Solicitors governing body: Local bar associations
Competition authority: National Commission for the Defense of Competition
Financial regulator: CNV (Comisión Nacional de Valores)
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Argentina’s constitution, first written in 1853 and based on the US model provides the basis for its law. Argentina has a civil law system.
Those who wish to practice law in Argentina must obtain a masters in law and register with a local bar association. Local lawyers are not allowed to partner with foreign lawyers, but they can employ foreign lawyers and be employed by foreign lawyers or firms. Foreign lawyers can advise on global law but are not allowed to appear in court, unless they re-qualify. The process for re-qualifying depends on the country where the lawyer obtained their original degree.
The market is largely made up of local firms though some global firms such as Baker & McKenzie and Hope Duggan & Silva have a presence in the country. Many local firms are part of larger associations or have alliances with firms in other countries.
Alfaro Abogados is highest ranked in project development, but the firm also has active banking and M&A practices.
Within project development the firm has worked on projects in the hydrocarbons, renewable energy and mining sectors.
All transactional information and client information is confidential.
"Good firm. Strong knowledge of legal and political issues. However, can be too detail-focused at times." - M&A
"Very professional and offers competitive rates." - Project finance
Allende & Brea has a strong project development practice, particularly in the mining sector. The firm is also active in banking, M&A and restructuring and insolvency.
In banking, the firm helped Banco Industrial grant a credit facility to finance Parque Solar Fotovoltaico Ullum IV.
In one highlight M&A deal, the firm represented the pesticide producer Syngenta on its process acquisition by the national chemical company ChemChina.
In project development, the firm advised Nucleoeléctrica Argentina, a company that performs nuclear power generation activities, in drafting its EPC agreements with China National Nuclear Corporation to build two nuclear power plants.
The restructuring and insolvency team advised Argentine companies of Codere Group, a Spanish gaming group, in a debt restructuring.
Key clients were Banco Industrial, Bank of America, Dell, Mastercard Cono Sur, Ferrero Argentina, Chubb Seguros de Argentina and Metrogas.
“A very efficient and deal friendly firm that provides full service helmed by a top corporate team.” – M&A
“Strengths: Speed, engagement.” – Banking and finance
“Highly recommendable.” – Banking and finance, Regulatory Advice
“He is very technical and skilled at the insurance point of view and negotiation.”
Jorge I. Mayora
“Strengths: proactivity and devotion."
Baker McKenzie is particularly active in M&A and banking.
In one highlight banking deal, the firm helped Medanito, an energy company, obtain a syndicated loan.
The firm’s M&A team assisted Black & Decker on an acquisition of Newell Brands’ tools business.
In banking, the firm rose to tier 4 in the rankings.
Key clients include Eco-Stim Energy, Vale, Federal Express Corporation, Siemens Financial Services and Wells Fargo.
Estudio Beccar Varela is well-known as a strong banking and M&A firm. The firm has good relationships with a number of banks.
Project finance has been active for the firm and it has advised YPF on a loan to finance two power projects in the country. While the firm has recently advised the borrowers on project finance transactions, it tends to advise the lenders on corporate finance transactions.
The capital markets team advises a mix of issuers and underwriters. In one recent notable deal, the firm advised Despegar on its IPO.
One M&A deal saw the firm advise Minerva on the acquisition of JBS companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The firm advises the likes of Goldman Sachs and Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Best known as a leader in project development, Beretta Godoy is also active in M&A.
The project development group assisted the Canadian-based gold producer Yamana in the negotiation of an agreement with Fomicruz for the exploration and development of a high-grade gold and silver mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina.
The firm also advised the Hong Kong-based company Huayou International Mining in negotiating the investment and joint venture agreements for two lithium projects in Salta, Argentina.
Significant clients included Yamana, Calypso, Minera Sierra Grande, China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau and China Energy Engineering Group.
M&M Bomchil is strong in banking, capital markets and M&A.
The banking group advised Susgel Company on a secured credit line.
The capital markets group represented Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 on its issue of bonds.
In M&A, the firm focused on media, sports and food. In particular, it advised Viacom on an acquisition of Televisión Federal in Argentina from Telefónica.
Key clients include PepsiCo de Argentina, Nestlé Waters, Biosidus, Itaú Unibanco and Compañia General de Combustibles.
"Very good law firm, providing a complete array of services in the corporate law." - Banking, M&A
"Best law firm in Argentina in financial services, and they provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week." - Capital markets
Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi is a market leader in capital markets, a top firm in M&A and has been one of the most active firms on project finance deals in the market.
In capital markets, the firm continues to advise the underwriters on the key sovereign bond issues of the Republic of Argentina and its provinces. In addition to sovereign issues, the firm also advises corporate clients on debt and equity issues.
The firm has significant high-end project finance experience, consistently advising on the key deals in the market, such as the financing package for the 100.05MW El Corti wind farm.
The firm continues to be strong in M&A. For example, the firm advised Vista Oil & Gas in the acquisition of the oil operating platform of Pampa Energía and Pluspetrol Resources Corporation.
Project development work includes advising deals on the development of projects in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Mining is also an active sector for the firm.
The firm advises the likes of Citigroup Global Markets, Dow Chemical Company and Unipar.
"Outstanding client service, straight to the point short and clear answers, quick responses aimed at problem solving, practical and efficient advice." -- Mining
“Strategic thinker, problem solver, sound advice based on careful assessment of business objectives and legal issues.”
Candioti Gatto Bicain & Ocantos has an active M&A practice.
In M&A, the firm advised DLF, a global seed company based in Denmark, on its acquisition of the seed company Gapp Semillas in Argentina. The firm also advised S2T Technologies on the bidding process to acquire shares of several companies and develop a photovoltaic business in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina.
Key clients include Valtech , Globant and Casinos Austria International.
Canosa Abogados has an active financial and corporate practice. The firm worked on the reorganisation of natural gas and petroleum company Devon Energy.
Cerolini & Ferrari Abogados is active in banking, capital markets and M&A.
In banking, the firm was active in the finance, real estate and oil & gas sectors. All transactional details were confidential.
On the capital markets side, the firm assisted Creditshopp on the securitisation of a loan portfolio.
The M&A team has advised clients on acquisitions, but details were confidential.
Key clients include TMF Trust Company, Transcon and Workana.
"Cerolini & Ferrari Abogados was extremely helpful not only in the more operative tasks such as a company constitution but also in recommending the best way to determine the business relationship through our stockholders agreement." - Financial and corporate
"Correct and good legal advice and service." - Banking
Errecondo Gonzales & Funes is best known for its capital markets work, although the firm is also active in banking and M&A.
In one highlight capital markets deal, the firm advised BofA Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley as arrangers and placement agents in the international IPO of power generation company Central Puerto.
In M&A, the firm advised on the merger between Telecom Argentina and Cablevision.
In banking, the firm rose to tier 3 in the rankings.
Key clients include Banco Santander, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Telecom Argentina.
Estudio Garrido Abogados is active in banking and M&A.
The firm’s banking team advised Aqua Capital in raising additional capital.
In M&A, the firm represented Alianza Petrolera in its acquisition of oil company Roch.
Key clients include Rapsodia Group, Global Asia Pacific Group, Penta Nova Energy, Aqua Capital and Biotoscana Investments.
Estudio Ortiz & Asociados has an active M&A practice. The firm has worked in a range of sectors including energy, real estate and financial services. In one deal, the firm advised Atento Argentina on the acquisition of a call center.
Hope Duggan Silva is active on M&A, capital markets and restructuring and insolvency deals
On the capital markets side, the firm advised Rombo Compañia Financiera and BBVA Banco Francés on the issue of notes.
In M&A, the firm represented international advertising agency TBWA Worldwide on its acquisition of a minority interest in TBWA Buenos Aires.
The restructuring and insolvency team advised BNP Paribas in connection with a bankruptcy proceeding of Extrader.
Key clients were Interbrand, JP Morgan Chase Bank and Establecimiento Rio Grande.
Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is the result of a spinoff of Pérez Alati Grondona Benites Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz. The new firm is particularly strong on project development and finance matters, but also active in M&A.
The firm’s banking team has mostly advised lenders, but has also advised borrowers, particularly on project finance deals. Over the research period, the firm worked on the financing of the La Castellana Project, a 100MW wind farm in Bahia Blanca.
In capital markets, the firm advises both issuers and underwriters on international debt and equity transactions.
In M&A, the firm worked on Trafigura’s acquisition of the capital stock of Refinería Bahía Blanca.
The firm also has a strong project development practice and has advised clients on concessions, agreements and bids related to the development of oil and gas and renewable energy projects.
The firm advises the likes of Banco Santander Río, ExxonMobil, and the IFC.
“Strengths are knowledge and quality of work (including providing innovative solutions to tackle difficult legal document negotiations), ability to work under pressure due to time constraints and flexibility to quote competitive rates if needed.” – Banking
Marval O'Farrell & Mairal maintains a leading M&A, finance and project development practices.
The firm’s banking team has been active on project finance, syndicated loans and pre-export financings.
In capital markets, the firm has been particularly active on IPOs but has also advised clients on debt issues. The firm advises both issuers and borrowers as well as lenders and underwriters.
The firm also has a strong M&A team. The firm advised JBS on Minerva’s acquisition of JBS companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The firm’s project development team is active within the energy, mining and hydrocarbon sectors. One deal saw the firm advise China National Nuclear Corporation on the construction of a nuclear power plant in the province of Buenos Aires and expansion of a nuclear plant in the province of Cordoba.
The firm advises the likes of Total, Sibanye Gold and BP.
Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno has strong M&A and banking practices.
In banking, the firm has advised a mix of borrowers and lenders on transactions in the metals, energy and financial services sectors, among others.
One key M&A deal saw the firm advise Raízen on its acquisition of Shell’s downstream business in Argentina.
The firm hired Cristian Krüger from Pérez Alati, Aixa Sureda from Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi and Siro Astolfi from Aerolíneas Argentinas as M&A partners over the research period.
The firm rose to tier 3 in the banking rankings.
The firm advises the likes of Shadong Gold Mining, The Export-Import Bank of China and Lithium Power International.
“The lawyers at the firm have excellent attention to detail and, most importantly, they respond quickly and with considered advice.” – Banking, M&A
“Outstanding professionals with a perfect combination of local law knowledge and international business expectations. Partner Julio Martinez and counsel Ivan Bole are excellent professionals.” – Banking
“Mitrani Caballero Ruiz Moreno is a law firm which provided comprehensive advice on all aspects related to a highly complex project. They have demonstrated that they consider all the implications, advancing the analysis and providing solutions that balance the weak points that can affect a company. Likewise, all the professionals have a deep involvement in the general context on the topic that is being worked on and successfully represent the interests transferred by the client.” – Project development
Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen is a strong all-rounder in the market.
The firm’s banking team has advised a mix of borrowers and lenders on loans in the agriculture, banking and maritime sectors.
The capital markets team has worked on international equity and debt deals. Deals include Loma Negra’s IPO, BBVA Banco Francés equity offering, and Province of Jujuy issuance of bonds.
The firm has a strong M&A team. One deal included advice to Victoria Capital in the acquisition of Los Grobo.
The firm advises the likes of A Priori Capital, Merrill Lynch and The Bank of New York Mellon.
Formerly named Pérez Alati Grondona Benites Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz, the firm rebranded recently after several energy-focused partners left the firm to launch a new practice.
Salaverri Burgio & Wetzler Malbran is a strong finance firm with an active capital markets team. The firm is particularly known for its relationship with Pampa, on both financing and M&A deals, and the firm has advised the client on several financings and acquisitions this research period. That being said, the firm has a healthy list of other clients.
The firm has advised lenders and borrowers on credit facilities.
In capital markets, the firm has worked on the sovereign bond issues by provinces of Argentina, including the provinces of Córdoba, Neuquén and Río Negro. The firm has also advised corporate clients on international notes offers.
One example of the firm’s M&A work is its advice to Pampa Energía on the sale of its downstream business to Trafigura.
The firm advises the likes of General Electric Company, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Securities.
"Very flexible, proactive, meticulous, effective and dynamic. A law firm you can always count on." - M&A
“The firm is excellent from every point of view. The response is always fast and accurate and its lawyers and partners are available and pleasant to work with.” – Banking, M&A
Tanoira Cassagne Abogados is a strong banking and capital markets firm. The firm has traditionally served as counsel to the underwriters on the debt issues of YPF, Argentina’s oil company. The firm has also been involved on sovereign debt issues, local IPOs and project finance deals over the research period. In one highlight deal, the firm advised Province of Neuquén on its bond issue.
The firm advises the likes of Citibank and Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires.
Zang Bergel & Viñes is an active capital markets and M&A firm, particularly known for its work in the real estate sector.
The capital markets team primarily works on local notes issues and programmes, but also works on debt and equity issues in the international capital markets. The firm advised IRSA, a property developer, on a follow on offer of shares.
The firm rose to tier 4 in the M&A rankings this year.
The firm advises the likes of Banco Hipotecario and Tarshop.