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FERRERE

EDIFICIO TORRE AZUL, AV 20 DE OCTUBRE 2665, PISO 17, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
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Bolivia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

FERRERE

Carlos Pinto leads FERRERE’s practice, which is adept at handling transactional and regulatory mandates and is especially strong in multi-jurisdictional work. International lenders are prominent in the group's client base: Pinto and Lindsay Sykes, who is well known for her expertise in structured finance, assisted five financial entities with a loan to Alicorp for its acquisition of two Bolivian companies. Pinto also teamed up with senior associate Mattias Garrón to advise the European Investment Bank on a $64m loan to the Ministry of Environment and Water to finance the 'My Water V' project. Cargill and Phoenix Tower International are also clients.

Leading individuals

Carlos Pinto - FERRERE

Next Generation Partners

Mattias Garrón - FERRERE

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

Carlos Pinto¬†and 'good relationship manager' Gerardo Villag√≥mez¬†jointly head¬†FERRERE's corporate practice, which operates out of¬†the firm's offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The department handles a broad spectrum of corporate work; recent matters saw Pinto and¬†Villag√≥mez advise beverage producer¬†Compa√Ī√≠a de las Cervecer√≠as Unidas (CCU) on its acquisition of a 51% stake in¬†Bebidas Bolivianas BBO, making CCU the majority shareholder. Pinto also teamed up with Pablo Ordo√Īez¬†to assist¬†Minera Alcira, a subsidiary of Canadian company New Pacific Metals, with entering into a mining production agreement with¬†Corporaci√≥n Minera de Bolivia regarding the Silver Sand project in¬†Potos√≠. Senior associates¬†Mattias Garr√≥n, Delma Paz¬†and Mar√≠a Ren√© Su√°rez ¬†are all also noted.

Leading individuals

Carlos Pinto - FERRERE

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

FERRERE‚Äôs ‚Äėincredibly responsive‚Äô team attracts praise for its 'great technical skills, communication and creativity'. La Paz-based Alejandro Pemintel¬†is an expert in labour and energy disputes; he co-leads the practice with the 'knowledgeable' Lindsay Sykes, who is well regarded for her expertise in cross-border disputes, and Gerardo Villag√≥mez, a litigation expert based in Santa Cruz. Recent mandates include Pemintel acting for mining company EMIRSA in labour disputes brought by a number of former employees. Senior associates Fernando Escobar¬†and Daniel Mogrovejo¬†and associate Diego Villarroel¬†(who is strong in arbitration) are also recommended.¬†Other clients include Glencore, Nestl√© and Hyundai Byucksan.

Next Generation Partners

Diego Villarroel - FERRERE

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

FERRERE‚Äôs department houses 'expert partners', who have been especially active in mining and hydrocarbons projects; nuclear and energy are also areas of expertise for the team. Carlos Pinto¬†and Pablo Ordo√Īez¬†(both 'direct and to the point' lawyers)¬†jointly head the practice; the pair assisted Swedish company Ag-Mining Investments with its $50m acquisition of¬†Empresa Minera Manquiri, the Bolivian subsidiary of US company Coeur Mining. Pinto is also advising Trafigura on a $560m public bid launched by YPFB to supply diesel to the southern region of Bolivia via the international waterway. Gerardo Villag√≥mez,¬†counsel and regulatory specialist Diego B√∂hrt, and senior associate Mattias Garr√≥n¬†are also names to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

FERRERE

Lindsay Sykes¬†and senior associate Carolina Finfera¬†share leadership of FERRERE‚Äôs IP department, which¬†operates out of the Santa Cruz and La Paz offices. The team handles, among other areas, trade mark registrations and filings, licensing agreements, anti-counterfeiting work and data privacy matters. Sykes and Finfera manage¬†Laboratorios Sophia‚Äôs trade mark portfolio locally and assist the client with administrative matters relating to the portfolio; other mandates saw the group assist Rigo Trading with contentious work relating to its trade marks. Other clients include Bayer, Genomma Lab Internacional and¬†√ďptica Santa Luc√≠a.¬†Associates Ximena Zapata¬†and¬†Brenda Eterovińᬆare also recommended. In May 2019, senior associate¬†Ana Valeria Escobar¬†joined the department from¬†Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil ‚Äď (BAQSN).

Next Generation Partners

Carolina Finfera - FERRERE

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

Alejandro Pemintel leads the practice at FERRERE, which is noted for providing 'timely and practical solutions' across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including immigration and social security work, restructuring, hirings, CBAs and union negotiations. Pemintel recently assisted hotel company Selina with work contracts for foreign personnel, as well as representing AXS Bolivia in union negotiations and providing assistance with a CBA. Other clients include Nestlé, Wildlife Conservation Society and Huawei. Senior associates Rodrigo Montellano and Meliza Aliaga are noted for their expertise in labour work.

Next Generation Partners

Alejandro Pemintel - FERRERE

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

Carlos Pinto leads the team at FERRERE, which is particularly involved in licensing, regulatory issues, acquisitions, disposals and property finance matters, and is especially strong in agricultural and land real estate mandates. Dairy producer PIL Andina instructed the team in relation to disputes with the municipality of Cochabamba regarding the client's ownership rights over plots of land. Gerardo Villagómez and La Paz-based counsel Diego Bohrt are also names to note. Other clients include Forestry Management Services, Sociedad Inmobiliaria El Dorial and BECA Advisors.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

FERRERE

FERRERE¬†counts tax litigation, tax advice on multi-jurisdictional transactions and international mandates as the core pillars of its practice; it is also noted for its strength in accounting work.¬†Practice head Pablo Ordo√Īez¬†is 'very proactive and always available'; he is representing oilfield services company Schlumberger in litigation against Bolivia's tax authority (Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales or SIN), which is being heard before the Supreme Court of Justice. Other clients include Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company and Bebidas Bolivianas. Senior associate Alexandra Ort√≠z¬†and associate Miguel √Āngel Gumucio¬†are highly active in this sector.

Leading individuals

Pablo Ordo√Īez - FERRERE

Next Generation Partners

Alexandra Ortíz - FERRERE

Miguel √Āngel Gumucio - FERRERE

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