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Latin America Guide
Firm Profile

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Firm Profile

Buenos Aires

  • Profile
  • Av. Leandro N. Alem 882
  • Buenos Aires
  • Capital Federal
  • Argentina
  • C1001AAQ

Firm profile submitted by Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Managing Partner: Javier E Patrón
Chairman: Alfredo M O’Farrell
Number of partners worldwide: 58
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 275

Founded in 1923, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal is the largest law firm in Argentina. A market leader at both local and Latin American levels, the firm has been providing sophisticated, high quality advice to international and local clients for more than 90 years. The firm comprises over 300 lawyers and has wide experience of international business issues and the complexities of cross-border transactions.


Banking & Finance:
The firm advises on secured and unsecured credit facilities, sovereign and sub-sovereign credit, trade finance, leasing transactions, vendor and leveraged lease financings, structured finance, project finance, government guaranteed securities, buyouts, acquisition finance, bank and commercial debtor restructurings, real estate financing, and bank regulatory matters.

Capital Markets: The firm handles structured receivable financing, money market preferred stock issues, asset purchase and sale programmes, and commercial programmes. It also advises on debt and equity securities offerings, securitisations, derivatives; synthetic products, risk reduction techniques and hedging agreements, debt and equity transactions, financial trusts, open and closed end mutual funds and capital markets regulation.

Commercial & Competition: The firm advises on international trade law, commercial agreements (including distribution and supply agreements), sale, purchase and leasing agreements, antitrust and unfair competition issues, and product liability and consumer-related matters.

Corporate, Foreign Investment, M&A: The firm handles both inbound and outbound investment, including private equity transactions. It advises on M&A, due diligence audits, planning and structuring of joint ventures, shareholder agreements, restructurings and spin-offs.

Employment: The firm advises on restructuring collective bargaining and government/union negotiations, as well as employee stock options and benefit plans. It also handles litigation.

Environmental Law: The team handles litigation, administrative and regulatory affairs and contractual issues. It assists with environmental audits and assessments and the evaluation of environmental liabilities and remediation programmes. It also participates in M&A and real estate transactions.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The firm handles the incorporation and acquisition of local insurers, drafting and adaptation of insurance plans and policies to Argentine law, and the registration of foreign reinsurers and reinsurance brokers. It also advises brokers on litigation and ADR.

Intellectual Property: The firm handles IP protection and management, transfer of technology and licence agreements, and international franchising agreements and licensing and registration of software. It also advises on the protection of patents, utility models and ornamental design rights, general trademark matters and worldwide trademark protection.

Internet & IT: The firm advises internet start-ups on IP, tax, corporate structure and governance, employee benefits and executive and consultant compensation packages. It handles all e-commerce and internet-related issues and also advises on IT contracts, hardware contracts, software licensing, development and maintenance agreements, and outsourcing contracts.
Litigation, Arbitration & ADR:
The firm handles civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings and ADR, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards in Argentina, and advises on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, including recovery of debts. Members of the firm participate in international arbitrations as arbitrators, counsel or expert witnesses.

The firm advises on development and financing of projects, the acquisition of mining companies and all mining-related matters including exploration permits and title rights.

Oil & Gas: The firm advises on the exploration, production, transportation, distribution, trading and marketing of hydrocarbons. It also handles local and international contracts, environmental and regulatory issues and the development and operation of national and cross-border pipelines, gas treatment facilities, power plants and other power projects.

Public Law: The firm advises on all administrative law and regulatory matters, including administrative litigation.

Real Estate: The firm handles sale, purchase and leasing agreements, structuring, financing and development.

Tax & Customs: The firm advises on tax efficient structures for domestic and international transactions, strategic tax planning and innovative tax driven products. It represents clients before the Argentine tax authorities and courts in customs cases and dumping claims.

Telecommunications & Broadcasting: The firm handles regulatory and corporate matters, M&A and financing.

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