Managing Partner: Matías Pérez del Castillo
Number of partners: 3
Number of professionals: 18
General Contact: Matías Pérez del Castillo
Languages: English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Pérez del Castillo & Asociados is especially renowned for providing corporate, labour, dispute resolution and real estate services to national and international clients (both companies and individuals) that operate in Uruguay. Although the firm is involved in international matters, the focus on national concerns is a distinctive feature in terms of knowledge, understanding and practice in Uruguayan business and relations.
The firm is a pioneer in legaltech, since it considers technology as a key force for change in the profession and critical to improved performance, recognizing the importance of productivity and efficiency. Its team complements the experience and reputation of distinguished attorneys with the practice update and dynamism of recognised young professionals. The different characteristics of its members relying in legal technology, stimulate team work under shared objectives: the conviction that providing services with technical rigor and a practical approach is the way to comply with their duty.
Previous years’ Chambers Latin America reviews confirm the firm reputation by stating: “excellent attitude and expertise,” adding that they are “very effective and dedicated to the client”; also: “They know how to handle the complexities of our cases with the urgency they require. We need good analysis and their advice is always timely” (2020); “Our impression of the firm is very good - they have great attention to detail, are very responsive and they advise us very practically on the plans we wish to implement.” (2018); “The lawyers at Pérez del Castillo & Asociados are very good; very technical, efficient and responsive” (2017); “The lawyers are dependable, clear in their advice and have a lot of knowledge. They are completely dedicated to the client” (2016). “The firm is excellent — it’s knowledgeable, understands the problems at hand and provides extremely fast responses that are concise and address the issue from a legal and business perspective” (2015).
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm offers integrated legal services on a broad range of practice areas that include: banking and finance, agribusiness, civil law, administrative procedures, compliance, data privacy, environmental and renewable energy, family business, investments, migration and real estate. But the main areas of practice are the four above-mentioned.
Corporate & M&A:
Pérez del Castillo & Asociados offers comprehensive advice in a wide range of corporate law matters, such as, mergers, acquisitions and joint-ventures transactions, shareholders agreements, commercial contracts, corporate governance practices, due diligence operations, corporate reorgan-isations, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. The firm provides assistance to foreign companies willing to operate in Uruguay throughout their incorporation process advising them on the suitable legal structures that meets their needs, assisting in compliance, legal and regulatory requirements, and management of work permits, visas and residency documents needed for foreign workers.
Last years’ Chambers reviews stated: “Dynamic practice assisting domestic and foreign clients from a broad range of sectors, such as food and beverages, retail and technology. Experienced advising on the negotiation of commercial agreements, shareholder matters and corporate governance issues”.
Labour & Employment:
Pérez del Castillo & Asociados is widely considered the number one firm in labour matters in Uruguay. Its qualified attorneys provide assistance and advice in a broad variety of individual and collective labour relations topics, conflict prevention (mainly through the implementation of labour practices, policies and negotiations with unions and the government offices), personal restructuring, audits, collective bargaining, dispute resolution and labour litigation.
Last years’ Chambers Latin America review stated: “Eminent team acting on a broad range of labour and employment cases. Represents both foreign and local companies from various industries, including banks and food and beverage producers. Advises on the implementation of labour policies and also conducts audits focused on conflict prevention. Has ample experience handling collective bargaining agreements and negotiations with trade unions, as well as conflicts resulting in both litigation and arbitration”. The firm members expertise is reflected in several ‘best seller’ practical handbooks and papers published by the firm partners and associates covering the most relevant aspects of labour, employment and social security law, inspiring both court rules and business managers.
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution:
Pérez del Castillo has broad experience defending both companies and individuals in civil, corporate (bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings) and labour litigation procedures, as well as in administrative proceedings before government agencies and the Administrative Court. The professionals of the firm participate in corporate conflicts between companies, shareholders, or directors, acting as private arbitrators and mediators. They also intervene in labour dispute resolution proceedings between employers and employees, and in collective bargaining with unions and government entities seeking to resolve both individual and collective conflicts. Based on legal practitioners’ knowledge and on the judicial and arbitral background, the firm proposes practical strategies tailored according to the interests of its clients, with the aim of settling disputes in the least burdensome and more effective ways.
Notary Services & Real Estate:
Pérez del Castillo offers notary and real estate services. The firm has a strong presence in residential and industrial developments, representing investors, developers and consumers in different types of transactions including social housing, tourism, leisure, rental offices and urban construction projects, assisting clients in the negotiation and execution of all kind of agreements, purchase, sale and leases of real estate properties for commercial, industrial or housing purposes. Moreover, the firm has a solid team of professionals with wide experience in structuring real estate agribusiness transactions. Their area of practice further involves active participation in mortgages, pledges, leasing and real estate transactions in general.
Pérez del Castillo gives great importance to the confidentiality of its client portfolio. However, the following description of the various sectors and industries in which the firm’s clients operates shows the expertise and specialization of the firm: banking and financial institutions, construction, pharmaceuticals, health and social welfare, industries (textile, leather, tobacco, food, milk and meat industry), other services (logistics, call centers, media, technology, consulting firms and tourism), educational institutions, agribusiness, renewable energies, telecommunications, transportation and real estate.