Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga conducts some of Uruguay’s most high-value and cross-border transactional work. Its global reach provides the local team an ample supply of top-tier legal expertise from around the world.
The firm’s finance team is a force to be reckoned with in Uruguay and the group is capable of handling a wide caseload of sophisticated transactions. The department has achieved a distinguished reputation in a short space of time, attracting a bounty of high-profile clients who are generously shared between its corporate and project finance areas. The firm has attracted several project finance deals as a result of its successful transactional exploits, and its lawyers benefit from expertise in disputes and energy offerings in Uruguay. Its real estate, labour and public law divisions are likewise proficient in their practice. Since the merger, the firm has been steadily adding to its client portfolio, and its existing customers have embraced the move, thus situating the firm’s experienced partners on the global stage through extended reach and additional resources.
The Uruguayan firm’s project finance group has been a successful mainstay for decades. It helped a consortium of constructors led by Spain’s Sacyr obtain mezzanine financing for a railway project connecting Montevideo and Paso de Los Toros, one of Uruguay’s most lucrative project finance programmes, having also received the largest ever PPP financing.
Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga has a multiskilled corporate group with a knack for cutting to the bone of complex regulatory issues. In recent years, the firm has helped tie up a decade-long $19 billion merger between confectionery manufacturers Mondelēz and Cadbury. It helped Mondelēz receive antitrust approval for the deal in Uruguay. Meanwhile, the firm’s tax and trade team has been engaged in helping drinks giant PepsiCo reach an agreement with Uruguay’s free trade zone operator to open its largest-ever manufacturing plant near the Uruguayan city of Colonia.
Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga fields impressive litigation offerings with its lawyers providing excellent and carefully thought-out legal strategies. Google recently turned to the firm to defeat a claim filed against it by a Uruguayan investigative journalism website. These and similar successful practice groups were cornerstones of Jiménez de Aréchaga’s impressive offering before the merger, which has now climbed the echelons to global success.
Following the merger, the Uruguayan team has been able to make the most of Dentons’ technology tools and provide clients with expansive legal and business advice. Lawyers have also benefitted from training on key issues such as cybersecurity and data privacy.
Dentons’ Latin American group meets quarterly to discuss the progress of its regional branches, which keeps the global firm well informed of the region’s latest market trends. Meanwhile, through its connections to Dentons’ global network, the Uruguayan firm benefits from widespread diversity and inclusion initiatives, headed by a dedicated committee at the Montevideo office.
Lawyers at the firm have a linear career path laid out in front of them, as the firm identifies its brightest talent for promotion to senior ranks. Meanwhile, a women’s committee ensures that female lawyers have equal opportunities to advance to more senior roles.
Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga Sr remains at the helm of the firm.
Jiménez de Aréchaga joined Dentons’ global platform two years ago. The move put the firm’s existing office in Montevideo on the global map and gave the team access to Dentons’ growing coverage in over 200 locations. Dentons opened its first Latin American office in 2016 and is now in 26 countries across the region, having added Bolivia and Ecuador to its territory in 2021. Following the merger, the firm opened an outpost in Montevideo’s free trade zone.