Born in the province of Salta on June 21, 1971. In 1996, he graduated as a lawyer from Universidad de Buenos Aires.
He participated in many conferences, among which “Reform of the National Code of Criminal Procedure”; “Justice Administration” organized by Universidad de Buenos Aires; “Crime of Embezzlement”, “Corporate Crime Law” and “Practical Course on the Tax Criminal Act.” He pursued a postgraduate course in Criminal Law from Universidad Austral (2006-2007).
From 1990 to 1995, he was a member of the Juzgado Nacional en lo Criminal y Correccional Federal Nro. 6 [National Court for Criminal and Correctional Matters Nº6]. In the year 1995, he was appointed deputy clerk of the court.
In 1997 he started working at Durrieu Abogados as an associate. His professional work is vast in the field of corporate crime law, giving advice to individuals, airlines, railway and armored transportation companies, laboratories and insurance companies in matters related to criminal law in general. He has also represented foreign states in extradition processes heard before courts in our country.
Born in the City of Buenos Aires on October 27, 1981. He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in the year 2006.
In the year 2005, he attended a semester at the Law School of Université d’Orléans, France. In 2011 he completed a master’s degree in International Law (LL.M.) and a certificate in National Security from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States. He is currently attending a master’s degree in Criminal Law at Universidad Austral and is a teaching assistant of Criminal Law at Universidad Católica Argentina. Moreover, he has attended many courses and published articles in various journals.
Over the year 2003, he worked in the Juzgado Nacional en lo Criminal de Instrucción N° 8, [National Court for Criminal Matters Nº8] Office N° 125. In 2009 he was a consultant in the Global Program against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. In 2009 and 2010, he was appointed summary clerk in the Office of Legal Proceedings of the Ministry of Economy via decree law 665/2011, by which he gave advice on criminal matters to different departments in the Ministry. Having previously worked as an associate, in 2014 he was made partner at Durrieu Abogados. He also provides counsel to national congressmen and senators.
Languages Spanish, English and French.
Juan Martín López Quesada
Born in the City of Buenos Aires on July 27, 1974. In 2000 he graduated as a lawyer from Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Over the years 2003 and 2004, he completed the postgraduate course in Criminal Law from Universidad Católica Argentina. He has participated in various seminars and conferences on the matters of Economic Crime Law and Criminal Procedure Law. He has worked as a professor of Criminal Law in the MLL in High-Tech from Universidad Católica Argentina and in the MLL in Business from ESEADE. He has participated in many courses of Criminal Law and published in journals.
He has worked at Durrieu Abogados since 2001. His wide professional experience comes from his activity in different branches of Criminal Law.
Languages Spanish and English.
Justo Lo Prete
Born in the City of Buenos Aires on November 24 1967. He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in the year 1993.
Besides taking part in many courses related to criminal law matters, he attended a postgraduate course at Universidad de Belgrano, where he was awarded the degree of Lawyer Specialized in Criminal Law. He has traveled abroad several times to different lawyers’ conferences specialized in the subject-matter.
Since 1992 he has worked at Durrieu Abogados, which has enabled him to develop professionally in the many branches involving criminal law, his exclusive line of expertise.
He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in the year 2000.
He completed a postgraduate course in Criminal Law from Universidad Austral (2003) and a PhD in Criminal Law and Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, and was awarded with the degree of suficiencia investigadora [investigating sufficiency] (DEA) in 2007. Since 2011 he has worked as a teaching assistant in Criminal Procedure Law at Universidad Católica Argentina and as a visiting professor in the master’s degree in Criminal Law of Universidad Austral.
From 1998 to 2004, he worked at Poder Judicial [The Judiciary] of the Province of Buenos Aires. Judicial department of San Isidro. He was an auxiliary counselor for Defensoría Oficial Nº3 from 2000 to 2004. In the year 2004, he was appointed clerk of court at Fiscalía de Cámara, with tasks of clerk of the Public Defense Office, criminal enforcement area. From 2005 to 2008, he was an associate at Estudio Durrieu. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked as an associate senior at Estudio Fernández Alonso, Beccar Varela & Richards, and between 2012 and 2015, he held a similar position in Estudio Beccar Varela. In the year 2015, he joined Durrieu Abogados, where he was made partner.
Languages Spanish and English.
Guillermo Vidal Albarracín
Born in the City of Buenos Aires on September 26, 1977. He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Austral in the year 2000 and was awarded with the degree of Specialist in Criminal Law in the year 2006.
He has taught in the courses “Criminal Law”, “Criminal Procedure Law” and “Customs Law and Economic Crime Law” at Universidad Argentina de Empresas.
He was also a professor and coordinator in the postgraduate course in customs law at Escuela de Cuerpo de Abogados del Estado, as well as a lecturer and coordinator at many conferences organized by Centro de Despachantes de Aduana on the liability of customs dispatch agents. He is currently a professor of Customs Crimes in the postgraduate program of Universidad Nacional de la Plata (2013-to date) and a visiting professor in the postgraduate program in Customs Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad Di Tella.
He collaborated in the book Delitos Aduaneros (Customs Crimes) written by Héctor Guillermo Vidal Albarracín, Ed. Mave (October 2004. Updated and broadened in 2006 and 2010). He co-wrote the books La responsabilidad del despachante de aduanas (Liability of Customs Dispatch Agents) and El despachante de aduana (Customs Dispatch Agents) (2016), Editorial Guía Práctica – Ediciones IARA SA. He compiled the book Jornadas de Trabajo de Derecho Aduanero – Lucha contra el contrabando de estupefacientes, cigarrillos, mercaderías falsificadas y copias piratas (Conferences on Customs Law – Fighting Against Drugs, Tobacco, Counterfeit Goods and Piracy) , Editorial Abeledo Perrot (2010) and the books of the conferences on preventive practices against drug trafficking (2011 and 2012). He co-wrote the updated and broadened version of Tome III of the book Código aduanero comentado (Customs Code Explained) Editorial Abeledo Perrot (2011) and wrote various articles in journals.
From 1998 to 2016 he was a partner in the law firm of Dr Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta, Vidal Albarracín (Estudio BRSV) in the area of General Criminal Law and Economic Crime Law. In the year 2016 he co-founded with his father the firm Estudio Vidal Albarracín, which later merged with Durrieu Abogados in June 2017 to create the department of Criminal Customs Law.
A numerary member and Secretary of the Instituto Argentino de Estudios Aduaneros [Argentine Institute of Customs Studies] and a member of the Lawyers’ Association of Capital Federal, of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and of the Lawyers’ Association of the City of Buenos Aires, where he is also Secretary of the commission on criminal law and criminal procedure law.
Languages Spanish and English.
Born in San Isidro, Province of Buenos Aires on February 06, 1990. She graduated as a lawyer from Universidad de Buenos Aires in the year 2015.
She is currently attending a specialization course in Criminal Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires. In the year 2013 she was granted a scholarship in the program Escala Estudiantil AUGM for an exchange with the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Over her career, she has worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant of Elements in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law.
She started at Durrieu Abogados S.C. in August 2017 as an associate. She was a junior lawyer at Bruchou Fernández Madero y Lombardi, and a contract analyst in the legal department at Accenture S.R.L.
Languages Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Born in Santa Rosa, Province of La Pampa on December 03, 1991. She graduated as a lawyer from Universidad de Buenos Aires in July 2016.
She specialized in criminal law. She is part of the team that will represent Universidad de Buenos Aires at the VIII National Inter College Competition of Criminal Litigation. She worked as a undergraduate teaching assistant of Elements in Administrative Law. She has attended many conferences and seminars on criminal law.
She was a paralegal of corporate law at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal (2012-2015) and started working at Durrieu Abogados in August 2016.
Languages Spanish, English and French.
Born in the Province of Buenos Aires on February 25, 1983. She graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in March 2007.
She participated in many seminars on criminal law, such as “The International Criminal Court and Public International Law” (2002), “Global Solutions to World Problems” (2002), “Law and Guns” (2002), “Evidentiary Hearings” (2004), “Human Rights and Constitutional Law” organized by Universidad Católica del Uruguay (2005).
She was also a member of the team awarded with the first prize at the V International Moot Court organized by the Department of International Law, Common Law and Foreign Relations of Universidad Austral (2003).
She started working at Durrieu Abogados in February 2008 as a senior associate and performs tasks related to criminal law and economic crime law.
Languages Spanish, English, German and French.
Born in the Province of Buenos Aires on December 06, 1987. He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Austral in the year 2012.
He has a master’s degree in criminal law from Universidad Austral (2013/2014). He did an exchange program with Universidad Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain (2009-2010). He has also attended many conferences and seminars on criminal law.
He was a paralegal (2010-2012) and an associate (2014-2016) at the law firm of attorneys Roca and Sarrabayrouse. He was an associate at Leonhardt, Dietl, Graf & von der Fecht (2012-2013). He started working at Durrieu Abogados in June 2016 as an associate senior.
Santiago Vidal Albarracín
Born in the City of Buenos Aires on August 20, 1989. He graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in the year 2015.
He is currently attending the senior year of the master’s degree in criminal law from the Universidad Austral (2016-2017). He completed a diploma course in the new criminal procedure code from the Lawyers’ Association of Capital Federal (2016) and he has also attended many conferences and seminars on criminal customs law.
He was a paralegal at García, Pérez Boiani & Asociados (2010), a paralegal at the law firm DBRS -Díaz Bobillo, Richard & Sigwald (2011-2012). He started working in the Judiciary and in the year 2014 he was appointed Sumariante Instructor [investigating authority] at the Federal Court in Criminal and Correctional Matters No 2 of San Martín – Clerk’s Office No 5. In the year 2016 he joined the National Court in Correctional Matters No 4 -Clerk’s Office No 67 of the City of Buenos Aires. At the beginning of 2017 he started working as an associate at the law firm Vidal Albarracín, which later merged with Durrieu Abogados in June 2017 to create the department of Criminal Customs Law.
Member of the Lawyers’ Association of Capital Federal.
Languages Spanish and English.
Attorney and lawyer graduated from the School of Law and Social Sciences of Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1967.
Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires
- Member of the Academic Committee (tripartite administration) of the School of Law and Social Sciences over the years 1965 and 1966 on behalf of the majority of students through the Movimiento Universitario de Centro (M.U.C.)
- Legal Investigation and Information Chief of the Institute on Criminal Law and Criminology, 1967- 1971.
- Second Teaching Assistant in the chair of Criminal Law, second course, special part,1968-1970.
- First Teaching Assistant in the chair of Criminal Law, second course, special part, 1971.
- Chief of Practical Work (JTP) in the chair of Criminal Law, second course, special part 1972-May 1973.
- Acting Associate Professor of Criminal Law, first course, special part, 1972-1973.
- Acting Associate Professor of Criminal Law, first course, special part,1976-1982.
- Provost at the School of Law and Social Sciences, April 1981-May 1982
- Member of the Advisory Committee of the School of Law and Social Sciences, May 1982-September 1982.
- Acting Associate Professor of Criminal Law, second course, chair in charge of attorney Francisco Laplaza, at the School of Law and Social Sciences,1982-1983.
- Associate Professor -granted by jury- of Criminal Law, second course, from 1983 until resignation in 1984. Jury presided over by attorney Eduardo Aguirre Obarrio and composed by attorneys Francisco Laplaza and Juan Carlos Díaz Reynolds.
- Acting Full Professor of Criminal Law, second course of the undergraduates program in Criminology of the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology of the School of Law and Social Sciences, 1981- mid-1983.
The position of Associate Professor was in the chair of attorney Luis Cabral (general part) and of attorneys Gerardo Peña Guzmán and Francisco Laplaza (special part).
Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)
- Associate Professor of Criminal Law, first course, 1984 -1989.
- Associate Professor (pro-titular) in charge of Criminal Law, second course, 1989.
- Full Professor in the abovementioned chair, April 1992-2006.
- Honorary Professor since 2008.
- Professor of postgraduate courses for corporate lawyers, 1987/1988.
- Honorary Professor at the School of Law, 1995.
- Full Professor of Criminal Law II,1996-1998 included.
Other college-related activities
- Associate Professor of Criminal Law at Universidad del Museo Social Argentino, general part, chair attorney Mariano Cúneo Libarona (S), 1974-1975.
- Visiting Professor at the Escuela de Abogacía de Buenos Aires. He lectured in many criminal law courses to professionals on embezzlement and other types of fraud.
- He taught in the master’s degree in criminal law at Universidad Austral in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
- He lectured at the U.C.A in the course General Principles of Liability in Economic Crimes, 2008/2009. Postgraduate.
- Honorary Professor in the postgraduate course in Criminal Law (on economic and environmental crimes and crimes against public administration) 1997/2004 – Universidad Católica Argentina.
- PhD. Universidad Católica Argentina. He attended two years and is currently preparing his thesis for dissertation entitled: “A Constitutional Principle: Nobody is Forced into Self-Incrimination” and it covers all branches of criminal law, especially addressing tax-related issues.
- He was granted an honorary degree by Universidad Católica de Salta in September 2004.
Office in the Public Administration
Clerk of the Court in Criminal and Correctional Matters of Capital Federal, 1958-1961.
National Prosecutor’s Office for Investigation in Administrative Matters, 1962-1967.
Legal Consultant in criminal matters of the auditor for the Institute of Social Services for National Railway Workers, 1967-1968.
Lawyer at the Attorney General Office from 1967 to 1971. Department of Investigation. Counsel in criminal matters.
Legal Consultant in criminal matters of the Chief of Argentina’s Federal Police, from 1970 to 1972 included.
Lawyer -criminal consultant- of the Under-secretariat of Legal Affairs of the National Ministry of Justice, from 1971 to 1974 included.
Assistant attorney of the Province of Buenos Aires, from 1976 to 1978.
National Deputy Secretary from November 7 1978 to March 31 1981.
Scholarship from the US Department of State to visit legal, political, college and social institutions of the United States in 1967
Member of the National Council on Drug Abuse and Narcotics, 1972-1973. Criminal counsel.
Legal advisor in criminal matters in the Argentine delegation to the United Nations Conference, held in Geneva in 1972 to reform the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
President of the Argentine delegation to the United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1980. Appointed Vice-President of said congress.
President of the Argentine commission in charge of drafting rules of judicial integration (already ratified) with the Republic of Uruguay, involving information on foreign law, procedural equality, dismissal of letters rogatory and mechanisms to get all kinds of evidence and dual information on convicted criminals in both countries.
Legal advisor in criminal matters of the group of national representatives of the Liberal Party of Corrientes, 1984
Co-author of various bills of law related to legal and criminal matters.
President of the Commission on Criminal Law of the Lawyers’ Association of the City of Buenos Aires, 1991-1994. Vice-President of said commission, 1989. He is currently President of the Commission on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law. He is also President of the Advisory Commission of the Lawyers’ Association Board, of which he is an honorary member since 2008.
Legal advisor in criminal matters of the Association of Plastic Surgery, 1990.
Member of the board of the Argentine branch of the International Law Association. Part of the board, 1995-1996.
Director of the Lawyers’ Association of the City of Buenos Aires, elected term 1994/1995 and re-elected term 1996/1997 -under the presidency of attorneys Ernesto O´Farrell and Oscar Alvarado Uriburu-.
Individual member of the Inter-American Bar Association.
Member of the board of the Patronato de Liberados [Pretrial Services] of Buenos Aires, 1978 and 1979.
Member of the advisory council as attorney specialized in criminal law of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, 1976-1987.
Full member of the drafting commission of the standard criminal code for Latin America.
Vice-President of the commission that dealt with the criminal liability of corporations and agents at the II Congress on Corporate Law, 1982.
President of the Board (and founding member) of the Criminal Attorneys’ Association of Buenos Aires, June 1997- March 2002. Re-elected President for one year, 2007. He is currently President again.
Member of the Institute of Constitutional Law of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences.
Associate Judge of the Federal Court of Appeals of La Plata, appointed by court decision dated February 11 2000 until 2006.
Defense attorney for Argentina at the International Criminal Court on Human Rights, 2003.
Associate Judge of the Cámara Nacional de Casación Penal [National Chamber for Cassation in Criminal Matters], appointed by court decision dated May 2004, re-appointed 2005 and 2006.
President of the Lawyers’ Association of the City of Buenos Aires. Position held from March 2002 to March 2006.
Appointed in August 2004 and in 2005 by the Commission for the Appointment of Magistrates of the Consejo de la Magistratura Nacional [Superior Council of the Judiciary] to act in two juries.
Appointed in July 2006 by the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences, member of the Ad Hoc Commission presided over by attorney Eduardo Aguirre Obarrio to revise the text of the bill to reform the criminal code, sent by the National Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Position revoked when the bill was dismissed by the Ministry of Justice.
Active partner of the Bank Lawyers Committee of the Argentine Republic, 1990.
Member of the Corporate Lawyers’ Club.
Member of the Commission on Legal Affairs of ADEBA (Argentine Bank Association), 1990.
Lectures on the criminal justice system against credit card fraud at the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, 1983, at the Lawyers’ Association of San Isidro and that of the City of Buenos Aires, 1989. On this subject, articles and publications in the magazine of the Lawyers’ Association of Buenos Aires and in Problemática penal de la tarjeta de crédito, Editorial Abeledo-Perrot, 1988.
Lecturer on criminal matters at the conference on the legal liability of doctors, organized by the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of the Province of Salta, 1983.
Lecture on the criminal protection of cybernetics within the course of corporate agreements at the Lawyers’ Association, June 1988.
Speaker on criminal liability at a symposium on medical issues in criminal law organized by the Association of Plastic Surgeons of Buenos Aires at the Argentine Medical Association, August 1989.
Speaker and lecturer in the session on crimes of defamatory libel and slander in the press at the symposium organized by ADEPA (Argentine Association of Journalists), 1990.
Lecture on foreign exchange criminal law at the Lawyers’ Association of Buenos Aires in a conference organized by the Commission on Trade Law, November 1989.
Over the years 1990-2004, he gave courses, conferences and participated in many sessions on the tax and social security criminal act. These took place in: Price Waterhouse & Co., the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, Consejo Profesional de Ciencias Económicas of Capital Federal, Universidad Católica Argentina (postgraduate course), Universidad Austral (postgraduate course) and other organizations in the rest of the country.
He participated in the round table organized in 1995 by FACA (Argentine Federation of Lawyers’ Associations) and ADEPA (Argentine Association of Press Employees) on crimes against honor and freedom of the press, concerning various bills of law of the Executive.
Lecturer at the round table organized by the Argentine Association of Fiscal Law, which dealt with the new tax and social security legislation in May 1997.
Lecturer on the administration of justice in Argentina at the conferences organized by the newspaper La Nación and other private and public entities in May 1997.
Conference on trademark infringement by the Asociación Argentina de Agentes de la Propiedad Industrial (Argentine Association of Industrial Property Agents)
Lecturer at the Conferences on the Reform of the Criminal Code organized by the National Ministry of Justice, 1999. UBA.
Conference on the current Tax Criminal Law -Lawyers’ Association of Salta-, September 2004.
Panel I Lecturer: Issues of criminal policy at the II Conference on Tax Criminal Law organized by AAEF (Argentine Association of Tax Studies and AFIP (Internal Revenue Services) – August 2007.
Conferences at Universidad Católica Argentina on legal entities, in the years 2006/2007/2008/2009.
He has collaborated repeatedly in the print media, especially the newspaper La Nación. He also wrote in La Prensa and Ambito Financiero (newspapers). The subject-matter has always been issues of criminal law and criminal procedure law. He has been interviewed in many opportunities by broadcast media regarding criminal justice and crime punishability.
He was a member of the Tribunal de Honor (Honor Jury) of the Jockey Club for 8 years, for 10 years of that of Martindale Country Club, where he was also part of the Board as Secretary, Vice President and President.
The Rotary Club of Buenos Aires awarded him with the “Laurel de plata” to the person of the year as lawyer, June 30 2004.
Héctor Guillermo Vidal Albarracín
Member of the Drafting Commission of the Argentine Customs Code, current existing legislation since 1981 (Act No. 22,415). Member of the Review Commission for Mercosur’s Customs Code Bill, version March 2000, convened by the DGA [National Customs Office]. (December 2000). He is a professor of Customs Law and Criminal Customs Law at many Argentine Universities (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Office of the Attorney General, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba -School of Law and Social Sciences-, Universidad Austral, to name a few.) He was also a visiting professor abroad (Specialization Program in Customs Law and Foreign Trade, Customs Crimes from the Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, 2012-2013) and a lecturer at various international conferences.
Author of Manual de Derecho Comercial, ler. Curso, Ed. Imprenta “YA”, Bs.As. l970.
Lineamientos de Derecho Penal Especial, libro, Ed. Iuris Impres, Bs. As. l978.
El delito de contrabando en su nueva previsión legal, Ley 2l.898, libro, Ed. Universidad, Bs. As. l980.
Código Aduanero. Comentarios. Antecedentes. Concordancias. -arts. lro. al l29-, co-written by attorney Mario Alsina, Enrique C. Barreira, Ricardo Basaldúa and Juan P. Cotter Moine. Editorial Abeledo Perrot, Bs. As. 1984.
Código Aduanero” – Comentarios – Antecedentes – Concordancias – Arts. 860 a 891, Tomo VII-A, sole author, Editorial Abeledo Perrot, Buenos Aires, 1992.
La responsabilidad del despachante de aduanas, in collaboration with Dr Guillermo Vidal Albarracín (J) and Juan M. Sluman. Ed. IERA-Guía Práctica, 2009.
Delitos Aduaneros, Editorial MAVE Mario A. Viera, Buenos Aires, October 2004. Updated and broadened in 2006 and 2010 with the collaboration of Guillermo Vidal Albarracín.
Código Aduanero Comentado, 3 tomes, co-written, Ed. Abeledo Perrot, 2011.
He wrote many articles in the subject-matter.
Legal advisor at the National Customs Office, from 1971 to 1980, member of the Drafting Commission of the Argentine Customs Code. In the year 1981, he founded Estudio BRSV with attorneys Barreira, Rodríguez Larreta and Sciutto Klot.
Associate Judge of the National Court of Appeals in Criminal and Economic Matters (decision of the Superintendencia dated April 13 2004 – Resolution No. 3072 and associate judge of the Cámara Nacional de Casación Penal [National Chamber for Cassation in Criminal Matters] (Resolution 105/2004). He was distinguished in many opportunities by Chambers & Partners as an outstanding lawyer in his field.
Languages Spanish and English.