Verónica Raffo is a partner in FERRERE and participates actively in its management and strategic leadership. She is involved in highly complex cases with sensitive content focusing on corporate issues, dispute negotiation, collective bargaining and compliance audits, both in Uruguay and internationally.
Raffo advises international corporations such as Uber, Basf, Saber, Scotiabank, IBM, Nestlé, Tupperware, Microsoft, H&M, Credit Suisse and Katoen Natie, among others, and regularly works together with regional and international law firms.
She also leads the FERRERE Labor, Social Security and Migration practice area and coordinates the work of the firm’s three jurisdictions. Since 2015 she has been director of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). She has been ranked for more than ten years as a Band 1 specialist in the Chambers ranking, Tier 1 in the Legal 500 raking, and is a recommended LACCA approved specialist.
She has published dozens of articles and has spoken at and moderated panels for local and international conferences organized by, among others, the International Bar Association, the European Union, the UN, IDB, Fomin, Vance Center, Endeavor and Uruguay XXI on subjects related to regulation, investment, business climate, labor market, gender and entrepreneurism.
In addition to her professional activity, Raffo is a referent on entrepreneurism and gender issues in Uruguay and internationally. Raffo leads the FERRERE Diversity Committee, which promotes internal policies and campaigns to foster diversity and promote the growth of you women professionals. In this role she encouraged the firm’s being one of the first Uruguayan companies to sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) of UN Women. She is a member of the board for the Advancement of Women Lawyers project of the Vance Center for International Justice, and representative in Uruguay for Vital Voices (founded by Hillary Clinton). She is also chair of the board of Enseña Uruguay, an institution that promotes education in critical context areas, and a member of the board of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) in Uruguay.
From 2010 to 2016 she was President of Organización de Mujeres Empresearias del Uruguay (Uruguay Women Entrepreneurs Organization, OMEU), and in that context was a member of the Advisory Board of Más Emprendedoras, a program jointly executed by Fomin IDB and Endeavor, which promotes the development of woman-led enterprises.
In 2016 was named the most recognized woman business leader in Uruguay, according to a survey conducted by the El Observador newspaper. The survey was taken among business owners and executives in different areas of activity to find out who they considered the leading women entrepreneurs and executives in Uruguay and why. Also, she was recognized by the same newspaper among the 50 most influential women in Uruguay (2013 and 2014), and by Latin Lawyer (2013) among the 50 most inspiring women in law in Latin America.
In 2019 she was recognized as Uruguay's most highly reputed woman business leader, according to the Corporate Reputation Business Monitor (MERCO) published by the El País newspaper.
- Enseña Uruguay
- FCEM (Femmes Chefes Déntreprises Mondiales)
- International Bar Association
- Más Emprendedoras
- Uruguayan Association of Women Entrepreneurs
- Uruguayan Bar Association
- Uruguayan Labor and Social Security Association (AUDTSS)
- Vance Center
- Vital Voices
- Young Presidents Organization