Bomchil > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Firm Profile

Bomchil
Av. Corrientes 420
BUENOS AIRES
Argentina

Argentina > TMT Tier 1

Well regarded for its telecommunications sector work, Bomchil advises international investors, foreign and local operators and regulators across the sector. Regulatory expertise is a key strength for the firm, as are disputes and class actions in the TMT segments. Data privacy and data protection matters are another forte of the practice, particularly when such matters have a multijurisdictional element; while fintech and crypto space constitute a strong growth segment for the practice, where its increasingly active year-on-year. Francisco Gutiérrez is known for his track-record in the regulated industries, particularly for regulatory conflicts and day-to-day operational advice in the TMT sector. Gutiérrez leads the team and is well supported by senior associate Francisco Zappa, who specialises in data protection law, new technologies and privacy matters. Corporate and transactional counsel Paula Beveraggi has extensive day-to-day advisory experience with media clients, particularly as regards the regulatory framework for broadcasting.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Gutiérrez

Testimonials

‘The relationship with people and internal collaboration is outstanding. The entire firm works as a team giving solutions throughout the legal spectrum, but with an interlocutor who attends to the needs and requirements according to what is requested by us.

‘Bomchil manages resources very well to provide professional response with reasonable fees. It presents clear and predictable budgets, which allow the company to manage its legal budget organically. Francisco Zappa, senior in charge of the account, handles all commercial issues and coordinates within the firm to give us great service. Rising star!

Key clients

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Amazon Prime

American Express

Axa Assistance

AT&T

Buenos Aires Arena

Big Box

Bloomberg

Botbit

Deloitte

DirecTV

Ernst & Young

Hispasat

Huawei

Integral Insumos

Iplan

Mindray

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Mills Capital Markets

Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS)

Pepsico

Pernod Ricard

Shin & Kim

Televisión Federal – Telefe

SBA Communications Corporation

WarnerMedia

KPMG

Deloitte

MS Technologies

American Express

D-Local

Buenbit

Alipay (Ant Group)

Ohana

Work highlights

  • Advice to Bloomberg on telecoms, regulatory and data privacy matters regarding the implementation of two new services for the recording of voice calls and video-conferences.
  • Advised AT&T Services on the Argentine regulatory aspects related to the sale of Vrio’s TV and internet operations under the DirecTV brand across 11 countries in Latin America.
  • Assisted Buenbit with strategic advice and risk assessments on financial regulatory matters, including FX and anti-money laundering regulations and innovative and complex contractual matters.

Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘innovative’ Bomchil banking and finance team has a strong borrower client list, which it supports with a broad range of capital markets, liability management and restructuring, and banking regulatory advice. The firm takes on lender-side work too, with direct lending clients a key feature in this area. Banking and finance head Fermín Caride focuses on corporate and structured financing and is praised for his ‘great knowledge and dedication’. María Victoria Funes ‘provides a service beyond excellence’ and has broadened out her core traditional banking practice into fintech and cryptocurrency. ‘Experienced’ partner Patricio Martin and associate María Victoria Tuculet are also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Fermín Caride

Testimonials

‘Bomchil’s practice is known for its innovative and tailor-made solutions. Its approach is distinguished by practical, engaging partners.’

‘They have extensive experience and knowledge in financial matters, especially when it comes to foreign exchange regulations.’

‘Always available 24/7 to provide quick and efficient responses in record time.’

‘Maria Victoria Funes is a partner who provides a service beyond excellence and has deep experience and knowledge in financial matters. She understands the client and provides innovative solutions to very complex issues.

‘Patricio Martin is a very experienced partner who is close to all issues. Maria Victoria Tuculet is an associate who has worked on all of our capital markets restructuring deals. She is an excellent professional who is close to all the details.’

‘All the members of the team, beginning with their partners Fermín Caride and Victoria Funes, have great knowledge and dedication. They are proactive, informed and solution oriented.’

‘Fermín Caride and Victoria Funes have deep knowledge. Victoria Tuculet impresses and is surely on the pathway to becoming a partner.’

Key clients

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Gramercy Funds Management

Oaktree Capital Management

Banco Itaú Argentina

Compañía General de Combustibles

PECOM Energía y Servicios

American Express Argentina

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Mills Capital

Huawei Technologies Investment

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Rolex

HCA

AXA Assistance

DLocal

Ant Group

Ohana

Buenbit

Cohen

Aluar Aluminio Argentino

Work highlights

  • Assisted PECOM Servicios Energía with the refinancing of a syndicated loan granted by Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
  • Provide advice to Ant Group’s e-payment platform, Alipay, on the regulatory aspects of cross border payment processing models.
  • Assisted Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 with a liability management transaction.

Argentina > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Antitrust expert Marcelo Den Toom leads the competition practice at Bomchil , which is active in key merger-control and anticompetitive cases. The team handles multijurisdictional merger cases, and acts as trusted advisor in sensitive cartel and abuse of dominance investigations; it is also experienced in economic regulation, administrative law and litigation. Particular areas of strength include media and telecommunications, oil and gas, energy, chemicals, retail, financial services and transportation.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo den Toom

Testimonials

‘The Firm is very solid in terms of knowledge. They also have an ability to explain topics that makes them understandable at all levels. It is very good to work as a team with this firm since they allow foreign and local commercials to easily understand the issues.

‘The knowledge of the substantive subject, the language and its facility to communicate the subject at all levels, being able to obtain the expected result. Marcelo den Toom is a highly outstanding professional in all antitrust issues in Argentina.

Key clients

Sodexo

AstraZeneca

Oaktree

Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes

Imagen Satelital

WarnerMedia

Chevron

DirecTV

Corteva

Carrefour

Pepsico

Massalin Particulares (Phillip Morris)

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Maersk

Gramercy and Gemcorp

Apollo Global Management

Stine Seeds

Renault

AT&T

Cinemark

Refinor

Work highlights

  • Representing several construction companies in the largest cartel investigation in Argentina to date, a wide-ranging bid rigging investigation initially encompassing public road works in the period 2003-2015 derived from a well-publicised corruption case.
  • Successfully represented Renault in an abuse of dominant position complaint filed against it by the Association of Argentine Autoparts Manufacturers.
  • Representing WarnerMedia in the merger filing related to its $43bn merger with Discovery.

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Bomchil‘s ‘super professional’ dispute resolution practice advises multinational and domestic clients across a range of industries on litigation and international arbitration matters. The firm handles a broad range of work, including regulatory, commercial, civil and contentious administrative matters that include tariff controls, emergency measures, state market intervention and early termination of public contracts. International arbitration is an area of particular strength, with the firm playing a key role in Argentina’s adoption of legislation to regulate and promote modern arbitration in Argentina. ‘Professional performerFederico Campolieti   co-leads the team alongside electricity and international arbitration expert María Inés Corrá and accomplished litigation lawyers Martín Torres Girotti and Francisco Gutiérrez, who also has a strong TMT practice. At senior associate level, Santiago Peña focuses on complex litigations and arbitration; and Melisa Romero on trial litigation, complex commercial conflicts and class actions in the areas of consumers law, banking, environmental and insurance law. The group has seen some churn at more junior levels but has nevertheless grown by three associates during the last 12 months. Since publication, Romero has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Gutiérrez; Maria Ines Corrá; Federico Campolieti; Martin Torres Girotti

Testimonials

‘The team works very decisively and very quickly. Responsive and client focused.

‘Excellent advice and super professional analysis.

‘Lawyers who take a holistic view of a company’s problems bring creative alternatives to the negotiating table.

‘Federico Campoliieti is a very professional performer who demonstrates excellent knowledge arbitration proceedings.

Key clients

ENEL (former Endesa)

Siemens

Wintershall DEA Argentina

Carrefour

Peugeot Citroën Argentina

Pepsi Co

Huawei

Banco Galicia

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Tallo Verde

Nestlé

Turner Group

KPMG

PECOM Servicios Energía

Stoneway Capital Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing PECOM Servicios Energía in a post-M&A dispute with a state-owned company under UNCITRAL arbitration rules.
  • Representing  Amarilla Ingeniería del Valor in an arbitration against Vicentin Desarrollos involving a claim under a construction agreement for building a luxury residential tower in the province of Santa Fe.
  • Advise Tallo Verde on several parallel legal actions initiated before both administrative bodies and federal courts related to a project to extend the largest uncovered landfill in the country, located in Luján.

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Handling exploration, production, transportation and refining matters throughout the oil and gas sector, the entire team at Bomchil demonstrates ‘outstanding technical capacity and professional solidity‘. The firm’s offering combines longstanding strength in administrative law and economic regulation with experience handling inbound and outbound investments and the negotiation of up, mids and downstream deals, as well as power, renewables and energy transition matters. A towering figure in the sector, regulatory, oil and gas and M&A specialist Pablo Alliani  leads the team. He is flanked by deeply experienced fellow partners Fernando Brunelli, whose forte is advising clients on oil-and-gas bidding processes, farm-ins , M&A and contracts; and Cristian Galansky, who focuses on administrative law and energy regulatory frameworks, and also leads the practice group’s litigious (including administrative) and arbitral activity. Additionally, Fermín Caride is active on banking, finance and capital market matters in the sector, while María Inés Corrá – who is primarily engaged on the power side of the practice – also brings her administrative Law, economic regulation and international arbitration expertise to bear. A strong associate line is led by seniors Brenda Saluzzi, Matías Debarbieri  and Andrea Lovfall.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Alliani

Testimonials

‘The team, in particular Cristian Galansky and Fernando Brunelli, has not only excellent knowledge of the industry, but also of the needs of its customers. Their advice manages to adapt to the circumstances and nuances of each case with exceptional precision. In addition, both Cristian and Fernando are actively available to help their clients in all those issues in which their skills are required.’

‘What makes Bomchil unique in this regard is the company’s in-depth knowledge, its recent history and its current needs.’

‘In addition to the outstanding technical capacity and professional solidity of the entire team, a very important commitment is added when working with the company and meeting the established objectives. The human quality of the Bomchil team is superlative.’

Key clients

Chevron Argentina

Chevron Overseas Service Company (COSCO)

PanAmerican Energy

Equinor

DLS Archer

Refinor

Petrobras

CGC

CNOOC

Ecopolo

Wintershall DEA Argentina

Maersk Drilling

Enerflex

Work highlights

  • Assisted Chevron with the administration of the Loma Campana agreement with YPF in Vaca Muerta.
  • Assisted Chevron with the administration of the Chihuido de la Sierra Negra / Narambuena agreement in Vaca Muerta.
  • Advised Maersk Drilling on its participation in a bidding round for the drilling of the first deep-water well in Argentina.

Argentina > Public law Tier 2

Bomchil has extensive knowledge of public law, regulated industries and state entities, and is particularly recognised for its experience in administrative and court proceedings. The team regularly represents domestic and international clients before provincial and national courts and also handles public bids, administrative appeals and constitutional actions (amparos). Other areas of expertise include advising on public-private partnership (PPP) negotiations, contract terminations, privatisations and renewable energy power purchase agreements. The team is especially prominent in electricity, energy and transportation matters, with the firm an adviser on some of Argentina’s earliest electricity sale and export agreements. Mining, telecommunications and utilities are other key sectors for the practice. A trio of respected public law partners co-lead the practice. María Inés Corrá is an experienced energy, public law and international arbitration lawyer; Francisco Gutiérrez is known for his TMT expertise, and Federico Campolieti has advised on regulatory and administrative law matters for more than 20 years.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Gutierrez; María Inés Corrá; Federico Campolieti

Key clients

Tallo Verde

Desarrollo de Proyectos Mineros

PepsiCo

Minera Los Pelambres

Wintershall Energía

Helport

IPLAN

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

DirecTV

Four Seasons Hotel

Caminos del Rio Uruguay

Movistar Arena

Minera del Altiplano

Morixe

Seaboard

Stoneway

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tallo Verde with the filing of several parallel claims before courts, administrative bodies and international bodies regarding an open air waste dump and urban waste disposal facility.
  • Advised Desarrollo de Proyectos Mineros on the development of one of the largest foreign investment and mining projects in Argentina.
  • Representing Minera Los Pelambre in a dispute with Pachón regarding a large mine-waste dump between Argentina and Chile.

Argentina > Tax Tier 2

Bomchil‘s absorption of the highly regarded tax boutique Teijeiro & Ballone, Abogados has added significant depth and capability to its tax practice. Following the deal, ‘outstanding professionalGuillermo Teijeiro  and the ‘excellentMariano Ballone have joined ‘top international tax specialistAlejandro Messineo and Ariadna Artopoulos, who clients praise for her ‘technical knowledge and experience, as practice co-heads. The February-2022 merger also saw the arrival of associate Mariano Rajoy, with semi-senior Agustina Salatino having joined from Estudio Litvak y Asociados in mid-2021. The practice offers a full suite of tax expertise, covering corporate, M&A, restructurings and financial and litigation matters as well as maintaining a private client roster. The addition of senior talent to the team has supported high-profile client wins in the technology, media and automotive sectors. The practice is also known for its tax expertise in nascent digital industries, including fintech and cryptocurrencies. Former associate Santiago Bergallo left the firm to take up a role with PwC.

Practice head(s):

Ariadna Artopoulos; Mariano Ballone; Alejandro Messineo; Guillermo Teijeiro

Testimonials

‘Excellent regulatory knowledge and insight. The team has good business understanding and provides practical advice.

‘Mariano Ballone is an excellent tax law attorney. He knows the issues deeply and advises from a practical point of view and with a focus on the business.

‘Ariadna Artopoulus displays technical knowledge and experience.

‘We always consider the opinion of Guillermo Teijeiro to support decisions that may have a significant impact on the company, due to his vast professional experience, knowledge of our business and the objective way in which he expresses the firm’s opinion and recommendations.

‘Guillermo Teijeiro is an outstanding professional who knows perfectly how companies work. When you work with Guillermo you can be 100% sure of his advice and commitment. He is a great partner for the in-house attorney.

Alejandro Messineo is one of the top international tax specialists in Argentina.’

Key clients

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS)

Enel Group

PepsiCo

The Mosaic Company

Savencia Group/Milkaut

Grupo Corporación América

Schlumberger

Sandvik group

Lesaffre group

Rolex

Ingener

Deezer

American Express Argentina

SBA Argentina

Seabord Energías Renovables

Chep

Essilor Group

Amazon Prime

Uber

Facebook

Airbnb

Bunge Argentina

Siemens Energy

Siemens Mobility

Capsa Capex

Weatherford

Work highlights

  • Advised Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 on all the tax aspects related to the exchange and emission of security notes.
  • Advised PepsiCo de Argentina on the tax aspects of the sale of shares of Alimesa to Georgalos.
  • Advised Bunge on various transfer pricing claims from the tax authorities concerning the export of commodities.

Argentina > Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

Bomchil brings an interdisciplinary approach to its work on bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, leveraging expertise from other departments to cover client needs. The team works especially closely with partners in the firm’s financial services group, handling numerous restructuring and liability management matters. Other areas of work include foreclosing security interests, assisting foreign clients with the acquisition of distressed assets and participating in creditors’ committees. The team is co-led by experienced insolvency lawyers Tomás Araya and Martín Girotti, who are both members of the insolvency section of the International Bar Association. Senior associate Melisa Romero is another key name and has extensive reorganisation and restructuring experience. Since publication, Romero has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tomás M Araya; Martín Torres Girotti

Testimonials

‘A highly professional team with exceptional technical and legal knowledge of capital markets and specialist expertise in tax, contests and bankruptcies.

‘The team provide valuable support on many of our legal and practical concerns.

Key clients

Ad-hoc group bondholders group (YPF Liability Management)

Ad-hoc group bondholders group (CLISA Liability Management)

Araucaria / Stoneway

Gramercy

Banco Itaú

Credit Agricole

Gemcorp

Carrefour

Mills Capital Group

Banco Macro

Latam USD Exim Investments Fund

3Arroyos

Armaduras del Sur – Prearmar

Work highlights

  • Advising Stoneway Capital on bond issuances following a non-judicial restructuring process and the implementation of a new collateral package.
  • Represented the ad-hoc group of bondholders in the $6bn liability management offer launched by YPF.

Argentina > Compliance Tier 3

‘Dedication’ and ‘professionalism’ characterise the Bomchil compliance practice. The tightly-knit team provides a broad suite of compliance services, including work in internal investigations, public procurement, antitrust, personal data protection and anticorruption. In addition the group handles matters involving anti-money laundering and compliance programmes. Francisco Gutiérrez, a TMT and and arbitration expert, co-leads the the team alongside impressive associate Florencia Pagani, whom clients report as ‘professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to clients’. Since publication, Pagani has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Gutiérrez; Florencia Pagani

Testimonials

‘The team displays dedication and professionalism’

‘Florence Pagani is professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to clients.’

Key clients

SAF

CNP

Pernod Ricard

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Mindray Argentina

Sanatorio Las Lomas

Araucaria Energy

Buenos Aires Arena

Cámara de Comercio e Industria Franco Argentina

Chevron Overseas Services Corporation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Work highlights

  • Working with SAF, a part of French Group Lesaffre, on the local implementation of its global policies and code of conduct.
  • Supporting Buenos Aires Arena on implementation of the company’s code of conduct and global policies, as well as the implementation of  global anticorruption policies in Argentina.
  • Assisted Araucaria Energy with the implementation of the company’s code of conduct and global policies.

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bomchil positions its corporate and M&A practice as an integrated, long-term partner to its local and international clients, advising on punctual one-off transactions as well as ongoing strategic matters. ‘Out-of-the-box’ thinker Adrián Furman leads the practice, which is praised for its ‘great precision’ and focus on ‘generating client satisfaction’. Tomás Araya, who has transactional and restructuring experience, is another key name; with Patricio Martin, an experienced cross-border deal adviser, also prominent.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Furman

Testimonials

‘Bomchil’s corporate and M&A practice advises with great precision and each professional delivers a high quality service. The working groups are generally balanced in terms of diversity, which we value.

‘Bomchil clearly understands the factors and main components of good client-management and generating customer satisfaction.

‘Adrián Furman has professional experience that see him provide a service of the highest quality. He is always thinking of out-of-the-box alternatives and understands our commercial and business needs.

‘Marcel den Toom works with high level of detail, raising possible challenges in advance and anticipating issues. Francisco Zappa is a first rate associate.

‘Bomchil’s corporate team stands out for its business orientation, and providing excellent legal support that supports the company’s priorities.

Key clients

PepsiCo

AT&T

AMC Networks Latin America

DirecTV

Paramount Global

Televisión Federal – Telefe

American Express

Grupo La Nación

Nutrien

Huawei

Stine Seed / MS Technologies

Amazon Prime

Sodexo

Bodega Fin del Mundo

Eglam Argentina

Philip Morris Argentina

SBA Argentina

Metalsa Argentina

Milkaut (Savencia Group)

Chep

Tuteur

CASA Petróleo

Ingener

Lesaffre

Essilor International

Grupo Iraola

Ualá

Work highlights

  • Advised AT&T Services on the Argentine aspects of the sale of its Vrio division to the Wertein Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of Eglam Argentina on its sale to Accenture Interactive.
  • Advised Sodexo on the sale of its Argentine business to Cookins.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity Tier 3

With considerable experience advising conventional, thermoelectric and renewable power generators, Bomchil also assists consumers with regulatory and contractual matters - particularly as regards PPAs. The practice group also draws upon the firm’s strength in financings to advise multilateral agencies and foreign lenders on the construction and development of major renewable energy plants in Argentina. Another key area of work has been due diligence and legal and regulatory analysis for the installation of the country's new nuclear plants. María Inés Corrá  leads the team and is a go-to name for administrative law, economic regulation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

María Inés Corrá

Key clients

Miramar Power

Araucaria Energy / SPI Energy

Buenos Aires Arena

HCA

Metalsa

Enel

Elektrogen

Stoneway

Work highlights

  • Advised Araucaria Energy in connection with sensitive regulatory matters related to several thermoelectric plants.
  • Provided regulatory advice to SPI Energy regarding the continuation and finalization of the construction of the combined cycle of one of its power plants.
  • Advised ENEL on the liquidation of two regulated trusts and subsequent transfer of the assets held in trust to the State and other beneficiaries; these consist of the shareholding on two operating companies that are the owners of two power plants with an aggregate power capacity of 1600 MW.

Argentina > Insurance Tier 3

Specialising in corporate advice to insurance and reinsurance clients, Bomchil's practice also handles a range of related issues for underwriters, brokers and insured parties. The team’s experience includes litigation, unfair competition clauses and general corporate, regulatory and commercial advice to insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers. Corporate and M&A partner Máximo José Bomchil co-leads the team with counsel Néstor Belgrano, who advises on the structuring of new products, presentations to relevant regulatory agencies, litigation and joint ventures for insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Néstor Belgrano; Máximo José Bomchil

Key clients

Caixa Seguros (Brazil)

CNP Assurances Group

Coremont

Latinbroker International

April International

DirecTv Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Argentina on regulatory matters and its relation with its minority shareholders.
  • Advised April International regarding a distribution agreement in Argentina.
  • Advised DirecTv Argentina on regulatory matters associated with its products.

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 3

Bomchil provides ‘excellent advice on labour law issues’ and supports clients ‘step-by-step’ in complex and contentious matters. Labour litigation at all court levels, along with structuring complex termination agreements with senior executives are practice segments of particular note; with the team also active in collective labour disputes, staff restructuring, due diligence procedures, human resources, compensation, compliance and certifications. After his retirement as partner, Esteban Carcavallo will stay on as practice head but in a counsel role. Counsel Gabriel Schlosser, who joined from Alliani & Bruzzon back in 2020, and Edgardo Isola, provide additional senior support, with backing from associate Gonzalo Gago and new joiner Bárbara Wessolowski.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Carcavallo

Testimonials

‘Bomchil has always provided excellent advice on labour law issues. The lawyers have extensive knowledge and support clients step-by-step during trial processes.

‘The lawyers are always available to answer any query, no matter how small, and accompany their clients throughout the process.

‘Esteban Carcavallo, Federico Campollietti and Francisco Zappa are excellent.

‘The Bomchil team is highly proactive and have been giving us technical assistance for years. The firm is very good at maintaining contact with our executive offices abroad.

Key clients

PepsiCo

AMC Media

Corporación America

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

CH Robinson Worldwide

Sandvik

Buenos Aires Arena

Bloomberg

CNP Assurances Argentina

Mapei Argentina

AMC Media & Networks

AXA partners

Rolex Argentina

Marken Time Critical Express

Argentine Golf Association

Sodexo Argentina

HID Argentina – ASSA Abloy

Wisetech Global

Dun & Bradstreet

Milkaut – Savencia

Laboratorio Elea Phoenix

Novus Argentina

Big Box

Hoyts General Cinema de Argentina

Aislantes Celulósicos

Cinemark Argentina

Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli

Sanatorio Las Lomas

Work highlights

  • Advised Buenos Aires Arena on negotiations with unions ahead of the commencement of operations at the venue following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 on various labour matters when travel was banned for several months and operations at the airport remained minimal.
  • Advised Sanatorio Otamendi on several labour law matters ranging from daily advice on legal claims to negotiations with unions.

Argentina > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Bomchil fields a ‘team of great professionals, with a solid knowledge of the applicable regulations, jurisprudence in the matter and the particularities of the pharmaceutical industry’. As well as the pharma space, the firm handles related issues arising from the financial, insurance, environmental and TMT sectors. Contentious medical cases are a particular strength for the practice, as is litigation in general – notably Covid-19 and malpractice matters, and individual and class action consumers claims. Litigation partner Martín Torres Girotti co-leads the practice with senior associate Melisa Romero, who is the go-to name in the team for healthcare and medical matters. Since publication, Romero has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Martin Torres Girotti; Melisa Romero

Testimonials

‘It is a team of great professionals, with a solid knowledge of the applicable regulations, the jurisprudence in the matter and the particularities of the pharmaceutical industry. They provide an excellent service, working side by side with the in-house lawyer.

‘Partners are personally involved in the issues. They are outstanding professionals in the field. Fermín Caride is a high value business partner. He has a deep knowledge of the industry. He analyzes the issues in great depth and has a lot of clarity to identify and expose the risks and opportunities.

‘They are really very professional and provide excellent support.

‘They provide excellent advice and understanding the needs of the business.

Key clients

Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli

Sanatorio Las Lomas

Biosidus Argentina

Medicus

Fundacion Huésped

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli on the implementation of Covid-19 alternative treatments and protocols, with a special focus on mitigating future judicial claims.
  • Advised Fundación Huesped on several contracts related to clinical trials, in the context of Covid-19.
  • Advised Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli and Sanatorio Las Lomas on a medical malpractice case in which the patient claimed for damages due to a bariatric surgery.

Argentina > Real estate Tier 3

Bomchil’s real estate experience spans project finance, trust formation, the development and construction of multi-scale projects, and operating agreements. The practice can also draw from the full-service firm’s strengths in financing, taxation, environmental issues, and zoning and regulatory matters. Transactional real estate specialist Fermín Caride co-leads the team in conjunction with Adrián Furman, who focuses on domestic and international corporate and M&A projects.

Practice head(s):

Fermín Caride; Adrián Furman

Key clients

Albwardy Investment

Pereiraola

PATGO

La Nación Group/Buenos Aires Arena

Integración Turística Hotelera

PepsiCo de Argentina

Northbaires

The Ally Inversiones Inmobiliarias

HIT

Meliá Hotel Iguazú

Landmass

Uppergrowth

Elektrogen de Argentina

Work highlights

  • Assisted NorthBaires and Banco Itaú Argentina with a transaction that entailed the purchase of two property projects by NorthBaires from local counterpart TGLT, and in the replacement of the very same properties which were collateral granted by TGLT to Banco Itaú.
  • Advised Integración Turística Hotelera on the negotiations of a new franchise agreement with Marriott International for the “Sheraton Mar del Plata.”
  • Advised Elektrogen on an asset acquisition for the establishment of its new logistical hub and the development of an industrial park in the city of Berazategui, Province of Buenos Aires.

Argentina > Intellectual property Tier 4

The IP practice at Bomchil provides experience in trade mark registration, protection and portfolio management, cease-and-desist matters, extrajudicial claims and alternative dispute resolution. The team also handles copyright protection and the drafting of associated agreements and contracts. Corporate partner Adrián Furman co-leads the team with senior associate Patricio María Albornoz, whose specialisms include plant variety protection and technology transfer matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrián Furman; Patricio María Albornoz

Testimonials

‘The Bomchil team acted in an agile way in registering our trademark in 4 countries simultaneously in a professional, clear and expeditious manner.

‘The IP team was able to quickly highlight the need of the business to recommend the classes in which to register our trade mark.

Key clients

Genomma Lab Internacional

Kiwi International Payment Technologies Corp

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)

Mapei

HCA

PepsiCo de Argentina

Buenos Aires Arena

Allergika Pharma GmbH

Scentia

Sanatorio Otamendi y Miroli

The Chilling Company

Entre Ríos Crushing

Oneclick International

Evertec Group

Bigbox

World Vision International

Duty Paid

TVS Motor Company

Cabinet Granger

Mike Lynch

Pernod Ricard Argentina

Baltasar Bagdassarian

Banco De Servicios Financieros

Biofilm

Both

Camina

Daruma Agro

Farmabelén

Global Agro

Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Jerónimo María Gallo

Joaquín Figuerola

Manuel Godoy Luque

Marcos Torres Revol

Palermitano Solutions

Santiago Rodolfo Allen

WiseTech Global (Argentina)

Southgame

Tomas Javier Figuerola

Wild FI Argentina

Oxymoron

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Work highlights

  • Assisted Ferrari with the monitoring of local websites, social networks and retail sites in order to report and eventually initiate actions against unauthorized use of Ferrari’s trade marks.
  • Advised the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) on trade mark protection and other commercial matters, inclulding legal advice regarding antipiracy and anti-ambush marketing in major sports events.
  • Managing Genomma’s local portfolio as well as providing advice on general intellectual property matters, such as cease & desist actions, and portfolio protection.

Argentina > Environment

With its 2020 absorption of energy and natural resources boutique Alliani & Bruzzon, Bomchil incorporated partner Cristián Galansky who has increased the firm's profile for environmental services sectors - particularly for hydrocarbons and natural resource clients.

Energy and natural resources > Mining

Bomchil's 2020 absorption of energy and natural resources boutique Alliani & Bruzzon, brought mining specialist Alejandro D’Onofrio to the firm as an of counsel; his thirty year trajectory in the sector provides a notable foothold in the industry, and the natural resources team has already seen an uptick in its corporate, regulatory and contractual advice in the mining sector since his arrival.

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.

Oil and gas: our partners have broad experience counseling local and foreign companies, with solid knowledge of the local industry, and unmatched connections in the international field. We have a deep understanding of the industry’s its regulatory environment, which is key for day-to-day operations. 

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
Tax Alejandro Messineo
Tax Ariadna Artopoulos
Competition /international trade Marcelo den Toom
Employment Esteban Carcavallo
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
Oil & Gas Pablo J. Alliani
Oil & Gas Cristian Galansky
Oil & Gas Fernando Brunelli
Total staff : 100
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Partners : 19

While the firm’s professional workforce is quite balanced at 55% female and 45% male, the communication, human resources management, administration & finance and document editing teams are lead and formed mostly by women..

Our interest for D&I policies include the empowerment of women in our organization and the legal profession but also goes beyond that. We strive to maintain a workforce which is diverse from a generational standpoint, (practically half of our staff is less than 30 years old, and we have support staff and former partners still working at the firm past the retirement age) as well as in terms or geographical and cultural origin, as our lawyers come from different provinces and universities around the country.

After offering a series of meetings and seminars on D&I in the legal market during 2019 and 2020, in 2021 we were the only Argentine law firm promoting a social networks campaign in support to the #Pride Month 2021. That year we organized several awareness talks with the in-house counsels who lead the D&I initiatives to promote and remain active in the discussion of these values in our firm.

Also, in 2021 we started working on a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion project together with a local consultant, with the following purposes:

  • Achieve work diversity and inclusion as intangible assets of our organization.
  • Attract and retain young talent, so as to have a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Promote creativity and motivation, and spaces for reflection.
  • Design actions that are, and can be seen and understood, as a result of the participation and agreement of all members of the firm.
  • Improve the career plan for lawyers, initially with special emphasis on gender and youth.
  • Increase and strengthen the relationship with our current and potential clients through more diverse workforces and persons in leadership positions.

In 2022 we continued celebrating #Pride Month and this time we organized several activities for the team such as surveys and newsletter mailings, ending the month with the screening of a documentary and a debate with Marcelo Feldman, lawyer and former activist of Gays DC in Buenos Aires.

Our female partners and several female counsels/associates lead in different advocacy areas related to the topic of D&I in various professional fields (including international arbitration, tax, public law, compliance, corporate, among others), such as, for example:

María Inés Corrá: Founder and co-chair of Women Way in Arbitration Latam (WWA Latam), first Latam association aimed at promoting the participation and leadership of Latam women in international arbitration; D&I officer of the IBA Public Law Committee; Member of the ICCA Cross Institutional Task Force for the Gender Diversity in International Arbitration Appointments and Proceedings.

Ariadna Artopoulos: Argentine representative at the Women In Network of the International Fiscal Association.

María Victoria Funes: member of the Argentine chapter of the Women in the Profession (WIP) Program of the Vance Center for International Justice (2019).

Florencia Pagani: member of Women in Compliance.

Bomchil Incorporates Leading Oil & Gas Practice

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.



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