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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

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Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

Within: Banking and finance

Noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, Ferrere’s finance department is split into transactional and regulatory practices, led by the ‘experiencedCarlos Pinto and ‘sharp’ structured finance expert Lindsay Sykes, respectively. Often capital markets-related, the team’s transactional activity is largely for international lenders: Pinto and senior associate Mattias Garrón advised JP Morgan Chase, as arranger, on a $125m international bond offering by Grupo Lafuente, while Pinto and Sykes acted for Credit Suisse and KfW Development Bank on a syndicated $500m loan to the Bolivian state for the construction of the Cochabamba urban railway. Clients on the regulatory side include Banco Santander, GE Capital and Inter-American Development Bank.

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Corporate and M&A

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Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

Within: Corporate and M&A

The ‘agile, client-centred’ and ‘efficient’ team at Ferrere is ‘very reliable’ and provides ‘business-driven advice and timely responses’ from its offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The department is active across a wide array of areas and is praised for its ‘very good knowledge of the telecoms industry and other regulated sectors’: in the energy space, Pablo Ordoñez acted for Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) on a corporate restructuring. ‘True authorityCarlos Pinto, who is ‘a brilliant lawyer and clever negotiator’, advised I Squared Capital on the Bolivian aspects of its $1.2bn purchase of IC Power’s Latin American energy portfolio. Pinto, who has ‘deep knowledge of Bolivian law and jurisprudence in corporate and commercial matters’, co-heads the group with the ‘solid, committed and trustworthyGerardo Villagómez, who counts Casa Boller and Bureau Veritas among his clients. Also noted are senior associate Mattias Garrón, who is ‘very good technically’, and associate Delma Paz, who is ‘clear, reactive and to-the-point’. Frontier Digital Ventures and Grupo Inclam are new additions to the practice’s client roster.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Ferrere’s ‘versatile and adaptable’ practice provides ‘exceptional client service, response times and analyses’. It helps clients ‘hit the ground running’ on innovative energy projects, including in the nuclear space, and ‘guides clients through the legal, political, commercial and financial intricacies of doing business in Bolivia’. Group head Carlos Pinto and hydrocarbon transactions expert Pablo Ordoñez acted for Petrobras on the sale of its assets in Bolivia to Pampa Energía; Pinto also advised I Squared Capital on its purchase of Cobee, comprising several large private power generators and transmission facilities. Senior associate Mattias Garrón is ‘impeccably responsive’ and delivers ‘quick turnarounds’; Gerardo Villagómez and counsel Diego Böhrt, who is a regulatory expert, are also recommended. Rosatom is a client in the nuclear space; Argentum Investments is a mining client.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

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.

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