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Fiorio, Cardozo & Alvarado

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Managing Partners: Marcelo Alvarado, Juan B Fiorio and Jose M Cardozo
Senior Partner: Betharram Ardissone
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 14
Languages:English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Fiorio, Cardozo & Alvarado Law Firm, established in 1981, is considered as one of the most important firms of the country. As such, it has been part of major transactions held in Paraguay both by national and international companies, some of which continue being part of its clientele for more than thirty years. The firm has a permanent staff of 18 lawyers, educated in prestigious Paraguayan universities as well as in universities from around the world. The firm counts with lawyers specialised in USA, Europe and Latin America. The multilingual team of lawyers is fully capable of offering legal advice in Spanish, English and French. FCA Law Firm team of lawyers is proud to share their knowledge and experience in the market, establishing goals in order to maintain and improve the practice that has being recognised by national and international clients for more than 30 years. The firm’s hallmark is delivering at the highest level of integrity and professionalism in order to provide clients with solutions. It also takes all of the necessary steps to ensure that high-quality legal services are provided to clients at a reasonable cost. FCA Law Firm is known for being a full-service law firm, providing prompt responses to clients’ consultations, offering advice in the areas of investments, corporate and civil law, banking, real estate, labour law, tax law, mining and gas, telecommunications, aviation and maritime law, asset recovery, litigation and arbitration, among other practice areas. It provides not only legal advice, but also offers clients guidance and counseling regarding their day-to-day operations.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate:
2 partners, 10 fee earners based in Asunción.
The firm offers integral services, covering all the requirements of national and foreign companies, in the area of civil, commercial, labour and tax law. These services include incorporation of companies, establishment of foreign companies’ branches, advising on contractual matters, liquidation of companies, mergers, joint ventures, among others. In the past few years, the firm has participated in the accomplishment of several investment projects (under Law #60/90), especially in the areas of river transportation, telecommunications and fast-food enterprises.
Key Clients: Nestlé Paraguay, Sanofi Paraguay S.A., Louis Dreyfus Paraguay S.A, Samsung Electronics Argentina S.A.

Banking:
2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Asunción.
The firm provides legal advisory services to several local and foreign banks and financial companies and institutions. The firm has rendered counseling on several operations, including mergers, acquisitions of bank assets and liabilities; assistance to British reinsurers to complaints from local and foreign banks; representation of multilateral credit institutions on loan transactions for local corporations. The firm also advises on the placement of assets abroad. It has participated in contract negotiations with mutual funds and other financial products for domestic and individual entities, as well as in relation to national and international stock market. Additionally, it has managed the voluntary liquidation and dissolution of several banks and financial companies of national capital, from their beginning to their end.
Key Clients: Visión Banco, Banco Regional S.A.E.C.A, Credit Suisse, Banco Familiar S.A.E.C.A

Labour:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Asunción.
In the labour area, the firm provides general legal advice, which includes drafting individual and group labour contracts, regulations and various types of labour agreements, review and drafting of liquidations, legal opinions regarding queries on relationship with employees, assistance in conciliation hearings and proceeding before the Justice and Labour Ministry.

Tax:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Asunción.
The firm provides tax advisory services to local and foreign clients, including, taxation planning and tax litigation matters.

Maritime:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Asunción.
In the past, the firm has performed registration of vessels and tugboats under the Paraguay flag, vessels financing and leasing collision charter party and salvage disputes, and insurance claims.
Key Client: Louis Dreyfus Paraguay S.A

Aviation:
1 partner, 1 fee earner based in Asunción.
Fiorio, Cardozo & Alvarado currently represents Aerolineas Argentinas in this area. In the past, we obtained substantial by representing Braniff, Eastearn Airlines and Aero Peru in day by day operations. The firm’s hallmarks of delivering the highest level of integrity and professionalism in order to provide clients with solutions. It also takes all necessary steps to ensure that quality legal services are provided to its clients at a reasonable cost.
Key Client: Aerolíneas Argentinas S.A

Gas & Oil:
1 partner, 1 fee earner based in Asunción.
The firm has experience in advising foreign companies that have applied and obtained concessions/license for hydrocarbon prospect and exploration in the territory of Paraguay.
Key Client: Axion Energy Paraguay S.R.L.

Telecommunications:
1 partner, 1 fee earner based in Asunción.
For the past few years, the Firm renders counseling to major companies that operate in the local cellular telephone area, as well as enterprises providing satellite transmission services. Likewise, the Firm has provided legal services to international companies that have participated in public bids for the provision of fix telephone lines in Paraguay.
Key Client: Nucleo S.A (Telecom Italia)

Dispute Resolution:
1 partner, 5 fee earners based in Asunción.
The firm counts with a department exclusively engaged in the follow-up of lawsuits in the civil, commercial, labour and administrative area, as well as arbitration. Lawyers have extensive experience in the field and make up the list of arbitrators accredited by the Arbitration and Mediation Center of Paraguay.