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Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Argentina > Real estate Tier 2

Particularly known for its expertise in the shopping centre and retail segment, Nicholson y Cano Abogados is active across the spectrum of real estate matters, including investment, acquisitions, financing, construction and development, as well as mixed-use developments and subsequent commercial exploitation. With long experience in the sector, Agustín Pérez Cambiasso is the key name to note. Former senior associate Sofía Schiariti moved in house at Accenture in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Pérez Cambiasso

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Grupo Pegasus



Colegio San Andrés


Bellamar Estancias

Swiss Medical Group

Club de Polo La Reconquista

CEDU (Cámara de Emprendedores y Desarrolladores Urbanos)


Club Universitario de Buenos Aires

Proyecto Terravista

Proyecto Terralagos

Nuevas Marinas del Plata

Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados' banking and finance practice is co-led by Carlos Marcelo Villegas, Mario Kenny, Emiliano Silva and Mariano Fabrizio. Villegas has extensive banking and capital markets experience and is known for his work on the financing aspects of complex M&A and restructuring deals. Kenny specialises in structured finance, securitisations and secured lending, while Silva is particularly strong in banking, forex and capital markets regulation. Fabrizio is the main point of contact for multilateral and bilateral credit organisations seeking permanent counsel support. The team is active in domestic capital raisings across a number of sectors, most notably agriculture and energy, and also handles securitisation and project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Marcelo Villegas; Mario Kenny; Emiliano Silva; Mariano Fabrizio

Key clients



Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Banco Comafi

Banco Mariva

Banco Hipotecario

Banco Sáenz

Banco de Valores

International Finance Corporation

Bid Invest




Mizuho Bank

San Miguel

Work highlights

  • Advised biological soy products manufacturer Rizobacter on the issuance of the group’s series V notes.
  • Advised agricultural inputs group Red Surcos on the issuance of the group’s series VI notes.
  • Advised pharmaceuticals company Richmond Laboratories on a capital markets deal to raise financing for the construction of a new plant to produce Covid-19 vaccines and other medicines.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

With expertise throughout the entire mining lifecycle, Nicholson y Cano Abogados  has in depth experience from exploration and development, through to commercial exploitation and closure. Work includes advisory regarding claims and properties, mining rights due diligence, as well as processing the granting of exploration permits, and ongoing advice on compliance with mining code provisions. The firm supplements this expertise with its environmental law, and business and human rights practices. Nicolás Perkins is a recognised mining specialist, as is Fernando Caruso, who has a 30-year track record in the sector; the pair co-lead an eight-strong team.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Perkins

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Josemaria Resources Incorporated on the $485m sale of its major copper/gold asset in San Juan to Lundin Mining Corporation.

Argentina > Insurance Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ comprehensive insurance practice covers corporate and regulatory issues, product approvals, reinsurance agreements and contracts with brokers and other distributors, as well as pre-litigation, mediation and litigation. The firm separates the department into two core areas: regulatory, corporate and contractual work on the one hand, and  the management of large claims portfolios on the other. Particular areas of expertise include the development of life and annuities insurance products, the handling of workers' compensation insurance portfolios, and the bancassurance legal framework. Corporate and insurance law specialist María Fraguas co-leads the team with Juan Carlos Etchebehere, who focuses on labour-related insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Fraguas; Juan Carlos Etchebehere

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados' labour and employment practice has actively supported clients through the pandemic period, taking on an increasing load of advisory work linked to Covid-19 employment measures and the prohibition on dismissals during lockdown periods. The team has a strong list of clients in the industrial, services, oil-and-gas and financial-services sectors, and is also noted for its regulatory expertise. Pablo Javier Venarotti, a specialist in labour-related preventative counselling, co-leads the practice alongside insurance expert Marcela Botta Diego and 40-year employment law veteran Juan Carlos Etchebehere, best known for his reputation in collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Etchebehere; Pablo Javier Venarotti; Marcela Botta Diego

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

María Fraguas, Naldo Dasso and Nicolás Perkins lead a Nicholson y Cano Abogados corporate and M&A team that has a strong roster of multinational clients and an active M&A practice; it is best known for its work in the energy, agribusiness and consumer sectors. Moreover, the firm strengthened its corporate bench in January 2022 with the promotion of Martín Rodríguez, who focuses on corporate work in regulated industries, to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Maria Fraguas; Naldo Dasso; Nicolás Perkins

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados advises clients across a broad range of dispute resolution matters, acting in anti-trust, insurance litigation, bankruptcy and creditor rights matters. The team also handles civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution, as well as the enforcement of foreign arbitral judgements and awards in Argentina. The experienced quartet of Luis Bullrich, Juan Santiago Mollard, Juan Manuel Sampietro and Gonzalo Esses co-lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Luis Bullrich; Juan Santiago Mollard; Juan Manuel Sampietro; Gonzalo Esses

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

An established play in the oil-and-gas sector, Nicholson y Cano Abogados has participated in a number of novel mandates in the sector, including the first joint ventures and financings in the shale segment (Loma Campana and El Orejano) and the structuring of Aleph as the first independent midstream company in Argentina. The practice advises throughout the hydrocarbons supply chain, from upstream (where its clients include YPF, Quatar Petroleum, Chevron and BP), through midstream (Aleph, TGS), to downstream (YPF, BP Castrol, Raizen, Trafigura) and the oil-services segment (Schlumberger Group, Perez Companc Energía). Practice heads Nicolás Perkins and Marcelo Lamesa have extensive experience of the energy sector - particularly matters such as farm in and farm out contracts, asset acquisitions and the assignment of concession rights - and work into the sector from the corporate and banking/finance sides, respectively. Mariana Guzian rounds out the senior team: she too has a corporate and energy sector profile, particularly as regards cross-border investments and project finance and loans. In addition, the team can also call on supplementary practice areas including its long-established environmental practice (under the leadership of Horacio Payá), and its significant business and human rights practice (directed by Alfredo Vítolo), as well as labour, litigation, tax and antitrust.

The firm: Founded in 1976, Nicholson y Cano Abogados is one of the leading law firms in Argentina. The firm provides full corporate legal services dealing successfully with the ongoing dynamic changes within Argentina and Latin America. The firm also provides its clients with creative, high-quality and loyal representation in domestic and international transactions along with major litigations. The firm has one of the largest and most qualified teams of professionals in Argentina which makes it one of the five main full service law firms in the country.

Main areas of practice
Administrative law: The firm advises clients in all aspects of federal and state regulations, administrative appeals and related litigation. The firm has represented clients in regulated industries including banks, utilities, insurance companies, telcos, pension funds, sugar industries, among others.

Banking and securities: The firm has a strong group led by renowned partners in the financial industry and enjoys a strong reputation in international transactions. The group deals with day to day regulatory matters in the sector, including Central Bank, Exchange and Securities Commission and pension funds regulations.

Corporate and commercial law: This is the core business practice of the firm. The team represents international and local companies in a broad range of transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate turnaround and restructuring, trademark licenses, foreign investments, antitrust law, as well as in day to day legal matters.

Compliance and anti-corruption: The firm advises clients in order to comply with local and international regulations related to money laundering, compliance, anti-corruption, data privacy, regulatory affairs, among other issues. The team also assists companies in order to prevent them from fraud or illegal actions, designing and auditing compliance programs.

Environmental law: Nicholson y Cano is one of the few Argentinian law firms that has a highly qualified and specialised team that deals with environmental issues in Argentina.

Insurance: The firm participates significantly in the insurance and reinsurance business. Additionally, it represents and gives advice to the major groups and insurance companies operating within Argentina.

Labour: The firm plays a decisive role in labour law as advisor and consultant to all kinds of companies in the analysis and preparation of individual labour contracts, ensuring the completion of all applicable regulations on behalf of the companies. Nicholson y Cano also participates in collective labour law as adviser to various corporate chambers throughout the negotiation and conclusion of collective bargaining agreements and negotiation of salaries with the intervention of all parties involved.

Litigation: The firm has a long and proven tradition in large scale litigation actions, including arbitration cases, along with a strong reputation in handling large portfolio actions with detailed follow up reports.

Mining: Broad experience advising clients in all stages, from junior companies in exploration stages to majors in feasibility, development, construction, production and abandonment stages. The firm advises mining companies regarding their mining claims and properties, as well as in privatizations of state owned mining fields.

Oil and gas: Leading one-stop shop for energy companies for all its legal matters and pioneer in the structuring on legal investments and joint ventures in Vaca Muerta Shale Play since Vaca Muerta’s early development days, both in upstream and midstream areas.

Real estate: The firm advises and represents both institutional and entrepreneurial clients in connection with real estate transactions: acquisitions, sale, exchange, financing, development, commercialisation and management of real property, construction projects, land and use and zoning.

Tax and foreign trade: The firm has proven experience in tax counseling services with exhaustive knowledge regarding local and foreign regulations and tax planning.

Infrastructure: The firm provides from the starting point and during the project life, legal services in all aspects relating to infrastructure and concession projects (PPP, PFI among others) such as highways, telecommunications, ports, hospitals, railways, subways, t-lines, pipelines, mining, among others. Such advice includes but is not limited to construction contracts, financial agreements, regulatory, tax, concession and administrative issues.

Number of partners : 29