Argentina 2019 – GC Powerlist

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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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Alejandro Lorusso

Director, global government relations and public policy for Latin America associate general counsel | Procter & Gamble

Alejandro Lorusso is the director global government relations and public policy for Latin America and associate general counsel at Procter & Gamble Argentina, a subsidiary of the global consumer products...

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Ana Laura Absi

Regional privacy lead Latin America | Fresenius Medical Care

Having joined Fresenius Medical Care as its regional lead privacy for Latin America, Ana Laura Absi is responsible for implementing the company global privacy programme tailored to the region data...

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Analia Laurella

Compliance director Southern Cone | Sanofi

Serving as the compliance director for the Southern Cone region at pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, Analia Laurella is responsible for dealing with all compliance and privacy matters in the South Cone...

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Andrea Ventrice

Legal counsel | Yamaha Motor

Highly skilled at managing legal affairs, negotiation, compliance, and dispute resolution, Andrea Ventrice has been working as legal counsel for Yamaha Motor Argentina since 2009, showcasing a demonstrated history of...

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Antonio Solsona

Legal affairs manager | Socma and Sideco Americana

Serving as legal affairs manager at Socma and Sideco Americana, an engineering, construction, real estate development, concessions and utilities company, Antonio Solsona has been working for the company for almost...

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Augusto Mengelle

Director and regional counsel | The Walt Disney Company

Having gained a reputation as an extremely well-regarded private practice lawyer with Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, G. Breuer and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles, Augusto Mengelle’s first...

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Bartolome Cordero

Legal and compliance associate director - Argentina, Chile and, Uruguay | Biogen

Bartolome Cordero, legal and compliance associate director for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay at Biogen, is an experienced senior counsel with over 10 years of in-house experience across the health and...

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Belisario Toranzo

General counsel and compliance officer | Philips Argentina

Philips is a leading technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care....

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Brenda Puig

General counsel | Walmart Argentina

Managing a team of 20 professionals in her role as general counsel for Walmart Argentina, Brenda Puig has provided the Argentine subsidiary of the world’s largest company with excellent leadership...

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Carlos Ariosa

Legal affairs manager | Edenor

Edenor is the largest electricity distributor in Argentina in terms of customer numbers and electricity sales figures. Through a concession, Edenor distributes electricity exclusively to the northwestern zone of the...

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Carlos Mechetti

Corporate manager of legal affairs | Cencosud

Corporate manager of legal affairs Carlos Mechetti, is a highly experienced in-house counsel supporting Cencosud, a Chilean headquartered retail giant with a major footprint in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru and...

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Clara María Mazzeo

General counsel | Simplot Argentina

Clara María Mazzeo is general counsel at Simplot Argentina, the Argentine joint venture operation of the multinational food and agribusiness company Simplot. Described by one nominator as ‘a dynamic and...

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Cynthia Bar

Legal director | Coca-Cola Argentina

Food, beverages and tobacco

Cynthia Bar joined Coca-Cola Argentina in August 2010 and was made legal director in early 2016, prior to which she was a senior attorney with Hope Duggan & Silva for...

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Cynthia Zarranz

Southern cone legal director | Cargill

Boasting an almost unparalleled understanding of agriculture, financials and industrial conglomerate Cargill’s operations in Argentina, Cynthia Zarranz has been engaged in various in-house legal positions with the company since 1993....

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Dale A. Kimball Jr.

General counsel and regional director, sustainability development CSR | Nissan Group of Latin America

An internationally experienced and travelled general counsel, Dale A. Kimball Jr. has led in-house teams in the US, Latin America and Europe. His experience includes: M&A, litigation management, distribution and...

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Deborah Luchetta

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

Deborah Luchetta, director of legal affairs and data protection coordinator for Mercedes-Benz in Argentina, is a talented and experienced in-house lawyer and business executive. She has led the legal department...

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Diego Juan Abelleyra

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Genneia

Diego Juan Abelleyra has been general counsel of Genneia since June 2010 and chief compliance officer since March 2018. Genneia, formerly known as Emgasud, is an Argentine power company, a...

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Esteban Cappello

Head legal manager | Grupo Garbarino

Garbarino is a leading Argentine retail company selling household appliances, electronics and computer products, bringing the latest technology to its customers by operating in more than 110 locations throughout the...

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Esteban Mazzucco

Regional counsel Latin America and Latin America South | Syngenta

Esteban Mazzucco’s career trajectory with Syngenta started in September 2011, when he joined in the capacity of lead counsel for the Latin American South region, providing advice on organisational strategy...

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Esteban Villar

Legal director | Codere

Esteban Villar, legal director at Codere, is responsible for the legal affairs of the gaming company’s operations in Argentina and Uruguay. His career experience includes other in-house leadership roles across...

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Federico Bravo

Associate vice president and legal and compliance director for Argentina and Uruguay | MetLife

Federico Bravo has been associate vice president and legal and compliance director for Argentina and Uruguay for MetLife since June 2016. He has previously undertaken general counsel positions with AIG...

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Federico Frachia Sabaris

Head legal counsel Latin America - Argentina, Chile y Perú | SAS Institute

Serving as head legal counsel for Latin America at SAS Institute, the global leader in business analytics software and services, Federico Frachia Sabaris is an international corporate lawyer with over...

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Federico Gottlieb

Legal affairs manager and chief compliance officer | Grupo Arcor

A highly praised and respected lawyer, Federico Gottlieb first joined Grupo Arcor in July 2003. He offers the Argentine food company comprehensive advice on a wide range of legal issues...

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Federico Pagliettini

Associate principal counsel | The Walt Disney Company

Formerly of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and the in-house legal function of J.P. Morgan, Federico Pagliettini has been a key individual within the in-house legal community of The Walt...

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Federico Serra

Legal and compliance manager | Baker Hughes

Managing the legal and compliance department of Baker Hughes in the Southern Cone and Andean regions, Federico Serra is responsible for all legal and compliance matters in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,...

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Fernando Duarte

Latin America South legal counsel | Schlumberger

Schlumberger has operated in Latin America for more than 80 years, and has activities across the region including field management in Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador; frontier exploration in Peru and...

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Fernando Freire

Corporate legal director | Grupo Insud

Fernando Freire has 20 years of legal experience, which included private practice roles with Sáenz Valiente, Padilla & Asociados, Hunton and Williams and Pozo Gowland between 1996 and late 2007,...

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Florencia Hardoy

Legal manager | Vista Oil & Gas

Florencia Hardoy has recently transitioned to the in-house legal sector after a lengthy and demonstrably successful career in private practice. Undertaking the legal manager role at Vista Oil & Gas...

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Francisco Beláustegui

Regional legal manager |

Since May 2016, Francisco Beláustegui has been the regional legal manager of, a leading online travel agency in Latin America. He is mainly responsible for providing the company with...

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Francisco José Porta

Senior lawyer | HSBC

Francisco José Porta, senior lawyer, HSBC, is a highly talented in-house lawyer at the Argentine location of the global banking colossus. He is a specialist in litigation class actions and...

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Gabriela Caravello

Regional legal head – corporate counsel | Syneos Health

Syneos Health was created by a recent merger of INC Research and inVentiv Health, becoming the only fully integrated end-to-end clinical and commercial solution organisation. As the regional legal head...

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Gaston A. Lernoud

Corporate legal head | IRSA

IRSA’s mission statement is to generate sustainable growth in the flow of funds and increase the value of the company’s real estate assets in the long-term, and crucial in attaining...

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Gerardo Paz

Director of legal and regulatory affairs | Pampa Energía

Pampa Energía is the largest independent energy company in Argentina, with participation in the electricity, oil and gas value chain. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in...

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Germán Fernández Lahore

Corporate vice president of legal services | YPF

Germán Fernández Lahore, corporate vice president of legal services at YPF, continues to impress at the Argentinian energy giant. YPF is a state owned vertically integrated energy company founded in...

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German Guillermo Pennimpede

Legal and corporate affairs director for Argentina and Uruguay | Coca-Cola FEMSA

Food, beverages and tobacco

German Guillermo Pennimpede joined Coca-Cola FEMSA in February 2017 as its legal and corporate affairs director, and is responsible for managing the company’s legal, public affairs, corporate communication and sustainability...

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Gonzalo Braceras

General counsel | Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires


Currently leading a team of 31 staff, Gonzalo Braceras operates as general counsel at Banco Galicia, one of the largest private banks in Argentina. Banco Galicia offers a wide range...

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Guillermo Grela

Legal and government affairs director, South markets group (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay) | Avon

Guillermo Grela initially joined Avon in 2011 as its senior legal manager and later became the legal and government affairs director in 2018, covering Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay. Avon...

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Hernán D. Flores Gomez

Director of legal affairs | Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TGS)

Hernán D. Flores Gomez is director of legal affairs at TGS, a natural gas and energy pipeline company with the remit of all of Southern Argentina under a government contract....

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Hernan Dayen

Legal affairs director for South America Spanish speaking countries | Air Liquide

As a sub-regional legal director at Air Liquide, a French multinational gas and energy technology company, Hernan Dayen is responsible for all legal affairs in areas of corporate strategy, business...

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Hernan Iglesias

General counsel | IMPSA (Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona SA)

Hernan Iglesias has served IMPSA as general counsel since 2011, having been with the company since 2005. He advises new businesses on the formation of corporations and business structures, drafting...

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Ignacio Salguero

General counsel Argentina and data protection officer Latin America | Chubb

Ignacio Salguero is the general counsel (covering Argentina) and data protection officer (covering Latin America) of Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. With operations in 54...

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Ines Riobo

Head of legal – South Cone | Sanofi

Ines Riobo is responsible for the legal affairs of the subsidiaries in the Sanofi Group in the South Cone region, covering Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, as well as distributor activities in...

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Ines Zerdan

Director of legal affairs | American Express

As the director of legal affairs for American Express Argentina, a subsidiary of the global financial services company American Express, Ines Zerdan oversees the legal department and is at the...

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Jacobo Cohen Imach

Senior vice president – general counsel, legal and public affairs |

Jacobo Cohen Imach is the general counsel of, Latin America’s leading e-commerce technology company. Through its primary platforms, and, Mercado Libre provides solutions to individuals and companies...

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Javier Davila

Legal director | Abbott

A renowned and highly-praised lawyer, Javier Davila serves as Abbott’s legal director with overall responsibility of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He serves as the regional corporate counsel, for the pharmaceutical...

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Javier Lozada

General secretary | Danone - Southern Cone - Latin America (Argentina, Uruguay and Chile)

Danone is a French multinational food products corporation based in Paris, having been initially founded in Barcelona, Spain. In 2018 Danone sold products in 120 markets and achieved sales of...

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Joaquin Kersman

Tax director for Latin America | adidas group

A lawyer specialising in federal and state tax planning and audits, Joaquin Kersman is the tax director for Latin America at adidas, the German sports manufacturer. He joined adidas in...

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Jose Castelli

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

Jose Castelli joined the Argentina arm of American agribusiness and food company Bunge in September 2007 in the capacity of senior legal associate, and nominators have recognised him as, ‘projecting...

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Josefina Hernández Gazcón

Director of legal and public affairs - Argentina and Paraguay | American Tower Corporation

Josefina Hernández Gazcón is a highly experienced corporate lawyer, described by nominators as a ‘heterogeneous professional that has developed her areas of expertise in each of the positions in which...

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Josefina Tobías

General counsel Latin America – South region | The Dow Chemical Company

Josefina Tobías is the general counsel for Latin America South region at the Dow Chemical Company, a multinational chemical corporation, and is in charge of all legal matters in Argentina,...

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Juan Cruz Álvarez

Executive manager of legal and institutional relations | Prisma Medios de Pago

Juan Cruz Álvarez leads the in-house legal department as executive manager of legal and institutional relations at Prisma Medios de Pago, an Argentine digital payment solutions company. Highly skilled in...

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Juan Lafitte

Head of legal | Shell

Shell is one of the world’s leading global energy companies, with approximately 93,000 employees and operates in more than 70 countries. Based in the city of Buenos Aires, it has...

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Juan Manuel Ballarena

Head of legal affairs | Scienza Argentina

Praised by his peers as ‘a first class professional with vast experience and solid knowledge’ and ‘an intelligent, proactive and hardworking lawyer’, Juan Manuel Ballarena is the head of legal...

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Juan Vaquer

President and associate general counsel | DuPont

Founded in 1802, DuPont is a multinational conglomerate specialising in industrial biosciences, electronics and imaging, nutrition and health, safety and construction, and transportation and advanced polymers. Following its merger with...

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Julian Burgo

Director of legal services and compliance - general counsel - Argentina | Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Julian Burgo, is the director of legal services and compliance – general counsel Argentina, for FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He leads a legal team providing legal and compliance service as...

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Julián Ferreiro

Latin America South contracts manager | Schlumberger

Schlumberger is one of the world’s leading providers of reservoir characterisation, drilling, production and processing technology for the oil and gas industry, and is present in more than 85 countries....

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Leónidas Castillo Carrillo

Head of corporate and retail legal advisory | Banco Santander Rio


Leónidas Castillo Carrillo is the head of corporate and retail legal advisory at Banco Santander Rio, a commercial bank and financial services company affiliated to the Santander Group. Based in...

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Lucas Garcia Oliver

General counsel - South America | Siemens

Lucas Garcia Oliver is general counsel for South America (apart from Brazil) for Siemens, and is based in Buenos Aires. He oversees a diverse range of Siemens operations: gas, power...

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Lucio Fabani Larrañaga

Senior legal director | Oracle

Described by a nominator as a ‘very dedicated in-house lawyer who’s always ready to represent the company’s best interest’, Lucio Fabani Larrañaga is the senior legal director for Latin America...

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Lucrecia Loureiro

Legal manager | Loma Negra CIASA

Loma Negra is a leading company in the production and commercialisation of cement and is one of the most widely recognised companies in Argentina with over 90 years of existence....

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Marcelo Brichetto

Legal director | Transportadora de Gas del Norte

Marcelo Brichetto has led the legal department at Transportadora de Gas del Norte since 1998 and serves on its board of directors. Transportadora de Gas del Norte is one of...

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Marcos Pereyra Zorraquin

Director South America | Assurant

Assurant is a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets,...

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Maria Belen Pizzoni

Legal affairs manager | Xerox

Xerox Argentina is a subsidiary of Xerox Corporation, a US global corporation that sells print and digital document products and services in more than 160 countries. Having been at Xerox...

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Maria Emilia Dossi

Legal manager - Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) | Genomma Lab

With more than 15 years’ experience, Maria Emilia Dossi has focused her practice on commercial law, corporate law, contracts, M&A, consumer law and finance law. In her current role at...

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Maria Florencia Artucovich

General counsel | HP

Highly-praised Maria Florencia Artucovich is the country counsel of HP Argentina, overseeing the legal operations of the South Cone countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Artucovich is responsible for...

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María Gabriela Alvarez de la Fuente

Regional legal director Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay) | Colgate-Palmolive

María Gabriela Alvarez de la Fuente joined Colgate-Palmolive in May 2016 as its regional legal director, after almost 13 years of experience in senior in-house roles at other large multinational...

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María José Van Morlegan

General counsel | Banco Macro


Banco Macro is one of the largest domestically-owned banks in Argentina. Owning the largest network of branches in the country, it offers financial services including loans and insurance to more...

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María Mercedes Olano

Vice president | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

María Mercedes Olano, vice president of JPMorgan Chase & Co Argentina, is an expert in-house counsel in the Argentina market. The bank has had a 150 year presence in Latin...

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Mariana Oteiza

Legal affairs director Argentina and senior counsel | Turner Internacional Argentina

Turner is a global entertainment, sports and news company that operates 180 channels showcasing 47 brands in 34 languages in over 200 countries. Turner Internacional Argentina is one of Turner’s...

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Mariano Juárez Goñi

General counsel | Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia

With extensive experience advising multinational companies and financial entities regarding general corporate, compliance, finance and banking matters, Mariano Juárez Goñi has been serving as the general counsel for 11 years...

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Mariano Mazur

General counsel | Perez Companc Family Group

Serving as general counsel at Perez Companc Family Group (PCFG), Mariano Mazur gives comprehensive legal advice to different domestic and international companies of the organisation as well as the individual...

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Mariano Romero de Haz

Legal manager | Pampa Energía

Serving as legal manager at Pampa Energía, Argentina’s largest independent energy company, Mariano Romero de Haz is described by nominating sources as ‘an excellent legal manager with firm knowledge of...

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Mariel Alcoba

Legal and compliance counsel, Southern Cone and Andean Regions | Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a manufacturer of medical devices used in interventional medical specialties. It employs over 29,000 staff around the world and generated sales of US$2.56bn during the fourth quarter...

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Marina Codesal

Legal head - Argentina, Paraguay, Peru | PepsiCo

Food, beverages and tobacco

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with a product portfolio including 22 brands that generate more than US$1bn each in annual retail sales. Marina Codesal joined PepsiCo in...

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Matías Giaccardi

Lead counsel, South Cone | Takeda

Specialised in areas including corporate law, public law, antitrust law, M&A, merger control proceedings, complex litigation and IP, Matías Giaccardi is praised by one nominator as having ‘great focus on...

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Monica Lupi

Legal head | Novartis

Newly appointed legal head Monica Lupi joined Novartis in June 2018, bringing to the department her extensive experience handling complex legal and compliance issues within the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector....

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Nicolás Camenduli

Legal manager | AMC Networks Argentina

Nicolás Camenduli joined AMC Networks in January 2014 as senior lawyer, and later became legal manager in November 2018, offering legal advice on various company projects. AMC Networks in Latin...

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Nicolás Cuadros Avila

Senior Counsel Southern Cluster (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia) | Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International (PMI) is the leading international tobacco company, with six of the world’s top 15 brands, including the number one cigarette brand worldwide. Its products are sold in...

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Nicolás García Pinto

Senior counsel for Central and South America | NCR Corporation

NCR is a leader in banking and commerce solutions, and with its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, it enables transactions across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecoms and technology industries....

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Nicolás Noro Villagra

Legal director – Latin America South Zone | AB InBev

Nicolás Noro Villagra has built a reputation as an experienced legal director with a demonstrated history of advising senior executives in a number of multinational companies. In his current role...

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Nicolas Ramos Mejía

Assistant counsel manager | MetLife

Nicolás Ramos Mejía is the assistant counsel manager for Argentina and Uruguay at MetLife, one of the largest life insurance companies in the world, serving approximately 100 million customers. After...

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Nilton Huaman Navarrete


Originally from Peru, Nilton César Huaman Navarrete, senior lawyer at Telefe, moved to Argentina after practicing in Lima for a medium sized Peruvian law firm with an international scope. In...

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Pablo Sbarra

Senior Lawyer | Total Austral

Pablo Sbarra joined Total Austral in 2006 and has impressed peers ever since, heading the company’s legal team for gas marketing for the Southern Cone. Has also managed complex litigation,...

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Pablo Windhausen

Legal director, Southern Cone | Nike

In June 2012, Pablo Windhausen started working as legal manager and in 2013 was promoted to legal director Southern Cone for global sportswear brand Nike. Despite doing business in the...

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Paula Morrone

Southern Cone general counsel, business integrity, data privacy lead Latin America | Unilever

Unilever has been present in Argentina since 1926. It employs 4,500 people across its six plants in Munro, Tortuguitas, Pilar, Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Gualeguaychú, Mendoza and La Rioja, and head...

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Ramón Sosa

Legal manager | Frávega

Frávega is an Argentine retail company founded in 1910, with more than 100 branches and employs more than 4,000 employees around the country. Since 1910, the company has become a...

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Ricardo Hearne

Vice president legal and compliance | San Antonio Internacional

Ricardo Hearne is the head of the law department and compliance at San Antonio Internacional in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, and Venezuela and is a member of the company’s executive management...

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Rosario Mazzei

Lawyer | Roemmers

An M&A specialist who, according to nominating sources, ‘has handled most of the company’s recent acquisitions’, Rosario Mazzei is an indispensable part of Roemmers’ operation. Indeed, nominating sources spoke extremely...

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Santiago Codazzi

Regional legal counsel (South and West Latin America) | Louis Dreyfus Company

Santiago Codazzi is the regional legal counsel covering South and West Latin America at Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, active in over 100 countries...

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Santiago L. Gini

Senior regional legal and compliance manager | OLX

OLX is a global online marketplace that operates 17 brands in more than 40 countries, employing around 5,000 people worldwide. Found in 2006, OLX is the largest online classified advertisements...

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Sergio Gabriel Gabai

General counsel | Grupo Supervielle

Grupo Supervielle is a national private capital financial group whose origins date back to 1887. The group is mainly focused on rendering banking and financial services targeted to both individuals...

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Soledad Oubiña

Regional legal director | AbbVie

As regional legal director at AbbVie, Soledad Oubiña provides the company with excellent leadership and consistent safeguarding against the diverse issues it faces in the country. AbbVie is a US...

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Tomas Savage

Legal counsel | Alstom

Tomas Savage is the legal counsel of Alstom in Argentina. He handles the legal affairs of the train manufacturing division, one of the most challenging and relevant lines of business...

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Valeria Leroux

Legal director | DHL Argentina

Valeria Leroux has served as the director of legal of the leading logistics company, DHL Argentina for 14 years. Her areas of expertise include foreign trade, international transportation and drafting...

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Valeria Plastino

Vice president, general counsel Latin America | CenturyLink

Valeria Plastino has been in her current role as vice president, general counsel Latin America since June 2007, originally with Level 3 Communications before it was taken over by CenturyLink...

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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.

GC Summit Switzerland

On 23rd November, The Legal 500 was in Zurich again to host the GC Summit Switzerland 2022.

The event gathered leading general counsel and private practice practitioners from Switzerland to exchange their views on cutting-edge legal topics. The quality of the discussions was exceptional.

The Summit opened with a session, led by Fabian Martens and Nils Harbeke, of Pestalozzi, focusing on the changes brought by ESG in the legal and tax functions. The panel, which also included Eva Frehner (Sulzer), Romana Giesen (Swisscom) and Matthias Maurer (Lonza), discussed the recent shift in the weight of ESG, changing from being  “best practice” to compulsory legal obligations. Following a comprehensive introduction, the panel explained the key legal ESG-related requirements for companies carrying out business in Switzerland, with a specific focus on competition and tax law.

Daniel Raun and Beda Kaufmann, of Advestra hosted the second panel. Along with Philippe Huber (SIG) and Robert Kuster (Zurich Insurance), they shared insightful comments on how to draft term sheets accurately and the main elements that parties should focus on at this early stage of a prospective deal.

The following session was chaired by Melissa Magliana, Daniel Lucien Bühr and Matthias Gstoehl, of Lalive. The discussion covered strategies to mitigate and manage dispute risks. The speakers examined how companies can prevent disputes, optimize amicable resolutions and prepare for legal proceedings, should they arise. Both litigation and arbitration were discussed, with a highlight on climate change litigation, stakeholder claims, and greenwashing-related enforcement.

To conclude the Summit, Irène Suter-Sieber and David Vasella, of Walder Wyss, moderated a panel that explored key issues of international private law, data protection and secrecy law, and labour, tax, and social security law, which relate to remote working from abroad.

After an excellent afternoon of exceptional panel discussions, attendees continued the conversation and enjoyed a valuable networking opportunity over Swiss gin, wine and canapes.

Thank you again to all our panellists for sharing their insights, and special thanks to Advestra, Lalive, Pestalozzi and Walder Wyss for partnering with us on this enjoyable and successful event in Zurich.