Honary President: Máximo L Bomchil
Managing Partner: Javier Petrantonio
Number of partners: 16
Number of other lawyers: 72
Founded in 1923, M. & M. Bomchil is one of the most prestigious full-service law firms in Argentina. The firm has been involved in many of the country’s more complex landmark transactions and disputes. Clients of the firm include multinational companies, large and medium- sized regional companies, governments, foreign embassies and non-profit organisations.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has achieved important expertise in international arbitration under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, ICDR and UNCITRAL, among others. It is considered a regional leader, its members being regularly involved either as lawyers, arbitrators or experts in complex commercial, regulatory and investment disputes.
Competition/Antitrust & Trade:
The group is a recognised leader in this field, with a balanced practice covering cartel and abuse of dominance investigations (including successful Appellate and Supreme Court experience), merger control and trade issues, particularly concerning antidumping, subsidies and safeguard measures.
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm is highly renowned for its expertise in developing innovative corporate structures and managing corporate conflicts.
The firm advises clients on sale, concession and construction agreements, distribution and transmission systems, tariffs and royalty issues, trading operations, transportation and exportation, tariff revisions and dispute resolution, as well as in the LPG, LNG and renewable energy sectors. The energy practice has taken part in several matters considered milestones in Argentina, such as the first electricity sale agreement; the first electricity export agreement; the development of a new electrical grid linking the Northwestern Patagonia region and Buenos Aires; the first electricity supply agreement and the first five-year rate review in the gas industry.
The firm has developed a long standing and recognised practice in this area. It has been involved in purchase, sale and restructuring transactions of the most important M&E companies in the recent years. The team has extensive knowledge of both the legal and business aspects of this sector.
This area provides comprehensive legal advice on environmental matters, from day-to-day and preventive issues to complex litigation and environmental management systems certifications (ISO 14,001).
Financial Services & Capital Markets:
The firm assists local and foreign companies, financial entities and governmental and multilateral credit institutions in the granting and obtaining of loans, issuance of shares and debt securities, debt restructurings, ship and aircraft financing, public offerings and general banking practice.
The firm provides comprehensive legal advice for local and foreign companies in insolvency and financial restructuring matters. It has specialised in advising financial entities in restructuring proceedings before the Central Bank and the courts, and has participated in several cross-border international insolvency cases, some involving parallel proceedings.
Insolvency & Business Restructuring:
This department offers comprehensive legal advice to local and foreign businesses, and specialises in advising and representing national financial entities in debt restructuring proceedings. Intellectual Property: This area advises on trademarks, commercial names, domain names, patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, software protection, agricultural varieties protection and other issues related to intellectual and industrial property rights. The practice’s activities range from the selection of the most adequate protection strategy to administrative proceedings in case of rights infringement, contracts and related litigation in Argentina and abroad.
Labour & Social Security:
This group provides advice on all issues related to labour law with regards to individual and collective labour relationships, focusing on prevention and complex labour litigation.
The firm has substantial litigation experience representing clients in matters ranging from complex commercial issues to collective-type suits under consumer protection laws. The firm aims to develop the best legal strategy, design creative solutions compatible with legal and arbitral practice, and advise the client as to the best course of action.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm has unique experience and track record advising local and foreign investors from a wide array of business areas in matters related to the entire M&A process, from determining the best corporate structure and tax planning, to carrying out corporate due diligence and drafting and negotiating purchase and shareholder agreements.
The firm advises on the financing of real estate projects, trusts, development and construction of buildings, drafting and negotiation of agreements in addition to financial, tax, environmental, zoning and regulatory issues.
Regulatory & Administrative Law:
The firm is a well-recognised leader in this field. It has broad experience in general administrative law and specific regulatory regimes in sectors such as electricity, gas, communications, water and sewage, postal, airport, transport and infrastructure, waste collection and public works. It has successfully represented bidders during the privatisation processes in Argentina and other Latin American countries.
The firm’s tax group is highly renowned, in particular in international taxation issues such as the interpretation of tax treaties, transfer pricing, tax planning in business acquisitions and reorganisations and the defence of taxpayers in conflicts with national or regional tax authorities before administrative courts and courts of law.
This practice assists foreign investors, operators and regulatory agencies in a broad range of aspects related to fixed telephone, mobile, trunking and other telecommunication services. It has been actively involved in the privatisation process and in the most relevant legal and regulatory disputes. It has also advised Argentina’s main cable TV operators, as well as the postal service operator and other private mail carriers.
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish.