Corporate Law

Through our Department of Corporate Law we advise our clients on the wide variety of matters that can come up in this area.

from the organization and registration of local and foreign corporations to advise on the formation and formalization of corporate structures for the carrying out of investments in the country that suitably adapt to their business interests, as well as all the problems that can arise in everyday corporate dynamics.

The areas of practice include, among others:

  • Registration law. Organization and registration of local and foreign corporations
  • Foreign investment Purchase and sale of stake of capital stock.
  • Shareholders agreements and operating agreements
  • Initial Public Offering processes
  • Corporate reorganization processes Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Structuring and negotiation
  • Structuring of capital stock
  • Acquisition and sale of assets
  • Corporations subject to special controls due to the conduction of regulated activities (banking and financing activity, public utilities, insurance, games, etc.)

The practice of the team of professionals in this field includes litigations connected to the exercise of corporate law in the pre-judicial and judicial stages, to which purpose it works together with the Litigation Department.

Administrative law

The Department of Administrative Law and Economic Regulation renders national and international companies advice and representation in all aspects related to this field, before national, provincial and municipal bodies and regulatory authorities.

The activities conducted by this Department include, without limitation, the following:

  • Advice on general matters connected to administrative law and economic regulation
  • Advice and representation in administrative hiring procedures (public biddings);
  • Advice to companies subject to an intense regulation of its activities (public utilities). Representation before regulatory authorities.
  • Advice on urbanism matters and protection of the cultural heritage

Representation in contentious-administrative legal actions before federal and provincial courts and courts of the City of Buenos Aires, including the Supreme Court of Justice of the Argentine Republic and courts having arbitral jurisdiction.

Agribusiness

The Department of Agribusiness is formed of professionals with a wide experience in all matters involved in thestructuring of agricultural businesses.

This includes:

  • Capital paying-up processes
  • Agricultural trusts
  • Public or private issuance of capital stock
  • Agricultural Real Estate. Structuring of the purchase and sale of agricultural farms
  • Family-run companies
  • Structuring of strategic alliances among the different market agents
  • Value chains
  • Environmental matters. Regulations on the use of water, soils and the air. Green bonds. Biofuel
  • Intellectual property matters. Biotechnology
  • Non-traditional agricultural projects
  • Tax matters. Reimbursements. Registry of grain traders
  • National scheme for rural workers
  • Agricultural agreements

The comprehensive approach of agribusiness projects, together with the joint collaboration of the Real Estate, Banking, Tax, Environmental and Intellectual Property Departments, makes it possible for the Department of Agribusiness to provide a service with truly added value to its clients.

Banking & Finance and Capital Markets

The members of the Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange Regulations and Financial and Banking Law Area have a vast experience in capital markets as well as in financing and banking law. They have advised and continue offering their services in the following transactions, both national and international.

  •  IPOs and follow-on in the issuance of shares
  • Take-over processes (OPAs), voluntary or compulsory, and withdrawal from the public offering regime
  • Issuance of bonds, debt securities, corporate bonds and negotiable obligations of small and medium-sized companies and issuance of CEDEARs.
  • Sovereign debt
  • Financial leasing agreements
  • Financial derivatives agreements
  • Financial trusts with or without public offering and quotation
  • Structuring of secured and unsecured loans, both national and international
  • Comprehensive advise connected to the regulations of the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic and foreign exchange legislation
  • Mutual funds
  • Permanent interaction with the staff of the Comisión Nacional de Valores, Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires, Caja de Valores S.A. and Mercado Abierto Electrónico.

Our team has a vast and intense experience in this practice area and knows first hand the main players and regulations, both national and international. The companies that our team has advised include, without limitations, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, Raymond James Sociedad de Bolsa S.A., Banco Macro and TGLT S.A.

Competition antitrust law and Domestic trade regulation

In a national and international context where the demand for legal services in this area has grown steadily, the Department of Competition/Antitrust Law and Domestic Trade Regulation is formed by specialists whose vast experience enable them to provide comprehensive advise to its clients.

As regards competition/antitrust law, we conduct the following activities:

  • General and preventive advice on anti-trust practices or conducts forbidden by Act 25,156 (unilateral practices or exclusive group of markets and/or groups for impeding entry of third party competitors, agreements with binding features, fixing of predatory prices, price discrimination, abuse of dominant position, exclusionary or exploitary practices).
  • Advice and representation on pre-merger control procedures before the regulatory authorities of Act 25,156.
  • Company advice and representation in administrative or judicial processes due to the investigation of cartels and anti-trust practices.

Furthermore, we are specialists in domestic trade regulations such as:

  • Consumer defense
  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Law of supply
  • Specific regulations applicable to economy sectors

The challenge that the Department of Competition/Antitrust Law and Domestic Trade Regulation is faced with is to accompany our clients in the implementation of their trade policies or plans ensuring that the same are applied in full compliance with the regulations currently in force.

Energy and environmental law

Every economic development requires a proper structure to ensure the protection of the environment, the efficiency of the resources (especially energy resources) and the facing of future liabilities.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Law is formed of lawyers and professionals who are qualified to advise our clients on how to conduct all kinds of projects and face the multiple everyday contingencies, providing information and comprehensive legal protection connected to environmental, energy and safety and hygiene legislation, whether international, national, local or administrative.

Specially, we offer the following services:

  • Legal advise on environmental and work safety and hygiene matters
  • Advice on non-renewable energy projects, sustainable development and carbon credits (Kyoto)
  • Urban and rural planning
  • Compliance of environmental and sector-related rules
  • Obtaining of authorizations, permits and certificates
  • Implementation of management systems and international certifications
  • Comprehensive assistance related to legal and administrative actions, civil actions, injunction proceedings and preventive measures
  • Attention to inspections and experts´ opinions
  • Contracts and biddings
  • Evaluation of environmental impact, public hearings
  • Environmental audits (due diligence)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Communication and crisis management
  • Environmental insurance

The aim of our Department of Environmental Law, together with the other areas of the Firm, is to allow our clients´ activities to be in line with the concept of sustainable development, that is to say, extended in time in such a way that the adequate environmental management ensures not only the continuance of the activity but also the least possible alteration of the natural or urban environment and the rational use of natural resources.

Intellectual property

The protection of assets from the point of view of intellectual property is nowadays one of the main pillars for the optimum development of projects and businesses throughout the world.

To this purpose, the Department of Intellectual Property, together with the other areas of our Law Firm, offers comprehensive protection and advising services and provides support to our clients in each one of their needs, both in Argentina as well as anywhere in the world.

In order to render efficient services, the Department of Intellectual Property has a large structure which includes distinguished professionals having in-depth knowledge of the new technologies and businesses and proved academic experience, who have the mission of advising our clients throughout every single stage of their commercial activity.

The most relevant services offered by our team are:

  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Utility models
  • Industrial models and designs
  • License agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Anti-piracy legal actions
  • Advice on technology transfer
  • Copyright
  • Related rights
  • Contracts in general
  • Advising connected to the protection of new formats
  • Legal protection of commercial projects in the Internet
  • Legal protection of the new technologies
  • Legal protection of rights connected to the image and personal name
  • Comprehensive attention in legal actions before the federal and ordinary courts of the Argentine Republic

The professionals of the Intellectual Property Department have participated in matters related to the following industries: pharmaceutical, agricultural, new technologies and the Internet, IT security, biotechnology, software, banking and finance, media and entertainment, videogames, advertising, textile, design, wine-growing, real estate, tourism, publishing, bookshop and stationery.

International trade

The Department of International Trade is formed of professionals having a wide experience in matters connected to this field

especially in the application of bilateral or multilateral trade treaties both within the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and in regulations referred to the World Trade Organization (WTO) (international distribution agreements and international purchase of goods, among others).

Within the WTO and the MERCOSUR, we have participated in different dumping investigations, safeguards and benefits brought by the Argentine Republic against third party exports. Furthermore, we have advised different sectors of the domestic production.

The increase of trade transactions, both inside and outside the MERCOSUR, has evidenced a strong growth in the demand of our clients connected to import and export matters, such as:

  • Amendments of extra zonal external duties by the different MERCOSUR technical committees
  • Implementation of technical barriers in the different markets –obstacles to free trade
  • Import of used capital assets
  • Obtaining of non-automatic import licenses
  • Registration of companies before the Industry Secretariat of the Argentine Republic in order to obtain permits for the import and export of products

Labor and social security law

Labor law,individual and collective, constitutes a key area of practice both in already established companies as well as in those companies undergoing a start-up process. The proper structuring and management of the human resources can make all the difference between business success and failure.

The lawyers of the Department of Labor and Social Security Law are widely experienced in this law area since they have participated in a variety of matters of different complexity to help our clients establish human resources and work safety and hygiene policies, design compensation plans for employees, solve individual and collective conflicts, conduct negotiations with trade unions, make filings before administrative authorities and face claims.

We offer our expertise in the following fields:

  • Negotiation and drafting of individual employment contracts
  • Collective bargaining agreements and structuring of labor relationships
  • Attention to trade union conflicts
  • Design and drafting of compensation, motivation and employee retention plans
  • International hiring and expatriates
  • Adaptation of the policies of multinationals to the Argentine legislation
  • Design, wording and implementation of codes of conduct and compliance rules
  • Proceedings before the different labor authorities, both national as well as provincial
  • Company reorganization and restructuring whether in case of crisis or due to modifications, massive layoffs, voluntary retirement plans, crisis preventive plans and negotiations in all spheres in order to implement the reorganization
  • Contentious labor matters and resolution of conflicts
  • Advice related to social security contributions.

The challenge that the Department of Labor and Social Security Law is faced with is to generate value by improving the quality of the human and labor relationships of the companies and maximize, at the same time, satisfaction and performance levels. To this end, we have distinctive strengths as regards human resources in order to understand and deal with the problems of labor law within a context that favors the understanding of all the parties involved.

Litigation

In the dynamics of all human relations, conflict is inevitable. Therefore, even when we consider that preventive advice and action are of fundamental importance, our Litigation Department has professionals who are ready to provide answers in these conflict situations.

We litigate in the different fields of the practice of law, including, among others:

  • Commercial
  • Labor
  • Civil
  • Administrative antitrust and consumer´s rights
  • Tax
  • Insurance
  • Transport of goods – in different forms
  • Bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings

The Litigation Department provides a wide legal management service, from simple foreclosures to litigation over complex matters. We represent our clients before judicial or administrative courts anywhere in the country, as plaintiff or defendant, in all jurisdictions and instances, whether directly or by means of correspondent law firms. Furthermore, through the international alliances, we are ready to deal with conflicts which consequences go beyond the borders of our country.

Our work team has a wide experience, which enables us to have a complete and comprehensive view of the conflicts and their possible risks. Some of our professionals have participated in relevant cases and others have held offices both in the Judicial and Executive Powers.