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Lead partner at renowned labour boutique Carrasco, Forgues, Mercado & Aleman, Pablo Carrasco, is also head of the Cámara Nacional de Industria’s Commission for Labour Affairs. The team is particularly strong on labour litigation, and also assists clients with hiring and dismissals, salary restructuring and managing both individual and union conflicts. Marcel Forgues and Arturo Mercado each have over twenty years’ experience in corporate law, while Ricardo Alemán has longstanding experience in the banking and finance sector.

Jaime Lora and ‘star labour litigator’ Primitivo Gutiérrez, located in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively, co-lead the practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C which has particular expertise in the hiring and dismissal of high-ranking personnel and foreign employees. The team also handles compliance, and is increasingly busy with complex remuneration policies and work contracts. Clients include Trafigura Group and Great Slave Helicopters (in relation to transactional and regulatory labour matters); and on the contentious front, Lora represented Asea Brown Boveri in litigious matters.

Delfor Zapata is the name to note at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, which regularly assists high-profile clients with a range of employment matters, including hiring and dismissals, labour contracts, social security matters and immigration issues. Most of the department’s work is regulatory or transactional, although it also has strong contentious capabilities: senior associate Fernando Sanchez Peña recently defended AON in four lawsuits brought by the company’s former local management claiming $4m-worth of unpaid social benefits and other alleged debts. Other clients include PepsiCo, Siemens, Samsung Engineering and the US Embassy.

Milenka Saavedra is the key contact at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., with strong support from Carolina Aguirre. The practice focuses primarily on advising foreign clients regarding labour regulations and compliance in Bolivia, and handles considerable preventative / pre-emptive work to avoid litigation. It also assists clients with dismissal settlements, labour-contract review and social security contributions. Clients include Repsol E&P Bolivia, Grupo Alcos, Tetra Pak and Rainforest Alliance.

Ferrere’s ‘knowledgeable, internationally experienced’ and ‘innovative’ practice advises clients on a wide range of labour matters, including employment contracts, regulatory compliance and day-to-day issues. It also handles contentious work, courtesy of ‘analytical’, ‘up-to-date’ department head Alejandro Pemintel, whose recent mandates include representing Nestlé and Empresa Minera Paititi in litigation. Clients on the regulatory, strategic and transactional side of the sector include Repsol E&P Bolivia, Minera San Cristóbal and Pil Andina.

The ‘efficient, reliable’ lawyers at Indacochea & Asociados are praised for their ‘technical knowledge, personalised service, transparency and work ethic’; moreover, they are reported as ‘good value for money’. The ‘experienced’ and ‘dynamic’ team is strong on redundancies, compliance, and labour matters for newly incorporated companies, and also handles litigation. Andere Indacochea, who has ‘good business sense’, heads the team with Mariana Pereira; the ‘accomplished’ Alonso Indacochea is also highlighted. Clients include CAINCO, Contreras Hermanos, Kimberly Bolivia and El Tejar Group.

Karla Würth is the key labour contact at Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados, with Mauricio Costa du Rels also increasingly active in the sector. The team acts for clients on a variety of matters, including personnel restructuring, labour contracts and compensation. Recent matters have seen the team predominantly occupied with restructuring mandates for clients including CIS, Rockwell Automation and Bebidas Bolivianas, along with associated issues including negotiated workforce reductions and dismissals. Senior associate Jorge N Serrate is also noted.

Jannine Forgues and Jaime Araújo are the name partners at Araujo & Forgues’ practice, which has experience across the labour and employment sector. Clients include Samsung and Ingecorp.

The practice at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados is co-directed by Sandra Salinas and Antonio Sanjinés in La Paz and Santa Cruz, respectively; senior associates Grisset Carrasco and Jorge Subirana are also active in the sector. Recent mandates saw the team assist Finning Bolivia with its dismissal of 27 employees, and Flexicruz on its dismissal of 56 employees. Other clients include PwC Bolivia and Servicios Petroleros Marlin.

Gumucio & Abogados’ ‘knowledgeable, trustworthy’ Santa Cruz-based practice is led by the ‘very prompt’ Daniel Gumucio, with support from ‘efficient’ senior associate Ximena Gumucio. As well as covering conventional labour matters (including labour lawsuits, benefits settlements, accident compensation cases and union negotiations), the department is experienced at handling criminal labour law. It recently acted for Industria Farmacéutica Telchi Litel in an embezzlement case that resulted in a prison sentence for a former accountant of the client. Other clients include Synergy, BMW Bolivia, Avantia and Exomad.

The practice at La Paz-based Mendieta Romero y Asociados is led by Gonzalo Mendieta, with strong support from senior associates Percy Luza and Claudia Vera. Labour litigation regarding defence against employees’ allegations of unpaid salary or other benefits is a key area of activity, although the practice also assists clients with analysing labour contracts.

Known throughout Bolivia for its tax capabilities, Tufiño y Villegas also assists clients with labour matters – particularly dismissals, employee immigration law and compensation issues. It also has experience in the transactional area, recently acting for JTI on the labour elements of its acquisition of BIS Overseas Bolivia. José Luis Tufiño and Gabriel Villegas are the key contacts. Other clients include Avon Products, Rash Peru and BIGSOMER.

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