Firm Profile > Nicholson y Cano Abogados > Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicholson y Cano Abogados Offices
SAN MARTIN 140
C1004AAD BUENOS AIRES
Nicholson y Cano Abogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
Environment Tier 2
Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ robust oil-and-gas offering translates into a practice that specialises in advising major energy companies, including Shell and Total Austral, on environmental law issues. The group advises on the full spread of related matters, from providing day-to-day compliance advice, through to environmental audits and complex litigation. Department lead Horacio Payá is a dedicated environmental law specialist and brings to bear significant in-house expertise following his former role as legal manager at oil company, Pérez Companc.
Insurance Tier 2
Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ full-service practice covers the waterfront on insurance matters, with the department split into two distinct units to provide dedicated teams advising on non-contentious and contentious work. On the non-contentious front, the firm represents a raft of insurance companies and banks developing bancassurance business, with strong skill sets in M&A and portfolio transfers, product approvals, reinsurance agreements and other regulatory and transactional matters. The firm’s litigation coverage is equally comprehensive and it manages many large claims portfolios on behalf of leading insurance companies. High-profile insurance specialist María Fraguas steers the non-contentious side of the practice and brings to bear strong expertise in corporate, contractual and regulatory matters. Litigator Juan Carlos Etchebehere and insurance partner Marcela Botta Diego are the key contacts for claims management work.
Oil and gas Tier 2
Nicholson y Cano Abogados sets out its stall as being a one-stop shop for oil-and-gas work and it covers the full range of downstream, upstream and midstream matters. Recently, it is has become most associated with its activity in the Vaca Muerta Formation, with its close relationships with Qatar Petroleum International and YPF paying dividends in this area. The firm also handles a steady stream of M&A transactions, energy disputes and regulatory matters. Experienced industry specialist Marcelo Lamesa steers the department alongside Nicolás Perkins, who handles energy, agribusiness and corporate matters. Up-and-coming partner Mariana Guzian is highly regarded for oil-and-gas transactions.
Qatar Petroleum International
Schlumberger / Western Geco
Refinería del Norte (joint venture between YPF, Petrobras and Pluspetrol)
New Times / High Luck Group Limited
PECOM Servicios Energia
Real estate Tier 2
Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ broad group is well versed in all the main stages of real estate work, from investment and acquisitions and development and financing, 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.
Banking and finance Tier 3
Over the past year, Nicholson y Cano Abogados had a strong run in representing multilateral and bilateral credit organisations on finance transactions, including International Finance Corporation and IDB Invest. The team additionally advises banks, corporate borrowers and financial trusts on traditional lending, structured finance and capital markets deals — its robust oil and gas practice also generates a significant volume of project finance work. Carlos Marcelo Villegas is recommended for his record in energy financings. Other key contacts include securitisation specialist Mario Kenny and Mariano Fabrizio, who recently led several deals for development banks.
HSBC Bank Argentina
TMF Trust Company (Argentina)
Argentine Business Chamber of Domestic Banks (ADEBA)
Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
Banco de Valores
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
IFU (Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries)
Rosario Futures Exchange (ROFEX)
Competition and antitrust Tier 4
Nicholson y Cano Abogados has an increasingly prominent competition practice that is well versed in merger reviews, compliance issues and investigations. The firm’s impressive oil-and-gas offering translates into a string of merger review cases in the energy sphere, while the financial services and agribusiness sectors are also significant sources of work. Department co-head Marcela Anchava focuses on competition and M&A.
Corporate and M&A Tier 4
Best known for its reputation in energy M&A, Nicholson y Cano Abogados is also a stand-out performer in the agribusiness area. Additionally, the team continues to pick up an increasing volume of high-profile transactions in the financial services sector, including its recent work advising Mercado a Término de Buenos Aires and ROFEX on their $270m merger. María Fraguas focuses on corporate, insurance and antitrust matters and co-leads the team alongside energy specialist Nicolás Perkins.
Qatar Petroleum International
Universal Assistance (affiliate of Zurich Group)
Dispute resolution Tier 4
Nicholson y Cano Abogados’ dispute resolution practice is recognised for its experience in managing and monitoring large litigation portfolios. It also routinely handles domestic and international arbitrations, particularly in the energy and natural resources sectors. Luis Bullrich advises on the full range of contentious matters and co-heads the team alongside Juan Santiago Mollard, who specialises in litigation, bankruptcy and arbitration.
Labour and employment Tier 4
Nicholson y Cano Abogados is mainly active on behalf of employers in the financial services, agribusiness and oil-and-gas sectors, in line with its firm-wide strengths. The practice is weighted towards contentious work but also handles collective negotiations, compliance matters and employee benefit schemes. Key contacts include dedicated labour partner Pablo Javier Venarotti and Juan Carlos Etchebehere, whose practice encompasses labour and insurance matters.
Mining Tier 4
Nicholson y Cano Abogados houses a compact mining practice, which strikes a balance between transactional and regulatory work. The team’s recent activity spanned a range of feasibility studies, bids for public tenders and project acquisitions and spin-offs — it also has experience in construction and financing matters. Nicolás Perkins focuses on energy and natural resources and heads the department. Of counsel Fernando Caruso is also recommended for his strong industry experience.
Desarrollo de Prospectos Mineros (Deprominsa)
Filo del Sol Exploración
Nicholson y Cano Abogados > Firm Profile
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.