Saúl Zang and Pablo Vergara del Carril.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Structured finance is a strong suit at Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados and satisfied clients affirm that ‘it punches above its weight in capital markets’. The ‘very solid and impressive’ group is led by ‘extremely savvy’ firm managing partner Carolina Zang, who maintains a broad corporate finance practice. The firm has advised a raft of corporate issuers on debt offerings over the past year, including advising Cresud on a $73m issuance as part of its global note programme, and advising BACS Banco de Crédito y Securitización on a significant notes issuance under its global note programme. Impressive associate Francisco Bereciartúa is also recommended.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados has hit the ground running, following the arrival of new group head Francisco Roggero from Bulló Abogados in 2018. Among its creditor representations, Roggero advised Banco Hipotecario in Ribera Desarrollos’ restructuring proceedings. On the distressed M&A front, Roggero acted alongside the M&A department to advise Destileria Argentina De Petroleo on its acquisition, jointly with YPF, of certain assets out of Oil Combustibles’ bankruptcy process.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados continues to diversify its ever-broadening corporate practice; while real estate deals remain a mainstay, the team secured several high-profile mandates relating to the food, energy and TMT sectors over the past year. The M&A group, which is valued for its ‘great communication skills and strong cross-border experience’, is led by ‘top-notch specialistPablo Vergara del Carril. He paired up with Juan Quintana to advise Radio Victoria on its $30m joint venture with China’s TCL. Karina Kucyk, who leads the compliance practice, is also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados’ dispute resolution practice, which is led jointly by Carlos Ferrario, Rodrigo Bustingorry and Karina Kucyk, is well versed across the full spread of arbitration and civil and commercial litigation. Among its recent work, the firm represented Banco Hipotecario in two class actions filed by consumer associations. Contentious construction is also a strong area of activity.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Highly commercial and responsive’, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados is valued for its ‘great understanding of local labour and employment regulations’. The group, which is best known for its skills in collective bargaining and litigation, is led by counsel Alejandro Mao, who provides ‘clear feedback in a timely manner’. Clients include Austral Gold and the Argentine Rugby Union.

Mining Tier 4

Creative, communicative and involved’, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados is praised by its mining clients for its ‘strong support through every stage of a project’. In particular, energy and natural resources head Amalia Sáenz is recommended for her ‘in-depth knowledge of the industry’. Among other matters, Sáenz provides day-to-day advice to Guanaco Mining — a subsidiary of Austral Gold — on its mining operations.

Oil and gas Tier 4

At Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados, energy and natural resources head Amalia Sáenz is recommended for regulatory, commercial and corporate finance matters. Among the group’s recent highlights, Sáenz advised Destilería Argentinas de Petróleo on the acquisition of an oil stock terminal in Dock Sud. Other key clients include Andino Holdings USA and Profertil.

Tax Tier 4

The tax team at Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados continues to consolidate under Diego Embon, who has been at the helm since his arrival from Brons & Salas in 2017. Among Embon’s recent matters, he represented postal services company Organización Coordinadora Argentina in successfully appealing the imposition of several precautionary measures filed by the AFIP (the Federal Administration of Public Income).

Since 1975, Zang Bergel & Vi?es Abogados has focused on providing innovative and efficient legal solutions to leading local and international companies, entrepreneurs, middle market, family offices, funds and individuals conducting business domestically and abroad. The firm is dedicated to creating long-term relationships and understanding that clients operate in an ever-changing and challenging market. ZBV combines the resources of a large firm with the client-orientated, problem-solving passion of a small firm.

The firm has developed a strong network that allow it to serve its clients both in Argentina and worldwide.

CORE AREAS OF PRACTICE

Real estate: with unique expertise in the real estate market, and 40 years’ experience advising developers and investors in projects that profoundly changed the way real estate transactions are carried out in Argentina. The firm advises clients in all sub-sectors: commercial, residential, special housing and mix-used developments, shopping centers, retail and hotels. The firm is also very active in the agricultural sector and other industries with a real estate component advising domestic and international clients in all aspects of the business.

Capital markets, banking and finance: leader in the field, ZBV provides legal assistance in domestic and international capital markets transactions acting for both issuers and banks. The firm represents one third of the most active and representative Argentinean issuers listed in BYMA and foreign exchanges, and banks as well. It specializes in debt restructuring and liability management and advice on financial matters, including investment fund, stock options, derivatives, private banking and wealth planning, cross-border syndicated loans, credit facilities and securitization. The firm counsels clients on day-to-day regular banking and regulatory matters, and compliance with securities laws.

Corporate/M&A: renowned player for its extensive expertise, ZBV represents sellers and buyers in all industry sectors in the due diligence, structuring, negotiation of subscription, purchase and sale agreements, strategic alliances, business collaboration, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, operating agreements, management agreements, purchase and sale of ongoing concerns, put and call options, business combinations, mergers, acquisitions, private equity and venture capital operations, and public tender process. The firm represents local and international clients on day-to-day traditional corporate matters, and advises regarding foreign investments in Argentina.

Litigation, mediation and arbitration: regularly advises on commercial and civil litigation, including class actions, corporate law, bankruptcy law, labor, banking and intellectual property conflicts. The litigation department is respected for its handling of complex civil and commercial as well as arbitration disputes.

Energy and natural resources: ZBV represents local and international energy, mining and oil and gas companies. The firm`s background practice includes tenders process, acquisition of assets and their financing, joint ventures construction and operation agreements, in addition to standard contracts and international purchase offers (IPO) related to mining and oil and gas assets. ZBV advises on the applicable environmental laws and participates in projects for the construction of gas pipelines, transportation concessions, pumping plants and energy facilities further to the recent renewable energy tenders.

Insolvency, restructuring and distressed M&A: ZBV advises lenders and debtors in their in-and out-of-courts restructuring processes, helping them find innovative and cost-effective solutions. The firm represents local and international clients in distressed M&A deals, such as distressed buying, asset purchase agreements or deep financing. The team efficiently handles complex, large-scale restructurings and provides comprehensive advice to clients in all their insolvency issues.

Public and regulatory law: ZBV advises on deals related to general administrative law, regulation of public utilities, constitutional law and local regulations with a strong tradition in the fields of privatizations, energy law, infrastructure, regulatory frameworks of electricity, water and sanitation, public contracts and complex national and international transactions. The firm has a strong capacity to offer services in terms of private-public relationships in the light of the new regulations in force in the country.

Sports and entertainment: the team offers advice regarding all issues related to the organization, production, promotion and marketing of sports and entertainment events, contracts, including transfers, management and sponsorships agreements, labor, tax, civil responsibility, regulation, governance and compliance, international private law, image and intellectual property, with experience dealing with leading national and international artists, agents and promotion companies.

Tax law: the department advises international and domestic clients on tax planning and litigation. The team specializes in corporate transactions, such as cross-border M&A, tax-free reorganizations, foreign investments and international financial transactions. Services include assistance in purchase audits or tax due diligence.

SUPPORTING AREAS OF PRACTICE

Labor: ZBV provides comprehensive labor law and social security services to clients. The qualified department advises clients in the field of labor policies, and in the development of strategies, alternative proposals and conflict prevention.

Competition and consumer law: ZBV advises to help clients comply with all antitrust and competition rules. Services include advice to clients on compliance with consumer regulations.

Corporate criminal law: ZBV advises in judicial and extra-judicial matters, focusing on crimes related to corporate activity, including preventive legal counsel in extra-judicial matters, design and execution of trial strategies, for the defense, prosecution and legal counsel in administrative cases.

Compliance: ZBV is a one-stop shop for compliance advice regarding transparency, ethics, anti-corruption, gender issues and offenses in the working environment. The team`s effective compliance programme involves the implementation of procedures to prevent unlawful behaviour through policies tailored to the client`s culture and operations.

IP, biotechnology and trademarks and patents: ZBV manages large portfolios of trademark and patent rights as well as copyrights. Clients range from start-ups to large international companies.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew

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Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Carolina Zang
Partners Fernando Aguinaga
Of Counsel Alberto Gozzi
Partners Laura Barbosa
Partners Emilio Battioli
Partners Diego Embón
Partners Rodrigo Bustingorry
Partners Carlos Ferrario
Partners Karina Kucyk
Partners Juan Manuel Quintana
Partners Francisco Roggero
Partners Amalia Sáenz
Partners Pablo Vergara del Carril
Partners Carolina Zang
Of Counsel Alejandro Mao
Of Counsel Cecilia Pasman
Of Counsel Daniel Vergara del Carril