The Argentine office of Baker McKenzie is an integral cog in the firm’s unparalleled Latin American wheel, coupling a vast client base with a more than capable partnership against the backdrop of a competitive market. With the firm striving to instil a diverse and inclusive working environment, teamwork lies at the centre of this firm’s philosophy.
The expertise of its lawyers has kept the firm as the first port of call for cross-border M&A mandates, which is one of its core practices, together with corporate, banking and finance, labour and tax. Baker McKenzie (Argentina), however, does not stop there: a full-service offering is provided, with a criminal law division as a bonus.
The firm’s industry-focused mindset sets it apart from competitors and remains a cornerstone of its strategy. In this, it has already found success, utilising strength in banking to pick up project finance work in the power sector, for example.
Despite being one of a small number of international firms with an office in Argentina, Baker McKenzie is by far the most established. The firm plays to its strengths by aiming for multi-jurisdictional deals with links to the country. Clients appreciate that the firm can staff cross-border transactions with the backing of lawyers from around the world. In a recent example, Baker McKenzie teams in London and Buenos Aires helped Rio Tinto acquire a lithium project in northern Argentina for $825 million.
Meanwhile, a flexible working policy is in place for Baker McKenzie (Argentina), including alternative working hours, remote working and regular opportunities to work outside the office. Substantial investment in technology and innovation is another priority, which is reflected in the firm’s Buenos Aires office.
In further evidence of the local office’s standing in the wider Baker McKenzie platform, Gustavo A Boruchowicz was appointed in 2021 as head of the firm’s Latin American practice, a role he will keep until 2025. Boruchowicz led the Argentine office with a hands-on management style and has been praised for his strong record of successfully managing large teams. Adolfo Durañona remains managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s Buenos Aires office.
Baker McKenzie’s regional network is unrivalled in Latin America; it has 15 offices across the region’s seven largest jurisdictions, including an alliance with Brazilian firm Trench Rossi Watanabe.