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Marval O’Farrell Mairal

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Argentina > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Elías BestaniMarval O’Farrell Mairal

Marval O’Farrell Mairal houses an ‘excellent insurance practice’ that is ‘widely recognised as a leader in strategic matters’. The group, which demonstrates robust experience across a comprehensive spread of insurance classes, routinely undertakes corporate, regulatory and contentious work for major industry clients such as Mapfre, MetLife and Zurich. Department lead Pablo Cereijido is widely hailed as a leading light and represented Aseguradora de Créditos y Garantías in a leading case brought by the Argentine government testing the application of certain insurance provisions against the government. On the corporate side, Cereijido acted for Zurich on the Argentine leg of the acquisition of QBE’s insurance and reinsurance operations. Elías Bestani is highly regarded for his specialist expertise in maritime and aviation cases; he recently advised the reinsurers and a foreign shipowner in a salvage remuneration claim involving river barges.

Argentina > Dispute resolution

Top tier in commercial litigation’, Marval O’Farrell Mairal also excels in arbitration, with notable firepower in complex, multi-jurisdictional cases. The practice, held up for its ‘unrivalled breadth and depth’, is led by heavyweight litigator Ricardo Ostrower, who brings to bear deep experience in complex, high-stakes disputes. Ostrower recently teamed up with Santiago Soria, and the oil and gas department, to represent Transportadora de Gas del Sur in an arbitration claim brought by Pan American Energy and Pan American Sur related to the performance of a long-term natural gas processing agreement. In another headline piece of litigation, Ostrower acted alongside the public law group to assist Cargill with its case against the Province of Chaco before the Federal Supreme Court arguing the unconstitutionality of certain provincial regulations impacting on its operations. Senior counsel Martín Campbell is ‘a remarkable lawyer’ and paired up with Facundo Viel Temperley to represent Credit Suisse as defendant in a class action concerning the Madoff fraud. Were the ‘seamless and joined-up team’, which also includes Rodrigo García  and Elías Bestani, not formidable enough, in July 2019 the firm announced the absorbtion of ‘outstanding disputes boutique’ Rivera & Asociados, whom the Marval team had faced in the TGS-Pan American case. The merger adds signifcant firepower to the department, particularly in terms of arbitration: former managing partner Julio César Rivera is widely acclaimed as ‘the best arbitrator in Argentina’; he is also highly regarded for judicial restructuring cases and was appointed as a supplementary judge (“conjuez”) of the National Supreme Court in 2018. Julio César Rivera (h), who joins as a partner, is a ‘first-class litigator’. Incoming associates of note include arbitration specialist Laura Piedrahita Abella.