Acknowledgements/Legal 500

COVID-19 Practical Legal Guide

With the aim of providing clear and concise responses, Bergstein has prepared a practical legal guide with most frequently asked questions about COVID-19. The guide discusses hot topics on employment law, contracts and taxations.

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Recognition - Legal 500

Once again, Bergstein has been recognized as one of the top law firms of Uruguay by the prestigious English publication, Legal 500. Bergstein professional practice has been acknowledged in several areas: Dispute Resolution, Taxes, Corporate, Banking and Finance; Labor & Employment as well as Intellectual Property are also part of our recognized practices. We acknowledge the support of our clients and colleagues who make these recognitions possible.

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Legal 500

Banking and Finance Bergstein Abogados's banking and finance practice is led by the highly respected Alejandro Hernández. Recent highlights saw the group acting for US bank PNC on a number of secured loans, in addition to representing a number of financial institutions (including Bank of America, Nomura Securities, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank) in relation to private placements. On the regulatory front, Hernández continues to advise the Montevideo Stock Exchange with regards to the Central Bank of Uruguay's most recent regulations affecting security brokers. Carlos de Cores is core to the ‘very client focused' banking group, which also benefits from the tax expertise of Jonás Bergstein. Corporate and M&A Bergstein Abogados receives high praise as a ‘superb law firm with superb lawyers' from international law firms, through which the Firm is frequently engaged on corporate matters. Its advice is ‘always timely, well thought out and thorough; and excellent value for money'. Practice head Jonás Bergstein, whose expertise lies in international corporate transactions and tax, is recommended as ‘responsive, thoughtful and reasoned'. Dispute Resolution Bergstein Abogados's well-established practice is recommended for its ‘good response time, service levels and business acumen' as well as for its ‘persistence in following up on matters'. The firm's group of ‘solid advisors' has particular experience in antitrust litigation, distribution agreement matters, and in the credit card and telecommunication sectors (in particular representing Visa and telecom operators such as Claro and Movistar). Department head Dr. Leonardo Melos focuses on litigation is singled out for his ‘hard working' nature and accessibility to clients; he is acknowledged by peers as a strong litigator. Labour and employment The very ‘effective and professional' Bergstein Abogados is ‘quick to respond' and offers its labour and employment clients ‘personal attention' from ‘people with knowledge and expertise'. In addition to handling all aspects of labour law (including workers' compensation, collective bargaining, age and hour matters, redundancies and hearings before the Ministry of Labour), the group also has expertise in immigration law and is frequently engaged by international immigration firms such as Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. Clients of the group include Claro (América Móvil's local subsidiary), Visa, and Sony. Tax Always providing service of ‘the highest quality', and demonstrating great responsiveness, Bergstein Abogados works to the ‘level of international standards'. Department head Domingo Pereira focuses on international taxation and also has experience of litigation before the Supreme Court of Justice and the Supreme Administrative Court on tax matters. He is supported by the tax expertise of Jonás Bergstein (whose focus is on the tax aspects of corporate transactions). Both Pereira and Bergstein are singled out by clients for recommendation. It advises Abbott Laboratories and Visanet Uruguay (among others) in connection with the tax implications of their regular operations. It also advises Apple on tax issues related to the Apple store and on the restructuring of its iTunes and e-Bookstore systems. The practice also advises on all tax aspects of corporate transactions and M&A work, and demonstrates strong experience advising clients in tax audits undertaken by the Tax Office

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