Managing Partner: Horacio E Beccar Varela
Contacts: Horacio E Beccar Varela, Roberto A Fortunati, Ramón I Moyano, Maximiliano N D’Auro, Manuel Beccar Varela, Tomás Allende
Number of partners worldwide: 31
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 130
Founded in 1897, Beccar Varela is a leading full-service law firm in Argentina. With its main office in the heart of Buenos Aires and a branch in Buenos Aires Province, the firm has a widely acknowledged practice, advising local and international clients in all areas of corporate law across all industries. The firm’s reputation is built on its sound and reliable counselling and litigation practices. Throughout its history, BV has forged alliances with international networks that bring together highly reliable law firms worldwide. It is an active member of World Services Group, Interlex, Club de Abogados, ALAE and INBLF. Beccar Varela is the first full-service law firm in Argentina to have joined the United Nations Global Compact. It has a Diversity & Inclusion Committee whose objective is to recommend policies that promote diversity within the firm. In addition to BV’s ability to serve clients in a wide range of languages, the firm has the following Country Desks: Chinese, German, Brazilian, French and Italian.
In 2017, the firm was named ‘Argentina Law Firm of the Year’ by Chambers Latin America.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate: The firm advises on corporate strategic decisions as well as on day-to-day business activities, including the negotiation of all kinds of agreements.
M&A: The firm’s advisory service ranges from small private acquisitions to listed companies, advising both sellers and purchasers of banks, insurance companies, pension administrators, as well as industrial, commercial and service enterprises.
Capital Markets: The firm’s practice encompasses an extensive range of transactions, such as debt and equity issuances, corporate bonds, trust certificates, public offerings (IPOs), ADR issuances and debt securities.
Banking & Finance: The firm covers all areas of banking and finance, including local and foreign currency secured and syndicated loan transactions, guarantees, structured finance, leasing and project finance.
Energy, Natural Resources & Environment: The firm is heavily involved in the development of these fields. It represented project financiers of the three largest mining projects in Argentina.
Telecommunications: The firm advises on all aspects of communication and technology related areas.
Litigation & Arbitration: The firm has a specialist litigation and arbitration practice appearing before both federal and provincial courts and international arbitration panels, including the International Chamber of Commerce.
Labour & Employment: The firm handles all matters relating to Argentine employment and social security laws, including collective bargaining agreements.
Tax: This department provides legal advice on different tax matters at national, provincial and municipal levels.
Administrative Law: The firm advises on different projects that involve public sector participation, such as public bids, contracts, infrastructure concessions, and public law litigation, among others.
Life Sciences: BV covers all legal matters concerning the pharmaceutical and health-care industry.
International Trade: The firm advises on a wide range of transactions, covering the application of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, WTO regulations, investigations into the presumed existence of dumping, safeguards, subsidies and technical obstacles to trade.
Customs: The firm advises both on day-to-day issues as well as on special proceedings, such as legal counsel on customs indictments initiated by the Commission for Customs Infractions.
Antitrust & Competition: The firm is active in this field with great success in many of the major operations, including antidumping and other areas related to the field.
Intellectual Property: The firm advises on protection, prosecution and licensing of patents, trademarks, software, copyrights and domain names and handles complex matters, including cross-border licensing and litigation.
Real Estate & Hospitality: BV is a leading firm in this field, where local or foreign investors seek to acquire real estate property in Argentina, develop real estate or hotel projects and/or finance acquisitions and projects.
Insurance: The firm’s practice includes assistance to clients with respect to the specific legislation related to insurance companies, as well as customer representation in legal proceedings.
Agribusiness: BV handles all aspects of the agribusiness industry.
Private Clients: BV offers specific and tailor made advice to high net-worth individuals.
Private Equity: The firm’s private equity team serves all types of investment funds in all transaction stages.
White Collar & Corporate Crime: The firm handles all kinds of white collar and corporate crime matters, including advice on anticorruption, money laundering and compliance issues.
The firm regularly supports clients, including international investors, involved in major banking, industrial, commercial, mining and energy transactions and has worked on cross-border issues involving various countries in the region.
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin.
The firm’s client base comprises leading national financial and industrial companies, and multi-national investors from all parts of the globe and across all industry sectors. BV has proudly served clients such as Citibank for over 100 years, and others such as Unilever for nearly a century.