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Vouga Abogados

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Managing partner: Rodolfo Vouga
Number of partners: 9
Number of other lawyers: 25

Firm Overview: Vouga Abogados is one of the most prominent, largest and experienced law firms in Paraguay. A full-service firm integrated by a team of professionals with experience spanning almost four decades, Vouga advises some of the largest multinational companies, financial and multilateral credit institutions, NGOs, public entities and sophisticated local companies and individuals doing business in Paraguay; complying with the most stringent ethical standards. The client base includes a significant number of Fortune 500 companies operating across a broad range of industries. The leaders of this strong team of legal and accounting professionals, organised into practice groups, are widely recognised in their fields. The firm’s focus on responsiveness, built on strong investments in human resources and technology, enables it to render world-class services in a time-efficient manner.

Main Areas of Practice:
Agribusiness:
Vouga represents some of the largest commodities traders, input dealers, agricultural products, equipment manufacturers and industry-trade associations in the world, covering all stages of the agricultural cycle, including sourcing and procurement, crushing, logistics, trading, hedging transactions, tax issues and litigation.

Antitrust:
The firm played a crucial role in drafting the first antitrust law in the country, putting Vouga in the vanguard of antitrust and competition law in Paraguay. Vouga assists some of the dominant players in various sectors in the country in the implementation of the new antitrust law.

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s finance group is one of its flagships, participating in some of the largest cross-border financing operations of the last ten years.

Corporate/M&A:
Since its founding and particularly over the last decade, the firm has worked on milestone international and national M&A transactions. Vouga is a leading player in M&A. The corporate department is one of the largest and most distinguished in the country, assisting a wide range of foreign investors to establish operations and attain their goals in Paraguay.

Distribution, Agency, Representation & Franchising:
Paraguay’s stringent rules on distributorship, agency, representation and franchising led the firm to acquire unrivalled expertise in this area. The firm assists foreign parties in the negotiation of agreements and has handled a substantial part of the most high-profile cases in the country.

Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm’s expertise in environmental, energy and natural resources is truly unsurpassed in the country. A pioneer in Paraguay, the team assists clients and regulatory bodies in the implementation and drafting of various regulations and concession processes, environmental assessments and obtainment of permits and concession rights. Labour: Vouga’s labour department advises some of the largest employers in the country and HR departments in their daily activities. The team is especially qualified to assist in industrial safety and health-related issues.

Litigation & ADR:
The firm’s litigation team specialises in complex corporate dispute resolution, covering the full spectrum of domestic and international litigation and ADR. The litigation team is involved in some of the country’s highest profile cases before both arbitral tribunals and courts.

Real Estate:
The firm has one of the strongest real estate practice groups in the country, and ample expertise in structuring, financing and development.

Tax & Customs:
The tax and customs team comprises leading legal and accounting specialists with experience in both the public and corporate sectors, enabling the firm to provide comprehensive advice.

International Work:
The firm has extensive expertise in cross-border transactions and the largest part of its clients are headquartered abroad.

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

Clients:
Vouga Abogados’ clientele includes a significant number of Fortune 500 companies operating across a broad range of industries, some of the largest multinational companies, financial and multilateral credit institutions, NGOs, public entities and sophisticated local companies doing business in Paraguay. The list of clients may be provided upon request.

CONTACTS
Agribusiness: Rodolfo G Vouga Z
Antitrust: Marta Martínez
Banking & Finance: Cynthia Fatecha, Carlos Vouga
Corporate/M&A: Rodolfo G Vouga Z, Perla Alderete
Distribution, Agency, Representation & Franchising: Carlos Vouga, Rodrigo Fernández de Nestosa
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources: Rodrigo Fernández de Nestosa, Marta Martínez
Labour: Perla Alderete, Marcela Dos Santos
Litigation & ADR: Mirtha Dos Santos, Elio Agüero
Real Estate: Cynthia Fatecha, Carlos Vouga
Tax & Custom: Andrés Vera, Rodolfo G Vouga Z