Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, founded in 1923, is the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Argentina. The firm has over 330 professionals—of which 55 are partners—and an overall staff of more than 650 people. At the present time, no law firm in Argentina and few in Latin America have matched the staff increase experienced by Marval since 2002. The number of lawyers, staff and available resources make Marval one of the few firms in Latin America (and certainly the only one in Argentina) that can put more than 100 lawyers on a single transaction, on a full-time basis. This allows the firm to meet large clients’ needs in high-value, complex transactions.
The firm offers a wide range of legal services to financial institutions, commerce, industry and diverse sectors of government, placing a strong emphasis on providing high-quality legal services with a creative and innovative approach to attaining clients’ goals. Although the firm practices Argentine law, its lawyers are well attuned to business issues and the complexities of multi-jurisdictional transactions, and they work closely with clients in seeking solutions to the competitive challenges facing business today.
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal specializes in administrative law and privatizations; agribusiness; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial and competition law; corporate law; dispute resolution and arbitration; foreign investments; entertainment and media; environmental law; healthcare; insolvency and restructuring; insurance law; intellectual property; Internet and information technology; labor law; litigation; maritime and air law; Mercosur; mergers and acquisitions; natural resources; patents; project finance; real estate and construction law; tax and customs law; telecommunications and broadcasting; trademarks; and utilities and energy law. The patent and trademark group provides a comprehensive registration and protection service to its business clients.
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal also has offices in the Argentine city of Córdoba and in New York City. The firm has a longstanding, successful relationship with the Brazilian law firm Demarest & Almeida through which it assists its Mercosur clients. The firm is also associated with Uría Menéndez, one of the leading law firms in Spain. Ad hoc teams comprising lawyers from both firms regularly provide advice to clients on their investments in capital market and project finance transactions, energy and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, tax structure planning and telecommunications.
The firm and its lawyers are ranked in Band 1 in major legal publications in banking and finance, competition/antitrust, corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property, international trade/ WTO, labor & employment, mining, tax and telecoms, and have received numerous prestigious awards, including “Argentina Law Firm of the Year 2011” from Chambers and Partners and “Argentina’s Law Firm of the Year 2012” from IFLR and Who’s Who Legal.