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MERSAN Abogados
FULGENCIO R. MORENO NO. 509
EDIFICIO DE LA COLINA BUILDING 1ER PISO
ASUNCIÓN
Paraguay

Tax Tier 1

One of the central specialisms of the firm, MERSAN Abogados has a renowned tax practice and covers the full range of services in the area, advising on the tax aspects of contracts and commercial transactions; reviews of tax proceedings; export tax credit recovery; litigation before tax or judicial authorities; and tax incentives and special investment regimes. Senior partner Carlos Mersán leads the team, which has recently been instructed by Brazilian textiles company Altenburg in all tax matters related to its inaugural factory in Ciudad del Este. Clients include domestic heavyweights as well as multinationals in various sectors, including food and drink, banking and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Pepsico Paraguay

Banco do Brasil

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones

British American Tobacco

3M Paraguay

Aseguradora del Este

Verbank Securities Casa de Bolsa

Sudameris Bank

NB Casa de Bolsa

Sudameris Leasing

Albarus

Sidus

Laboratorio Almos

Universidad Columbia del Paraguay

Pure Circle

Farmacenter

Granja Avícola La Blanca

Minerva

Etiquetas Adhesivas

Valorix

Vitol

Ball Corporation

Financiera El Comercio

Intellectual property Tier 2

The well-regarded IP department at MERSAN Abogados covers the full range of services in the market, including trade marks, copyright, industrial models and designs, patents, IP contracts, licensing and franchises. Senior partner Hugo Mersán is an expert in the field and heads a growing practice of talented lawyers; Lorena Mersán comes recommended and has particular expertise in contentious IP matters. The group is instructed by a broad range of international and regional clients, including agribusiness, fashion and technology companies. Representative names include Burger King, eBay and Calvin Klein.

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Testimonials

The team has advised us on commercial trade marks. It is a very competent firm which solves problems, with quick and smooth communication and very good advice. In my opinion, it is one of the best firms we have worked with in Paraguay.

They stand out for their quick and strong advice.

A very good team, dynamic and agile in its responses. Very professional and competent.

I would like to highlight Hugo Mersan, Lorena Mesan and Liliana Nolan in particular for their professionalism and speed of response.

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Basf

Sanofi

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Pernod Ricard

Banco Itaú

Millicom International Cellular

International Olympic Committee

Pierre Balmain

Burger King

eBay

B. Braun Melsungen

3M Company 2 years No

Calvín Klein

WD-40 Company

Softys

Granja Avícola

Agrotec

ENO Bronstrup

Banking and finance Tier 3

With over 75 years of experience in the banking and finance field, the well-established team at MERSAN Abogados assists a number of Paraguay's leading banks and financial institutions on complex structured finance transactions as well as bond issuances, project finance and the development of new banking products. The joint leaders of the department and main contacts are Pablo Cheng Lu and Carlos Mersán.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Citibank Sucursal Paraguay

Banco do Brasil

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones

San Francisco (Puerto de Caacupemí)

Itaú BB Brasil

United Nations (ONU)

Verbank Securities Casa de Bolsa

Sudameris Bank

Sudameris Leasing

NB Casa de Bolsa

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

With 75 years' experience, MERSAN Abogados advises an impressive client list that covers a number of Paraguay's most important business sectors, including agribusiness, shipping, banking, mining and technology. Headed by the trio of Pablo Cheng LuDiego Zavala and Carlos Mersán, the corporate and M&A team works closely with the firm's elite tax practice and acts for clients on the incorporation of companies, joint ventures, M&A, liquidations and regulatory issues.

Testimonials

The team has always shown itself to be very well coordinated, with specialist lawyers in different and complementary areas in order to provide the best possible service. The quality and speed of its service makes the team stand out from other firms.’

Pablo Lu is a standout lawyer: he has a great gift for synthesis and analysis, provides rapid responses and has a broad knowledge of the law.

In terms of the associates, Camila Colombo has done a great job in providing us with support. She is always available, has a lot of knowledge and is able to provide creative solutions to our problems.

It is an excellent, multi-disciplinary team with expertise in corporate law, capital markets, patents and trademarks, tax and complex litigation. They have been a crucial support to our business since we arrived in Paraguay.

Oscar Mersan, Carlos Mersan, Pablo Lu, Tomas Mersan, Lorena Mersan and Romina Cardozo Leon are great people: very honest and very professional.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Pepsico Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Helbrun

San Francisco (Puerto Caacupemí)

Frigorífico JBS Paraguay

AMX Paraguay

Santillana

Maersk Line

Interasistencia

3M Paraguay

Rina Paraguay

Aseguradora del Este

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Farmacenter

Universidad Columbia del Paraguay

Pure Circle South America

Granja Avícola La Blanca

Sidus

Laboratorios Almos

Maramba

International Market

Bitex Paraguay

NB Casa de Bolsa

Verbank Casa de Bolsa

Valorix

Banco do Brasil

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción (BVPASA)

Grupo CEMEX

ANASAC International

United Nations (ONU)

Cámara Paraguaya de Exportadores de Cereales y Oleoginosas (CAPECO)

Premix

Sudameris Bank

Sudameris Leasing

Vitol

Albarus

Dispute resolution Tier 3

MERSAN Abogados has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution market and advises both domestic and international companies, with a focus on tax-related litigation. Pablo Cheng Lu leads the litigation area of the practice, while Diego Zavala is the main contact in arbitration for the team, which counts Banco Itaú, British American Tobacco and AMX Paraguay among its clients.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Hellbrun

AMX Paraguay

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Souza Cruz

San Francisco (Puerto de Caacupemí)

British American Tobacco

UABL Paraguay

Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay

Cooperativa Multiactiva de Trabajo

The firm has earned a solid national and international reputation, providing legal advice and consultancy services since 1943. Mersan Abogados represents well-known national, international and multinational clients in diverse commercial and industrial sectors, associations, chambers of commerce and several foreign embassies. The firm has established enduring relationships, with many of its clients consistently returning for advice in the full knowledge that they will receive a quality service tailored to their particular needs and requirements. The firm’s main clients are leading national and international companies in the fields of banking, energy, oil, finance, tobacco, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, automotive, agro-business, multilateral organizations, beverage and food.

The firm is part of the Consulegis group, an international association of independent law firms, and the Bomchil Group, a Latin American association of law firms. Also, is a member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), an alliance of lawyers located throughout the world with expertise in advertising, marketing and promotion law.

Mersan Abogados is a firm comprising highly qualified and experienced attorneys that provide legal advice in an efficient and creative manner. Its partners and associates have widely contributed to both the Paraguayan and international community. The firm’s lawyers belong to various associations, as directors and active members, including: the International Bar Association (IBA); Paraguayan Bar Association; International Trademark Association (INTA); Association International Pour la Protection de la Propiete Industrielle (AIPPI); Inter-American Industrial Property Association (ASIPI); Paraguayan Intellectual Property Association (APAPI); International Fiscal Association (IFA); Latin-American Institute of Tributary Law (ILADT); Inter-American Bar Association (IAB);  Paraguayan Association of Cyber and Technology Law; Paraguayan Institute of Law and Economics; Paraguayan Chamber of Fintech; Paraguayan Institute of Banking.  In addition, Mersan Abogados contributes to various national and international publications such as: the ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin; Latin Finance; International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation; The Inter-American Trade Report; publications of The Paraguayan Centre for Arbitration and Mediation; and the Paraguayan law review La Ley.

Carlos T Mersan Galli is the foremost tax advisor in the country, also with expertise in banking and corporate. Hugo R Mersan Galli leads the intellectual property department, and Oscar Mersan Galli leads foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Diego Zavala leads the corporate and arbitration team and Pablo Lu is an expert in corporate, banking and finance.

Areas of practice: Corporate, commercial, banking, tax, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration, telecommunications, maquila, petroleum, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, international commerce, entertainment and sports, internet and information technology, administrative and regulatory.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Carlos T Mersan Galli
Corporate and commercial Oscar A Mersan Galli
Banking and finance Carlos T Mersan Galli
Banking and finance Pablo Cheng Lu
Tax Carlos T Mersan Galli
Tax Pablo Cheng Lu
Intellectual property, internet and information technology Hugo R Mersan Galli
Intellectual property, internet and information technology Lorena Mersan
Administrative and regulatory Oscar A Mersan Galli
Administrative and regulatory Diego Zavala
Administrative and regulatory Carlos T Mersan Galli
Litigation Diego Zavala
Litigation Pablo Cheng Lu
Arbitration Diego Zavala
Arbitration Pablo Cheng Lu
Foreign investments Oscar A Mersan Galli
Foreign investments Diego Zavala
Telecommunications Carlos T Mersan Galli
Labour Gustavo Gómez
Telecommunications Gustavo Gómez
Tax Tomas Mersan
Banking and finance Tomas Mersan
Corporate and commercial Tomas Mersan
Antitrust Tomas Mersan
Antitrust Diego Zavala
Fintech Pablo Cheng Lu
Fintech Tomas Mersan
Photo Name Position Profile
 María Barrios  photo María Barrios Senior Associate
Mr Hugo Mersan photo Mr Hugo Mersan Senior Partner
Mrs Lorena Mersan photo Mrs Lorena Mersan Senior Associate
 Oscar Mersan photo Oscar Mersan Partner
 Tomas Mersan  photo Tomas Mersan Senior Associate
Mrs Liliana Nolan  photo Mrs Liliana Nolan Senior Associate
Mrs Melissa Stimson  photo Mrs Melissa Stimson Senior Associate
Other fee-earners : 12
Total staff : 30
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International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
ASIPI
International Fiscal Association (IFA)