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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

Milenka Saavedra

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

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 Revenuw 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); 
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA)

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 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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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Mostly active in administrative disputes, the practice at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. is co-led by Milenka Saavedra and highly regarded arbitration expert Fernando Aguirre. Energy, natural resources and intellectual property are particular areas of activity for the disputes team.

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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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The ‘highly knowledgeablePerla Koziner heads Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s ‘very responsive, very professional’ department, with strong support from Carolina Aguirre, litigator Milenka Saavedra and the ‘extremely experienced’ Pilar Salazar. Senior associate Alessio Rosso is also noted. Based in La Paz since its founding, 2016 saw the firm open a branch in Santa Cruz which has already won a reputation for its strength in infringement actions. Koziner represented BVLGARI and Louis Vitton at the Supreme Court in a cancellation case against the trade marks office. Other clients include DUNA and Nintendo. Since the conclusion of research the firm has merged its IP department with that of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa to create new entity Meliora IP.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Milenka Saavedra is the key contact at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., with strong support from Carolina Aguirre. The practice focuses primarily on advising foreign clients regarding labour regulations and compliance in Bolivia, and handles considerable preventative / pre-emptive work to avoid litigation. It also assists clients with dismissal settlements, labour-contract review and social security contributions. Clients include Repsol E&P Bolivia, Grupo Alcos, Tetra Pak and Rainforest Alliance.

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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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