Ferrere

2012, Chambers Global

Banking & Finance

Harvard-trained department head Diego Rodríguez is the most visible figure for banking and finance matters. He regularly handles complex capital markets transactions and securitization matters. Rodríguez is also a former in-house counsel at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC and advised the bank on a USD600 million loan facility under New York law to the Montes de Plata pulp mill project in Uruguay. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Corporate/M&A

Department head Martín Cerruti is widely regarded for his advice on major M&A transactions. “He stands out for his dedication and his business acumen,” enthuse sources. He represented Vale in its USD1.6 billion acquisition of Rio Tinto’s operations in Paraguay and Uruguay. Managing partner Andrés Cerisola holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Brussels' School of Law, and is responsible for the firm's India, US and Canada strategy. Cerisola and María Laura Ramón acted as counsel to MGlobal in connection with its joint venture agreement with US garment giant R-Pac. Senior associate Santiago Fontana is another strong asset to the department and worked as a foreign attorney in Ferrere’s offices in Bolivia. He also has considerable experience of working in the Brazilian market and works closely with several Brazilian law firms, regularly acting as counsel to a number of the firm’s Brazilian clients.

Intellectual Property

Department head Agustín Mayer West is a well-versed IP expert and is particularly lauded for his patent expertise. He recently represented DIRECTV in a high-profile copyright infringement case related to the 2010 World Cup. He regularly advises prominent clients such as national newspaper El Observador and website operator Observa on a range of IP matters, including licensing and copyright agreements.

Other Notable Practitioners

Néstor Loizaga manages Ferrere Abogados' Paraguayan office in Asunción. He trained in the USA and is fluent in both English and Portuguese, as well as his native Spanish. "He's a brilliant business lawyer: proactive, pro-deal and practical," according to clients, who add that he is "someone who combines technical experience, commitment and enthusiasm in a very agreeable manner." He and his five-strong banking team have been working extensively with multilateral finance agencies, picking up instructions from the IFC, ICC and also micro-finance specialist Okiocredit. He also acts for a number of international banks, including Bank of America, Lloyds, UBS and Credit Suisse. He recently assisted the IDB with its first syndicated loan in Paraguay, which involved advising on the loan agreement and guarantees, and performing due diligence on both anti-terrorist financing (ATF) and anti-money laundering (AML). While not admitted to practice in Bolivia, he has developed considerable local market expertise advising clients such as Vale. In conjunction with the firm's Bolivian offices, he recently advised Credit Suisse and Citibank on granting an USD80 million credit facility to Estrella International Energy Services. Beatriz Pisano is a corporate associate based in Ferrere’s office in Asunción. She is qualified to practice in both Paraguay and Uruguay, regularly advising on the latter market as well as acting as counsel to Uruguayan clients on issues related to the Paraguayan market.

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