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TMT Tier 1
Regulatory stalwart Bomchil is valued for its ‘very practical and pragmatic’ lawyers. The group is widely regarded as a leader in the telecoms and media field on the back of its work for key players, such as Telefe, AMC Networks and AT&T subsidiary, DirecTV. The department is arguably best known for its regulatory and administrative law expertise, with a strong track record in representing companies in complex litigation, including regulatory disputes, judicial cases and class actions. The firm also has strong experience in TMT-related commercial agreements and corporate transactions. Marcelo Bombau co-heads the telecoms and media practice and also sits within the M&A group; he brings to bear market-leading expertise in both regulatory and transactional matters. Administrative law specialist Francisco Gutiérrez co-leads the department and is recommended for regulatory compliance and litigation.
‘The Bomchil attorneys are very practical and pragmatic with their advice, at times acting as our in-house counsel or as a business decision maker.’
‘They are very knowledgeable in all aspects of corporate, labour and employment, and media law, and have become our one-stop shop.’
‘Marcelo Bombau and counsel Paula Beveraggi treat our company as if they are employees, and care as much as we do about our bottom line.’
TTNI US (TT Network Integration US)
Telefe – Televisión Federal
AT&T / DirecTV
Banking and finance Tier 2
Bomchil impresses with its ‘exceptional professionals’, the ‘active participation of partners in deals’ and its ability to provide ‘innovative solutions’. Predominantly active on behalf of borrowers, the group also acts for traditional and alternative lenders on a broad range of banking, project finance, debt capital markets, structured finance and regulatory matters. The team’s close links to global law firms also secures a significant volume of cross-border work. Financial services specialist Néstor Belgrano heads the department and advises on conventional finance, shipping and aircraft finance and insurance issues. The ‘exceptional’ Fermín Caride continues to build his profile in the market and acts for an impressive mix of domestic and international lenders and borrowers. Other key contacts include María Victoria Funes, who strikes a balance between regulatory and transactional matters, and Tomás Araya, who is highly regarded for financial restructuring. Senior associate María Victoria Tuculet is also noted.
‘They are super professionals, who are willing to resolve queries immediately, and with excellent client care.’
‘Lawyers are excellent negotiators and they own the deal as if it were theirs.’
‘The team provides innovative solutions, always warning of legal and regulatory risks. They differ from the competition in that in addition to providing great financial advice, they also bring in their tax, administrative and litigation teams to provide a holistic view.’
‘They are excellent lawyers and exceptional professionals, who are predisposed 24/7 to solve problems.’
‘The firm distinguishes itself through the quality of the response prepared and the active participation of partners in deals.’
‘Fermín Caride is exceptional. María Victoria Funes, María Victoria Tuculet and Máximo Bomchil are also excellent.’
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Aluar Aluminio Argentino
Compañía General de Combustibles
Corredor Panamericano I y II
Gramercy Funds Management
Milkaut / Savencia Groupe
PSA Finance Argentina Compañía Financiera
CMB Financial Leasing
Tokyo Century Corporation
Competition and antitrust Tier 2
Bomchil’s group is split between merger control, investigations, and general advice and compliance — it also recently added unfair trade to its broad service offering. The firm’s prolific investigations practice recently advised on several high-profile cases, including the bid-rigging investigation connected to the ‘notebooks’ corruption scandal. On the merger front, the team is particularly active in the energy, chemicals and transport sectors. Department head Marcelo den Toom is a highly regarded specialist. Gabriela Castillo Areco is an active associate.
Massalin Particulares (Phillip Morris)
Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes (AB InBev)
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Bomchil’s ‘highly dedicated’ dispute resolution group is best known for its emphasis on administrative and public law cases. Most notably, its expertise in economic regulation translates into a formidable arbitration practice, which advises on export restrictions, tariffs, expropriations and other state intervention measures and international treaty breaches. On the litigation front, the group keeps busy advising on a mix of environmental and corporate claims. It also has a significant class actions offering, which benefits from the ability to work alongside the firm’s growing healthcare practice to advise on medical malpractice cases. María Inés Corrá co-heads the international arbitration practice and is recognised for her administrative law expertise. On the litigation side, managing partner Javier Petrantonio is recommended. Other contacts include arbitration partner Federico Campolieti and Martín Torres Girotti, who advises on litigation and insolvency.
‘The team understands the commercial aspects of cases. They know the client and their needs.’
‘The lawyers are highly dedicated to their work and to the client. They understand business, which is key.’
‘They are able to deal with legal matters in the public and private spheres in a way that is very rarely found.’
Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Wintershall DEA Argentina
Peugeot Citroën Argentina
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Buenos Aires Arena
Oil and gas Tier 2
The dissolution of longstanding energy boutique Alliani & Bruzzon, and the subsequent October-2020 arrival of much of the oil-and-gas team at major corporate firm Bomchil, is undoubtededly a win-win scenario; with Pablo Alliani and his team gaining the advantages of operating from what is now very much a full-service platform, and Bomchil obtaining capability in a key sector of the Argentine economy and in the process plugging one of the few remaining gaps in its service offering. Alliani, one of the standout figures in the oil and gas sector over the last twenty-five years, arrives with fellow hydrocarbons experts Fernando Brunelli and Cristián Galansky, along with of counsel Alejandro D’Onofrio, whose expertise also include mining law; all three are market-recognised figures in their own right. The group is particularly well reputed for its upstream capabilities and has long advised a mix of local and multinational energy corporates on the full spread of related matters as well as having considerable expertise in key, associated areas of law including corporate, antitrust, litigation, environment and tax.
Public law Tier 2
Bomchil is arguably best known for its record in the telecoms sector, where it routinely represents service providers in regulatory and contentious matters. The team, which is also well versed in the energy, water and transport industries, additionally advises on public concessions, regulatory risks and environmental matters. Key contacts include telecoms expert Francisco Gutiérrez, energy regulation specialist María Inés Corrá and increasingly prominent up-and-coming public law partner Federico Campolieti.
Minera Los Pelambres
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Four Seasons Hotel
Caminos del Río Uruguay
Buenos Aires Arena
Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3
Bomchil’s practice is well-weighted between debtor and creditor clients, which it represents on a mix of contentious bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. The team also routinely advises sellers and acquirers on distressed M&A. Corporate and financial services partner Tomás Araya co-heads the department alongside litigator Martín Torres Girotti. Experienced associate Melisa Romero is also recommended.
Banco Comercial de Uruguay – República Administradora de Fondos de Inversión
Armaduras del Sur – Prearmar
Mills Capital Group
Latam USD Exim Investments Fund
Corporate and M&A Tier 3
Bomchil is appreciated by sources for its ‘ability to get up to speed on the client’s business’. The firm’s premier TMT practice pays dividends on the corporate side and it is routinely engaged by technology and entertainment companies to advise on M&A and general corporate matters. Other strong suits include the agribusiness, life sciences and food and beverage sectors. M&A co-head Marcelo Bombau specialises in the consumer products and TMT areas. Managing partner Javier Petrantonio co-leads the group and is also a seasoned litigator. IP head Adrián Furman and associate Francisco Zappa are also recommended.
‘The team’s responsiveness and ability to get up to speed on the client’s business was notable and much appreciated.’
‘Adrián Furman and economic regulation partner María Inés Corrá both displayed great professional integrity and experience in helping us to navigate the corporate and regulatory environment.’
Pepsico // Pepsico Group in Argentina (Pepsi, Lays, Quaker)
AMC Networks Latin America
Grupo La Nación
Seabord Energías Renovables
Elektrogen de Argentina
The Ally Group
Electricity Tier 3
Bomchil’s power practice sits within its economic regulation and administrative law department and has a strong public law dimension. The group is also distinguished by its representation of electricity consumers on renewable energy supply matters, including recent work for the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires and Metalsa. Key contact María Inés Corrá has an emphasis on energy regulation and disputes, including arbitration.
‘We consider the ethics of the firm very important, in addition to professional excellence. In this case, in what has been our experience, such requirements were met.’
‘The firm’s attorneys have demonstrated a superior commitment to entrusted issues, a creative capacity to solve contingencies and an outstanding professional ethic.’
SBA Communications Corporation
Minera Los Pelambres (Antofagasta Minerals)
Wintershall DEA Argentina
Insurance Tier 3
Bomchil’s insurance group impresses with its ‘professionalism and dedication’. The team represents a mix of local and multinational underwriters, brokers and insured parties on insurance and reinsurance issues, with strong activity in both corporate and contentious matters. Areas of experience include coverage claims, class actions and M&A. Financial services head Néstor Belgrano spearheads the department and is recommended for transactional matters.
‘Their professionalism and dedication compares favourably with other firms.’
‘Néstor Belgrano and Máximo Bomchil have a strategic and commercial perspective of matters, and keep an eye on managing risks.’
Labour and employment Tier 3
Lawyers at Bomchil strike the right note with their ‘great professionalism and dedication’ combined with their ‘good client care’. The firm advises on all aspects of individual and collective labour relations, with an emphasis on employment disputes and high-level employee terminations. Group head Esteban Carcavallo advises on litigation and consultancy matters and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in union negotiations’. Counsel Edgardo Isola is recommended for contentious work.
‘The team is always up to date. They support the client from the beginning to the end of every matter with great professionalism and dedication.’
‘Their professionalism is one of their stand-out qualities, as well as their experience and good client care.’
‘We have worked for a long time with Esteban Carcavallo on handling negotiations with the union. He has an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in union negotiations, which, added to his strong track record, results in very effective discussions.’
‘Edgardo Isola is a highly regarded professional with experience in labour law, who has always been a great adviser to our company.’
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
CH Robinson Worldwide
Argentine Polo Association
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
AXA Assistance Argentina
Real estate Tier 3
Bomchil strikes a balance between transactional and project development work, with supplementary expertise in financing, taxation and environmental matters. The firm has been particularly active in advising on large-scale real estate projects, undertaking work for developers such as NorthBaires and Pereiraola. M&A partner Adrián Furman co-heads the practice alongside managing partner Javier Petrantonio, who also specialises in M&A.
Tax Tier 3
Bomchil impresses with its ‘broad knowledge of tax matters’ and its ability to provide ‘rapid responses and support in complex situations’. The firm handles a good balance of contentious and non-contentious work, with niche expertise in advising companies from heavily regulated industries. Alejandro Messineo heads the tax department and advises on national and international tax planning and litigation. Ariadna Artopoulos is also recommended for her ‘great knowledge’. Santiago Bergallo, who joined from Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani in May 2019, is an impressive senior associate.
‘The team at Bomchil has a broad knowledge of tax matters, and provides rapid responses and support in complex situations.’
‘Bomchil’s tax team provides us with everything necessary to carry out our management, with regard to the Argentine tax system and its constant changes.’
‘Ariadna Artopoulus is a positive leader, with great knowledge, experience and quality of work.’
‘Ariadna Artopoulus has broad knowledge and an excellent disposition.’
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
The Mosaic Company
Intellectual property Tier 4
Bomchil’s ‘diligent and reliable’ group is particularly active in trade mark matters, where it routinely advises on registration, protection and general portfolio management. Notably, it also had a strong recent run in copyright and licensing issues. Senior associate Patricio María Albornoz is ‘professional and responsive’ and co-heads the department alongside Adrián Furman, who also sits in the M&A and entertainment law groups.
‘We engage the firm for brand-related work and they have always been very diligent and reliable.’
‘Patricio Albornoz has been very helpful, professional and responsive to our needs.’
Entre Ríos Crushing
World Vision International
TVS Motor Company
PepsiCo de Argentina
Pernod Ricard Argentina
Banco de Servicios Financieros
Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Jerónimo María Gallo
Manuel Godoy Luque
Marcos Torres Revol
Santiago Rodolfo Allen
WiseTech Global (Argentina)
Tomas Javier Figuerola
WILD FI Argentina
CNP Assurances Compañía de Seguros
Bomchil > Firm Profile
Bomchil is one of the leading full-service law firms in Argentina. Since our foundation in 1923 we have participated in some of the country’s most complex and significant transactions and disputes.
Our highly specialized practice areas allow us to build tailor made teams to meet our clients’ multidisciplinary needs. Our commitment to excellence prompts our partners to take a hands-on approach to work, within a dynamic, cooperative organization.
Our clients include multinational companies, large and medium-size regional companies, banks, financial institutions and funds, governments, foreign embassies and non-profit organizations.
Areas of practice
Competition law: the firm’s practice covers three main areas: investigations into anti-competitive/anti-trust behaviour, merger control filings, and legal advice. It participates in some of the most complex mergers and investigations into unlawful conduct.
Compliance: we offer expert advice in the development and application of best practices in the corporate area and business ethics both in the public and the private sector. Our practice area provides services such as: internal investigations, public procurement, antitrust and competition, personal data protection, anti-corruption and anti-fraud policies, transparency programs, anti-money laundering programs, cases of conflict of interest, audits, trainings, contractual issues, drafting of guidelines and development and implementation of compliance comprehensive programs.
Corporate: we concentrate on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the various types of corporate structure. We provide advice to joint stock companies, limited liability companies, limited share capital partnerships, civil corporations and associations, foundations, corporate joint ventures and on cooperation agreements.
Economic regulation and administrative law: this area provides a thorough knowledge on public law and regulated industries, providing clients with comprehensive and effective advice and representation on both administrative and court proceedings.
Employment: we are recognized for our expertise in employment disputes, strategies and structuring of efficient legal solutions, thereby offering a practical outcome to the most complex problems faced by companies of all kinds in the most varied sectors of economic activity, industry and services, within the framework of labor relations.
Energy: the team has been involved in several matters considered milestones in the energy sector, such as the first electricity sales agreement; the first electricity export agreement; the construction of a extra high electrical transmission line linking the Comahue region and Buenos Aires; the first electricity supply agreement, the first five-year rate review in the gas industry, the first purchase renewable power agreements between privates; the major natural gas international disputes between producers and foreign distributors, among others.
Entertainment: we have handled the purchase, sale and restructuring of the country’s most important entertainment companies. Our experience in this area extends to legal and operational advice for mass attendance cultural events. In addition to the contractual aspects relating to venues and performers, we have wide experience in the areas of taxation licenses, advertising, promotions and sponsorships.
Environmental: our practice focuses on the management of contingencies and environmental conflicts. We have extensive experience in processing legal actions and managing complex environmental conflicts, including collective and cross-border disputes.
Financial services and capital markets: Bomchil’s practice seeks to provide solutions to meet the specific needs of its clients through the design and implementation of innovative structures. Our lawyers have a thorough knowledge of the rules and practices of the financial services and capital markets area.
Foreign trade: we work in the areas of valuations, tax ratings, import licenses and trade restrictions, among others, for companies in such broad areas as sports equipment, bio-diesel, construction, chemicals, tobacco and technology.
ICTs and Media law: we have advised international investors, foreign and national operators and regulators, corporate audio-visual media service providers, content producers and entertainment companies.
The firm provides comprehensive advice to foreign investors on media acquisitions in Argentina, including corporate matters, employment, trade unions, contracts, regulations, relations with regulatory bodies, including restructuring, debt issues and company reorganizations.
Intellectual property: this department assists clients with legal and technical solutions ranging from the selection of the most adequate protection strategy to administrative proceedings in case of Argentina and abroad.
International arbitration: the firm’s International Arbitration department is considered a market leader. Our understanding of various aspects of economic regulation, combined with our arbitration experience has allowed us to successfully handle the most important cases dealing with pricing, tariffs, subsidies, expropriations, exchange control, export restrictions and other measures of state intervention.
Insolvency and business restructuring: our firm specializes in advising and representing national financial entities in debt restructuring proceedings. We have advised local financial institutions in restructuring proceedings under Art. 35bis of the Financial Institutions Act, as well as their subsequent liquidation under reorganization proceedings. These proceedings were the first of their kind in Argentina, and set a precedent in the area of financial institution restructuring. We also have experience in executing real estate guarantees, creditors’ committees, as well as any other relevant steps in insolvency proceedings.
Litigation: Bomchil’s litigation department is unmatched in its handling of complex civil and commercial as well as arbitration disputes, from first instance to the highest appellate stages. Our team of professionals has handled some of the most important cases in recent years, successfully representing both foreign and national corporate clients within Argentina and abroad, on both sides of the litigation process.
Mergers and acquisitions: we handle all aspects of the transactions, from determining the most appropriate corporate structure and its tax planning to undertaking ‘due diligence’ procedures and the drafting and negotiation of transfer and shareholder agreements. Among a range of leading companies, we have represented those in the food, automobile, beverages, clothing, energy, communications media, pharmaceuticals, tourism, software, oil and advertising sectors, among many others.
Real estate and construction: the firm provides comprehensive advice on major projects, in particular, in the new models for large-scale real estate developments, trusts, projects and construction of buildings, drafting and negotiation of agreements in addition to financial, tax, environmental, zoning and regulatory issues.
Tax: the practice focuses on international taxation issues such as the interpretation of tax treaties, transfer pricing, tax planning in business acquisitions and reorganizations and the defence of taxpayers in conflict with national or regional tax authorities before administrative courts and courts of law.
|Managing partner/Corporate and M&A/entertainment||Javier Petrantonio|
|Honorary president||Máximo L Bomchil|
|Arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law/energy/telecommunications||María Inés Corra|
|Arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law/energy/telecommunications||Francisco Gutiérrez|
|Corporate and M&A/entertainment||Marcelo E Bombau|
|Financial services and capital markets||Néstor Belgrano|
|Financial services and capital markets||Fermín Caride|
|Financial Services and Capital Markets Insolvency and Business Restructuring Mergers and Acquisitions||Tomás M Araya|
|Competition /international trade||Marcelo den Toom|
|Intellectual property||Adrián L Furman|
|Arbitration, economic regulation and administrative law/energy/telecommunications||Federico Campioleti|
|Financial services and capital markets||María Victoria Funes|
|Litigation Insolvency and Business Restructuring||Martin Torres Girotti|
|Patricio M. Albornoz||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Tomás M. Araya||Partner||View Profile|
|Ariadna L. Artopoulos||Partner||View Profile|
|Néstor J. Belgrano||Partner||View Profile|
|Paula N. Beveraggi||Counsel||View Profile|
|Marcelo E. Bombau||Partner||View Profile|
|Máximo L. Bomchil||Honorary President||View Profile|
|Máximo J. Bomchil||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Federico Campolieti||Partner||View Profile|
|Esteban Carcavallo||Partner||View Profile|
|Fermín Caride||Partner||View Profile|
|María Victoria Casale||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|María Inés Corrá||Partner||View Profile|
|María Victoria Funes||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Adrián Furman||Partner||View Profile|
|Martín Torres Girotti||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Francisco M. Gutiérrez||Partner||View Profile|
|Edgardo L. Isola||Counsel||View Profile|
|Hugo P. Lafalce||Former Partner||View Profile|
|Rafael M. Manóvil||Former Partner||View Profile|
|Patricio A. Martin||Partner||View Profile|
|Alejandro E. Messineo||Partner||View Profile|
|Florencia Pagani||Counsel||View Profile|
|Javier Petrantonio||Partner||View Profile|
|Melisa Romero||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mónica L. Rothenberg||Former Partner||View Profile|
|Marcelo A. den Toom||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 4 Total staff : 88
LanguagesSpanish English French German
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Press Releases16th November 2020
Buenos Aires, November 2, 2020. Today Bomchil announced the incorporation of Pablo J. Alliani, Fernando L. Brunelli and Cristian A. Galansky as partners, and Alejandro D'Onofrio as of counsel.