About us

FRANCO ABOGADOS | Environmental Law and EHS Consultants (formerly known as Estudio Bec) concentrates its practice in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. The firm offers comprehensive environmental legal services, as well as technical support, to local, multinational and global companies in virtually all areas of Environmental Law.


Our Clients´ plants, sites and utilities are widespread throughout Argentina and the Latin American (LATAM) region.


We proudly serve as counsel to many major national and multinational companies operating in Argentina. Our firm assists them in a) Optimizing compliance with the applicable legislation; b) Preventing company and officers´ exposure to civil, criminal environmental and administrative liability; and c) Defending their rights before the Judiciary and Administrative Courts.


FRANCO ABOGADOS – Environmental Law & EHS Consultants is an “Acclaimed boutique with a market-leading environment practice. Frequently called upon by significant domestic companies from a variety of industries to assist with complex compliance and regulatory issues. Offers complete counsel on environmental matters, from risk assessments and audits to regulatory permits and litigation … 100% dedicated to Environmental Law.” (CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2018).


Band 1 – Leaders in the field” (CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).


FRANCO ABOGADOS is among the eight (8) selected Argentine law firms recommended by LATIN LAWYER 2019 and is the only one referenced in the Environmental Law field for the third year in a row.

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CGA EHS: We stand out for having a Technical Division of our own (CGA EHS), through which we offer environment, health and safety (EHS)

technical and engineering services.


Horacio Franco


Founding Partner

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Attorney at Law, University of Buenos Aires (UBA, 1988)


Master in Business Law – The American University – Washington College of Law (Washington D.C.), 1993. 


Master in Administrative Law – Catholic Argentine University (UCA, 2000).


Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Buenos Aires (1989 – 1993). Foreign Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Washington, D.C. (1992-1993).


Head of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Dupont Argentina S.A. (1995 -1998).


Founding Partner, FRANCO ABOGADOS – Consultores Ambientales + H&S, formerly known as Estudio Bec (as from 1995). Legal advisor of manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, chemical, petrochemical, foodstuffs, agribusiness, technology and energy companies. Areas of Practice: Environmental Law, with a strong background in Business Law Administrative Law, Natural Resources Law and Environmental Sciences (environmental consulting; environmental auditing; sanctioning administrative proceedings; environmental litigation).


Academic Antecedents: Visiting Professor – University of Buenos Aires (UBA); Catholic Argentine University (UCA); Universidad Austral, St. Andrew´s University and CEDEF. Director (2012-2017), Diploma Course on Environmental Law and Occupational Safety & Health (Engineering Council – COPIME). Legal Commentator focused on Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Experienced Corporate Lecturer on Environmental Law, Policy and Management.


Executive Editor and Director, GERENCIA AMBIENTAL Magazine www.gerencia-ambiental.com a renowned digital EHS and sustainability magazine for the business sector.


Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.




Outstanding practitioner HORACIO FRANCO maintains a leading position in the market. He is widely considered by commentators to be an authority on Environmental Law in Argentina … he has important clients and strong knowledge of the sector.” (CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2018).

The deeply respected HORACIO FRANCO is endorsed by sources as an expert in the environmental sector. Interviewees describe him as an excellent, specialised lawyer and a point of reference.” (CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2016).


Sources are full of praise for HORACIO FRANCO’s long-standing experience and litigation skills” (CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 2014)












Legal Analyst



Environmental Engineer



Graduate in Environmental Management





Our client base encompasses virtually every industry sector: 


(*) Manufacture includes Plastic, Metal, Aluminium, Electronic, Textile, Steel, Glass, Pulp and Paper Industries.
(**) Waste Management includes transport, treatment and final disposal of solid, hazardous, biohazard and radioactive wastes.

CGA & SCAN EHS info@francoabogados.com.ar