Mariana Estradé

Mariana Estradé is specialized in the fields of M&A, Corporate, International and Environmental Law. She advises local and foreign companies, to set up and develop their businesses in our country. She also has ample experience in Project Finance -in particular of energy projects- and during the last years, she has been largely devoted to the environmental area. She is an active member of several local and international organizations and has held executive positions for the Uruguayan Bar Association, International Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee of the Uruguayan Bar Association and Uruguayan Centre of Environmental Law of the Law School, University of the Republic.

Firm Overview:

Our Firm was founded in 1899. Since then, the world has seen a lot of changes, and so has our Firm. We have come a long way of development and evolution, from a family to an institutional full service firm. Ever since, our core values have remained unchanged.

The Firm was founded by Baltasar Brum, Domingo Arena, and Asdrúbal Delgado. The first two devoted their life to politics (Baltasar Brum was president of Uruguay between 1919 and 1923) and Asdrúbal Delgado continued to practice as a lawyer. He then partnered with his son in law, the late Conrado H. Hughes, father of Conrado Hughes Delgado, who years later joined the Firm and eventually the name Hughes & Hughes became the brand of the Firm.

Since its foundation the Firm had an international outlook, working for clients such as Shell, Colgate Palmolive, Kodak, during their setting up their business in Uruguay.

With a unique understanding of the Uruguayan market and the global legal world, we accompanied the development of our country and the region handling the toughest legal challenges and complex business deals of our national and international clients.

Over the last century, our Firm has dynamically grown to become a benchmark in the legal environment. We have encompassed long-term expertise with a modern approach to business and an updated organization. We may, therefore say, that we are a traditional firm with a contemporary feel.

Juan Federico Fischer

Juan Federico Fischer is the managing partner of Fischer & Schickendantz, one of Uruguay’s leading law firms. Both a lawyer and an M.B.A., he manages the firm’s foreign investment consulting unit, advising multinationals and individual investors in foreign direct investments in real estate developments, acquisition of local companies, agricultural enterprises and privatizations.


– Catholic University of Uruguay, School of Law, J.D., 1995
– Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, M.B.A., 2002


– Uruguay Bar Association
– International Bar Association
– Center for International Legal Studies

Firm Overview:

Fischer & Schickendantz is recognized as one of Uruguay’s leading law firms by companies and individuals doing business and investing in Uruguay. With a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, conveyance attorneys, MBAs, and tax accountants, Fischer & Schickendantz prizes its focus on providing a one-stop solution to corporate leaders, both local and from overseas.

A full service law firm, Fischer & Schickendantz’s practice is divided into six core units: Corporate, Real Estate, Litigation, Tax & Incorporation, Immigration Law and Agribusiness.

The firm’s Corporate division serves some of the main companies in Uruguay, including the largest private investment venture in the country’s history an iron-ore mine and port, leading agribusiness enterprises and global construction companies engaged in Uruguay’s privatization and infrastructure projects. Our Real Estate practice has the largest department of its kind in the market, with a vast team of bilingual conveyance attorneys, assisting businesses and individuals purchasing properties, developing commercial and residential real estate, and structuring farmland purchases and operations. Global publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The New York Times, have repeatedly singled out the firm’s expertise in this area and relied on us as a source on market trends and investment regulation.

Our Litigation division handles complex cases, involving local and cross-border issues, and among many recognitions, Fischer & Schickendantz’s litigation team obtained the first ruling by a Uruguayan court on international lis pendens in 2013, a leading case on behalf of a Fortune 100 corporation, and a significant landmark on behalf of foreign investment. Our arbitration experience extends beyond borders, with our main litigators having past and current multi-million dollar engagements in arbitration processes locally and in foreign venues, including London. The firm’s Tax and Incorporation department manages hundreds of local and offshore corporations, advises foreign investors setting up operations in Uruguay’s dozen tax-free trade zones, and our partners regularly speak at global seminars, including the leading global Offhsore Investment Conference. The firm boasts the country’s largest Residency and Immigration practice, to provide companies and individuals relocating to Uruguay a comprehensive service.

This department is linked to some of the world’s largest service providers in the field, to ensure seamless assistance on corporate immigration cases.

Finally, Fischer & Schickendantz has a specialized Farmland Investment Advisory Unit, dedicated to assisting investors in Uruguay’s thriving farmland sector: in agriculture, forestry, livestock and meat processing activities. Our team has helped set up agricultural enterprises of all sizes, and has been engaged by multinational companies to structure both the purchase and sale of land, not only handling the legal aspect, but also the search for targets.

Fischer & Schickendantz is proud to have a culture of commitment to service and multi-disciplinary collaboration, setting up advisory teams with cross-discipline knowledge from the onset, to ensure our clients have all their needs met, in an effective and innovative way. Many of our attorneys are members of Uruguay’s academic field, and regularly contribute to local and global legal publications, including The International Encyclopedia of Laws, the World Bank’s Doing Business annual report and The Corporate Immigration Review to name a few.

To learn more about our firm, we invite you to explore this site, where you will be able to read about our main practice areas, see a list of representative clients, visit international press articles which distinguish our practice, contact our members, and acquire valuable information on doing business in Uruguay: on the right hand side of our site you’ll find a handful of presentations explaining the rules on some of the favored issues for foreign companies and individuals doing business in Uruguay.