Managing Partner: Santiago M J A Nicholson
Number of partners worldwide: 29
Languages: Spanish, English
Founded in 1976, Nicholson y Cano Abogados is one of the leading law firms in Argentina. The firm provides full corporate legal services and counseling to clients in domestic and international transactions and major litigations. The firm has one of the largest and most qualified teams of professionals in Argentina which makes it one of the five main full service law firms in the Country.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
The firm advises clients in all aspects of federal and state regulations, administrative appeals and related litigation. The firm has represented clients in regulated industries including banks, utilities, insurance companies, telcos, pension funds, sugar industries, among others.
Banking & Securities:
The firm has a strong group led by renowned partners in the financial industry and enjoys a strong reputation in international transactions. The group deals with day to day regulatory matters in the sector, including Central Bank, Exchange and Securities Commission and pension funds regulations.
Corporate & Commercial Law:
This is the core business practice of the firm. The team represents international and local companies in a broad range of transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate turnaround and restructuring, trademark licenses, foreign investments, as well as in day to day legal matters.
The firm has counselled, defended and initiated criminal proceedings in matters related to tax crimes, banking fraud and money laundering, including the prevention and internal control of these crimes in larger corporations.
The firm’s natural resources team, which covers oil and gas, electric power, renewable energies, mining and agribusiness, is an outstanding market leader. The firm has advised clients in the most challenging transactions in this area.
Nicholson y Cano is one of the few Argentine law firms that has a highly qualified and specialised team that deals with environmenal issues in Argentina. The complex and increasing regulations in force are analysed and informed to the clients on a monthly basis.
The firm participates significantly in the insurance and reinsurance business. Additionally, it represents and gives advice to the major groups and insurance companies operating within Argentina.
The firm plays a decisive role in labour law as advisor and consultant to all kinds of companies in the analysis and preparation of individual labour contracts, ensuring the completion of all applicable regulations on behalf of the companies. Nicholson y Cano also participates in collective labour law as adviser to various corporate chambers throughout the negotiation and conclusion of collective bargaining agreements and negotiation of salaries with the intervention of all parties involved.
The firm has a long and proven tradition in large scale litigation actions, including arbitration cases, along with a strong reputation in handling large portfolio actions with detailed follow up reports.
The firm advises and represents both institutional and entrepreneurial clients in connection with real estate transactions: acquisitions, sale, exchange, financing, development, commercialisation and management of real property, construction projects, land and use and zoning.
Tax & Social Security:
The firm has proven experience in tax counseling services, it has exhaustive knowledge regarding international norms and agreements and it has great interest in the permanent actualisation and the study of new alternatives of national and international tax planning. Specifically, Nicholson y Cano provides legal expertise in foreign investment financing products, transfer technology agreement, debt and loan renegotiation, corporate purchases, mergers, breakups and reorganisations and other matters related to the building of activities in Argentina.
The firm provides from the starting point and during the project life, legal services in all aspects related to infrastructure and concession projects (PPP, PFI among others) such as highways, telecommunications, ports, hospitals, railways, subways, t-lines, pipelines, mining, among others. Such advice includes but is not limited to construction contracts, financial agreements, regulatory, tax, concession and administrative issues.
Since its foundation, the firm has advised internationally and domestically, in local and cross-border transactions, on day to day operations and challenging deals. The firm has the support of well known local and international law firms with which it has established association or collaboration agreements on a non-exclusive-basis.
Nicholson y Cano has represented and advised national and international financial institutions including commercial and investment banks, financial companies, money exchange houses, international credit organisations, mutual investments funds. Among its departments, the firm also has an important energy and natural resources sector which provides legal expertise to leading Argentine and international corporations. The firm has also advised local and international organisations from the private and public sectors, including state and regulatory bodies on complex legal issues. The firm’s international clients include amongst others: Acindar (Arcelor-Mittal), adidas, Bridgestone, British American Tobacco, Cargill, Chevrolet, Chevron, Cisco, General Motors, Hasbro, HSBC, JP Morgan, Mitsubishi, Prudential, SC Johnson, Shell, Telefónica, Total, Whirlpool, YPF and Zurich Seguros.