FERRERE has appointed five new partners to the firm, Soledad Díaz, Verónica Franco, Martín Pallares, Sebastián Ramos and Daniel Robalino Orellana, as of January 1, 2019.
The firm now has 32 partners, consolidating its practice in key areas: banking and finance, dispute resolution, corporate and antitrust matters.
Soledad Díaz (FERRERE Uruguay), is an expert on investment and commercial dispute resolution, both in court and in arbitration proceedings. She leads arbitration proceedings under different rules and advises on matters of international procedural law including matters of jurisdiction, arbitration clauses, and recognition of foreign awards and judgments. She also regularly advises on investment disputes and on structuring of investments under protection treaties.
Díaz graduated from Universidad de la República, has an LLM and an International Doctorate (PhD) from Universidad de Alcalá (Spain), specialization course in Theory and Practice of International Business, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and a course on International Private Law, The Hague Academy of International Law. She was a Research Associate at Queen Mary University of London in 2012 and in 2013 she was awarded a Doctoral Scholarship by The Hague Academy of International Law. In 2010 and 2011 she was granted the Giner de los Ríos scholarships for Visiting Professors at Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid). She teaches Procedural Law at Universidad de la República (Uruguay). In 2018 she was awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Award for her Doctoral dissertation.
Verónica Franco (FERRERE Paraguay), specializes in complex corporate and financial transactions and competition law. She has been principally involved in matters related to foreign investment and the launching of new products; mergers and acquisitions; anticompetitive practices and merger control; project finance; joint ventures; commercial and distribution agreements; bilateral and syndicated loans, as well as securities issuance in the local and international capital markets. Her clients include sovereigns, multilaterals and public and private companies, including digital platforms and new technologies companies.
She holds a Law Degree from National University of Asunción (Paraguay) and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (United States). She is admitted to practice law in Paraguay and the State of New York.
Martín Pallares (FERRERE Ecuador), focuses on cross -border transactions with an emphasis on M&A and public procurement, with particular prominence of the energy and natural resources sector. Martín has been involved in some of the main M&A deals in Ecuador. He also advises on Real Estate matters.
Prior to joining FERRERE, he advised international clients with major project investments in Ecuador.
He has an LLB from Universidad de Salamanca, LL.M. from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) and an MBA from Centro de Estudios Financieros (CEF) and Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA).
Sebastián Ramos (FERRERE Uruguay), specializes in project finance, capital markets and banking and finance regulation. He has extensive experience advising foreign public and private companies on financing of projects for infrastructure and energy, with emphasis on wind and solar farms.
He has an LLM from the Chicago Law School (United States) and is a professor of Contracts and of M&A of Universidad de Montevideo as (Uruguay) well as a professor of Contract Writing at the center of postgraduates of said institution.
Daniel Robalino Orellana (FERRERE Ecuador) specializes on antitrust and regulatory economic law, cross-border transaction with emphasis in Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as on foreign investment planning, foreign trade and arbitration.
He advises multinationals, funds and foreign companies, as well as local and Latin-American companies expanding their business within the region. Robalino is a founding member and current Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Institute of Competition Law.
He holds an LL.M. from Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law (United States) and has postgraduate diplomas in antitrust law and practice from the College of Law of England and Wales, as well as an MBA-C from IE Business School (Spain).
FERRERE’s managing director, Agustín Mayer West, said: “We are very proud to announce the incorporation of these five professionals to the group of partners of the firm, where they have driven key areas and have contributed to the strategic development of the regional project, providing identical service standards in each and every one of the jurisdictions in which we operate. The role of these new partners becomes essential in an industry that undergoes major transformations and is in need of a young team qualified to face the huge challenges ahead”.
FERRERE is the only South American multi-jurisdictional firm. It has more than 250 lawyers in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay, and stands out for its structure, its methodologies and an international approach to policies.
The firm has developed global standards and provides consistent service at all its offices, guaranteed by vertically integrated procedures and practice groups, and a firm-wide training program.
FERRERE is exceptional in the jurisdictions where it operates. It is an entirely merit-based organization. It has a mandatory early retirement policy and puts great emphasis on promoting diversity, with a 30% representation of women among the partners.