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Mersán Abogados

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Managing Partners: Oscar A Mersan, Carlos T Mersan, Hugo R Mersan
Senior Partners: Oscar A Mersan, Carlos T Mersan, Hugo R Mersan
Junior Partners: Diego Zavata, Pablo Cheng Lu
Number of lawyers: 20

Firm Overview:
Mersan Abogados was founded in 1943. The firm, based in Paraguay, represents well known national, international and multinational clients, in diverse commercial and industrial activities; associations; chambers of commerce and several foreign embassies. Mersan Abogados is a firm of highly qualified and experienced attorneys that offers its clients quality service tailored to their particular concerns and requirements.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Tax: 30%
IP: 30%
Corporate: 20%

Civil & Commercial:
The firm has a wealth of experience advising and representing clients ranging from start-up businesses to established companies in various business sectors. The firm has developed a wide range of civil and commercial services to meet the needs of its client base. Services include: banking; assurance; investment; PPP, franchising; trusts and administrative matters. The firm’s experience encompasses a broad array of industries ranging from mines and hydrocarbons to Maquila (inbound production) and telecommunications.

The firm has developed particular expertise in managing cross-border transactions and establishing funds from sources abroad. The firm has advised on several loan agreements granted to local banks and financial institutions and agribusiness companies by well known international finance organisations and equity funds.

Intellectual Property:
Intellectual property constitutes an important asset for many of the firm’s clients and Mersan Abogados ensures that they are carefully secured and protected. The firm offers a broad array of services in the protection of proprietary rights including trademarks and patents, design and industrial models, copyright and anti-piracy, technology transfer, licensing, unfair competition, border measures, consumer rights, breeder’s right, sports and entertainment. The client portfolio in the IP division is remarkable in quantity and particularly for the well known brands represented by the firm.

Conflict Resolution:
The conflict resolution practice encompasses all aspects of arbitration, mediation and litigation. The firm is deeply involved with the Centre of Arbitration in Paraguay. Its members serve as leading arbitrators in the country and wrote several articles and works on the subject. The firm has assumed representation of well known clients at ICSID tribunal in Washington DC.

New Technology:
The firm also offers counselling on the new technology and e-commerce practice encompassing all aspects of internet and e-business matters.

The firm’s taxation group has built up an outstanding reputation for the quality of service and expertise provided. The firm’s experience in the area stretches back 50 years. Over this time, the firm has been recognised as being highly skilled in tackling the complexities of tax problems in an increasingly internationalised business. Other departments work closely with the tax group to advise on a wide array of issues including: tax planning; consultancy; administrative processes and; contentious and administrative litigation. Clients include multinational enterprises, international investors and governments.

International Work:
The firm is part of the THE BOMCHIL GROUP, a Latin American association of law firms of CONSULEGIS, a network of international lawyers, accounts, lawyers associations and solicitors of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), Mersan Abogados participates as a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), International Bar Association (IBA), International Trademark Association (INTA), Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI). International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Inter-American Copyright Institute (IIDA), International Fiscal Association (IFA), Latin-American Institute of Tributary Law (ILDAT), Intellectual Property Owners (IPO).

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, French.

The firm’s main clients are leading national and international companies in the fields of banking, energy, oil, financial, tobacco, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, automotive, agribusiness, multilateral organisations, beverage and food.

Tax & Banking & Finance: Carlos T Mersan
Corporate: Oscar A Mersan
Arbitration: Diego Manuel Zavala
Litigation: Pablo Cheng Lu
IP: Hugo R Mersán
Civil & Labour: Diego Manuel Zavala