Ferrere > Aguada Park, Uruguay > Firm Profile

Ferrere
PARAGUAY 2141
OFICINA 1004
AGUADA PARK
Uruguay

Uruguay > Banking and finance Tier 1

For all areas of banking and finance law, Ferrere‘s team is ‘always at the forefront‘, equally strong in complex structured finance and capital markets transactions as it is in bank M&A deals and regulatory issues. The firm is a familiar fixture at the top of the market, having participated in every acquisition of a bank and green field entry into the country. Its strength in capital markets is also a distinguishing feature and it is adept at advising on bond issuances and complex securitisations. The latter is the standout area for practice head Diego Rodríguez, whose 20 years of experience also cover the gamut of matters in the area. As a Central Bank regulation expert, Geraldine Ifrán has been involved in numerous M&A transactions in Uruguay’s banking and insurance sector over recent years, establishing herself as a key figure for multinational clients. When it comes to project finance, Sebastián Ramos and Gonzalo Secco are the names to note, while senior associate Federico Lemos is an up-and-coming lawyer in both capital markets and banking transactions. At the associate level, Lucía Rosso is developing a varied corporate finance practice. Client praise for the team’s ‘great, favourable changes in terms of gender and diversity‘ reflect a firm-wide commitment.

Practice head(s):

Diego Rodríguez

Testimonials

‘The team is always at the forefront, contemplating changes in the environment and adapting the way they offer their services to it. Great favorable changes in terms of gender and diversity are noted, they have developed a new division in order to support the fintech sector and digital assets and are committed to sustainability.’

‘It is always online to consult when needed and responds very quickly to requests without losing quality in advice.’

‘As a team, it compares very well for its direct involvement in improvements to local regulations, good relationship with regulators and constant training in the latest developments in the segment. An example of the latter are advances in the regulation of digital assets and financial instruments.’

‘I have worked with Diego Rodriguez and Sebastian Ramos. I believe that the main differential is that of always being at the forefront of regulatory advances, very aware of innovations in the segment and a pro-business attitude.’

‘The world of fintech is very dynamic and the lawyers who work in this field must be constantly updated and have the ability to understand the financial business but also the technology behind it and all this without losing sight of the regulation. After having had the opportunity to work with other firms, I can say that in Ferrere we found a team that is very well suited to the particularities of our company.’

‘Ferrere’s professionals proved to be well trained and educated, but more than anything, they had the ability to understand the reality of medium-sized local companies like ours. I would mainly like to highlight that, their human side.’

Key clients

CAF-AM

Aberdeen Fund Managers

IDB Invest

UBS

JPMorgan

Credit Suisse

CAF

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

UTE

Joyson Safety Systems

Unido (United National Industrial Development Organization)

Itaú Uruguay

BBVA Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Advised Insigneo on its acquisition of Citigroup’s Uruguayan wealth management branch.
  • Advised the lenders on the financing to be provided to a Uruguayan trust engaged in the design, construction and operation of a 500kV transmission line.
  • Assisted domestic supermarket chain Ta-Ta with structuring an issuance of bonds for the equivalent of $100m.

Uruguay > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘international connections and the modern structure‘ are advantages noted by clients of Ferrere‘s corporate and M&A practice, which continues to be involved in top M&A deals, as well as providing ongoing corporate advice to a host of multinational companies. In transactional matters, its lawyers are equally adept in acting for acquiring or selling parties, and the firm can regularly be found advising on deals involving the banking and insurance sectors. ‘Outstanding lawyerMartín Cerruti leads the practice and has ‘enormous international experience‘, having represented clients from the US, Europe, Asia and across Latin America. Santiago Fontana led on a recent standout finance-sector deal, assisting Prosegur Cash with its first investment in Uruguay, while Geraldine Ifrán is another key figure and the practice’s go-to insurance sector expert. On the senior associate side, Alejandra García is a specialist in this area, gaining experience as day-to-day contact for the firm’s international clients, and Carolina Piacenza has niche experience in complex company law, corporate governance and restructuring. Counsel Cristina Vignone assists with administrative and regulatory issues, particularly in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Martín Cerruti

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of excellent professionals, with vast knowledge in their area of work. All with excellent disposition in client service.’

‘I would like to highlight Cristina Vignone, her enormous efficiency and her always correct advice, make it a luxury to have her advice. She is always willing to collaborate and help find the best solution in each case.’

‘Service attitude, quick response and availability, great work capacity, concern for knowing the client’s business and seeking alternatives to issues not only from the legal point of view but also taking care of commercial aspects and relationships with counterparties. Excellent cost-service ratio. I’d highlight Santiago Fontana and Cristina Vignone.’

‘The work provided by Ferrere is outstanding, not only the Corporate team, but all other areas: specifically labour and litigation. From the Corporate team, I highlight the work and attention provided Martin Cerruti and Santiago Rodriguez. The quality of the work provided, their effort and dedication to the client is notable.’

‘In my opinion the team of lawyers at Ferrere is the best that exists in Uruguay in the Corporate and M&A area. They carry out work based on strict protocols to maximise quality in all processes. Their international connections, the modern structure they have created, the very high academic training of their members and the remarkable specialisation in each of the areas, imply that their clients have the support of a first-class international law firm. A quality that stands out is the human quality of all its members, the enormous capacity for empathy and the super personalised treatment.’

‘Martín Cerruti is a brilliant and outstanding lawyer. His intelligence and ability to solve any situation are attributes that those of us who rely on his advice deeply value. His human quality and his ability to relate to all parties are essential to find good solutions when legal cases become very complicated. Due to his enormous international experience, his deep knowledge of legal matters, his links at all levels and the human quality that characterises him, I believe that he is currently the most outstanding lawyer within the firm and the best representative of the great Uruguayan lawyers in the international context.’

‘The quality of the work is outstanding, as well as the attention provided to the client, and their prompt return / answers every time necessary. Martin Cerruti stands out as a “hand-on” lawyers who fully comprehends the clients’ needs, especially for a foreign company, which is our case.’

‘Martin Cerruti is adaptable, friendly and always willing to jump in and help on large and small matters. Cristina Vignone is doggedly persistent in getting to the right solution.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Microsoft

Vale

Hyatt

Knight Therapeutics

MetLife

DirecTv

Uber

Nestlé

Prosegur

Tiffany

Samsung

Nike

Cargill

BASF

Bayer

H&M

Scotiabank

JCDecaux

Linde

Lactalis

Mapfre

Cummins

Abbott

GlaxoSmithKline

Petrobras

HDI

Archer Daniels Midland

Novartis

Tupperware

Ahold Delhaize

Kingspan

Edenred

IBM

PTP Group

DASA

Globant

Odyssey Group

Trane Technologies

Marsh

Impulse Dynamics

Work highlights

  • Assisting Cantor Fitzgerald with due diligence on Satellogic and in the transaction documents for a merger between its holding company, Nettar Group, and CF Acquisition Corp V.
  • Advising IBM on the Uruguayan leg of the global spin-off of its global Managed Infrastructure Services business unit to a separate publicly listed company.
  • Assisting Prosegur Cash with its first investment in Uruguay in the cash management and smart cash segment.

Uruguay > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sandra Gonzalez  draws on her extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration to lead the dispute resolution practice at Ferrere. She handles cases in a wide range of sectors but has particularly impressive experience in construction, energy and infrastructure. The firm fields over 40 dedicated disputes practitioners, who assist a client base rich in multinationals with operations in Uruguay and across Latin America; the firm’s offices in Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia often collaborate on cross-jurisdictional matters. Commercial disputes specialist Alejandro Pintos  is a key contact, frequently leading on corporate and media disputes, as well as agency and distribution litigation. Soledad Díaz   adds further strength to the international arbitration practice, with standout recent experience in natural resources and infrastructure, while from a large pool of senior associates, Agustina Pérez Lete   and Martín Rosati   are particularly strong.

Practice head(s):

Sandra González

Testimonials

‘Collaboration and diversity of knowledge.’

‘Prompt response.’

Key clients

Nordex

Hyatt

ExxonMobil

Uber

Shell

Petrobras

KPMG International

Total

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

JPMorgan Chase

Grupo Cobra

Katoen Natie

Work highlights

  • Representing logistics services company Katoen Natie in a dispute triggered by another logistic operator seeking to reverse an agreement over a $1.5bn investment dispute.
  • Acting for Siena Enterprises in a shareholder dispute over the investment in the largest free trade zone in Uruguay.
  • Representing Shell in an ICC arbitration against Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos in connection with a gas production contract.

Uruguay > Intellectual property Tier 1

Ferrere‘s specialist IP practice supports clients in the full range of matters, standing out as a regular fixture in major IP cases, while also handling trade mark filing and anti-counterfeit cases. The team’s caseload is broad, and its sector experience includes life sciences, with recent attention on the medical marijuana sector, and the food and beverage industry, where the firm has acted for a number of new entrants into the domestic market. As IP law has developed in Uruguay, the firm has frequently been involved in first-of-their-kind matters, a recent highlight seeing practice head Agustín Mayer lead advice to Haribo in the country’s first objection procedure in sound trade marks. Mayer has a focus on patent work and considerable experience in pharmaceutical product patents and pharmaceutical regulation. Alejandro Alterwain acts in most of the department’s key cases, including litigation before the Supreme Court, while Stella Weng specialises in patent and trade mark filing and prosecution, including administrative defence of trade mark and patent rights. Martín Pesce leads the firm’s complementary offering for data privacy matters and is one of the country’s leading authorities in that area.

Practice head(s):

Agustín Mayer

Testimonials

‘Very good team, they take the time to understand the client’s needs and provide solutions.’

‘Experts, 100% aligned to the needs of the company to which they provide service, knowing first-hand and in detail our activity, which makes them unique.’

‘Martín Pesce – Knowledge, passion and 100% dedication.’

‘Very responsive team. Seeks to provide straightforward and useful information in all communications.’

‘Stella Weng and Alejandro Alterwain: Both are 100% hands-on, very quick to answer and always provide a local perspective to the questions or problems met by clients, anticipating potential questions.’

‘They listen and provide solutions to client needs.’

Key clients

Bayer

Chery Automobile

CMPC

Continental

Directv

H&M

Haribo

NBA

Starwoods

Stihl

Abercrombie & Fitch

Issey Miyake

NIO (ANHUI) Holding

Oddity Tech

Work highlights

  • Representing La Liga, Turner and DirecTv in several criminal anti-counterfeiting actions related to illegal streaming and IPTV services.
  • Advising Cimarrón on the production of several series for Amazon and other platforms.
  • Acting for Haribo in the first-ever objection procedure in sound trade marks in Uruguay.

Uruguay > Labour and employment Tier 1

The ‘highly professional‘ labour practice at Ferrere continues to be a considerable force in the domestic labour law landscape, its workload reflecting market trends as it has taken on several new matters in both the construction and IT sectors. In these fields, new regulations regarding migrant workers have been the subject of client inquiry, and new remote working legislation, particularly in the country’s free trade zones, have seen the firm instructed by a number of major companies for advice and assistance. Verónica Raffo is a reference in the market and has overseen the development of the labour department, which now has 14 practitioners dedicated to the practice area. She co-leads the practice with Nelson Larrañaga, an expert in labour litigation and frequent counsel to multinationals; and up-and-coming partner Alberto Baroffio, who focuses on the construction, energy and finance sectors, and excels in collective bargaining disputes. At the senior associate level, the firm hired Florencia Fitipaldo, bolstering its expertise across the full range of labour law matters. Giselle Cardoso also stands out, frequently supporting Raffo on advisory matters for international clients. Associate Alejandra Añón has a focus on judicial disputes, both litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Verónica Raffo; Alberto Baroffio; Nelson Larrañaga

Testimonials

‘The Ferrere team is a highly professional team, with constant updating that allows quick and specific advice on critical issues for the HR area of our company. In recent times, the “online” attention to the pandemic, as well as the close monitoring of each topic, has been a differential.’

‘The team is close, super available at all times, with a direct line with each of the people who require their services. They are constantly concerned with understanding the changes in the company, following its evolution and bringing us the best solutions for the new challenges we face. In this concept we highlight Veronica Raffo, Alberto Baroffio and Giselle Cardoso.’

Key clients

Uber

Mercado Libre

Globant

Nestlé

Abbott Laboratories

Sabre

Katoen Natie

Enercon

H&M

JC Decaux

Genia (Dasa Group)

Work highlights

  • Led an initiative to obtain a regulatory framework permitting telework for companies operating in free trade zones.
  • Advised UPM sub-contractors Enesa, Butting, Esindus, NCE and Nouryon on multiple collective conflicts and negotiations with construction work union Sunca.
  • Assisted Sabre with putting over 400 employees on unemployment insurance due the total suspension of activities, and subsequently on a restructuring process resulting in the dismissal of 120 people.

Uruguay > Projects and energy Tier 1

Ferrere‘s specialist energy and infrastructure practice is the go-to team for a host of multinational companies, financial institutions and project owners, leveraging its presence across the region to coordinate advice on cross-border matters. The firm particularly stands out in the renewable energy market, where practice head Gonzalo Secco  recently led a large team advising not-for-profit organisation Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) on the implementation of a solar microgeneration project. He has over 20 years of experience in the area and since Uruguay implemented its PPP act in 2011, he has led the firm in advising stakeholders in all of the PPP projects developed in the country. Manuel Lecuona  is the firm’s expert in port and logistics matters, and she also handles a range of energy projects and negotiations with state-owned electricity company UTE. Sebastián Ramos  stands out for his experience in wind farm developments and in project finance for renewables and infrastructure PPP projects, while senior counsel Cristina Vázquez   is the contact to note for public law advice in energy and infrastructure. The team’s strong pool of associates includes Agustina Pérez Lete  , Enrique Slekis  and Santiago Rodríguez, all of whom support across the full range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Secco

Testimonials

‘The team that attends to our company is very committed, their responses are immediate and very effective. They help us in everything necessary in the company.’

‘They are very agile, efficient, effective, very skilled, have great knowledge of the most sensitive issues of the business, concession contracts, relationships with authorities and regulators.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Enercon

Petrobras

Nordex Acciona

Actis / Atlas

Shell Exploration

ExxonMobil

Grupo Aldesa

Aberdeen Fund Managers

GSEP

Navios

Orpea

Enel

Agunsa

Terminales Graneleras Uruguayas

EnerTrag

Kosmos

Jan de Nul

Hyundai

Cobra (Grupo ACS)

OXY Petroleum

IDB Group

CAF (Latin America Development Bank)

CAF-AM

Rafisa

Montevideo Gas & Conecta

Intendencia de Paysandú

Work highlights

  • Advising Inter-American Investment Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank and the China Co-Financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean on the financing for a Uruguayan trust for a 500kV transmission line to connect Tacuarembó with Salto.
  • Acted for Enercon in the sale of its subsidiary Agua Leguas, owner of a 117MW Peralta wind farm in Uruguay.
  • Advised Petrobras on the sale of all of its service stations in Uruguay to Spanish group DISA.

Uruguay > Real estate Tier 1

Clients return to Ferrere‘s real estate department for its ‘terrific team spirit and underlying ethos‘, instructing the practice on the full range of major transactional and developmental matters, particularly those with complex aspects. While its Montevideo office naturally serves as the focal point from which the team renders advice on specialist areas such as real estate funds, affordable housing and real estate disputes, the firm also has an office in Tacuarembó, which serves agribusiness and forestry clients, and another in Colonia, focusing on the firm’s Argentinean clients. Practice head Carlos Falco  has rapidly risen to become one of the leading figures in the market, particularly in real estate financing. He also takes a lead role on other real estate transactions and agribusinesses matters, and collaborates on related litigation. For mortgage agreements, pledges and leasing, senior associate Florencia Taboas  is the name to note, and she is particularly active in the forestry sector. The firm’s agribusiness clients work with senior associate Diego Duran  on land purchase agreements, among other areas, and associate Ana Laura Oliveros  supports the team across the full range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Falco

Testimonials

‘Ferrere’s multitasking team is highly qualified in real estate matters, they are experts in the field. They are updated and at the forefront.’

‘The collaborators we interact with on these issues are members of the firm for several years, which is a very important point because a very strong relationship was developed with them and we already know each other in all aspects. The whole team is excellent. We have a closer relationship with Carlos Falco and Diego Rodriguez. The culture of the company is transmitted very well from the partners to the most junior collaborators.’

‘As a client, it is easy to see Ferrere’s terrific team spirit and underlying ethos that makes its members proud to be part of it. That, and the ability to attract top lawyers, is what sets it apart.’

‘Carlos Falco has a marvellous ability to address complex issues, to communicate clearly, and to find elegant solutions that are as simple as possible, and cost effective. He is a wonderful lawyer to have on your team.’

Key clients

Ventura – Kopel Sanchez

Agroempresa Forestal

Fideicomiso Forestal Bosques del Uruguay

Proa Carrasco

Global Forest Partners

Hughes & Rienzi

Bosques de las Serranías.

Project Platinum (Kimelman + Campiglia)

Bouza Group

Independencia Fondos de Inversión (Independencia Investment Funds Chile)

Nestlé

Work highlights

  • Acting for Agroempresa Forestal in its acquisition of part Bosques del Uruguay IV, consisting of 60,000 hectares of forestry land.
  • Advising Project Platinum on the creation of a public offering financial trust for the construction of buildings for corporate and residential purposes in Pocitos.
  • Advising Kopel Sanchez on the acquisition and construction of a three-tower, 300 unit development in Montevideo.

Uruguay > Tax Tier 1

Ferrere fields a standalone tax practice of ‘excellent quality‘, which handles the gamut of tax issues arising from corporate matters, as well as taking on pure tax mandates, both contentious and advisory. A host of multinational and domestic companies look to the practice for assistance with sophisticated tax structures and high-profile, sensitive tax litigation. The wider firm network across Latin America is also a draw for companies with operations across the region seeking coordinated cross-border tax advice. Gianni Gutiérrez spearheads the department and is a reference in tax law, with expertise ranging from the structuring of tax aspects of M&A and financial products to personal wealth planning. Isabel Laventure is highlighted as a ‘brilliant and practical attorney‘, also dedicated to tax law, acting in contentious and non-contentious matters, drawing on strong international experience. Senior associate María Laura Caffera supports across all matters and is particularly noted for her expertise in foreign trade taxation, while counsel Isabel Hounie has broad experience in tax advisory work and the tax aspects of M&A.

Practice head(s):

Gianni Gutiérrez

Testimonials

‘Practicality. Speed of response. Excellent quality.’

‘Isabel Laventure is a brilliant and practical attorney.’

‘Responsiveness. certainly quality responses, timely delivered.’

‘The high involvement of the partners. Gianni Gutierrez and Isabel Laventura, superlative service.’

‘From my point of view, Ferrere is the best firm in our country precisely because of the professionals that make it up.’

‘There are very good offices in Uruguay, but over time I have been concentrating the contracting of legal and accounting services in Ferrere. There are many differences, including the speed of response, the seriousness with which they face any proposal, and especially the very personal and human treatment. I’d highlight Isabel Laventure.’

‘It is a solid team in knowledge, multifaceted, interdisciplinary, complete and attentive to the client. In a pandemic, attention did not diminish and continued efficiently, adopting technological measures suitable for continuous practice.’

‘Dedicated staff who are attuned to the client, with punctual knowledge useful to the client, specific to their needs.’

Key clients

Uber

Hyatt

DirecTV

JPMorgan Chase

JetSmart

Archer Daniels Midland

Hidrovias do Brasil

IBM

Pluspetrol

Milicic

Colgate Palmolive

Syngenta

UBS

Nestlé

Sabre

Work highlights

  • Advised IBM on the global spin-off of its Managed Infrastructure Services (MIS) into a new publicly traded company called Kyndryl.
  • Acted for IDB Invest in granting financing for $45m to local retailer Ta-Ta.
  • Assisted Eastern Airlines and Jetsmart with the start-up of their operations in Uruguay.

Ferrere is the largest law firm in Uruguay. It has a unique strategy based on highly specialised practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

Ferrere is the only multi-jurisdictional, purely South American law firm. It has +200 attorneys throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training programme.

Ferrere has a unique strategy based on highly specialized practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

Ferrere is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership. Many of Ferrere’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.

The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialization is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting-edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. Ferrere’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

The firm regularly deploys members of its highly specialised talent pool to any jurisdiction where they may be required, at any time.

Clients: The firm advises mainly multinationals, including five of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, global financial institutions and some of the largest Latin American companies. Many large global law firms also use Ferrere to complete their coverage of the region, given its multijurisdictional presence.

Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: Ferrere has outstanding work relationships with commercial banks and major multilateral lending organizations operating across the region.

M&A: Ferrere is consistently involved in almost all the market’s biggest and most sophisticated transactions and high-value projects.

Corporate: Ferrere has an outstanding team who is able to handle the biggest, most complex cross-border deals, as well as multi-jurisdictional transactions in the countries it operates in.

Dispute resolution: a significant part of the firm’s dispute resolution work involves the representation of clients who are not corporate clients, but who resort to Ferrere for their most complex commercial, investment, administrative or tax disputes.

Tax: Ferrere’s tax practice group advises clients on all tax matters and participates in business structuring, from corporate mergers or acquisitions through obtaining tax benefits for investment projects.

Employment: Ferrere is equally strong in the entire range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters and focuses on providing high-quality advice on large, complex and highly strategic matters.

Intellectual property: Ferrere represents individuals and companies in developing and protecting their products, in drafting their assignment or license agreements, and in litigation focusing on violation of trademarks, patents, copyrights or unfair competition.

Energy and natural resources: Ferrere represents gas and liquid fuel as well as renewable energy companies. It advises the industry’s principal companies on day-to-day legal affairs, partner relationships, and governmental and regulatory matters.

Anti-corruption/compliance/internal investigations: Ferrere has unmatched experience in risk management and compliance. The firm’s multi-jurisdiction coverage and its practitioners’ international experience assure clients the meticulous and multifaceted approach required by today’s interconnected regulatory environment.

Other fee earners: 250
Managing partner: Agustín Mayer

Montevideo
Edificio Ferrere, Juncal 1392
Montevideo
T: +598 2900 1000

Aguada Park
Paraguay 2141 Oficina 1004 Aguada Park
T: +598 2927 2360

Colonia
Baltasar Brum 571, Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia
T: +598 4523 1517

Tacuarembo
Sarandí 160
Tacuarembó
T: +598 4633 1111

Paso de los Toros
Sarandí 403
T: +598 4633 1111

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Managing Partner Agustín Mayer
Other fee-earners : 250
Partners : 30

Ferrere is the largest law firm in Uruguay. It has a unique strategy based on highly specialised practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

Ferrere is the only multi-jurisdictional, purely South American law firm. It has +200 attorneys throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training programme.

Ferrere has a unique strategy based on highly specialized practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.

Ferrere is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership. Many of Ferrere’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.

The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialization is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting-edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. Ferrere’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

The firm regularly deploys members of its highly specialised talent pool to any jurisdiction where they may be required, at any time.

Clients: The firm advises mainly multinationals, including five of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, global financial institutions and some of the largest Latin American companies. Many large global law firms also use Ferrere to complete their coverage of the region, given its multijurisdictional presence.

Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: Ferrere has outstanding work relationships with commercial banks and major multilateral lending organizations operating across the region.

M&A: Ferrere is consistently involved in almost all the market’s biggest and most sophisticated transactions and high-value projects.

Corporate: Ferrere has an outstanding team who is able to handle the biggest, most complex cross-border deals, as well as multi-jurisdictional transactions in the countries it operates in.

Dispute resolution: a significant part of the firm’s dispute resolution work involves the representation of clients who are not corporate clients, but who resort to Ferrere for their most complex commercial, investment, administrative or tax disputes.

Tax: Ferrere’s tax practice group advises clients on all tax matters and participates in business structuring, from corporate mergers or acquisitions through obtaining tax benefits for investment projects.

Employment: Ferrere is equally strong in the entire range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters and focuses on providing high-quality advice on large, complex and highly strategic matters.

Intellectual property: Ferrere represents individuals and companies in developing and protecting their products, in drafting their assignment or license agreements, and in litigation focusing on violation of trademarks, patents, copyrights or unfair competition.

Energy and natural resources: Ferrere represents gas and liquid fuel as well as renewable energy companies. It advises the industry’s principal companies on day-to-day legal affairs, partner relationships, and governmental and regulatory matters.

Anti-corruption/compliance/internal investigations: Ferrere has unmatched experience in risk management and compliance. The firm’s multi-jurisdiction coverage and its practitioners’ international experience assure clients the meticulous and multifaceted approach required by today’s interconnected regulatory environment.

Other fee-earners: 250
Managing partner: Agustín Mayer

Montevideo
Edificio Ferrere, Juncal 1392
Montevideo
T: +598 2900 1000

Aguada Park
Paraguay 2141 Oficina 1004 Aguada Park
T: +598 2927 2360

Colonia
Baltasar Brum 571, Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia
T: +598 4523 1517

Tacuarembo
Sarandí 160
Tacuarembó
T: +598 4633 1111

Paso de los Toros
Sarandí 403
T: +598 4633 1111

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