Senior Partners: Adrian FJ Hope, Juan P Duggan, Javier Zapiola, Jose M Nelson, Rufino Arce, Hugo D Maciel
Number of partners worldwide: 11
Number of lawyers worldwide: 21
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Hope, Duggan & Silva is a full-service law firm with a strong commercial, financial and corporate practice. The firm serves foreign and domestic clients and maintains close ties with leading law practices globally.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial, Corporate & Financial:
Work includes M&A transactions; corporate matters; commercial contracts; joint ventures; due diligence and foreign investment matters; assistance in the setting up of local subsidiaries and branches.
The firm has broad experience in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration.
The firm handles the entire spectrum of banking and finance matters including derivatives, trade finance, bonds, security or trust instruments, foreign exchange and securities regulations.
The firm handles all phases of capital market activities including the issuance of shares, registration in stock exchanges, public offerings, investment funds, futures and swap transactions.
The firm has been involved in a string of highly complex debt restructurings including out of court reorganisation proceedings (acuerdo preventivo extrajudicial) under Argentine Bankruptcy Law.
Tax & Customs:
Work undertaken includes international and domestic taxation, including tax planning, transfer pricing and use of double tax treaty mechanisms. The firm also advises in all aspects of customs and foreign trade including all kinds of administrative and court proceedings referred to, among others, tax assessments.
The firm advises on all areas of natural resources, mining and energy law, including acquisitions and divestitures, financing of oil and gas transactions, restructuring and disposition of oil and gas assets.
The firm advises law on all administrative law matters including administrative litigation, administrative contracts and bidding processes.
Media & Entertainment:
The firm advises publishers, TV stations and programming companies in a variety of matters, such as contractual advice and negotiations in relation to the sale of TV programmes, assignments of rights thereunder and many other issues.
The firm advises on applications for clearance and exemption, and on restrictive practices and abuse of dominant positions.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm provides advice in acquisitions, stock exchange laws, complex restructuring transactions and privatisations.
The firm has substantial experience in the applicable laws and regulations and the practical steps taken in the implementation of foreign investments in Argentina. Employment: The firm has a labour law department that advises in employment law, including issues concerning expatriate employees, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and labour litigation.
The firm provides its clients (lenders, sponsors or borrowers) with legal assistance in financial transactions involving the implementation and development of infrastructure projects.
The firm’s activities range from concessions to interconnect, supply and customer agreements. Aviation: The firm provides legal assistance in general with respect to contracts involving aircraft ownership.
Other Areas of Practice:
The firm is qualified to provide advice in environmental law, intellectual property, real estate, engineering and construction, consumer law and advertising, insurance and reinsurance, estates and wills and technology transfer.
The firm’s clients include industrial and service corporations, investment and commercial banks, public utilities, venture capital/private equity firms, investment funds and government agencies.