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Adrian Bressani

Legal director | BBVA Francés

Founded in 1886, BBVA Francés is the oldest private bank in Argentina. The legal team, headed by Adrian Bressani, supports the affairs of the bank on all legal and corporate...

Agustín Herrera

Legal and public relations director | Atanor

Agustín Herrera is Atanor’s legal and public relations director, holding responsibility for legal, government relations and media issues the company faces across Argentina, Brazil and China. Atanor produces and markets...

Agustina Allen

Head of legal for Argentina and Chile | Emerson Electric

American multinational Emerson Electric has recently undergone a large internal reorganisation process across its Latin American subsidiaries, which included the acquisition and divestiture of several assets. Emerson Electric has substantial...

Alberto Eduardo Martínez Costa

Secretary, director and general counsel | Aluar

Albert Eduardo Martínez Costa is a lawyer who stands out among peers for his relentless work ethic and drive to succeed. A top corporate lawyer with vast experience of working...

Alejandro Anderlic

Director of corporate, external and legal affairs – Argentina and Uruguay | Microsoft

Described as a ‘resourceful and solution-oriented person’, capable of producing with innovative results to the projects he works on, Alejandro Anderlic boasts in excess of 20 years of experience, working...

Alejandro Lorusso

Legal director | Procter & Gamble Argentina

Global consumer goods company Procter & Gamble has been operating in Argentina since 1991 and cites the country as one of its fastest growing markets – having three production plants...

Alejandro Pinedo

Secretary general | Telefónica de Argentina

A tremendously experienced lawyer with a huge amount of expertise in the highly regulated telecommunications sector, Alejandro Pinedo is the secretary general of the Argentinean subsidiary of the Telefónica Group,...

Alejandro Quiroga Lopez

General counsel | Telecom Argentina

As the general counsel of Telecom Argentina, a major telephone operator covering the northern part of Argentina including the city of Buenos Aires, Alejandro Quiroga Lopez is a highly rated...

Ana Candelaria Alonso

Legal and compliance director | Novartis Argentina

An experienced in-house counsel in the pharmaceutical sector, Ana Candelaria Alonso spent over four years at the South American division of German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, where she went on...

Ana Carina Turco Grecco

Legal affairs manager | Molinos Río de la Plata

Molinos Río de la Plata is Argentina’s largest branded food-products company and is a subsidiary of the Perez Companc Family Group. Heading up the legal and compliance function is Ana...

Andrea Ventrice

Legal counsel | Yamaha Motor Argentina

Praised for her impressive capacity to deal with legal requirements and political restrictions that affect Argentina’s automotive industry, Andrea Ventrice is a professional capable of approaching tasks from a critical...

Andrés Maldonado

Senior corporate counsel, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia | Johnson controls

Andrés Maldonado joined integrated fire and security solutions company Tyco as manager of legal and public affairs for Argentina and Uruguay in March 2015. This role saw him working to...

Antonio Solsona

Attorney general counsel | Socma and Sideco Americana

With almost three decades of experience at Socma and Sideco Americana, an engineering, construction, real estate development, concessions and utilities company, Antonio Solsona currently serves as its attorney general counsel...

Barbara Maggi

General counsel – Argentina | Siemens

With a long in-house tenure that has seen her undertake roles at several large companies, Barbara Maggi is currently the general counsel for Siemens in Argentina, a position that she...

Brenda Puig

General counsel | Walmart Argentina

Taking charge of a team of 17 in her role as general counsel for Walmart Argentina, Brenda Puig has provided the Argentinian subsidiary of the world’s largest company with excellent...

Carlos Mechetti

General counsel | Cencosud

‘The value of a general counsel is not easy to calculate. There is a lot of work in preventing risks, contingencies and judgments that cannot be measured; applying legal knowledge...

Clara Mazzeo

Legal manager | Simplot Argentina

With ‘deep corporate and contractual experience’, Clara Mazzeo manages the legal department at agriculture company Simplot Argentina, one of two Latin American subsidiaries of the J. R. Simplot Company, one...

Cynthia Zarranz

Southern Cone legal director | Cargill

With almost 25 years in the legal department of global conglomerate Cargill, Cynthia Zarranz is one of the most experienced and well-known in-house lawyers in Argentina and currently holds the...

Daniel Seoane

Vice president legal and compliance | Seguros Sura Argentina

Daniel Seoane has served as vice president of legal and compliance at Seguros Sura Argentina since May 2016. A member of Colombia-based Sura Group – one of the largest financial...

Deborah-Maria Luchetta

Director of legal matters and data protection coordinator | Mercedes-Benz Argentina

Well known in Argentina’s in-house community for leading large legal teams at multinational organisations, as well as for her understanding of corporate law and governance, Deborah-Maria Luchetta heads the legal...

Diego Abelleyra

General counsel | Genneia

Currently operating as general counsel at Argentina-based power company Genneia, formerly known as Emgasud, the talented Diego Abelleyra is in charge of the organisation’s legal affairs. Abelleyra describes his function...

Diego Alvarez García

Legal director - Argentina and Southern Cone | GlaxoSmithKline

Diego Alvarez García is the legal director for multinational health care products company GlaxoSmithKline in the Argentina and wider Southern Cone region, having first assumed the role in June 2015...

Diego Cifone

Director – legal, public and government affairs | PepsiCo

Food, beverages and tobacco

Diego Cifone is the director for legal, public and government affairs for the Southern Cone region of PepsiCo, the global food and beverage leader whose operations in the region cover...

Esteban Cappello

Legal affairs manager | Grupo Garbarino

Joining Grupo Garbarino, the leading Argentinian appliances and white goods retail company, in 2012, Esteban Cappello is responsible for the development of the internal legal department and advising on a...

Esteban Mazzucco

Legal director – Latin America South | Syngenta

One of Argentina’s truly standout counsel, Esteban Mazzucco has led the Latin America South (LAS) legal function at Swiss-headquartered global agribusiness Syngenta since 2011. He also sits as a member...

Fabian Braghieri

Managing counsel – head of legal Argentina | Shell

Shell, the multinational oil and gas giant, has ambitious plans for Argentina, recently announcing a target to invest $300m a year in the country through to 2020 in exploration, refining,...

Fabiana López Leon

Head of legal – managing counsel downstream Argentina | Shell

One of Argentina’s most prominent in-house lawyers in the oil and gas industry, Fabiana López Leon has spent over 20 years in the sector and has acquired, according to one...

Federico Brandt

Director of legal affairs – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay | Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International’s presence in Argentina dates back to 1965, when it bought a controlling stake in Massalin Particulares (then known as Massalin & Celasco). Today the company is the...

Federico Bravo

Associate vice president, legal and compliance director – Argentina and Uruguay | MetLife

MetLife’s Federico Bravo boasts substantial experience of overseeing legal processes within the insurance industry, having previously worked at AIG, La Meridional Compañía Argentina de Seguros and Zurich Financial Services. An...

Federico Fernández Zavalía

Head of legal – South American cluster | Takeda

Federico Fernández Zavalía is a general counsel with substantial international in-house and private practice experience gained in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, energy and recruitment industries. Well versed in dealing with day-to-day...

Federico Frachia Sabaris

Head legal counsel – Argentina, Chile, Peru | SAS Institute Argentina

An influential leader known for his dynamism, strong professional values and managerial skills, Federico Frachia Sabaris has over 10 years of cross-border experience in executive management. Over his three-year tenure...

Federico Gottlieb

Legal affairs manager | Grupo Arcor

Grupo Arcor is the world’s leading candy producer and the leading food company in Argentina, supplying confectionary and snack products to over 120 countries, making it one of Argentina’s largest...

Federico Verdier

Head of legal and corporate affairs | Coca-Cola FEMSA Argentina

Food, beverages and tobacco

Federico Verdier has been head of legal and corporate affairs at the Argentine division of Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest global franchise bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, since 2008. Verdier advises...

Federico Vibes

Principal counsel | ESPN International – Argentina

ESPN International in Argentina is advised by principal counsel Federico Vibes, who joined the Argentinean subsidiary of the global media company in June 2013. Vibes is an expert in entertainment...

Fernando Duelo

General counsel | Ternium

Founded in 1961 and currently headquartered in Luxemburg, Ternium is the leading steel company in Latin America with highly integrated processes to manufacture steel and value-added products. The company develops...

Francisco Barreto

Director of legal and regulatory affairs | DIRECTV Argentina

Described by his colleagues as an ‘outstanding business Italian lawyer’, Francisco Barreto has contributed to the development of the various businesses within DIRECTV Argentina, a leading direct broadcast satellite service...

Francisco Beláustegui

Regional legal manager |

Described by peers as a ‘clear, oriented manager’ and ‘100% professional’, Francisco Beláustegui received additional praise from nominators for his role in a ‘very high profile and complex’ transaction that...

Francisco Romano

Managing counsel – Latin America business unit | Chevron Global

Francisco Romano has comprehensive experience that he brings to a wide-reaching role as managing counsel for Chevron’s Latin America business unit. Building on time spent in various companies within the...

Gabriela Álvarez de la Fuente

Regional legal director Latin America Southern Cone | Colgate-Palmolive

Gabriela Álvarez de la Fuente was singled out by nominators as having ‘very sharp analysis, combining complex legal issues with an impressive commercial approach whilst having very quick turnaround and...

Gabriela Cremaschi

Legal director and compliance officer South America | General Electric International

Based in Buenos Aires, Gabriela Cremaschi serves as legal director and compliance officer covering South America at GE. Having been at the company since 2000, Cremaschi has made a substantial...

Gaston Lernoud

Corporate legal head | Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anónima (IRSA)

Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anónima (IRSA) is the leading real estate development firm in Argentina – the company’s diverse operations cover the acquisition, development, administration and operation of commercial centres...

Gerardo Paz

Director of legal and regulatory affairs | Pampa Energía

Founded in 2005, Pampa Energía is the largest integrated electricity company in Argentina, which through its subsidiaries is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to more than...

Germán Fernández Lahore

Corporate vice president of legal services | YPF

Germán Fernández Lahore joined the legal team of Argentine state-owned oil company YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales) in 2002 and moved into senior management as corporate vice president of legal services...

Germán Guillermo Pennimpede

Legal and corporate relationships director | Coca-Cola FEMSA Argentina

Food, beverages and tobacco

Germán Guillermo Pennimpede joined the Argentine operations of Samsung Electronics in autumn 2016 as head of legal, public affairs and compliance for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Although relatively new to...

Gonzalo Braceras

General counsel | Banco Galicia


Gonzalo Braceras joined Banco Galicia, the largest local bank in Argentina in terms of both assets and customer base, in March 2016 from ICBC Argentina. In charge of a team...

Gonzalo Ruiz Diaz

Legal affairs manager | ManpowerGroup Argentina

Praised by colleagues for being ‘an excellent professional, proactive and with a high sense of commitment’ who ‘stands out for his leadership and for his business vision’, Gonzalo Ruiz Diaz...

Gonzalo Videla

Legal and compliance director – Latin America Southern Cone | Merck

Gonzalo Videla is a young and brilliant lawyer, known for his leadership skills, team work and ability to communicate and negotiate effectively. Since joining Merck in 2013 as legal and...

Hernán Dayen

General counsel, South American Spanish-speaking countries | Air Liquide Argentina

Applauded for his wealth of experience in large multinational corporations and top-tier law firms, along with his ‘keen sense of commercial awareness, pragmatic approach to problem solving and strong leadership...

Hernán Iglesias

Legal director | IMPSA (Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona SA)

In his role of general counsel at IMPSA, one of Argentina’s largest metallurgic companies, Hernán Iglesias deals with local and regional issues on a daily basis. Praised for his in...

Ignacio Santurio

Director of legal Southern Cone | Mondele-z

Mondelēz, the multinational consumer goods company that originated from the division of Kraft Foods in 2012, has invested more than $100m in Argentina over the last few years. Lead by...

Ignacio Terrera

Legal affairs manager | Cervecería Argentina Isenbeck - SABMiller

Starting his legal career at notable Argentinian law firm Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Ignacio Terrera amassed over five years of private practice experience before moving in-house; assuming the role of...

Ines Bahachille

Vice president and assistant general counsel | Diageo West Latin America

Ines Bahachille is the current vice president and assistant general counsel for Diageo West Latin America, with a remit that extends to 44 countries and several different business units and...

Ines Riobo

Head of legal – South Cone | Sanofi

Beginning her in-house career at global medical devices company St. Jude Medical in 2008, Ines Riobo first came to the healthcare industry after gaining years of experience in law firms...

Ines Zerdan

Vice president of legal affairs | American Express Argentina

Ines Zerdan is the vice president of legal affairs for the Argentinean branch of global financial services company American Express, which provides various financial products for corporate and personal use...

Jackie Donaldson

General counsel | Nestlé - Región Plata

Highly applauded for her skills in strategic planning and leadership, Jackie Donaldson has an outstanding reputation in Argentina’s in-house legal market. Donaldson currently serves as general counsel at Nestlé’s operations...

Jacobo Cohen Imach

General counsel, vice president legal and public affairs and secretary of the board of directors | MercadoLibre

Jacobo Cohen Imach is general counsel of online retailer and auctioneer MercadoLibre. As one of Argentina’s most notable ecommerce businesses, and Latin America’s most popular in terms of numbers of...

Jose Castelli

Regional chief legal and insurance officer and director of governmental affairs | Bunge Southern Cone

Joining Bunge, the global food production company, as an in-house counsel in 2011, Jose Castelli already held a multitude of private practice experience gained from leading law firms. Castelli currently...

José Ignacio García Hamilton

Head of legal and institutional relations | Ministry of Commerce

Following the success of Argentina’s pro-business Cambiemos coalition in 2015 a number of prominent corporate figures have made the transition to government departments. As part of this process, a flurry...

Josefina Hernández Gazcón

Legal director | Biosidus

‘As part of the board of directors of the company and the director of legal affairs, my role is to deliver the most wise advice possible to our CEO for...

Juan Vaquer

President and associate general counsel | DuPont Latin America

Multinational conglomerate DuPont’s operations in Argentina are spread across Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Santa Fe and involve several different aspects of the global business including polymer production engineering, industrial biosciences...

Julián Razumny

Corporate legal manager and advisor to the board | Grupo Tapebicuá

‘I firmly believe that, in addition to accurately identifying potential exposure to liabilities and to help pre-emptively addressing them, a good in-house counsel should also seek to create value for...

Lucio Maria Fabani Larranaga

Senior legal director | Oracle latin america

With a deep knowledge of all relevant legal and commercial factors affecting the Oracle business in the region, Lucio Maria Fabani Larranaga is known for his skill across several practice...

Magalí Klix

Legal affairs manager – Southern Cone | Ingredion

Magalí Klix leads the legal and compliance support for the Southern Cone region for Ingredion, a global ingredients and solutions company that has a multitude of food processing operations across...

Marcelo Brichetto

General counsel | Transportadora de Gas del Norte

Founded in 1992, Transportadora de Gas del Norte engages in the transportation of natural gas via pipelines to the central and northern regions of Argentina, boasting a pipeline length of...

Maria del Carmen Urquiza

Legal studies senior manager | Banco Central de la Republica Argentina


As legal studies senior manager of the Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina (BCRA), Maria del Carmen Urquiza occupies a highly specialised and technical role at Argentina’s Central Bank...

Maria Di Lello

Senior attorney | Vale - Potasio Río Colorado

With over 16 years of experience as an in-house and lawyer and currently leading one of the major mining projects of the country, Maria Di Lello is at the forefront...

María Gabriela Fernández

Legal counsel – Latin America South | BMC Software

Receiving praise from nominators for her leadership skills, María Gabriela Fernández has been the head of the legal department for software solutions provider BMC Software for over 10 years. The...

María José Van Morlegan

Legal manager | Banco Macro


Banco Macro is one of Argentina’s largest domestically-owned banks, and from its headquarters in Bueno Aires offers a range of banking and financial services including loans, credit cards and life...

María Mercedes Olano

Head of legal office – Buenos Aires branch | The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi


María Mercedes Olano heads the legal function at the Buenos Aires branch of Japanese financial institution The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, where she takes a proactive approach in achieving optimal business...

Mariana Eppenstein

Legal affairs director | Monsanto Latin America South

Mariana Eppenstein serves as legal affairs director for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru at Monsanto, a multinational agrochemical and agricultural company that helps farmers to improve their harvests...

Mariana Fiordilino

Legal and compliance director | Novo Nordisk Pharma Argentina


Known as a ‘fantastic lawyer’ with ‘extensive industry expertise’, Mariana Fiordilino is well-placed to lead the legal and compliance functions for the Argentinean arm of Danish multinational pharmaceutical company Novo...

Mariana Oteiza

Legal affairs director for Argentina and senior counsel for Latin America | Turner Broadcasting Company

As legal affairs director for Argentina and senior counsel for Latin America, Mariana Oteiza heads a large legal team that supports the affairs of Turner Broadcasting Systems, a group of...

Mariano Mazur

General counsel | Perez Companc Family Group

Mariano Mazur, current general counsel at Perez Companc Family Group, has received wide acclaim for overseeing complex litigation and negotiating financial transactions. Employed at the Group for over seven years,...

Mariano Romero de Haz

Legal manager | Pampa Energía

Known in the Argentinian in-house legal market for being a ‘complete legal professional’, Mariano Romero de Haz is the legal manager of flagship electricity company Pampa Energía, which engages in...

Martín Castro

Legal and public affairs manager | Bridgestone Argentina

A corporate lawyer with wide experience of working in-house at multinationals, Martín Castro is the current president of the Argentina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Since 2009,...

Matias Giaccardi

Senior counsel Southern Cone | Abbott Laboratories

Described as possessing ‘great focus on material issues as well as deep legal knowledge’, Matias Giaccardi, international pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories’ senior counsel for the Southern Cone region, is highly...

Maximiliano Castro

Lawyer – business development manager | Cresud

Cresud is one of Latin America’s most notable agriculture companies and a key component in the Argentinean economy, with operations including the production of basic agricultural commodities across the continent,...

Mercedes Rodriguez Canedo

Vice president legal South Latin business unit and local ethics officer | The Coca-Cola Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

In December 2015 Mercedes Rodriguez Canedo was appointed as vice president legal for the South Latin business unit within The Coca-Cola Company’s Global Legal Function, in addition to holding a...

Monica Lupi

Regional legal director – Southern Region | AbbVie

Described as being the ‘key resource’ in helping to establish and organise AbbVie Argentina, regional legal director Monica Lupi is well-known in the market for having the capability to ‘solve...

Pablo Windhausen

Legal director Southern Cone | Nike

Working as legal director for the Southern Cone region at global sportswear brand Nike, Pablo Windhausen is commended for having developed ‘an impressive capacity to reconcile the high standards of...

Patricia Galarza

Vice president – compliance ambassador | ACTIAR

Alfred C. Toepfer International Argentina (ACTIAR) is commodity trading firm whose business in the country is an important aspect of its global operations in producing, exporting and trading agricultural commodities....

Patricio Pablo Rojo

General counsel | Globant

Since becoming general counsel at the Argentinian IT and software company Globant in 2013, Patricio Pablo Rojo has contributed to the company’s rapid growth and expansion into new markets, including...

Paula Gonzalez Silvestrin

Legal manager | Banco Industrial


Since July 2015, Paula Gonzalez Silvestrin has been legal manager at Banco Industrial, an Argentine bank specialising in loans to small and medium-sized businesses. Gonzalez has extensive experience advising domestic...

Paula Morrone

Legal director South Cone | Unilever

Having been an in-house lawyer at Unilever since 1995, Paula Morrone has over two decades of experience in a variety of roles at the global consumer goods company culminating in...

Ramón Sosa

Head of legal | Frávega

Ramón Sosa heads legal affairs at Frávega, one of Argentina’s largest retailers of electrical and household appliances. He advises on a range of corporate and legal matters across the company,...

Rodolfo Perazzo

Legal director Southern Cone area | British American Tobacco

Since 1898 British American Tobacco has produced and marketed cigarettes in Argentina under various brand names and currently employs approximately 850 people across a corporate office, an industrial plant and...

Rosario Mazzei

Legal attorney | Roemmers

Having worked at the Argentinian pharmaceutical company Roemmers for 16 years, Rosario Mazzei has been involved with many of the company’s transactions over the years and has been a driving...

Santiago Gini

Regional legal manager | OLX

‘I believe that having an engaged team of well-prepared lawyers is the key to going smoothly through long days and achieving good results’, explains Santiago Gini, regional legal manager of...

Santiago Monti

Legal manager | Honda Argentina

Santiago Monti is the legal manager of Honda Argentina, a subsidiary of the multinational automobile manufacturer, a position he has held since March 2016. Monti joined Honda in 2011 and...

Santiago Ojea Quintana

General counsel | Holcim Argentina

A brilliant lawyer with strong skills in intellectual property and contract negotiation, Santiago Ojea Quintana has been the general counsel of Holcim Argentina since July 2014. Known as a ‘proactive...

Sebastián Baglietto

Legal affairs manager | Grupo Peñaflor

Now owned by members of the Bemberg family (former owners of the Quilmes beer brand), Grupo Peñaflor is Argentina’s largest wine producer and one of the top 10 wine companies...

Sebastian Kaplan

Director of regulatory affairs – Latin America | Millicom

Sebastian Kaplan is a multinational executive who manages legal, regulatory and government affairs for telecommunications companies in different Latin American jurisdictions. A lawyer with a detailed knowledge of local law,...

Sergio Ricardo Salmi

General counsel | Banco Itaú Argentina


Sergio Ricardo Salmi has spent nearly 20 years working in-house in the Argentine finance sector and has served as general counsel at Banco Itaú Argentina, a subsidiary of the Brazilian...

Silvia Martinucci

Vice president, legal – Latin America | Peugeot Citroën Argentina

Silvia Martinucci joined automobile maker Peugeot Citroën Argentina in 2000 as legal director. In 2010 the company reorganised and unified its operations in Latin America and Martinucci became responsible for...

Solange Kurchan

Legal manager | L’Oréal Argentina

Solange Kurchan has been legal manager at L’Oréal Argentina since 2013. She leads a legal function that provides support across all areas of the company – from consumer and luxury...

Susana Faura

Legal affairs director | Janssen Cilag

Known in the Argentinian in-house legal market as a senior legal professional that has many years of experience of handling corporate and IP matters, Susana Faura is the current legal...

Tomás Thibaud

Legal, compliance, government affairs manager | 3M Argentina and 3M Uruguay

Tomás Thibaud has made a substantial contribution to multinational conglomerate 3M through a variety of roles across a wide range of legal and corporate areas, after first joining in 2005...

Victor Fernando Hofmann

Regional director for legal and corporate affairs, Latin America and Zona Austral | Kimberly-Clark

An in-house lawyer with strong corporate and compliance expertise, Victor Fernando Hoffman is described as a ‘business-oriented lawyer‘, who is capable of supporting the goals of his company. Praised for...

Victoria Zolezzi

Director of legal and compliance | Roche

Victoria Zolezzi, Roche’s legal and compliance director in Argentina, is recognised for her skills in negotiating contracts and conducting due diligence for corporate transactions. Zolezzi’s role at the pharmaceutical giant,...

Walter Würst

Head of legal affairs – corporate | Cablevisión

Cablevisión is one of Latin America’s largest cable television operators and one of the region’s main telecommunications companies, operating pay-tv, internet and telephone services through a single network. In 2003...

Despite an economic and political environment that has undercurrents of turmoil and uncertainty, including recent recessions and scandal at the presidential level, Argentina remains one of Latin America’s most prosperous and business-friendly economies. A strong industrial base accompanied by rich natural resources and a well-performing labour force has enabled Argentina to become an increasingly global economic powerhouse.

Serving as calming and steering influences amid this background, the in-house lawyer in Argentina has a crucial role to play in the success of businesses and the wider economy. As the country becomes increasingly more attractive to international investors, Argentinian in-house counsel must be well-versed not only in domestic law, but also in the processes of international businesses and regulators.

Encapsulating the move away from the notion of simply being “lawyers” to being considered true business partners, Argentinian in-house counsel are diversifying their responsibilities in several ways. These span a wide variety of business and leadership efforts, in addition to other important functions like compliance and human resources. Such evolution prepares businesses to operate in the most legally compliant and ethical way possible, and advances the interests of not only their company but the Argentinian economy as whole.

The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Argentina has been compiled to help celebrate these achievements, highlighting the premier general counsel and in-house lawyers meeting the high standards for inclusion across a range of criteria. Over several months our experienced researchers consulted both law firm partners and in-house counsel to ascertain those corporate counsel who have provided the most outstanding support and innovative methods of working in the country.

The most important sectors in the Argentinean economy – agriculture, financial services, materials and mining and telecommunications – are all well represented in the final list, but there are general counsel in the list that have provided outstanding and innovative support regardless of their sector.

I would like to express my personal thanks to Baker McKenzie, our sponsor firm for this publication.

A special mention must also be made for the in-house lawyers that took their time to speak to us throughout the process, and for the research team that worked on this GC Powerlist publication, Jamie Rayat and Boris Dechev.

David Burgess
Publishing Director
The Legal 500 Series

Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie is proud to be part of the first edition of the GC Powerlist Argentina. We congratulate everyone on this distinguished list for very well deserved recognition.

These are interesting times for the legal profession in Argentina with many potential changes of our legal framework. These proposed revisions highlight the important role that general counsel play, now more than ever, in our country. In our daily work with clients, we can see the challenges in-house legal teams face and we take pride in being able to work together to provide timely advice on the most complex matters.

The business climate in Argentina creates different challenges. After the first year of a new government, we are confident of more stability in the long term. However, we cannot rely solely on the government to promote that stability, we also need to create a genuine consensus across the political and social spectrum to go in a certain direction. We have to work together to build a more predictable and stable future for all.

We now live in a more business-friendly environment in Argentina, but it is still essential that foreign and domestic investors understand the current economic, institutional and social landscape. This market has a great deal to offer in order to attract investment into our country, and there are plenty of opportunities for companies to expand their businesses.

With over 30 years of experience in the Argentine market, Baker McKenzie is one of the most reputable law firms in the country, bringing deep local knowledge. As one of the largest global law firms in the world, we have a broad global perspectivethat allows us to solve complex legal matters for our clients.

Our strategic priorities are:

Growing our client’s business

We seamlessly combine the experience of an established local legal team with the unmatched resources of a global firm. Our advisers work collaboratively to help with all your issues, whether in meeting day-to-day compliance issues or implementing complex projects and transactions.

Strengthening business partnership

As a fully integrated practice, our attorneys specialize in different areas of law, which allow us to have a clear understanding of our client’s issues and implications. We choose the best and most cost-effective approach for our clients. Our work method is pragmatic, actively embracing any business situation and ensuring that our advice includes both commercial and legal solutions.

Managing key issues

We approach the client-attorney relationship as a business partnership, and we endeavor to truly understand our client needs. Our promise is to offer a tailored approach not only to protect our clients’ legal interests but also add commercial value to their transactions. We have designated partners, fully supported by specialist groups, who assume the responsibility of managing all matters.

Corporate social responsibility

Helping the communities in which we operate is an integral part of our work. We leverage our Talent, geographic reach, and resources to make a positive and lasting impact on many of today’s social and economic challenges. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility program we inspire our colleagues to make a difference, and collaborate with clients who share the same commitment to social justice.

Best wishes to everyone named in this publication, we look forward to working together with you in 2017 and beyond.

ASAR Conference in association with The Legal 500

Over 200 guests gathered together for the ASAR Conference 2023 in association with The Legal 500, KAPP and WAPPP on December 4th at the fabulous Waldorf Astoria in Kuwait City.

The conference explored the potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in driving economic progress in Kuwait. Topics discussed included: global volatility in the PPP and project finance arena; critical success factors for sustainable PPPs; the challenges facing PPP project financing; the investment climate in Kuwait and a brief evaluation of the current regulatory PPP regime in Kuwait and its impact on the structuring and procurement of PPPs.

The conference was expertly chaired by Ahmed Barakat, Managing Partner of ASAR and, during the course of the day, we heard from senior officials from organisations representing Economist Intelligence Unit, KAPP, Kamco Invest, Markaz, National Bank of Kuwait, WAPPP, Kuwait Petroleum, Umm Al Hayman for Wastewater Treatment Company, Hogan Lovells, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, AlShall Group, Covington & Burling and Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority.

The Legal 500 was delighted to be part of this fantastic event and contributed to the programme with the final panel session of the day which explored the general counsel’s role in PPPs. Moderated with charm and authority by Amr Wageeh, Senior General Legal Counsel at Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, the panel also included expert insight from Munib Khan, Executive Counsel at GE Gas Power and Hisham Al-Hajjar, General Counsel at Wafra International Investment. You can read more about the panel here:

We would like to thank ASAR for organising a great programme that engaged the audience throughout the day and for inviting The Legal 500 to take part. We look forward to returning to Kuwait for next year’s conference.