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The workload of Indacochea & Asociados’ practice falls largely into two segments: the urban – including hotels, condominiums and residential matters; and the rural – primarily involving agricultural properties. The former sub-sector has been especially busy for the department recently; closed condominiums, urbanisation, real estate reorganisations and obtaining real estate licences are all areas of particular expertise. Alonso Indacochea heads the practice, and recent mandates saw him and Anwar Farah (who counts public law and obtaining licences as key strengths) advise Triangulo de Oro on the planning aspects of its proposed $1m La Plaza shopping centre. Other clients include Grupo Fe and Riverfront Inversiones. Associate María José Martinez is also recommended.

Property finance is the key strength of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ department, which also frequently handles high-value corporate real estate matters. Luis Moreno and Delfor Zapata co-lead the team and specialise in property finance and landsite acquisitions, respectively; Zapata, acting in conjunction with Daniel Arredondo, recently advised the US Embassy on its purchase of a 5,000m² residential property in La Paz. Acting in tandem with senior associate Miguel Ángel Jemio, Zapata also continues to advise BD Promotores on the $250m development of the World Trade Center in La Paz. Other matters saw The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instruct Moreno on 12 purchase-and-sale mandates in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The client roster also includes Constructora Ormachea and the Bolivian branch of Banco do Brasil.

Active in property finance, acquisitions and disposals as well as licensing work and regulatory matters, Ferrere’s ‘efficient, sophisticated’ practice has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and also counts land and agricultural real estate as a significant area of expertise: group head Carlos Pinto counts Forestry Management Services and Dow AgroSciences among his clients. Recent works saw counsel Diego Böhrt advise Sociedad Inmobiliaria El Dorial on the real estate aspects of several projects, including the 28-storey "El Dorial" building in Calacoto, La Paz; and BECA Advisors instruct Gerardo Villagómez on establishing an agribusiness and cattle fund that acquired seven plots of rural land. Marriott is a client in the hospitality subsector.

The practice at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is particularly involved in matters concerning contested land holdings and it is especially strong on the regularisation of property rights. Often involved in the contentious side of this process, Santa Cruz-based group head Primitivo Gutiérrez is a widely respected litigator; he is supported by Ana Lora and the La Paz-based Jaime Lora. The department also assists clients with high-value land purchases and has experience in construction litigation. Active clients include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fernando Aguirre leads the La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.; Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre are also key contacts. The US Embassy continued to instruct the practice on transactional real estate matters; other clients include Embol and Grupo Alcos.

The largely Santa Cruz-based department at C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados is led by Diego Rojas; José Manuel Canelas, Sergio Dávila and the La Paz-based Grisset Carrasco also spend much of their time on real estate. Recent mandates saw the team advise the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on construction contracts and assist Rio Bueno with a $1m real estate transaction in one of Bolivia’s industrial zones.

Medina & Galindo Abogados S.R.L.’s practice counts residential real estate transactions, along with energy and infrastructure projects, as its primary strengths. Key partners Sergio Medina and Rodrigo Galindo are supported by real estate-specialised senior associate Fabiola Rivero; all three are based in La Paz. Construction and infrastructure clients have included Técnica Y Proyectos and Construcciones Viales e Hidráulicas; other real estate clients include Inversiones Inmobiliarias España, Constructora Santa Fe, Compañía De Obras Civiles and Corsan-Corviam Construcción.

Cross-border property transfers for family clients are a key strength of Mendieta Romero y Asociados’ department, which also has expertise in the regularisation of property rights. The highly popular Gonzalo Mendieta heads the practice; senior associates Percy Luza and Gabriela Loza are also recommended.

Active in urban, rural and industrial real estate, Würth Bedoya Costa Du Rels Abogados’ practice handles transactions involving commercial property as well as land; it also has experience assisting clients with civil procedures to ensure legal ownership of property. Mauricio Costa du Rels, Fernando Bedoya and senior associate Jorge Nelson Serrate are the names to note. Empacar is a local client; the team also assists law firms – particularly US firms such as Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston – with real estate matters.

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