Latin Lawyer
2007

Probably the most established corporate firm in Montevideo, blending tradition and experience with a modern approach – notably through substantial investment in leading-edge technology.

PEOPLE & PRACTICES

In a very young partnership for such an establish firm, Nicolás Herrera remains the most prominent name, alongside with Álvaro Tarabal, with Nicolás Piaggio also regularly mentioned. Like most firms in Montevideo, Guyer also employs a number of notaries and accountants, making it a considerably bigger organisation than the lawyers numbers suggest. In comparison to the other Uruguayan firms on this list, a notably high proportion of Guyer’s lawyers have worked or studied abroad, notably at associate level.

CLIENTS

An impressive client list heavy with banking and multinational corporate names. One key banking client described Guyer’s lawyers as “outstanding professionals, who understand our business and our legal environment”.

ALLIANCES & NETWORK

Guyer is a member of the Club de Abogados, the Lex Mundi network and Multilaw.

2007 DEVELOPMENTS

Notable matters reported in LATIN LAWYER include:

  • advising the underwriters in connection with a US$500 million bond offering by the Republic of Uruguay;
  • advising Bank of America in connection with a US$633 million sale of its units in Chile and Uruguay to Banco Itaú;
  • advising Brazilian meat producer Marfrig Frigorificos e Comercio de Carnes in the acquisition of Uruguayan beef company Frigorífico Tacuarembó;
  • advising Uruguayan meatpacker Frigorífico Canelone in the sale of the business to Brazil’s Bertin Group;
  • advising Chile’s Saieh family in its acquisition of three five-star hotels in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay from the Buenos Aires Hotel Corporation;
  • advising Petrobras in its US$11 million acquisition of a controlling interest in Gaseba Uruguay, the concessionaire for gas distribution in Montevideo; and
  • advising venture capital fund UruguayIVC Partners in the acquisition of a stake in medical software company Medicaa.

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