A solid member of Baker McKenzie’s unrivalled Latin American network, the Argentine office has a broad client base and an experienced partnership in a market where competition is solid. Teamwork is prioritised, and the firm is working hard to champion a diverse and inclusive working environment.
Baker McKenzie has a comprehensive service offering. Its core areas are corporate and M&A, banking and finance, labour and tax, but there is also a criminal law division here, which is still a rarity at corporate law firms in Argentina. The firm is the first port of call for cross-border M&As in Argentina with international components.
Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself through its strict industry focus, so building expertise in those fields is a continuation of that firm-wide approach. It is already finding success, utilising strength in banking to pick up project finance work in the power sector, for example.
Of the small number of international firms with an office in Argentina, Baker McKenzie is by far the most established. It plays to its strengths by aiming for multi-jurisdictional deals with links to Argentina. Clients appreciate that the firm can staff cross-border transactions, such as financings governed by New York law, with the support of lawyers from around the world, particularly from offices elsewhere in Latin America.
Lawyers here benefit from a flexible working policy that includes alternative working hours, remote working and regularly working outside of the office. Baker McKenzie invests heavily in technology and innovation across the board, which is reflected in the Buenos Aires office, making it well prepared for the switch to working from home over the past year or so.
Former managing partner Gustavo Boruchowicz led the Argentine office with a hands-on management style, devoting a lot of time to the role. In 2021, he has been appointed to replace Jaime Trujilo as head of the firm's Latin American practice and will assume this role until 2025, being commended for his strong record of successfully managing large teams, demonstrating leadership and collaborating across various practices.
Clients of Baker McKenzie’s local office praised the firm in our research: “It is very reliable and objective in its recommendations. It maintains a relationship of several years with our company, knowing in depth the issues in progress and adopts a posture of true partnership.”
Baker McKenzie’s regional network is unrivalled in Latin America; there are offices in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, as well as an alliance with Brazilian firm Trench Rossi Watanabe. Several Baker McKenzie offices in the US and Europe are integral to the Latin American practice.