Firm Profile > Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados > Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

Banking and finance Tier 2

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ ‘effective and business-oriented’ group scores highly for its ‘deep knowledge of the financial markets’. In particular, lawyers are praised for their ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and ‘strong combination of legal and commercial acumen’. The team, which specialises in advising corporate borrowers and issuers on syndicated lending, securities and project finance transactions, also enjoys a prominent reputation for cross-border deals. Sector specialist Diego Parise heads the department and acted as international counsel to Ternium Mexico on its $1bn syndicated term loan facility. Among its highlights for lenders, Julio Martinez acted as local counsel to the Export-Import Bank of China on a $331.5m financing agreement with the Republic of Argentina to finance the construction of photovoltaic solar plants. The team has also recently undertaken work for Aluar Aluminio Argentino, Raízen Combustíveis and Shandong Gold Mining (Hong Kong). Counsel Natalia Rauchberger is also recommended.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Responsive, sophisticated and strategic’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados combines ‘deep knowledge of legal matters with strong business understanding’. Lawyers are valued for being ‘calm under pressure’, with key figure Cristian Mitrani highlighted as ‘probably the top corporate lawyer in the country’. Mitrani co-leads a group that is best known for its expertise in cross-border transactions, particularly for trophy clients Tenaris and Ternium. Diego Parise co-heads the department and assisted Raízen Combustíveis with its $916m acquisition of Shell’s downstream business in Argentina. Cristian Krüger is ‘extremely business savvy’ and advised Union Acquisition Corporation on its $456m share exchange with Bioceres. Sources also laud Julio Martínez as a ‘great professional with outstanding knowledge’; he advised Mitsui & Co on its acquisition of a 34% interest in a wind project from Total Eren. The firm has significantly invested in its corporate offering over the past two years and in 2018 Siro Astolfi and Aixa Sureda joined from Aerolíneas Argentinas and Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi respectively — together, they are highlighted for their ‘great experience, track record and seniority’. Since publication the team has been further strengthened with the election of corporate practitioner and anti-corruption specialist María Paula Díaz to the partnership, effective January 2020.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Among Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ key attributes, clients highlight its ‘strong industry knowledge’ and ‘creative approach’. The team’s commercial acumen is also a recurring theme, with employment head Julio Caballero widely lauded for his ‘great ability to take the big-picture view’; he advised Siderca on negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the Argentine Metallurgical Workers’ Union and the Argentine Metal-Mechanical Supervisors’ Association. The department also routinely advises on termination procedures, company reorganisations and employment litigation. Jorge Pico, who provides ‘concise, precise and commercial advice’, and Lorenzo Gnecco are also recommended.

Competition and antitrust Tier 3

In 2018, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados boosted its competition group through the hire of new department co-lead and ‘top-tier lawyer’ Aixa Sureda, who joined from Bruchou, Fernández Madero & LombardiSiro Astolfi (‘deep legal and commercial knowledge’) and associate Evangelina González Soldo also arrived from the same firm. Merger review cases represent the bulk of instructions and the team has recently advised Agrosuper, Echo Energy and Raízen Combustiveis on clearance issues. Cristian Mitrani co-leads the practice.

Electricity Tier 3

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ power practice, which is led by public law expert Horacio Ruiz Moreno, handles a significant volume of renewable energy-related matters. Highlights included advising Isla Power on its power purchase agreement with local energy group Albanesi — Ruiz Moreno led that work. The group has also recently undertaken work for Aluar Aluminio Argentino, Export-Import Bank of China and Mitsui & Co.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados strikes the right note with its ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘quick and precise advice’. The group, which is well balanced between contentious and non-contentious matters, is led by Ignacio Bérèterbide, who is noted for his ‘responsive and high-quality service’. Highlights included advising Raízen Combustíveis on the IP aspects of its $950m acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s downstream business in Argentina. Other key clients include Digirodeo, Holcim (Argentina) and Tenaris.

Mining Tier 3

Responsive, efficient and cost-effective’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados continues to go from strength to strength following the arrival of a team from mining-focused boutique HOLT Abogados in 2017. The ‘client-oriented group’ is noted for its ability to provide ‘integrated solutions across a wide range of legal specialities’, with its supplementary expertise in environmental, corporate and finance finding favour. The lithium industry is a key source of instructions and it recently advised LSC Lithium on the Argentine regulatory aspects of its acquisition by Pluspetrol — Matías Olcese (‘an impressive younger lawyer’) and senior counsel María Paula Terrel (‘very detail-oriented’) led that work. María Laura Lede Pizzurno is also a key contact.

Public law Tier 3

Experienced, dedicated and responsive’, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados secures strong praise for its ‘outstanding commitment to solving problems’ and its ‘extensive knowledge of the local market’. In particular, department head Horacio Ruiz Moreno is commended for his ‘deep expertise in energy-related matters’; he recently advised Isla Power on its participation in the RenovAr 2 bidding round. The team also handles contentious work.

Oil and gas Tier 4

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados’ practice, which is highlighted for its ‘good communication across disciplines’, continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Mariana Ardizzone. The team is also noted for its ‘strong and broad knowledge base’ and handles a varied mix of transactional and regulatory matters for domestic and multinational clients. Highlights included advising Echo Energy on its acquisition of interests in oil and gas assets in Argentina.

Tax Tier 4

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados has a focus on non-contentious issues, under the leadership of department head and transactional tax specialist Corina Laudato. Highlights included advising LSC Lithium Corporation on the tax aspects of its joint venture with wholly owned Pluspetrol subsidiary Litica Resources — Laudato led that work alongside senior associate Juan Manuel Iglesias Mamone, who recently joined from EY Argentina. The team also draws on its administrative and public law department to offer capability in tax litigation.

Firm Overview

Mitrani, Caballero & Ruiz Moreno is a full-service business law firm that takes pride in its ability to provide value-added services tailored to its clients’ specific needs and in its record of building solid client relationships through a business-oriented approach and an efficient use of resources.

The firm combines the expertise and business knowledge of its senior members with the talent of younger professionals with degrees from the most reputable law schools in Argentina, the United States and Europe. The principal members of the firm have either led or have had a key participation in several of the most sophisticated corporate transactions in Argentina and some of them have played a leading role in significant cross-border transactions or projects.

Main Areas of Practice

Antitrust & Competition:
The firm advises clients on the impact of competition laws on mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), joint ventures, minority holdings, commercial arrangements and operations under market dominance.

Banking & Finance:
The firm advises financial institutions and corporate clients on a wide array of banking and finance matters and has acted as international lead counsel in connection with large syndicated loan agreements for cross-border transactions. It has also represented international players and medium-sized companies in structuring and implementing public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, exchange offers and ‘going private’ transactions. The team also handles derivatives, structured finance and securitisation transactions.

Compliance & Corporate Crime:
The firm focuses on developing measures and procedures aimed at preventing, detecting and combating fraud, ethical misconduct, and other violations of laws and regulations governing corporate activity. In addition, its professionals provide compliance due diligence and assist clients in internal and external corporate investigations.

The firm offers comprehensive advice on corporate law matters, including the organisation, capitalisation, operation, dissolution and liquidation of business entities and other investment vehicles; conduct of shareholders, board and board committee meetings; registration and reporting requirements; shareholder arrangements; and directors, officers and statutory auditors’ duties and liabilities. The firm also provides expert advice on the restructuring and reorganisation of businesses. In addition, it has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating domestic and multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts, and gives advice on corporate governance requirements and best practices.

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm provides advice on all aspects of the energy and natural resources sectors, from regulatory and contractual issues to financing and acquisitions. Lawyers in the E&NR practice area combine experience in the development, construction and financing of projects with an active involvement in mergers and acquisitions of energy and mining companies. They also handle litigation and arbitration proceedings related to energy and natural resources.

Family Businesses & Private Clients:
The firm assists clients on the planning, negotiation, drafting and implementation of family arrangements and provides ongoing corporate and tax advice on the organisation, reorganisation and internationalisation of family businesses, trusts and foundations.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
The firm provides legal advice in complex insolvency cases and corporate restructuring proceedings, working closely with specialists in related practice areas.

Intellectual Property:
The firm provides expert advice to clients on the registration, protection and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, software, entertainment content and technology. It is best known for handling sophisticated and complex matters, including cross-border licensing, transactional services and coordination of complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Labour & Social Security:
The firm regularly advises local and foreign clients on domestic, international and transnational employment and social security issues, including collective bargaining, conflict management, general labour advice, international assignment of employees, employment advice on M&A transactions, occupational health and safety litigation.

Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s professionals are experts in dispute resolution and act as legal counsel in lawsuits in the main areas of law, whether conducted before the courts or in institutional or ad hoc arbitration proceedings before the main domestic and international courts of arbitration. They are also very active in conflict prevention and conflict management.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm is a leading player in M&A transactions, from small private acquisitions to large cross-border public deals involving multiple jurisdictions. It represents buyers, sellers, and advisers in planning, negotiating, and executing mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, buy-outs, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and other domestic and cross-border transactions in Argentina and overseas.

Privacy & Data Protection:
The firm assists clients in complying with laws and regulations established to protect the privacy of customer and employee information, helping them to minimise compliance costs.

Public Law & Business Regulation:
The firm has comprehensive expertise on a broad range of public law and public policy matters. Its team assists clients in a wide variety of regulated industries and in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It also represents clients in public bids and government contract negotiations and has advised in nationalisation processes and regulatory disputes.

Real Estate:
The firm assists clients on the structuring and implementation of transactions involving the acquisition and disposition of real estate and property portfolios, leasing and sale-leaseback transactions.

The firm’s tax practice works with Argentine and international clients to address a full range of strategic tax planning issues, working in concert with the firm’s other practice areas to provide comprehensive advice and guidance. Its tax professionals advise foreign clients on the formation and operation of their Argentine businesses, while also counselling Argentine clients on the complex tax aspects of their domestic and foreign operations. The firm also represents clients in tax controversies at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and Competition / Compliance and Corporate Crime / Corporate / Privacy and Data Protection Cristian J. P. Mitrani
Antitrust and Competition Aixa Sureda
Banking and Finance / Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions Diego E. Parise
Corporate Siro Astolfi
Energy and Natural Resources: Mining / Public Law and Business Regulation María Laura Lede Pizzurno
Energy and Natural Resources: Mining Matías Olcese
Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Mariana Ardizzone
Energy and Natural Resources: Power / Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable energies / Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution / Public Law and Business Regulation Horacio Ruiz Moreno
Family Businesses and Private Clients Juan Soma
Tax / Family Businesses and Private Clients Corina Laudato
Insolvency and Restructuring / Real Estate Julio R. Martínez
Intellectual Property Ignacio Bérèterbide
Labour and Social Security Julio Caballero
Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Cristian Krüger
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms María Agustina Ávila  photo Ms María Agustina Ávila
Mr José María Aballone  photo Mr José María Aballone
Ms Dolores Acosta Miguens  photo Ms Dolores Acosta Miguens
Mr Manuel Alonso  photo Mr Manuel Alonso
 Mariana Ardizzone photo Mariana Ardizzone
 Siro Astolfi photo Siro Astolfi
Mr Ignacio Bérèterbide  photo Mr Ignacio Bérèterbide
Ms Mikaela Badaracco  photo Ms Mikaela Badaracco
Ms Cecilia Yael Brunelli  photo Ms Cecilia Yael Brunelli
Mr Néstor H. Buján  photo Mr Néstor H. Buján
Mr Julio Caballero  photo Mr Julio Caballero
Mr Gustavo Cedrone  photo Mr Gustavo Cedrone
Mr Rita Colombo  photo Mr Rita Colombo
Ms María Paula Díaz  photo Ms María Paula Díaz
Mr Nicolás Fernández Madero  photo Mr Nicolás Fernández Madero
Ms Ana Clara Gómez Casadei  photo Ms Ana Clara Gómez Casadei
Mr Lorenzo Gnecco  photo Mr Lorenzo Gnecco
Mr Rafael González Arzac  photo Mr Rafael González Arzac
Ms Laura Huertas Buraglia  photo Ms Laura Huertas Buraglia
Mr Cristian Krüger  photo Mr Cristian Krüger
Ms Corina P. Laudato  photo Ms Corina P. Laudato
Ms María Laura Lede Pizzurno  photo Ms María Laura Lede Pizzurno
Ms Magdalena Magnasco  photo Ms Magdalena Magnasco
Mr Mauricio M. Mallach Barouille  photo Mr Mauricio M. Mallach Barouille
Mr Julio R. Martínez  photo Mr Julio R. Martínez
Ms María Jimena Martínez Costa  photo Ms María Jimena Martínez Costa
Ms Mariela I. Melhem  photo Ms Mariela I. Melhem
Mr Diego Minerva  photo Mr Diego Minerva
Mr Cristian J. P. Mitrani  photo Mr Cristian J. P. Mitrani
Ms María Luz Nuñez  photo Ms María Luz Nuñez
Mr Matías Olcese  photo Mr Matías Olcese
Mr Diego E. Parise  photo Mr Diego E. Parise
Ms Rita María Payarola  photo Ms Rita María Payarola
Mr Jorge E. Pico  photo Mr Jorge E. Pico
Ms Natalia Rauchberger  photo Ms Natalia Rauchberger
Ms María Recondo  photo Ms María Recondo
Ms Mercedes Rodríguez Giavarini  photo Ms Mercedes Rodríguez Giavarini
Mr Horacio J. Ruiz Moreno  photo Mr Horacio J. Ruiz Moreno
Ms Catalina Sarrabayrouse  photo Ms Catalina Sarrabayrouse
Ms Andrea L. Schiavone  photo Ms Andrea L. Schiavone
Mr Juan Ignacio Soma  photo Mr Juan Ignacio Soma
 Aixa Sureda photo Aixa Sureda
Mr Carlos L. Trogolo Eliçabe  photo Mr Carlos L. Trogolo Eliçabe
Mr Esteban Valansi  photo Mr Esteban Valansi
Ms Verónica Zárate  photo Ms Verónica Zárate
Ms Felicitas M. de Achával  photo Ms Felicitas M. de Achával
Ms Adeline de Montmarin  photo Ms Adeline de Montmarin
Partners : 31
Number of other fee-earners : 69
Total staff : 125
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
International Law Office (ILO)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators
International Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution