Managing Partners: Carlos A Estebenet, Guillermo M Lipera, Gustavo J Torassa
Number of partners worldwide: 12
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 85
Since its inception in 1925, Bulló Abogados has consistently been at the forefront of the insurance and finance industry in Argentina and, throughout its history, has played a central role in developing the law of these legal fields.
The firm is known for its dedicated and full-service team and has a reputation for having a cost-efficient and pragmatic approach to clients’ most significant business transactions and most critical disputes. The firm approaches each matter with intensity, thoroughness and creativity and draws upon its diverse industry expertise to build teams appropriate to each circumstance. The firm’s goal is to be the law firm of choice for clients that seek to solve their most challenging legal issues in the most efficient, costeffective way.
Main Areas of Practice:
Insurance & Reinsurance:
Bulló is the leading insurance law firm in Argentina and the firm’s insurance practice covers all matters concerning insurance and reinsurance. The firm regularly represents the most important insurance and reinsurance companies in Argentina. The firm is well-aware of the impact to an insurance company’s net income of its handling of insurance claims in an efficient and cost-effective way. Accordingly, the firm combines the right mix of experience and skills to help its clients minimise losses, whether by assisting them in reducing claims by reaching early settlements or by defending their interests in trials to help them achieve either reasonable settlements or win significant judgments. In conjunction with members of other practices, the firm regularly advises clients in connection with and modification of legal structures, and regulatory issues before the different governmental bodies and agencies such as the National Insurance Commission and the Public Registry of Corporations. Bulló also advises foreign reinsurance companies and brokers with respect to Argentine law. In addition, the firm regularly represents foreign reinsurance companies in insurance litigation proceedings throughout the country and before arbitration panels throughout the world.
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
The firm’s broad-based banking, finance and capital markets practice advises corporate borrowers and financial institutions on their most significant financing transactions in Argentina. Bulló routinely advises one of the world’s largest financial institutions, HSBC Bank, with respect to local banking regulations and matters concerning their day-to-day business. Bulló also represents lenders, underwriters, issuers and borrowers on their most sophisticated and complex financing, debt and equity transactions, including asset-backed securities, syndicated loans, debt restructurings and recapitalisation transactions.
Labour & Employment:
Bulló’s labour and employment practice is one of the largest in Argentina. The firm regularly represents and advises companies and management teams in all aspects of labour relations, including collective bargaining, contract administration, arbitrations, and litigation. In addition, the firm regularly advises employers on how to prevent and avoid such disputes, as well as developing and administering personnel policies.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Bulló is one of the leading litigation firms in Argentina. The firm’s litigators are regularly called upon by many of Argentina’s leading corporations to handle their most difficult disputes. A vast litigation and arbitration experience has enabled the firm to be involved in many of the most complex disputes in Argentina, including leading class-action cases, product liability and complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Bulló currently handles over 100 class-action cases representing defendants in a wide array of industries and substantive areas of law, including antitrust, consumer financial services, consumer fraud, insurance, mortgage-backed securities, and product liability/mass torts (including cases for genetically modified foods).
Corporate & M&A:
Lawyers from Bulló’s corporate practice regularly advise on large and complex corporate transactions in Argentina. The firm’s corporate practice serves a wide range of corporate and financial institutions and the corporate practice routinely works with the rest of Bulló’s practice areas to better serve client’s needs. The firm regularly represents buyers, sellers, targets, and lenders in M&A transactions, foreign and national investors in connection with their acquisitions or dispositions of assets or equity interests, minority investors, and distressed investors in connection with distressed sales or purchases in Argentina. Bulló routinely advises clients on most of their corporate needs, whether structuring a joint venture agreement, a shareholder agreement, a debt restructuring or spin-off, as well as leading audits, due diligence efforts in connection with M&A transactions, and post-merger integrations.
Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
Drawing on lawyers from across practices, Bulló advises a wide range of players in the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Argentina. The firm regularly advises clients engaging in internet services, telecommunication, data storage and radio and television broadcasting in connection with license applications, participation in public or private bids, and negotiation of complex agreements in the industry. In addition, the litigation group regularly makes appearances throughout the country at both trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitrations and mediations in connection with the assessment of penalties by controlling authorities, violation of intellectual property rights by unauthorised third parties, and disputes with content providers, producers and artists.
English, Portuguese, Spanish.
Bulló’s institutional clients include, HSBC Bank, Telefónica de Argentina, Allianz, Turner, Mapfre, Mercedes Benz, Santander Bank, Zurich, Liberty Mutual, Louis Dreyfus, QBE Argentina, Grupo Sura, IBM, Microsoft, Itaú Bank, YPF, Dow Chemical, Vista Oil, Banco Galicia, among others.