Firm profile submitted by Ferrere
Managing Partner: Agustín Mayer West
Languages: English, Spanish
Ferrere is the only multi-jurisdictional, purely South American law firm. It has 200+ attorneys throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay and stands out for its US-style structure, methodologies and policies. The firm has developed international standards and homogeneous services, guaranteed by integrated, vertical practice groups and procedures, and a firm-wide training programme.
Ferrere is exceptional in the four jurisdictions in which it operates. It is a fully merit based organisation and does not allow relatives of partners to join its staff. It has a mandatory early retirement policy and a strong focus on promoting diversity, with women making up 30% of the partnership.
Many of Ferrere’s lawyers have US or European degrees and have worked for global law firms, financial institutions or at the headquarters of major multinationals. Regional and international companies, as well as global law firms, take advantage of the firm’s footprint to achieve full coverage of the region.
The firm has invested decades of hard work building practice groups dedicated to the areas of both law and industry. The firm’s industry specialisation is a differentiating feature that, along with cutting edge technology, allows it to provide clients outstanding quality legal advice with a high level of cost efficiency. Ferrere’s regional structure and depth of resources also enable it to handle the most complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
The firm regularly deploys members of its highly specialised talent pool to any jurisdiction where they may be required, at any time.
Bolivia: After a decade of sustained growth, Ferrere’s Bolivia office is now a recognised leader in this jurisdiction and the second largest firm in the country. With offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, it provides clients with specialised services in all major practice areas, representing many of the largest multinationals, most international banks and almost all multilateral organisations operating in Bolivia.
Ecuador: Ferrere launched in Ecuador in 2015, in January 2016 announced the opening of its second office in the coastal city of Manta, and recently announced the opening of its third office in Guayaquil, making it the country’s second largest law firm. The opening of three offices in Ecuador was an important step in consolidating the strategy of offering international-class services across all four jurisdictions. The Ecuador team has a strong transactional focus and wide experience in dispute resolution, including local and international arbitration, energy, banking and finance, tax and regulatory matters.
Paraguay: Ferrere has established itself as a leading law firm in Paraguay, following more than a decade of steady growth and participation in some of the largest deals in the market, including M&A and financing transactions. The office has a strong footprint in agribusiness, financing and logistics, it represents some of the largest multinational companies and almost all multilateral organisations operating in Paraguay.
Uruguay: Ferrere is the largest law firm in Uruguay and is the only Uruguayan firm ranked Band 1 by Chambers in all practice areas. It has a unique strategy based on highly specialised practice groups covering both industry sectors and areas of legal expertise. This strategy, permitted by size but also consciously promoted for two decades, results in services of the highest quality and cost efficiency for clients.
Clients: The firm advises mainly multinationals, global financial institutions and some of the largest Latin American companies. Many large global law firms also use Ferrere to complete their coverage of the region, given its multi-jurisdictional presence.