Vouga Abogados is a big player in the Paraguayan market and can attract high-profile international clients. It has a diverse offering built around strong corporate, banking, disputes and labour teams. The firm’s focus on developing specialised lawyers has begun to pay dividends, with a growing reputation in fields such as IP and environment law.
To further diversify its offering, the firm has hired experienced lawyers to provide services in competition law, compliance, consumer protection and public works. It features Portuguese-speaking lawyers who can cater to the Brazilian manufacturing companies intent on setting up operations in the country. Some of its lawyers have worked in government departments or in Spanish law firms. The firm favours an organic approach to growth instead of lateral hires.
Vouga Abogados attracts top-tier international clients; Ambev, Brazilian food company BRF, Itaú Unibanco, Santander (Brazil) and BTG Pactual are all on the firm’s books. The firm offers its clients alternative services to help with establishing operations in Paraguay, such as providing office space, appointing partners as company directors or helping with accounting through affiliates.
The firm has deliberately moved away from Paraguay’s traditional family firm model by implementing a formal and structured career path based on meritocratic values. It is aiming to strike a good balance between older experienced lawyers and young talent. Vouga Abogados prefers to hire practitioners with a proven track record in their field, and prides itself on its international outlook, with overseas experience and LLMs encouraged among its lawyers and a scholarship programme in place to help fund them. It has good relationships with leading law firms across the region.
Vouga Abogados operates out of its headquarters in Paraguay’s capital Asunción.
Alliances & networks
The firm is part of the World Services Group and Aliança de Advocacia Empresarial – the latter is a Brazilian law firm network that has expanded to include firms from elsewhere in the region. It is also a member of the Employment Law Alliance.