Alejandro Alterwain

Alejandro Alterwain leads the Antitrust team and has more than 15 years of experience in registries and IP legal matters.

Alejandro Alterwain leads FERRERE’s Antitrust team and is a member of the Intellectual Property group, with particular experience in trademark and copyright litigation. His professional practice also includes mining law.

His performance and experience in intellectual property have gained him various academic and professional recognitions, leading Chambers to note that he "is very studious and goes into real depth," and adding that he is the go-to person in complex cases. Clients say, “He provides more than just a technical viewpoint – he is very strategic and helps us understand every implication of every decision.” He is also recognized by The Legal 500.

He is an industrial property agent and has over fifteen years’ experience in registration and legal issues involving intellectual property, both in civil matters and in relation to anti-piracy actions. In 2009, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) retained him as an expert consultant on a complex cultural industries project (involving music and books).

In antitrust he has participated in numerous claims and investigations and in reports of economic concentration. He regularly participates as an instructor in corporate training about antitrust activities and is consulted by local and multinational companies to define their product distribution strategies in Uruguay. He has also successfully represented diverse clients in judicial and administrative actions against market regulations with anti-competitive aspects.

Alterwain is also involved in mining law issues and has represented major mining projects in Uruguay. His daily practice also includes general company consulting, particularly in the technology, telecommunications and entertainment industries.

He is a professor of Intellectual Property and Negotiation of Complex Contracts at Universidad ORT, a guest lecturer on Antitrust, and the author of numerous national and international publications on these subjects.


  • International Bar Association
  • Uruguayan Bar Association
  • Attorney, Universidad de la República (Uruguay), 2003
  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law (New York, United States), 2006

"A serious and accurate lawyer who is highly knowledgeable of IP matters. He is constantly aware of any potential implications for our company. He has so much experience and provides us with solutions to our queries, so we feel very supported by him."

Chambers Latin America / 2019 / Intellectual Property

"Newly-appointed firm managing partner Agustín Mayer heads a team that includes several highly active senior associates, such as the ‘knowledgeable and strategic’ Alejandro Alterwain".



Legal500 / Intellectual Property


Latin Layer 250 / Intellectual Property


Latin Lawyer 250 / Antitrust

A regional overview of Antitrust Law in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay

This article intends to give an overview of the regulatory framework in force in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay on merger control and anticompetitive practices.

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