Most Highly Regarded Firms: Argentina 2008 – Competition

In this chapter we highlight the leading individuals in Argentina for counselling and litigating on behalf of clients on competition matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, monopolisation and cartels.

In total we pick out 10 individuals who were consistently recommended to researchers by both clients and peers.

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal is "very highly regarded for competition work", and is the only firm with two partners listed. Fernando Aranovich is rated as "extremely good". He is professor of antitrust law at the Catholic University of Argentina and San Andrés University, has a "first-class understanding of the sector" and remains "particularly active". Alongside him, Miguel del Pino received much praise; and is an "authoritative and effective lawyer" in the eyes of his peers.

At Allende & Brea, Julian Peña is a "market leader". Described as "terrific", his background in this area includes a stint working at the National Antitrust Commission. He is professor of competition law at the graduate programme of the University of Buenos Aires and was previously professor of competition regulation at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires. He is regarded as a "major player in this field".

Marcelo den Toom is the partner in charge of the competition law department at M & M Bomchil and a "pleasure to work with", according to one source; "he makes in-house lawyers feel completely supported and confident in his abilities", says another. He advises clients on submissions before the antitrust authorities as well as in investigations into alleged anti-competitive behaviour. He is professor of antitrust law of the Masters programme in business law at Austral University.

Jorge Otamendi at G Breuer was fêted for his IP skills - he appears in both the patent and trademark chapters - but he was also deemed a "first-class antitrust lawyer" and an "authority in this field".

Gabriel Bouzat of Bouzat Rosenkrantz & Asociados is extremely well known as former president of Argentina's competition regulator and "deserves to be on the list as much as anyone". He is reported to be "working on many important cases", and was among the most nominated lawyers.
Estudio Beccar Varela is well known in this field for its work in relation to cartel investigations, abuse of dominance matters, price fixing agreements and other related matters. Bernardo Cassagne represents the firm in this chapter, and is a "very able and well respected figure".

Luis Diego Barry of Pérez Alati Grondona Benites Arntsen & Martinez de Hoz (Jr) is recommended for his "international expertise". Former chief of the legal department of Unilever (Argentina), he is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires Law School and a "real asset to his clients".

Guillermo Cabanellas is managing partner of Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly & Dell'Oro Maini and an "absolutely fantastic lawyer". Also known for his IP expertise, this "hugely eminent figure" served as general director of economic legislation at the Ministry of Finance and director at the Foreign Trade Commission.

The "very proficient" Siro Pablo Astolfi is responsible for the competition department at Bruchou Fernández Madero & Lombardi, and was recommended to us by national and international sources.

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