Lawyer graduated from the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the University of the Republic (UDELAR). Postgraduate degree in Labour Law (University of Montevideo).
She focuses her practice on labour law representing both national and international companies from different areas of practice and has specialized for +15 years in the management of collective labour matters, being appointed delegate for the employer sector in the negotiation at the Salary Councils for the Food Industry – Fideerías (noodles).
Since 2014, she has been a Professor of Labour Law at the Law School of Universidad Católica del Uruguay.
She has been recognized in Chambers as “Band 3” for Labour & Employment https://chambers.com/lawyer/mariana-casella-latin-america-9:26140011
We are a full-service professional firm, strongly committed to facilitating the business of local and foreign companies, providing comprehensive professional support in legal and real estate, accounting and tax areas.
With more than 40 years in the market, and a strong portfolio of clients who have placed their trust in us for decades, Castellan positions itself as one of the main firms in the country.
With an emphasis on prevention and management of risks, we work to promote companies, thereby generating a positive impact on the country\’s economy, in society, and in people.
Our firm structures its services around 4 pillars:
• The Corporate/M&A area (leaded by Managing Partner Santiago Castellan) is comprised of 7 professionals and the work is subdivided in: M&A, Bankruptcy and Projects. We advise a diverse range of clients operating across all industries and in transactions of great magnitude and complexity involving cross-border businesses, while also being active in the start-up arena. We are particularly skilled in handling corporate governance issues, negotiation of commercial agreements, and local incorporations of foreign entities. Clients value our modern, efficient, and dynamic structure, and recognize our comprehensive services with a high level of excellence, commitment to our clients’ needs and innovation.
• The Corporate Tax and Accounting area (leaded by Partner Lorena Castellan) comprises a versatile and experienced team of lawyers and accountants, offering a comprehensive view on different matters. Tax structuring and planning, and international tax and accounting are noted strengths, and the team also has a solid background in litigation. The department works closely with the firm\’s corporate practice to provide comprehensive support to its client base of international and domestic companies.
• The Labor and Employment area (leaded by Partner Mariana Casella comprises a young but highly experienced team of 5 professionals covering a wide range of areas, such as: (i) Individual law, (ii) Collective law, (iii) Social security; and (iv) Migration services, both in consulting and contentious advice. Our advice emphasizes prevention, working together with our clients on guidelines in disciplinary matters, drafting protocols and internal regulations, carrying out internal labor audits, and designing retribution policies contemplating general and special benefits for each sector of activity. Likewise, we provide services of diagnosis, evaluation, and development of the integral system of risk management aiming at quality and productivity.
• The Dispute Resolution area (leaded by Senior Associate María Lucía Acosta) combines vast experience in conducting negotiations and identifying our clients’ needs, with innovation and a strategic business approach that have become our signature. We define our approach within Dispute Resolution as constructive and interest-based focused, resorting to confrontational dispute resolution processes as a last resort. We prioritize reaching voluntary solutions, tailored to each client’s SWOT analysis, in order to preserve business relationships.
We also have a sound network of professionals, a unique value in the country, through an association with lawyers in each of the 18 regions of the country, meaning that Castellan is well-placed to assist local and international clients on all types of corporate activity.
The prestigious publication Chambers and Partners, in the recent Latin America 2023 Edition, has distinguished three professionals from our work team: Santiago Castellán as a prominent lawyer in Uruguay in the Corporate/M&A practice; Mariana Casella as a well-renowned lawyer in Uruguay in the Labour and Employment practice; and Maria Lucia Acosta as an outstanding lawyer in the Dispute Resolution practice.
Likewise, Castellán has been distinguished by the Leaders League – Latin America group in its 2022 ranking, as a recommended firm in civil and commercial litigation and highly recommended firm in bankruptcy and bankruptcy.