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FERRERE

EDIFICIO TORRE AZUL, AV 20 DE OCTUBRE 2665, PISO 17, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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Work +591 2 214 6017
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www.ferrere.com

Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ferrere

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
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

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. The team – operating out of offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba – has strong cross-border capabilities: practice head Carlos Pinto acted for Petrobras Argentina on its sale of $891m-worth of assets to Pampa Energía, and advised Bodegas Don Luis on its $6m 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 firm on public bids for the construction of a hydroelectric project and a photovoltaic project, respectively. Given the firm’s international standing, it is often local counsel on multi-jurisdictional M&A: Pinto also acted for DOW Agrosciences on the Bolivian aspects of its $100bn merger with Dupont. The insurance sector is also an area of activity for the team: Pinto led assistance to Inversiones ARGU on the $12m 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 $4.5m sale of their stake. Lindsay Sykes is also active on commercial and compliance matters, and Diego Bohrt brings strength in administrative and regulatory matters and interaction with state enterprises. Senior associates Carolina Finfera and Mattias Garrón, who each have over a decade’s experience, are also noted.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Pinto - Ferrere

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Ferrere

Providing ‘innovative solutions’, Ferrere houses a ‘very effective’ disputes practice that is particularly noted for its ‘experience in complex labour litigation’. Based in La Paz, key litigator Alejandro Pemintel is an ‘experienced, up-to-date’ labour specialist who is especially active in the energy and mining sectors; Lindsay Sykes, based in Santa Cruz, primarily advises clients on dispute prevention. Recent matters saw Pemintel act successfully for Repsol Bolivia in a $1m administrative proceeding against requests to reinstate workers. Other labour litigation clients include Empresa Minera Paitití and COTAS. Pemintel also won several civil litigation cases, with an aggregate value of $28m, for Bradar Industria. Senior associate Fernando Escobar, who specializes in constitutional law, is also noted.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Ferrere

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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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Ferrere

Senior associate Carolina Finfera and the ‘solid’ Lindsay Sykes are the key contacts at Ferrere, whose ‘highly responsive’ IP practice leaves clients ‘very satisfied’. The team provides a full service, from handling trade mark and copyright registrations to dispensing ‘complete and detailed information on patent prosecution’. The team is increasingly strong in anti-counterfeit work and data privacy matters. Longstanding clients include Bayer, Genomma Lab, TGI Fridays and Elizabeth Arden; Mead Johnson Nutrition and BoConcept are more recent clients.

Next generation lawyers

Carolina Finfera - Ferrere

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Ferrere

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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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Ferrere

Ferrere provides ‘excellent service and very good response times’, and is ‘very good value for money’; the practice’s key strength is international tax matters, including the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, although it also has a strong line in tax litigation. Pablo Ordoñez, who joined in September 2016 from an in-house position at Repsol, heads an increasingly consolidated team that is also developing transfer pricing capability. Other key members include Gerardo Villagómez and counsel Diego Bohrt (who are commended for their ‘integrity, availability, flexibility and strong industry knowledge’); and counsel Martha Martinic, who is singled out for her tax litigation experience. Clients include Ericsson, Maersk, Diageo, Petrobras and FOPECA.

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