Dispute resolution in Uruguay

Ferrere

The dispute resolution practice at Ferrere acts in the fall gamut of matters in the area, covering high-stakes arbitration and litigation, and utilising its regional offices to maximise its capabilities in cross-border cases. While the team has the benefit of the wider firm’s presence, new clients also routinely approach the dispute resolution department specifically. Heading the team is Sandra González; renowned for her a regular presence in the market’s leading cases, she has strong experience in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors as well as in disputes against government entities. Soledad Díaz is active across the range of work undertaken by the team, either leading outright or supporting González in major cases, including representing five multinational oil companies in a damage claim brought by fisheries. Alejandro Pintos specialises in commercial disputes, including both domestic and international arbitration, and senior associate Martín Rosati has recently been a key team member in investment and commercial arbitrations. Agustina Rodríguez is another senior associate to note; she is well versed in commercial arbitration proceedings and has strong knowledge of the construction sector.

Practice head(s):

Sandra González

Key clients

Nordex

Hyatt

ExxonMobil

Uber

Shell

Petrobras

KPMG International

Total

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

JP Morgan Chase

Grupo Cobra

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Represented Hyundai in litigation brought in Uruguay by Santos CMI Uruguay seeking damages for contract termination.
  • Representing ExxonMobil, Shell, Tullow, Total, YPF, Statoil and Inpex in a damage claim brought by fisheries for alleged decline in fish catches due to oil exploration.
  • Acted for Linzor Capital Partners in local litigation involving a dispute against Uruguay over limits on concentration of ownership in the drug retail industry and other limitations.

Guyer & Regules

'Respected, recognised and experienced in litigation and arbitration', Guyer & Regules continues to have a presence in the market's most complex cases. The department is led by 'excellent professional' Carlos Brandes, and handles all types of disputes that arise in the market, from civil, commercial and criminal litigation to landmark international arbitration. Among its specific strengths are defending banks, with BBVA, Itaú Bank and Citibank among its key clients, and cases in the construction sector, with Brandes leading a team representing GNLS in an arbitration it initiated against Construtora OAS regarding construction of an LNG regasification terminal. Mariana Santo specialises in administrative disputes and was promoted to the partnership in January 2021, and senior associate Macarena Fariña assists with civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular specialism in international private law. Fellow senior associate Ana Paula González regularly acts for the firm's most prestigious multinational and foreign clients; Cecilia Orlando and highly regarded construction law expert Federico Carbajales are also senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Brandes

Testimonials

Respected, recognised and experienced in litigation and arbitration. The team has special expertise in energy-related issues. Additionally, they have experience in commercial, contractual and labour litigation.

Carlos Brandes – Experience in arbitration. Legally and commercially he shows excellence. Very proactive.

Mariana Santo – Excellent business and legal administrative knowledge. She knows the energy market deeply and is always attentive to the client’s requirements.

The litigation team works all areas of law in an excellent way, with a great team of specialised lawyers.

Their exhaustive analysis in each situation, their technical capacity and knowledge of the market make them stand out. Macarena Fariña is excellent. I also highlight the work of Federico Carbajales.

The plus of this practice is the suitability and solidity that they transmit on the knowledge of the procedures. A great advantage is that they are agile in their dealings, with an easy and quick response and a good disposition. The professionals who deserve to be highlighted are Mariana Santo and Federico Carbajales.

We worked with Ana Paula Gonzalez in several litigations. She has great analytic skills to properly evaluate situation, as well as litigation skills and negotiation skills, which allows her to procure what’s best for her client.

Cecilia Orlando – Very professional and constant in her work. I am very grateful for her and for her work, which have undoubtedly benefited my company in many areas.

Key clients

Citibank

Philip Morris

Telefónica

Moody’s

Montes del Plata

GNLS

BBVA

Petrobras

Itaú Bank

HSBC

Unilever

Tienda Inglesa

BASF

Bunge

Airbus

Homecenter Sodimac

Nicoll Uruguay

Total Chile

Rouar

Axion Energy

Codere

Banque Heritage

Acciona

Enjoy – Conrad

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)

GX Technology (GXT)

Medtronic

Spefar

TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company

Curtiembre Paris

Verifone

Hudson Clean Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing GNLS in an arbitral procedure it has inititated against Construtora OAS, whose branch in Uruguay was its EPC contractor for the construction of the LNG regasification terminal.
  • Acting for Baluma in an action filed by high-end car importer company Julio Cesar Lestido, which filed a complaint claiming damages against Baluma based on a financial manoeuvre.
  • Defending Airbus against a $1m damages claim alleging the unlawful termination of an agency contract which existed between Andermar and Airbus.

Hughes & Hughes

Hughes & Hughes fields a 'spectacular team of lawyers' in dispute resolution, which has impressed clients with its 'responsiveness and proactivity'. The team is comfortable handling litigation in a diverse range of sectors, and is also involved in a large share of the arbitrations in Uruguay, actively pushing for its development as a dispute resolution method in the jurisdiction. The practice is jointly headed by experienced partners Bernardo Porras and Alfredo Taullard; both are dedicated to this practice area and are go-to figures for dispute resolution, asset recovery and insolvencies in Uruguay. Senior associate Agustina Silva maintains a particular focus on banking sector disputes, supporting Taullard in advising BBVA, which instructs the firm on its major debt recovery matters, while Mariana Arena is a key associate contact for arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Porras; Alfredo Taullard

Testimonials

Stands out in closeness to the client; fast responsiveness and proactivity. They give management space to young lawyers who join the team.

The quality is proactivity and closeness to the client.

Bernardo Porras is a very solid lawyer in his legal knowledge, with excellent technical qualities. He is very direct when presenting his proposals and always open to consultations.

They are a spectacular team of lawyers. They are attentive, and very hard-working.

They are a team of very interested professionals, fair in their proposals, very clear in the briefs to be presented to the court.

Very polite, gentle, studious, they always seek the calm of the client and envision a peaceful solution.

Excellent understanding of legal issues and knows how to handle the critical situation with an ease. Meeting the deadline is their forte. No arrogance, and mutual respect towards the attorneys is most appreciated.

Best qualities are: Team players; dedicated and knowledgeable; great communication skills, especially with people from different jurisdictions; integrity standards are high.

Key clients

Adidas

Aker Biomarine  Antarctics

Akuo Energy Uruguay

Akzonobel

American Express

Automotores Motor Haus

BBVA Uruguay

Banco Galicia Uruguay

Camposol

Cardiomovil

Chembulk Maritime Denmark

Cielo Azul Cementos y Calizas

Colgate Palmolive

Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este

Forestal Oriental

Generación Eólica Minas

Grendene

GMO Renewable Resources Uruguay

Group of Debtors of Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay

Grupo Pestana

HRU

Khiron Life Sciences

Lojas Renner

Mabo

Montevideo Refrescos (Coca-Cola)

Oriental Uno

Pernod Ricard Uruguay

Pinturas Inca

Procampo Uruguay

Samifruit Uruguay

S.C. Johnson & Son

Statoil

Timac Agro Uruguay

Trade & Commerce Bank

Trade & Purchasing Company

UPM

Victorica Consignaciones

Wartsila Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Acting for HRU in a lawsuit filed against it regarding the control of prohibited substances in horse racing.
  • Assisting BBVA with asset recovery proceedings.
  • Acting pro bono for a group of debtors of Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay in a major class action.

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga's dispute resolution practice is renowned for its work in the finance sector, where highlights have included assisting Santander and Itaú with debt restructuring and bankruptcy matters. The firm has also established a strong client list of multinationals active across other sectors too. In a major highlight, Google instructed the firm on a major right to be forgotten case, which is being led by practice heads Nicolás Brause and Mariela Ruanova. They are joined in leading the department by managing partner and seasoned arbitrator Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga, while Juan Andrés Urgoiti is a senior associate to note for bank collections and bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Brause; Mariela Ruanova; Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga

Testimonials

The strengths of the Dentons practice is the involvement of lawyers in judicial matters, the search for legal arguments to defend the contentious issues of the clients, with great professionalism.

The lawyers at Dentons achieve a great personal involvement with the client and are very professional in their legal advice and always with a very pragmatic approach.

Mariela Ruanova: very clear, forceful in her argument.

Nicolás Brause: a great lawyer, he is deeply involved with the issues of his clients.

Very good predisposition to immediate collaboration, improvement of times, and professionalism of associates.

Professionalism, cordiality, attention, comprehensive service.

The lawyers have acted with total expertise, adequately managing the interests of the parties, stressing when it should be done to achieve the stated objective.

Its professional attitude and above all his willingness to litigate and negotiate despite adversity, with the intensity that the situation required, even in a situation of lesser power. Its presence as an international professional study and the respect of the professionals involved. Its capacity for work and compliance with extreme speed.

Key clients

Banco Santander

Pepsi

McDonald’s

Marfrig Group

Banco Itaú

Fox Channels

Mercado Libre

The Trump Organization

Grupo Vía Central

Google

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in a case regarding the right to be forgotten.
  • Acting for Banco Santander in the winding-up procedure of appliance store Motociclo.
  • Assisted Marfrig Group with a $1.5m dispute over a shipment of meat products, arising from Covid transport disruption.

Olivera Abogados

Olivera Abogados balances a diverse, complex and valuable caseload for a predominantly domestic client base. Recent highlights have included representing real estate owner Faroy in a case regarding the construction of a Trump Tower property in Punta del Este, as well as major matters for sports and entertainment broadcaster Tenfield. The practice is coordinated by founding partner Ricardo Olivera García, who has experience in both litigation and arbitration, and Nicolás Paseyro, a name to note for IP and sports law disputes in particular. Graciela Hughes is a standout senior associate; she handles complex litigation procedures, particularly those involving trade mark conflicts and debt restructuring. Since publication, Hughes has departed the firm to work as an independent practitioner - effective as of December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Olivera García; Nicolás Paseyro

Testimonials

I highlight many points in favour of Olivera Abogados. The prompt response, the clarity with the client, the professionalism and dedication to each topic or simple consultation. The long hours of attention, the deepening and exhaustive study of the different topics in each case.

At different times I have been treated by different professionals for dealing with different topics. I have always found the same spirit, excellence, kindness, professionalism, vast knowledge, concern, dedication, etc.

I have worked with Graciela Hughes and in all cases I have also had the support and personal meetings with Ricardo Olivera, whenever it has been necessary.

Key clients

Saomil

Bvlgari

Gaviota Simbac

Alian

Altenburg

Tenfield

Molino Cañuelas

Proyección Electroluz Uruguay

Laboratorio Roemmers

Citrícola Salteña

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tenfield in a lawsuit brought by 64 football referees claiming over $164m in damages for the alleged exploitation of the referees’ image rights through the broadcast of matches without their consent.
  • Representing Citrícola Salteña in its $60m bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advising Faroy in an ongoing situation relating to the construction of the Trump Tower in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este.

Posadas

'Acting with great responsibility and professionalism', the litigation and arbitration department at Posadas, Posadas & Vecino acts in a diverse mix of matters, with contract breaches and class action lawsuits being areas of notable strength and ones that are seeing an increase in the local market. Bankruptcies are also a specialism, with practice co-head Valeria Techera leading advice to Gas Sayago on Uruguayan aspects of the bankruptcy of OAS. Alongside her, Luis Nin has over 30 years' experience assisting local and international clients in all forms of dispute resolution. Associate Nicolas Pallas is noted for civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luis Nin; Valeria Techera

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the coordination between directors and junior lawyers.

The litigation team has a wealth of experience. They are extremely robust.

What makes the firm’s lawyers stand out is their understanding of the case they are handling.

The plus of PPV is the understanding of the client’s needs. They have a lot of empathy with the customer.

They stand out for their high degree of commitment to managing the service they are providing us, acting with great responsibility and professionalism.

Communication channels have always been open, which has made it possible to solve urgent situations.

Key clients

Gas Sayago

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

Grupo Cobra

Compagnie Francaise D’ Etude et Entreprises

Fortune International Realty

Arquitecto Diego San Martin

Intendencia Municipal de Maldonado

Celulosa y Energía Punta Pereira

Conaprole

Work highlights

  • Represented Gas Sayago in the bankruptcy proceedings of the Uruguayan branch of OAS.
  • Acting for the municipality of Maldonado in the extra-judicial and judicial collection of real estate taxes.
  • Defending Grupo Cobra, Bow Power Energy and its Uruguayan subsidiary Vicentina in lawsuits brought by the local government of San José and by a group of landowners to cancel the construction of a transmission line.

Bergstein Abogados

Litigation is one of the core practices at Bergstein Abogados, which has gained experience in a broad range of sectors, with construction, white-collar crime and force majeure labour disputes all seeing an increase in 2020. The firm has a strong base of international clients in various industries and is also relied on by a selection of international firms as their local contact. Practice head Leonardo Melos is a reference in the market, a former judge and expert in complex litigation and antitrust. Associate Silvina Vila assists in the full range of matters, representing clients in civil and commercial disputes, and environmental, antitrust and telecoms matters.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Melos

Testimonials

I’ve worked with Bergstein on a complex matter for a US client involving dispute resolution and related negotiations in Uruguay. They have been a very helpful resource in the market and at the standard of the top firms in Uruguay that I have worked with.

Leonardo Melos is a very capable and attentive senior lawyer. He has been a great resource in the market. I will be sure to work with him again as future opportunities arise.

An extremely qualified and professional team.

Attention to the client in a dynamic and responsible way.

Bragard Abogados

Bragard Abogados' litigation and arbitration department is active in a range of matters, particularly construction, insolvencies and administrative disputes, and is overseen by managing partner Jean Jacques Bragard and experienced litigator and arbitrator María Laura Capalbo. Associate Andrea Ramírez is a further contact to note.

Brum Costa Abogados

Brum Costa Abogados' dispute resolution practice is particularly well known in the public law arena, where it acts for clients against the public administration in disciplinary and sanctions cases, free competition disputes and contentious issues involving public tenders. The team also handles an array of civil and commercial cases, and is also expanding into the slowly growing arbitration market. Experienced partner Oscar Brum heads the department, and María Paula Garat was promoted to partner in August 2020 and heads the public law litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Brum

Key clients

Lifan Motors

Punta Cable

Renmax Corredor de Bolsa

Ducas

Alur

Latu

Textil Médica

Bioerix Laboratorios

FAS (Forestal Atlántico Sur)

Prolesa

Work highlights

  • Acted for Punta Cable in a Supreme Court dispute concerning an article of media law.
  • Advising insurance company Sura on a complaint against public energy company UTE over the cause of a fire at a property.
  • Assisting fuel distributor Ducsa with submitting a complaint against the authority over a fuel station regulation.

Rueda Abadi & Pereira

Rueda Abadi & Pereira represents clients in complex litigation and is especially strong in the healthcare sector. Practice head Santiago Pereira is often sought after as an expert advisor in cases of procedural law in Uruguay and in international arbitrations, while the team also receives instructions from foreign governments with disputes in Uruguay. Rafael García is a further key contact and associate Alejandra Pirez is highly praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Pereira

Testimonials

An extraordinary team with brilliance, superior knowledge and diligence. They leave no stone unturned in seeking to serve the best interests of their clients.

Santiago Pereira is one of the best experts I have worked with in any jurisdiction. He is extremely smart, persuasive, diligent, hard-working, collegial, and gets the best results possible for his client.’

‘Alejandra Pirez is also exceptionally smart and hardworking.

Santiago Pereira is a recognised professional and teacher, consulted by other renowned law firms in the market, as well as by international organisations in the largest cases of litigation and arbitration.

Santiago Pereira is one of the best prepared professionals in our country in litigation and arbitration matters, a teacher in faculty, undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a teacher of judges. Common sense, kindness, availability,

Much depth in procedural law issues.

Santiago Pereira is strategic, creative and capable. Dominates the courtroom.

Alejandra Pirez is a star, with an impressive intelligence and dedication.

Key clients

Foley Hoag LLP

Republica AFAP

Semm Group

Engie

Compañía Ancap de Bebida y Alcoholes (Caba)

Inditex Group

Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay (BHU)

Fenirol

Sociedad Medica Quirúrgica de Salto

Banca de Cubierta Colectiva de Quinielas

Work highlights

  • Assisted Foley Hoag LLP as an external expert in an arbitration against the Uruguayan state.
  • Represents the Pan American Health Organization in a claim that a former candidate for a job filed against the client.
  • Acting for Engie in a claim filed by Contructora OAS against GNLS, Engie and Marubeni.