Argentina 2019 – GC Powerlist

Argentina 2019

Adriana Alvins

Legal director for South Latin American operations | Kimberly-Clark

Adriana Alvins first joined Kimberly-Clark in April 2012, and was based in Venezuela. She subsequently assumed various senior legal roles within the company in Costa Rica and Peru. In May...

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Agustín Spagnollo

Corporate legal counsel | 3M Southern Cone

Consistently named on the Fortune 500 list of companies, 3M is a multinational conglomerate corporation operating in the fields of industry, worker safety, health care, and consumer goods. Agustín Spagnollo...

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Agustina Allen

Legal manager Argentina and Chile | Emerson

Providing legal support for the extremely diverse range of engineering products and services offered by Emerson, as well as the variety of sectors these provide for, is a task suitable...

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Agustina Hernandez

Head of legal affairs | Telefónica

Founded in 1924, Telefónica is a Spanish multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world. Telefónica...

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Alejandro Hermo

Legal and government affairs manager Argentina | Electrolux

Alejandro Hermo, legal and government affairs manager Argentina at Electrolux is a highly experienced in-house counsel, with ten years of in-house experience and prior experience at elite law firms in...

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Editor Message

Argentina is a country of contradictions; despite having a position as a leading economy in Latin America, abundant natural resources and a highly diversified and educated workforce, it is historically susceptible to volatility and economic shocks. A number of government policies have recently been implemented to combat Argentina’s economic issues, including those related to reducing public debt, encouraging more foreign investment and dealing with an ongoing currency crisis.

In addition to this government action, business strategies developed within Argentina’s companies – or within multinational organisations that have operations in Argentina – have been formulated and implemented too. Key to the success of these initiatives are the country’s in-house lawyers, who serve their corporate stakeholders by providing legal counsel on the most important issues of the day, and are constantly challenged to come up with responses that are realistic, practical and aligned with the demands of local and global markets.

Demonstrating capabilities across a number of different legal fields, as well as advising a wide range of companies in terms of both size and business sectors, the group of lawyers identified within these pages are amongst the global elite when it comes to navigating turbulent legal and business waters, consistently providing successful outcomes.

In this year’s GC Powerlist: Argentina we are pleased to highlight some of the country’s leading in-house lawyers. To compile this list, we canvassed opinions from both law firm partners and in-house counsel in Argentina and other jurisdictions. We identified the most impressive counsel who have utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.

Jamie Rayat
Senior Research Analyst
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Baker McKenzie

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We are delighted to join The Legal 500 in recognising Argentina’s top general counsel. For the third consecutive year, we are proud to present the GC Powerlist event in Buenos Aires to highlight and to celebrate the work that our colleagues at the leading national and multinational corporations do to navigate and manage the legal needs of their sectors and businesses.

Last year, we met under a different business climate. While uncertainty has been with us for some time, the concerns that we discussed last year were focused on the impact of new regulations on our own sectors and the initiatives required to drive potential investment into the country. Many of you I think would agree with me that today’s uncertainty is more fundamental. We’re not just asking ourselves ‘what’s next for our organisations or industries?’ It’s ‘what’s next for our country?’.

At Baker McKenzie, we have learned that the most essential skills that lawyers can have today is to be sufficiently agile in a dynamic, rapidly changing legal market. Since we cannot possibly reverse change, we need to know how to evolve with it, indeed thrive with it, rather than being disrupted by it. In other words, the job of a lawyer in the 21st century is to anticipate the challenges that our clients will face, not just today, but two, five, and even ten years down the line.

The sources for these challenges can vary. On the one hand, we have the reality of geopolitical instability and challenges that can influence regulatory frameworks. On the other, we have technological advances and the impact they are having throughout our industry. To meet these challenges, we do not merely need to respond to them. We need to get ahead of the curve – as quickly and intelligently as possible.

At our firm, we have summarised this with the phrase, ‘The New Lawyers’, to describe ourselves.

‘The New Lawyers’ focus on the impact of their work on clients’ and colleagues’ businesses and lives. They know their clients’ business like it is their own. ‘The New Lawyers’ are curious, they are always looking ahead by asking insightful questions. ‘The New Lawyers’ think creatively to provide clarity and simplicity in a complex world. They are not only lawyers, they provide business solutions.

In Argentina, we are expecting the presidential election to create a complex year for businesses that will require a close monitoring of current events as they unfold. As lawyers, however, we are used to this uncertainty. It is why we keep our ears close to the ground and listen closely to our clients’ challenges and concerns.

We have assembled a team of lawyers that is truly first class. They are experts in their industries, practice areas, and work tirelessly to provide you with the excellent legal advice that has characterised our firm for 40 years here in Buenos Aires.

We thank our clients for trusting us and it is a great honour to recognise the work that all of you perform as general counsel. Your commitment to excellence inspires us daily to continue going above-and-beyond for the people and communities we serve.

We look forward to continuing to develop great work together, tackling new challenges, and helping you navigate this complex business world.

Thank you.