21/01/2010

CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA

CHAMBERS LATIN AMERICA 2011

Our team was distinguished in the annual ranking.
Every year, Chambers and Partners releases its annual ranking of lawyers and law firms in different practice areas. In order to collect this information, the Chambers Latin America team conducts
interviews with clients and colleagues.
Below we transcribe a summary of the results for our firm. For more information, we suggest going to the website of Chambers and Partners: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Latin-America/Firms/3456-37943 (please click on "Rankings").

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES: MINING
Mining is one of this firm´s stronger suits: "The team demonstrates invaluable experience and fantastic commitment to the needs of its clients." The 11-strong team, which includes three partners, has been busy in the sector, despite market conditions. It advised Rio Tinto on the USD850 million sale of its Potasio Rio Colorado and Regina Projects to Vale. Other highlights include acting for Silver Wheaton in a USD625 million deal to acquire silver from Barrick´s Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian projects. The firm is also increasingly active in the nascent uranium area. Clients say: "The team provides a top-notch service – the lawyers are always available and responsive." Name partner Luis Lucero heads the department and is "one of the most prestigious lawyers in this field in the country," according to clients, who point out that "he has participated in the development of a number of the principal mining projects in Argentina, giving him a very clear vision of the industry." Associate Andrés Villarreal is increasingly active in the sector and "will be making headlines in the future," according to sources.

TAX
This traditional firm has an excellent tax practice and is particularly recommended for its prowess in tax litigation. Sources say: "The team is deeply knowledgeable in all tax issues and related litigation."Alberto Tarsitano is a celebrated tax specialist with an excellent academic reputation and impressive litigation skills. María Inés Giménez is singled out for her expertise in local litigation, especially against municipalities.

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES: OIL & GAS
The oil and gas department at this full-service firm maintains its position in a market largely dominated by specialist boutiques. As a result of the economic climate, the eight-strong team has primarily been advising clients on regulatory issues concerning exploration or exploitation activities, and on contractual issues relating to sales, supply and transportation agreements. Clients say: "We value the lawyers´ practical experience and knowledge, and their dedication and commitment." The firm has also recently been involved in some headline mining work. Senior energy partner Marcelo Lamesa is an "experienced and well-known figure in oil and gas circles." His practice covers every stage of the supply chain, as well as corporate matters, and he is particularly knowledgeable on commercialisation issues. Nicolás Dilernia is highlighted for his expertise in natural gas and his in-house industry experience. Clients say: "He is always up to date on gas regulations and skilled at producing commercial natural gas sales and acquisitions contracts."

BANKING & FINANCE
This firm´s finance team represents an impressive banking and finance clientele. The 15-strong team advises the likes of JPMorgan Chase and Scotiabank and has recently represented Deutsche Bank in debt offerings by Emgasud totalling USD250 million, and in Loma de Lata’s USD178 million negotiable options issue. The team also handles finance for key mining clients such as Barrick and Vale.
Sources say: "I value the efficient and rapid attention provided and the reasonable pricing. This firm gives me great peace of mind."
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Young partner Alexia Rosenthal focuses on capital markets and financing and is praised by clients for her "intelligence, speed and great capacity for both analytical thinking and synthesis." Associate Geraldine Trouilh is highlighted by peers for her "impressive trust work." The team can also draw on Eduardo Romero´s expertise in foreign exchange and central banking regulations, and on Luis Lucero´s knowledge of mining and project finance.

CORPORATE / M&A
This full-service firm has 85 lawyers and a core corporate team of 12. Clients highlight the lawyers business-minded approach and the strength of its corporate and commercial practice across the board. The team recently worked in conjunction with the firm´s mining specialists to advise Rio Tinto on the USD850 million sale of its Potassio Rio Colorado project to Vale. It also advised a client on the acquisition of assets in the agricultural sector and co-ordinated similar acquisitions in Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil via local counsel.
Sources say: "We value the direct involvement and attention of the partners, the open lines of communication and the expertise of the team. The lawyers are also always available and responsive and their prices are very reasonable."
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Naldo Fabián Dasso is praised for undertaking "very detailed analysis without losing a commercial perspective." He recently advised GMAC and GM subsidiary Pardo Rabello Inversiones on the USD23 million sale of GMAC Compañía Financiera to Banco Patagonia. Young partner Nicolás Perkins has "a very business-oriented mentality and mind set," according to clients. María Victoria Duarte Inchausti is "dedicated, intelligent and a pleasure to work with."