Argentina Teams 2018 – GC Powerlist

Argentina Teams 2018

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3M

| 3M

Industrials and real estate

Manufacturing company 3M generates $30bn in annual sales, employs 90,000 people worldwide and produces more than 55,000 products. Operating as the organisation’s local subsidiary, 3M Argentina manufactures pharmaceutical products in...

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Abbott

| Abott

Healthcare

Pharmaceutical multinational Abott’s Argentine legal function is tasked with providing overall legal support and maintaining the company’s regulatory and legislative strategy across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Besides demonstrating unrivalled expertise...

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AbbVie

| AbbVie

Healthcare

The Argentine legal department of pharmaceutical research and development company AbbVie has received a number of plaudits for its diligence and support on a myriad of issues in the healthcare...

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Adidas

| Adidas

Consumer products

German sports manufacturer adidas occupies a treasured position in Argentina as kit supplier to the national football team, a significant symbol of the country’s international prestige and appeal. Heading the...

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Aerolíneas Argentinas

| Aerolíneas Argentinas

Transport and infrastructure

Aerolíneas Argentinas is the largest airline in Argentina and is also the country’s flag carrier. It has been run by the Argentine government since late 2008, when the country regained...

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Alfred C. Toepfer International Argentina (ACTIAR)

| Alfred C. Toepfer International Argentina (ACTIAR)

Financials

Praised by nominators for the strength of the ‘internal relationships and interaction of the team’ which leads to the ‘efficient execution’ of its tasks, the legal team of agricultural commodities...

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Aluar

| Aluar

Materials and mining

Aluar is a major aluminium smelting plant, one of the largest in South America and the only one in operation in Argentina. It is thus of immense importance from political,...

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American Express

| American Express

Financials

Operating as the local subsidiary of global financial services company American Express International, American Express Argentina is headquartered in Buenos Aires. The company provides various financial products for corporate and...

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American Tower Corporation

| American Tower Corporation

Industrials and real estate

American Tower Corporation’s telecoms infrastructure operations in Argentina are supported expertly by a highly-regarded in-house legal team. Indeed, a nominating source described the team in Argentina as such: ‘The team...

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Avature

| Avature

Information technology

Since being found in 2005, Avature has developed into a highly flexible enterprise platform for global talent acquisition and talent management, and the leading global provider of customer relationship management...

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Avon

| Avon

Consumer products

US multinational consumer products seller Avon has an established presence in Latin America and utilises an innovative four-person legal team based in Buenos Aires to cover Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and...

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Banco Ciudad

| Banco Ciudad

Financials

With its history dating as far back as 1878, Banco Ciudad has a long and established history in Argentina as a bank with a strong ethical outlook. Comprised of a...

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Banco Credicoop

| Banco Credicoop

Financials

As Argentina’s largest cooperatively-owned bank, Banco Credicoop has a legal function comprised of some of the country’s best legal talent. Amongst its longest-serving members are Vanesa Paula Sulam who joined...

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Banco Galicia

| Banco Galicia

Financials

A constituent of the MERVAL Index as well as being listed in Forbes Global 2000 Leading Companies, Banco Galicia is one of the premier financial institutions in the Argentine economy...

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Banco Macro

| Banco Macro

Financials

Banco Macro’s in-house legal team is packed with top-class legal talent, with multiple high-level in-house counsel with commercial experience, specialist legal advice and many years’ tenure with the company, ensuring...

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BBVA Francés

| BBVA Francés

Financials

The oldest banking institution in Argentina and currently one of the largest with total assets of US$12bn and market capitalisation of US$3.4bn as of May 2017, BBVA Francés is one...

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BGH

| BGH

Information technology

Since its inception in 1913, the Argentine retailer BGH has experienced sustained growth, and currently occupies a privileged position among regional competitors. The legal team at the epicentre of the...

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Biogen

| Biogen

Healthcare

Pioneering biotechnology company Biogen’s cutting-edge remedies for neurological and neurodegenerative conditions in the Southern Cone are managed from its regional base in Argentina, which has been in operation since 2008....

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Biosidus

| Biosidus

Healthcare

An Argentine business operating in the biotechnology industry, Biosidus has activities that span the research and development of high quality biopharmaceuticals in the territories of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and...

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Bridas Corporation

| Bridas Corporation

Energy and utilities

Bridas Corporation is an independent oil and gas holding company based in Argentina, having been founded in 1948 it has since become the second largest producer of fossil fuels in...

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Bunge Southern Cone

| Bunge Southern Cone

Food, beverages and tobacco

Bunge’s history in Argentina dates as far back as 1884 when it launched a grain trading company in the expanding agribusiness market. Today it is one of the most important...

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Cablevisión

| Cablevisión

Sports and media

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 across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. With...

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Cargill

| Cargill

Industrials and real estate

Within their Argentina operations, Cargill’s in-house legal team is a very well embedded function with a track record of success and immense experience within the team. This is exemplified by...

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Cencosud

| Cencosud

Consumer products

Chilean based retailer Cencosud is the third largest listed retail company in Latin America with more than 1,000 stores across the region. It is a multi-format retail with presence in...

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Central Puerto

| Central Puerto

Energy and utilities

Central Puerto’s ‘reliable, competent and technically skilled’ legal team drew praise from nominators for its ability to seamlessly facilitate investments undertaken by the business in the national and international energy...

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Chevron

| Chevron

Energy and utilities

Since the 1980s, multinational energy corporation Chevron has been producing crude oil and natural gas in Argentina through its wholly owned subsidiary Chevron Argentina, and today is amongst the top...

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Chubb

| Chubb

Financials

The legal team at the property and causality insurer Chubb Argentina is comprised of three employees who report into the CEO and general counsel of the company in Latin America....

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Citibank Argentina

| Citibank Argentina

Financials

The March 2017 sale of Citi’s consumer business in Argentina had a big impact on the company’s legal team in the country. Explaining the effect of the function’s reduction in...

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Clorox

| Clorox

Consumer products

Clorox is an American multinational consumer and professional products business whose activities in Argentina comprise of offering product brands that improve, facilitate and make people’s lives more healthy. Coming in...

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Coca-Cola FEMSA

| Coca-Cola FEMSA

Food, beverages and tobacco

Coca-Cola FEMSA was set up in Argentina in October 1991, with Coca-Cola FEMSA de Buenos Aires being acquired by the company later in 1997. Coca-Cola FEMSA is the largest franchise...

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Colgate-Palmolive

| Colgate-Palmolive

Consumer products

Colgate-Palmolive, the US worldwide consumer products company focused on the production and distribution of household, healthcare and personal care products operates in Argentina through its subsidiary Colgate-Palmolive Argentina. Supporting the...

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Cresud 

| Cresud 

Industrials and real estate

Founded in 1936, Argentine agricultural company Cresud has a long established presence in the country with a significant farmland portfolio. With a developing business abroad, the company’s legal team is...

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Despegar.com

| Despegar.com

Industrials and real estate

“Argentine company Despegar.com is Latin America’s leading online travel agency and its legal team is currently led by the vastly experienced vice president, general counsel and corporate affairs director Juan...

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DowDuPont

| DowDuPont

Industrials and real estate

American company DowDuPont is the world’s largest chemical company and was formed after the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont in August 2017. With both companies enjoying a long and...

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Edenor

| Edenor

Energy and utilities

Founded in 1992, Edenor is Argentina’s largest electricity distributor in terms of customer numbers and electricity sales figures. The company’s in-house legal team is comprised of a number of talented...

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Efectivo Sí

| Efectivo Sí

Financials

One of Argentina’s leading financial services companies, Efectivo Sí is notable for its financial assistance to customers for the purchase of motor vehicles, utilities, trucks and agricultural machinery. The legal...

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ENARSA

| ENARSA

Energy and utilities

State-owned firm ENARSA Argentina is engaged in the exploitation, production, industrialisation, transport and trade of petroleum, natural gas and electricity. The company’s legal team is led by legal manager Julia...

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ESPN

| ESPN

Sports and media

The day-to-day life of an in-house counsel at sports broadcasting giant is a hectic one, with securing broadcast rights, combating piracy efforts and securing ad-based revenue all taking on high...

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Genneia

| Genneia

Energy and utilities

In Argentina, Genneia is a leading supplier of energy solutions using the latest technologies for thermal equipment and a main investor in the country’s renewable energy projects. Legal affairs director...

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

| GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Healthcare

The legal support for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s extensive portfolio of pharmaceutical product is complex, with expert management needed at all stages of the product lifecycle, from initial research and development to...

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GlobalLogic

| GlobalLogic

Information technology

Software development services company GlobalLogic is extremely well-equipped with legal ability in Argentina, counting on a highly capable in-house legal team that is as impressive individually as it is collectively....

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Globant

| Globant

Information technology

Globant employs a highly capable group of talented, knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, who possess unrivalled understanding of IT sector law in Argentina. Established in 2003, the Buenos Aires headquartered software...

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Grupo Arcor

| Grupo Arcor

Food, beverages and tobacco

Led by legal affairs manager Federico Gottlieb, the Grupo Arcor legal team is renowned for its expert support of the many business objectives of one of Argentina’s most valuable companies....

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Grupo Peñaflor

| Grupo Peñaflor

Food, beverages and tobacco

With an over 100 year history and a workforce of approximately 2,800 employees, Grupo Peñaflor is the top producer of wine in Argentina and one of the top ten wine...

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Grupo Supervielle

| Grupo Supervielle

Financials

Grupo Supervielle is a leading financial services holding company with operations spanning retail banking, corporate banking, insurance, treasury, consumer finance and asset management. Well-integrated with various business divisions across the...

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Holcim Argentina

| Holcim Argentina

Materials and mining

Holcim is a pioneer company in the construction industry in Argentina, it produces and markets cement, concrete and stone aggregates. Its first Argentine cement manufacturing plant was built in 1930...

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HP

| HP

Information technology

The HP legal team in Argentina is renowned for its cohesion and innovation in addition to its legal ability. Indeed, it was described by nominators as ‘a very integrated team,...

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HSBC

| HSBC

Financials

HSBC is the seventh largest bank in Argentina, it provides a full range of banking and financial products and services including consumer finance, insurance, investment and corporate banking to over...

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IBM

| IBM

Information technology

Technology and computing giant IBM’s legal function in Argentina is a very important one for the global conglomerate in Latin America and further afield, with legal director for South Spanish...

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IMPSA (Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona SA)

| IMPSA (Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona SA)

Materials and mining

An Argentine construction engineering company founded over 100 years ago, IMPSA has a number of different business interests in its home country and abroad, including renewable energy solutions that are...

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InBev – Latin America South (LAS)

| InBev – Latin America South (LAS)

Food, beverages and tobacco

AB InBev’s legal team has been almost entirely reorganised in the last two years. After recruiting Latin America South (LAS) legal director Nicolás Noro Villagra in July 2016, the multinational...

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Inversiones y Representaciones (IRSA)

| Inversiones y Representaciones (IRSA)

Industrials and real estate

Inversiones y Representaciones (IRSA) is Argentina’s largest real estate developer, and the only company in its class that trades on the Buenos Aires Stock Market. It relies on a top-quality...

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Kimberly-Clark

| Kimberly-Clark

Consumer products

Kimberly-Clark’s seven-person legal function is described by nominating sources as having ‘strong corporate and compliance expertise’, as well as being ‘business-oriented and permanently supporting the business goals of the company’....

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Kraft Heinz

| Kraft Heinz

Food, beverages and tobacco

One of the world’s largest and most successful food and beverages company, US conglomerate Kraft Heinz has a continually expanding presence in Latin America. Despite being based in Costa Rica,...

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Kuehne + Nagel

| Kuehne + Nagel

Transport and infrastructure

Global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has more than 1,300 offices in 108 countries with more than 70,000 employees. Supporting its Argentina based operations, the Kuehne + Nagel...

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L’Oréal Argentina

| L'Oréal Argentina

Consumer products

A compact but dynamic, knowledgeable and business-savvy legal function, multinational consumer products giant L’Oréal’s legal team in Argentina is comprised of three individuals; Solange Kurchan as legal manager, Matías Sorondo...

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Loma Negra (InterCement Group)

| Loma Negra (InterCement Group)

Materials and mining

InterCement’s Argentina subsidiary Loma Negra is a market leader in the manufacturing of cement, concrete, and lime. Legal affairs manager Lucrecia Loureiro heads the leads team of around five individuals,...

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ManpowerGroup Argentina

| ManpowerGroup Argentina

Commercial and professional services

With over 50 years of local experience, US Fortune 500 company ManpowerGroup develops innovative human capital solutions for more than 2,000 clients in Argentina. The legal team at the Group’s...

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Medanito

| Medanito

Energy and utilities

A major energy company in Argentina, Medanito provides both upstream exploration of oil and natural gas (including shale) and mid-stream processing of natural gas, as well as the generation of...

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MercadoLibre

| MercadoLibre

Consumer products

The legal team at the Argentine e-commerce company MercadoLibre comprises 20 employees (18 lawyers and two non-legal employees) led by senior vice president and general counsel Jacobo Cohen Imach and...

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Merck

| Merck

Healthcare

Having had a presence in Argentina for over 80 years, Merck currently commands a dominant position in the local market for chemical drugs and biopharmaceuticals. The Argentine legal department at...

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MetLife

| MetLife

Financials

Global US life insurer MetLife began its operations in Argentina in the mid-1990s. Heading the legal functions of the company in both Argentina and Uruguay is assistant vice president and...

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Microsoft

| Microsoft

Information technology

Technology giant Microsoft is supported in Argentina by lawyers that have decades of experience between them and oversee a wide remit encompassing legal affairs, corporate and compliance issues pertaining to...

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Nestlé – Region Plata

| Nestlé - Region Plata

Food, beverages and tobacco

Jackie Donaldson currently serves as the general counsel of Nestlé’s Plata region, which encompasses operations in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, having previously worked in a legal specialist position at the...

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Nike

| Nike

Consumer products

Supporting the Southern Cone operations of the global sportswear brand Nike, the Argentine legal team is led by Southern Cone legal director Pablo Windhausen. Reporting into him and making up...

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Novartis Argentina

| Novartis Argentina

Healthcare

The Argentine legal department of the multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis embraces a “matrix-like” organisational structure, whereby the country legal heads of the internal divisions (Pharma, Onco, Alcon or Sandoz) report...

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OLX Group

| OLX Group

Consumer products

Founded in 2006, OLX Group is a global online marketplace which operates in 45 countries and is the largest online classified advertisements company in Pakistan, Brazil, India, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal...

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Oracle Argentina

| Oracle Argentina

Information technology

Sun Microsystems was integrated into the Oracle business after the multinational computer technology company’s acquisition in 2010. This complex merger of two leading technology companies required a tremendous amount of...

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Pampa Energia

| Pampa Energia

Energy and utilities

Led by Mariano Romero de Haz, the legal team in Pampa Energía’s downstream and petrochemical business is known for its practical expertise and technical knowledge. Romero de Haz himself is...

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Pan American Energy

| Pan American Energy

Energy and utilities

A subsidiary company owned 60% by BP and 40% by Bridas Corporation, Pan American Energy operates across Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay, and is the second largest producer of...

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PepsiCo

| PepsiCo

Food, beverages and tobacco

PepsiCo Argentina has been present in the regional market for almost 60 years, and currently has a broad portfolio of food and beverage products such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Lay’s and...

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Perez Companc Family Group

| Perez Companc Family Group

Industrials and real estate

Mariano Mazur leads the legal team of Perez Companc Family Group, a high profile Argentine business that has a variety of operations in its home territory as well as in...

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Petrobras Argentina

| Petrobras Argentina

Energy and utilities

Petrobras Argentina was first formed as the Argentina-based subsidiary of Brazilian energy conglomerate Petróleo Brasileiro, however is now under control of Argentina’s domestic energy giant Pampa Energía. Petrobras Argentina is...

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Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia

| Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia

Energy and utilities

A fast-growing Argentine company in the energy sector, Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia (PCR) employs a legal team that is driven by the values of ‘teamwork and leadership’ according to Mariano Juárez...

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Pluspetrol

| Pluspetrol

Energy and utilities

The Pluspetrol legal team has proven its qualities time and again, successfully providing key legal support to every part of the company’s operations. This is no small feat, given that...

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PMI

| PMI

Food, beverages and tobacco

Senior counsel for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia, Nicolás Cuadros describes the Philip Morris International (PMI) in-house legal team covering the South Cluster as ‘extremely creative, diverse and full...

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Procter & Gamble

| Procter & Gamble

Consumer products

Since setting up in Argentina in 1991, multinational consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has invested over US$1bn in its operations in the country and its products today are...

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Sanofi

| Sanofi

Healthcare

The legal team at Sanofi’s South Cone operation (based in Buenos Aires but with jurisdiction over Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) is led by Inés Riobó, who is a member of...

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SAP

| SAP

Information technology

SAP is a software multinational corporation that, despite its headquarters being located in Germany, is a truly global business with regional offices in 180 nations across the world. Its activities...

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SAS Institute Argentina

| SAS Institute Argentina

Information technology

SAS Institute, the US multinational analytical software developer, is a company that continues to expand its presence outside its home market. The growth of SAS in Latin America is overseen...

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Schlumberger

| Schlumberger

Energy and utilities

The Argentina based legal team of multinational company Schlumberger was described by nominators as having ‘effective collaboration and open communication’, ensuring that the Buenos Aires based team is at the...

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Shell

| Shell

Energy and utilities

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

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Siemens

| Siemens

Industrials and real estate

Having started operations in Argentina in 1857, the German conglomerate Siemens has a strong and long-standing presence in the country. Today, among its 1,600 Argentine employees is the company’s legal...

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Simplot Argentina

| Simplot Argentina

Food, beverages and tobacco

The two-person legal team at the Argentine joint venture operation of the multinational food and agribusiness company Simplot, deals with all legal matters faced by the business regionally, providing support...

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Socma and Sideco Americana

| Socma and Sideco Americana

Industrials and real estate

Socma and Sideco Americana, an engineering, construction, real estate development, concessions and utilities company, has already achieved the distinction of having its in-house legal staff recognised in the industry. Antonio...

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Syngenta

| Syngenta

Food, beverages and tobacco

Syngenta is a Swiss global agribusiness that has a number of business interests including genomic research, agrochemicals and seed production, and organises its activities in Argentina as part of its...

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Tarjeta Shopping (Tarshop S.A.)

| Tarjeta Shopping (Tarshop S.A.)

Financials

Founded in 1995, Tarjeta Shopping (Tarshop) is a revolutionary payment service that aims to provide retail customers with a convenient payment method at shopping malls and other stores around the...

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Techint

| Techint

Industrials and real estate

An Italian-Argentine conglomerate with headquarters in both Milan and Buenos Aires, Techint is composed of six main companies with an international reach and now has a workforce of over 50,000...

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Telecom Argentina

| Telecom Argentina

Telecommunication services

Telecom Argentina is a major Argentine telephone operator that covers the Northern part of Argentina including the capital city of Buenos Aires. Having grown incrementally since its foundation in 1990,...

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Telefe

| Telefe

Sports and media

Telefe is an Argentine broadcaster located in Buenos Aires and is also a television network and one of Argentina’s five national television channels. As of November 2016, in a bid...

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Telefónica

| Telefónica

Telecommunication services

Owned by the Spanish broadband and telecommunications giant Telefónica, Telefónica Argentina stands as the largest and leading fixed-line operator in the country. It provides broadband, local and long distance telephone...

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Ternium 

| Ternium 

Industrials and real estate

Luxemburg-headquartered Ternium is the leading steel company in Latin America, producing flat and long steel products in its major manufacturing centres in Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala....

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The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

| The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Financials

María Mercedes Olano is the current head of legal department for BTM’s Buenos Aires branch, and leads a team that is compact, dynamic and extremely well integrated into the Japanese...

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The Walt Disney Company

| The Walt Disney Company

Sports and media

Commonly referred to as Disney, The Walt Disney Company founded its Argentina operation in 1990. Today its legal team in the country is represented by a number of outstanding in-house...

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Transportadora de Gas del Norte

| Transportadora de Gas del Norte

Energy and utilities

Transportadora de Gas del Norte (TGN) is dedicated to the transport of natural gas by high pressure gas pipelines in Argentina’s central and northern regions. Its vast operations mean it...

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Turner

| Turner

Sports and media

Multinational broadcasting firm Turner is a world renowned television and media company that has recently seen a huge increase in its footprint in the Latin American market. In 2017 Turner...

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Unilever

| Unilever

Consumer products

Covering Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, Unilever’s Southern Cone operations cover a range of jurisdictions and regulatory regimes. The legal team tasked with overseeing the multinational consumer products...

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Walmart

| Walmart

Consumer products

Topping Fortune’s Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies by revenue, Walmart has had successful operations in Latin America for several years, and legal support to its Argentina subsidiary...

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Wintershall

| Wintershall

Energy and utilities

German-headquartered Wintershall has an extensive operation in Argentina that requires the support of expert business units behind the scenes in order to function effectively. Its legal team in Argentina continues...

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YPF

| YPF

Energy and utilities

The legal team at the heart of the Argentine state-owned oil company YPF provides legal support across the full spectrum of the organisation’s supply chain, which includes oil and gas...

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For over 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. In this series, The Legal 500, in collaboration with Legal Business, GC Magazine and The In-house Lawyer, is turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers and legal teams in business today. I would like to express my personal thanks to our sponsors Baker McKenzie for supporting this publication. A special mention must also go to the in-house lawyers that took time to speak to us throughout the process, as well as to the research team that worked on this GC Powerlist publication.

One of the leading lights in the Southern Cone region and one of the most developed economies on the Latin American continent, Argentina is known for its reputation as a regional power with a competitive business environment. Owing to its modernity and stability, it has been able to consolidate its large market presence to become a member of the G20 and is the beneficiary of a highly diversified economy. Core industries such as agriculture and manufacturing have brought domestic Argentine companies to the attention of the wider world, whilst multinationals have a strong presence in the country due to its aforementioned status.

Despite problems that envelop the country; namely issues related to its public debt, as well as volatility of economic growth, a number of solutions including policies aimed at combatting high inflation and income inequality are being utilised.
This context poses many challenges for Argentina’s in-house legal teams, who must provide legal advice in a way that is fully in sync with the economic, political and regulatory environment. In managing transactions across multiple jurisdictions, responding to legislative and regulatory changes or being consulted in the creation of new business strategies, Argentine in-house legal teams are becoming incrementally important in delivering desirable business outcomes.

In this year’s GC Powerlist: Argentina we are pleased to highlight some of the country’s leading in-house legal teams. 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 legal departments who have utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.

Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie is proud to participate, once again, in a new edition of the GC Powerlist in Argentina and we would like to congratulate all of the nominees who are being recognised.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has awarded nominations to the most distinguished people in the legal business and being a part of it reinforces our commitment to recognising those who strive and work tirelessly to promote the value of our profession.

As the bulk of modern work is becoming increasingly global and complex, lawyers are compelled to constantly seek new ways of working together. Therefore, it is essential to understand the need and importance of teamwork which not only enhances the expertise of every one of us but also takes advantage of the strength arising from the diversity of viewpoints. The synergy generated by the collective effort is a key tool to continue this path of excellence.

There is an increasing demand for professionals who can adroitly navigate group dynamics, who can collaborate well across borders, markets and industries around the globe and are able to embrace new ideas and emerging technologies. This new lawyer will allow us to position ourselves strategically in a market that is strongly result-oriented.

We understand that it is necessary to evolve in these new scenarios and that it is crucial to stand out and really make that difference. For that reason, Baker McKenzie considers it a priority for lawyers to adopt new ways of working, to be able to articulate with colleagues across borders to help clients succeed in this challenging world. We conceive teamwork as the true and only way to bridge the gap between clients and our work, as the key to achieve the objectives and defeat the challenges this new context poses. Our lawyers, specialised in different areas of law, work together and efficiently combine their experiences and abilities to obtain different perspectives on the legal issues so as to give the most effective advice.

Consequently, it is by the recognition of the best legal teams we continue positioning our profession at the top. Teamwork represents a very deep-rooted value in the firm and is something that we defend and fervently rely on.

In this context, Baker McKenzie is designing new ways to encourage client communication and relationships, analysing clients’ specific needs, applying new methods and reshaping aspects of our legal services accordingly. We are also evolving towards a strong industry-focused model with flexible, open spaces that enable a more seamless and collaborative cross-practice relationship among our professionals.

We are convinced that the quality of a law firm is equal to its talent. The better lawyers, and especially the better teams you foster, the better quality you deliver. Teamwork and the ability to adapt and evolve to better understand the context around you are key elements to providing all the services that clients need to strive in this world.

Finally, we want once again to thank you all for your commitment and professionalism which is essential to our work as lawyers.

Congratulations to all the nominees in this new edition and hopefully the future will find us working together, as a team.

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.