Environmental law is rapidly increasing in importance in Argentina. An ongoing conflict with Uruguay over papermills on the Uruguay River continues to shape the market and climate change is also finding its way into legislation, with alternative energy and bio-fuel production becoming more widespread. Government drives to improve water quality, reduce particulate matter and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase the need for specialist environmental knowledge in the legal sector. Water quality has been at the forefront: the Supreme Court ruled that there must be a clean-up of the rivers to help to reduce the human impact upon the environment.
The country's economic crisis, which began in the mid-1990s, climaxing in recession and the sovereign debt deafult at the turn of the century increased the workload for Argentina's insolvency and restructuring lawyers, but as the economy began to recover, the number of legal cases declined. However, in the past few years changes in the global economy and difficulties closer to home have led to a further rise in the number of insolvency and restructuring cases.
Despite the recent difficult times for the economy in Argentina - as well as the ongoing effects of the global credit crunch - the country is home to high levels of transactional legal expertise and several outstanding practitioners in this area. Our research picks out 26 lawyers who should be considered leaders in the field, and they are drawn from 13 firms.
A total of nine individuals from as many firms have been selected for inclusion in this chapter. These practitioners are widely regarded as leaders in the field, representing and advising management on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law. The market is highly regulated and trade unions are extremely influential, with a large percentage of the employment market organised through collective bargaining agreements. This is therefore an area in which law firms have no shortage of clients in need of their expertise in navigating this complex area.
The energy industry plays a major role in the Argentine economy. In the sector, Repsol-YPF is the largest supplier of natural gas and oil in the country with dominance in both the upstream and downstream sectors. Shell, ExxonMobil and Petrobras also play a significant part in the oil industry.
In this chapter we highlight nine leading practitioners from as many firms in Argentina. They are experts in dealing with patent issues. Owing to the broad nature of many IP practices in Argentina, a number of the individuals who feature in this chapter also appear in the trademarks section.
In recent times the Argentine government has worked to deregulate the telecommunications network, a move that has increased investment and competition in the sector. The National Communications Commission was created in 1996 to monitor the industry, to penalise anti-competitive conduct and to represent communications companies internationally.
The potential of Argentina's real estate market is clear - the demand for housing, hotels, shopping centres as well as other developments is high, and construction is increasing to meet this demand.
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