Labour and employment in Uruguay
The sizeable group at FERRERE impresses with its expertise across the full waterfront of labour and employment matters, with notable skill sets in labour litigation, collective bargaining issues and internal compliance matters. Department head Verónica Raffo is widely lauded as a market leader and is highly sought after by multinational clients looking for local advice. In a recent example, Raffo acted alongside experienced senior associate Alberto Baroffio to advise Uber Eats on all labour and social security issues associated with the implementation of its new delivery business. Senior counsel Nelson Larrañaga, who enjoys a strong profile for contentious cases, is another key figure and paired up with Raffo to advise Cantegril Country Club on a significant piece of social security-related litigation. The group is supported by an impressive second line of senior associates, which includes Felipe Lasarte and Rodrigo Turturiello.
The ‘very good labour department’ at Guyer & Regules strikes a relatively even balance between contentious and non-contentious work, with recent strong showings in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and industrial sectors. Among the names to note, group co-lead Leonardo Slinger is highlighted as a ‘well-known employment expert’. Slinger recently acted alongside seasoned litigator and department co-head Eduardo Ameglio to advise a group of private banks, which included Citibank, HSBC and Santander, among others, in negotiations with the Council of Wages. On the contentious side, Slinger represented GNLS in around $3m worth of judicial claims arising from the closure of works at GNL del Plata’s LNG regasification terminal. The group also benefits from the experience of Santiago Madalena, who provided capable support on the GNLS cases, and María José Poey — both are associates.
Arcia Storace Fuentes Medina Abogados
‘Sophisticated employment boutique’ Arcia Storace Fuentes Medina Abogados is highly regarded for its ‘strong background in complex employment matters’. In particular, Dolores Storace is a ‘go-to specialist’ and brings to bear an enviable record in collective negotiations and consultancy issues — she also has robust experience in labour litigation. Carolina Sarroca, noted as a ‘talented younger lawyer’, is also recommended. Representative clients include Bonset Latin America, Seguro Americano and Thyssenkrupp Elevadores.
The ‘excellent team’ at Hughes & Hughes is well versed in the full life cycle of employment law matters, from compliance issues through to restructurings and contentious cases. Group head Enrique Radmilovich (‘very flexible and responsive’) is the key contact and continues to advise Brazil-based retail giant Lojas Renner on the labour and social security aspects of its expansion into the Uruguayan market. Highly experienced associate María Durán (‘very supportive’) is another respected name. The team has also recently undertaken work for ATCO Group, McDonald's Uruguay and the Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino.
Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause
The capable team at Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause provides support to employers on a wide spread of matters, with labour relations, human resources, outsourcing, social security and employment litigation all areas of experience. Among its highlights, the firm advised a major bank on negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. Diego Viana is a noted sector specialist. In a notable development for the local market, the firm announced its association with Dentons in September 2019.
Posadas, Posadas & Vecino’s ‘very knowledgeable group’ handles a broad mix of compliance, consultancy and contentious work for an impressive raft of multinational clients, with representative names including Aerolíneas Argentinas, Cargill and Grupo Portillo. Senior associate Gonzalo Gari co-leads the team and recently advised Julio César Lestido on the restructuring of its employees’ salary scheme, which included employee and union negotiations. Senior associate Cecilia Demarco, who co-leads the group, is also recommended.
BERGSTEIN’s ‘committed and client-oriented’ practice, led by litigator Leonardo Melos, has experience across a broad scope of labour, employment, social security and immigration matters — for both local and multinational clients. Among its recent highlights, the firm advised a US-headquartered company on terminating the contract of a local manager. Associate Mariana Pisón is also a key contact in the ‘responsive and transparent’ group.