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JUNE, 2012 By Javier Canosa - Canosa Abogados – Argentina Last April the Argentine government decided to nationalize 51% of the largest oil company operating in Argentina, YPF. The Regulationcontrolling stake (51%) will be nationalized from the holdings of the Spanish company Repsol, that will continue to own 7%. The balance will remain held by a local Argentine shareholder, Grupo Ezkenazi, and publicly traded in New York and Buenos Aires. In this process, the Argentine government has not complied with the rules for expropriation under Argentine law and the bylaws of the company, approved by the Public Registry of Commerce and the Securities Commission of Argentina. Did this come as a surprise? No, it had been on the news for a couple of weeks that the Argentine government would seize the shares of the majority shareholder (Repsol). Few people kne....

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