Who We Are

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.

Our History

A long tradition

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga

Professor Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga founded Jiménez de Aréchaga Law Firm in 1942. He was the successor of an exceptional lineage of three generations of jurists, also tenured professors of International Public Law at the School of Law, University of the Republic of Uruguay.

Specializing in International Public Law, Professor Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga was selected through public examination to be Chair of this subject in the School of Law. He was a member of the UN International Law Commission (Geneva, 1961-1969), judge and president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague (1970-1979) and president of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal (1981-1987); he also served as member to several international arbitration tribunals.

Esc. Héctor A. Viana

Graduated from the School of Law, University of the Republic of Uruguay, in 1933, Héctor A. Viana founded his notary’s office and specialized in Family Law.

In 1960, with the incorporation of Héctor Viana Martorell, Attorney-at-Law, the firm enlarged its scope to include judicial works. It achieved renowned prestige in civil litigation as it won major court rulings that generated changes in current positive law.


Our firm enjoys a well distinguished reputation in the domestic market as well as abroad, grounded on high quality and efficient services in different areas of law to local and multinational clients.

The consolidation of a team of work that has earned the clients’ respect and trust explains the success of our firm.

Our main distinguishable feature is the personalized approach in the rendering of our services, with the active and continuous participation of our senior members, from inception to completion of each matter.

For multi-disciplinary tasks, we team up professionals with background from different areas, who together contribute towards a high quality, efficient and comprehensive service.

We endeavor in adding value to our clients, contributing to the growth of their businesses through the understanding of their activities and thinking on how to better satisfy their needs. In addition, we are committed for long-term growth based on stable and long-lasting relations, nurtured by the satisfaction with our service. In turn, this sustained and sustainable growth allows us to attract talented people who perceive the value of team work and contribute to a collaborative environment that promotes permanent growth.

Acknowledgements / Rankings

Our firm has been recognized by international directories specializing in the analysis of legal markets. Those guides have highlighted several of our areas of practice, including corporate, mergers & acquisitions, natural resources, banking and finance, labor and real estate.
Our members also have been distinguished as “Leading Individuals” in their respective areas of practice.

Pro Bono

At Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana & Brause, we know that the practice of the profession also implies the responsibility of making the best use of our skills, knowledge and resources to serve those in need.

Hence, we encourage our people to devote time to carry out social work.

We participate in social projects such as Teleton Foundation (for children´s rehabilitation and physical therapy processes), the Ronald McDonald House Association of Uruguay (non-profit organization focused on promoting philanthropic, educational and scientific work in order to help Uruguayan children and their families), La Magdalena (non-profit organization located in the northern part of Uruguay, dedicated to foster learning and religious education of rural families, and the support of their health and social conditions, to facilitate their permanent residence in the countryside).

Teleton Uruguay Foundation


Organization for children’s rehabilitation and physical therapy processes.

Construction of Ronald House at the Pereira Rossell Hospital

This “home away from home” commenced its activities in October, 2013. It is the result of the joint efforts of the Pereira Rossell Hospital, the Foundation “Friends of the Pereira Rossell”, the Ronald McDonald Association and the contribution of thousands of Uruguayans who have participated in the Happy Mc Day.

Photograph from left to right: Daniel Guazo, Javier Vitabar, Beatriz Murguía, Sandra Marcos, Daniel Castera, Ricardo Méndez, María José Artagaveytia, Virginia Brause.

La Magdalena

It is a non-profit social organization that has been working in the Department of Artigas (north of Uruguay) since 1987. It was created on the initiative of French citizens, who after many years of knowing and working in our rural area, decided to create this organization.

La Magdalena has a very active presence in the countryside of the department, covering areas such as: Educational, Health, Social and Religious.