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Firm Profile

Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause

Firm Profile

Montevideo

  • Profile
  • Zabala 1504
  • Montevideo
  • Montevideo
  • Uruguay
  • 11000

Firm profile submitted by Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause

Contact Partner: Fernando Jimenez de Arechaga
Number of partners: 6
Number of other lawyers: 31
Of Counsel: 2   
Notaries: 6  
CPAs: 3
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

CONTACTS:
Banking & Finance:
Fernando Jimenez de Arechaga
Corporate & M&A: Nicolas Herrera
Real Estate: Hector B Viana
Dispute Resolution: Virginia Brause
Labour & Employment: Diego R Viana

Jimenez de Arechaga, Viana & Brause enjoys a well-established reputation for trustworthiness and a prestigious client list that were built upon the shoulders of its internationally-renowned founder, Professor Eduardo Jimenez de Arechaga, and that were cemented by more than 70 years of high-quality, personalised and devoted service. A full-service provider, Jimenez de Arechaga is the result of the 2001 merger between Jimenez de Arechaga & Brause and Estudio Hector A Viana, a merger that combined the recognised practice in the banking, financial and corporate fields of the former with the strong litigation practice of the latter. \

CLIENTS: Santander Group, Itau Bank, Creditel, Goldman Sachs & Co, Republica AFAP (pension fund manager), Banca Privada d’Andorra, ING Bank N.V., Eksport Kredit Fonden, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, DEGEricsson, McDonald’s, Google, Dole Foods, PGG Wrightson, Olam, Pepsi, Kraft, Mafrig Group, Fox Entertainment, Nidera, General Electric Medical, SACYR, Bow Power, SAETA Yield.Four Seasons, Ebital/Campiglia, Banco Santander, Banco Itaú, Outpost International, Stiler, Sacyrm, Trump Luxury Real EstateMS, American Express, ING Bank N.V., Marfrig Group, McDonald’s, Mondelez (Kraft)., SANCOR CUL, Itau Bank


AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Banking & Finance:
35%
Corporate:
35%
Commercial Litigation: 15%
Labour: 15%

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Banking/Finance:
3 partners, 11 fee earners
■ Representing KfW, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH and Helaba in a US$ 165 million financing for the construction of a 117.5 MW wind farm in Uruguay
■ Representing Santander Uruguay, Santander Spain and Intesa SanPaolo in the restructuring of a US$ 110 million facility granted to the developer of two solar photovoltaic plants with an aggregate capacity of 75MW
■ Representing Arcos Dorados in a US$ 167 syndicated facility granted by Citibank N.A., Bank of America N.A., Itau BBA International PLC, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Banco Santander S.A. (Brazil)
■ Representing an infrastructure fund in the financing of the construction of a highway project, the second PPP Project in the history of Uruguay

Corporate/M&A:
2 partners, 10 fee earners
■ Assisting a group of buyers formed by Goldman Sachs, Klaff Realty and Uruguayan investors in the US$ 140 million acquisition of supermarket chain ‘Tienda Inglesa’
■ Assisting Bow Power (a Grupo Cobra subsidiary) in the acquisition of a 90% stake in the wind farm Vientos de Pastorale’ from Sowitec and in the restructuring of the financing for this project
■ Assisting SAETA Yield in the US$ 65 million acquisition of two wind farms from Corporación América with an aggregate installed capacity of 95MW

Real Estate:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
■ Assisting Banco Santander in its capacity as lender in the financing of a multifunctional complex called ‘Antel Arena’ (arena for concerts, basketball games and other shows), being developed by the telephone utility ANTEL through a trust created for the purpose
■ Assisting the Uruguayan American School in the construction of a new building for high school students
■ Assisting Arcos Dorados in a public bidding contest called by the Municipal Government of Montevideo for a concession for the restoration, refurbishing and operation of a traditional municipal property in the Parque Rodó neighbourhood in Montevideo, and after being awarded, in the construction of a restaurant therein

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 8 fee earners
■  Representing two broker dealers in their capacity as trustees of investments trusts created with the future flows of the national airline PLUNA, in different judicial proceedings to collect outstanding sums worth US$ 13 million from the airline
■ Leading the Creditors Committee on behalf of all general unsubordinated creditors of national airline PLUNA, in order to negotiate with State-owned partner Pluna Ente and Executive Branch, secured creditors, labour creditors, and all other major stakeholders, which ended in mayor agreement for distributing the assets among creditors
■ Representing Banco Itaú in financial restructuring and later sale to Phoenix Group of Soulpack packaging factory, including the plant mortgaged by the bank

Labour & Employment:
1 partner, 5 fee earners
■  Assisting employers in the matters involving all aspects of labour relations, policies and practices
■ Representing multinational and local companies in their collective bargaining and outsourcing matters


INTERNATIONAL WORK: Jimenez de Arechaga’s international practice is important, and involves counselling in financial, corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues in a variety of transactions such as, debt and equity finance, secured/unsecured finance, project finance, syndication, financial structuring, financial institutions regulations, capital markets and securities work, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, start up and management of companies, shareholders agreements, trusts and funds. The firm’s practice keeps abreast of new legal developments and techniques as applied in cutting-edge transactions by clients acquiring or expanding globally their businesses.

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