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Ferrere distinguishes itself through its ‘outstanding "big-game" experience’ and ‘strong commitment to the client’. The ‘first-rate’ group is also widely lauded for being ‘extremely well versed in both arbitration and litigation’, with particularly strong expertise in cases involving financial services, construction and white-collar crime. Group head Sandra González is a ‘brilliant and highly sophisticated lawyer’ and is representing a raft of major oil companies (including ExxonMobil, Shell, YPF and Total) in a claim brought by fisheries concerning an alleged decline in fish catches due to oil exploration. Other names to note are Alejandro Pintos (‘very astute and client-oriented’); senior associate Soledad Díaz (‘very sharp, proactive and knowledgeable about international and local legal matters’); and Julio Iribarne Pla. Former managing partner and high-profile litigator Andrés Cerisola left private practice in 2017.

Professional and responsive’, Guyer & Regulesexceeds expectations’ with its ‘deep and responsive analysis framed within a business perspective’. Led by Carlos Brandes, who is widely revered as a ‘market leader’, the group also includes increasingly prominent associate Mariana Santo, whose rocketing profile marks her as a ‘lawyer to watch’. Associates Macarena Fariña and Federico Carbajales are also highlighted together for their ‘deep knowledge of judicial processes and alternatives to prevent litigation’. Among current headline cases, the team is defending GNLS in a $310m contentious construction case brought by the Uruguayan branch of Brazil-based Construtora OAS. It has also recently undertaken work for Codere México, Moody’s and Petrobras. Senior associate Federico Florin left to join Irrazabal & Asociados in 2017.

At Bergstein, group head Leonardo Melos brings to bear a strong record in complex commercial litigation and antitrust matters; the team also handles contentious IP issues, arbitration, employment litigation and insurance claims. Representative clients include Boston Scientific, Jack Wolfskin and Sony. Domingo Pereira, who has strong experience in litigation against the state, is also noted.

Hughes & Hughes is commended for its ‘great focus on the client’; its ‘strong responsiveness’ and ‘proactive approach’ are also widely acclaimed. ‘Excellent’ departmental co-head Bernardo Porras is currently representing AkzoNobel in a string of separate claims brought by Belco. Alfredo Taullard, who is a ‘consummate professional’, co-leads a ‘knowledgeable’ practice group that also includes senior associate Fernando Barrios.

Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause houses a diverse dispute resolution practice, which is particularly active in financial litigation, contentious bankruptcy proceedings and antitrust cases. Names to note include renowned arbitrator Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga, bankruptcy expert Nicolás Brause and financial litigation specialist Mariela Ruanova. Highlights included successfully representing Milagro in a tax claim against the state.

Posadas, Posadas & Vecino’s team continues to gain market share and won several new trophy clients over the past year, including Johnson & Johnson, International Air Transport Association and Fortune International Realty. Seasoned litigator Luis Nin leads the group and represented Caterpillar Leasing in a construction dispute against Constructora Santa María. Associate María Laura Capalbo, who provided support on the Caterpillar case, ‘is very strong’.

Olivera Abogados is held up as ‘extremely agile, accurate and remarkably service-oriented’. In particular, key contact Nicolás Paseyro is an ‘excellent professional’ and assisted Libra Laboratory in challenging the terms and conditions of public tender calls undertaken by the unit in charge of procuring medicinal products for the Uruguayan state (the UCA). Senior figure Ricardo Olivera García (‘a heavyweight lawyer’) overseas the team, and senior associates Graciela Hughes and Isabel Abarno are also recommended.

The consensus is that Rueda Abadi & Pereirapunches above its weight’ in the litigation area, due to its ‘sound knowledge and experience’. Group head Santiago Pereira is widely recognised as a ‘sharp litigator’ and possesses a strong record in commercial litigation, class actions, environmental disputes and contentious employment matters.

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