Firm profile submitted by Abeledo Gottheil Abogados
Managing Partner: Luis Alberto Erize Partners: Pablo A Pinnel, Marcelo E Gallo, María Teresa Pintos, Julio A Vieito, Matías Ponferrada, Hernán Oriolo, Javier F Gelis, Rodrigo Blas Hernández, Sergio Porteiro, Eduardo Mujica, Gabriela Buratti, Leonardo Cippitelli, Fernando Font
Of counsel: Leopoldo Gay Rossell
Number of other lawyers: 47
Abeledo Gottheil Abogados was established in 1963 and is one of Argentina’s leading law firms. Its practice covers almost every legal area related to business activities in Argentina. Additionally, the firm has significant experience and expertise in inter-jurisdictional lawsuits, international arbitration and multinational business transactions. Its clients include some of the most important domestic and foreign companies. The firm continues to grow, while still maintaining its commitment to traditional values in the practice of law.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Administrative Law & Public Bids: The firm acts as counsel in all stages of privatisation procedures from the submission of tenders in public bids to the negotiation and renegotiations of public services concession agreements and strategies regarding the performance of concessions.
Advertising & Promotions: The firm has wide experience in aspects of advertising and promotional marketing.
Arbitration & Litigation: The firm provides legal assistance in international arbitration and local litigation, including arbitration under Bilateral Investment Protection Treaties. It was the first firm to reach an arbitration award in a claim against Argentina under an ICSID appointed tribunal, and obtained, for the benefit of the client, the 4th annulment award in ICSID’s history. The firm also assists clients in arbitration matters before ICC tribunals.
Banking & Finance: The firm is active in banking law, capital markets and project finance.
Bankruptcy & Reorganisation: The firm has participated as legal counsel for the receivership proceedings, including the restructuring of liabilities, of several companies such as the local subsidiary of a major multinational manufacturer of car parts and companies in the textile and broadcasting sectors.
Competition & Antitrust: The firm has deep expertise in both the obtaining of pre-acquisition or merger antitrust clearance and the defence of antitrust claims.
Corporate & M&A: The firm has an extensive corporate and M&A transactions practice across many different industries.
Energy, Oil & Gas, & Mining: The firm has acted as counsel to several companies in the oil and gas sector with continuing assistance to both upstream and downstream enterprises, including on acquisitions and negotiations regarding joint operating agreements. With respect to the mining sector, the firm has counseled clients on the obtaining of concessions and exploration permits, petitions for measurement related to claims of discovery and related registrations with the relevant Mines Registry Office. The firm also has an extensive practice in all segments of the energy sector - generation, transportation and distribution - and its expertise includes the drafting and negotiation of futures, supply contracts, etc.
Environmental Law: The firm provides advice concerning regulation related to environmental management systems, industrial installation, environmental impact evaluations, environmental permits, waste management, special and dangerous wastes, liquid fluids and gas emissions, PCBs, etc.
Exchange Regulations & Customs: The firm advises clients on new exchange regulations and proceedings before the Argentine Central Bank and Customs.
Intellectual Property & Trademarks: The firm handles all issues related to intellectual property and works in all phases of trademark registration and litigation procedures.
International Trade: The firm is a pioneer in the defence of foreign exporters’ interests in antidumping proceedings, safeguards and subsidies.
Labour: The firm advises clients in all aspects of Argentine labour law, including advice on employment regulatory conditions, collective bargaining issues, temporary contracts, promotional plans, salary structuring, labour lawsuits, etc.
Real Estate: The firm has acted in numerous real estate transactions for the purchase and lease of properties in Argentina.
Tax & Customs: The firm has wide experience in tax and customs issues. Its tax law group has developed expertise in multiple areas, including tax planning in investment strategies, business opportunities and development of transactions; advice in corporate structures; tax advice in financing alternatives and in marketing networks; reorganisation of tax-free enterprises and advice on transfer pricing issues, etc.
Telecommunications: The firm advises local and foreign companies in the telecommunications sector, including on the obtaining of licenses and the participation in bids for cellular services, among other areas.
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese.
Representative clients include, among others: ABB; Accenture; Air Tractor; Aluar; Assist Card; Baker Hughes; BNP Paribas; Banque Cetelem; Black & Veatch; BRF; Borg Austral; CGC; Cadbury; CapGemini; Cepas Argentinas; Club Méditerranée; Colorin; Corning; Dole; Du Pont; Dunlop; Edesur; Emepa; Faurecia; Fate; Ferro Corp.; Fluor; Freudenberg; Garbarino; Huntsman; Goodyear; Grupo Profand; Ibope; IMS; I-Foods, Industrias Klabin; Inventive Health; Invensys; L`Oreal; LG Electronics; Materis; Mitsui Sumitomo; Mitsui Argentina; Molinos; Mondelez; Natura; Nucleoeléctrica Argentina; Parex Klaukol; Pfizer; Pesquera Deseado; Pluspetrol Energy; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Procter & Gamble; Reebok International; SAP; Shell; Southern Cross; Starr Companies, Swarovski; The Timken Company; Thyssen Krupp; Toshiba; Total; Toyota; Transocean; Unilever; Vivendi; Wal-Mart; Yamaha Motor; ZF Sistemas; Zoetis.