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

Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Argentina > Insurance Tier 2

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 area, on the one hand regulatory, corporate and contractual the work, and on the other the management of large claims portfolios. Particular areas of expertise include the development of life and annuities insurance products, handling of workmen compensation insurance portfolios, and bancassurance legal framework. Corporate 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

Key clients

Zurich Cía. de Seguros

Prudential Seguros


HSBC Seguros

BBVA Consolidar Seguros

Provincia Seguros

SMG Seguros – SMG ART

Chubb Group

Allianz Argentina

La Caja

Argentina > Real estate Tier 2

Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ six-strong team is well versed in all the key stages of real estate work, from investment and acquisitions, through financing, construction and development, through to commercial exploitation. The group’s longstanding relationship with Pegasus Group translates into a prominent development practice, which is particularly active in shopping centre and mixed-use developments. Other sweet spots include leasing and investment matters. Department head Agustín Pérez Cambiasso has a focus on real estate, construction and infrastructure law. Key associate support comes from Sofía Schiariti.

Practice head(s):

Agustin Perez Cambiasso

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 has maintained a steady flow of activity during the last year, advising a number of clients on various capital raisings. The agriculture sector has been a significant source of mandates, with the firm advising fresh-fruit group San Miguel, sugar and paper producer Ledesma and agribusiness group MSU on new debt issuances. Energy and fintech are other focus areas. Carlos Marcelo Villegas, Mario Kenny and Emiliano Silva lead the practice, which also has a strong multilateral and bilateral credit client-base as well as expertise in securitisations and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Villegas; Mario Kenny; Emiliano Silva

Key clients

HSBC Bank Argentina

TMF Trust Company Argentina


Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Banco Comafi

Banco Marina

Banco Hipotecario

Banco Saenz

Banco de Valores

International Finance Corporation

Bid Invest




Mizuho Bank

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados has an established reputation in oil and gas matters having participated in a number of novel mandates in the sector, including the first joint ventures and financings in 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 energy supply chain from upstream (where its clients include YPF, Quatar Petroleum, Chevron and BP), midstream (Aleph, TGS), downstream (YPF, BP Castrol, Raizen, Trafigura) and in 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 acquisition and the assignment of concession rights- and work into the sector from the corporate and banking/finance sides, respectively. Mariana Guzian is the third partner in the core team and she too has a corporate and energy sector profile. 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 unique business and human rights practice (under the leadership of Alfredo Vitolo); as well as labour, litigation, tax and antitrust.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Lamesa; Nicolás Perkins

Key clients





Riverstone Holdings

Aleph Midstream



Qatar Petroleum International


Petronas Lubricants



BP Castrol

Schlumberger Group


Quanta Services

Rosen Engineering

Refinería del Norte

New Times/High Luck Group Limited

Pecom Servicios Energía

Argentina > Environment Tier 3

The small practice at Nicholson y Cano Abogados is arguably best known for three core specialisms, namely litigation at the Federal Supreme Court, environmental legal compliance audits and preventive legal advice on environmental compliance issues. The team advises on these issues for clients from a range of sectors, including energy, mining, agribusiness, steel and construction. Another key area of work is conducting preventative, in-house environmental-training and environmental legal compliance audits for oil-and-gas industry clients. Indeed, practice head Horacio Payá spent 15 years’ in-house in the hydrocarbons sector (at Petrobras Argentina); a longstanding practitioner, today he is regarded as something of a pioneer in environmental matters. Key associate support comes from senior Martín Osvaldo Rodriguez who is focused on environmental, administrative and regulatory matters and associated administrative representation.

Practice head(s):

Horacio Payá

Key clients

Capex Capsa

PQ Corporation

Acindar (Arcelor Mittal Group)


Total Austral

Association of Agricola Cooperatives (ACA)

Holcim (LafargeHolcim Group)


Aerolineas Argentinas

Chevron Argentina

Aleph Midstream

Minera San Jorge

Lundin Group


Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 3

Regulatory compliance is a key strength for Nicholson y Cano Abogados' labour practice, which has increased its focus on advisory work due to employment-related government measures arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly a prohibition on dismissals. The sizeable team of almost 30 lawyers is active across the industrial and service segments, notably for oil and gas, banking and insurance clients. Senior figure and 40-year employment law veteran Juan Carlos Etchebehere is deeply experienced in collective-bargaining agreements with federations and unions. He co-leads the practice with Pablo Javier Venarotti, who specialises in preventive counselling related to labour and social security contingencies; and insurance partner Marcela Botta Diego. Dedicated associate Federico de la Torre is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Etchebehere; Pablo Javier Venarotti; Marcela Botta Diego

Key clients


Shell Capsa (Royal Dutch Company)

Prudential Seguros

British American Tobacco



Banco De Galicia Y Buenos Aires

Sancor Cul


Cisco Systems

Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The highly-regarded María Fraguas, Naldo Dasso and Nicolás Perkins co-lead a Nicholson y Cano Abogados' team that boasts an impressive roster of multinational clients and solid M&A credentials. Energy and agribusiness deals are particular strong points, with the team advising private equity investor Riverstone on its exit from midstream energy project Aleph and assisting sugar producer Ledesma with the sale of a 30% stake in corn-milling group Glucovil to Cargill. The firm has also built out its consumer capability and is advising e-commerce platform on technical aspects of its merger and integration with Viajes Falabella.

Practice head(s):

Maria Fraguas; Naldo Dasso; Nicolas Perkins

Key clients






JP Morgan





Qatar Petroleum International



Verizon Communications




Aleph Midstream


General Motors




Universal Assistance (affiliate of Zurich Group)



RDA Renting

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados draws from broad expertise within the firm to advise on a range of civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution, particularly corporate, antitrust and insurance litigation. The practice also acts in the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards in Argentina, as well as contentious bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, including the recovery of debts. The team is co-led by Luis Bullrich, Juan Santiago Mollard, Juan Manuel Sampietro and Gonzalo Esses.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients


Delivery Hero



JP Morgan



Mercado Libre

British American Tobacco Argentina

Cerveceria Y Malteria


Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 4

Advising across the exploration, development, production and abandonment stages, Nicholson y Cano Abogados has broad and lengthy experience in the mining sector. Work includes advice to mining companies regarding claims and properties, due diligence of mining rights, 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 and Eduardo Koch a 30-year-veteran corporate practitioner with extensive experience in the mining sector; the pair co-lead an eight-strong team.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Perkins; Eduardo Koch

Key clients

Desarrollo de Prospectos Mineros

Filo del Sol Exploración

Pampa Exploración

Pecom Energía

Minera Exar

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