Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution in Uruguay


A large team at Ferrere represents clients in all manner of disputes, carrying out commercial, constitutional and administrative litigation, as well as local and international arbitration. It regularly represents multinational corporations and international financial institutions in such diverse sectors as construction, pharmaceutical, energy, real estate, finance and agribusiness. The practice cooperates closely with its counterparts in the corporate, banking and finance and labour departments, as well as those in its Bolivian and Paraguayan offices. Practice head Sandra González has vast experience in disputes with government entities, as well as in those concerning energy and infrastructure projects. Alejandro Pintos is particularly strong in litigation and corporate and media disputes, whilst Soledad Díaz specialises in corporate and commercial disputes, in particular those regarding natural resources and infrastructure. Senior associates Martín Rosati and Agustina Rodríguez focus on local and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sandra González


‘Alejandro Pintos stands out among all the associates for his expertise in the field and his deep knowledge of regulatory issues.’

‘Ferrere is extremely professional, responsible and meticulous. They deliver strategic insights that are also easy to digest.’

‘Sandra González and Martin Rosati are brilliant and very meticulous in their work, while keeping the interests of the business in mind and sticking to budgets. They are very efficient.’

‘Ferrere’s practice is highly sophisticated, providing a world class level of service.’

‘In terms of diversity, Ferrere is way ahead its competitors; the practice is led by women and the team is diverse overall.’

‘Experience, dedication, client-oriented approach.’

‘Sandra González and Soledad Diaz have an unmatched level of experience in cross border litigation.’

‘The team has proven to be extremely proactive, systematically anticipating my requirements and needs as a client over time. This, in my experience, sets it apart from other law firms in this market.’

Key clients







KPMG International


Hyundai Engineering & Construction

JPMorgan Chase

Grupo Cobra

Katoen Natie



Deustche Bank



Work highlights

  • Represented Katoen Natie, operator of the Montevideo port terminal, in a dispute regarding the company’s $1.5bn agreement with the Uruguayan government.
  • Represented Shell Bolivia in ICC arbitration against state-owned oil company Yacimientos Fiscales Petrolíferos Bolivianos regarding a hydrocarbon exploitation dispute.
  • Represented Hyundai in litigation after Santos Ecuador sought damages for contract termination.

Guyer & Regules

The expertise of the ‘diverse’ and ‘diligent’ team at Guyer & Regules encompasses civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as arbitration. It has notable experience representing clients in the automotive, energy and manufacturing sectors, and is currently instructed by several of the major international banks with operations in Uruguay, among them HSBC and Citibank. Carlos Brandes steers the practice and leads on complex civil and commercial litigation and arbitrations, with particular strength in insurance and banking disputes. Mariana Santo focuses on administrative law, counsel Macarena Fariña specialises in international private law and litigation, and Federico Carbajales assists clients with both litigation and arbitration. Senior associate Ana Paula González provides counsel on domestic and international arbitrations, with niche expertise in disputes related to product liability and alleged consumer law violations. Senior associates Cecilia Orlando and Martín Balmaceda provide valued assistance on litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Brandes


‘Guyer & Regules’s team combines talent and exceptional teamwork, achieving exceptional results and an impeccable customer experience.’

‘Carlos Brandes, Nicolás Piaggio and Federico Susena are excellent people as well as great professionals; they get actively involved with the issues and always return calls.’

‘It is a highly prepared and multidisciplinary team. They take a case and after studying it from various points of view, they give the solution that best defends the interests of the client.’

‘Committed, empathetic, efficient, knowledgeable about the market, and very willing to listen.’

‘There is strong collaboration between the firm’s different practices to find the best solution.’

‘Professional, experienced and good knowledge of market practices.’

‘The team has very experienced professionals who get involved in cases, always finding the best strategy.’

‘Their expertise and professional skills, and the involvement they have with each case. I highlight the performance of Macarena Fariña, who always accompanies us in resolving disputes, achieving results.’

Key clients


Philip Morris



Montes Del Plata



Itaú Bank



Tienda Inglesa




Homecenter Sodimac

Nicoll Uruguay

Total Chile


Axion Energy

Codere Mexico

Banque Heritage


Enjoy – Conrad

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)

GX Technology (GXT)



Tgs-Nopec Geophysical Company

Curtiembre Paris


Hudson Clean Energy


ICM Stellar Sports

Bunge Argentina

Auto Lider Mercedes Benz

Securities and Exchange Commission

Work highlights

  • Assisted tobacco company Abal Hermanos with a judicial proceeding brought against it on the grounds of anticompetitive practices and unfair competition.
  • Represented Bunge Argentina and Asociación de Cooperativas Argentinas (ACA) in a dispute over the unloading of goods from a container ship at the Port of Montevideo.
  • Assisted Abeinsa Inversiones Latam after it was dislodged of its shareholder capacity in Teyma.

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga

The team at Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga is particularly strong in commercial litigation, and also aids clients with arbitration. It continues to assist big-name multinationals from an array of sectors, and its client base was bolstered in the last year with the additions of Amazon, Volkswagen and Adidas. Two seasoned partners lead the practice: Nicolás Brause specialises in financial litigation, antitrust and bankruptcy law and is credited with devising ‘efficient and creative solutions’ and having a ‘deep knowledge of the market’. Alongside him, Mariela Ruanova handles financial litigation and plays an important role in maintaining the firm’s relationship with major banks. Counsel Juan Andrés Urgoiti, senior associate Bruno Steneri and associate Andrés Tiscornia provide the partners with valued support.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Brause; Mariela Ruanova


‘I highlight the commitment and availability of Nicolás Brause, who is committed to the client and their problems, seeking creative and efficient solutions. He has extensive knowledge of the market and experience in preventing and resolving conflicts. He has a global vision of all branches of law.’

Key clients

Banco Santander




Banco Itaú


Mercado Libre



Marfrig Group

General Electric


Trump Organization


Grupo Vía Central

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google with ongoing cases over the ‘right to be forgotten’, a dispute over the individual’s right to privacy versus the company’s right to freely publish information.
  • Represented Adidas in a dispute regarding compliance with sales and marketing standards.
  • Represented GVC Consortium in amparo proceedings brought by plaintiffs concerning the construction of the Ferrocarril Central railway connecting Montevideo’s port and UPM’s Paso de los Toros pulp mill.

Hughes & Hughes

The 'very organised' team at Hughes & Hughes is well established in the dispute resolution market, and its members handle litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution matters. The firm boasts a number of major clients, among them Finnish paper giant UPM and BBVA Uruguay, across a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, real estate, aviation and telecoms. The practice is led by Alfredo Taullard and Bernardo Porras, who handle both arbitration and litigation. Senior associate Agustina Silva actively assists with all matters and has particular experience in bankruptcy and insolvency litigation. Associates Magela Ramon and Felipe Riva are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Porras; Alfredo Taullard


‘Spectacular lawyers, always very attentive.’

‘The team members are efficient and clear.’

‘Very professional, good people and warm.’

‘A very organized and prepared team.’

‘Knowledge of the industry and the company, empathy with the client.’

Key clients


Aker Biomarine Antarctics

Akuo Energy Uruguay


Alcafe HNOS

American Express

Automotores Motor Haus

BBVA Uruguay

Banco Galicia Uruguay

B.G. Industria Láctea




Chembulk Maritime Denmark

Cielo Azul Cementos y Calizas

Colgate Palmolive

Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este

Extreme Liquidation

Forestal Oriental

Generación Eólica Minas


GMO Renewable Resources Uruguay

Grupo Pestana


Jebesen & Jessen

Khiron Life Sciences

Lojas Renner


Olam Group

Pernod Ricard Uruguay

Pinturas Inca

Procampo Uruguay

Samifruit Uruguay

SC Johnson & Son


Timac Agro Uruguay

Trade & Purchasing Company


Victoria Consignaciones

Wartsila Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Represented agribusiness company Olam Group in a dispute with the Uruguayan government regarding compensation for livestock slaughtered over sanitary concerns.
  • Represented Aker BioMarine in a dispute over fuel paid for a fishing vessel to a company facing insolvency proceedings.
  • Represented HRU after a horse owner brought a lawsuit against it regarding his horse’s failed anti-doping test.


Posadas houses a ‘solid and dedicated’ team in the dispute resolution arena that is known for its work in civil, commercial, and administrative litigation and class action lawsuits, with additional experience in arbitration and mediation. Luis Nin Estévez co-leads the department and has ample experience in civil and administrative litigation, having represented local and international clients in an array of industries across his 35-year career. Clients signal co-head Valeria Techera as a ‘professional’ who ensures that the client-attorney relationship is ‘fluid’; she defends the interests of public companies and multinationals operating in Uruguay in commercial litigation. Of the pool of non-partner lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution, three senior associates stand out for special mention. Nicolas Pallas, who focuses on civil litigation and the drafting of legal agreements, and Virginia Yellinek and Emiliano Opertti, who support on civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luis Nin Estevez; Valeria Techera


‘The team is solid and committed to its objectives.’

‘Valeria Techera handles issues professionally and fosters a fluid relationship with the client.’

‘Strong attention to detail, collaboration and experience in the resolution of disputes both in and out of court, as well as arbitration.

Key clients

Liga Uruguaya de Futbol Profesional (Lufpro)

Cubico Sustainable Investments


Asociación Española Primera de Socorros Mutuos

Owners of the Icon Tower Brava building



Intendencia Municipal de Maldonado

Gas Sayago

Caterpillar Leasing Chile

La Buonora & Asociados

Pedidos Ya

Work highlights

  • Represented Lufpro in the proceeding over the approval of bylaws to become an association before the Administrative Court.
  • Assisted Cubico Sustainable Investments with lawsuits filed by local government and landowners relating to three wind farm projects.
  • Represented Conaprole against Venezuelan state-owned company Corpovex and the State of Venezuela in a $30m dispute over non-paid exports.

Bergstein Abogados

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team at Bergstein Abogados handles litigation and arbitration for a range of domestic and international companies. The group recently assisted the Brazilian Government with the collection of credit against CITA, a Uruguayan transportation company. Practice co-head Leonardo Melos specialises in litigation, arbitration and the negotiation and review of loan and shareholders agreements, and Domingo Pereira leads alongside him. At associate level, Silvina Vila is active on civil and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Melos; Domingo Pereira


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable about the practice area they work in, providing a personalized service with a focus not only on legal issues but also on business matters.’

Key clients

Compañía Uruguaya de Medios de Procesamiento (Visanet Uruguay)

Warner Bros

Sun Distribution



Schreiber Foods

New Line Cinema


Iglesia Dios es Amor

República Federativa del Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Totalnet on an arbitration with Geocom for anticompetitive actions conducted against the company.
  • Assisted VisaNet with its request for precautionary measures against Geocom.
  • Assisted Iglesia Dios es Amor with litigation against a former external counsel of the organisation.

Olivera Abogados

Olivera Abogados represents a host of domestic and foreign companies, as well as individuals, in a diverse range of disputes. Founding partner and experienced litigator Ricardo Olivera García co-leads alongside Nicolás Paseyro. Laura Chalar and Valentina Quinteros are the names to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Olivera García; Nicolás Paseyro

Work highlights

Brum Costa Abogados

The team at Brum Costa Abogados specialises in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, and handles a range of disputes including breaches of contract, shareholders claims, bankruptcy cases and claim of debts matters. Noteworthy recent dispute cases have seen the group represent companies in the energy and real estate sectors. The two practice co-heads – founding partner Oscar Brum and head associate Nicolás Gómez – both excel in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Brum; Nicolás Gómez

Key clients



Renmax Corredor de Bolsa

Bolsa de Valores de Montevideo



Sendibel Trading

Bioerix Laboratorios

Lifan Motors



Terna Italia

Punta Cable

Plan Ceibal

Zambrano y Compañía


Work highlights

  • Represented Ducsa in a claim filed against it regarding damages caused by an alleged breach of contract.
  • Represented Sendibel Trading in a dispute over its debt owed to IMG Technology.
  • Assisted Victor Hugo Mesa with a $700,000 civil claim against Wanderers Football Club.

Rueda Abadi & Pereira

The practice at Rueda Abadi & Pereira is known for carrying out litigation and has a particular focus on the healthcare sector. Team leader Santiago Pereira has a strong academic and procedural law background, and receives recognition from clients for his ‘astounding work rate’ and ability to ‘always find innovative solutions’. Rafael García and associate Alejandra Pirez support on key matters.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Pereira


‘Rueda Abadi & Pereira’s team is undoubtedly one of the best teams in Uruguay in terms of litigation, led by Santiago Pereira Campos, who is a benchmark in the field and is consulted by other firms.’

‘Santiago Pereira is a professional committed to the affairs of his clients, with enormous knowledge in the field and an amazing capacity for finding innovative solutions.’

Key clients





República AFAP

G. Zara Uruguay (Inditex Group)

Compañía Ancap de Bebida y Alcoholes – Caba




Marcio Umpierrez


SBG Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Represented the Pan American Health Organization – WHO in a claim before the judiciary of Uruguay, arguing immunity of jurisdiction.
  • Represented Cosem IAMPP in a labour dispute brought by a medical professional.
  • Acted as trustee in the insolvency proceeding of Leasingcar Group.