Clara Vela joined Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in 1993 and is a partner of the firm since 2003.
Her professional practice is centred around giving local and international companies and banks, advice regarding contracts, general corporate work and financial and commercial operations, including capital market transactions, such as, tender offers as the ones made by Banco Santander in Argentina, Philip Morris, Sao Paulo Alpargatas, Banco do Brasil and other international clients and securities issues of several Argentinean privatised companies; M&As of companies in several industries; trusts; syndicated loans and local and international debt restructurings of local companies, including Telecom Argentina S.A., Banco General de Negocios S.A., Compañía de Alimentos Fargo S.A., Transener S.A., involving negotiations with creditors in several jurisdictions.
She was part of the team advising the Government during the 1995 banking crisis in Argentina in which the Fondo Fiduciario de Capitalización Bancaria was created.
In 1998 and 1999, she worked for the firm Linklaters, London, specializing on project finance.
She graduated as a lawyer at the Universidad Católica Argentina in 1995 and obtained a Master in Law at Duke University in 1998.