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Principally located in the firm’s Santa Cruz office, Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s labour team is led by senior partner Primitivo Gutiérrez, although the La Paz-based Jaime Lora is also active in the sector. The team is particularly strong on the regularisation of property rights, the process whereby non-compliant land and asset-transfers are given a proper legal footing; the team also represents clients in associated litigation. Additionally, it regularly advises clients on property acquisitions and disposals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and occasionally acts for clients in construction-related dispute resolution. Ana Lora is a strong senior associate.

Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata head the practice at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, with support coming from senior associates René Cuellar and Paul Aramayo. It has particular expertise in transactional matters, developments and corporate real estate. Recent mandates saw Zapata and Cuellar act for Macallum Group on its acquisition of the Poopó mining plant, including mining title rights, from Empresa Minera Tiwanacu; while Moreno and Zapata assisted Samsung Engineering with six real estate purchases for the second phase of its $1bn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant in Cochabamba. On the commercial real estate side, Zapata and Andrés Moreno advised BD Promotores on the development of the $250m World Trade Center in La Paz. Other clients include Red Nacional Bolivision, Constructora Ormachea and Banco do Brasil (Sucursal Bolivia).

The ‘multidisciplinary’ team at Indacochea & Asociados provides ‘excellent, professional service’, and has particular experience in subsectors including urbanisation and closed condominium housing, as well as in the agrarian sector. The ‘very proactive’ and ‘committed’ Alonso Indacochea leads the team; in conjunction with senior associate Anwar Farah, he advised Index on an urbanisation project involving various transactions and mixed-use developments in the Suant District. The practice also gained valuable experience in the healthcare sector when it acted for Riverfront Investments and Riverfront Salud on the financing and development of a $20m clinic in Porongo. Senior associate María José Martinez is also noted. Other clients include Agropecuaria Algarrobal.

Residential real estate transactions and energy and infrastructure projects are the key strengths of the La Paz-based Medina & Galindo Abogados, whose core team comprises name partners Sergio Medina and Rodrigo Galindo along with specialised senior associate Fabiola Rivero. The team acted for Técnica Y Proyectos on the construction and operation of a hospital in Villa Tunari, and advised Construcciones Viales e Hidráulicas on its $66m agreement with Administradora Boliviana De Carreteras to construct the Yucumo–Rurrenabaque Highway. Other matters included assisting Inversiones Inmobiliarias España with a merger of land plots and obtaining permits for its development of a $19m, nine-tower real estate project. Clients include Compañía De Obras Civiles, Constructora Santa Fe and Isolux Corsan-Corviam Construcción.

The La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by senior partner Fernando Aguirre with support from Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre. The group acted for the US Embassy on various property sales and purchases, most notably the acquisition of property for the Ambassador’s residence in La Paz. It also advised Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas on the purchase of land for its new distribution centre, and assisted Grupo Alcos with various real estate matters. An additional strength of the department, overlapping with civil and tax law, is acting for high-net-worth individuals on property matters, especially relating to inheritance issues.

Handling the full array of property acquisitions and disposals, Araujo & Forgues’ practice remains best known for its strength in real estate-related tax matters. Jannine Forgues and Jaime Araújo (based in La Paz and Santa Cruz respectively), are the partners to contact. Notably active in the energy and transportation sectors, the team also handles contentious matters.

Diego Rojas heads C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados’ department, which is principally based in Santa Cruz, although La Paz-based senior associate Grisset Carrasco is also active in the sector. As well as advising clients on acquiring properties and land, the team assists with business relocations, and construction and development. Recent matters saw Elizabeth Landivar advise Rio Bueno on its acquisition of $292,000-worth of real estate properties; and CADEX on relocating its headquarters, a matter that included various purchase and construction agreements (worth $2m) and the securing of permits. Other clients include Grupo Nuestros Parques and Azzorti.

The ‘excellent’ team at Ferrere, whose clients include Rholig Logistics, Maersk and Scythian, is ‘always willing and able to provide support in any area’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Carlos Pinto heads the department, which assisted Gnvgroup with its $40m investment in a 48,000m² real estate development on the outskirts of Santa Cruz. Other work saw counsel Diego Bohrt advise El Dorial on all aspects of its development of a 28-storey building in Calacoto. Clients include Telxius, Rosatom and PIL Andina. The ‘highly responsive’ Gerardo Villagómez has been active in the agricultural real estate subsector, principally in relation to soya. Senior associate Luis Enrique Pérez, who ‘provides great support’, is also noted.

Gonzalo Mendieta is the key real estate contact at Mendieta Romero y Asociados and can call on a strong second line of senior associates including Gabriela Loza, Percy Luza and Sandra Doria Medina. The department’s key strength is handling cross-border property transfers for family clients but is also deals extensively with the regularisation of property rights.

Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados’ ‘healthy’ real estate practice has been active recently with civil procedures to ensure legal ownership, as well as acquisition of terrains and properties in both the rural and prime urban real estate subsectors. Both the ‘industrious and engaged’ Mauricio Costa du Rels and his fellow name partner Fernando Bedoya are active in the sector, working directly with local clients, such as EMPACAR; and also on behalf of the clients of (primarily) US law firms such as Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston. Other matters include the transferral of industrial properties. Senior associate Jorge N Serrate is also a key team member.

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