Partner Cristián Francos highlighted by Global Investigations Review's Argentina Bar Survey 2019
Partner Cristián Francos* was highlighted by Global Investigations Review's Argentina Bar Survey 2019 as a lawyer of note and a member of Argentina's investigations bar.
The increased enforcement brought first by Operation Car Wash and then by the notebooks scandal represents a sea change for Argentina, which as recently as 2017 was criticized by the OECD for its lax efforts to combat bribery.
Though criminal law experts in Argentina have always been on hand to advise individuals and companies on anti-corruption matters, in general, the absence of corporate criminal liability led to little demand for white-collar work in this country. Now, however, lawyers say there are signs that Argentina's investigations bar is growing.
Lawyers told GIR that the reform has motivated Argentina’s full-service law firms to open investigations practices. Increased enforcement, meanwhile, has created more demand among individuals for advice from the country's criminal law boutiques. That trend is expected to continue.
Another international lawyer in the city is Cristián Francos at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss. Francos, who splits his time between the firm's Buenos Aires and Washington, DC, offices, regularly advises Argentinian clients on US investigations into corruption matters.
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*Mr. Francos is admitted to practice only in Buenos Aires; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia.