Dentons disembarks in Uruguay alongside Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause

The world’s largest firm chose Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause to initiate its operations in Uruguay.


Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause is announcing today its combination with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. The combination will see Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga become the largest global law firm in our country from day one.

The combination is part or Dentons intensive expansion strategy in the region, which started in 2016 and has turned it into the fastest growing law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 23 offices. Along with previous combinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, the combination with Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause strengthens the foundations for Dentons to become the dominant global law firm in the LAC region. 

“We are proud to have been selected by Dentons as their partners in Uruguay. This combination benefits our firm, and therefore our clientele, by enabling it to incorporate into a law firm that counts with more than 10,000 highly specialized lawyers in 175 offices located all over the world, thereby obtaining access to the international best practices and cutting-edge technology in the provision of legal services. The combination is also beneficial for the Uruguayan legal market as a whole, since it raises the bar for the quality of our legal services and showcases its relevance to the international players”, commented Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga, Managing Partner of Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause. 

“Dentons’ focus on finding combination partners who have the proven ability to offer sophisticated, high-quality legal services and business solutions in their home markets creates a virtuous circle for attracting talent both within a new market and future combination partners within the region,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chair of Dentons. 

“As is the case with all of its strategic growth initiatives, Dentons’ desire to expand its presence in Latin America and the Caribbean is client-driven,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Clients have explicitly identified the Argentina and Uruguay markets as priorities, and the combinations with Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina and Aréchaga, Viana & Brause in Uruguay, would see the firms able to meet client needs in these countries and around the globe.” 

Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause clients will have access to the experience and talent of Dentons’s lawyers working across six continents, enabling to connect clients to top-tier legal talent in the markets where they do business. Dentons operates in 78 countries, has 175 offices around the globe and has experience in 24 sectors and 40 practice areas. 

Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause is recognized as a leader in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate, Energy, Infrastructure, Labor Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Natural Resources, and Real Estate. The combination will give the combined firms a competitive advantage in international panel competition and build on Dentons’ strength in these areas.



Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.



Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause is the result of the merger of Jiménez de Aréchaga & Brause, and Estudio Hector A. Viana, the first successful merger of law firms in Uruguay. The consolidation of this merger throughout the years has confirmed Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause as one of the leading firms in Uruguay, with extensive experience in a wide variety of transactions and a diverse first ranked international and local clientele.

Here you can read the official statement of Dentons.