At Fernández Secco we strike a balance between innovation and tradition. With over 35 years of experience in the market, we are regarded market leader by our local and international clients.
Our sustained growth is built upon the same values that inspired us on day one.
Our exemplary work ethic permeates throughout all of our services. We use our strong international relations as a means to grow and innovate while at the same time delivering personalized results.
We adapt to the needs of each client by offering diverse and comprehensive services.
Our young and highly qualified team of lawyers, public accountants, engineers, intellectual property agents and notary publics are the cornerstone of our practice. Their experience enables us to offer a wide range of services including advising on groundbreaking intellectual property matters, the incorporation or acquisition of corporations and advising on tax matters.
Clients stem from the industrial, agriculture and commerce sector and take advantage of a “One Stop Shop” at Fernández Secco, where we offer a wide range of rapid and effective solutions.
Our comprehensive and consistent approach has been recognized internationally. In 2014, we were ranked as “Leading Law Firm in Uruguay 2014” by the prestigious publication Chambers and Partner. Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review have also recognized our work, among others.
Fernandez Secco is a firm on the rise – peers remark that “it has grown tremendously in recent years and is hard on the heels of the leading players on the market”. Judging by the number of foreign associate endorsements it garners, it is clearly a popular choice for inbound filing and portfolio development instructions; top Brazilian outfits in particular find it an able running mate. Outside of the IP space, accounting and tax are additional areas of expertise. Gonzalo Fernandez Secco is the key point of contact for rights holders.
Litigation department head Lucía Salaverry is considered “highly professional” by clients, who highlight her “good knowledge and expertise,” and her rapid responses “ and her rapid responses.
Best known for its expertise in trade marks. Handles anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and unfair competition matters, and is also active in copyright and patent registry.
Agustina Fernández Giambruno is well regarded in the market, with clients saying she is “serious and focused,” while peers praise her as being “very smart” and “a very good lawyer”.
Practice primarily recognised for its expertise in trademarks, though it also advises clients on anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and unfair competition work. Agustina Fernández Giambruno and Lucía Salaverry are key client contacts.
Fernández Secco also regularly advises on anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting issues, including border measures as well as handling Internet and domain name issues.
Experienced and reliable contentious Intellectual Property specialist Lucía Salaverry Galbarini is recommended.
Managing Intellectual Property Handbook appoints Fernández Secco in its 2015 IP Ranking among the first 10 leading Uruguayan Practices in matters of patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Uruguay, Land of Opportunities
Located in South America, bordering Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay offers a broad range of business opportunities.
As from its opening up to the world during the seventies, Uruguay has been a major focus of foreign investment in the region.
Its strategic geographic position, along with its political and economic integration with its neighbors through MERCOSUR, -a commercial integration agreement joined by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela and Uruguay- constitute the major assets for its development, providing access to a direct and potential market which is interesting for any investor.
This strategic placement is coupled with an important number of Free Trade Zones distributed throughout the country (which provide the possibility of industrializing and commercializing products without any tax expenses) and a Free Port and Customs Premises System (allowing the storage of goods without any duties being imposed, for triangulation operations with third party countries). Also, the Port of Montevideo has traditionally acted as a point of entry to the continent.
Uruguay is a reliable financial market and its corporations offer important benefits for those carrying out activities abroad.
In addition, Uruguay is outstanding due to its agricultural and forestry activities. The high amount of foreign investment in this sector reflects its profitability.
Facts such as the stability of its economy, low inflation rate, free entry and exit of foreign currency, banking secrecy, legal stability and low levels of corruption, position Uruguay as an attractive country for foreign investments.
Uruguay has mild weather; it does not have extreme temperatures or natural catastrophes, despite having four differentiated seasons.
Another major asset Uruguay has is its people and their high education levels, income distribution and high levels of development in the technology and communications sector.
Uruguay in Figures
Area: 176,215 km2
Population: 3,286,314 (2012)
Official Language: Spanish
Literacy Rate: 98%
GDP per capita: US$ 16,332
Coasts: 450 km