Romano, Francisco

Partner

Argentina

Argentina

fjr@pagbam.com

+54 11 4114-3026

Spanish – English – French – Italian – Russian

Expertise

With more than 25 years of recognized experience in the Argentina and Latin America energy and financial sector, Francisco Romano joined the firm as Head of the Energy Department in February of 2018, combining the experience of in-house counsel for major oil and gas companies and independents and outside counsel at top-tiered law firms.

Education

Mr. Romano graduated with honors at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law in 1990 and obtained his LLM in Banking and Finance Law With Merit in 2001 at King’s College, London, with a Chevening Award for Higher Studies in the UK.

Academic & Professional Experience

After spending 5 years in well-known law firms in the country, where he specialized in international business transactions and arbitration, Francisco Romano became the legal manager at Argentine independent Bridas, with operations in Latin America, Russia and Central Asia. He then became the Senior Legal Advisor at Pan American Energy, the BP (Amoco) Bridas joint venture in the Southern Cone of South America. In 2005 he became the Law Manager at Chevron Argentina SRL and, before joining PAGBAM, he served for 4 years as the Managing Counsel for the Chevron Latin America Business Unit, based in Caracas, Venezuela, leading a team of 12 legal professionals based in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela.

Among the many achievements in his career, Mr. Romano had a leading role in the legal and regulatory developments that accompanied the unconventional exploration and exploitation boom in the country. He was instrumental in the negotiations, drafting and successful execution of the most important unconventional project in the Vaca Muerta formation, the YPF-Chevron project in Loma Campana, Province of Neuquen, breaking new ground in the development of unconventional resources in the country.

As a transactional lawyer, he is an expert in negotiation, drafting and execution of major transactions such as M&As, international construction projects, LNG agreements, natural gas development projects, midstream projects, joint ventures, unitization agreements, project finance and major financial transactions linked to the energy sector. As a litigator, he participated in international investment disputes, international commercial arbitration and complex litigation matters, including international disputes across various jurisdictions and legal systems.

Skilled in designing and developing international negotiation strategies for a wide range of corporate objectives by finding creative and profitable contractual mechanisms, he built fruitful relationships with all stakeholders.

Mr. Romano has been a Professor for many years at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, both at the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Admissions & Affiliations

Francisco Romano is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and the International Law Association.

In 2017 he was elected for the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Latin America.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay updated by receiving our Legal News Alert that will provide you, in a quick and simple way,
with the latest regulatory changes as well as the most relevant news.

Subscribe

* indicates required
I hereby give my free and informed consent for the collection, processing, storage and/or use of my personal data (the "Personal Data") by Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen. I understand that all assignment and/or transfer of my Personal Data will be made in full compliance with Law No. 25,326 and complementary regulations. The delivery of my Personal Data is voluntary. I understand that, as the owner of the Personal Data, I have the right to exercise, free of charge, the right of access, rectification or deletion of my Personal Data pursuant to Section 14, subsection 3 of Law No. 25,326 (as amended), by communicating to the following e-mail address news@pagbam.com. The AGENCY FOR ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION, Control Body of Law No. 25,326, has the power to deal with complaints and claims filed by those affected in theirs right due to breach of the Personal Data legislation in force.
You must fill the checkbox to suscribe.