Santiago Fontana

Santiago Fontana is part of the Corporate and Commercial groups, as well as Mergers and Acquisitions. He has broad experience in high-profile deals and work related to the government.

Santiago Fontana is a member of the FERRERE Corporate and Commercial as well as Mergers and Acquisitions groups. He focuses on foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial and corporate matters. Santiago worked in FERRERE’s Bolivia office from 2005 to 2006, developing a good understanding of the local market and the needs of foreign investors in that jurisdiction. He also has a strong connection to FERRERE’s Brazilian clientele, with a level of expertise that led Chambers Global to recognize him as a Brazil Foreign Expert based abroad.

Santiago has participated in numerous high profile foreign investment projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions (both local and cross-border). He participated in the chief meatpacking plant purchase and sale transactions in Uruguay in the last two years (including the first Chinese investment in Uruguay in this sector). Santiago also participated in high-profile deals such as the sales of the local operations of Outfront Media (outdoor advertising) and Affinia International (automotive). He also participated in the purchase and sale of renewable projects in Uruguay.

Santiago has extensive experience in government procurement processes and government-related work, both for private companies and government entities. He has also assisted international companies in their strategic and corporate matters, including Weyerhaeuser, Volt Information Sciences, IBM, Tyco, CBS Outdoor, Edenred, Lactalis, Parmalat, ExxonMobil, COSAN, Petrobras, and Vale.

During his time at FERRERE’s Bolivia office, Santiago advised companies involved primarily in the oil and gas and mining sectors. In 2006, he assisted Occidental Petroleum in the renegotiation of its contracts with the Bolivian government, following nationalization of the hydrocarbons industry.


  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association* International Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Uruguay XXI
  • Attorney, Universidad Católica del Uruguay, 2003.
  • Administrative Law Study Group, Universidad de Montevideo, 2003-2004.

"Very highly talented.”

Chambers Latin America / Corporate / 2020

Extremely solution-oriented and strategic.

Legal 500 / Recommended/ 2019


Latin Lawyer 250 / Corporate

Chambers Global 2023 spotlights FERRERE

The prestigious publication recognized the work of diverse practice areas of the firm and 10 of its practitioners.


FERRERE advises on BUNGE and UPL expansion

The two companies acquired a minority stake in a Brazilian farm sector solutions company.


FERRERE once again Firm of the Year in Uruguay

In the Chambers Latin America Awards 2022.


FERRERE advises Riverwood Capital on fintech sector investment

FERRERE’s client is the principal investor in the USD 35 million transaction.


IFLR distinguishes FERRERE in its three jurisdictions

The recognized ranking, covering Project Finance, Banking and Finance, and Corporate, puts FERRERE in TIER 1 for Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.


IFLR once again recognizes FERRERE as Uruguay Firm of the Year

For the third consecutive year, in the context of the IFLR Americas Awards 2022.

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