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FERRERE

BALTASAR BRUM 571, COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, URUGUAY
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Work +598 4523 1517
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Fax +598 4523 1517
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www.ferrere.com

Uruguay

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

Ferrere’s ‘excellent service and high levels of professionalism’ mark it as a ‘strong practice upon which big companies can rely’. Among its key attributes, sources highlight the firm’s ‘unrivalled knowledge of the banking industry and related businesses’, its ‘solution-oriented service’ and its ‘remarkable efficiency’. The group’s breadth of subject matter expertise is also impressive and it routinely handles corporate lending, banking M&A, project finance, capital markets and regulatory matters. Diego Rodríguez, who ‘provides precise and appropriate advice very swiftly’, heads the team and recently paired up with energy and project finance expert Gonzalo Secco to advise InterAmerican Investment Corporation (IIC) on two major refinancings, including the refinancing of the Campo Palomas wind farm through the issuance of a $135.8m B-bond. The same team also advised private fund Actis on the refinancing of a $130m project finance loan held by its wholly owned subsidiaries, Jolipark and Colidim. Geraldine Ifrán has ‘great expertise and experience’ and senior associate Sebastián Ramos is ‘extremely talented’.

Leading lawyers

Diego Rodríguez - Ferrere

Geraldine Ifrán - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Sebastián Ramos - Ferrere

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Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

Standing firm as ‘one of the pillars of Uruguay’s legal market’, Ferrere’s ‘highly knowledgeable, solution-orientated and efficient’ practice garners rave reviews. Clients draw particular attention to its ‘fluid and immediate communication’ and its ability to ‘form a complete interdisciplinary team that meets the full needs of the client’. The corporate group remains active across all key industry sectors, with specialist expertise in the financial services, retail, energy, infrastructure and TMT industries – among others. Department lead Martín Cerruti is a ‘force in the market’ and advised Weyerhaeuser on the $402.5m sale of its operations in Uruguay. In another headline deal, banking and insurance expert and ‘outstanding professional’ Geraldine Ifrán acted for AIG on the $204m sale of its Uruguayan subsidiary to Fairfax Financial Holdings. Santiago Fontana is ‘extremely solution-oriented and strategic’ and acted alongside Cerruti to assist Syngenta with the acquisition of Nidera’s seed business in Uruguay and Paraguay. Gonzalo Secco is also a respected senior name. In addition, the team benefits from a strong second line of senior associates, with the ‘extremely good’ Sebastián Ramos and the ‘highly knowledgeable and responsive’ Alejandra García both singled out for praise.

Leading lawyers

Gonzalo Secco - Ferrere

Martín Cerruti - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Sebastián Ramos - Ferrere

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

Ferrere distinguishes itself through its ‘outstanding "big-game" experience’ and ‘strong commitment to the client’. The ‘first-rate’ group is also widely lauded for being ‘extremely well versed in both arbitration and litigation’, with particularly strong expertise in cases involving financial services, construction and white-collar crime. Group head Sandra González is a ‘brilliant and highly sophisticated lawyer’ and is representing a raft of major oil companies (including ExxonMobil, Shell, YPF and Total) in a claim brought by fisheries concerning an alleged decline in fish catches due to oil exploration. Other names to note are Alejandro Pintos (‘very astute and client-oriented’); senior associate Soledad Díaz (‘very sharp, proactive and knowledgeable about international and local legal matters’); and Julio Iribarne Pla. Former managing partner and high-profile litigator Andrés Cerisola left private practice in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Sandra González - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Soledad Díaz - Ferrere

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

The ‘very fast and clear’ group at Ferrere impresses with its ‘impeccable lawyers’ and ‘great experience in complex cases’. In particular Agustín Mayer – who was recently made managing partner – has ‘strong knowledge’ and successfully helped Apple to overcome Swatch’s opposition to its registration of the ‘iWatch’ trade mark. Senior associates Martín Pesce and Alejandro Alterwain are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Agustín Mayer - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Martín Pesce - Ferrere

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

Lawyers at Ferrere are commended as ‘sharp and responsive’ and a ‘pleasure to work with’. In particular, employment co-head Verónica Raffo is a ‘brilliant and creative specialist, with a strong problem-solving ability’; she provides ongoing advice to Uber on labour and trade union strategy in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador. Senior counsel Nelson Larrañaga co-leads the practice and represented Katoen Natie on collective bargaining issues. The group also shines in contentious matters and senior associate Alberto Baroffio represented Pronto! in six labour claims arising from the termination of its services contract with cleaning company Acquarella. Senior associate María José Fernández Goenaga left to join Posadas, Posadas & Vecino.

Leading lawyers

Verónica Raffo - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Alberto Baroffio - Ferrere

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

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.

Leading lawyers

Julio Iribarne - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Carlos Falco - Ferrere

Florencia Taboas - Ferrere

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

‘Effective, professional and responsive’, Ferrere houses a ‘high-quality tax practice’, that is widely lauded for ‘putting the client first’. Department head Gianni Gutiérrez has ‘vast experience in the tax field’ and assisted Weyerhaeuser on the tax aspects of the sale of its timberland and manufacturing business in Uruguay to a consortium led by BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group. The firm also shines in tax litigation and is representing several companies before the Supreme Court in a case challenging the constitutionality of a law that levies undistributed dividends with income tax. Other recommended names include ‘seasoned tax specialist’ Alberto Varela, newly promoted partner Isabel Laventure and senior associate María Laura Caffera.

Leading lawyers

Gianni Gutiérrez - Ferrere

Next generation lawyers

Isabel Laventure - Ferrere

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