Firm Profile > Nicholson y Cano Abogados > Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Environment Tier 2

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ practice is widely recognised for its deep expertise in the oil and gas industry — its recent work also spans the forestry, mining, waste management and power sectors. Sought-after department head Horacio Payá, who is highly regarded for his specialist experience across the full range of regulatory, due diligence and contentious issues, represented Shell in two environmental judicial actions. The firm has also recently provided environmental advice to Acindar, Coca-Cola and Total Austral.

Insurance Tier 2

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ broad insurance practice routinely advises insurers and reinsurers on an array of corporate and regulatory matters, product approvals, contracts with brokers and claims management — among other issues. Indeed, the impressively diverse focus of the ‘very strong and experienced group’ results in a department which is split into two distinct units, with industry specialist María Fraguas heading up the regulatory, corporate and contractual side of the practice, while Juan Carlos Etchebehere and Marcela Botta Diego co-lead the claims management team. Representative clients include Chubb, Prudential and Grupo Sura.

Oil and gas Tier 2

The ‘resurgent’ practice at Nicholson y Cano Abogados secures glowing praise for its recent activity in the shale gas area, with clients highlighting it as ‘really present in the market on the transactional side’. The ‘effective and efficient team’, which is well versed across a comprehensive spread of exploration, exploitation, transportation and distribution matters, is also keeping busy on the regulatory and contentious fronts. In a headline piece of M&A work, department co-lead Nicolás Perkins acted for Qatar Petroleum International on its acquisition of a minority interest in several concessions in the Vaca Muerta formation from affiliates of ExxonMobil. In another Vaca Muerta-related highlight, Mariana Guzian advised YPF on the amendment of project agreements with Chevron for the first shale oil projects in Argentina. Marcelo Lamesa co-leads a practice that also counts BP subsidiary Castrol, Pluspetrol and Shell as key clients.

Real estate Tier 2

A leader on the development front, Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ ‘very strong group’ is also a prominent player in real estate transactions — for both institutional and entrepreneurial clients. Department head Agustín Pérez Cambiasso is a ‘first-class specialist’ and recently advised a real estate fund administrated by Grupo Pegasus on the sale and operation of Tortugas Open Mall. The firm also continued to advise trophy client TGLT on day-to-day matters and ongoing projects, such as the Astor Palermo and Forum Puerto Norte developments. Other representative clients include Akuo Energy, Cargill and HSBC Bank Argentina.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ diverse finance offering encompasses traditional lending, capital markets and structured finance transactions, and it is routinely engaged by local and international lenders, issuers and borrowers. Over the past year, the group has been particularly active on behalf of multilateral development banks, such as Mariano Fabrizio advising the IFC on a $25m credit line to Paraguay’s Agrotec. Fabrizio also advised the Inter-American Investment Corporation on a seven-year revolving credit facility of up to $15m to Banco CMF, which will be used to grant loans to small and medium-sized companies in Argentina. Sector specialist Carlos Marcelo Villegas is also a key contact.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

A strong player in the mid-market’, Nicholson y Cano Abogados leverages its solid oil and gas practice to shine in energy-related deals. For example, Nicolás Perkins advised Qatar Petroleum International on the local aspects of its acquisition of a minority stake in several concessions in the Vaca Muerta formation from ExxonMobil’s local subsidiaries. María Fraguas is also a key contact.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados houses a well-balanced dispute resolution practice, which handles a mix of portfolio claims management and strategic disputes. Luis Bullrich and Juan Santiago Mollard co-head a team that counts British American Tobacco Argentina, Chevrolet and YPF among its key clients.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ practice is characterised both by its strong emphasis on contentious matters and its broad industry focus, with the latter encompassing specific expertise in the oil and gas, agribusiness and financial services sectors, among others. Among its key clients, the team provides day-to-day consultancy and litigation support to YPF and Shell CAPSA. Key contacts include Juan Carlos Etchebehere and Pablo Javier Venarotti.

Mining Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ multidisciplinary mining practice spans the full gamut of exploration, development and production matters — for both mining companies and service providers. Energy and natural resources specialist Nicolás Perkins co-leads the department alongside corporate partner Eduardo Koch. Key clients include Argentina Minera, Desarrollo de Prospectos Mineros and Minera Exar.