The firm leads the Compliance, Investigations and Corporate Criminal Law practice in Argentina. It has an unparalleled expertise in advising corporate clients in the context of internal investigations as well as in designing compliance risk-mitigating strategies in the context of specific transactions and day-to-day operations.

With the recent absorption of Governance Latam, the firm further expands its capabilities by adding two new partners of recognized local and international professional experience –Guillermo Jorge, who leads the Department, and Fernando Basch.

In recent years, Argentina and the major economies of our continent have created strong incentives for the private sector to prevent fraud, corruption, the laundering of assets of illicit origin and other offenses. Corporate liability regimes are expanding their reach to environmental, antitrust, and consumer protection matters, among others. Guillermo Jorge and Fernando Basch have been consulted about the design and implementation of such legal frameworks in most of the countries of the region, including Argentina. Their expertise places them in an unparalleled position to offer advice on the most appropriate risk mitigating strategies to our corporate clients.

Guillermo’s and Fernando’s experience and specialized knowledge is added to those of other partners of the firm, like Enrique Bruchou, Carlos Lombardi, Matías Olivero Vila and Sergio Arbeleche, who have led highly complex internal investigations for multinational companies operating in Argentina. Enrique Bruchou and Sergio Arbeleche will continue contributing to the development of the practice.

Our services are nourished, in turn, by the expertise of our partners in each of the practice areas to which our compliance solutions are applied. The involvement of our partners in the areas of Labor Law, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy & New Technologies, Customs Law & Foreign Trade, Banking Law & Capital Markets, Energy and Mining, just to mention a few examples, contributes to fine-tuning the compliance strategies designed for each industry’s clients.

The Department’s services include:

  • Advice in and development of internal investigations, e.g. of corporate fraud and in the context of FCPA or other transnational anti-bribery law enforcement actions. Our experience with internal investigations for multinational companies operating in Argentina is outstanding. We are uniquely positioned to conduct anti-bribery and corporate fraud investigations by ourselves or in association with foreign firms. We have in-depth knowledge of public procurement, governmental affairs and business practices in Argentina and Latin America, and we can easily put together a multidisciplinary team to efficiently identify the case’s relevant facts and accurately summarize and report its main conclusions -including experts in corporate law, M&As, capital markets, foreign trade, data privacy, environmental law, public law, tax law, and antitrust, among other fields.
  • Criminal compliance counseling. Local and transnational corporate liability regimes created new needs of corporate criminal advice, preventive in nature and complementary to the criminal counseling that corporate management individually receives. Our team specializes in the identification of criminal risks and the development of corporate governance & compliance mitigating strategies.
  • Design and implementation of industry remedial strategies in sectors or operations exposed to high or structural corruption risks. Tolerance of corruption allows the formation of networks of illicit exchanges that, over time, institutionalize practices that compete and often substitute formal rules. Systemic corruption can only be addressed through remedial strategies that require collective efforts -strategies directed at aligning the incentives of the main market stakeholders to cooperate and reestablish trust in legal compliance. The Department’s partners led the the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s (MACN) collective action in Argentina, which was internationally recognized for its results in corruption risks reduction in the grain export processes in Argentine ports.
  • Advice on the design, implementation, updating and evaluation of compliance programs. We have extensive experience in designing and implementing compliance strategies tailored to address each industry risks. Our experience in the region, and related to the main OECD countries’ legislations allows us to act as one-stop-shop for the compliance practice in Latin America.
  • A team capable of grasping the material facts of a case and of effectively and accurately reporting -both orally and in writing- the relevant findings.

Our multidisciplinary team is also composed of experts in corporate law, anti-money laundering law, white collar crimes, capital markets, environmental law, administrative law, and tax law.