Mission & Values
My aim is to provide a complete personalized service, working with total availability for the client and the client’s goals.
Twenty years working with first rated local and international law firms guarantee my career.
International experience in several jurisdictions, such as: English, U.S., Spanish, French, Uruguayan, Mexican and Brazilian jurisdictions, fluency in languages and knowledge of cultures enable close contact with the challenges that clients may be facing.
I know how important cost efficiency is. That is why I will always try to explore creative and convenient alternatives.
Knowledge, creativity, hard work, determination, availability and communication are my pillars to attain clients’ objectives.
My goal: a satisfied client and excellence at work.
I am a lawyer graduated from the Law School of the “Universidad Católica Argentina” in 1995. I went to an English school and completed language courses in French at the Alliance Francaise and in Italian at the Dante Alighieri.
I started working in 1993 at the law firm Marval, O´Farrell & Mairal. I specialized in corporate and finance law which involved, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements of companies and bulk of assets in several industries, due diligence processes, drafting and negotiating shareholders agreements, advice on the local public offering regime, listing of companies in local and international markets, structuring of investment funds, setting up of corporations, representation and registration of foreign shareholders, negotiation of loan agreements and other financing documents, structuring of guarantees, trusts, licence and distribution agreements.
Among the most relevant transactions of that time, I can mention my participation in the IPO of YPF S.A. in the local and international markets, the first issue of bonds of a local company listed simultaneously in the Argentine and in the US market, made by Telefonica Argentina S.A., the first issue of structured bonds, guaranteed with a trust on proceeds from an international agreement made by YPF S.A.
In 1997 I studied a Master in Laws (LLM) at Duke University, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Afterwards I worked in London at the English firm, Linklaters. In addition to working in the capital markets area I worked in the project finance area. Projects included bids and financing of English highways, construction and financing of an electric power plant in India, exploitation of carbon mines in Colombia, review of documents related to the 2004 Olympic games.
In 1999, I came back to Argentina and continued working at the law firm Marval O´Farrell & Mairal, but as a consequence of the situation of the country at that time, my work started to be more related to debt restructurings, public tender offers of bonds and shares, withdrawal of companies of the public offering regime, securitizations, advice on strategies to prevent conflicts, disputes among shareholders, proceedings on behalf of corporations and directors before governmental entities, termination of contracts.
Among the most relevant transactions of that time in which I took part, I can mention the public tender offer of shares of Massalin Particulares S.A. and others, the first public tender offer of shares in three jurisdictions simultaneously which included Argentine, Spanish and U.S. jurisdictions made by Banco Santander .S.A, the most important debt restructuring of a private company within the framework of an “acuerdo preventivo extrajudicial” regulated by Bankruptcy Law made by Telecom Group, debt restructuring by Compañía de Alimentos Fargo S.A. and its subsidiaries and the first expropriation proceeding and agreement with the government following the expropriation of Repsol’s shares in YPF S.A.
I also attended many courses, conferences and seminars on commercial, accounting, corporate, financing matters, including development and financing of renewable energy projects.
I am a member of the Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal.
After more than twenty years working with the most important local and international law firms, in response to the needs of clients to receive personal, quick, taylor-made solutions, today I introduce my own law firm Vela Bullrich Abogados.
LANGUAGES Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Publications & Conferences
Publications & Conferences
“New Contracts Regime in the Argentine Unified Civil and Commercial Code”. LexisNexis. 2016.
“Capital Markets 2014- Virtual Round Table”. Corporate Live Wire. 2014.
“FCPA- Argentina”. ABA-Meeting Buenos Aires. 2014.
“Capital Markets 2013- Roundtable”. Corporate Live Wire, 2013.
“Panel on Contract Drafting: Corporate lawyers v. Litigators”. International Association of Young Lawyers- Buenos Aires. 2013.
“Regulations on the Capital Markets Law”. World Securities Law Report. 2013.
“Sovereign funds in Argentina”. Union Internationale des Avocats. Dresden, 2012.
“Argentina's New Securities Law”. World Securities Law Report - Bloomberg BNA, 2012.
“ARGENTINA Government Proposes To Criminalize Insider Trading, Stock Price Manipulation”. World Securities Law Report, 2011.
“Inversiones Extranjeras”. Union Internationale des Avocats. Miami, 2011.
Top Recent Mentions
Latin Lawyer. “Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Award” en relación al caso Repsol (2015).
Latin Lawyer. “Repsol litigated to make Argentina negotiate, says Spanish team” (2014).
Latin Lawyer. “Repsol accepts Argentina's first-ever negotiated expropriation deal” (2014).
IFLR. “YPF high-yield bond”. (2014).
Latin Lawyer. “Brasil Foods in Argentine expansion” (2011).
Abogados.com.ar. “Brasil Foods en expansión hacia la Argentina” (2011).
Abogados.com.ar. “… Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. en la Compra de Compañía de Alimentos FARGO S.A. y sus Subsidiarias” (2011).
Abogados.com.ar. “…Banco do Brasil en la exitosa oferta pública de adquisición obligatoria de acciones ordinarias Clase A y B de Banco Patagonia” (2011).
Who´s Who Legal. Most Highly Regarded Firms: Argentina 2008 - Capital Markets. “Clara Vela is admired for her combination of expertise in the Argentine markets and UK work style, which is valued by European clients with a presence in Argentina." (2008).
Latin Lawyer. “Telecom Argentina completes debt restructuring” (2006).
Latin Lawyer. “Transener restructures debt” (2005).
Latin Lawyer. “ALL launches IPO and issues non-convertible debentures” (2004).
Latin Lawyer. “TASA files APE for Argentina's largest private restructuring” (2004).
Latin Lawyer. “Telco restructuring in Argentina gets debt ball rolling” (2003).
Latin Lawyer. “Tender offer of cigarette maker” (2001).
Latin Lawyer. “Fibre optic loan deal” (2001).
Expertise, knowledge and creativity.
International experience in several jurisdictions: English, U.S., Spanish, French, Uruguayan, Mexican and Brazilian jurisdictions. Fluency in languages and knowledge of cultures enable close contact with the challenges that clients may be facing.