Mersán Abogados > Asuncion, Paraguay > Firm Profile

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

Paraguay > Tax Tier 1

Originally founded as a tax boutique, this discipline remains one of the key pillars at Mersán Abogados, which has specialist lawyers advising domestic and multinational companies in a range of sectors, as well as contributing to Paraguayan tax legislation. The team’s work covers the full range of matters in the market, including advice 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. Experienced senior partner Carlos Mersán heads the team alongside Tomás Mersán, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2021. Since publication: we are saddened to report that Carlos Mersán passed away in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Mersán; Tomas Mersán

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 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

Paraguay > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

As part of its wider corporate and commercial offering, Mersán Abogados' antitrust team advises clients on anti-competitive behaviour and practices, market research and concentration operations. National and international companies look to practice head Diego Zavala for regulatory assistance, and for advice on the implications of the relatively new competition law on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Diego Zavala

Key clients

Maersk Line

AMX Paraguay

Ball Corporation

Paraguay > Intellectual property Tier 2

Intellectual property is one of the foremost practices at full-service firm Mersán Abogados. An impressive client roster of household-name multinationals, as well as domestic companies, instruct the team across the full scope of matters. The broad categories of trade marks, patents and copyrights are all covered, with specific areas of expertise including advertising law and rights of vegetable varieties, and prosecuting the illegitimate re-transmission of copyright-protected work. Leadership of the department is divided between five lawyers: Lorena Mersán, promoted to partner in January 2021; senior partner Hugo Mersán, who has broad expertise across the practice area, with contentious matters and plant-breeder’s rights being particular fortes; and senior associates Melissa StimsonLiliana Nolan and Maria de los Angeles Barrios.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Mersan; Lorena Mersan; Melissa Stimson; Liliana Nolan; Maria de los Angeles Barrios

Testimonials

We must highlight the effectiveness of the entire team. They always attend quickly and efficiently, informing in detail about the matter or procedure in question.

The proximity, the good work and of course the extensive knowledge.

They are responsible and trustworthy.

They have been known for years and their service is stable over time.

One of the best qualities that the lawyers who work in this study have is that they are very clear and synthesize the information. They go straight to the point with the recommendation to follow without dwelling on other topics, always giving complete information.

Lorena Mersán and Liliana Nolan are my contact persons. They are very professional and diligent.

Lorena Mersán, Hugo Mersán make a great team. Their professionalism and quality of people is unique in this country.

Very good team. Very solid, dedicated and with fast and effective responses that help to better understand the different topics.

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Basf

Sanofi

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Pernod Ricard

Itaú Unibanco

Millicom International Cellular

International Olympic Committee

Burger King

Ebay

B. Braun Melsungen

3M Company

Calvín Klein

WD-40 Company

Softys

Granja Avícola la Granja

Agrotec

Eno Bronstrup

Prada

Target Brands

Cepas Argentinas

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Babyliss Faco

Microsoft

Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma

Heineken México

Pierre Fabre

Eastern Airlines

Capcom

Blackberry

Lumen Technologies

Xiaomi

Paraguay > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Mersán Abogados'clients instruct the practice on complex national and international litigation in a diverse range of sectors, with the team’s specialisations including civil litigation, and finance, tax and insurance disputes. Of particular note is the team’s involvement in the key sectors of shipping and agribusiness. Both practice heads Pablo Cheng Lu and Diego Zavala are arbitrators; Zavala coordinates this area of the practice, while Cheng Lu is focused on litigation for corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Cheng Lu; Diego Zavala

Testimonials

The Mersan law firm has a team of professionals specialised in various areas of law, who give us support in almost all aspects of our organisation.

Diego Zavala in everything related to the analysis of different contracts in the civil and commercial area, satisfies our needs.

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Hellbrun

AMX Paraguay

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Souza Cruz

Puerto de Caacupemí

British American Tobacco

UABL Paraguay

Caja Mutual de Cooperativistas del Paraguay

Cooperativa Multiactiva de Trabajo, Ahorro y Crédito 07 de agosto

Paraguay > Banking and finance Tier 4

Active in the market for over 75 years, MERSAN Abogados' banking and finance practice has a transactional focus, with particular expertise in capital markets deals. Clients include domestic and international financial institutions. Pablo Cheng Lu is the main contact for capital markets matters and co-leads the practice alongside Carlos Mersán, who has broad experience in financing.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Cheng Lu; Carlos Mersán

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Citibank

Banco do Brasil

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción

Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones

Puerto de Caacupemí

Itaú BB Brasil

United Nations (ONU)

Verbank Securities Casa de Bolsa

Sudameris Bank

Sudameris Leasing

NB Casa de Bolsa

Work highlights

  • Acted for Verbank Securities Casa de Bolsa in the sale of 100% of the shares of the corporation to Itaú Unibanco Holding.

Paraguay > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Mersán Abogados advises on corporate and commercial issues, often building off its strong base as a leading tax advisor in the jurisdiction. Regular instructions for the team include incorporations of companies in Paraguay, liquidations, restructurings and regulatory issues. The three primary contacts heading the department are Pablo Cheng LuTomás Mersan and Carlos Mersán; former practice head Diego Zavala also remains an important part of the department.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Cheng Lu; Tomas Mersan; Carlos Mersan

Key clients

Banco Itaú Paraguay

Pepsico Paraguay

Molinos Asunceno Alberto Helbrun

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

Laboratorio Almos

Maramba

NB Casa de Bolsa

Valorix

Banco do Brasil

Bolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción (BVPASA)

Grupo Cemex

Anasac International Corporation

United Nations (ONU)

Cámara Paraguaya de Exportadores de Cereales y Oleoginosas (CAPECO)

Grupo Craft

Premix

Sudameris Bank

Sudameris Leasing

Vitol

Albarus

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
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)
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