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Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

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.basc.com.bo
La Paz, Santa Cruz

Ignacio Aguirre

Tel:
Work +591 22776628
Email:
Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Position

Attorney at Law - Managing Partner. 
PRACTICE AREAS: General Commercial, Corporate and Business Law; Civil Law; Administrative Law, Antitrust, Competition and Regulation; Mining and Hydrocarbons Law; Banking and Financing Law; Environmental Law.

Career

Past activities: 1994 Empresa Minera Inti Raymi S.A., Legal Department, Assistant on environmental matters; Participation in the drafting Committee of the Regulation of Environmental Impact Assessment to the Bolivian Environmental Law. Past lecturer on Environmental Law, Universidad Católica Boliviana ³San Pablo², La Paz, Bolivia. Past Member of the Board of Directors of: Hidroelectrica Boliviana S.A., Electricidad de La Paz S.A., Empresa de Luz y Fuerza Electrica de Oruro S.A., Compania Administradora de Empresas Bolivia S.A., Empresa de Servicios EDESER S.A., Iberbolivia de Inversiones S.A., Iberdrola de Inversiones S.A. Current additional: CREDIBOLSA S.A. ­ Agencia de Bolsa Filial del Banco de Crédito de Bolivia S.A., BANCO SOLIDARIO S.A.: Main Sindico. Advises to other Board of Directors of Bolivian companies.

Languages

Spanish and English

Member

La Paz Bar Association

Education

  • LLM in Law and Development (The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London - Graduated with Merits); 1999
  • Licentiate in Law (Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", La Paz, Bolivia); 1996


Bolivia

Banking and finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Banking and finance

Advising private and state clients on private and public financings, the practice group at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Ignacio Aguirre, with strong support from Fernando Aguirre. Especially strong on the lender-side, it has a strong pedigree in cross-border financing transactions, and is also noted for its capital markets capabilities, where it assists clients with bond issuances and debt restructuring. Project finance and operational finance for project companies are particular strengths; the team recently acted for Incofin on around $4m-worth of development loans to several small agro-industrial companies. The department also advised Accion International, the majority shareholder of leading local microfinance bank, Banco Sol, on various shareholder compliance issues.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading lawyers

Ignacio Aguirre - Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.

Within: Corporate and M&A

The full-service practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., which is spread across La Paz and Santa Cruz, is headed by Ignacio Aguirre. It is active in a wide variety of sectors, though it has been particularly busy in energy, natural resources and telecoms: Milenka Saavedra advised thyssenkrupp Raw Materials and thyssenkrupp Materials on two separate $106m contracts for the purchase of Vinto smelter’s tin production exports, and assisted telecoms operators such as Telesat Canada and Intelsat International Systems with regulatory matters and permit procurement. Other clients of the practice, which counts corporate governance as a key strength, include Minera San Cristóbal, Accion International, GM Commodities and Tetra Pak. Fernando Aguirre and Carolina Aguirre are also noted members of the practice group.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

The ‘excellent’ team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. provides ‘personalised attention, speedy response times and a high level of industry knowledge’. It is active in mining, electricity and oil and gas. Department head Ignacio Aguirre advised Minera San Cristóbal, Silex Minera and Minera Mimesa on corporate governance matters and on adapting to the mining and metallurgy law that came into effect in August 2016; in conjunction with Carolina Aguirre, he also assisted Gazprom’s Bolivian branch with various corporate compliance matters. Senior partner Fernando Aguirre, who is praised for his ‘vast experience and knowledge of Bolivian investment laws and oil and gas’, advised the National Association of Medium Miners on regulatory compliance. The team is also working with French development agency AFD in relation to solar projects. Other clients include Couer Mining, Esmical and Hidroeléctrica Boliviana. Milenka Saavedra is also active in the sector.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

The La Paz-based team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by senior partner Fernando Aguirre with support from Carolina Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre. The group acted for the US Embassy on various property sales and purchases, most notably the acquisition of property for the Ambassador’s residence in La Paz. It also advised Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas on the purchase of land for its new distribution centre, and assisted Grupo Alcos with various real estate matters. An additional strength of the department, overlapping with civil and tax law, is acting for high-net-worth individuals on property matters, especially relating to inheritance issues.

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Tax

Within: Tax

Largely acting as very capable support to the corporate practice, the tax team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is led by Milenka Saavedra. It also acts for clients, including one very large mining company and various non-profit organisations, on appealing SIN tax assessment decisions. Fernando Aguirre and Ignacio Aguirre are active in the practice, where clients include Minera San Cristóbal, Embotelladoras Bolivianas Unidas and Childfund International.

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