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.

Firm Overview:
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 & 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 & 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 & Anticorruption:
The firm advises clients in order to comply with local and international regulations related to Money Laundering, Compliance, Anticorruption, 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 Argentine law firms that has a highly qualified and specialised team that deals with environmenal issues in Argentina.

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.

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.

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.

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 in privatizations of state owned mining fields.

Oil & 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 & Foreign Trade:
The firm has proven experience in tax counseling services with exhaustive knowledge regarding local and foreign regulations and tax planning.

The firm provides from the starting point and during the project life, legal services in all aspects related 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