Javier Petrantonio > Bomchil > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Lawyer Profile
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Javier Petrantonio has been the firm’s managing partner since 2011.
He specializes in general commercial law and litigation, with particular emphasis on corporate mergers and acquisitions.
He is a member of boards and oversight commissions of well-known national and international companies.
He is actively involved in non-profit organizations, notably his role as Vice-President of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires from 2012 to 2014. He is also a member of the International Bar Association, where he is Senior Vice-Chair of the Regulation of Lawyers’ Compliance Committee.
Universidad de Buenos Aires (Law, 1990)
University of Nottingham, UK (LL.M., 1994)
Argentina > Corporate and M&A
‘A truly engaged business partner’, Bomchil scores highly for its ‘timely responses’, ‘tailor-made service’ and ‘strong business acumen’. The group acts for a diverse portfolio of domestic and multinational clients, with the wider firm’s regulatory prowess delivering a significant volume of transactions relating to the energy, health, TMT and food and beverage sectors. Highlights included advising Miramar Power on the acquisition of the shares and machinery of the subsidiary of the Energyst Group in Argentina — ‘keen strategist’ Adrián Furman led that work. Other representative clients are AMC Networks Latin America, Nestlé and Televisión Federal. Marcelo Bombau, who also spearheads the media and entertainment practice, and managing partner Javier Petrantonio, who has ‘outstanding negotiation skills’, jointly lead the department.
Argentina > Dispute resolution
The ‘experienced and thorough’ group at Bomchil scores highly for its ‘strong ability in both legal and business matters’. The practice, which brings to bear an impressive track record in administrative and public law matters, is best known for its first-class arbitration expertise but it also handles commercial litigation and class action cases. Key arbitration contact María Inés Corrá ‘goes above and beyond’ and successfully represented Wintershall Energía in a high-value claim brought by a Chilean gas distributor against a consortium of Argentine producers relating to export restrictions. Corrá is also advising Minera Los Pelambres — a subsidiary of Antofagasta Minerals —on two politically sensitive disputes. Federico Campolieti is also recommended for complex arbitration matters. Managing partner Javier Petrantonio heads the litigation department and paired up with recently promoted partner Martín Torres Girotti to represent Carrefour in four large claims stemming from its acquisition of Argentine supermarket chains. The team has also recently undertaken work for PepsiCo, Peugeot Citroën Argentina and Siemens. In a significant blow to the firm, high-profile name Guido Tawil left to become an independent arbitrator. However, seasoned specialist Rafael Manóvil continues to provide support as of counsel.
Argentina > Real estate
Bomchil’s ‘knowledgeable and committed team’ finds favour for ‘always going the extra mile to make a project succeed’ and for its ‘great attention to every detail’. Recent highlights included Javier Petrantonio advising Albwardy Investment on its acquisition of two holding companies, which together own a 74.3% stake in Hotel Internacional Iguazú. Elsewhere, Fermín Caride advised NorthBaires on its successful $58m tender for real estate property in Buenos Aires. Financial services specialist Néstor Belgrano is also a key contact.