Bergstein Abogados is currently recognized as one of the most prominent firms in Uruguay. The international full-service law firm based in Montevideo is active in contentious proceedings. The firm often represents local and multinational companies in civil actions, infringement suits, bankruptcy proceedings and insurance claims, among others. Peers reference Leonardo Melos as a “skilled litigator” who is also a “very hard worker in developing key strategies.”
Jiménez de Aréchaga recently merged with Dentons to create Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga, the largest global law firm in Uruguay. This fusion has bolstered the firm’s reputation and increased its capabilities in litigation and strategy.
Nicolás Brause is a partner in the Montevideo office, where he leads the dispute resolution team. His practice includes representing clients in commercial litigation, predominantly in the antitrust and bankruptcy industries. Recent representations include Banco Itaú, Google, Marfrig, and Praxair. Brause has also acted before arbitration panels as both practitioner and arbitrator. Mariela Ruanova leads the banking and disputes team where she also operates as the lead external counsel for Banco Santander, the largest private bank in Uruguay, as well as counsel for the Corporación Nacional para el Desarrollo. As co-head of the litigation group, Ruanova leads numerous cases on behalf of clients such as Mondelez, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Fox, and American Express.
Ferrere is equipped with more than 40 lawyers exclusively dedicated to contentious cases. As one of the largest law firms across Latin America, with offices in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and four Uruguayan locations, Ferrere’s footprint within the market is wide. The team regularly represent individuals, entities, and institutions in corporate, commercial, government and administrative litigation.
Sandra Gonzalez co-leads the litigation and arbitration team where she regularly represents clients in commercial, corporate and financial disputes. She is also recognized for her work in construction arbitrations related to public interest services. Gonzalez’s experience includes representing JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Commerzbank in a series of litigations relating to the liquidation of Uruguay’s largest private bank. Gonzalez is recognized by Benchmark Lat-Am as a Top 25 Woman in Litigation for the second year in a row.
Alejandro Pintos is focused on arbitration disputes and civil and commercial litigation matters. He routinely advises construction companies, retailers, agribusinesses, banks, insurers and other financial institutions in domestic and international courts. New star Soledad Diaz is active in cross-border investment, commercial and corporate dispute resolution. She also routinely advises international clients on arbitration matters under ICC, ICSID, and ICDR rules. Diaz has acted as counsel in expropriation disputes, injunctions, actions for access and trademark and antitrust actions.
Guyer & Regules participates in some of Uruguay’s most high-profile, high-stakes litigation. The firm is active in civil, commercial, financial and labor disputes across domestic courts and international tribunals.
Carlos Brandes heads the dispute resolution department where he is dedicated to civil and commercial disputes, international commercial arbitration and antitrust conflicts. Leonardo Slinger’s practice includes advising on labor matters, company reorganizations and union negotiations in collective actions. Eduardo Ameglio is a leading litigator in commercial and labor and employment disputes. His expertise also includes collective bargaining and alternative forms of labor conflict resolution.
Hughes & Hughes is a full-service firm that is celebrating 120 years in the legal market. The dispute resolution department is highly regarded for its activity on civil, commercial, financial, environmental, and agricultural conflicts.
Co-heads Bernardo Porras and Alfredo Taullard are dedicated to business, finance and real estate matters, and commercial and civil litigation, respectively. Enrique Radmilovich is active defending corporate clients before the labor courts. He also represents clients in the execution of collective agreements and complex collective negotiations with unions before the Ministry of Labor.