Mr Elias F Bestani > Marval O’Farrell Mairal > Buenos Aires, Argentina > Lawyer Profile

Marval O’Farrell Mairal
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution / Insurance & Reinsurance / Air & Maritime Law


Elías F. Bestani specializes in shipping and maritime law, insurance and reinsurance in addition to the resolution of complex disputes. He advises clients on ship-finance, ship-building and ship-purchase contracts and in the merchant marine and cabotage regimes. He has experience in the structuring of LNG operations and has negotiated time and bareboat charters and volume contracts. He advises clients in marine pollution matters, collisions and in the arrest of ships. Elías also advises clients in insurance—marine and non-marine— and reinsurance, including claims and regulations. He has advised clients in the setting up of insurance companies, their investment regime, portfolio transfers and in strategic distribution arrangements. He has handled complex litigation, including cases involving sovereign immunity and oil price disputes, heard by the Argentine Supreme Court. He also advises clients on cross-border litigation.


He was seconded to Greenberg Traurig, LLP for more than a year, where he gained experience in international corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions.


English - Spanish


He is a member of the Argentine Maritime Law Association and of the Shipping Institute of the National Academy of Law.


With an undergraduate degree in Law from the Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires in 1999, Elías went on to receive an LL.M. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2003.

Lawyer Rankings

Argentina > Dispute resolution

Marval O’Farrell Mairal’s comprehensive dispute resolution department overshadows its competitors both in size and experience. The 11-partner group handles the full range of contentious matters, from local and cross-border litigation, through to class actions and highly sensitive international arbitrations. The firm represents an enviably diverse portfolio of clients, remaining a first port of call for a string of multinationals such as Assurant, Credit Suisse and Repsol. Ricardo Ostrower heads the department and brings to bear an impressive record in complex, politically charged litigation. Santiago Soria is highly regarded for his expertise in energy and natural resources-related disputes; he is representing Roch in a complex arbitration against Apco Austral and Pluspetrol. Senior of counsel Martín Campbell is also noted for his top-level experience. The recent arrivals of Julio César Rivera (h) and honorary partner Julio César Rivera (who is also a “supplementary judge” or “conjuez” of the National Supreme Court) from Rivera & Asociados further boosts the firm’s contentious capability, particularly in the insolvency, arbitration and constitutional law areas. Other recommended names include banking litigation specialist Facundo Viel Temperley, Rodrigo García and Elías Bestani, who has an emphasis on insurance disputes.

Argentina > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

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Marval O’Farrell Mairal’s ‘very professional team’ finds favour for its lawyers’ focus on ‘resolving conflicts in the most efficient, economical and practical way possible’. The enviably well-rounded group touches on all key pillars of insurance law, with strong skill sets across a broad range of insurance classes, including niche areas such as aviation and marine. Litigation is a sweet spot and the team handles insurance and reinsurance claims, product liability cases and collective actions against insurance companies. On the regulatory front, it routinely advises on general compliance matters, the marketing of insurance products and administrative proceedings. The firm’s market-leading corporate department also marks it as a popular choice to assist with M&A and general corporate matters. Department head Pablo Cereijido handles a mix of regulatory, contentious and transactional work and is singled out by sources as ‘the best insurance and reinsurance lawyer in the country’. Elías Bestani, who has an emphasis on contentious work, is also highly regarded for his ‘experience and analytical capacity’. María Victoria Rodríguez Mamberti is a talented semi-senior associate.