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  • Governing law
    Name Law or Code?

    The Civil and Commercial Code of the Argentine Republic ('CC Code')

    Code

    The Commercial Loyalty Law (Law number 22,802 as amended)

    Law

    Customers' Protection Law (Law number 24,240 as amended)

    Law

    Personal Data Protection Law (Law number 25,326 as amended)

    Law
    Decree 961/2017 and Resolution 915/2017 (of the Secretariat of Commerce modified the regulations of the conditions for those who organizse or promote contests, draws and sweepstakes with the aim of simplifying certain formalities)

    Law

    Note: Prize promotions regulations in Argentina are the responsibility of each province. Argentina is subdivided into twenty-three provinces (provincias) and one autonomous city, the City of Buenos Aires.  Even though the provinces and the City of Buenos Aires exist under a federal system, they have their own constitutions, and local regulations. Organisers/sponsors must be aware of the applicable legislation for the provinces included within the territory.

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  • Extra-territoriality

    Yes. Even when a chance-based game or skill-based contest is solely online and no promotion takes place in Argentina, if it is open to Argentinean residents, it will be subject to the laws of our countrArgentinay. As a consequence, national regulators might enforce rules against organiszers/companies operating abroad.

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  • Skills competitions

    Yes, but ensure that:

    • The purchase of a product or service is not a requirement in order to be able to participate in the promotion; the elements required to enable a person to participate should be made available for free to anybody willing to participate;

    • No element of chance should be used to determine the winner of the promotion;

    • The Rules are available in Spanish; and

    • You disclose information regarding prizes, territorial scope and participation requirements.

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  • Prize draws

    Yes, but ensure that the purchase of a product or service is not a requirement in order to be able to participate in the promotion. The elements needed to enable a person to participate must be made available for free to anybody willing to participate.

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  • Selection of winners

    The terms and conditions of the promotion must be made available to the public and the process through which the winners shall be determined needs to be clearly established, including dates and place where the process will take place. It is suggested that the process be supervised by a Notary Public.

    If the awards are to be determined by chance, the mathematic adjudication used to determine the winner needs to be provided; if this is not possible, an approximate estimation of it needs to be provided.

    The names of the winners shall be published within ten (10) days, counted from the end of the promotion, by the same media used to promote the contest/promotion.

    The terms and conditions should indicate date and place where the prizes will be delivered.

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  • Judges

    There are no legal requirements in relation to judges and judging in skill competitions. However, the judging criteria should be clearly stated within the Rules and it´s advisable to include the list of judges.

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  • Prizes

    Prizes awarded must be as described in their marketing communications, or reasonably equivalent to the description.

    No forbidden and/or illegal goods should be awarded as prizes.

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  • Registration requirements and fees

    Note that in February 2018, the government of Argentina dissolved the National Lottery (LNSE). As a result, at least for now, Argentina no longer requires sweepstakes and contests to be registered. Prior to the dissolution, only promotions/contests in which the winners were totally or partially determined by chance – involving prizes greater than  6,666 Pesos (approx. US$148) – needed to be registered with LNSE and had to meet all the applicable requirements.

    With regard to skill-based contests, they do not require registration. However, the Official Rules must conform to local law. When a prize is awarded to a winner selected by chance a 31% special tax is levied. If the prize is cash, the entity awarding it must withhold and pay for the tax. If the prizes are goods the beneficiary must provide the entity awarding the prize the amount of money requested to pay for the special tax. Specific provincial taxes may apply in different jurisdictions.

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  • Other local requirements

    Promoters must provide certain and detailed information in relation to the prize promotion, including the essential characteristics of the prizes offered, and any other relevant terms.

    Conditions expressed in advertisements, brochures, circular letters or any other media are considered to be included in the contract concluded with the consumer, as binding terms.

    In such respect, Organiszers must comply with the requirements as established by Decree 961/2017 and Resolution 915/2017 of the Secretariat of Commerce.

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  • Timing

    For chance-based promotions, time is required to request the permit from the Provinces that regulate contests/promotions at a local level. Time and costs involved may vary depending on the Province.

    Note that Provinces regulating promotions/sweepstakes at a local level can be excluded in order to avoid compliance with local regulations.

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  • Translations

    Yes, the terms and conditions must be provided in Spanish.

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  • Penalties for non-compliance

    According to the Commercial Loyalty Law, the penalties for non-compliance are the following:

    • Fines from AR$500 (approximately US$11) to AR$ 5,000,000 (approx. US$111.000);

    • Suspension for up to 5 years from the providers registries that allow promoters to conclude contracts with the State;

    • Loss of concessions, tax or special credit benefits;

    • Closure of the facility for up to 30 days.

    According to the severity of the breach, and if it is convenient, publication of a notice of the penalty in the same media may occur.

    In case of fraud, criminal actions may be initiated.

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  • Restrictiveness of regulations

    Due to the recent dissolution of the National Lottery there are only a few restrictions on prize promotions in Argentine national regulations. However, as previously mentioned, some provinces like Mendoza, Córdoba, Salta, Neuquén and Tierra del Fuego have their own local regulations. In addition, forbidden acts under the Competence Defense Law must be avoided. Advertisements that contain false indications, lead or could lead to mistake and/or are abusive, discriminatory, or lead the consumer to behave in a dangerous or harmful way, must be avoided as well.

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  • Regularity of sanctions

    Fines and prison sentences are rarely imposed.

    Generally, in cases of breach, a complaint is submitted to the Consumer's Defense Office, where a monetary sanction can be applied to the non-compliant entity, and it can also be requested that the misleading advertisement be deleted.

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    Ignacio J. Randle
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    Alejandro M. Massot
    Alejandro M. Massot
    Partner Estudio Randle [email protected] T +54 11 5252 0700

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Ignacio J. Randle
Ignacio J. Randle
Partner Estudio Randle [email protected] T +54 11 5252 0700
Alejandro M. Massot
Alejandro M. Massot
Partner Estudio Randle [email protected] T +54 11 5252 0700
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Ana-Maria Andronic
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Michael Malloy
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Mohamed Moussallati
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Katherine Chew
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Diego Ramos
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Paula González de Castejón
Legal Director DLA Piper Spain S.L.U. [email protected] T +34 91 788 7374 View bio
Elisa Lorenzo
Elisa Lorenzo
Senior Associate DLA Piper Spain S.L.U. [email protected] T +34 91 788 7310
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Emil Ödling
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Pattama Jarupunphol
Pattama Jarupunphol
Senior Associate DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited [email protected] T +662 686 8574 View bio
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Turkey

Burak Ozdagistanli
Burak Ozdagistanli
Partner Ozdagistanli Ekici Attorney Partnership [email protected] T +90 216 663 60 11
Hatice Ekici Tağa
Hatice Ekici Tağa
Partner Ozdagistanli Ekici Attorney Partnership [email protected] T +90 216 663 60 18
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Natalia Pakhomovska
Natalia Pakhomovska
Partner DLA Piper Ukraine LLC [email protected] T +380 44 495 1789 View bio
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Natalia Kirichenko
Legal Director DLA Piper Ukraine LLC [email protected] T +380 44 490 9575 View bio
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Paul Allen
Paul Allen
Partner DLA Piper Middle East LLP [email protected] T +971 4 438 6295 View bio
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Lamiaa Kheir Bek
Legal Consultant DLA Piper Middle East LLP [email protected] T +971 4 438 6288 View bio
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Emily Southon
Legal Director DLA Piper Middle East LLP [email protected] T +971 4 438 6223 View bio
Elizabeth Sharkey
Elizabeth Sharkey
Legal Consultant DLA Piper Middle East LLP [email protected] T +971 4 438 6292
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John Wilks
John Wilks
Partner DLA Piper UK LLP [email protected] T +44 20 7796 6288 View bio
Claire Sng
Claire Sng
Legal Director DLA Piper UK LLP [email protected] T +44 20 7796 6348
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Heather Dunn
Heather Dunn
Partner DLA Piper LLP (US) [email protected] T +1 415 836 2557 View bio