Ferrere

Latin Lawyer 2015 Uruguay

Banking & Finance

Esteemed banking group with a strong market presence. Experienced in large-scale project finance deals with a focus on the renewable energy sector. Additional expertise in capital markets, including complex securitisations and bond issuances. Clientele comprises international banks, key multilaterals and the Uruguayan state.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are technically excellent; they always get back to you, understand business, and know how to negotiate as well. Ferrere gives the client the complete package."

"The lawyers have real experience negotiating with foreign banks, and in some of the biggest financing projects. They specialise in this type of work and the design of negotiation strategy. "

Notable practitioners

Department head Diego Rodríguez is vastly experienced in this area, with particular expertise in complex securitisations. He is highly respected by peers, while clients describe him as "a real point of reference," adding: "He is a specialist who understands the equity market as well as anyone."

Regulatory expert Andrés Cerisola frequently advises international clients in major transactions. Sources praises his strategic intelligence, continuing: "He understands the business world and how things work in Latin America - he is really excellent."

Associate Julie Rothschild continues to impress clients on regulatory banking matters and the structuring of investment funds. Sources say: "She is very good at understanding the issues and presenting her ideas very clearly."

Associate-to-watch Javier Domínguez is highlighted by clients for "his impressive capacity to negotiate and the good solutions he proposes."

Corporate/M&A

Corporate heavyweight with prestigious multinational client list. Team has a wealth of experience acting on the biggest and most sophisticated multi-jurisdictional deals, including M&A and joint ventures across industries such as energy, construction, agribusiness, TMT and financial.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers are magnificent. They are very proactive, extremely responsive and think from the client's perspective. The team is one of the best, if not the best, in Uruguay. In big-ticket M&A, Ferrere is always involved."

"They act like business partners rather than just lawyers. We have the highest opinion of them and I can't think of anything in which they could improve."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Martín Cerruti impresses clients with his sense of strategy and business. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer who is utterly dedicated, versatile and shrewd." They add: "He is practical, ingenious and has a lot of experience."

According to sources, Gonzalo Secco "stands out for his intelligence, dedication and astuteness." He leads the team on major transactions in the energy and construction sectors. Geraldine Ifrán has a niche focus in the insurance sphere. She enjoys a growing reputation in the market and sources highlight her "astonishing expertise."

Up-and-coming partner Santiago Fontana continues to make a name for himself, according to interviewees. Clients say: "He is an excellent, solution-oriented lawyer who gives very reliable advice."

Clients are full of praise for associate to watch Manuel Lecuona. They highlight his"knowledge of corporate topics, untiring work rate and the global focus to his analysis." Sources add: "He's available, easy to communicate with and has complete knowledge of his area."

Associate to watch Cristina Vignone is highlighted by sources for her "real capacity for analysis." They go on acknowledge her "very detailed approach."

Dispute Resolution

Leading dispute resolution practice with a deep bench. Team is wholly dedicated to the area, representing global financial institutions and large multinationals in commercial disputes across an array of sectors. Strong in international and domestic arbitration, as well as administrative and constitutional litigation cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is first-rate, technically excellent and provides superb client service. The lawyers are able to define a clear strategy, understand all the details of the case and argue really well."

Notable practitioners

Widely respected star performer Sandra González leads the team in international arbitrations and complex disputes, notably in the banking sector. Sources enthuse: "She is knowledgeable, thorough and totally in control." They add: "She has mastered the facts and legal issues in many complex lawsuits."

Esteemed practitioner Alejandro Andrés Pintos has a wealth of experience in litigation and domestic arbitration. Sources say: "He is profound in his analysis, very experienced and explains things really well." They add: "He is available, gives a good service and always tries to find the solution."

Managing partner Andrés Cerisola specialises in corporate disputes and frequently acts on complex international arbitrations. Sources describe him as "a terrific lawyer who is very intelligent - he is a point of reference."

Associate Soledad Díaz is noted by clients for always having "impressive opinions and constructive criticisms." Sources add: "She is hard-working and diligent."

Energy & Natural Resources

What the team is known for Pace-setting practice with a deep bench and a notable workflow in the energy sphere. Strong experience advising investors and energy companies in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas work. Frequent participation in financing deals for significant wind and solar energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are experienced, very hard-working and the quality of the work is always excellent. They react well to problems, offer solutions and understand both the local and international factors. Ferrere is very strong in this area and it deserves its top-tier ranking. "

Notable practitioners

Practice head Gonzalo Secco is regarded by many as the outstanding lawyer in the market. He plays a leading role in some of the largest renewable energy deals, particularly for wind farms. Sources describe him as "calm, measured and very good at negotiating," going on to add: "He knows a lot about energy - he is an expert in the field."

"Distinguished specialist" Cristina Vázquez is senior counsel at the firm and an expert in regulatory energy law. Interviewees say: "She is very experienced, understands her subject deeply and is very proactive."

Associate to watch Sebastián Ramos plays a key role in the financing of major energy projects. Clients cite his "top-level performance, responsiveness and expert knowledge" as valuable attributes.

Intellectual Property

Esteemed practice specialised in IP matters. Team advises prestigious multinationals on sophisticated copyright and trade mark issues across various industries. Handles patents with a focus on the pharmaceutical sector. Significant involvement in advertising and software. Also active in related litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"These lawyers are the most knowledgeable, professional and proactive. They go further than just giving legal advice - they act like business partners."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Agustín Mayer West is held in the highest esteem by peers and clients alike. He represents many of the firm's major clients in this space. Sources say: "He is very dedicated to his profession and has the deepest knowledge in the industry." They add: "He offers a great, personalised service and always finds a practical solution."

According to sources, Alejandro Alterwain "is very studious and goes into real depth." They add: "He is an ideal choice when dealing with a complex matter." He is well regarded for his work in IP-related litigation.

Labour

Dedicated practice with a deep bench and strong reputation in the Uruguay labour sphere. Handles sector issues for a notable international clientele in some of the most complex mandates. Particular strength on related litigation, collective bargaining and trade union/government negotiation. Also handles social security matters, due diligence and health and safety audits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is outstanding. The lawyers are brilliant and the service is unbeatable. They get really involved in the matters and can see not just the legal side, but also the commercial one - this shows in their solutions."

"They are very studious and go into real detail. They are always available and are solution-oriented."

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Nelson Larrañaga leads on contentious matters and is lauded by peers and clients alike. Sources describe him as "a point of reference who is very gifted and has a great capacity and sector knowledge." They add: "He is outstanding - a brilliant professional and academic who masters everything down to the last detail."

Verónica Raffo is highly respected in the labour market and, according to sources,"a great professional." She focuses on strategic matters, handling major negotiations on behalf of corporate clients. Interviewees say: "She battles hard but with real empathy; the unions respect her and it makes the whole process go a lot smoother."

Lourdes Denis focuses her practice on complex negotiations and litigation, as well as advising on occupational health and safety matters. Sources say: "She handles relationships really well and has a deep knowledge of labour law."

Associate to watch Alberto Baroffio has broad knowledge and experience of labour issues affecting the construction and real estate sectors. He is active representing clients in collective bargaining.

María José Fernández heads the immigration practice within the labour and employment team. Clients see her as "a very good professional who is very quick and resolves everything."

Real Estate

Deeply respected and dedicated real estate practice working out of three regional offices alongside the Montevideo HQ. Team represents international investors and developers in complex transactions in high-end residential and commercial real estate. Broad scope of sector involvement with notable strength in agribusiness, real estate financing and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is dynamic, and delivers good results and immediate responses. The lawyers have real expertise and knowledge in real estate matters. They see the big picture."

"The team is accurate, precise and gives good advice. The lawyers are always prepared and updated."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Julio Iribarne Pla specialises in the complex residential transactions and construction-related dispute resolution. Clients say: "He helps me analyse the risks and make good decisions, both legally and commercially."

Market commentators say of star associate Carlos Falco: "He has strong knowledge of the law, is agile and doesn't let matters lie." They add: "He has a real vision and understanding of business."

Associate Diego Durán impresses clients with his "excellent client service." They add: "He is terrific - knowledgeable, proactive and really on top of all the documentation."

Tax

Specialised practice dedicated to tax matters. Highly respected team advising prestigious multinational clients on sophisticated standalone tax matters. Also active in negotiations and litigations with the tax authorities. Supports the corporate department in significant cross-border M&A. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This team is strong, efficient and able to achieve great results. You always feel well defended and have a guarantee of quality. The lawyers are respected by everyone in the market."

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Alberto Varela Rellán is considered an authority on tax matters. Sources regard him as "an excellent professional that is very skilful at managing a case." He is now of counsel, focusing on advising corporate clients in disputes.

According to sources, practice head Gianni Gutierrez Prieto "is very intelligent, strategic and knowledgeable about tax matters and the judicial process." They add:"His service is impeccable, he gives good advice and finds solutions which no one else can."

Star associate Isabel Laventure already has a strong pedigree in both tax consultancy and litigation. Clients highlight her responsiveness, pragmatism and ability to deliver results.

Associate-to-watch María Laura Caffera enters the rankings having impressed clients with her thorough and proactive approach.

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