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Estudio O'Farrell

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Managing Partner: Daniel Calatrava
Senior Partner: Uriel Federico O’Farrell
Number of partners: 15
Number of other lawyers: 70

Contacts:
Corporate & M&A:
Uriel O’Farrell, Juan Pablo Fratantoni
Agribusiness: Uriel O’Farrell, Ernesto Genco
Banking & Finance: Uriel O´Farrell, Sebastian Luegmayer
Regulatory, Administrative & Constitutional Law: Fernando García Pullés, Jorge Muratorio, M., Agustina Fanelli Evans
Competition & Antitrust: Agustin Siboldi, M. Agustina Fanelli Evans
Energy & Natural Resources: Uriel O´Farrell, Agustin Siboldi, M. Agustina Fanelli Evans
TMT: Agustin Siboldi, M. Agustina Fanelli Evans
Dispute Resolution: Daniel Calatrava, Fernando García Pullés, Francisco Astolfi
Dispute Resolution (Arbitration): Uriel O´Farrell, M. Agustina Fanelli Evans
Tax: Miguel Tesón, Guillermo Lalanne, Valeria Estathio, Celina Valls
Labour & Employment: José Luis Zapata
Intellectual Property: Estanislao Mezzadri

Firm Overview:
O’Farrell is the law firm with the longest track record in Argentina. Founded in 1883, it is a full-service prestigious leading firm. The firm’s assistance combines a practical approach, strategic vision and in-depth technical knowledge, in order to provide solutions with high added value.

The firm is recognised locally and internationally as experts in its practice areas. Its Energy and Natural Resources team is leader in its field. Likewise, the firm is recognised in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation, Arbitration, Infrastructure, Public Contracts, Labour, Gambling, TMT and Tax. Supported by an extensive network of lawyers in Argentina and strong relationships with other legal partners at a global level, the firm advises clients around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:

The firm is one of the most experienced in the country and provides legal advice in deals involving highly complex structures, involving multiples jurisdictions, private and public offerings. The firm has a vast experience in M&A and spin-off processes participating in the most important transactions in the last decades, and particularly in the recent years in the energy sector (oil & gas, utilities and power industry). 

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm is a leader in this field due to its long standing and high expertise, involving upstream and downstream oil and gas industry, chemical as well as traditional and renewable power generation, transportation and distribution. The firm is strongly involved in the restructuring of the Argentine energy matrix: advising its clients in the fire power and renewable generation auctions, and in the acquisition of important energy assets by leading companies.

Banking & Finance:
The firm advises on the application of banking laws and financial regulations. The firm has been involved in the largest and innovative placement of securities by amongst other, the largest Argentine company and financial entities. The firm renders advice in relation to international project financing, loans, structured products and derivatives.

Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment:
The practice team is recognised as one of the most experienced in this practice area. The firm has a strong track record in the development of telecomm infrastructure, e-commerce, applications and content generation, advising one of the leaders in the internet payment sector and famous sportsmen involved in worldwide gaming applications.

Agribusiness:
The firm advises world´s leading agribusiness companies: bio-technology (seeds), manure and pesticides, agribusiness equipment manufacturers; it has been involved in relevant M&A transactions conducted in the last decade.

Regulatory, Administrative & Constitutional Law:
This practice is based in a well acknowledged team, allowing the firm has been deeply involved in advising its clients in heavily regulated markets: pharmaceutical retail, laboratories, highways and infrastructure concessions, public utilities, public and private transport, public procurement, auctions, environmental law, and administrative, judicial and constitutional legal proceedings.

Competition/Antitrust:
The firm plays an important and leading role in the area of antitrust matters; both in comprehensive assistance related to the merger control proceedings as well as in proceedings related to business conduct allegedly violating antitrust rules. The firm represents leader companies in the following sectors: oil and gas, pharmacy, telecomm, automotive, online payment, transport, biotech, agribusiness, among others.

Tax:
The firm has a unique team of lawyers dedicated to complex tax lawsuits with particular expertise in disputes before the Federal Supreme Court. The tax team provides advice in relation with fiscal structuring, financial and technical transference agreements and recognition of tax benefits.

Labour & Employment:
The firm provides complete counsel and legal representation both at administrative and judicial level, through a highly specialised team. It provides committed followup and relevant and detailed information useful to manage human resources assets and contingencies.

Sports:
The firm has advised sportsmen and their representatives regarding international transfers. It has also provided consultancy to a European football club acquisition.

Real Estate:
The firm has been legal consultant to traditional as well as innovative private equity funds. Real estate projects involve matters of structuring, financing, construction and development of real estate projects.

Pharmaceutical & Health:
The firm holds comprehensive legal advice to one of the largest health care groups in Argentina. It also provides legal consultancy to the most important pharmacy groups in Latin America.

Compliance:
Advice to local and foreign clients in the design, implementation, audit and training of their compliance programs to adapt them pursuant to Argentine laws and the recent Corporate Criminal Liability Act, as well as assistance in administrative or judicial proceedings related to these matters.

Intellectual Property:
The Intellectual Property team provides a comprehensive legal service in the protection of creations of the mind and intangible assets. It has an extensive experience assisting leading companies in different sectors, particularly on mass consumption, sports marketing, internet service companies and electronic commerce, in managing intellectual property portfolios.

Pro Bono:
The firm is cofounder of the Pro bono Commission created in December 2000 by the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association, providing pro bono advice to individuals, NGOs and other social organisations.