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Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Argentina > Insurance Tier 2

Nicholson y Cano Abogados advises insurers and reinsurers on corporate and regulatory issues, product approvals, reinsurance agreements, contracts with brokers and other distributors, claims management and disputes. Other areas of specialist sector expertise include M&A and portfolio issues, the development of life and annuities insurance products, the handling of workers’ compensation insurance portfolios, and the bancassurance legal framework. Practice co-head María Fraguas leads on all regulatory, corporate and contractual work, while fellow co-head Juan Carlos Etchebehere handles large claims portfolio matters. Partner Marcela Botta and associates Paola Pizzini and Ezequiel Matías Marcos, provide key support.

Practice head(s):

Maria Fraguas; Juan Carlos Etchebehere


Legal knowledge and experience is what sets this team apart.

María Fraguas is an excellent professional and very knowledgeable in insurance matters.

Key clients

Zurich Cía. de Seguros

Prudential Seguros


HSBC Seguros

CNP Assurances

Provincia Seguros

SMG Seguros – SMG ART

Chubb Group

Allianz Argentina

La Caja

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank Argentina on an exclusive distribution agreement with Zurich Group for the distribution of non-life insurance products to banking customers.
  • Advised Zurich Argentina Cía de Seguros in a proceeding initiated by the Superintendency of Insurance against the company regarding an alleged regulatory breach in connection with automobile claims.
  • Representing CNP Assurances in a class action filed by consumer association ADACU alleging CNP has failed to provide insurance certificates to the insured in life group policies.

Argentina > Real estate Tier 2

Nicholson y Cano Abogados advises institutional and entrepreneurial clients on all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, exchange, financing, development, real estate management, land use and zoning. Shopping centre and retail property is one of the firm’s strongest areas, with agribusiness and rural land matters another growing market segment. Respected real estate veteran Agustín Cambiasso leads the practice, with key support provided by real estate-focused senior associate Silvia Haurie, who covers corporate and litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Agustin Perez Cambiasso


The difference between this team and other firms is the direct involvement of the partners.

The partners are directly involved in the resolution of the cases. They are always available and have deep knowledge of the client. Agustin Perez Cambiaso is the key figure.

Key clients

Grupo Pegasus



Colegio San Andrés


Bellamar Estancias

Swiss Medical Group

CEDU (Cámara Empresaria de Desarrolladores Urbanos)


Chacabuco 175

Grupo Chomer


Grupo Werthein


Colegio San Jorge


Work highlights

  • Assisting Grupo Pegasus with the ongoing sale and operation of Tortugas Open Mall Shopping Centre.
  • Advised Grupo Pegasus on the commercialisation of the Centro Empresarial Urbana site, which consists of four buildings, including offices, shops and underground garages.
  • Advising Asociación Civil Educativa Escocesa San Andrés (Saint Andrew’s Scots School) in a project to transfer its location to a new campus in Bancalari town, San Fernando, Buenos Aires province.

Argentina > Banking and finance Tier 3

Clients call on Nicholson y Cano Abogados for advice on structuring, documenting and closing financing transactions as well as support on the regulatory aspects of the financial sector. The team is active in domestic capital raisings, most notably in agribusiness and energy, with additional expertise in securitisations and structured finance. Fintech is another busy area with the practice also taking a leading role in the nascent sustainability-linked bond segment. M&A financing and restructuring veteran Carlos Marcelo Villegas co-leads the practice alongside structured finance, securitisations and secured lending expert Mario Kenny; forex and regulation specialist Emiliano Silva; and Mariano Fabrizio, who is the main point of contact for multilateral and bilateral credit organisations seeking permanent counsel support.

Practice head(s):

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


It’s an ideal team for capital markets’ matters.

The team stands out for its experience.

Key clients

HSBC Bank Argentina


Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Banco Comafi

Banco Mariva

Banco Hipotecario

Banco Sáenz

Banco de Valores

International Finance Corporation

Bid Invest


Matba Rofex



Work highlights

  • Advised San Miguel, a producer and exporter of lemons, on the issuance of sustainability-linked bonds.
  • Advised agribusiness group Ledesma on the issuance of bonds.
  • Advised Red Surcos, an agricultural inputs supplier, on the issuance of sustainability-linked bonds.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados supports clients throughout the mining production cycle, with expertise that covers exploration and development, commercial exploitation and closure. Clients seek out the team for advice on claims and properties, mining rights due diligence, mining code compliance and associated environmental and human rights matters. Experienced oil-and-gas and natural resources practitioner Nicolás Perkins co-leads the practice alongside Fernando Caruso, who has more than three decades' experience advising companies in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Perkins; Fernando Caruso

Energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados is an established presence in the traditional oil-and-gas space and played an influential role in structuring Argentina’s first independent midstream company and developing early joint venture and financing structures in the burgeoning shale sector. The team covers upstream, downstream and oilfield services work in the hydrocarbons space, but more recently has also focused on renewable energy, carbon capture and green hydrogen initiatives. The practice is co-led by Nicolás Perkins, a respected and versatile oil-and-gas lawyer with more than 25 years' industry experience; and Mariana Guzian, an energy expert with deep knowledge of oil-and-gas joint ventures. Marcelo Lamesa is another key partner name; he has advised oil-and-gas clients on exploration, production, transportation, marketing and transactional matters for more than three decades. The practice also draws on the expertise of environmental law head Horacio Payá and human rights law expert Alfredo Vítolo.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Perkins; Mariana Guzian


Nicolas Perkins is a leading international lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the subject matter on which he provides legal advice. His pragmatism and good judgment leads to  practical, effective and efficient solutions in highly complex matters.

Key clients

Aike NBS

Global Capital Finance








Qatar Petroleum International

Petronas Lubricants



BP Castrol

Schlumberger Group


Rosen Engineering


New Times/High Luck Group

Pecom Servicios Energía

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatar Petroleum International on their role as minority shareholder of two ExxonMobil Argentine subsidiaries, which hold participating interests in seven Vaca Muerta concessions and permits.
  • Assisted QP Oil and Gas obtain its registration in the Oil Companies Registry, under the control of the Federal Secretariat of Energy, and its subsequent renewal.
  • External counsel to YPF in connection with JVs with Chevron for shale oil projects in the Loma Campana, Narambuena and Vaca Muerta shale fields in Argentina.

Argentina > Labour and employment Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados advises clients in the industrial, services, oil-and-gas and financial-services sectors on various labour and employment matters, including administrative and judicial claims as well as litigation and regulatory matters. The practice is co-led by Pablo Javier Venarotti, an expert in labour-related preventative counselling; experienced insurance lawyer Marcela Botta Diego; and Juan Carlos Etchebehere, who has more than four decades' employment law experience and a strong reputation for deep expertise in collective bargaining matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Etchebehere; Pablo Javier Venarotti; Marcela Botta Diego


They work closely with the client and are always up-to-date on the latest matters.

Closeness to the client and good customer service. Pablo Venarotti stands out.


Key clients


Prudential Seguros

British American Tobacc0



Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

Sancor Cul


Cisco Systems

Work highlights

  • Selected as the labour and employment advisers to employer-organisation IDEA Colloquium.
  • Advised various clients on compliance with new teleworking legislation.
  • Advised various clients on government salary reduction schemes and pension costs through the pandemic period.

Argentina > Public law Tier 3

Nicholson y Cano Abogados handles advisory and contentious public law matters and is frequently sought out by clients for support in sensitive litigation against federal, provincial and municipal governments before all courts. The team’s expertise also extends to government contracts, procurement, public bidding processes, public-private-partnerships and concessions, with infrastructure and natural resources key segments for the practice. The team is co-led by veteran litigator and administrative law expert Lucas Piaggio; infrastructure and public law specialist Eduardo Koch; and Martín Rodriguez, who handles administrative, constitutional and environmental law, notably in relation to public services, economic regulation and bidding processes.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Piaggio; Eduardo Koch; Martín Rodriguez


The team is committed, assertive and efficient.

They have experience and knowledge of the market. Eduardo Koch is worthy of special recognition.

Highly competent professionals, with an outstanding level of dedication and attention.

Lucas Piaggio is a prominent professional in the area of public law. Martín Rodriguez is a professional with a high level of commitment and dedication.

Key clients



Banco Hipotecario






Banco Comafi


Acciona Agua

Acciona Airport Services

Acciona Construcción


Pedidos Ya (Delivery Hero)

Telefónica de Argentina


Argentina > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados is best known for its expertise in corporate and M&A transactions, advising multinational clients on deals in a variety of sectors, with consumer, energy and agribusiness particular areas of strength. The practice also draws on expertise from other teams to support clients on a range of forex, regulatory, contractual and commercial issues. María Fraguas, an experienced transactional lawyer, co-leads the practice alongside energy expert Nicolás Perkins. Naldo Dasso, who has a strong consumer practice, and banking and finance head Carlos Marcelo Villegas, are other key senior figures.

Practice head(s):

Maria Fraguas; Nicolás Perkins


A decisive and responsive team with clear ideas and firm decisions.

A high quality operation and excellent team of professionals who are great to work with.

A professional team that stays up to date on issues of great importance. Dynamic, responsive and consistent.

I make special mention of Nicolás Perkins who stands out for his extensive knowledge of the market. He is one step ahead.

María Fraguas and Andrea Schnidrig have great technical and analytical capacity.

A great quality is that in addition to being a team of excellent professionals, they are great people and it shows in their daily dealings – they are always attentive to the slightest query. They cover all areas providing complete support on all our needs with extensive experience; Mariana Guzian, Eduardo Kock, Juliana Cabrera, Santiago Nicholson and several more.’

Key clients


Arcelor Mittal




JP Morgan


Mitsubishi Corporation



Qatar Petroleum International








General Motors




Universal Assistance


Pedidos Ya

Cerveceria Y Malteria Quilmes


Stahl Chemicals

Garovaglio y Zorraquin

Grupo La Mantovana

Sulzer Turbo Services Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Matba Rofex on the acquisition of Lumina Americas, a financial services company.
  • Coordinated the wind up of Santa Juana Limited’s Uruguay business.
  • Advised Stahl Chemicals in the restructuring of their distribution and agency agreements.

Argentina > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Nicholson y Cano Abogados advises clients on complex lawsuits, class actions, civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. The team is also called on for support in the enforcement of foreign arbitral judgements and awards in Argentina, and is known for its litigious capabilities regarding antitrust, insurance matters, bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Experienced litigation and arbitration lawyer Luis Bullrich jointly leads the team alongside litigation, Chapter 11 and arbitration practitioner Juan Santiago Mollard; class action expert Juan Manuel Sampietro; and Gonzalo Esses, who focuses on complex civil and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

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

Argentina > Compliance

The Nicholson y Cano Abogados compliance department is best known for its expertise in internal investigations in the banking, real estate finance, tobacco and the mining industries. Experienced capital markets lawyer Emiliano Silva leads the team.

Argentina > Environment

The Nicholson y Cano Abogados environmental law practice is recognised for its outstanding litigation expertise, environmental legal compliance audits and preventive legal advice on environmental issues; deeply experienced environmental law specialist Horacio Payá leads the team.

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