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About Pablo Bustos

Pablo is a corporate lawyer with a broad practice in the following areas and industries:

  • debt, finance and capital markets.
  • M&A, corporate, commercial, tax and labor.
  • energy, oil & gas, construction (EPC), aviation, mining, manufacturing, and agriculture industries.
  • government contracts and regulatory matters.
  • international law and commercial arbitration.
  • compliance (FCPA & UKBA).
  • Intellectual property.

Debt & Finance Transactions, Bankruptcy

  • Represented American multinational company in connection with audit of cable television companies in Argentina in order to facilitate debt repayment and credit verification as part of bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented a client group with interests in national, binational, and international business chambers, in relation to governments and multilateral credit organizations (i.e., the Andean Development Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, IFC, leading international private banks, bank unions, and others).
  • Negotiated on behalf of Aggreko Argentina in connection with the repayment of commercial debt and other financing soId by the Secretariat of Energy of Argentina.
  • Represented international companies in the process of collecting verification and collection of debt in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised companies in obtaining, configuring or forming financing structures such as project finance transactions, syndicates, loans, various credit structures, and guarantees.
  • Advised several credit and finance companies on regulatory, corporate, environmental, and labor relations issues, relationships with suppliers, credit recovery and advice on guarantees for special operations.
  • Represented companies in preventive contests and extrajudicial agreements to prevent insolvencies and bankruptcies.
  • Organized private investment funds and real estate investment companies in the US and UK.

M&A, Corporate & Tax Planning

  • Oversaw legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions operations in Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia.
  • Developed a tax planning strategy to take advantage of tax benefits and capital goods import benefits.
  • Provided general advice to clients in the process of corporate reorganizations.
  • Led planning for tax-free corporate restructuring in Mexico.
  • Advised numerous accounting firms and consulting companies in corporate matters, labor relations and collaborated to provide highly specialized advice for some of their international clients in legal, financial, and business management matters.
  • Advised multinational companies in processes of private price competition associations in EPC processes, mergers and acquisitions, negotiations of international contracts, and various tax matters.
  • Advised mining companies on all regulatory, corporate, environmental, and labor relations issues, relationships with suppliers, and infrastructure construction.

Commercial and Labor Contracts

  • Negotiated and concluded numerous client supplier contracts.
  • Negotiated on behalf of corporate clients to prevent union strikes, blockades, and route cuts by unions.
  • Advised client in the organization and development of dealership agreements, spare parts distribution, and after-sales services. Collaborated with client’s management team to balance the production and import relationships required by authorities and negotiated agreements with certain dealers, and other corporate businesses in relation thereto.
  • Negotiated international events contracts in connection with events such as the Paris Dakar Rally, F1 Formula 1 Racing, Formula E Racing, the Cirque du Soleil, among others.
  • Negotiated multiple agreements with suppliers, distributors, agencies, and consultancies in numerous Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Coordinated labor claim defense strategy with outside lawyers in several jurisdictions.

Government Contracts & Regulatory Matters

  • Representation of companies before governments, industrial chambers, and regulators.
  • Represented global technology corporation in tenders process for contract awards by provincial authorities, national universities, and others.
  • Advised clients on contract administration and termination, debt collection, and renegotiation of new contracts in cases where contracts had been extended and in competitive processes for the award of new contracts. Participated and negotiated on behalf of clients in connection with tenders, price competitions, and technical meetings and advised clients on bidding and performance specifications and contract conditions.
  • Represented clients in matters before the Arbitral Tribunal of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted clients in obtaining various energy contract awards in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Ecuador.
  • Extensive experience advising clients in customs law matters.

Argentine Republic Representations

  • Worked as a consultant and representative of the Argentine Republic in intellectual property, technology transfer, and market regulation.
  • Served as a consultant and representative of the Argentine Republic before the Board of Directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/OPS) in Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Worked as a consultant and representative of the Argentine Republic in intellectual property, technology transfer, and market regulation matters.
  • Represented Argentina in the MERCOSUR delegation in Brussels, participating in preparatory meetings for the European Union Free Trade Agreement.

Aviation

  • Advised clients in connection with formation of air services company jointly owned with Bell Textron.
  • Represented multiple air service companies in Argentina.
  • Led safety standards and compliance workshops for aircraft repair and maintenance services companies in Argentina.
  • Negotiated the acquisition of aircraft in the USA, Spain, France, and Italy.
  • Assisted client in registration of aircraft in multiple countries.
  • Managed labor relations amongst aircraft company unions and regulators.

Agriculture Industry, Wine and Vineyards

  • Represented main line Argentinian winery throughout its sale process from valuation to closing.
  • Advised clients concerning the export of livestock from Argentina to Bolivia and Uruguay. Advised client on legal aspects of genetics for livestock breed improvement and genetic material export.
  • Advised clients in connection with the purchase of farms and ranches to expand agricultural facilities.
  • Implemented strategic alliances to mitigate climate risk through joint venture agreements for forestry development in Temuco, Chile.

EPC & Infrastructure

  • Represented a construction group funded by Argentine capital investment fund in the bidding processes for docks, hydroelectric dams, routes, trains, and large infrastructure works in several countries.
  • Achieved favorable ruling in breach of contract claim before the Arbitration Tribunal of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange on behalf of IEASA–EASA (Argentinian government main energy corporation).

Compliance

  • Trained executives on the subject matter and application of the UK Bribery Act, US FCPA, OECD, and applicable local criminal law in their areas of operations.
  • Advised client engaged in audit of cable television companies.

Intellectual Property

  • Represented, advised, and negotiated on behalf of clients in global trademark defense matters.
  • “Social Impact” (Participant in pro bono consulting for groups in vulnerable situations).
  • “Fundación Cimientos” (Participant in youth education and vocational training).
  • Member of Colegio Público de Abogados de Capital Federal (providing pro bono advice in legal specialties commissions).
  • Mentor for Universidad del CEMA students in law, business administration and economics, as well as postgraduate students in business administration and finance.
  • Attorney at Law, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
  • Masters in Finance, Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos de Argentina (CEMA)
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Universidad Austral IAE Business School
  • Spanish (Native)
  • English (Professional)
  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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