Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados built its name off its strong and well-reputed real estate practice and stellar banking department. Other core strengths are capital markets, corporate and M&A, and litigation. The firm is distinguished from more traditional competitors by its constantly evolving, modern approach to law firm management.
In 2020, the firm hired a former consultant to the federal ministry of transport, Ignacio Sanz, as a partner to lead the firm’s public law practice, replacing a departing department head. The hire was in direct response to client demands for help in understanding the complex regulatory and public law issues arising from the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
Managing partner Carolina Zang is a powerhouse and has cultivated a culture where lawyers interact with clients as directly as possible. Lawyers help their clients with their commercial, as well as legal, objectives and their efforts have not gone unnoticed. A group of clients came forward in our research to praise the firm for its “flexibility and knowledge”; “commitment to every client” and “professionalism and good predisposition”.
Zang’s leadership style is modern and innovative, and she and her partners have pushed novel managerial structures. Lawyers progress through their career paths solely based on merit (as opposed to the number of years at the firm). The firm’s ‘associate without borders’ award, which it gives three times a year in recognition of lawyers going the extra mile, is greatly appreciated. Further solidifying a solid associate base, there is a committee that takes the lead on associate career paths, biannual evaluations and practice area rotations.
The firm’s ‘Go To Desk’ programme, where it invites local students from a wide variety of subject backgrounds to share ideas and teach skills from their respective courses, to help modernise and streamline its processes, has been a complete success. There is a ‘reverse tutoring’ scheme where associates have the chance to share their insights with partners, and fathers get two weeks of paternity leave (considerably more than the two-day leave mandated under Argentine law). The firm also has an internal social media app that acts as an instant feedback tool.
This is a forward-thinking firm that prides itself on being highly adaptable to change. Lawyers are encouraged to be creative and get recognition for innovation in career evaluations. Zang Bergel has a ‘2022 committee’ formed by partners and associates to assess ways the firm can innovate to safeguard its future.
Restructuring, insolvency and distressed M&A are all recent capabilities of Zang Bergel, as well as compliance and private wealth practice areas. The firm is constantly looking to broaden its service offer. Zang Bergel also stands out for its collaborative office culture – which clients say they notice and feel the benefits of as there is a high degree of collaboration between different teams. The result is that clients feel they are getting the best possible experience in their dealings with the firm.
Close to half of this firm’s partners are women, noticeably more than in most law firms. One reason for this is Zang Bergel’s obvious respect for work–life balance. Carolina Zang has worked tirelessly to promote female leadership within the firm, implementing a coaching leadership style that includes a focus on soft skills and female inclusion. Zang is a strong voice promoting diversity in the legal industry and more broadly in other working environments in Latin America, regularly speaking at conferences and events on the subject, and chairing various committees on the topic. A former co-chair of the IBA’s Latin American Forum, Zang is now on its advisory board.
Alliances and networks
Zang Bergel is the Argentine member of First Law International and belongs to Multilaw and Mackrell International.