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Carlos Pinto

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Corporate and commercial law. Banking & Finance, Mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments.


Carlos Pinto is a partner in FERRERE's Bolivia offices. His practice focuses on advising domestic and foreign companies on a wide array of matters, including general corporate and commercial law to mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. Mr. Pinto-Meyer also provides regulatory and transactional advice to multilaterals, investment banks and international financial institutions, and regularly counsels clients on the development of new financial services and the implications of various domestic and international bank regulatory considerations affecting them. He often provides regulatory advice to international banks planning to open agencies, representative offices, broker-dealers and finance companies in Bolivia.


Mr. Pinto served as regional counsel to Virgin Mobile during a secondment tenure. In that position, he oversaw the company's corporate and commercial operations in eight Latin American jurisdictions. Prior to joining FERRERE, Mr. Pinto worked at Norton Rose LLP in Venezuela and at Mayer Brown LLP in Brazil. He was also a legal consultant at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Washington, DC.


Spanish, English and Portuguese.


Member of the Bolivian Bar Association, American Bar Association (ABA), International Bar Association (IBA).


Mr. Pinto obtained his law degree from the Universidad Catolica Boliviana in La Paz and an LLM in International and Comparative law from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The ‘attentive, knowledgeable and multidisciplinary’ team at Ferrere acts for lenders and borrowers in equal measure; the bulk of its work is for large foreign clients. Carlos Pinto is the key contact for transactions, and has a particularly strong line in loan agreements for foreign lenders: he acted for Deutsche Bank on a futures and options agreement entered into with the Central Bank of Bolivia, and also advised Northstar Trade & Finance on a $6m loan to logistics company Inbolpack. Lindsay Sykes leads on the regulatory side; clients here include VISA and Bank of America. The department’s recently won clients include BNDES and Société Générale. Regulatory expert Mattias Garrón joined the Santa Cruz office as senior associate in June 2016 from the Bolivian Attorney General’s office.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading lawyers

Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

Within: Corporate and M&A

The ‘excellent’, wide-ranging corporate practice at Ferrere covers M&A, corporate governance, shareholder issues and regulatory matters, as well as assisting foreign companies with incorporations and dissolutions in Bolivia. Operating out of offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, the team has strong cross-border capabilities: recent matters saw practice head Carlos Pinto act for Petrobras Argentina on the sale of assets to Pampa Energía, and advise Bodegas Don Luis on its purchase of a stake in Master Blends. Other clients in the energy space include TYPSA y Engecorps and Canadian Solar, which were advised by the team on public bids for the construction of a hydroelectric project and a photovoltaic project, respectively. Given the firm’s international standing, it often acts as local counsel on multi-jurisdictional transactions: Pinto also acted for DOW Agrosciences on the Bolivian aspects of its multibillion-dollar merger with Dupont. The insurance sector is an additional area of activity for the team: Pinto advised Inversiones ARGU on the sale of its stake in Alianza Seguros, and Gerardo Villagómez (who has a broad corporate, commercial and regulatory practice) advised the minority shareholders of Credinform on the sale of their stake in the company. Lindsay Sykes is also active on commercial and compliance matters, and Diego Bohrt brings strength in administrative and regulatory matters as well as on interaction with state enterprises. Senior associates Carolina Finfera and Mattias Garrón, who each have over a decade’s experience, are also noted.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Multi-jurisdictional firm Ferrere handles a range of energy work, and is most frequently engaged on corporate aspects of the sector. However, with the opening of its third Bolivian office, in Cochabamba, the practice is increasingly well placed in relation to the electricity sector, bidding processes and related project finance. Carlos Pinto advised Petrobras Argentina on its $891m sale of its Bolivia-based assets to Pampa Energía, while on the power side Gerardo Villagómez advised TYPSA & Engecorps on its successful bid for the construction of the $20m Carrizal hydroelectric project. The team has impressive capabilities in the renewables space: Villagómez assisted Canadian Solar with its public bid to design and build a photovoltaic power plant in Oruro, and Pinto acted for Rosatom on several agreements with the Bolivian government to build a $350m nuclear research and technology centre in El Alto. Given the firm’s transversal organisation, it can also call on the energy sector expertise of its partners elsewhere, notably in Ecuador.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

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.

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