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With its main office in La Paz, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ corporate department is co-led by Ramiro Moreno Baldivieso, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez and Luis Moreno Gutierrez. Major recent mandates saw the team advise Samsung Engineering on all corporate matters relating to its construction of the Bulo Bulo Ammonia and Urea Plant in Cochabamba, and represent Iberdrola in relation to the nationalisation of utility companies Electropaz, ELFEO, CADEB and EDESER, leading to a £53.6m indemnification payment and the transferral of the entities to the state energy corporation, ENDE. On the transactional front, Andrés Moreno acted for AON Corporation on the sale of its clients and brokerage business to Estrategica, and Ramiro Moreno and Luis Moreno advised Halliburton on a merger involving one of its Bolivian branches. The department also handles reorganisations: Andrés Moreno assisted BUPA with the corporate restructuring of its activities in Bolivia. Other clients include Jaguar Land Rover, SOGAZ Insurance Group and KPMG International.

Led by the ‘helpfulIgnacio Aguirre, the ‘prompt and professional’ practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. operates from offices in La Paz and Santa Cruz. Particularly active in the energy and natural resources sector, the department counts Minera San Cristóbal, Gazprom EP International and Hidroeléctrica Boliviana among its clients, and is praised for its ‘accurate’ advice and strong ‘legal and industry knowledge’. The group –which also includes key practitioners Milenka Saavedra, Carolina Aguirre and the ‘knowledgeableFernando Aguirre – recently advised AFD on its incorporation in Bolivia. It also acted for AEI (US) on the sale of its shares in Gasoriente Boliviano (part of the Cuiaba Power Project), to J&F Investments Brasil. In other work, Ignacio Aguirre advised Thyssen Krupp Metallurgical Products on a $106m purchase contract concerning the exports of the Vinto plant, Bolivian’s principal tin smelter. Clients include Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas, Banco Solidario and Tetra Pak.

The team at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados is co-led by Pablo Rojas and Elizabeth Landivar, based in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively. They are supported by Fernando Rojas, Sandra Salinas and Maria del Carmen Ballivián in the La Paz office, and Diego Rojas and Patricio Rojas in Santa Cruz. Particularly active in the aviation sector, the practice counts Gol Linhas Aéreas among its clients. The practice incorporated numerous local companies and international subsidiaries during 2015, including Corporación Codmed, Jeunesse Global, Central Oil and Gas Corporation and Electric Steel; it also handled the liquidation of several companies, including Minera Cominco Bolivia, Ranger Telecom, Energyst and Contilantin Bolivia. On the M&A side, the practice assisted a global air catering company with due diligence in preparation for a potential takeover. BUPA Insurance Bolivia, Compañia Cerveceras Unidas, GyM Construcciones y Montajes and Comercializadora Boliviana de Vidrios are among the department’s other clients.

Led by Carlos Pinto, with support from Gerardo Villagómez, compliance specialist Lindsay Sykes and associate Salomón Eid, the corporate and M&A team at Ferrere counts Craft, Roche, Bayer and Tata Motors among its clients, and is commended for its ‘great knowledge of the local aspects’ of the market, its ‘personalised service’ and its strong response times. Recent matters saw Pinto advise BTG Pactual on its purchase of Ferroviaria Oriental’s shareholding in Argentine corporation Aigre; Sykes assist Owens-Illinois with the Bolivian aspects of its purchase of Vitro’s glass container division (part of a $2.15bn global transaction); and the pair work in tandem on the Bolivian aspects of Shell’s acquisition of BG Group. The team was also active in the technology space, acting for Mojix on its $13m acquisition of TierConnect’s Bolivian subsidiary. Associate Delma Paz is also recommended and regulatory expert Diego Bohrt joined the La Paz office as senior counsel in February 2016. Other clients include International SOS, Scythian Limited and Maersk. Since the conclusion of research, the firm has opened an office in Cochabamba.

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-located team is led by Jorge Luis Inchauste and Ramiro Guevara, with key support coming from Enrique Barrios. With a client base comprised primarily of international investors, the practice specialises in complex business structures and investment vehicles, and has handled several complex M&A deals. Barrios continues to advise YPF, Argentina’s state-owned oil-and-gas company, on the operation of three Bolivia-based investment vehicles. Other clients in the energy and natural resources sector include Repsol YPF E&P Bolivia, Consorcio Minero Bolivia and Minera CoroCobre. The practice is also active in the technology sector and was instructed by the Bolivian branch of Hewlett-Packard Caribe & Andina. Associates Alejandra Guevara, José Bernal and Julio Landivar are recommended.

Ricardo Indacochea heads the ‘sophisticated’, ‘cutting-edge’ team at Indacochea & Asociados, which is praised for its ‘top-level service’. On the corporate side, it is active in the energy and natural resources space, and was instructed by Odebrecht on the establishment of one of Odebrecht’s subsidiaries and one of its branches, both based in Santa Cruz, to facilitate the execution of three pipeline maintenance agreement assignments. The team also advised Geokinetics Enterprises on the incorporation of one of its Bolivian branches, allowing it to engage in geological exploration for hydrocarbons. The ‘fine young’ Alonso Indacochea, (who provides ‘very good legal and practical advice’), advised Scanbiotek on its $5m merger with Protena. Also recommended are Mariana Pereira (identified as ‘one of Bolivia’s best corporate lawyers’), and María José Martinez who is also active in the sector. Other clients include Compañía Interamericana de Servicios, Kimberly Clark, El Arreador and CFC Group of Ecuador.

Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Soc. Civ.’s corporate team is largely based in La Paz; Eduardo Quintanilla and Santiago Nishizawa lead the practice, while Mauricio Torrico, Julio Quintanilla and Sergio Antelo are also active in the sector. In Santa Cruz, Gabriel Ribera is the key corporate specialist and contact. Specialising in the incorporation and streamlining of corporate structures, the department also handles M&A and other corporate transactions for Bolivian and foreign clients. It is particularly active in the mining, energy and telecommunications sectors, and counts LionGold, Mitsubishi, Orvana Minerals, RTB Gamma and Rio Tinto among its roster of clients.

Würth Bedoya Costa du Rels, Abogados’ ‘excellent’, ‘comprehensive’ team is led by the recommended Fernando Bedoya, who joined as a partner from C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados in September 2015. Bedoya is supported by name partners Karla Wurth and the ‘highly qualified, efficient and remarkably knowledgeable’ Mauricio Costa du Rels. Although Alexandra Blanco left to work as a sole practitioner in 2015, the department remains exceptionally active, and counts Bluequest Resources, CIS Catering, INVAP and Antelien among its clients. Recent panel wins include Bebidas Bolivianas BBO, Agrofina and Siemens Energy. The team advised Sony Chile on the reorganisation of one of its Bolivian subsidiaries, BTG Pactual Chile on its receipt of the assets of a fund administered by Penta Las Americas; and Catering International Services on catering-and-camp-operation bids for YPFB Chaco and Repsol and covering six and three LNG-producing camps, respectively.

Praised for its ‘timely, serious and reliable’ service, the ‘diligent’ and ‘very professional’ practice at Becerra de la Roca Donoso & Asociados S.R.L. is ‘very well versed in the law’. The ‘deeply thorough’ Mauricio Becerra de la Roca, who pays ‘great attention to detail’ and ‘is very attuned to customer service’, acted for veterinary pharmaceuticals company HIPRA on its incorporation of a Bolivian subsidiary; and with support from Juan Pablo Arteaga advised Papa John’s International on its franchise agreements in the country. The team also assisted Perfect Fit Industries with an assortment of corporate matters, most saliently the incorporation of branches throughout Bolivia. The practice regularly handles corporate dispute resolution for clients such as YPFB Refinación. Associates Rodney Goitia, Ibling Chavarria and José Antonio Velásquez are all commended for their ‘excellent academic abilities’ and their propensity for ‘finding solutions’.

Tax boutique Tufiño y Villegas has ‘extensive’ knowledge of corporate law and the firm’s corporate practice is praised for its size, ‘celerity’ and value for money. Led by the ‘empathetic, detailed, analytical and trustworthy’ Gabriel Villegas, with support from Ismael Franco and Alvaro Villegas, all of whom are ‘good listeners and communicators’, the practice also draws praise for keeping its clients regularly updated. Recent mandates included assisting Corporación CFC with the creation of a subsidiary (now a standing client) to purchase several credit portfolios from car dealerships; and TNT Express USA with the termination of its relationship with a Bolivian business associate, as well as on the procurement of a new business partner. The team also advised AccorHotels on its franchise projects in Bolivia, including the securing of licences for its subsidiary hotel brands, such as Pullman and Novotel, which are operating in the country. Other clients of the department include Grupo Predial Desarrollo Inmobiliario, Ventus Ingenieria and Intersnack Procurement.

José Criales, Javier Urcullo and Maria Eugenia Antezana constitute the core, three-partner corporate team at Criales, Urcullo & Antezana, which advises Bolivian and global clients across a broad array of sectors. Petrobras, Isofóton and Telemania are clients in the energy sector; the practice recently advised Datacom on telecommunications matters; and in the finance space, the department counts CAF, NAFIBO and the Bolivian stock exchange among its clients. It also handles cross-jurisdictional matters, having assisted Tigre–Tubos e Conexões with the purchase of controlling interests in companies in Colombia and Ecuador.

Mendieta Romero y Asociados’ corporate and commercial practice is based mainly in La Paz, where name partner Gonzalo Mendieta Romero is the main contact. Other key practitioners include Daniela Lopez Murialdo, Marcela Rada Arispe, Sandra Doria Medina, Loza Gabriela Rodriguez and José Antonio Rivera. Clients include Capital Safi, Inversiones Credicorp Bolivia and Fundación Sartawi.

Rigoberto Paredes & Asociados’ corporate practice is led by name partner Rigoberto Paredes, with close support coming from Carla Pozo, Elsa Paredes and associate Sergio Avendaño. Its client base is primarily made up of foreign companies building their presence in Bolivia and the department provides counsel on joint ventures, strategic alliances and M&A, as well as handling contentious administrative cases and litigation against the state. Paredes and Pozo assisted Mammoet Bolivia with one of the nation’s largest construction projects: an ammonia and urea plant in Santa Cruz. The highly active Pozo also regularly advises Citex on regulatory matters; helped cosmetics company Oxibarica comply with Health Ministry regulations; and assisted Concentra Asistencia with its incorporation.

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