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The ‘creative, dedicated and accurate’ group at Ferrere is composed of ‘excellent professionals’, who ‘truly understand client needs and concerns’. Sources also draw attention to the practice’s ‘deep and broad experience’, highlighting its strong capabilities across agribusiness, real estate finance, construction and litigation. Among the names to note, Julio Iribarne is ‘second-to-none’ and heads a group that also includes Carlos Falco (‘a spectacularly innovative problem solver’) and senior associates Diego Durán (‘highly skilled and attentive’) and Florencia Taboas (‘knowledgeable and strong technically’). The real estate group acted alongside the corporate department to advise Weyerhaeuser on the $402.5m sale of its timberland and manufacturing business in Uruguay. It has also recently undertaken work for Nestlé del Uruguay, Diamantis Plaza Lofts & Towers and CasasUru.

Guyer & Regules’ real estate practice, which is hailed as a ‘top choice for large or sophisticated transactions’, is co-led by the ‘highly knowledgeable and responsiveFederico Susena and senior specialist John Leaman. Other key contacts in the ‘business-oriented and analytical team’ include Beatriz Spiess, who is an ‘excellent professional with wide experience in important transactions’, and the ‘very effective’ María Fernanda González – both are senior associates. Recent transactional highlights include advising Argentinian developer TGLT on the $100m financing for the construction of a 300-apartment residential complex. The department also continues to provide ongoing support to pulp mill Montes del Plata on its day-to-day real estate business. Project development, leasing transactions and regulatory matters are also areas of note.

Among Posadas, Posadas & Vecino’s chief attributes, clients appreciate that key partners ‘actually get involved in matters, rather than just merely supervising junior attorneys’. The ‘hands-on’, ‘extremely reliable’ and ‘cost-efficient’ team is co-led by the ‘extremely experiencedPablo Sequeira and the ‘pro-dealEduardo Ferrari, the latter of whom is also commended for ‘instilling confidence when a transaction gets complicated’. The practice, which routinely handles transactions in the retail, leisure, commercial and industrial sectors, is adept across a broad range of finance, construction and general commercial issues, acting for both domestic and multinational clients. In a significant coup, the firm advised a consortium, backed by BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group, on its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s timberland and manufacturing business in Uruguay. Other representative clients include Fortune International Realty and Berkes Construcciones y Montajes.

Recent headline matters at the former Fischer & Schickendantz, now Andersen Tax & Legal Uruguay include advising Breeders & Packers Uruguay on the real estate aspects of its $135m acquisition by Japan’s NH Foods. Department head Juan Federico Fischer heads a group that also counts FairWind, Gap and Zensho Holdings as clients.

Hughes & Hughes receives plaudits for its ‘strong work quality’ and ‘excellent cost-effectiveness’. Key contact Haroldo Espalter possesses ‘invaluable experience’ and recently acted for Global Timber Resources on the acquisition of certain assets owned by subsidiaries of BTG Pactual.

Led by Héctor Viana, Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause’s capable real estate practice has a very strong profile in finance-related matters; it also handles construction, property investment and land sales and acquisitions. Highlight work includes advising one of the lenders on a $16m secured credit facility granted to a real estate investment trust (REIT) to fund an affordable housing project.

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