Francisco J. Menendez
Complex customs matters and customs litigation
SYLS PROVIDES SOPHISTICATED ADVICE AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS
TO THE LEGAL AND TAX NEEDS OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC
COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS.
Head of M&A & Corporate Finance
Rafael is one of the founding partners of SyLS.
With more than 25 years in the practice of law, Rafael is broadly recognized among the most prominent lawyers in Argentina in the field of corporate law and M&A. He is consistently recommended and awarded by the several specialized publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, etc. He advises domestic and international companies, institutions and individuals in the structuring and development of investments, complex M&A and corporate-finance transactions and business negotiations.
Before founding SyLS, Rafael was a partner in one the largest law firms in Argentina where he headed the Corporate Law and M&A Department of the firm.
Rafael also worked for approx. 4 years at White & Case LLP, where he took part of the International Lawyers Program in the New York office (2000), and then as an Associate in the Latin-American Practice Group in the Miami office (2001-2003), where he was involved in a number of banking finance transactions, debt restructuring processes, M&A transactions and joint ventures, advising companies and financial institutions in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
Rafael has taken part in several of the most relevant M&A transactions in Argentina over the past 20 years, representing domestic and international buyers and sellers. He was also engaged in several privatization processes (in the energy, postal service, telecommunication and airport industries), structured and competitive M&A processes, debt restructurings, banking finance transactions, project finance, start-ups and VC investments in the technology industry, corporate tax-free reorganizations, etc.
He graduated from Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) in 1993. He has various post-graduate studies, including his participation in the 1998 Academy of American and International Law of the Southwestern Legal Foundation (SMU, Dallas, Texas).
Rafael is bilingual (English-Spanish).
Head of Tax
Sebastián is one of the founding partners of SyLS.
With more than 20 years in the practice of law, Sebastián is broadly recognized among the most prominent tax lawyers in Argentina. He is consistently ranked as a leading tax practitioner by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and other legal publications.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, International Tax Program where he was awarded with a merit scholarship. He holds a lawyer degree from the University of Buenos Aires with a major in Tax Law, and has a Taxation Specialist Degree.
Before founding SyLS, Sebastian was a partner in one the largest law firms in Argentina, leading the international tax practice.
Sebastián focuses initially on the understanding of the clients' business, as a stepping stone for providing advice to a wide range of industries, from technology companies, to agri-business, to energy, media, oil & gas, infrastructure, etc. He provides tax advice on the development of legal structures to global and local companies, and also to trusts, estates, and ultra high-net worth individuals. He seeks to optimize the tax impact of national and international transactions, investments, assets, and tax-free re-organizations. Over the past 20 years, he has provided tax planning services in some of the most relevant M&A transactions in Argentina. He has also provided tax planning services as to in securities transactions, derivatives transactions, synthetic products and financial trusts. In addition, Sebastián designs strategies and represents clients in complex tax litigation proceedings, including transfer pricing cases, where he also provides advice on the definition of corporate policies in light of potential legal implications.
In addition to its tax practice, Sebastián has a deep understanding of the tech ecosystem and represents Venture Capital funds and investors doing business in LatAm; and Tech companies with operations in the region.
He was lecturer appointed by a competitive selection process in the School of Law, UBA. He also taught at the "Latin American International Tax Program", Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Fundación Getulio Vargas, Northwestern University. He is co-author of the Handbook of Transfer Pricing in Argentina.. He has written more than 50 articles and other publications in the tax field and is a regular speaker at conferences held in Argentina and abroad.
He is member to many associations, including the Asociación Argentina de Estudios Fiscales, the International Fiscal Association, Harvard Club, Harvard Argentine Society and International Bar Association. Sebastian is a mentor with Endeavor.
He is bilingual (English-Spanish).
Complex customs matters and customs litigation
SyLS has a unique team of senior associates, junior associates and paralegals in each Practice Area who are highly qualified, specialized and fully bilingual.
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
Sports, Media & Entertainment
Domestic and Regional Business Tax Planning
Tax and Wealth Planning for High Net-Worth Individuals
Tax Incentives Regimes
Acquisitions and Exits
Tax and Corporate Regional Structuring
Start-Ups and Seed Investments
SOME OF OUR CLIENTS
We represent global and domestic companies, global funds and high-net worth individuals doing business in Argentina. We have represented several leaders in their industries as Tyson Foods, the Univeg Group (Expofrut), Coca-Cola, Multigrain (Mitsui), and Kerry Ingredients in the food industry; Brightstar Corp. in the technology manufacturing business; Mercado Libre, Kazsek Ventures, Tiger Global, Atomico Ventures, Eventioz and Uber in the IT sector; Pampa Energía, Interenergy and Energía del Sur in the energy business; Grupo Financiero Inbursa, HSBC, Scotiabank and the Eximbank in the financial services sector; The Boston Consulting Group and TMF and in the service industry; Al Jazeera in the media industry, among several others. We are also regularly retained by some of the largest and most prestigious US and UK law firms to assist them on Argentine law matters and projects.