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Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

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Chairman: Hugo Bruzone 
Managing Partner: Liban A Kusa
Number of partners: 31
Number of lawyers: 115
Languages: English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish

Firm Overview:
Bruchou was founded in 1990 to provide legal advice to companies operating in an economy subject to rapid and dramatic structural changes, the effect of which was the transition from a paralyzed, state-controlled economy to an open, competitive one. Bruchou is today a leading legal firm in Argentina. It is a multidisciplinary firm of international repute and an undisputed market leader, which provides complex, value-added legal advice to leading companies and financial institutions. Bruchou takes pride in the role it has played in a large number of significant transactions both in Argentina and overseas, and in the ongoing interaction with its clients. Bruchou also assists its clients regarding the legal aspects of their overseas investments directly and through the firm’s long-term relationships with prestigious law firms throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Capital Markets:
Since its inception Bruchou has been a leading legalfirm for local and international public offerings of securities, and it has contributed to the development of regulations designed to align the local market with international practices. The firm has acted as underwriters’ counsel in more international debt security issuances than any other Argentine legal firm. In such respect, Bruchou has contributed to the introduction to the Argentine market of all international capital market products, including bonds, debt securities of all types and equity offerings. Due to its reputation and experience the firm has been required to participate in the drafting and implementation of several important regulations issued both by the Argentine Securities Commission and by the Republic of Argentina’s Central Bank (BCRA).

General Corporate & M&A:
Bruchou is the firm of choice for clients active in the Argentine market. The firm’s general corporate and M&A department is one of the largest and most experienced in the field of corporate and M&A, and has been routinely recognised for the experience and knowledge of its members by clients and counterparties alike; with special mentions to its members’ comprehensive view of market dynamics, zealous advocacy and pro-business orientation. Its leading position in the corporate/M&A spectrum is backed by the increase in market share and a diversify client roster. The firm assists its clients with all types of business arrangements, including joint ventures, commercial contracts and shareholding matters. Bruchou provides its clients with comprehensive legal corporate services that help them complete sophisticated transactions in a rapidly changing competitive environment, both at home and abroad. In addition to the Firm’s outstanding Argentine experience, the firm also has a strong international focus. In this regard, the firm’s attorneys have substantial experience advising clients on international transactions, and are familiar with the political, economic and cultural complexities of negotiating and structuring cross-border acquisitions.

Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigation & Business Crime:
The firm leads the compliance, investigations and corporate criminal law practice in Argentina. It has an unparalleled expertise in advising corporate clients in the context of internal investigations as well as in designing compliance risk-mitigating strategies in the context of specific transactions and day-to-day operations. In recent years, Argentina and the major economies of the continent have created strong incentives for the private sector to prevent fraud, corruption, the laundering of assets of illicit origin and other offenses. Bruchou’s partners have been consulted about the design and implementation of such legal frameworks in most of the countries of the region, including Argentina. Their expertise places them in an unparalleled position to offer advice on the most appropriate risk mitigating strategies to corporate clients.

Tax:
Bruchou’s tax lawyers work closely with other firm teams in the development and implementation of tax structures for complex transactions. The leadership of the firm in corporate finance and M&A deals combined with the experience of its tax lawyers in the creation of tax efficient structures, puts the tax department on the forefront of the market practice. Bruchou also advises in, and litigate claims against tax authorities before both administrative and judicial courts, including the country’s Supreme Court, in all jurisdictions. The tax litigation team has been internationally recognised for its performance and its participation in leading cases.

Customs & Foreign Trade:
Bruchou provides integral consulting services in import and export matters, including — among others tariff classification, customs valuation, regulations regarding origin, non customs-related restrictions and regulations on imports and exports (e.g., licenses, permits and quotas), unfair trade practices (i.e., antidumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, safeguards) as well as free trade agreements. Bruchou has vast experience advising national and foreign investors on benefiting from export promotion programs, such as temporary importation for inward processing. Bruchou is experienced in the strategic planning of foreign trade operations, and in carrying out internal audits. Bruchou can also represent its clients before all customs offices in Argentina (e.g. Salta’s customs office; Province of Tierra del Fuego’s customs offices), and in any administrative and/or judicial proceedings emerging thereof (e.g. defense within infringement proceedings).

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Oil & Gas; Power:
The departments are the response of the firm to the confidence entrusted by its clients and has been confirmed as an strategical and distinctive movement of the firm to maintain their leading position in the Argentine legal market. Bruchou represents and assists international and local companies in their legal and regulatory needs, including the negotiation of project investment agreements, joint operating agreements, sale agreements, the processing and tracking of permits, due diligence performance and title assessment, among others, as well as all kind of regulatory work needed to conduct their daily activities. The firm’s practice in the field of oil and gas, mining, power and environmental law is an integral part of its overall services to players in the energy sector.

Litigation, International Arbitration & Bankruptcy:
Bruchou regularly handles litigation before federal and local courts and administrative authorities, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution procedures. The litigation practice is led by three partners widely recognised in the Argentine legal market as leading practitioners. The firm is involved in many significant cases, in matters such as bankruptcy, banking and financial litigation, class actions, international and domestic arbitration, insurance, administrative proceedings and highly complex litigation before national and local courts. The firm has been handling renowned cases, and is considered a leader practitioner in dispute resolution.

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