Ferrere is the only Uruguayan firm included in the GAR 100 to date. Its only rival for disputes work in Uruguay is Guyer & Regules, but our researchers felt Ferrere had the more extensive arbitration track record.
The firm has participated in many of the largest ICC arbitrations emanating from the country, as well as local cases that have settled jurisprudence on the acceptance of arbitral awards. In court, the firm also advised leading US banks that were shareholders in Uruguay’s collapsed Banco Comercial after an ICC tribunal ruled that the government had failed to honour an obligation to buy up its shares. The decision has given rise to over 50 court claims worth a total of US$650 billion – the largest litigation ever seen in Uruguay.
Disputes partner Andrés Cerisola was praised by clients interviewed for Latin Lawyer 250, as having “a keen understanding of business situations”. More of Cerisola’s time may now be taken up by his role as managing partner, which he took on in 2010 following the death of his predecessor Daniel Ferrere (son of the firm’s founder) in a tragic helicopter crash in July. The dispute resolution practice is headed by Sandra González, who is also praised as “very gifted”. Ferrere is the largest firm in Uruguay by some margin, and now has offices in Paraguay and Bolivia. Latin Lawyer says the firm aims to be “a one-stop shop across South America’s smaller jurisdictions”.