2009, Chambers Global

The Firm: This team can “handle the most complex transaction with ease” and consistently provides clients with “an excellent service.” Lawyers at the firm are commended for their “impressive business acumen,” and clients feel confident in “leaving the lawyer to work completely independently.” Reputed for the quality and depth of its expertise, Ferrere is frequently instructed on significant and high-profile work. The team recently assisted Credit Suisse with the structure and financing of forestry industrial group Tapebicuá`s purchase of 85% of paper company Celulosa Argentina.

The Lawyers: Name partner Daniel Ferrere is “a pleasure to work with,” say peers: “He knows the `what if´ scenarios, and his ability to prioritize issues, in addition to his excellent understanding of the business environment, ensures that transactions run smoothly.” According to sources, Alejandro Hernández is “one of the first names that come to mind when a clear, fast and professional point of view is required.” Both Ferrere and Hernández were involved with advising Credit Suisse on the Tapebicuá transaction. Andrés Cerisola is also “extremely impressive.” Observers concur that his “terrific legal knowledge” makes him “a valuable and trusted adviser.”

Clients/Work Highlights: The firm assisted Central Lanera Uruguaya with the issue of five-year bonds on the Montevideo Stock Exchange. The team also advised the Ministry of Housing on implementing a system of insuring the credit risk related to the securitization of mortgage loans. Another highlight was acting for Ontario`s Teachers Fund on the purchase of 60% of Puerta del Sur`s bond offering. Other clients include Banco Santander, Inter-American Investment and Inter-American Development Bank.

The Firm: This stalwart of the Uruguayan market has spread beyond its home country to open offices in Paraguay and Bolivia. Clients say this geographic coverage provides an “interesting advantage in a Latin American firm.” Peers view this “first-rate team” as being “full of capable professionals” who are “aggressive and ready to work extremely hard to maintain the firm´s number-one reputation.” The outfit handles a variety of work: a recent highlight was advising the government on the establishment of a new free trade zone in Montevideo. On the commercial front, the firm represented both sides in the dissolution of a forestry joint venture between Weyerhaeuser and Global Forest Partners.

The Lawyers: Daniel Ferrere´s “ample experience and knowledge of the legal issues” impressed clients. He is also noted for his “sensitivity to clients´ needs.” He advised Credit Suisse on the structuring and financing of Tapebicuá`s purchase of Fanapel, a Uruguayan paper company. Andrés Cerisola is “an excellent lawyer who stands out a mile,” peers stated. Clients feel he is someone to “recommend without a doubt,” and highlight his strength in telecommunications. Laura Ramón`s “responsive and attentive nature” was much liked by clients. While she is highly commended in administrative matters, observers noted that her practice is increasingly commercial.

Clients/Work Highlights: In a highly visible deal, the team advised the Uruguayan government on its USD183 million sale of 75% of the state-owned airline PLUNA (the firm also advised the buyer, Leadgate Investments). Global Protein Group, Central Lanera Uruguaya, Buenos Aires Hotel and EF Asset Management are also clients.

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