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Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga

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Contact Partner: Fernando Jimenez de Arechaga
Number of partners at Uruguay office: 8
Number of other lawyers at Uruguay office: 31
Number of counsel at Uruguay office: 5
Number of notaries at Uruguay office: 9
CPAs at Uruguay office: 3

Firm Overview:
Located in Montevideo, Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga is a full service provider and a recognized leader in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Infrastructure, Labor Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Natural Resources, and Real Estate. More recently, with the surge of infrastructure projects, Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga has become a go-to firm for the increasing number of project finance transactions in the country, having advised on most of the project finance transactions that have taken place, including Uruguay’s largest ever PPP. Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga has a long-standing reputation in the Uruguayan market having served clients for more than 75 years. Committed to longterm growth built on long-lasting relationships with clients, Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga has developed a very strong client base, including a number of large multinational corporations. Its commitment to clients allows Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga to attract leading talent who value working for a collaborative firm that is client-focused to its core. After its 2020 combination with Dentons, Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause became “Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga”, as well as the largest global law firm with operations in Uruguay, connecting clients to top-tier legal talent in Latin America and the Caribbean and to more than 10,000 lawyers around the globe, and delivering a seamless ‘one firm’ experience to clients operating in the region and around the globe.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Corporate/M&A
Real Estate
Dispute Resolution
Labour & Employment
Energy and Natural Resources
Public Law
Project Finance/PPPs
Tax Law

Banking/Finance:

3 partners, 8 fee earners
■ Representing a consortium formed by SACYR, NGE, SACEEM and Berkes in a US$ 941 million senior & mezzanine financing for the construction and maintenance of the Ferrocarril Central Project (273 kms of railway line) under a PPP Scheme
■ Representing COPASA and Espina in a US$ 150 million financing for the project of construction and maintenance of the “Circuito 3” highway under a PPP scheme, the largest of its kind
■ Representing Allianz GI and Credit Agricole in a US$ 90 million private placement in the United States for the purpose of refinancing the construction loan taken out by Parque Eólico Kiyú, an ACS subsidiary which owns a 50 MW wind farm in Uruguay
Key Clients: Santander Group, Itau Bank, Creditel, Goldman Sachs & Co, Republica AFAP (pension fund manager), Banca Privada d’Andorra, ING Bank N.V., Eksport Kredit Fonden, KfW IPEXBank GmbH, DEG, CaixaBank, CA-CIB, CAF-AM, SACYR, SACEEM, NGE, COPASA, ROVER, COBRA GROUP, Allianz GI
Contact: Fernando Jimenez de Arechaga
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 108
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
2 partners, 9 fee earners
■ Advising Atlantica Yield in the US$ 120 million acquisition of Estrellada S.A., a company belonging to Enel, which towned a 50 MW wind farm
■ Assisting PGG Wrightson Seeds in the Uruguay chapter of its worldwide acquisition by DLF
■ Assisting Mercado Libre in its global acquisition of Lagash Group for an undisclosed amount
Key Clients: Ericsson, McDonald’s, Google, Dole Foods, PGG Wrightson, Olam, Pepsi, Kraft, Mafrig Group, Fox Entertainment, Nidera, General Electric Medical, SACYR, Bow Power, SAETA Yield
Contact: Nicolas Herrera
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 123
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
■ Assisting Banco Santander in a US$ 16 million syndicated facility with Banco Itaú for the construction of an affordable housing complex in Montevideo called ‘M District’ by Fondo Compass
■ Assisting Grupo Ivory in a US$ 20 million project for the construction of a residential complex in a high-end neighbourhood in Montevideo
■ Assisting the more than 300 purchasers of luxury departments in the high quality residential complex “Diamantis Plaza”, united in a Trust for the purpose of seeking a final solution to the bankruptcy procedure filed by the developer five years ago, which trigger countless claims among all parties involved
Key Clients:
Four Seasons, Ebital/Campiglia, Banco Santander, Banco Itaú, Outpost International, Stiler, Sacyr, Trump Luxury Real Estate, Grupo Ivory
Contact: Hector B. Viana
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 127
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 8 fee earners
■ Representing Grupo Vía Central, a consortium for the construction of Ferrocarril Central Project (Uruguay´s biggest investment in recent history), in the ‘amparo’ claim brought by a neighbor alleging this mega-construction affected his nearby home, which sparked a tough negotiation between such plaintiff and the Executive Branch in order to re-allocated the family and continue with the construction
■ Representing Google in Uruguay´s leading case regarding the ‘right to oblivious’, an ongoing claim filed by a renowned local family invoking that Google must erase all online press related to some specific events of the past, in a matter that impacts freedom of speech, a topic in vogue worldwide
■ Representing Myrin S.A. shareholders in an arbitration procedure filed by a broker alleging breach of the mediation agreement after a SPA of shares between the own shareholders; claim was unanimously rejected by the arbitration Tribunal
Key Clients: Google, Santander, IMS, American Express, ING Bank N.V., Marfrig Group, McDonald’s, Mondelez (Kraft)., SANCOR CUL, Itau Bank, Myrin, Barraca Deambrosi S.A.
Contact: Nicolás Brause
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 104
Email: [email protected]

Labour & Employment:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
■ Assisting employers in the matters involving all aspects of labour relations, policies and practices
■ Representing multinational and local companies in their collective bargaining and outsourcing matters
Key Clients: Roggio Group, Candysur, Kraft, Ericsson, El Tejar, PGG Wrightson
Contact: Diego R. Viana
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 256
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
■ Advising Pepsi-Cola Manufacturing Co. of Uruguay SRL (“PCMCU”), a Uruguayan Free Zone User affiliate of PepsiCo, regarding the tax impact in Uruguay arising from recent modifications to the Free Zone regime in connection with the tax exemptions related to the use/acquisition of intangible assets
Key Clients: PepsiCo, S.A. de Obras y Servicios, COPASA and Espina Obras Hidráulicas S.A., Parque Eólico Kiyú S.A. (“PEKSA”), Aldesa Construcciones, Coalvi Renovables and Ramón C. Álvarez, Construcciones Viales y Civiles and Rover, Bacardi Martini Uruguay S.A.
Contact: Hector B. Viana
Tel: +598 2916 1460 ext. 127
Email: [email protected]