Dispute resolution in Uruguay
‘A leader in the market’, FERRERE is noted for its ‘client-focused approach’ and its ability to ‘cover all areas of litigation’. The sizeable group, which handles the full range of commercial, constitutional and administrative disputes, also has deep arbitration experience. Lawyers are valued for their ‘full availability’ and ‘speedy response times’, with high-profile department lead Sandra González widely regarded as ‘one of the strongest specialists in the market’. González represented Hyundai Engineering & Construction in several recent cases, including in its $600m claim against state-owned electric utility UTE. On the arbitration front, González is advising Linzor Capital Partners in a $120m ICSID claim — newly promoted partner Soledad Díaz is providing capable litigation support on that case. Other experienced litigators include Alejandro Pintos. Senior litigator Julio Iribarne sadly passed away in mid-2019.
‘Professional, collaborative and client-oriented’, Guyer & Regules is held up as ‘one of the top two dispute resolution practices in the market’. The ‘extremely international-facing team’ handles a comprehensive spread of litigation and arbitration cases, with its recent work spanning complex administrative, construction and shareholder disputes — among other matters. Practice head Carlos Brandes is a ‘first-class litigator’ and defended GNLS in a $310m contentious construction case brought by the Uruguayan branch of Brazil-based Construtora OAS. Brandes also paired up with Álvaro Tarabal to represent Codere Mexico in an ICC arbitration filed by Sikeston alleging breach of a shareholders’ agreement. Other representative clients include Acciona, Banque Heritage (Uruguay) and HSBC Uruguay. Of counsel Mariana Santo, highlighted as ‘responsive and adaptable’, is also a key contact.
BERGSTEIN’s dispute resolution practice, which stands as a key pillar of the firm, handles a diverse array of contentious matters, including employment, IP and competition litigation. The team counts domestic and multinational financial institutions, energy companies and technology corporations among its key clients — and it is also a solid referral choice for international law firms. Former Supreme Court judge Leonardo Melos heads the department.
The ‘excellent team’ at Hughes & Hughes finds favour for its ‘great service’ and ‘accessible lawyers’. Led jointly by Alfredo Taullard and ‘first-class lawyer’ Bernardo Porras, the group also includes ‘very impressive’ associate Fernando Barrios. The department handles a broad array of contentious matters, with commercial law, asset recovery, IP, and labour and employment among its core areas of expertise. Highlights included representing over 700 families, as debtors of Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay, in a major class action trial.
Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause
Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause promoted both of its practice group co-heads, Nicolás Brause and Mariela Ruanova , to the partnership in 2018. The department also benefits from the senior experience of arbitration specialist Fernando Jiménez De Aréchaga. The team leverages the firm’s solid finance expertise to pack a punch in debt recovery and restructuring matters for clients such as Banco Itaú and Banco Santander. Commercial litigation, arbitration and antitrust are also areas of note. In a significant development, the firm announced its association with global player, Dentons, in September 2019.
Posadas, Posadas & Vecino distinguishes itself through its ‘great flexibility and adaptability to client needs’, as well as its ‘strongly personalised service’. Group head Luis Nin particularly demonstrates a ‘profound knowledge of the law’ and brings to bear over 30 years’ experience in commercial and civil disputes and international arbitration. Among his recent highlights, Nin represented Gas Sayago in the bankruptcy proceedings of the Uruguayan branch of OAS and related litigation. Handling both contentious and consultancy matters, Valeria Techera was raised to the partnership in January 2020. Associate María Laura Capalbo is also recommended.
According to clients, OLIVERA Abogados’ ‘strong professionalism’, ‘great negotiation skills’ and ‘excellent availability’ rank among its key attributes. The team, which is led jointly by Ricardo Olivera García and Nicolás Paseyro, handles an array of contentious matters, but is best known for advising on IP, antitrust and shareholder conflicts. The team has recently undertaken work for Electroquímica, Laboratorio Lazar and Saomil.
Rueda Abadi & Pereira
Rueda Abadi & Pereira is highly regarded for its academic credentials and leading firms highlight it as ‘a top choice for providing expert legal opinions on complex cases’. In particular, Santiago Pereira is widely lauded as a ‘very strong and capable litigator’ and is well versed in both litigation and arbitration, with notable expertise in environmental issues, labour and employment matters, and tax law.