Leonardo Costa Franco

Leonardo Costa Franco

Attorney-at-law - Partner



His main area of practice is tax, corporate and banking law, as well as counseling to capital market and financial entities on compliance with regulations and prevention of money laundering. IDB advisor in the consultancy services to the Uruguayan Government on tax reform (2005) and for several Governments in Centro America. Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidency of Uruguay (1999 through 2005) in charge of the Executive Branch legal advice, author, co-author and reporting member of bills on taxes, telecommunications, copyright, state purchases and prevention of money laundering and the fight against terrorist financing. He represented the country before international organizations in the fields of taxes, the fight against drugs, corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing (representative before CICAD, OAS, the UN CTC, Chairman of Gafisud, representative of Uruguay before the OECD Global Forum on Taxation, etc.). He was a member of the Joint Commission on Trade and Investment between Uruguay and the United States of America. He was also chair of the National Drug Council of Uruguay. He was a member of the tax departments of Ferrere Abogados and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Uruguay (1992 – 1999). He was a legal and social consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the IDB and several foreign governments in his areas of specialization.

Education and academic activities:

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Postgraduate in the International Tax Program (1998). Attorney-at-law, graduated from Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay (1992). Professor of International Taxation of Postgraduate Studies on Tax Specialization (since 2005) and holds the Chair of Financial and Tax Law (since 2007). Professor in the course of Prevention of Money Laundering Diploma of Sports Law at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (2012). Professor on Prevention of Money Laundering in the Postgraduate Master of Commercial Law, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de la República (2015). Professor of Law and Economics at the Facultad de Derecho of the Universidad de Montevideo (2015). He is the author of several articles on tax and prevention matters, published in specialized magazines.


Instituto Uruguayo de Estudios Tributarios, International Fiscal Association, International Bar Association.


Spanish, English and Portuguese.