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Blanco & Etcheverry

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Managing Partner: Agustin Etcheverry
Senior Partner: Juan Carlos Blanco, Carlos Rodriguez, Valentin Sorhuet, Martin Colombo
Number of partners: 5 Number of other members: 36

Agustin Etcheverry
Labour/Energy: Juan Carlos Blanco
Real Estate: Carlos Rodriguez
Tax Planning: Valentin Sorhuet
Regulatory: Martin Colombo
Social Security: Fernando Garcia
Litigation: Marcelo Bregnani

Firm Overview:
Blanco & Etcheverry – Attorneys at Law is a full service law firm with experience in counselling companies, funds and high net worth individuals in multiple areas of practice, with a dedicated team of qualified and experienced attorneys and accountants committed to fulfilling the mission and vision of the firm. They are trained to offer guidance in complex, innovative and multilateral transactions with repercussions in different jurisdictions. Its goal is to accompany in real time the entrepreneurial development of its clients, investing all its resources in gathering expertise in the field or fields in which its clients operate. The firm has as one of its main distinctive features the rendering of personalised services with a particular stress on details.

Main Areas of Practice:  

The firm’s corporate and finance practice represents clients in all aspects of financing and corporate matters. Services range from a wide range of corporate legal services comprising complex mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated corporate reorganisations, legal opinions, business acquisitions, setting up corporations as well as all sort of corporate and financing transactions. The firm assists clients in the structuring of businesses in Uruguay and off shore. The firm offers significant legal advice on designing, structuring, and implementing project financing, multilateral and development finance, debt issues, structuring investment fund managers and companies, investments operations, acquisitions in financing, among others.

Energy & Natural Resources:
The firm advises clients in the project development of various renewable energy supply types, such as, ethanol, biomass, biodiesel and wind energy in particular. The firm’s services in this area include energy generation, transmission and distribution, development projects and transactions, bidding processes, negotiation and drafting of power supply agreements, advising on mergers and financing as well as assisting clients with ongoing operations. The firm also assists clients in obtaining the necessary permits for the supply of renewable energy and the elaboration of the purchase and sale agreements that need to be entered into between the clients and the government-owned power company (UTE).

Real Estate:
The firm has an active and diversified real estate practice, including: financing in connection with real estate projects; development, construction and marketing of office buildings, tourism, industrial and residential projects and resorts, acquisitions of rural properties and other agrarian assets, structuring and developing infrastructure projects, title search, environmental and zoning regulations.

Tax: The firms has an active team integrated with attorneys and accountants who advise high net worth individuals, locals and foreigners, in protecting their assets with a comprehensive experience in creating and handling tax efficient operations.

Labour & Social Security:
The firm has developed a very successful labour law practice, which allows the firm to advise its corporate clients in a broad variety of related services, such a collective bargaining, labour litigation, stock option plans and labour strategy. Moreover, the firm provides together with its labour advice offers other related services which are usually outsourced by companies, such as salary and payroll administration procedures before the Social Security Administration, etc.

Litigation & Arbitration: The litigation team represents a renowned credit card player with whom designs and implements the legal strategy to halt the biggest uruguayan fraud ever, in the amount of USD 41 million. The litigation team is driving the collection efforts, including more than 100 civil lawsuits before local and foreign fraudulent parties, and representing the client as well in a criminal investigation regarding money laundering and fraud.

The firm assists several prestigious international agribusiness companies. It advises its clients in all mattesr relating to the drafting, structuring and closing of financial agribusiness transactions, buying rural real estate and implementing financial solutions for their projects. Additionally, the firm assists its clients with their business operations on a daily basis.

Regulated Sectors:
The firm had lately acquire a strong expertise on regulated sectors and has participated in several deals on energy, IT, Telecomunication and financial sectors.

Spanish, English, Portuguese.

The firm represents both domestic and multinational companies in industries such as: foods and beverages, technology, energy, aviation, transportation/ logistics, maritime, financial institutions, real estate, media and entertainment and retail. The firm has a particular reputation for its work in corporate projects with a strong client base among Argentina, Brazil and the USA.