Guyer & Regules is the first and only Uruguayan firm to have been recognised as "Latin America Law firm of the Year", "Uruguayan Law Firm of the Year" for five years and to have received the "Client Service Award" twice by Chambers & Partners. The firm has also been recognised as “Uruguay Tax Firm of the Year” by International Tax Review - Euromoney for three consecutive years and as “Law Firm of the Year – Uruguay” by International Financial Law Review for two consecutive years.
Guyer & Regules is proud to be considered Uruguay’s blue chip firm and first choice for international and domestic complex legal, accounting and tax work. Such a reputation is grounded on the firm’s solid team of internationally trained professionals and the largest group of the most experienced partners in the country, who have become the clients’ trusted advisers through daily service excellence.
Areas of Practice:
Accounting and Tax The team has been recognized by International Tax Review – Euromoney as the top Uruguayan firm for three consecutive years and last year it was presented with the Americas Energy Tax Deal of the Year award. “This corporate heavyweight is a point of reference in tax-related matters” as Chambers & Partners state.
Banking and Finance With “…years of being the leader in the banking and finance sector” as Legal 500 states, the team advises 66% of the private banks active in Uruguay and two out of three large private pension fund managers. It has also been the only Uruguayan firm in the past 30 years in Uruguayan sovereign debt deals. The team also advises on investment funds, project finance, issuance of bonds and preferred shares through ADRs, syndicated loans, U.S. privately placed securities and venture capital structures.
Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions As Chambers & Partners states, Guyer & Regules “continues to set the pace in the corporate sphere”: the team has participated in 63% of major public M&A deals in Uruguay over the past two years, works for 10 out of 15 of the country’s top exporting companies, and advises on several equity investments, private equity, acquisitions, mergers of banks and pension fund administrators, spin-offs, transfers of assets, privatizations and utility concession proceedings.
Energy The team “shows clear leadership in the oil and gas industries” as Chambers Latin America states, advising 3 out of 5 international companies with exploration rights in Uruguay: Tullow Oil, British Gas and Total. Moreover, it facilitated the implementation of the exclusive pipeline transporting natural gas from Argentina to Uruguay. The team also leads in renewable energies advising (either from the financing, sponsor or investor side) over 50% of the wind farms that contracted with the state-owned power company UTE and in the development of wind farms, photovoltaic farms and biomass power plants.
Labor The team “delivers responses quickly and clearly and has an important relationship with the fiscal and administrative authorities” as indicated by Legal 500. It excels in both advisory and litigious labour matters and recently represented all of the Uruguayan financial entities in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the banking union and the government.
Litigation A “trustworthy and ethical team that performs far above the standard level in the market” as Legal 500 indicates. The team specializes in complex civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, domestic and international, generally involving high-profile cases.
Real Estate By far the largest and most experienced team in the country, with a very strong presence in tourism and residential developments (especially in Punta del Este and its surroundings), industrial developments, agribusiness and forestry investments. As Legal 500 states, the team demonstrates “…excellent professional capacity, always put the client's needs first and respect the client's time constraints.”