Posadas, Posadas & Vecino

Montevideo Office

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Managing Partners: Tomas Guerrero, Francisco Obes, Fernando de Posadas, Eduardo Ferrari
Number of partners: 16
Number of professionals: 135
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
With more than 90 years of history, Posadas, Posadas & Vecino is one of the largest and most prestigious full service firms in Uruguay. Founded in 1926, the firm has had a truly international perspective ever since, being the first Uruguayan firm to open branches within the country (Zonamerica free trade zone and Punta del Este) and the only one with offices in Europe (Geneva). The firm’s leading position is built on its ability to support clients in highly complex transactions, advising multinational corporations, financial institutions and local companies in a broad range of practice areas. The firm prides itself in maintaining its tradition in the practice of law, with personalised attention to clients and active involvement from partners in cases handled. The firm’s professionals are highly specialised, with most having worked or studied abroad.

Main Areas of Practice:

-Banking & Finance
-Corporate, M&A
-Tax & Accounting
-Real Estate & Notarial Services
-Dispute Resolution
-Telecommunications
-Energy & Natural Resources
-Labour & Employment
-Administrative

Banking & Finance:
4 partners, 12 fee earners
■Represented Inter-American Development Bank in a credit facility granted to an agribusiness company, for the amount of USD 65 million
■Represented Inter-American Development Bank and International Finance Corporation in a syndicated loan for USD 240 million granted to a regional infrastructure company
■Represented Banco Santander España in structuring two project finance transactions involving wind farms for a total of USD 68 million ■Represented Rabobank in a loan facility worth USD 10 million granted to a large industrial company
■Advised BNP Paribas in a credit facility worth USD 60 million granted to national oil and gas company ANCAP
■Represented state utility company UTE and its subsidiary Areaffin SA in the structuring of an unprecedent IPO for the financing of a 70MW wind firm
Contact: Tomas Gurméndez
Tel: +598 2604 1604
Email: [email protected]

Corporate M&A:
10 partners, 54 fee earners
■Represented Montes del Plata (joint venture of Chilean Arauco & Finnish Stora Enso) in the construction of paper mill worth USD 1.5 billion
■Represented The Coca-Cola Company in the sale of its Uruguayan bottler to Coca-Cola FEMSA
■Represented Banco Itau UNIbanco in the acquisition of the Uruguayan assets of Citi Group
■Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the sale of its Uruguayan wealth management business to Julius Baer Group Ltd
■Represented multinational MegaPharma in the acquisition of Laboratorios Celsius
■Representing Astidey S.A. in the development of a 100 MW wind farm
■Represented agribusiness conglomerate El Tejar in the sale of its Uruguayan assets to Union Agriculture Group
■Represented a group of institutional investors leaded by BTG Pactual in the acquisition of the Uruguayan assets of Weyerhaeuser worth USD 400 million
Contacts: Tomas Guerrero, Fernando de Posadas, Eduardo Ferrari, Tomás Gurmendez
Tel: +598 2604 1604
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
1 partner, 14 fee earners
■Represented land owners in challenging a tax that levied ownership of rural land. Supreme Court declared the law approving such tax as unconstitutional
■Represented Montes del Plata in a lawsuit brought by a public prosecutor seeking the annulment of an investment agreement entered into by Montes del Plata and the Uruguayan State
■Represented creditors in suit against banks liquidated as consequence of the 2002 banking crisis, in claim worth more than USD 100 million
■Represented a large private equity fund in a civil claim arising from the purchase of one of the largest Uruguayan banks
Contact: Luis Nin
Tel: +598 2604 1604
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Accounting:

4 partners, 30 fee earners
■Advised Votorantim Cimentos S.A. in structuring the tax structure of a relevant investment in Uruguay
■Advised Minera Aratirí (Zamin Ferrous) in tax and accounting matters ref the development of a major iron ore project worth USD 3 billion
■Advised several wind power projects in Uruguay in tax aspects of structuring and financing
Contacts: Eduardo Ferrari, Daniel González
Tel: +5982 604 1604
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Estate - Notarial Services:
2 partners, 16 fee earners
■Represented an international real estate developer in structuring two landmark social housing projects
■Structured Fideicomiso Q, a luxury real estate development as well as real estate development of Rinconada del Mar, in Punta del Este ■Representing Montes del Plata in several acquisitions of rural estate and timber in Uruguay
■Advised a large farmers found in the adquisition of relevant agricultural assets
■Represented a major US insurance company in the acquisition of land and timber worth 120 USD million
Contacts: Eduardo Ferrari, Pablo Sequeira
Tel: +598 2604 1604
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Labour:
2 partners, 6 fee earners
■Advised Aerolíneas Argentinas on the negotiation of various Collective Agreements, regarding labour benefits and conditions
■Advised Pedidos Ya (leading online food ordering company) with the implementation of the Stock Option Plan (SOP) for Managers and Officers, and with the public offer in Berlin Stock Exchange through the holding company, Delivery Hero
■PPV’s labour advice to Grupo Biotoscana has focused on the negotiation and drafting of employment agreement for officers and managers in Uruguay, contemplating special aspects related to migration and tax issues, as well as, all day to day matters related to labour aspects and social security of the operation of the Company in Uruguay
■PPV provides full assistance to Grupo Biotoscana in the termination process of different employees, negotiation process of severance packages, settlement agreements and judicial homologation of said agreements
Contacts: Luis Nin, Cecilia Demarco
Tel: +598 2604 1604
Email: [email protected]

Key Clients:
The list of clients for the firm’s main areas of practice is considerable and unmatched. Amongst key clients are ABB; Air France; Arauco; AT&T; Banco Itaú; Banco Santander; BNP Paribas; British Foods; Cargill; Case New Holland; Caterpillar; DEG; Deutsche Bank (Brasil); Electrobras; Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Ford Motor Company; General Motors; GMO Renewable Resources, Hotel Casino Carrasco; InBev; Inter-American Development Bank; International Finance Corporation; John Deere; MasterCard International; Metropolitan Life; Montes del Plata; Nokia Siemens; Panamerican Life Insurance; Quilvest Switzerland; Rabobank, RENAULT; Safra Bank; Salvatore Ferragamo; Telecom Argentina; Tetra Pak; The Coca Cola Company; Timberland Group; Verizon; Visa Net Uruguay; Votorantim Cimentos; Zamin Ferrous (Minera Aratirí).