Santiago R. O’Conor

Leaders in Law endorses Santiago O’Conor as our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Santiago please use the contact information provided above.

Santiago R O’Conor is the managing partner of O’Conor & Power Abogados-Propiedad Industrial, a solid and reliable team of IP practitioners based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr O’Conor specialises in all aspects of intellectual property, principally trademarks, advising domestic and foreign companies on local and international IP law, prosecution and litigation in Argentina and Latin America. He advises Forbes and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, such as technology and telecommunications,software, pharmaceutical products, luxury goods, agriculture, food ,wine, and entertainment.

Mr O’Conor professional IP experience spans over 36 years and includes being an associate of the largest worldwide law office, and Partner and Head of the International Trademark practice of the most important law office in Argentina for 23 years. The expertise he has gained over this long career has made Mr O’Conor the beloved darling of many international brand owners.

Mr O’Conor is a graduate of the faculty of law of the University of Buenos Aires and an industrial property agent. He has gained postgraduate qualifications from the Fordham IP Institute in New York and at the Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL) at Harvard Law School.

Prolific author of many articles and publications, among others:

  • “The IP Private Practitioner”,Managing Intellectual Property magazine, mayo, 2009.
  • “La Aduana Argentina detiene la importación de productos falsificados”, International Law News – American Bar Association, 2008.
  • “Nombres genéricos para productos farmacéuticos” ITMA Bulletin, 2002.
  • “El Protocolo de Armonización en el Mercosur”, Revista Trademark World, Nº 118.
  • “Shutting down rogue websites. Argentina and Latin America Perspective, American Bar Association, 2014.
  • “TIPS for Trademark Protection in Latin America”, 2014.
  • “Aduana y Propiedad Industrial: herramienta en la lucha contra la piratería”, World Trademark Review (WTR), 2016.
  • “Plain Packaging status in Latin America: Intellectual Property Owners Association, 2016”.
  • “Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and The European Union”, 2018.
  • “Non-traditional Marks in Latin America: the current landscape”, WTR, 2019.
  • “Fakes in Argentina: hotspots”, WTR, 2019.

Mr O’Conor is an active participant in many IP international associations, in particular INTA, the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, the European Communities Trademark Association, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, in which he served and is serving in many positions.

He is presently Judge of the Court of the Inter-American Asosociation of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), as well as President of the Legislation Committee of said organization.

Santiago is presently a member of the INTA’s Trademark Office Practice Committee (2020 – 2021).

Firm Description:

With more than 30 years of experience in the handling of IP portfolios for domestic and international clients in Argentina and Latin America, our lawyers, industrial property agents and select network of engineers and technical professionals, bring together their broad backgrounds and experiences in different disciplines and industries to work closely as a team representing international, regional and local companies in trademarks, patents, utility models, designs, copyright, software, domain names, transfer of technology, franchising, licensing and related matters.Wholly responsive to clients needs based on the firms large local and international IP experience and expertise, in order to satisfy the IP community requirements in a new scenario of a globalized world following the premises of reliability, quality, efficient action, adaptability to price tailoring and flexibility, with equal emphasis in customized and personalized services.

The firm handles clients of different areas: food, winery, technology and telecommunications, pharmaceutical, entertainment, clothing and textile; among others.

The broad experience of O’Conor & Power’s team in the management of local and international IP portfolios in Argentina and in the region, makes O’C & P a superior «one stop resource», as Latin American increasingly factors into the world economy.

We are also qualified to protect and enforce clients IP interests through transactions, dispute resolutions, litigation, border enforcement measures and unfair competition related actions.Our professionals and staff regularly participate in seminars and conferences nationally and internationally, thus keeping updated on the latest IP legal developments in Argentina, Latin America and throughout the world.

 

Mark V. Dougall

University of Belgrano, School of Law (1980); Georgetown University, Washington, International Law Institute, (U.S.A.), 1982; New York University, School of Law, Inter-American Law Institute; Master’s Degree in Comparative Law (MCJ), 1983; Internships in New York (U.S.A.) (Whitman & Ransom) and London (England) (Beachcroft & Stanleys 1983/84); Escuela Superior de Economía y Administración de Empresas (E.S.E.A.D.E); Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration (MBA) (with Honors), 1989; current member of the Board of Governors of St. George’s College, the British Hospital and B.A.B.S. (British and American Benevolent Society). Member of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires, Club de Abogados de Empresas, and the Bar Association of Buenos Aires.

Firm Description

Dougall Abogados was founded in 1970 by Vernon Roy Dougall, a well-known attorney-at-law in Buenos Aires and many other cities of Argentina. He was advisor to several embassies, in particular, the Embassy of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, where he served as legal Advisor to the Ambassador and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II and the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 for his services. Later he was appointed Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in the Republic of Argentina. The Firm continued to expand its services under the management of Vernon Dougall until his death in 2004. His son Mark succeeded him in the business and since then he has been leading the law firm. Dougall Abogados is a law firm with a long-standing professional practice. Its main features are the vast advisory experience gained over the years and its complete commitment to client service.

Our main goal is to build a personal relationship with the client, since we believe that it is the one thing that will enable us to deliver the quality of service we want to provide. Many of our clients were or are currently from overseas –they are predominantly British and American-; this experience has allowed us to be prepared and ready to provide services to any client interested in investing or doing business in Argentina.

Dougall Abogados is one of the law firms recommended by the Embassies of Australia, Canada, United States, Norway and United Kingdom and it is included in their lists of law firms offering services to national and international clients.
Dougall Abogados maintains a network of correspondents from renowned law firms, both at home and abroad (Brazil, USA, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Paraguay and Uruguay), that provides us with the local support and assistance required to have a global coverage and to meet our clients’ needs.

 

Dr. Federico Miguel Amadeo Cincotta

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Federico Miguel Amadeo Cincotta as our exclusively recommended Private Client Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Cincotta please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Cincotta has almost 20 years of legal work experience between London and Argentina. He is the only Solicitor of England & Wales practising in Argentina and a lawyer in Argentina. He manages his own boutique firm and advises governments, companies and private clients. Furthermore, he is a professor at the National University of La Plata in the Postgradute course and in the Law Society of La Plata, lecturing on Legal English. He has worked as a lawyer and as a solicitor for some of the best law firms in the world and trained with leaders in their field. He speaks Spanish and English and he is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal and Colegio de Abogados de La Plata.

Firm Description

We are an international advisory firm, with a particularly strong presence in Europe & Latin America – with offices in London, Buenos Aires and La Plata -, operating as a bridge between the two continents. The firm specialises in Legal and Business advice. The managing partner, Dr. Federico Miguel Amadeo Cincotta, is the only Solicitor of England & Wales practising in Argentina and a lawyer in Argentina.

At Cincotta International Advisory Firm we focus on legal and business services, bringing innovative solutions for companies, governments, start-ups and HNW individuals. The areas of law that we operate in include: corporate, business, customs, international trade, real estate, litigation, asset transfer, employment, family, immigration and private client.  Whether you are looking for advice to expand into the UK, Argentina -or elsewhere-, we are capable of providing a tailored solution.

This boutique firm provides sophisticated, high quality advice to international and local clients on matters of English and Argentine law. We are the first and only firm in Argentina with a qualified English solicitor, capable of providing advice on English law matters.

We understand that no two clients are the same. Therefore, we spend time getting to know our client’s businesses and the issues that matter to them. At Cincotta we successfully combine practical commercial awareness with a deep understanding of the commercial issues impacting clients, to give a highly personal and focused service. Our clients appreciate that we resolve complex issues, we spot problems before they arise and that we build strong relationships with them.

We like to define ourselves not only as a law firm but as a consultancy firm because we provide a range of services above and beyond the standard offering law firms. Not only we provide legal advice but business advice; we work closely with clients in developing corporate and commercial strategy to achieve their aims.

 

Martín Bensadon

Martín Bensadon joined Marval O’Farrell Mairal in 1991 and has been a partner of the firm since 1998. He specializes in industrial property and more particularly in patent law, having advised many national and foreign firms in this area.

He graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1991 and obtained a Master in Laws at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. In the same year he also worked as a foreign associate in the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

He has participated in seminars on industrial property and has written various articles on subjects related to his area of specialty in national and international publications as well as a book on Argentine Patent Law.

He used to be a postgraduate Professor of Industrial Property at the Universidad Católica Argentina and the Universidad de Palermo while he currently teaches at the Universidad Austral and Universidad de San Andrés. He was a Guest Researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law and a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School.

At present he is a member of the Asociación Argentina de Agentes de la Propiedad Industrial, the Asociación Interamericana para la Protección de la Propiedad Industrial, the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI), the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Firm Description

Founded in 1923, Marval O’Farrell Mairal is the largest law firm in Argentina. A market leader at both local and Latin American levels, the firm has been providing sophisticated, high quality advice to international and local clients for 90 years. The firm comprises over 300 lawyers and has wide experience of international business issues and the complexities of cross-border transactions.

Our unmatched strength allows us to react quickly and to simultaneously handle large, complex and time-consuming transactions without compromising on quality. All our teams are led directly by highly experienced partners and carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. We have a strong focus on high-end corporate and finance transactions and the largest, most active litigation and arbitration practice in Argentina.

Our leading intellectual property department provides a comprehensive service and has unrivalled experience; the firm was originally founded as an intellectual property office. We are also a market leader in a wide range of other key practice areas including tax, fintechlabor and employment, competition/antitrust, energy and natural resources, administrative and public law, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications and broadcasting as well as real estate and construction.

We are the Argentine member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, comprising more than 160 members. We also have an office in New York, providing invaluable support on US transactions. With a long history of advising multinational companies and international institutions, we have a unique understanding of the Argentine market and how to help our clients achieve their goals. Marval O’Farrell Mairal has a 90-year track record of being prepared to respond to any challenge, both in the country and in complex cross-border transactions.

 

Leonardo Bujía

Leonardo Bujía is a partner at Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán since its foundation. He specializes in corporate advice, insurance rights, commercial sports law and retail, real estate law, consumer protection and commercial loyalty law and commercial litigation.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Errecondo, Salaverri, Dellatorre, González & Burgio, Associate 2009/2012
  • Coto C.I.C.S.A., senior lawyer 2005/2009
  • Marroncelli, Ventura Barreiro y asociados, Associate 1998/2005

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, Lawyer, 1998
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Master’s Degree in Law and Economy (2006/2007)

Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio:

Salaverri, Dellatorre, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán is one of the leading business law firms in Argentina.

The firm is widely recognized for its expertise in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, banking & financing, restructuring and insolvency, and dispute resolution.

The partners of the firm have been, for more than twenty years, counsel of choice for many leading local and international private equity funds, corporations and financial institutions, in connection with their most complex and sensitive transactions, their most challenging legal issues and their most critical disputes.

Consistently, we have been counseling local and international clients in sophisticated, cross-border corporate transactions. In particular, our team has quarterbacked several multi-jurisdictional Latin American M&A and private equity deals along with New York based firms, and counseled international clients in acquisitions in other Latin American countries, bringing its expertise along with a deep understanding of both legal and cultural backgrounds that are common throughout the region.

Our practice also includes advising clients in general corporate matters, real estate and agribusiness investments, energy businesses (oil & gas and electricity), and on labor, tax and insurance law.

We are committed to excellence. Our goal is to provide clients with top-quality, high value-added legal services and innovative solutions. For such purposes, and for each matter trusted to us, we assemble teams of seasoned, multi-practice lawyers –many of which draw significant experience and expertise from their tenures at leading New York based global firms–, with a high partner-to-associate ratio.

Several of our partners have been consistently singled out as leading individuals in their fields of practice by specialized media such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal and Latin Lawyer.

Andrés Echevarría

Leaders in Law endorses Andrés Echevarría as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Andrés please use the contact information provided above.

Andrés is a Georgetown University Law Center LLM graduate (Washington D.C. – USA). He has broad experience in Commercial Law, Corporate, International Trade and M&As and is an expert in Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Unfair Competition, he has advised companies and individuals on their operations in Argentina and the US. He has participated in the review of the legal aspects of companies and branches of special purposes foreign companies and drafted and negotiated a wide range of business agreements. He is currently the Director of VIVANCO & VIVANCO.

Bar Admissions:

  • Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Education:

  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2015, Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (L.L.M.), Master en Leyes
    ● Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), Buenos Aires, 2006, Abogado, (Summa Cum Laude)

Experience:

  • Estudio Jurídico Vivanco & Vivanco, 2017 – presente, Abogado
    ● Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates P.C., 2015 – 2017, Abogado
    ● Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (Argentina), 2010 – 2014, Asesor Jurídico
    ● Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), 2008 – presente, Docente de Facultad de Cs. Jurídicas
    ● Estudio O’Farrell, 2007 – 2010, Abogado
    ● Blank Rome L.L.P., 2004 – 2005, Pasante en el Immigration Law Department

Publications:

  • Georgetown University Human Rights Institute Fact-Finding Project, The Cost of Stemming the Tide: How Immigration Enforcement Practices in Southern Mexico Limit Migrant Children’s Access to International Protection, Abril 13, 2015

Languages:

  • Spanish
    ● English
    ● Mandarín
    ● French

 

Horacio Rotella

Expertise / Practice Areas

Tax Partner (2010 – present)

Finance and Tax Law, Corporate Tax Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions. Corporate Restructurings.

Languages

Spanish and English.

Qualification / Previous Professional Experience

Public Accountant / Tax Law specialist, Belgrano University (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 1993; Post-graduate degree in Finance and Tax Law, Belgrano University (Buenos Aires), 1999.

PWC:  senior staff (1993-1999); KPMG senior manager (2000-2005); Goldemberg Eguia & Asociados: Senior Manager (2005-2010).

NAVARRO CASTEX:

Navarro Castex is an Argentine corporate law firm that provides, through a team of experienced professionals, full legal services to local and international clients in a wide range of industries.

The legal and business background of our lawyers allows us to provide a professional service which always aims at combining creativity and customized attention in an environment of growing competitiveness and complexity. We also stand out for counting with a team of bilingual lawyers, accountants and experts in finance.

Our Firm works with prestigious Of Counsel advisors in the resolution of cases requiring high specialization. We also work with a network of correspondent lawyers in the main cities alongside the country.

Internationally, in the last thirty years we have developed professional relations with law firms of the five continents. Our Firm has correspondent lawyers in the main Latin-American cities, and associated offices along Mercosur.

Our active and renowned international presence, has allowed to accompany our clients beyond Argentina, assisting them in jurisdictions where they find themselves unexperienced or still haven´t found suitable support.

 

Diego Horton

Leaders in Law endorses Diego Horton as our exclusively recommended Civil Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Diego please use the contact information provided above.

This Buenos Aires firm, actually located in the suburbs of the growing Vicente Lopez area,  advises clients in the following areas of law:

Farming and agriculture; building and construction; commercial and contractual law; real estate; debt recovery; estates, wills and trusts; family law; immigration; insurance/claims resolution; private international law; foreign investments/financial services; labour/employment; damages, medical malpractice.

The firm has strong links with European and North American law firms, through “World Link for Law” and “Sobal – Society of Brithish and Argentine Lawyers”

Spanish & English languages are spoken.

 

Raúl Fratantoni

He graduated as a lawyer (JD equivalent) from the Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas of the Universidad Católica Argentina in May 1998.  In May 2001, he obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Between June 2001 and March 2007, he worked as an associate for the law firm of Fox Horan & Camerini LLP, in New York, being admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

He has published numerous articles in Argentine and foreign law reviews. Among his publications, there are worth mentioning the following: “Enforcement of Foreign Tax Laws in the United States”, in January 2006 at La Ley (Argentine law journal, LexisNexis), “Financial Industry: New Proposals to Combat Money Laundering”, in January 2003, and “The Argentine Financial System in Crisis”, in May 2002, both published in Diritto Bancario (Italian Law Review). He also participated in the drafting of the paper “Legal Analysis of the Argentine Default and its Consequences Abroad”, published by the Argentine Academy of Economics in May 2003.

Since he joined Allende & Brea, he is part of our Corporate and M&A practice, and has advised our clients in merger and acquisitions, foreign investments, corporate law, contracts, and estate and tax planning.

He is a member of the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires, the New York State Bar, and the New York City Bar.

He became a partner of the firm in January 2010.

He has been cited as a leading practitioner in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions law by, among others, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250.

Diego Botana

Leaders in Law endorses Diego Botana as our exclusively recommended Contract Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Diego please use the contact information provided above.

He obtained his law degree from the “Universidad de Buenos Aires” in 1994, and a Masters in Law (LL.M.) from Duke University in 1997. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the “Universidad de Buenos Aires” (admitted in 2007).

He has been practicing law as a partner of the firm since 2000. Before that, he worked as an Associate of the firm since he obtained his law degree.

He specializes in general corporate practice, with special focus on commercial law, restructurings and shareholders litigation, mergers and acquisitions, cross border contracts, debt workouts and bankruptcy and reorganization, entertainment and gaming law.

He acted as expert witness in the Bankruptcy Courts of the City of New York, in matters involving argentine bankruptcy law.

He teaches courses related to Constitutional Law in the “Universidad de San Andrés”.

He has been invited as lecturer in conferences and courses both in local and foreign universities, and has published articles and comments on law journals and other publications.

He is a member of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires and Banking Lawyers Committee.

He has been cited as a leading practitioner in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions law by, among others, Latin Lawyer 250.

He has been invited as lecturer in conferences and courses both in local and foreign universities, and has published articles and comments on law journals and other publications.