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AV JOSÉ SALMÓN BALLIVIÁN (LOS ÁLAMOS), NO 322, LA FLORIDA, PO BOX 994, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Tel:
Work +591 2 277 6628
Email:
Web:
www.baqsn.bo
La Paz, La Paz, Santa Cruz

Milenka Saavedra

Tel:
Work +591 22776628
Email:
Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Sociedad Civil – (BAQSN)

Position

Attorney in Law - Partner.
PRACTICE AREAS: General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law; General Civil Law; Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation; Litigation; Tax Law; Labor Law; Contencious Judicial Process,  Collections

Career

Past activities: Technical advisor at the Internal Revenue Office; Legal adviser at the Municipal Government of La Paz, General Legal Council AES Communications S.A. Complementary activities: Member of the Board of Director of Inversora los Andes S.A. Alternate Sindico of Minera San Cristobal, Memisa S.A., Silex S.A. and BCP (Banco de Crédito)

Languages

Spanish, french and english

Member

  • La Paz Bar Association;
  • Bolivian Institute of Fiscal Studies (IBET)

Education

  • Licentiate in Law (Bolivian Catholic University); 1997  
  • Postgraduate studies in Fiscal Law (Andean University Simón Bolivar); 1997
  • Masters in Regulation and Competence (Andean University Simón Bolivar); 2003 

Leisure

Reading, running, biking and swimming


Bolivia

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The October 2018 merger of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa and Bufete Aguirre brought together two of Bolivia's heavyweight corporate firms to form Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa. The consolidation of the merger notwithstanding, both legacy firm's bring strong practices groups to the sector. Spread across offices in La Paz and Santa Cruz, clients praise a team that is ‘responsive, understanding and excellent in all respects’, has a wide range of corporate and commercial capabilities, and demonstrates particular expertise in sectors including energy, mining, telecoms and real estate. The ‘proactive, methodicalFernando Aguirre and Milenka Saavedra are ‘good communicators and negotiators’; together with Ignacio Aguirre, Saavedra recently assisted the Bolivian branch of thyssenkrupp Raw Materials with its closure. Indeed, branch liquidations are a niche specialisation for Saavedra, who also assisted Apia XXI Ingenieros Y Arquitectos on the closure of its Bolivian branch, as well as advising various telecoms operators (including Intelsat International Systems and Telesat) on regulatory issues. Santiago Nishizawa and Sergio Antelo acted for Maruzen Showa Unyu on its purchase of a controlling stake in a Bolivian international transport logistics company. Julio Quintanilla advised LATAM Airlines Group on various corporate and commercial matters and, along with senior associate Leonardo Azurduy, assisted ZTE Bolivia with its participation in a public bid by a Bolivian telecoms consortia for the development of fibre-optic lines between Bolivia and Peru. Leading practitioner Eduardo Quintanillia; Mauricio Torrico (who recently advised Megratín Bolivia on corporate structuring issues); and Gabriel Ribera, a key contact in the Santa Cruz market, are all also noted.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Operating since October 2018, Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa is noted for its strength in domestic and international arbitration, for which the key contact is Fernando Aguirre. His team also handles a range of litigation, with tax disputes and contentious administrative matters also being particular areas of expertise. Mining, power and financial services are notable sector strengths. Milenka Saavedra co-ordinates the litigation practice; Ignacio Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also active in the space, as is Mauricio Torrico on the tax side.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Valued for its response times and pertinent advice’, Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa’s ‘trustworthy’ practice provides ‘very good service’, and counts dealing with foreign employees as a particular strength. The ‘very analyticalCarolina Aguirre advises Rainforest Alliance on all its labour matters and was also active assisting Grupo Alcos with non-contentious employment issues. Tetra Pak, Embol and GP Exploración y Producción instructed the team on various regulatory labour matters. Milenka Saavedra heads the practice and counts Repsol E&P Bolivia as a client.

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Tax

Within: Tax

The tax department at the newly-formed Bufete Aguirre, Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa combines teams with expertise across both contentious and advisory matters, including tax compliance and appeals against SIN tax-assessment rulings. Clients have ‘nothing but praise’ for a practice which is ‘responsive, understanding and excellent in all respects’, demonstrates ‘excellent response times, business knowledge’ and ‘value for money’, and ‘analyses potential solutions thoroughly’ as well as ‘investing time in understanding client needs’. Key practitioners include the ‘strategic’ and ‘analytic’ Mauricio Torrico, along with Milenka Saavedra and Fernando Aguirre who are ‘proactive, methodical’ and ‘good communicators and negotiators’. Recent mandates saw Torrico lead advice to Agropecuaria Chia Corp Bolivia on the tax structuring of one of its acquisitions and representing LATAM Airlines Group in tax litigation before the SIN. Tax specialist Gonzalo Prudencio joined the Santa Cruz office from an in-house role at YPFB Chaco in January 2018.

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