Founding partner Enrique Bruchou is one of the market's best-known legal names. He is a senior figure who has long been a point of reference in the corporate and banking sectors and remains a leading partner for sophisticated legal solutions. "He's the sort of lawyer you call when you need advice on a particularly complex situation," say sources.
Senior partner Siro Pablo Astolfi leads the firm's corporate team on a day-to-day basis and has standout experience of working in the private equity and agribusiness sectors. Sources highlight his M&A expertise, with clients enthusing that he "applies state-of-the-art knowledge of legal, commercial, tax, customs and M&A trends to help us identify business opportunities."
Carlos Lombardi is another founding partner of the firm and a notable corporate finance lawyer. He has been working with banking institutions for more than 20 years and routinely handles M&A deals for clients in the banking and finance sector.
Estanislao Hernán Olmos is one of the firm's young and dynamic partners. He has notable experience in the antitrust arena and applies this to his M&A work.
Aixa Sureda is a promising young associate who impresses clients with her "great efficiency, knowledge and dedication."
Senior partner Héctor Mairal is undoubtedly one of Argentina's legal leaders, universally regarded as a standout figure internationally, as well as in the local market. "His ability to quickly understand the nature of a business is quite exceptional," say sources, while one enthusiastic client hails him as "far and away the best lawyer I've ever met in my life." Amongst other headlines, Mairal advised Dufry in a series of transactions spanning Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Armenia.
Pablo Viñals Blake is one of the country's top M&A figures and a lawyer who handles a large volume of transactional work. He has particular knowledge of the agribusiness industry and manages the portfolio of many of the firm's top clients in the sector, including Adecoagro.
Alfredo Miguel O'Farrell is a key senior partner who leads much of the firm's work. He is chairman of the firm's executive board and combines this role with an active corporate practice. He recently led the team advising Puerto Patagonia on the acquisition of a 20% stake in International Trade Logistics from Exotrade.
Santiago Carregal is a prominent senior partner in the banking area who brings in-depth knowledge of capital markets to the department. He routinely participates on corporate finance mandates and led the Dufry work alongside Mairal.
Diego Krischcautzky is a promising younger partner who worked alongside Mairal and Carregal on the Dufry engagement and led the team on the Latam Parts deal. Sources praise his "great work quality and responsiveness."
Pablo Artagaveytia leads the firm's Brazilian work. He has more than 13 years' experience of working with Brazilian clients and worked in São Paulo for five years. He speaks fluent Portuguese and his client portfolio includes prestigious Brazilian names such as Petrobras, Gafor and Banco do Brasil.
This firm has a French desk as a result of its long-standing ties with French business operations based in the country. Notable clients advised include Airbus, Citroën, Total and Renault, amongst others. In addition, the firm represents the French Embassy in Buenos Aires and the French-Argentine Chamber of Commerce. M & M Bomchil’s lawyers participate actively in French professional associations.
Senior partner Marcelo Bombau leads the team on a day-to-day basis. He is a specialist in corporate law and has an additional niche practice in TMT law. He recently led the team representing Pop Art Music in reaching a strategic agreement with Fenix Entertainment Group to form the largest entertainment company in Argentina.
Senior figure Máximo Bomchil focuses on corporate work and international arbitration. He acted as managing partner of the firm for more than 30 years and remains a notable figure for more complex matters and a primary contact for key clients. "He acts with calm and aplomb on complex cases," say sources, "and shows clients great dedication and punctuality."
Javier Petrantonio recently became managing partner of the firm but continues to dedicate more than half his time to advising corporate clients. He is praised for his business acumen and great knowledge of the Argentine legal market.
Laura Lavia Haidempergher is a dynamic young corporate partner with parallel real estate expertise. "She's available at all stages of the transaction," say clients, who add: "Indeed, the deal would not have closed without her dedication and flexibility."
Cristian Mitrani is described as a "truly excellent lawyer who has founded a great firm." He leads the firm's corporate practice and has over 30 years' experience in the market, as well as parallel expertise in administrative and competition law.
Diego Parise is a corporate finance all-rounder who earns client praise for his can-do attitude: "He's smart and creative, and aggressive in a positive way, always striving to move things forward."
Verónica Zárate is a promising young partner with expertise in M&A matters and a focus on international clients. She has studied and worked in the USA and Italy.
Laura Huertas Buraglia joined the firm in 2008 and works on financial and transactional mandates. Before coming to Argentina in 2002 she worked at one of Colombia's leading firms, Brigard & Urrutia, and is a qualified lawyer in both jurisdictions.
Partner Mariela Melhem has a strong focus on commercial work and international transactions. She has important links with American clients and has spent time studying and working in the USA.
Founding partner José Martínez de Hoz Jr is the country's most highly regarded oil and gas lawyer. He has more than 30 years' experience handling corporate matters for the likes of Sinopec, ExxonMobil, Petrobras and Shell.
Diego Serrano Redonnet is a corporate lawyer with parallel strength in banking and private equity; his focus is on transactional work.
Santiago Daireaux is a dynamic younger partner and corporate finance all-rounder. He has experience of handling agricultural matters for clients including El Tejar and Louis Dreyfus.
Founding partner Mariano Florencio Grondona is a corporate finance expert with considerable market experience. He acts for many of the firm's North American clients.
Jorge Luis Pérez Alati is another founding partner and corporate expert. He has niche experience of working with TMT companies and is said to be "excellent at managing relationships with very large clients."
Cristian Alberto Krüger has notable experience of working with German clients, having studied in Germany, and he is an active member of the Argentine-German Chamber of Commerce. He recently advised German insurance company Talanx-HDI-Gerling on the acquisition of L'Union de Paris's insurance business in Argentina.
Pablo Louge is the firm's managing partner and co-leader of its corporate team. He is also a notable figure in the insurance field and recently advised MetLife Seguros de Vida on its merger with Alico Compañía de Seguros. Sources praise his international experience and ability on cross-border deals.
Senior partner Valeriano Guevara Lynch leads the corporate team on a day-to-day basis, while also overseeing the firm's IP department. He is praised for his practical approach to problem solving and sources say he is "always willing to give a clear answer without getting bogged down with exceptions."
Juan Martín Allende is a bright young associate praised for his support work and client service. "He's available any time, day or night, even at the weekends," say sources.
Gustavo Boruchowicz is a senior partner and co-ordinator of the firm's M&A, private equity and environmental work. He is noted for his transactional excellence and praised for his business-oriented approach. "Rather than give cold advice, he makes sure he understands the internal corporate situation and gives realistic advice accordingly," say sources.
Gonzalo Cáceres is a senior partner with broad corporate experience. He focuses on commercial arbitrations and is an arbitrator of the Inter-American Committee of Commercial Arbitration and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Argentina.
Miguel Menegazzo-Cané has particular expertise in working with Uruguayan clients and has recently been involved in highlight work for private banks and investment funds.
Ricardo Truppel has lived and worked in Germany and has extensive experience of advising German clients in Argentina. He speaks fluent German and is a board member of the German-Argentine Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Argentine-German Lawyers Association.
Founding partner Javier Errecondo has a wealth of experience in handling high-value M&A deals for buyers and sellers. "He's like a mixture of a lawyer and an investment banker," say sources, "not someone limited to giving black and white legal solutions."
Senior figure Diego Salaverri is another founding partner and a lawyer praised for his M&A experience. He has been representing private equity house Grupo Dolphin since its formation and has been involved in many of its key acquisitions, including EDENOR and Pampa Energía in the energy sector.
This firm opened its China desk in June 2012 with a particular focus on international trade matters and anti-dumping investigations into Chinese exports. The desk advises both Asian investors with Argentine operations and local clients seeking out business opportunities in the Asian markets. Estudio Beccar Varela also has a three-strong French desk which handles matters for a range of French multinational clients.
Senior partner Roberto Crouzel leads much of the team's advisory work, and is noted for his M&A and finance expertise. He is praised by sources for his agile and practical approach, and peers note that he is "very good at collaborating."
Ramón Moyano is a senior partner with a focus on general corporate advisory work and private client matters. He is known for his involvement in the agribusiness sector and sources praise his "desire to see the deal get done."
Damián Beccar Varela is one of the market's most senior figures, with more than 40 years' experience. He is a major point of reference for complex work and respected as one of the market's traditional generalists, having also worked in finance, capital markets, restructuring and arbitration.
Senior partner Pedro Nicholson leads the real estate team and is widely regarded as one of the foremost sector experts in the country. He is known for his work with hotel investments and M&A, and sources report that he is developing a strong team.
Silvia Karina Fiezzoni is in charge of Beccar Varela's China desk and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. She obtained a PhD and master's degree in international economic law from Dalian Maritime University in north-east China, where she is also legal representative of the Buenos Aires municipality of Bahía Blanca in the region.
José Miguel Puccinelli's practice has a strong focus on France. He previously studied in Angers and Paris and his in-depth knowledge of the French legal system makes him a valuable asset to the team.
Miguel Remmer leads the work on the firm's recently established German desk and speaks fluent German and English. The team is certified by the German-Argentine Chamber of Commerce and is currently working for prestigious clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Schenker and ThyssenKrupp.
Senior partner Uriel O'Farrell leads the corporate team. He brings energy law and arbitration expertise to the team and is extremely active handling corporate matters for electricity companies. "He has a fantastic overview of the law," say sources.
Founding partner Juan Duggan is one of the country's top corporate lawyers and has 40 years' transactional experience under his belt. "He's a very practical and realistic lawyer," according to sources.
Roberto Silva is another of the firm's founding partners and a lawyer widely considered a leading market authority. He takes an of counsel role at the firm.
Javier Zapiola is a senior partner with a broad understanding of matters in the energy sector. He also dedicates a significant portion of his time to working on corporate matters for mining clients.
Abeledo Gottheil Abogados has eight partners and eight associates involved in corporate work. The firm acts for a considerable number of multinational clients and represents clients such as Spanish group Aresur Sistemas de Automoción and local motor vehicle group Matricería Austral.
Miguel Antonio is a promising young Spanish associate who qualified to practise in Argentina at the end of 2011. He has over a decade's experience of practising law in Spain.
US-educated partner Sergio Porteiro has notable past experience including time at The World Bank and his participation in discussions surrounding the legal framework of the Angolan power industry during the 1990s. He speaks English and Italian.
Founding partner Carlos Alfaro is an experienced senior lawyer hailed by clients as an "instrumental figure for gaining clearance on important transactions." He is a recognised name in the corporate finance field, and has a strong private equity practice and extensive experience of working in the USA.
Senior partner Guillermo Malm Green leads the team on a daily basis. He is one of the market's foremost environmental lawyers and has an excellent all-round knowledge of commercial law. Clients value his efficiency and client-focused approach.
Name partner Marcelo Etchebarne leads the firm's corporate finance work. He splits his time between New York and Buenos Aires, having relocated to open the firm's new US office in January 2012.
Managing partner Gustavo Garrido is highly regarded by peers and clients. His main area of practice is commercial law and M&A transactions, and he also brings private equity and finance knowledge to his corporate work. "He's a very creative and intelligent lawyer," according to sources.
Lucas Granillo Ocampo studied for his LLM in Chicago and worked for the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he dealt with sovereign debt issues, syndicated loans and capital markets work. He continues to work for a large volume of international clients in Argentina.
Founding partner Juan Javier Negri is a well-known name in the corporate market with more than 30 years' experience under his belt. He is a standout transactional lawyer and leads the firm's merger work. He also has notable banking, finance and privatisation experience.
Senior partner Federico Busso combines his corporate knowledge with telecommunications and technology expertise. He is praised for his negotiation skills, transactional work and focus on the client's interests.
Senior partner Pablo Vergara del Carril leads the firm's M&A work and is praised by clients and peers for his transactional expertise. He is also a standout figure in the real estate market and wins praise for his ability to combine the two disciplines.
Corporate/M&A: Argentina (Foreign Desks)
Pablo Andrés Buey Fernández
is senior partner of Estudio Alegria, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo and dedicates a significant portion of his time to commercial and transactional matters. He recently led the team advising Boldt on the leasing of a printing facility from bankrupt company Ciccone Calcográfica, a deal that involves an authorisation dispute and antitrust litigation.
Pablo Ferraro Mila
of Gonzalez & Ferraro Mila is a well-known corporate figure. He provides M&A, corporate advisory and project finance counsel, and has particular experience of the engineering, construction, media and entertainment sectors.
is the founding partner of Kahale Abogados and a lawyer of 20 years' experience who is particularly knowledgeable of the TMT markets. She is one of the region's most prominent female lawyers and is actively involved in the Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the International Bar Association.
is founding partner of Leverone & Mihura Estrada Abogados. He is a corporate law expert with disputes experience. He is praised for his intelligence and the personalised nature of his advice.
Fernando Muñoz de Toro
of Muñoz de Toro Abogados is an experienced senior partner. He has studied and worked in the USA and has an international outlook.
Following the merger with Cárdenas, Di Ció, Romero & Tarsitano, senior partner Naldo Fabián Dasso
has joined Nicholson y Cano Abogados. Clients appreciate his acute commercial knowledge.
of Rattagan, Macchiavello, Arocena & Peña Robirosa Abogados is an expert in M&A, particularly in the area of international contracts. He has worked and studied in the USA and has a strong focus on Brazilian law matters.
is a founding partner of Rosso Alba, Francia & Asociados and the leader of its corporate team. The firm recently reverted to its original name and set-up after a two-year association with Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno. He has broad experience of corporate law, including corporate finance, M&A and competition law.
Rafael Salaberren Dupont
is senior partner of Salaberren & López-Sansón. He leads the firm's corporate work and has nearly 20 years' experience of handling national and international transactions. He also has a notable focus on agribusiness matters and leads the work for clients in this sector. Clients appreciate "his clear and concise opinions."
of Wiener Soto Caparrós is a US-qualified lawyer with vast experience of the Argentine market, particularly in the corporate and finance areas. "He gives practical and efficient advice,"
say sources, who add: "He takes a business approach, knows what risks are manageable and gets deeply involved."
Senior partner Alejandro Werner
of Alchouron, Berisso, Brady Alet, Fernández Pelayo & Balconi maintains strong links with his German clients, who make up approximately 70% of his practice. Werner has long-standing experience of working for Siemens in both Germany and Argentina, and he specialises in regional project development in Latin America.
of Beretta Godoy is a promising young Australian associate who has been working in Argentina for several years. He previously worked for some of Australia's top commercial firms and has considerable experience of advising foreign companies on their investments in Argentina.
Andrés de la Cruz
of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was based in NY for a number of years before relocating to his native Argentina. He is an M&A and financial all-rounder and is qualified to practise law in Argentina, Madrid and NY.
Matias Alejandro Vagedes
of Elbert Vagedes Abogados is noted for his experience working on German desks at several large Argentine firms. He has studied in Europe and speaks Spanish and German.
Mario Jorge Vaisman
of Elbert Vagedes Abogados has long-standing experience across Brazil and Germany. He co-ordinates the German desk at Brazilian sister firm Lopes Da Silva and speaks English, Hebrew and Portuguese.
Pablo De Rosso
of Martelli Abogados is well versed in oil and gas transactions and advises a great number of Asian clients investing in projects across Argentina. He spent time studying in Osaka and speaks Japanese. He also has a growing Chinese client base.
Co-founder of Mayer Remiro Abogados, Cecilia Remiro Valcárcel
studied in Spain and worked at the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez for six years before moving to head its office in Buenos Aires. She specialises in advising foreign investors on their Latin American investments and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Juan Martín Arocena
of Rattagan, Macchiavello, Arocena & Peña Robirosa Abogados has notable experience of working with Brazilian clients and leads the work of the firm's Brazilian desk. He speaks Portuguese and recently advised Vorantim Cimentos on the acquisition of shares in Cementos de Avellaneda.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz
of Demarest e Almeida attracts plaudits for his excellent client service. He completed his legal studies in the USA and recently counselled NTN from Japan as it bought into Tedrive Sistemas de Chassis do Brasil. He is licensed as a foreign consultant on Argentine law and focuses his practice on foreign investment. He is perfectly positioned to advise Argentine investors on the Brazilian corporate environment. He is a former associate at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in Argentina and is currently vice-president and a board member of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo.
of K&L Gates comes recommended for his experience of handling matters in Argentina, having previously been a partner at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal. He has a particular focus on private equity and venture capital matters in relation to cross-border and multi-jurisdictional work, but is also commonly called upon to advise on issues in corporate finance, antitrust, project finance and derivatives.
of Uría Menéndez heads the firm's Latin America practice and has extensive experience in Argentina and beyond.